There are some do’s and dont’s on your first day of A-Levels. Let me get the boring stuff out the way first. Bring the required stationary; pens, pencils, ruler and if you’re doing maths, a calculator. Blah blah blah, you know the rest. You’ve heard teachers tell you this a million times and you don’t take it in because it’s a teacher who’s told you this. But listen to a fellow student. Stationary is important and I strongly believe that if you are organised, then this will help you that little bit more in A-Levels. Also, bring a notepad to make a lot of notes in. This is one key difference between GCSE’s and A-Levels. At GCSE, you can blag your way through the entire year, revise the day before the exam by looking at some past papers and scrape a C. If you think you can do that at A-Levels, think again mate. With A-Levels, notes are crucial. So make sure that’s in your shopping list before you go to school. Also, sit next to people that will help you progress further in that particular subject. Yes, I know that it’s ‘cool’ to sit with your friends, but sometimes they hold you back and the ‘banter’ takes over which interferes with your education. To really do well in A-Levels, you have to concentrate at all times and sometimes, friends stop you from doing this. By sitting with someone clever, you kind of inherit their mentality in that subject and you will definitely feel a change, believe me. Ask the teachers what the specification is like. This will allow you to know what it is you’re actually learning in the subject. This is helpful in two ways. The first way; if you look at the specification and you don’t like the topics, you can change that subject to another one that you prefer before it’s too late. The second way; if you know what topics you are learning, you can plan ahead and make notes on those topics or just read about it so that when that topic comes up in class, you will already be familiar with it.
The main thing you shouldn’t do is take A-Levels lightly. This will probably be included in every one of my posts but I cannot stress enough how many students mess up because they thought the subject was easier than it actually was. This is where asking the teacher for the specification is helpful because you will know what you’re getting yourself into right from the get go. Even though A-Levels are hard, they are most definitely doable. All you have to do is revise smart and make notes that will help you with your final exam. Don’t just jot everything down. Jot down things that are important. If the teacher goes onto the next slide without you making notes, tell them. I’ve had some teachers do that to me and I was very verbal with them. Everything you need to smash your A-Levels, I will help you with that. Anything you need help on specifically, contact me. Look on the About page for details.