It is May now. At this point in time, you should have completed all the content in junior college and have taken 2 more major examinations before the A Level exams. You might have also stepped down from your co-curricular activities and there is more time freed up for your studies, especially during the June holidays. With a paradigm shift in your timetable, it could start to get chaotic and pressure would slowly build up as you find yourself spending more time studying. In this article we give some tips on what you can do before you head for the A levels.
Firstly, come up with a timetable as to how you would spend our time. With a sudden change in your schedule where you are no longer committing your time to CCA and other activities, you’re more likely to procrastinate and waste your time. Moreover, you’re more likely to be able to allocate sufficient time to revise for each subject and spend more time on subjects that you are weak in. But remember to allocate time for rest and for family time to, as you would not want to burn out before the A Levels. Ultimately, life is not only about grades and hence you should not sacrifice family relationship and friendship for academics.
Secondly, you should start to consolidate your learning. Since you are likely to have completed or nearly completed the syllabus by this point, you would have a lot of content and notes, be it from school or from A Level Math tuition for example.
It would be difficult for you to remember so much information when it is all over the place. You might want to try drawing mind maps or summary sheets which compact all the information into a few sheets of paper, allowing you to easily refer to content when you need to. This is especially useful for revision before the exams and you can even have a quick read through just before you enter the exam hall.
Thirdly, you should start to practise questions, especially for math, physics, economics and general paper, I have found practising the questions extremely useful. This is because the A Levels test your application of the knowledge in these papers instead of the simple regurgitation of the knowledge. Your school would have given you some revision packages, and if you have signed up for A Level math/ A Level physics tuition classes, you would have also received sufficient questions for you to practice. You could start on those and start to familiarise yourself with the question types and hone the skill to apply your knowledge to different questions.
Lastly, if you are weak in any subjects and think you need tuition, you should start to sign up immediately. Don’t see tuition classes as a silver bullet, as it requires time for the tutor to teach you and for you to learn. Going for tuition one month before the A Levels exams will arguably have small returns even though I am sure both the tutor and student try their best. Start to look for a good tuition class early so that you could start to build your content knowledge and skills as soon as possible, allowing you to more easily overcome the upcoming examinations and A Levels.
6 months might seem like a long time, but you would have to spend it wisely if not you would regret when you take the a levels. Start a timetable, consolidate your knowledge and start practicing questions. If you have to, sign up for jc math, physics or chem tuition and receive the aid you need before its too late.