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constant U's in A level

I took my As levels last year in which I got a D in IT a D in Psy and a U in business
i later retook my AS levels along with my A2 to get a hard U U U and i dont know what to do with my life
im gonna retake my exams in may June ill take the same subjects (which I know i made a horrible decision taking) and i need to get anything above atleast a D
im not dyslexic or anything and I was a straight A student a year before I took my AS but because of some tradegies i just lost my flow and i dont know what to do
please help me with any advice at all
(edited 11 months ago)
Original post by pispegasus
I took my As levels last year in which I got a D in IT a D in Psy and a U in business
i later retook my AS levels along with my A2 to get a hard U U U and i dont know what to do with my life
im gonna retake my exams in may June ill take the same subjects (which I know i made a horrible decision taking) and i need to get anything above atleast a D
im not dyslexic or anything and I was a straight A student a year before I took my AS but because of some tradegies i just lost my flow and i dont know what to do
please help me with any advice at all


Consider changing how you study and perform in your exams.

Since you mentioned that you did A2, I would presume that you are not based in England (not sure about Wales or whether you're based outside of the UK).

The study strategies that got you far in your exams at 16 will not likely get you far in your A Levels. A Levels are completely different in terms of how they are marked, how you study, and how you should perform. See the following for example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdWBh3SxFqo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Dymo1Dnug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVSwt_6GNLI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRWZMzGxdtw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEDlQhOCQxU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsbCwX0Zzlo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGGYJ0b-fNY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc05l_Z2zSk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBRiSpsTHhA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmAfna-HBH4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR3Iak0lNuk
As you are well aware, your grades are not a direct reflection of your intelligence or what you are capable of. Try changing your strategies and see if that would help.

Your state of mind is important when it comes to performance (pretty much in all contexts). If you're not at your best, you might have a lower result than you are capable of.

I am sorry to hear about your tradegies, but you would need to put that aside to sort yourself out with your education. If they particularly affect you, you would need to seek mental help and also get a note from them to explain your extenuating circumstances.

Note: I don't know what you intend to do with your A Levels, but the subjects seem really random and they don't particularly mesh well together (except possibly between psychology and business, because they're both predominantly essay subjects). From what I can tell, you might be aiming to do a business related degree afterwards, which will not likely ask for any specific subject at A Levels (well for UK degrees at least).
Your results indicate that you are not suitable to study degree. You should consider vocational training or apprenticeship programme.
What do your teachers and school/college say? They might have good advice and if they know you from GCSEs so they might be able to make suggestions?
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