How to pass A levels
A-Level·4 mins·30/11/21

How to pass A levels

Are you searching for the best advice on how to pass A-Levels? Look no further! Scoodle’s got answers to all of your questions from when should you start revising for A Levels to how long should you revise for.

Of course, if you’re reading this you want to nail your A-Levels. Who doesn’t?

So, let’s start with the nuts and bolts.

How long should you revise for?

First and foremost, starting your preparation early and actually allowing yourself sufficient time to revise, are fundamentals when it comes to A level advice. I can’t advocate for this enough as it’s definitely the (quite obvious) trick that I missed!

Although nailing your A-Levels isn’t about competing with peers - although it may be about competing with your siblings - it’s certainly about performing to the best of your ability. To get ahead in this aspect you need to give yourself ample time. If you do so, you’ll be able to cover all the content and revise without getting stressed out. Being calm is a far better headspace to be in when studying and will make your learning process more enjoyable and efficient.

Wondering how to put this into action?

  1. Utilise class time to the max. Pay attention, take notes and if you’re unsure, ask questions.
  2. When you find out examination dates make a note of them immediately. Create a schedule working back from the exam date to ensure you can cover all the content.
  3. Where possible, condense notes at home the evening after you’ve written them.

Organise and Prioritise: When should you start revising for A Levels?

This next piece of advice centres around three keywords: timing, organisation and prioritisation. Not only are these fundamentals when discussing A Level advice but they will be vital skills for any future career pursuits.

There isn’t a set time to start revising but it’s fair to assume that most students revise best when they have a good balance between working and downtime. I’d say anything less than a month is risky territory as you might have to cram. Again, I wouldn’t want to be too prescriptive in this area so would advise that you analyse how you have found your previous exams and reflect on whether you’ve historically afforded yourself enough time, then go from there.

Things like the end of unit exams and mocks are a great starting point to get into revision and if you can carry on continuously chipping away at your revision from then onwards you’ll certainly be in a great position to take on the real thing.

Try to effectively prioritise when revising. It’s tempting to go over what you already know because it gives you a lovely little confidence boost. Whilst it’s good to revisit all the content before the exam, you should aim to really get to grips with the tricker content. Perhaps try categorising topics with a traffic light method - green amber and red for differing levels of understanding - and then go from there dividing up your time.

Wondering how to put this into action?

  1. There’s no one size fits all approach so evaluate what has worked for you previously.
  2. Prioritise your weakest subjects and topics using the traffic light method.
  3. Attend mock exams and end of unit tests.

Set yourself up for success

Admittedly, keeping yourself motivated can be hard. Try setting yourself up for success by studying in a quiet place with minimal distractions. Additionally, everyone has their preferred learning style, so try finding yours, or why not try out the scribble method? Additionally, avoid focusing on short-term memory and racing against the clock. Instead, try to do some quality revision each day focusing on building your understanding of key concepts rather than cramming a lot of information in.

Wondering how to put this into action?

  1. Know your starting point and track your progress, celebrating the small victories along the way.
  2. Set yourself achievable goals.
  3. Try and do a few past papers a week to gradually ease yourself into revision.

Keep calm and carry on

It’s totally normal to be nervous about your upcoming exams but it’s also critical to your performance to remain calm. Simply put, try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Knowing that exams don’t define you is critical. They are not, in the words of Shakespeare the be-all and end-all.

As we’re reminded yearly on Twitter, Jeremy Clarkson's doing alright for himself after achieving a C and 2 Us. What’s more, try to exercise regularly and fuel your body for success to keep healthy as this also has an impact on your mind.

Wondering how to put this into action?

  1. Avoid getting too stressed out by giving yourself ample time to prepare.
  2. Rest. You don't want to spend days studying a topic that can easily be studied in a couple of hours.
  3. Keep your brain fresh by exercising and fuelling your body well. Remember you can only perform at your best when you’re happy and healthy.

Ask for help when you need it

Once you’ve sussed out the basics like how long to revise for and you have a better understanding of how to pass A-Levels, it’s time to begin the real hard work. At this stage, it’s important to know when to seek help with your studies. If there's a certain area you’re aware you struggle with, be sure to check out Scoodle. We have a wealth of resources, a highly recommended Q&A facility and hundreds of fantastic educators on hand to help, so get booking now!

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