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    Is it normal for my grades to drop significantly at the start of the transition from GCSE to A-Level?
    I was an A* student but after my first half term assessments, I've been getting C's and D's and my aspirational grade is a B.
    Can someone give me a reality check please because I have found this quite demoralising, not so much demotivating though!
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    have you been consistently putting in the effort for homework/tests as you did for gcse's
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    That is very normal , it is a transistion. You just need to keep acting on your teachers feedback
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    have you been consistently putting in the effort for homework/tests as you did for gcse's
    Probably more, I have been doing the recommended 5 hours a week per subject (Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Philosophy) of review and revision so I think it's to do with my understanding of the courses as clearly the revision has not worked. The majority class grade in my A-level Chemistry class was an E.
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    completely normal - you need 5 hours per week per subject on top of classes to maintain the highest grades. focus on AS, get A's and you can be predicted higher next year
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    This is absolutely normal. This happens to everyone at the start of A-levels but that's only because the content and standard at A-level is so much higher. (A* at GCSE is probably equivalent to lower than a D at A-level.)

    As you progress through the year, and continue working hard, you'll soon see your grades improve because you get used to your courses, the style of teaching and the style of assessment.
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    (Original post by that_guy874)
    Is it normal for my grades to drop significantly at the start of the transition from GCSE to A-Level?
    I was an A* student but after my first half term assessments, I've been getting C's and D's and my aspirational grade is a B.
    Can someone give me a reality check please because I have found this quite demoralising, not so much demotivating though!
    I've also just started. However, I came to college with my highest GCSE grade being a C - and I'm now achieving D's and C's in my first few assignments (1 B, but that was a total fluke).

    Personally, I don't think it matters what you can in with. The jump is big, but if you're working hard there should be no reason why you can't get back up to your A's!

    Good luck!!
 
 
 
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