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Hey guys, i'm going into year 12; quite anxious about gcse results but hoping for the best. I was wondering what are some tips and revision methods you would recommend? Should i get a job and will be easy to balance with 4 a-levels? bio, chem, maths , econ or further maths
Original post by paracqilo
Hey guys, i'm going into year 12; quite anxious about gcse results but hoping for the best. I was wondering what are some tips and revision methods you would recommend? Should i get a job and will be easy to balance with 4 a-levels? bio, chem, maths , econ or further maths

I was wondering what are some tips and revision methods you would recommend?
It would depend on the individual as well as the subjects. Should I presume you intend to do a degree in medicine or economics?

You can normally search for the revision tips and advice for specific subjects on YouTube and Google. e.g.

Biology
https://www.academicunderdogs.com/how-to-revise-for-a-level-biology/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-J51KQZXrk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq6bl1fMQgk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhWJpUKUtyM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5WGo7S--EE

Chemistry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr1--mNkvGE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LklGzj15Y84
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvJZTVEV87U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXOWy8ONVr4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LddBZMFqGnU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH6sf_hMXCI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA-82LP904U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqS9ilBPh1g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV10FJXOf_s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LBx0TujNhc

Maths
https://alevelmathsrevision.com/how-to-get-an-a-star-in-a-level-maths/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3ctFrUX9iM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixf8RJp8H1s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrOhXvAQS6s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FVnvLMJ848

Further Maths
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXZyVHOMhyA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NofLHq0gDhI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dJqheOpRDE

Economics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgpFJgE4lwA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdNhvbD62n0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5Rc2IdA5jo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wnCdPYsn0U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzlpRFqp6sg

I will leave the rest for you to research.

Things I wished I knew when I was doing my A Levels:

Don't study your A Levels the same way you did for GCSEs; they're different qualifications and you should treat them as such

What gave you marks in GCSEs won't necessarily give you marks in A Levels

Some subjects are required for degrees, others are not - considering when thinking about which subjects to drop

Do as many practice problems in past papers as you can

Revise regularly and do this on an ongoing basis throughout your studies

The successful students spend 40-60 hour weeks on their subjects

A Level grades will become your differentiator when applying for grad schemes; don't compromise your grades even if you don't get into your ideal uni

If you don't get the grades you need, spend a gap year to get what you need so you can go into the uni that you want

Maths require a lot of practice, and it's ideal to have covered all your content before January of the year of your exams so you have more time to revise

Start researching companies that you want to apply to work at the moment you have finished your A Level exams

Work on the areas where you have the least marks (proprotionally), because that's where you will make the most improvement to your grades

Don't revise by passively reading through the material; use active recall and work on past paper problems

When looking at model answers, have something to contrast them with so you get an idea of how to score the higher marks - analyse these, especially for essay answers

Use illustrations to memorise lists as opposed a list to just memorise; other memorisation techniques include storyline method, memory palace, mnemonics, acronyms, diagrams, graphs, matrices

When writing essays, you need to apply a lot more than regurgitating theory; analyse and use a lot of critical thinking


Should i get a job and will be easy to balance with 4 a-levels?
I knew of a girl who did 5 A Levels (similar subjects to yours), got straight As, on top of doing a job, playing an instrument, and doing a lot of things at church. She went to Oxbridge though, so she was an exception.
Some of my classmates who did something akin to 4 A Levels managed to get part time jobs, but it really wasn't easy. What they didn't do was Chemistry and Further Maths as part of their options. These are not the easiest of subjects, and you would generally need more time to go through the material.
Yes, it's possible, but no I don't recommend it especially if you're a mere mortal and you're doing the subjects you chose.
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Reply 2
My biggest issue was never turning up and barely doing any work.
Reply 3
Original post by MindMax2000
I was wondering what are some tips and revision methods you would recommend?
It would depend on the individual as well as the subjects. Should I presume you intend to do a degree in medicine or economics?

You can normally search for the revision tips and advice for specific subjects on YouTube and Google. e.g.

Biology
https://www.academicunderdogs.com/how-to-revise-for-a-level-biology/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-J51KQZXrk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq6bl1fMQgk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhWJpUKUtyM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5WGo7S--EE

Chemistry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr1--mNkvGE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LklGzj15Y84
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvJZTVEV87U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXOWy8ONVr4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LddBZMFqGnU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH6sf_hMXCI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA-82LP904U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqS9ilBPh1g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV10FJXOf_s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LBx0TujNhc

Maths
https://alevelmathsrevision.com/how-to-get-an-a-star-in-a-level-maths/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3ctFrUX9iM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixf8RJp8H1s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrOhXvAQS6s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FVnvLMJ848

Further Maths
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXZyVHOMhyA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NofLHq0gDhI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dJqheOpRDE

Economics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgpFJgE4lwA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdNhvbD62n0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5Rc2IdA5jo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wnCdPYsn0U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzlpRFqp6sg

I will leave the rest for you to research.

Things I wished I knew when I was doing my A Levels:

Don't study your A Levels the same way you did for GCSEs; they're different qualifications and you should treat them as such

What gave you marks in GCSEs won't necessarily give you marks in A Levels

Some subjects are required for degrees, others are not - considering when thinking about which subjects to drop

Do as many practice problems in past papers as you can

Revise regularly and do this on an ongoing basis throughout your studies

The successful students spend 40-60 hour weeks on their subjects

A Level grades will become your differentiator when applying for grad schemes; don't compromise your grades even if you don't get into your ideal uni

If you don't get the grades you need, spend a gap year to get what you need so you can go into the uni that you want

Maths require a lot of practice, and it's ideal to have covered all your content before January of the year of your exams so you have more time to revise

Start researching companies that you want to apply to work at the moment you have finished your A Level exams

Work on the areas where you have the least marks (proprotionally), because that's where you will make the most improvement to your grades

Don't revise by passively reading through the material; use active recall and work on past paper problems

When looking at model answers, have something to contrast them with so you get an idea of how to score the higher marks - analyse these, especially for essay answers

Use illustrations to memorise lists as opposed a list to just memorise; other memorisation techniques include storyline method, memory palace, mnemonics, acronyms, diagrams, graphs, matrices

When writing essays, you need to apply a lot more than regurgitating theory; analyse and use a lot of critical thinking


Should i get a job and will be easy to balance with 4 a-levels?
I knew of a girl who did 5 A Levels (similar subjects to yours), got straight As, on top of doing a job, playing an instrument, and doing a lot of things at church. She went to Oxbridge though, so she was an exception.
Some of my classmates who did something akin to 4 A Levels managed to get part time jobs, but it really wasn't easy. What they didn't do was Chemistry and Further Maths as part of their options. These are not the easiest of subjects, and you would generally need more time to go through the material.
Yes, it's possible, but no I don't recommend it especially if you're a mere mortal and you're doing the subjects you chose.

Furture me, i gave up on getting a job LMAO and i already know from the workload i cannot keep 4 a-levels, looking for work experience and a job but also thank you so much since i took econ, bio chem and maths ur help was very useful
Original post by paracqilo
Furture me, i gave up on getting a job LMAO and i already know from the workload i cannot keep 4 a-levels, looking for work experience and a job but also thank you so much since i took econ, bio chem and maths ur help was very useful


You're welcome.

Just out of interest, did you wanted to do maths or economics at top end unis? If so, FM would help more than economics which isn't a required subject (not even for economics degrees - except for possibly one uni in the country).
Reply 5
Original post by MindMax2000
You're welcome.

Just out of interest, did you wanted to do maths or economics at top end unis? If so, FM would help more than economics which isn't a required subject (not even for economics degrees - except for possibly one uni in the country).


I was deciding between medicine and doing an economic degree - the most different degrees but i decided on medicine which is why i picked econ instead of further maths. I know i would love further (that's a lie i would be stressed everyday). At first i was considering doing econ at a top uni, we had cambridge let our school know that they know require fm for an econ. degree like many others. How's everyone going for you rn?
Original post by paracqilo
I was deciding between medicine and doing an economic degree - the most different degrees but i decided on medicine which is why i picked econ instead of further maths. I know i would love further (that's a lie i would be stressed everyday). At first i was considering doing econ at a top uni, we had cambridge let our school know that they know require fm for an econ. degree like many others. How's everyone going for you rn?


Trying to figure out whether I would absolutely need to do practical assessment for my A Level in order to do the degrees that I want to do, so I am currently waiting to hear back from the unis. It's a pain, but necessary.
Original post by paracqilo
Hey guys, i'm going into year 12; quite anxious about gcse results but hoping for the best. I was wondering what are some tips and revision methods you would recommend? Should i get a job and will be easy to balance with 4 a-levels? bio, chem, maths , econ or further maths


hiii, tips and revision methods i used was blurting and flashcards (I personally think these are the way to go 100% im predicted A*A*A this year because of these methods i would say), taking 4 a-levels is optional as most universities dont really care if you took 3 or 4, taking 4 is fine but if you slack in one you should drop it and focus on the 3 :smile:. and for your question for AS exams - i personally suggest re reading the textbooks they give you some people say its useless i thought it was extremely helpful and NEVER be afraid to ask your teachers for help!! hope you got good gcse grades bae love u x
Reply 8
Original post by paracqilo
Hey guys, i'm going into year 12; quite anxious about gcse results but hoping for the best. I was wondering what are some tips and revision methods you would recommend? Should i get a job and will be easy to balance with 4 a-levels? bio, chem, maths , econ or further maths

I know I’m late with this post, but if you’re going to have a job, make sure you don’t work more than 10-12 hours a week. Maybe even less, if you’re going to do 4 subjects. If you feel like you’re struggling with balancing the subjects and as having to sacrifice time on one for another, you might want to drop one. No university expects 4 A-levels, and most/all of them only offer based on 3 grades anyway. So it’s better to do 3 subjects and get high grades, than it is to do 4 but have your grades suffer due to having to split your focus too much.

The revision method I use is making summary notes on the content from class, then watching videos or using another revision guide/textbook to fill in any blanks or add details if I don’t understand. Also, exam questions. If you struggle with motivation to do an entire exam paper (like me), you don’t have to do an entire paper. Just make sure you practice exam questions in timed conditions. If there’s anything in the mark schemes you didn’t know, add it into your notes and focus on that area again until you try the question again and do better on it.
Reply 9
Original post by aleisham063
hiii, tips and revision methods i used was blurting and flashcards (I personally think these are the way to go 100% im predicted A*A*A this year because of these methods i would say), taking 4 a-levels is optional as most universities dont really care if you took 3 or 4, taking 4 is fine but if you slack in one you should drop it and focus on the 3 :smile:. and for your question for AS exams - i personally suggest re reading the textbooks they give you some people say its useless i thought it was extremely helpful and NEVER be afraid to ask your teachers for help!! hope you got good gcse grades bae love u x


Wishing you the best for year 13 + a stressful time seeing all my friends in the year above working to meet deadlines. You can do it !!!! U were predicted those grades cause your teachers knew you are able to achieve them. Don't underestimate urself!!!
Reply 10
Original post by Esisaxis
I know I’m late with this post, but if you’re going to have a job, make sure you don’t work more than 10-12 hours a week. Maybe even less, if you’re going to do 4 subjects. If you feel like you’re struggling with balancing the subjects and as having to sacrifice time on one for another, you might want to drop one. No university expects 4 A-levels, and most/all of them only offer based on 3 grades anyway. So it’s better to do 3 subjects and get high grades, than it is to do 4 but have your grades suffer due to having to split your focus too much.

The revision method I use is making summary notes on the content from class, then watching videos or using another revision guide/textbook to fill in any blanks or add details if I don’t understand. Also, exam questions. If you struggle with motivation to do an entire exam paper (like me), you don’t have to do an entire paper. Just make sure you practice exam questions in timed conditions. If there’s anything in the mark schemes you didn’t know, add it into your notes and focus on that area again until you try the question again and do better on it.

Thank you so much for the advice. I decided on not getting a job too. It would be too much of a hassle as i took content heavy subjects and have to do other things in school alongside my a levels. My school requires us to take 4 at as and then drop one in year 13. Again, thank you so much for the advice.

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