Making the transition from GCSEs to A level can be very tough, and many students find it to be much harder than expected. Now that you’ve had some time to settle in, here is what you can expect in the coming months.
Be prepared to work HARD!
One of the first things you will notice is the increased workload. You will have more reading to do and have much more information to take in. Adjusting to the different way of working can be a challenge at first, but once you get into the swing of things, you’ll wonder why you were so worried about it in the first place!
Without organisation, you are doomed!
If you mastered how to keep good notes while you were doing your GCSEs, you’ll be off to a great start. If not, you may find it difficult to keep on top of things. When studying for your A levels it is crucial that you get to grips with organisation, as you will need to be able to locate notes easily for revision purposes
Fewer subjects does NOT mean less work!
As mentioned above, your workload will increase significantly, even though you are studying fewer subjects than you did at GCSE. That being said, you will have put a lot of thought into your choices, so gaining more in depth knowledge of them will be something you should be looking forward to! You can also look forward to being part of small groups with students who share the same passion for the subjects as you do!
You’ll have more free time, so use it wisely!
One of the best things about studying A levels is the fact that you will have much more freedom and free time than you did before. This is the stepping stone between school and university or working life, so you will be treated more like an adult. You’ll be responsible for managing your free time as well as your ever growing workload. Your teachers will expect much more from you, and although they will still be there to support you when needed, you will be greatly encouraged to think independently.