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All of our staff will say that those students who do best at A Level approach their studies in the same way. Here are some of the features of ‘the successful student’:

  • They are well organised, keep their files up to date and devote adequate time to thinking about their subjects, preparing work and revision.
  • They keep abreast of developments in their subject by watching current affairs programmes, reading quality newspapers and appropriate magazines. They use this knowledge in discussions and written work to give extra depth to their ideas and to ensure they see topics from a range of different angles.
  • They actively use the OLC and Learning Gateway, and engage in all the relevant learning activities.
  • If they are struggling, they don’t bury their head in the sand and hope it will all go away; they seek help quickly and put in the necessary time and effort to overcome their difficulties.
  • They act on all advice given by teachers.
  • They view learning as a two-way process and engage positively in class. They concentrate, take adequate notes and ask questions. They don’t just accept what the teacher says at face value if it doesn’t make sense to them; they challenge and debate ideas until they feel that they have a full, rounded understanding.
  • They take reasonable breaks from their work to ensure their minds don’t become over-tired, but they don’t waste large amounts of private study time chatting when there is work to be done.
  • They revise material in preparation for the next lesson so they can understand more easily how the new material builds on what they have already covered. This keeps the work fresh in their mind and reduces the workload at examination time.
  • They go back over their previous work and use their teacher’s comments to improve it; teachers are very happy to remark work which has been improved.
  • They use their planners effectively to ensure that they can manage their time effectively and complete work by, or preferably before, the deadline.
  • They enter fully into Sixth Form life and make the most of the opportunities offered, but they are careful not to take on too much.

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