Any Important tips/advice for A2?

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Hey just started A2 in /Chemistry/Physics/RS/Sociology/Biology and already seeing the big step from AS to A2.

-How can you get a grade A* at A-level?

-Anyone have any tips/advice/words of wisdom(..of any sort) to get yourself through A2 and get those A/A* grades needed for university

Thanks ;)

Posted Tue 11th September, 2012 @ 17:33 by ELectrica!

5 Answers

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I just started A2 too so im no expert but i think its best to start revision now and not leave it till later. so maybe revise an extra hour outside of lesson for every subject youre doing. Teachers always encourage repetition as that helps information stay in the brain so repeatedly writing down the same things frequently or doing all home work set should be helpful. also doing individual work and approaching your teachers for help when you dont understand things would be a good way to go :) i guess looking through sites like this or thestudentroom to get help from peers as they are in the same situation as you would be a really good method of revision/would help with ensuring you achieve the best possible grade :)

Answered Tue 11th September, 2012 @ 21:19 by Ashley Odili
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as a student who has completed my alevels i would most strongly recommend revision right from the start. don't leave it too late or neglect your As. they need much more revision than GCSEs

  1. review your notes after each lesson to make sure you have understood everything
  2. find out from your teacher what you will be doing next lesson and look over it before hand - this way you will have more understanding of what you're being taught so the lesson will be more beneficial and you will be able to ask about the sections you are unsure on.
  3. Do as many past papers as you can - they don't even have t be from your exam board, just from the topic you are doing. and when done MARK THEM! you can't learn where you have gone wrong or improve your technique if you don't.
  4. do all of the practice questions/ revision / exam questions in your text book/revision guides without looking the answers up - this will test your knowledge and you can look up more detail after completing questions
  5. Repeat, repeat, repeat. everything. past papers, reviewing, making notes. ust to drill it into your head.
  6. it's never too late or early to start. first exams in January, that isn't long off. especially if you want to relax a bit over Christmas and you have a minimum of 2 other subjects to revise for. i'd revise as much as you can now, not in a month, and then continue up to your exams
  7. it's not quantity, it's quality. no point revising at 3am when you're so tired you will forget it all. but try to get in some each day.
  8. Revise in your free periods! don't just sit around doing nothing. if you don't want to revise or your friends are laughing just do your homework and tell them you're busy so can't do it later or that it's overdue!
  9. Another thing i did was a timetable- not of i was going to just revise biology or whatever between a certain time, but that i was going to do a certain number of pages, questions of exam practices so that i had a target to stick to and couldn't try pretend to myself i had revised

My biggest regret was not revising enough during As and getting BDDE - woops

that meant i had to revise loads in A2 as i had loads f retakes. i came out with ABB, but i was under 15 ums marks in each subject of the next grade up and felt if i had done more in AS i might have gotten the higher marks:/ although it was a pretty good improvement not gunna lie:P

So start early and revise hard! don't worry about what your friends are doing, if you think revision is beneficial do it and laugh in august when you  achieve some brilliant results!

Answered Wed 12th September, 2012 @ 21:47 by Alex
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thanks the comment was all very useful :)

how can you get the A* Grade, is it that you get two As both at AS and A2 it accumulates to an A* or is it that you get an A at AS and an A* at A2 

Answered Wed 12th September, 2012 @ 22:10 by ELectrica!
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the only way to get an A* is to get 

80% overall in your exams ( you don't need A in every As exam just an overall average of 80%)

and 90% in your A2 exams

Answered Wed 12th September, 2012 @ 22:15 by Alex
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thanks Alex ;)

Answered Wed 12th September, 2012 @ 22:27 by ELectrica!