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Nailing the step up to A2

Right, AS levels are done, now it’s time to strap on your seat belt and get ready for the next stage – A2s.

You’ve got a few weeks before they begin so what can you do right now to get a head start on the final year of you’re A levels?

A step up

Yes, A2s are harder than the AS courses you’ve just taken, just like those AS levels were harder than GCSEs. At A2 the concepts will be trickier, the analysis deeper and the exams more demanding (and probably longer). You’ll be expected to link different parts of the specification together so you can show your understanding of the ‘big picture’ of the subject. Your teachers will expect you to work independently and assume that you’re super-motivated and willing to exchange ideas in class.
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But you can do all of that – it’s just the next step.

Getting prepared

Why not read some popular books that relate to the subjects you study? Maths students might enjoy Alexanders’ Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos; Biology students could try Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene and Sociology and Psychology students How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran.

Don’t bother with textbooks (useful but they’re not really meant to be read all the way through) or anything directly related to the A2 course. Choose something that looks really interesting and off ...

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