May Day lies behind us, and that means A-Level mocks are around the corner! A-Levels test a thorough content knowledge across your chosen subjects. As well as being US university testing experts, our tutors also achieved top A-Level grades and regularly help their students achieve similarly strong marks through developing their academic skills with online tutoring. Our expert personal tutors have put together their list of top tips for A-Level Mocks:
Step 1: Gather information. What content will be covered? Just this year or the whole two-year course? Are particular topics stressed? What types of exam questions will you face? Collecting this information gives you a clear picture of your upcoming test and allows you to organise and plan your revision more effectively.
Step 2: Make a revision timeline. Ideally, you should learn a concept then review it one hour, twenty-four hours, seventy-two hours and one week later to retain it properly. A-Levels necessitate a lot of facts, so this time commitment isn’t always possible but allow the spirit of regular repetition for retention to shape your revision plan.
Step 3: Confirm your content and consolidate. This stage is about preparing for the memorising stage: write out your notes, create your flashcards, organise your existing revision notes, record your review memos. Utilise a variety of senses and approaches to flesh out your revision approach: this will help the information work its way into your long-term memory.
Step 4: Do practice papers. Each A-Level exam board has multiple past papers available online as well as mark schemes: examine both closely, as well as any resources that your school provides in order to give you a dry run of the questions you will face. Complete them in a mixture of timed and untimed practices: both will reveal different aspects of what information you know best and what slips away under pressure.
Step 5: Test the depth and thoroughness of your knowledge. Get friends to ask you practice questions, engage in group study sessions and debates, write questions for each other – anything that makes you use the same knowledge in different ways.
Step 6: Study the test design. Examine previous past papers you have completed: set them side by side and analyse the question trends, purposes, and ideal responses. Exam questions and exam mark schemes tend to follow set patterns: find these and you put yourself in a strong position for success.
Developing academic skills for A-Levels and university success takes time and insightful reflection. Working with a personal tutor can jumpstart this process. Our Academic Team is currently offering free 30minute consultations for online tutoring and GCSE/IB/A-Level support! Contact our Client Service Team to arrange. Happy studying!