Chapter 6: A-Level and IB Prep

All the exam prep tips mentioned in the GCSE section above are applicable to studying for A-Levels and the IB in Years 12 and 13.

These exams are a bit more challenging, and require more time to really understand the content, so we’ve added a few more pointers to help you through the revision period:

1) Think outside the box

You’ve already done your GCSEs where you’ve had to learn entire specifications, but A-Levels and the IB exams are a bit less rigid. This means you have time to really enjoy your subjects.

Don’t play it safe and regurgitate information. If you read up on your topics and really engage with them, you’ll have a much better chance of sounding original and intelligent in the exam. This will also prepare you for university.

2) Be confident

You’ve specifically chosen these subjects because you like them, so make sure you don’t doubt your abilities. A passion for learning really shows in the final exam, which comes naturally when you’re interested in what you’re doing.

This is also something to think about when choosing you’re A-Levels. You should never try to be tactical or please other people. Most universities, unless you’re doing very specific subjects, just want three good grades in any subject.