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    Okay so I know obviously this doesn't apply to everyone and seeing that I'm on TSR everyone here probably l has like 27 A*'s -or 26 A*'s and 1 A if you're not as bright- but I've met loads of people whose siblings got straight A*'s in GCSE's but completely failed A-levels, same applies to online too. I just want to know why
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    Laziness, perhaps. I certainly wouldn't call it the norm however.
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    They got lazy and overly confident in their ability
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    (Original post by CinnamonSmol)
    Okay so I know obviously this doesn't apply to everyone and seeing that I'm on TSR everyone here probably l has like 27 A*'s -or 26 A*'s and 1 A if you're not as bright- but I've met loads of people whose siblings got straight A*'s in GCSE's but completely failed A-levels, same applies to online too. I just want to know why
    Because A-levels are a hell of a lot harder than GCSEs basically
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    It happened to me and it was because I found GCSEs incredibly easy without studying so for some reason I thought it would be the same for A levels... Oh how wrong I was.
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      (Original post by CinnamonSmol)
      Okay so I know obviously this doesn't apply to everyone and seeing that I'm on TSR everyone here probably l has like 27 A*'s -or 26 A*'s and 1 A if you're not as bright- but I've met loads of people whose siblings got straight A*'s in GCSE's but completely failed A-levels, same applies to online too. I just want to know why
      This is so true, and don't know about you but the people who do less well at GCSE seem to smash A Levels! I think the bright ones at GCSE who fail A Levels is because of laziness and basically at GCSE never really put much effort and still did so well due to their natural academic ability. Yet A Levels - got nothing to do with your gifts. All about hard work!
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      I have found this also as most straight A* GCSE students at my school got around AAB-AAA at A Level. I think the typical overconfident/lazy hypothesis is wrong. I think its more because GCSE's promotes well-roundedness i.e. jack of all trades, while A Level's promote specialisation. So if you're good at a lot of things but not excellent at anything you will probably do well at GCSE and adapt poorly to A-level and underperform.
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      A lot of people don't revise for their GCSEs yet do really well, and assume A-Levels are the same. They only do the bare minimum of work required and think they can get away with not revising, then they get a huge shock in August. I had a friend like that. We would have a big essay due in psychology and she would write it in the 10 minutes before the lesson began and then be disappointed when she got a bad mark, but she never changed her ways. I don't know what her results were but I don't think she's at university.
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      You don't need much ability to do well in gcse compared to a-level. Gcses aren't very demanding and you can be easily coached on how to do well in them but at a-level you have to be able to understand and apply knowledge not just regurgitate. I got 4A*s at gcse in maths and science because that is what I am good at and focused on. I know quite a few people who did better than me at gcse but I'm doing better than p much all of them now.
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      By being overconfident.

      I know one girl specifically bragged about GCSEs and what A Levels she was going to do. She failed and had to do 3 years of A Levels.

      There’s quite a few people with this mentality, unfortunately.

      Work hard and be humble.
     
     
     
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