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    Last year, during AS I slacked off a fair bit and didn't get results I'm particularly proud of, this year, I was determined to change that fact - but after weeks of studying from a textbook, and often with exam questions, I haven't progressed nearly as much as I need to, to get the grades I want at the end of the year, those being A*s or As.

    Last year I got:

    German: A
    Psychology: B
    Biology: B
    Chemistry: C

    What I'd like to know is:
    Firstly - Is it even possible for me to achieve A*s with these results?
    and Secondly - How do I do it?

    I get frustrated when I study a lot and then end up failing on actual exams - what are the methods of revision that actually work because I feel I waste a lot of time revising when it's not applicable to the test.

    Thanks
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    Dreaming is the most effective way
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    But in all seriousness, yes you can most certainly achieve A* grades but it is all down to how you study (Make sure you study smart, past papers etc..)

    There really is no silver bullet you just have to aim for it, work hard and do your best
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    (Original post by Lord Nutter)
    But in all seriousness, yes you can most certainly achieve A* grades but it is all down to how you study (Make sure you study smart, past papers etc..)

    There really is no silver bullet you just have to aim for it, work hard and do your best
    Thank you for showing me da wae
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    I used to do really bad at school until my A-levels! My motivation to learn increased a lot more when I realised how well I could do if i put the work in! It doesn't matter how smart you are or whatever, what matters is the amount of effort you put into the subject! At my AS i came out with an A, Distinction and a C and am now currently sitting on an A* and 2A's. I have recently bought a 'Weekly Calendar' which allows me to write in what I will study each stay and ensures I stay on target! Drawing mindmaps on studycards are the only way i can learn information (the bigger studycards not the tiny ones). I also learn by lots of colour!

    Good luck and I believe anyone can attain the grades they want if they're motivated and will put the work in to achieve them!
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    (Original post by Becca20000)
    I used to do really bad at school until my A-levels! My motivation to learn increased a lot more when I realised how well I could do if i put the work in! It doesn't matter how smart you are or whatever, what matters is the amount of effort you put into the subject! At my AS i came out with an A, Distinction and a C and am now currently sitting on an A* and 2A's. I have recently bought a 'Weekly Calendar' which allows me to write in what I will study each stay and ensures I stay on target! Drawing mindmaps on studycards are the only way i can learn information (the bigger studycards not the tiny ones). I also learn by lots of colour!

    Good luck and I believe anyone can attain the grades they want if they're motivated and will put the work in to achieve them!
    Congrats on that! And thanks, that's nice to hear, I always feel like it's impossible - but to know that it isn't is encouraging
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    (Original post by Becca20000)
    I used to do really bad at school until my A-levels! My motivation to learn increased a lot more when I realised how well I could do if i put the work in! It doesn't matter how smart you are or whatever, what matters is the amount of effort you put into the subject! At my AS i came out with an A, Distinction and a C and am now currently sitting on an A* and 2A's. I have recently bought a 'Weekly Calendar' which allows me to write in what I will study each stay and ensures I stay on target! Drawing mindmaps on studycards are the only way i can learn information (the bigger studycards not the tiny ones). I also learn by lots of colour!

    Good luck and I believe anyone can attain the grades they want if they're motivated and will put the work in to achieve them!
    I completely agree with you but the fact that you used mindmaps and notecards is studying smart because it works for you!
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    Haha, you instantly get a rep for that
    Haha thanks
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    (Original post by Bantersaur12)
    Last year, during AS I slacked off a fair bit and didn't get results I'm particularly proud of, this year, I was determined to change that fact - but after weeks of studying from a textbook, and often with exam questions, I haven't progressed nearly as much as I need to, to get the grades I want at the end of the year, those being A*s or As.

    Last year I got:

    German: A
    Psychology: B
    Biology: B
    Chemistry: C

    What I'd like to know is:
    Firstly - Is it even possible for me to achieve A*s with these results?
    and Secondly - How do I do it?

    I get frustrated when I study a lot and then end up failing on actual exams - what are the methods of revision that actually work because I feel I waste a lot of time revising when it's not applicable to the test.

    Thanks
    Start now, small chunks. Consistently revisit content all the time so you don't risk forgetting about a topic and risk losing that precious time you spent revising. Apart from hard work and being consistent, it's about exam technique and brains.
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    Thank you! The amount of times I've felt like I'd go nowhere in life.... Trust me you aren't alone in feeling this way! But you're right, it is more than possible and I think they're brilliant grades you got considering how difficult doing 4 A-levels can be! But honestly, the moment you believe you can do the work and get the grades you want, you'll start to see a difference!

    (Original post by Bantersaur12)
    Congrats on that! And thanks, that's nice to hear, I always feel like it's impossible - but to know that it isn't is encouraging
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    Using the pomodoro technique really helps keep you focused in 25 min periods. Finding a revision method that works for you for each different subject is also essential. Past papers are great once you’re comfortable with content- khan academy can help a lot with chemistry (also use chemguide) and biology - if you don’t like the style of a particular YouTube guide on a topic you can probably also find another one you’ll like. Lastly there’s a wealth of resources on getrevising.com which are crying out to be utilised
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    (Original post by Becca20000)
    Thank you! The amount of times I've felt like I'd go nowhere in life.... Trust me you aren't alone in feeling this way! But you're right, it is more than possible and I think they're brilliant grades you got considering how difficult doing 4 A-levels can be! But honestly, the moment you believe you can do the work and get the grades you want, you'll start to see a difference!
    Thanks, I definitely feel more encouraged I just have to muster up the self-discipline and keep at it I guess
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    (Original post by HeadHoncho)
    Using the pomodoro technique really helps keep you focused in 25 min periods. Finding a revision method that works for you for each different subject is also essential. Past papers are great once you’re comfortable with content- khan academy can help a lot with chemistry (also use chemguide) and biology - if you don’t like the style of a particular YouTube guide on a topic you can probably also find another one you’ll like. Lastly there’s a wealth of resources on getrevising.com which are crying out to be utilised
    Thanks, I'd heard of the Pomodoro technique but I've never really tried it, I'll have to give it a shot. And thanks for advice on websites
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    I'm glad you feel more encouraged, I also learnt a lot more tips from this thread so thank you starting it haha! Just remember the more work you put in, the less time you'll spend over summer wondering if you 'could've done better'. Your aim for all A*s shows you know you're more than capable of achieving this, setting goals for myself is what has gotten me this far...
    I know how frustrating it can be when your grades don't show your full potential! I'd be happy to hear about how you're doing and if there's anything else I can help with.
    Take care and all the best in your studies!


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    Thanks, I definitely feel more encouraged I just have to muster up the self-discipline and keep at it I guess
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    Fold a piece of A4 paper, then fold it again. Of each quarter fill in notes for each subtopic with colours etc. Then you can keep it in your pocket and look back at it whenever you want. Whether it be on a walk, after college or even at a nightclub (Lots of people do this). Just make notes now and keep learning until they’re in your head. Practise with exam questions and I promise you’ll do great. Good luck bro
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