fell apart in GCSE's - worried A-levels will do the same Watch

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Hi, so I really didn't cope very well with GCSE's at all and I'm worried my a-levels will go the same way. I'm currently doing coursework and revision for my A-level subjects. I've also noticed that my notes from last year aren't the greatest and I don't really understand them, so I'm attempting to re-write and revise them. However, I've noticed my behaviour start to become the same as it did when I was studying for GCSE's - eating irregularly, if at all. not sleeping properly due to constant revision and worrying excessively that I'm not going to get my grades. every waking, and sleeping minute is spent either doing work or disrupting sleep, due to being unable to shut off properly because I'm worried about it. I've been groggy with my family and honestly feel as if i'm not coping well with A-levels. anyone have any advice?
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Hi, so I really didn't cope very well with GCSE's at all and I'm worried my a-levels will go the same way. I'm currently doing coursework and revision for my A-level subjects. I've also noticed that my notes from last year aren't the greatest and I don't really understand them, so I'm attempting to re-write and revise them. However, I've noticed my behaviour start to become the same as it did when I was studying for GCSE's - eating irregularly, if at all. not sleeping properly due to constant revision and worrying excessively that I'm not going to get my grades. every waking, and sleeping minute is spent either doing work or disrupting sleep, due to being unable to shut off properly because I'm worried about it. I've been groggy with my family and honestly feel as if i'm not coping well with A-levels. anyone have any advice?
What did you get for GCSE?
Do you have mental health issues?
What year are you in?
What subjects are you doing?
What grades do you need? Any idea of what you are on for now?
Are you seeing your GP


Some tips.
1. If you fell apart figure out what as thats the first step to working a solution.

2. Plan well. Work consistently to get everything done.
3. Important to look after physical and mental health i.e sleep, eat and socialise a bit. Will help you control stress.
4. Make good notes and complete them asap. You must tackle the core material.
5. Make revision notes. If your originals are rubbish then buy revision books and use Christmas money.
6. Practice exams and then work out how you could score more after looking at mark schemes and answers. Do at least a question a day.
Exam practice is the key- it will remove stress and make sure than when it comes to the real exam you know what you are doing and less likely to fall apart. You need to take it seriously from now though.
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What did you get for GCSE?
Do you have mental health issues?
What year are you in?
What subjects are you doing?
What grades do you need? Any idea of what you are on for now?
Are you seeing your GP


Some tips.
1. If you fell apart figure out what as thats the first step to working a solution.

2. Plan well. Work consistently to get everything done.
3. Important to look after physical and mental health i.e sleep, eat and socialise a bit. Will help you control stress.
4. Make good notes and complete them asap. You must tackle the core material.
5. Make revision notes. If your originals are rubbish then buy revision books and use Christmas money.
6. Practice exams and then work out how you could score more after looking at mark schemes and answers. Do at least a question a day.
Exam practice is the key- it will remove stress and make sure than when it comes to the real exam you know what you are doing and less likely to fall apart. You need to take it seriously from now though.
i got 6 B's, 3 C's and a D. no mental health issues, I'm in year 13 and taking English Language, English Literature and History. I need B's for uni and I'm not too sure what I'm at now. not been to the GP as id feel stupid telling him i'm just stressed.

Thanks for the tips! x
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i got 6 B's, 3 C's and a D. no mental health issues, I'm in year 13 and taking English Language, English Literature and History. I need B's for uni and I'm not too sure what I'm at now. not been to the GP as id feel stupid telling him i'm just stressed.

Thanks for the tips! x
Ok thats fine.

You need to make sure your mindset understands you have the ability and depending on your choices you can almost guarantee you get 3Vs r greater by working smart. You should start now and draw up a master plan of what you need to do between now and the exams. thats about six months and not long. Start now by drawing up your plan.

You can speed up your notemaking a bit by getting revision books. Use any Christmas money.

I think mind mapping also helps.

Its essential you are practising exam papers at some level from the end Feb if not sooner.

Just work out your mistakes or what you dont understand and turn them into strengths. Practice will help you improve and in turn it will help get rid of nerves as you become better at answering. If you dont start now then theres a chance you will leave it too late.
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Dont peak too early, you’ve got MONTHS before the actual exams. Do you really need to be working all day everyday? I haven’t started revision and aren’t going to for a while. Enjoy life, theres more too it than exams. (3A*s predicted)
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Ok thats fine.

You need to make sure your mindset understands you have the ability and depending on your choices you can almost guarantee you get 3Vs r greater by working smart. You should start now and draw up a master plan of what you need to do between now and the exams. thats about six months and not long. Start now by drawing up your plan.

You can speed up your notemaking a bit by getting revision books. Use any Christmas money.

I think mind mapping also helps.

Its essential you are practising exam papers at some level from the end Feb if not sooner.

Just work out your mistakes or what you dont understand and turn them into strengths. Practice will help you improve and in turn it will help get rid of nerves as you become better at answering. If you dont start now then theres a chance you will leave it too late.
thanks for the advice
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Dont peak too early, you’ve got MONTHS before the actual exams. Do you really need to be working all day everyday? I haven’t started revision and aren’t going to for a while. Enjoy life, theres more too it than exams. (3A*s predicted)
Last years history notes aren't very clear or in order of lesson so it's confusing. currently in the process of a type up, using my textbooks to help. thanks for the tips, have you got any advice on how to make my notes clearer? thanks
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Last years history notes aren't very clear or in order of lesson so it's confusing. currently in the process of a type up, using my textbooks to help. thanks for the tips, have you got any advice on how to make my notes clearer? thanks
I wouldnt worry about peaking too early. You nee to be in a position asap where you understand the core material an have decent notes.

That will mean from then you can start actual revision and focus on exam technique. You can adjust as you go along, but dont fall into the trap of starting too late.

But a revision book as at least it will be accurate and give you a guide to work to. They can also deal largely with basic notes and you can then make mind maps and specialist subject notes.
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Dont peak too early, you’ve got MONTHS before the actual exams. Do you really need to be working all day everyday? I haven’t started revision and aren’t going to for a while. Enjoy life, theres more too it than exams. (3A*s predicted)
Except they may not have your level of intelligence and may not have reached a sufficient level of understanding of their subjects.

They will be the one that has to deal with not going to uni if they leave it too late.
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Except they may not have your level of intelligence and may not have reached a sufficient level of understanding of their subjects.

They will be the one that has to deal with not going to uni if they leave it too late.
Ok, fair point. I would therefore say just make sure that you have at least an hour after school a day which is not doing any work at all - TV/sport etc
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Ok, fair point. I would therefore say just make sure that you have at least an hour after school a day which is not doing any work at all - TV/sport etc
Point 3 in post#2.

If they are really struggling and worrying it makes sense to get on top of your work so you can control things and get your grades. Burn out is a risk, but leaving things too late is a greater one.

On 3A* then you are almost certainly well in control of your subjects already plus will need less time. Having a social life and chilling I agree is an essential for destressing and giving your brain a rest. So I agree with you.
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