I've been studying Spanish at AS Level since September but I'm really beginning to struggle with all the grammar, tenses and vocabulary that I have to learn. Is it worth me carrying it on or should I drop it and focus on my other three subjects (Art, Psyc

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I love my class, my teacher and the subject as a whole so I've been apprehensive even thinking about dropping it but A Levels are a lot harder than I thought they'd be. Does anyone have any advice on whether or not I should drop it, and if I didn't, how I could manage my time etc. 

Posted Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 16:46 by Jade Kirk

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alevels isnt a piece of cake, you need to pull your socks up, dont just give up because of the work being hard

 try harder because launguage alevel is very respected therefore you will benefit when it comes to applying for uni. You say your teacher is really good then ask her to help you every now and then, thatas what she is employed for

if you are taking 4 alevels, then drop it after jan 2013 exams. If not then ask your teacher about it

hoep that helps 

^_^

Answered Wed 28th November, 2012 @ 22:26 by Ruby
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I'm in year 13, studying Spanish at A2, and this time last year I was thinking exactly what you are and was planning to drop it. I ended up dropping Psychology just because having a language at A level really sets you apart from the crowd; not many people have the motivation and discipline required to learn a language. Now I'm (hopefully) on the verge of going to university to study Spanish as part of my degree, so I've completely changed my mind from this time last year.

You need to keep on top of the grammar. Make yourself flashcards for every tense and revise them every now and then; I'm still doing that now! Really immerse yourself in the language, that's the only way you will keep it up. Read the news in Spanish, listen to Spanish music, watch Spanish films and TV, put your phone and Facebook in Spanish.

A levels in general are very horrible and difficult, I'm afraid they don't get any better in year 13. I'm a stressy person, so as you can imagine I find it difficult to cope with the stress that accompanies A levels, but you just need to keep your head down and plough on, I promise you it will be worth it.

If you still feel like you want to drop Spanish, it's still worth putting an equal amount of effort in this year as with your other subjects. I hope you don't, but you might find yourself in a postion in the summer where you're forced to drop another subject, so you want a decent grade in Spanish. If you're applying to university, it won't look too good to have a bad AS grade on your UCAS application; you have to enter all your exam grades.

I hope this helps you. Trust me, A levels overwhelm everyone, you're not alone! If you need anymore help or advice about Spanish or A levels in general I'd be happy to help, I understand exactly how you're feeling :)

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 09:54 by Alice
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Like Alice said, I'm also now studying Spanish at A2 level, and I too was in the same mindset as you this time last year. If 'Psyc' is meaning psychology, I also study that too so understand the workload you're under!

I really struggled in all of my subjects with the jump between GCSE and AS, especially in Spanish - I felt like my teacher, who was the same one I had at GCSE, was suddenly asking too much of me and I didn't feel like I was progressing or keeping up at all.

But for me there became a point when I realised just how much I had developed, which was when I realised how little Spanish my friends who had done it at GCSE then knew. It made me feel much more advanced and gave me the confidence boost I needed to carry it on. There'll come a time - very soon I'm sure - that the penny will drop and the grammar will suddenly make much more sense.

I won't lie - of course I still struggle with aspects of it now, but I came out with a very high B at the end of AS, and I'm retaking the reading/listening/writing next week in the hope to pick up the couple of marks that would have made it an A, so it's definitely do-able, because I never dreamed I'd get an A - I've also been predicted one for the end of year 13!

So chin up, keep at it - and good luck!

Answered Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 16:52 by Fay