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    We've just had our mocks for A level geography and sociology, and I came to the realisation that...well...A levels are hard, very hard. I want to start spending time studying each night but I don't really know what to do in the time. Should I be rewriting any notes, answering exam-style questions, making mindmaps? For anyone who is studying or had finished A levels: what helped you/is helping you to succeed, and what do you find effective?
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    (Original post by sambeaz6)
    We've just had our mocks for A level geography and sociology, and I came to the realisation that...well...A levels are hard, very hard. I want to start spending time studying each night but I don't really know what to do in the time. Should I be rewriting any notes, answering exam-style questions, making mindmaps? For anyone who is studying or had finished A levels: what helped you/is helping you to succeed, and what do you find effective?
    change the title to "i dont know how to study"
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    (Original post by Cor395)
    change the title to "i dont know how to study"
    Haha sure, it pretty much sums up what I've written
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    (Original post by sambeaz6)
    We've just had our mocks for A level geography and sociology, and I came to the realisation that...well...A levels are hard, very hard. I want to start spending time studying each night but I don't really know what to do in the time. Should I be rewriting any notes, answering exam-style questions, making mindmaps? For anyone who is studying or had finished A levels: what helped you/is helping you to succeed, and what do you find effective?
    It wouldn't let me change the title in edit so I hope this works instead
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    (Original post by sambeaz6)
    We've just had our mocks for A level geography and sociology, and I came to the realisation that...well...A levels are hard, very hard. I want to start spending time studying each night but I don't really know what to do in the time. Should I be rewriting any notes, answering exam-style questions, making mindmaps? For anyone who is studying or had finished A levels: what helped you/is helping you to succeed, and what do you find effective?
    Here is my main pieces of advice:

    -Make sure you have a study area somewhere in your house; whether thats a desk in your bedroom, the kitchen table or maybe a spare room that no one uses you could occupy. You need somewhere where you can manage your distractions and know that when you sit down in this space you are STUDYING.
    -Second piece of advice, A-levels are a two year course. That's two years of detailed knowledge you need to know. Trying to cram it all in the last couple of months before the real thing is not going to work. You need to be learning everything as you go, so that when it comes to exam time you know the content better than the teacher and all you are doing is past papers. This means that everyday you should process your notes from the lessons you had that day. Making sure you understood what you were taught, and then do something with that information like write up neat notes on paper or on a computer, maybe take a quiz on the info; basically just do your notes as you go along.
    -Third piece of advice, whenever you finish a topic you need to make neat notes on it, so that you have all of the information in one place. What you do with them after that is up to you, you could then make flash cards from them, maybe a mindmap, maybe you just learn them straight away. But make sure that for each of your topics you have a neat set of notes. Expanding on this, a great way to create a neat set of notes is to combine the notes you took in class with the relevant information in whatever text books you are using. As this way you get a good foundation of knowledge that you can then learn and apply.
    -Fourth piece of advice, and one that everyone will say, PAST PAPER PRACTICE
    -Fifth piece, find out what study method works best for you. Everybody is different and its only November so you've still got plenty of time to try different techniques. Unfortunately though we can only suggest techniques to you, at the end of the day its up to you and only you to find out what works best.
    -Sixth piece of advice, treat every mock and test like the real thing. Lots of people ignore mocks, but mocks are incredibly useful for showing you how you are doing and what you need to work on.
    -Finally, don't work too hard. Some people do too much and burn themselves out *cough myself* and then completely f*ck up their A-levels and lose their place to do Vet med because all they did was study and eventually just burnt themselves out and when the real thing rocked around they had nothing left to give. You need to manage your time effectively, find out when all your free periods, any upcoming tests etc... and plan out what you want to do and when. Its far too easy to say I'm going to study really hard today, but then if you don't plan it out the chances are you won't do it.

    But yeah that's my advice, A-levels are hard definitely. But they're not impossible and actually, they're easily doable provided you use your time efficiently and don't wing it. And in regards to your overall question, just figure out what time you can afford to study and then plan out what you want to during it, making sure you go over your notes from each lesson, understand them and process them and then prepare for any upcoming tests.
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    (Original post by sambeaz6)
    We've just had our mocks for A level geography and sociology, and I came to the realisation that...well...A levels are hard, very hard. I want to start spending time studying each night but I don't really know what to do in the time. Should I be rewriting any notes, answering exam-style questions, making mindmaps? For anyone who is studying or had finished A levels: what helped you/is helping you to succeed, and what do you find effective?
    I find exam questions useful beacuse it helps me see what I actually understand and what I don't, so I know what to work on. Also, going over whatever you learnt that day to consolidate it will help you when you need to revise later. Rewriting notes isn't that helpful if you're just copying stuff out, so I wouldn't bother.
    Hope this helps
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    (Original post by sambeaz6)
    We've just had our mocks for A level geography and sociology, and I came to the realisation that...well...A levels are hard, very hard. I want to start spending time studying each night but I don't really know what to do in the time. Should I be rewriting any notes, answering exam-style questions, making mindmaps? For anyone who is studying or had finished A levels: what helped you/is helping you to succeed, and what do you find effective?
    You should be doing all of the above and making sure you’ve covered everything on the syllabus!
 
 
 
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