how long should you spend revising daily for A levels in 2 months Watch

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A levels are fast approaching (actually I do Pre-Us but kinda same thing) and I feel very behind on revision. I go to a good school so I don't think I am in a bad position, but I need to spend a lot of my own time to start revision. My question is how long do we need to be spending revising everyday?

My school is from 8:30-5:30 and I dont get back till 6:30. I reckon I need around 2/3 hours per day after school, is that sensible?

Also how long on weekends? 5/6 hours??
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That's reasonable for now, but I'd honestly increase it over the Easter holidays.
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thanks- how much do you suggest over the holidays?
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That's reasonable for now, but I'd honestly increase it over the Easter holidays.
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thanks- how much do you suggest over the holidays?
It depends entirely on what grades you want and how well you’ve been doing in mocks, but I’d honestly look at 6/7 hours a day if you’re capable of holding focus for that long
What grades do you need for uni?
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I would've said start 3-4 months before. The time you spend revising depends on how many subjects you do as well. I do three subjects - one subject is fully exam based so that takes up about 3 hours on a normal weekday while the others consist of exams + coursework so the rev time for that I usually spend 2-3 hours in the weekday.

For weekends, it really depends because I often just relax or do a past paper/make questions myself and answer them.
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I was predicted A*A*A* but for mocks I got A*A* D (Im seriously not joking everyone in my year failed maths) I need AAA to get my offer so my biggest worry is moving up my maths grade. I don't have an insurance offer (as in AAA is my min grade requirement) so I am motivated to get my grade but I often get tired during the day and end up procrastonating. I am willing to do 6+ but I'm not sure how to make it efficient revision
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It depends entirely on what grades you want and how well you’ve been doing in mocks, but I’d honestly look at 6/7 hours a day if you’re capable of holding focus for that long
What grades do you need for uni?
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I was predicted A*A*A* but for mocks I got A*A* D (Im seriously not joking everyone in my year failed maths) I need AAA to get my offer so my biggest worry is moving up my maths grade. I don't have an insurance offer (as in AAA is my min grade requirement) so I am motivated to get my grade but I often get tired during the day and end up procrastonating. I am willing to do 6+ but I'm not sure how to make it efficient revision
Those are amazing predicted grades, and congratulations on your offer! I'm literally in your situation right now - was predicted AAA (which was generous, I'm not getting that) but fu-cked up mocks and got BBB - I'm absolutely positive I can get ABB though and possibly AAB if exams go well and I work hard. Nottingham/Bristol wants ABB, Manchester/Glasgow wants AAB, I don't have any "insurance" in case I fu-ck up again and I applied to all RG unis. I'm not even counting the hours I'm doing revision at the minute but I usually revise from 5ish to 11PM? Honestly, if you got a D in your mock and you need an A* you should probably (read: definitely) work more than 2/3+ hours a day - it sounds like your teacher is pretty **** though if the whole class failed.
I wish had any specific tips about maths revision, but I'm doing all humanities. It's necessary to section it up though, so instead of saying: "I'm gonna study ... umm.. maths?? for 2 hours?? okay, I'll put on some music, and oops my mate just texted me let's get lit on saturday that's 25 minutes gone - okay let's etc etc" to actually section it up, so I'll make a plan:
1. I will cover AO1 for Bowlby's theory of maternal deprivation - 45 minutes.
- Do past exam questions under time pressure until I can recite it off by heart.
Break: (15 minutes) - get Starbucks/tea, stretch, drink some water, text, eat a cookie or an apple.
2. Quick 5-10 min recap
- Cover next topic etc.

Avoid any distractions (so getting rid of your phone is imperative). I also found YouTube videos on revision tips for your specific subject extremely helpful (I definitely don't study Psychology the same way I study English) - as well as the guides on here - I swear, that's the only reason I'm slowly improving in English (my analysis in class is much better than it was).
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Thank you so much! and well done on all your offers! Yh maths is my real worry at the moment- I want to get a tutor but the one my school is recommending in over £100 per session and I am in no position to afford that rn. Those revision tips are so useful and you are so right- I get distracted pretty easily so its always easier to get rid of the phone. I will try doing 4 hours when possible but I reckon that's a bit too intense for me and I won't be able to maintain. I know my university won't lower their required grade if I miss it which is so frustrating because maths is so irrelevant to my degree, but I guess at this stage it is make the grades or unplanned gap year for me- good lord
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Those are amazing predicted grades, and congratulations on your offer! I'm literally in your situation right now - was predicted AAA (which was generous, I'm not getting that) but fu-cked up mocks and got BBB - I'm absolutely positive I can get ABB though and possibly AAB if exams go well and I work hard. Nottingham/Bristol wants ABB, Manchester/Glasgow wants AAB, I don't have any "insurance" in case I fu-ck up again and I applied to all RG unis. I'm not even counting the hours I'm doing revision at the minute but I usually revise from 5ish to 11PM? Honestly, if you got a D in your mock and you need an A* you should probably (read: definitely) work more than 2/3+ hours a day - it sounds like your teacher is pretty **** though if the whole class failed.
I wish had any specific tips about maths revision, but I'm doing all humanities. It's necessary to section it up though, so instead of saying: "I'm gonna study ... umm.. maths?? for 2 hours?? okay, I'll put on some music, and oops my mate just texted me let's get lit on saturday that's 25 minutes gone - okay let's etc etc" to actually section it up, so I'll make a plan:
1. I will cover AO1 for Bowlby's theory of maternal deprivation - 45 minutes.
- Do past exam questions under time pressure until I can recite it off by heart.
Break: (15 minutes) - get Starbucks/tea, stretch, drink some water, text, eat a cookie or an apple.
2. Quick 5-10 min recap
- Cover next topic etc.

Avoid any distractions (so getting rid of your phone is imperative). I also found YouTube videos on revision tips for your specific subject extremely helpful (I definitely don't study Psychology the same way I study English) - as well as the guides on here - I swear, that's the only reason I'm slowly improving in English (my analysis in class is much better than it was).
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Hey, if you need a maths tutor I highly recommend checking out Tutorful as you can have online sessions which only cost £25/hour. My boyfriend has recently graduated from the University of Bristol and does online sessions for £25, if you'd like to give that a go you can drop me a message. Sometimes it really helps to have someone just to run through past papers/mark things/explain things in a different way.

Definitely, definitely check out Tutorful as even if you'd like someone to come out to you in your area it would probably be quite cheap!

Good luck
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Also those are great grades so don't panic! The fact they are A* instead of As certainly helps.
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Thank you so much- I will def have a look!
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Hey, if you need a maths tutor I highly recommend checking out Tutorful as you can have online sessions which only cost £25/hour. My boyfriend has recently graduated from the University of Bristol and does online sessions for £25, if you'd like to give that a go you can drop me a message. Sometimes it really helps to have someone just to run through past papers/mark things/explain things in a different way.

Definitely, definitely check out Tutorful as even if you'd like someone to come out to you in your area it would probably be quite cheap!

Good luck
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