A Levels are hard, there is no doubt about that. I’ve been through A Levels myself and I know just how hard they can be, especially having done three heavily easy bases subjects. Even though A Levels have slightly changed since I completed mine a year ago I think my advice will still be helpful to make it that little bit easier.
In this blog post I’m going to give you my tips and tricks for stating organised when studying for your A Levels. Organisation is a really key factor which will help you to manage your workload so that it doesn’t get on top of you. The more organised you are, the easier you can manage your stress and the easier it will be nearer to exam season.
It’s never to late to organise your studying and note taking and here are my tips and tricks to stay organised and not let things pile up.
Use free lessons wisely.
In the first year of A Levels I didn’t use my free lessons as wisely as I could have done and instead I played card games with others! In second year I used my free lessons more wisely and wrote up notes and completed homework during this time to get it out of the way. Now, I’m not saying that you have to work in all of your free lessons the majority of the time I did.
Make use of folders.
Although this may seem obvious but a different folder for each subject is really useful. It makes it a lot easier to organise your notes for the different subjects and units/topics within those subjects. It’s simple but effective.
Keep on top of homework.
It makes your life so much easier to keep on top of homework. It means you won’t be rushing around to get it done last minute and it allows you to understand the work you’ve been set. If you don’t understand it, then you may have time to talk to your teacher about it.
Keep on top of revision notes throughout the year.
Whether this be through flashcards, mind maps or simply condensing the information into simpler revision notes like I did this very useful. It’s so much easier to make your revision materials throughout the year rather than leaving it to the end.
Make use of a planner.
It can be your school planner if they provide one or you could buy your own from somewhere like Wilko. I don’t know how people can live without a planner at sixth form – it’s the place where I kept all of my deadlines, my timetable, my exam dates, revision classes and much more! I don’t know what I would do without it.
Alternatively, make use of your digital calendar.
Personally I didn’t use this during sixth form but it does help some people. This way you can carry your tasks wherever you go and check them easily.
Make To Do lists.
This is something I personally didn’t make use of but I know they help a lot of people and I can see why. You’re able to see the work that you need to complete written down so you won’t forget anything. You should definitely give this one a shot and see if it works for you. It can be satisfying to tick your tasks off throughout the day!
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