A-level exams are vital for 18-year-old students with big plans for their academic future. These tests are their ticket to a high-end university, yet to achieve that goal they’re obligated to make some serious sacrifices. Spring break is almost here, so we all know what that means. Students will completely forget about studying for exams and they’ll dive into a world of constant entertainment. It’s really important to have your priorities straight if you want to enter a good college, and that can only be achieved if you allot 2 hours a day for a study session. Let’s have a closer look at some really efficient tips meant to help you cope with an A-level exam revision during spring break.
Establish your exam revision techniques
Every student deals with A-level exams in their own way. The techniques that might work for you might not work for someone else. It’s all about gathering the material and testing the learning methods. Begin with establishing your very own timetable. Assuming that there’s plenty of time to begin a revision is not good enough considering that spring break is right at the door. On that timeline start writing exam dates and difficulty levels for each exam. It’s best to start your revision with the most difficult one. Some techniques you can use:
- Visual learning – highlighting can be an excellent study technique; keep things structural and only focus on key words not whole paragraph
- Audio learning – some students would rather record themselves read out loud and then replay what they’re recorded over and over again
- Revision notes & study guides
Find the right time to study
Experts advise students to study for their A-levels early in the morning. It’s important for the body to be rested in order to function properly. Now if you partied the night before it will be impossible for you to make the most of an exam revision session. A-level exams are not GCSEs; they’re a lot more important and they’re compulsory if you want to go to university. Scoring bad marks usually means getting into an average or mediocre college, and failing A-levels forces you to take a gap year and try your “luck” again in June the following year.
Don’t cram your study sessions
Students are used to the term “cramming” and most of them see this method as a last resort to pass exams. The truth is cramming is not a very practical learning strategy. Mixing up courses and struggling to accommodate a lot of information in less than week will eventually lead to disaster. The brain needs time to accumulate and memorize information. Also, periodic revisions are equally important if you want to pass A-levels with flying colors. Most students assume that if they study in the last minute they’ll manage to retain more information – they’re wrong.
One of the best learning strategies for A-level exams is to rewrites your notes over the over again. Gather all your study material – study guides, notes, courses, and books – and begin structuring the information. Underline keywords, write down short sentences (important sentences) making use of bullet points, and take full advantage of mind-mapping. Mind-maps start from a key word of phrase and they end up looking like spider webs. It’s certainly a great way to brainstorm information and “force” your brain to remember what you revised 10 days ago.
A-level exams are not about luck and every devoted student should know that by now. Skipping courses in the hopes that you won’t have to deal with a particular subject is not a very fruitful way of studying. Spring break looks tempting, yet you can’t allow entertainment to get in the way of your academic goals. Taking your time to relax is good, but it’s best not to exaggerate.
Mastering an A-level exam revision is possible even with spring break knocking on your door. Start ahead of time and commit to your timetable. Spending 2 hours a day studying and revising old notes is really not that bad. You can always spend the rest of your having fun. Students should really acknowledge the importance of these exams, and as soon as that’s out of the way, all you have to do is be prepared if you want to score high marks.
Author Bio: The article is being authored by Davis Miller. He hopes to share his knowledge and understanding of educations, exams, and revision. He recommends http://www.yorknotes.com/ for preparing revision notes for A-level exams.
Thank you Davis for these A-level tips!
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