Mainly targeted towards j2s who are facing an increasing amount of workload and desperate to catch up on their grades before the major exams (Most of the stuff I’m including here is based on my own experience and I cannot guarantee it will be effective for everyone!)
As requested by @studysorcery 💕💕
1. Study groups
Do what you need to do, get some of your classmates together and form a study group to discuss tutorial questions, craft essay outlines, share resources etc.
- helpful if you tend to stray away from your tasks/get distracted easily
- having more people work on an assignment -> more opinions/methods to get to the answer
- in my lit class me and a couple of my classmates decided to create a google drive folder where we would dump all our lit essay outlines/analysis for different themes etc. (the more the merrier) in a way it helps especially when revising.
2. Understand requirements of the syllabus
Most lecture notes provided by schools usually include everything you need to know for the syllabus examined, but some might include additional info here and there so if you’re rly pressed for time you might want to ignore those.
it’s not just force feeding info and that once you get the info that “answers” the syllabus requirement you’re done
- a’level questions place a lot of emphasis on your ability to apply the knowledge learnt into weird questions
- when you’re reading something try to think of possible ways in which questions may be phrased in order for you to make use of the info you’ve learnt
3. Effective ways of studying for each subject
Doing up mind maps, timelines, essay outlines, research packages( where you do research on a specific topic and collate stats, facts etc). If you’re unsure as to which approach to take when tackling each subject, ask your tutor for advice. Eg. doing essay outlines may be helpful for subjects such as economics, literature, history etc. where there is usually a lot of elaboration/analysis and writing involved.
4. To catch up on past topics or move ahead instead?
If you rly rly have a lot of backlog, I suggest to just move on to the upcoming topic you’re doing in class. BUT!!! that is provided that the previous chapters are not linked to the current one you’re learning bc if not everything will just be 29834728178 times worse.
For topics that are not interlinked, just move on and work harder to make sure you have a good grasp of the content. Once you’re confident with that, squeeze out a small bit of time to go back to the previous chapters. Don’t try to rush it all in a couple of days bc you’ll just burn out and feel overwhelmed by the end of the week.
easier said that done lol :”)
5. Do your tutorials. Do. It. And submit them for marking. Any questions? Write them on post-its and paste it in your tutorial for future ref if u don’t have time to address it now
6. Try not to disregard your lecture tests/assignments as much as possible
lecture tests? what test? unless you’re really desperate and pressed for time, please try your best to study, or at least revise for your lecture tests. Many of those tests are put in place for a reason. While the questions tend to be trickier than those in the tutorials, most are set such that they will cover the basics/foundation concepts that are taught in the specific chapter. If you can do those questions, you’re more than halfway there.
7. Extra “free time” bc no more cca? Coooooool. Go for consultations with your teachers or use the time to catch up on your j1 topics
Prep some work and go through them with your tutor, or clarify all your doubts that you have from each chapter before it’s too late and suddenly your tutor is the most popz person in school
8. Aim to start revising for mid years/prelims at least a month before
It doesn’t have to be like 2 hours of continuous studying, but it doesn’t hurt to set aside 30 mins of revision to recap your memory before you start to go full steam ahead. That way the content wouldn’t seem foreign as if you’re looking at it for the first time
9. Revision packages? Try to work on a topical one b4 doing the yearly one unless you have a good grasp of at least 50% of the syllabus
i was lazy and thought that attempting the math yearly revision packages/past year papers would be better than starting from the topical ones
HAHAAH wrong choice made if you’re like me and are still struggling with certain/most chapters for a particular subject, it might be better to attempt the topical tys until you’re somewhat confident that you can tackle the yearly one. While some people will say that it’s better to do the yearly one bc the questions often tend to merge multiple topics together(eg. math), I personally feel that there isn’t much point in trying to falsely comfort yourself into thinking that you’re “ready” by doing a full past year paper (and then trying to check the step-by -step answers to give yourself hints while attempting questions lol)
Ultimately it’s still up to your personal preference, though. Like i’ve said, this is all based on my own personal experience, and if you’re really at a loss as to what to do/how to approach your revision plan, seek help from your respective subject tutors. It’s not too late to start now(if you’ve been slacking for the past year), don’t try to cram everything together, and take it one step at a time. Jiayou and atb in your studies! Also just bc it’s your a level year it doesn’t mean a levels > your mental and emotional health > everything ;_; so please do take care of yourselves!