Vital advice from former students about starting AS

Studying for C3 / C4Congratulations!  You have just got your results for your GCSEs and are probably having mixed emotions.  Some of you will be very happy and looking forward to celebrating, while others will feel that they could have done better.

For those of you going into Sixth Form or College to start your AS studies, these following students have kindly given their top pieces of advice in hope that you will not only have a great time but also get the best grades.

“This year, there are no January sittings so MAKE SURE you do all past papers early.  You’ll need time to figure out how the A-Level style questions are different.  If you rely on natural talent, you will fail.”  –  Simon York

“Universities will look at what you get in your AS exams, and schools will make predicted grades based on your AS exam results.  Make sure you ace these if you want to go to a top university.” – Hannah O’Pray

“Everyone told me GCSEs are hard but I did last minute revision and got As.  I tried that at AS level and I got Ds.  A Level isn’t hard but it certainly isn’t something you can do last minute.” – Nikesh Patel

“The questions in the textbooks don’t necessarily match the questions in the exam.  Make sure you do all of the past papers.” – Rajesh Pandya

“Make sure you ask your teacher if there’s something you do not understand.  A-Levels go deeper into things and topics build on each other.  If you are unsure about something, don’t ignore it.” – Matthew Wallice

“Ask A2 students for help.  They are in the college with you and they have already gone through your year.” – Graham James

“Pick a few past papers that you will never look at while studying so that you can use them as an authentic mock.  You won’t see your real exam beforehand and you need to practise that.” – Manish Joshi

“Don’t get behind with your schoolwork.” – Phillip Oluwo

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August 22nd, 2013 Author: Sati

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