Getting 3 A's at A-level

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My question is to A grade students, how hard is it to get 3 As? Ive been told that the social side of things will go out of the window, which I'm prepared to sacrifice if it means getting good results.
How hard it is to get 3 As varies from person to person, and the social side need not "go out of the window" but depending on how much time you spent on it before it may need to be cut down a little.

As for getting the grades:
- achieve the best marks possible in coursework, by following the specification and getting your teacher to check as many drafts as they will let you
- read the specifications to find out what is in each module, and make sure you understand all of it
- extensive use of past papers and mark schemes before the exams (actually, maybe less so with your subjects, but more practice on the exam technique)
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I want AAA too. My strategy is to learn everything on each individiual syllabus. Then do some past papers. However not an excess amount of past papers, I found in January that was more of a detriment than a help!!
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yeah, i'm hoping to achieve at least 2 A's in my AS's. I suppose the key words are REVISION, REVISION, REVISON
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You can still be social, don't worry. Just do as much revision as you can, really. I usually do about an hour a night on subjects.

So take this for example.

Monday - one hour of history revision
Tuesday - one hour of philosophy revision
Wednesday - one hour of english revision

etc.

If you can fit more in, do so. You also need to master a revision technique too. Just don't read over your notes for an hour - copy them out, over and over. Test yourself. Create flashcards. Place tidbits of info on post-its around your room. Anything that will help.
Look at past papers online, look at the mark schemes too. Just get a general feel of the technique and if there's revision sessions at school go to those.

Overall, just do your best. Even if you do your best and don't get As at least be happy in knowing you put it a lot of effort and time.
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Out of interest how much revision did you do a night for the 2 years?
Actually, I haven't finished A2 yet but am on course for 5 As.
As for revision, I only really did any during study leave or in the week or so leading up to the exam for January modules. During study leave I did around 2 'units' a day, where a unit would be revising a module or doing a past paper for it. In terms of time the very most this amounted to was 4 hours (doing 2 past papers and checking them using the mark schemes). But since this was study leave I had plenty of time for rest and relaxation as well.

But as I said, it varies from person to person. While I find that I can pick up perhaps 90% of the course content first time by paying attention in class, this isn't the case for everyone and more revision may be required during the course as opposed to only after it.
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I recently majorly ****ed up my A-levels due to wrong subject choices, wrong friends and primarily cannabis.

So I'm starting them all over again in September. I'm determined to get 3 A's, I don't care that I'm not overly Academic. My teachers say that I'm smart, but in a different way to academia, however through sheer hard work, focus and determination I reckon its a realistic goal.

My question is to A grade students, how hard is it to get 3 As? Ive been told that the social side of things will go out of the window, which I'm prepared to sacrifice if it means getting good results.

For people that have done it, how did you do it? Do you have any tips?

I'm doing English Lang, History and Politics.. I hope to do the top City University Journalism diploma (which lasts 1 year) after A-levels and get reporting through papers as soon as. This hinges on getting top grades..

Help would be much appreciated, cheers.

Its really not very difficult, and it shouldnt much effect your social life, as long as you have the willpower to sit down and work in your own time for an hour or two each day.

Tbh though it depends how bright you are. I did **** all for two years, crammed for a week and got by :P
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Its really not very difficult, and it shouldnt much effect your social life, as long as you have the willpower to sit down and work in your own time for an hour or two each day.

Tbh though it depends how bright you are. I did **** all for two years, crammed for a week and got by :P
Yeah, depends^^

For my AS levels, I started revision late november.december holidays, and read through all of my books again, making notes on all the points you find difficult to remember, and then take a quick look at the notes most days until you can remember them all.

After that, make sure you do quite a few practise exam papers to get you in the flow of things...I did about 5 or 6 for economics, and somehow managed to get 100% in the exam.

Wish you the best of luck...it's possible!
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Yeah, depends^^

For my AS levels, I started revision late november.december holidays, and read through all of my books again, making notes on all the points you find difficult to remember, and then take a quick look at the notes most days until you can remember them all.

After that, make sure you do quite a few practise exam papers to get you in the flow of things...I did about 5 or 6 for economics, and somehow managed to get 100% in the exam.

Wish you the best of luck...it's possible!
This is a bit random and off-topic, but I just checked your profile and you're doing almost the same subjects as I am. Just to drag it back on topic, good luck on getting an offer from LSE next year and then getting AAA to meet it.
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Hi, I'm neww to this whole student room thing and I have no idea how to check msgs that I get from this post LOL so I may not reply (I will once I ifgure out how to!) I was just wondering has anybody got any tips on how to get RAs at Alevel, I've just done my AS and I might be resitting one or two exams in january, I've never resat anything in my life so I have no idea how I'm going to fit it in! Any tips please? Thanks so much! Wish everybody all the best for results day!
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I think the whole secret is just to not let the studying pile up. As long as you keep going at the right pace and study consistently then it will be much better than if you sometimes feel like taking a break. As a few people have said it does of course still depend on you as a person. But studying steadily and consistently is what will give you the best result both academically and in your social life.
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This thread is like 4 years old why are people still bumping it?

The person could have graduated by now!
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*How to get 3 A*s at A-level? Any tips?
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*How to get 3 A*s at A-level? Any tips?

you really are just taking the piss aren't you ? Lol
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I got 3 As at a level, I just think it is a matter of regular short bursts of revision, an assortment of practice papers and balancing your social and relaxation time with study time, if that means switching of your phone and turning of facebook so be it. You have to work for these grades, people are lying to you if they tell you they got 3 as and didn't work hard for it
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