This year I have started studying for my a-levels, and honestly I definitely was not prepared for the jump from GCSE’s to a-levels. I don’t really think anyone can prepare you for the work load that comes with a-levels, however I’m going to give you a few tips and tricks which i have found to have helped me get through the stress. Somehow, I do actually enjoy revising sometimes and I know that the work i put in will all pay off in the end.
MINDSET: First of all you need the right mindset. You need to be willing to put in the work for your subjects and stay on top of your work, because if you start to slip away and fall behind you’ll struggle by the end of the year. Admittedly, at the start of the year i didn’t use my study periods and free time wisely and so i did begin to fall behind significantly in my subjects, especially History. If you want to do well and get good grades from your a-levels, then you’ve gotta stay on top of your work and be doing extra. It may be stressful, but at the end of the 2 years it will be completely worth it.
PRIORITISING: When doing any exams, not just a-levels, it’s very easy to prioritise the wrong things when doing revision and revisit the information that you’re already confident in, we all do it. You have to be able to identify your own strengths and weaknesses and address your weaknesses first.
ORGANISATION: Organisation is key, especially in the few months before your exams. Not everyone is able to learn and revise in the same way, and you have to be able to identify what kind of learner you are. For me, I’m a visual learner, so i benefit more from making mind-maps and writing endless flash cards out filled with information, but you might learn more from speaking and listening to yourself saying things over and over, or are insanely lucky and can learn just from your teacher speaking at you.
REVISION: Of course everyone knows that you have to revise for your exams, well I do anyway. When doing revision, don’t freak yourself out and overload yourself with a lot to do in a day. Prioritise the main subjects that you need to revise more than others and your a-level subjects that you need to revisit more than others, and go from there. Also, try and stay away from revising in your own bedroom, because its more than likely that you will end up getting distracted, and of course do not try and revise with your phone next to you. We’ve all tried that, and it never works, there’s always 1 more Snapchat you’re going to want to reply to but that isn’t going to get you you’re grades is it? Leave it upstairs on aeroplane mode or shut in a drawer somewhere, and don’t go on it unless you’re finished revising or are taking a break.
BREAKS: I cannot stress enough how important taking breaks is when you’re doing revision. You’re mind cannot focus at its full potential when revising for 5 hours straight, it’s too tired and it will be a waste of revision time. A small 5-10 minute break between subjects will help your mind relax and it will be much more rewarding when you’re doing your revision. Your breaks don’t have to be excessive, it could be getting a drink and sitting on your bed for 5 minutes or going out for a short walk, whatever you want, just not looking at a book!
So these are some tips and tricks which i have learnt through doing exams over the years and what i have found to help me. Obviously I know that not everyone revises the same and that this is only what helps me, but it could help you too.
Whats your best tricks and tips to revise?
Thanks for reading and I hope this helps!
See you on my next post,