It’s important to be prepared to go back into studying, especially if this is the year of your GCSEs or A Levels, and so I have a few tips on how to prepare for the study-filled times ahead.
First off, make sure you have all the equipment you need. That means a pencil case, pens and pencils at a minimum. I always recommend a ruler and rubber too, as even in subjects such as English Literature, you may need to draw up tables and charts to organise your work in. Highlighters are also something I highly recommend for AS and A2 students, as well as a diary or lined notepad.
Next, read a book. Seriously, read a book. ‘Why?’ I hear you ask; because at GCSE and A Level, at least half of your learning materials will be written in our beloved English language. Textbooks, online forums, past papers, they all have words! Chances are that unless you are a bookworm such as myself, you probably haven’t read much stuff over the summer other than tweets on Facebook, and let’s be honest, the grammar and spelling on Twitter is poor. Even just reading one short book, 200-300 pages, will be enough to boost your reading skills back up. As for writing, try writing out a page or two of something just to get your muscles working again, even if you just write out some song lyrics or favourite movie and TV quotes.
Thirdly, know your courses. Try and get an overview of what you are going to be learning this school year by reading the examiner’s reports and spec sheets. This is especially important at AS and A2 when you have fewer subjects that go much more in depth. If you are going in to your second year of A Levels and your courses are linear courses, then try and see how the new material you will be learning will link to what you have already learnt.
Finally, don’t panic. GCSEs and A Levels are going to be stressful, I’m not going to lie. However, if you go into them with a positive mindset, then the outcome of results will probably be much better than if you go into September and start the term freaking out and worrying before the teacher has even introduced themselves. So keep calm, be prepared and give it your best shot!