how to be a sucessful a level student?

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i have just finished my as exams, and will be moving onto a2 and was just wondering if anyone had any tips on how to be a sucessful, high achieving student? thanks :)

Posted Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 20:47 by Former Member

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As you've probably found out from AS, A levels are nothing compared to GCSE's. It's not as though you can cram last minute revision the day before the exam and walk out with an A .. or is it?

I did it for 2 of my A2 exams in January and came out with A's in both - funnily enough the one I did revise for I got a B in. One of the As was in Geography (which had pre-release material) so I knew what the paper was going to be on - so that played to my advantage. The second A was in Sociology, and out of about 11 topics at least that needed to be revised, I only revised 3 and luckily enough the other topics didn't come up! But it's certainly not worth chancing - I did suffer a family bereavement over Christmas hence why I revised so little for the January exams.

But as has been said above, revise early! Keep an organised file. I'm a lad and I'm always very organised .. it doesn't take much time and it makes your revision much more effective - you can start revising straight away rather than sorting out your folder with bits of maths, chemistry, biology etc here there and everywhere.

Personally, I had a ceremonial burning of my AS stuff in June, and didn't bother looking at A2. You've (presumably) worked your socks off at AS so have a break!! Now is the time! Revision and work can commence in September when you start back.

But the key two things are to a) Prepare and b) Keep on top of work.

If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. And B is vitally important - You may miss a homework and not hand it in but you will realise that it's a vital part of your course that may not even be taught in class. You may see it as a 'one off' but you'll soon get into the habit and start to leave more and more - and then when you look back after a month and realise how much you've missed - it's a lot! The way I got around this was to buy myself a little white board and write down anything I didn't finish in college (e.g. classwork) as well as all the homeworks I had to do. I would then rub them off one by one.

With regards to studying in your 'free' periods - this is totally up to you. I tend to avoid this and play cards and chat with friends. Especially after a long tedious lesson, the last thing I want to be doing is even more work. However, I know that by using my 'free periods' as leisure time - I will have to get it done when I get home. And I always make sure I do.

Best of luck for A2! The workload does increase dramatically and even more is expected of you than at AS.

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 22:20 by Christopher Cartwright
Edited by Christopher Cartwright on Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 22:22
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Start early, Organise one step ahead. Be prepared on the topics during this summer. HAve an organised plan on early revision from today! 20minutes a day is amazing trust me.. Have files and get prepared and start learning from now. Be ahead of the class and that's how you'll be succesful.

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 20:59 by Star Pupils Tuition
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Yeah I agree with the previous comment, as soon as you get behind even slightly, it'll start to snowball so staying on top of things is really the best way to do well. I would also add that if you have any free periods, make use of them. Don't sit and chat with friends and get distracted, go somewhere quieter.

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 21:48 by Laura Critchley
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relax a bit first

and be glad that you have completed AS

from there get all stationary ready early and go over topics so you are one step ahead

what really helps me is to rewrite notes that way it is easier and neater to go over when the exams do come closer

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 23:31 by Tiffany
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im starting A2 on thursday and ive just checked up on the topics i will be starting just to make the lessons a bit earlier so really all of the classwork will be more revisiony ... but yeah i think the main thing is relax for a bit but not too much so in september you can concentrate :) 

I've started getting the resources like textbooks etc so it won't be so much of a panic later but yeah i think keeping on top of things is gonna be key next year, even though we've been told that for years i think its more important now than ever :S

good luck :D 

Answered Mon 6th June, 2011 @ 14:27 by Pandora Lusby
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Try and focus all on A2 

Get organised early and Revise early

Make sure you do all homework and practice Exam questions and past papers so you are familiar with the exam format if it changes

Ask 4 Help when needed and make sure you sort out topics which you find difficult

Good Luck :D

Answered Mon 6th June, 2011 @ 18:40 by Ashlee