I hope you’re all doing well. I haven’t written a blog post in so long, but now I’m settled into university I thought it’s about time I got back into it.
I started my A-Levels at my school’s sixth form, and I hated every second of it. Half-way through I had already decided I was going to go to college the following academic year. I ended up doing so bad in exams, only passing Sociology and getting U’s and E’s in everything else, so I restarted everything in college, and of course, continued A2 Sociology. I ‘passed’ everything, but I wasn’t happy with my Chemistry and Biology grades, I think it took me a while to adjust to a new environment, and I didn’t give it my full 100%. I then progressed to A2 and made the decision to resit my AS levels (for the third time) alongside A2, and ended up leaving college with ABBC. I made some major changes for my third year of A-Levels, and completely changed the way I approached both college life and studying, so I thought I’d share what I did with you.
I started creating my revision resources from the very start of the year. After each class, I would go home and review my notes, re-writing them in a condensed, neat manner. I would also make flashcards for each topic as we progressed, typing them up and actually writing them out. It gave me an option to study on my phone whilst I was on the move (on the train back and forth for example). If you do this from the start, you aren’t going to be wasting precious time in exam season trying to get your notes written up, or writing flashcards, you can focus on practice questions instead and going over stuff you aren’t sure on. Remember to review topics on a regular basis so you don’t forget the content!
The way I organised myself made my studies so much easier. Here are some of the things I did:
• Each unit for each subject had its own binder. I organised these with subject dividers and plastic files, according to the topic within the unit. I would have three plastic files, one with PowerPoint printouts, one with my own revision resources such as notes and flashcards, and another with any practice questions I had done. This made it super easy to find anything I needed, I wasn’t constantly flicking through stacks of paper to find what I need, and I didn’t have any random pieces of paper hanging around.
• Every Sunday I would create a to-do list for the week. I would fill in the tasks I would need to do each day, and this helped me keep on track of my work, acting as a guide. It prevented me from sitting there procrastinating about what to study!
• Your environment can really affect how you feel. I study best at my desk at home, and a clean, tidy study space really works wonders. Different people study best in different locations!
Believe it or not, your outlook towards something can completely change the situation. I would dread going to school, and always had a negative outlook, making it worse than it probably was. I tried to stay as positive as possible throughout my third year and constantly thought of the motivation behind my studies (where I am right now, university). Try being more positive!
Having people around me supporting me throughout my studies really helped me do my best. I would always be too shy to ask for help when I didn’t understand a concept, but teachers are there for a reason and they aren’t going to bite your head off. Take advantage of all the help you can get! The constant support and motivation from people on my studygram also made me want to continue working hard throughout the year, and thanks to you guys I didn’t give up and ended up getting into the University of my choice.
I honestly think that you can achieve anything you want in life, you just have to be willing to make some changes and put the work in, and determined to get to your end goal. I realised what I really wanted throughout my A-Levels, and I made sure I did everything possible to get there. It was hard, and a lot of work but it was worth it!