If you are just about to start out on an A level course - now is the time to start getting your brain back in gear. In this post, the tutors at Goldhill Education offer a pre-term checklist to help you hit the ground running.
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success
Alexander Graham Bell
Your GCSE studies will seem like a distant memory to you now. By now, you will probably be signed up for three (or four) subjects at A level.
Taking these five steps will help you to get ready for the big STEP UP TO A LEVEL
1. Consolidate your Core (Chemistry and Biology) building blocks
Biology and Chemistry share a lot of core concepts. The vocabulary underpinning both subjects includes words like ATOMS, MOLECULES , ELEMENTS, COMPOUNDS . As a student you need to be FLUENT in this language.
It is often really helpful to be able to VISUALISE these concepts rather than just using words to define them. The QUIZLET below will help you to refresh your vocabulary and help with VISUALISATION.
You used a lot of equations in your GCSE physics. You will probably have memorised them. In the QUIZLET below, see how many of the following equations you can still remember. You can use the drop down menu to select different study modes.
3. Get your (Maths) Motor running..
Remember the equation for a straight line? If you haven't already met it get to know Desmos
Have a play with Desmos below.
Rotate to give a Landscape view
Click the link to the bottom right to edit the graph in Desmos
See if you can use it to draw two concentric circles?
You are about to embark on a two year project to get yourself some A levels. You need to set yourself up properly. You will need to get used to working on your own . Private STUDY is essential for A level. INVEST some time now to organise your:
computer desktop and directories
This will help you KEEP UP with your studies from the outset.
5. Check your foundations!!
All your science and maths A level specifications have been written to follow onfrom successful completion of a GCSE, IGCSE (or equivalent) course in that subject.
Find out from your school or college which specification(s) you will be following IN EACH SUBJECT( the website should tell you).
Visit the relevant exam board website . See links below.
Download a pdf copy of the specification now for each of your subjects. ( caution - very large documents)
Save the documents in an obvious place in your directories on your computer.
Do not try reading the specifications from cover to cover !!!
DO TRY - finding your way around the document in your favourite pdf reader.
Practice annotating the PDF .
MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR SPECIFICATIONS Get to know them bit by bit.
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