I have been told by many people that the biggest transition in education is not from Sixth Form to University but actually GCSE to Sixth Form. However, fear not, my friend. After finishing my studies as a Sixth Form student and achieving A*AACC (still not happy about them two Cs!), I can give you many helpful tips on how to maximise your education, achieve the highest grades while enjoying your social life outside of Sixth Form.
#1 What to do in Free Periods!?
- Of course, finish your homework and carrying on studying which you should put as priority first over anything else. Put some music into your ears and get working and time really does fly by! It’s always best to try and stick to a routine when choosing what free periods you are going to study. For example, stick to a timetable where, let’s say, Wednesday’s free periods consist of you catching up on homework.
- Bring your iPad in and play games, watch a movie or listen to music.
- Bring a portable games console in to play on.
- Sit and socialise in free periods where you know your other friends have free periods too.
Where to Study in Free Periods?
Lunchtime and Breaktime
You should ALWAYS do well in Coursework
What you put into coursework is the grade you get out of it.
If you don’t put many hours in, you will not do well. In essence, it is easy marks. Therefore, always make sure you try your absolute best and put more than necessary hours into all your pieces of coursework.
Record your Results before Exams
- My Physics AS G492 exam papers were, on average, getting better. I had a small dip in my percentage which led me to revise a bit harder. After that, you can see my results get better where my actual exam grade was at all time high.
- For Maths A2, although it is harder to tell, you can still see some correlation between the results I obtained. On average, every graph has positive correlation. The only anomaly is the 95% I actually achieved for C4 which I am still baffled about how I did that!
- My Maths C2 papers almost had reached a maximum. For this reason, I realised that even if I did more papers, my grade wouldn’t really change. It was for extra revision at the last minute that enabled me to a 95% again.
- My Maths AS past papers made clear, to me, that I was gaining the most improvement with S1 statistics. For this reason, I did hold back the revision on the other two modules and concentrated on S1 which is noticeable with C1 where it dips a little. Due to this dip, I then concentrated my effort equally on all three papers.
Maths A Level (OCR)
- Being taught something new in class.
- Attempting to use the newly-taught maths with questions in an exercise.
- Finish the exercise off as homework.
Physics B (OCR)
English Literature B (AQA)
Here are the two essays I did at A2 of which I both got an A for:
Business Studies (AQA)
- It means you are great at essay writing.
- You are able to analyse text, data and come to a conclusion about what they mean.
- You are good at making rather challenging mathematical equations.
And of course, Socialising
- Whatever time you are going to them, go 30 minutes later unless it’s your friend who is hosting the party.
- If drink isn’t provided, take more than enough for you to get drunk on. This is because the chances are somebody is going to eye up your drink and take some!
- Whatever time you are going to leave, leave 30 minutes later.