How many hours a week, outside the classroom, as best to put into a levels to achieve A*/A's at AS level?

  • 1 vote

I am doing the subjects:

- English Language

- History

- Government & Politics

- Philosophy & Ethics

How much extra time would you recommend, per subject, per week?

Posted Sat 1st September, 2012 @ 11:55 by melissa

21 Answers

  • 7 votes

hey people, well this seems to be a very popular topic on GR. 

Some of my top tips that are really effective which could help are:

-Get yourself organised. Make a timetable on GR which is realistic and you WILL stick to, by this you will know how much time you got to work on ie your homework/revision/extra reading/extra stuff . Get quality books/stationary/diary/materials which you need to get organised...i know its cliche but it does wonders!

-Make a list per week your targets of all the things you WILL do: ie finish reading/understanfing about cell signalling/making sure you go to the extra maths lessons after school .if you have two free lessons then make use of the time by doing all your homework/courswork/extra reading/extra independant research. The more you dive into a topic, the more you understand and consolidate your knowledge, thus pulling your grades up

-Get yourself a studybuddy: if you know someone who is really good at solving chemical equations, or is extremely passionate about politics then ask for their help, discuss/debate about views/topics/answers for an exam q. Trust me you will learn lots in the lesson and plus you will get your classwork less homework!

Answered Fri 7th September, 2012 @ 17:32 by ELectrica!
  • 6 votes

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 Tue 11th September, 2012 @ 00:35 by Alex
  • 4 votes


I am also looking for help as well, but my teachers say that time in class should be matched out of class.  However this may seem rather tedious if you are doing 4/5 a levels.

As I am doing 5 a levels, i am aiming to do 30mins per subject every week day.  I am sure that if you planned your day and built a timetable using this website you will be able to get great grades, by knowing that you have a set time for studying.  In the 30mins I will firstly do my homework (any that I get) and then start revising previous topics that have been covered in class, or that have not.  I am sure if you look up about a topic before it is taught in class you will understand it a lot more.

From previous experience with GCSEs, when you do the extra time you need to set yourself not to be distracted and focus 100% as this will benefit you greatly.

Hope this helps

Answered Sat 1st September, 2012 @ 12:47 by Former Member
  • 4 votes

Hey, I'm doing english lit, politics and history as well - for AS I found that if you work 1 hour, 30 minutes every week day, it will help if you make a timetable and make sure you get all homework done as soon as you get it. If at weekends you work in the morning, it means you have the late afternoon to relax and this will really help you if you want to push yourself. Good luck and don't worry, AS' are not difficult if you put the work in.

Answered Mon 3rd September, 2012 @ 15:53 by shinysugarpuff
  • 4 votes

If you mean "outside the classroom" as at home then you should get youself a revision guide book of each subject that you are studying then do up to 1-2 hours of each subject because of your large amount of freetime at home.

Once you've done that go back to what you've learnt and see if you remember what you just learnt then repeat the process untill you got alot of facts and answers engraved into your brain.

 Repeat the process untill you've completed each book then go back again and check that you still know alot of things in each of the book, if you do this you are bound to get an A*



Answered Mon 3rd September, 2012 @ 20:16 by Theophilus Taiwo
  • 4 votes

At my college they recommend that we do 4-5 hours for each subject outside of lesson time. It sounds like a lot, but it's really not that hard. If you use your free periods at college and do a couple of hours each week night, you'll find it really easy to stay on top of your work. I use this system and it works really well. It even means that I can have Friday nights and weekends free!

Answered Wed 14th November, 2012 @ 19:58 by Chloe Louise
  • 4 votes

rather than doing every subject every night i think its better to assign specific subjects to specific days. i.e 2 hours of one subject a day on top of that any homeworks and just skim through what you've done that day. you could shift this around to give yourself some free time on the weekends or a friday night. I found that this worked for me last year

Answered Thu 13th December, 2012 @ 15:03 by Amina
  • 3 votes

I plan to do 30-45 mins of each subject each day, I'm making a timetable as soon as I can and I will revise what i've learnt that day, as well as any homework or coursework.

Answered Sat 1st September, 2012 @ 21:17 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
  • 3 votes

My Psychology and my sociology teacher have both said you should do 5 hours of revision at home, for each subject, every week, to get the top grades at A-level :)

Answered Sat 8th September, 2012 @ 11:37 by Charlotte
  • 2 votes

Ellouise Lewis Just 1 question, did you do 1 and a half hour revision for each subject every weekday? or was it revision in general for the 1 and a half?

Answered Wed 5th September, 2012 @ 08:10 by Former Member
  • 2 votes

Hi I'm doing biology, chemistry, physics and maths - all of my exams are in May/June apart from one maths exam in January.

How much time do you recommend I do outside of class to get good grades?

Answered Wed 14th November, 2012 @ 21:10 by Joanne
  • 2 votes

I would say 4 to 5 hours is sufficient. If you have spare time on your hands, doing more than that won't hurt!

Answered Sat 17th November, 2012 @ 16:28 by Chloe Louise
  • 2 votes

Hey, I do English Lit and History too. I tend to find that these subjects take alot of time outside the lesson because there is so much content - especially in History! Just make sure you spend equal amounts on your subjects - perhaps make a timetable.

Answered Fri 14th December, 2012 @ 19:47 by Lauren
  • 1 vote

Heya , how many hours a day would you guys say for those doing GCSE? to achieve an A/A*? (: 

Answered Mon 3rd September, 2012 @ 17:10 by Layan<3
  • 1 vote

rather than doing every subject every night i think its better to assign specific subjects to specific days. i.e 2 hours of one subject a day on top of that any homeworks and just skim through what you've done that day. you could shift this around to give yourself some free time on the weekends or a friday night. I found that this worked for me last year

Answered Thu 13th December, 2012 @ 15:03 by Amina
  • 1 vote

 amina thats what i do and it works, it give me most of my weekends free

Answered Thu 13th December, 2012 @ 16:27 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
  • 0 votes

Okay thanks :) by the way what subjects do you do?

Answered Sat 17th November, 2012 @ 17:16 by Joanne
  • 0 votes

Eyya im doin law,psycology and sociology at a-level and i was wondering if anyone knew what is the most effective way to revise for law 

Answered Sat 17th November, 2012 @ 22:34 by Kira Ayaz
  • 0 votes

20 hours for each subject, per week!

Answered Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 18:02 by fatma
  • 0 votes

one of my teachers said that they recommend we do 2-3 hours outside of school per day which works out at 10-15 hours a week

Answered Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 18:22 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
  • 0 votes

To get grade a stars in a levels I was told by someone who got a stars that u need to revise 4 hours a day on weekday and 10 hours a day on weekend at the start of the year it's the only way to get those 3 a stars

Answered Mon 29th September, 2014 @ 14:46 by Mikyyyy