Study skills

A-levels are now assessed by an exam at the end of the course, rather than coursework or modules taken throughout the course. So learning how to revise effectively can make a big difference to your final grades. 

When you’re revising for your A-levels, it can help to look back at how you tackled your GCSE studies.

For starters, it should cheer you up because you’re doing fewer subjects! Which means a less complicated revision timetable and more time to focus on revising each topic thoroughly.

It also helps to remember what worked best for you – organising and rewriting your notes, or reading them over and over? Breaking your topics down or creating test for yourself? – and where you revised most effectively.

Get motivated

Focusing on your goals can help you get through your A-levels. If you want to go to uni, your final grades are important – but so is the process. Studying for your A-levels teaches you skills that are useful for degree-level education and beyond. Take a look at these university resources to help broaden your approach to learning and revising.

What if something goes wrong?

Don’t panic – even if something happens and you don’t get the grades you want, it’s not a dead end. There are a number of ways to get into uni – if that’s what you really want. There’s still a lot you can achieve if you look for solutions instead of worrying. The government’s DirectGov website has lots of tips on studying for your A-levels and what to do when the results come out. And check out our FAQs to discover what you can do if your A-levels don’t quite go according to plan...