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The autumn term accounts for about half the teaching time in the AS year, and the eventual outcome of your AS examinations is in large part dependent on the study habits you develop in the first term.

You will need to establish a systematic work strategy in the first fortnight of Term, and one that enables you to spread your study time sensibly and fairly. You must, therefore, return to school in September determined to tackle your AS courses head on, and equally intent on developing effective study skills and habits. You should be in no doubt that the Sixth Form is, by some margin, your most important time at school; it lays the foundations for the upper sixth year, provides you with the opportunity to develop a range of skills, and determines your university and further education options.

The speed of adjustment to the pace and style of AS standard work in the Sixth Form naturally varies from individual to individual. The work will be more demanding than at GCSE, and there will be plenty of it. If you are going about your studies in an appropriate fashion you will find yourself very occupied with academic work, both during the evenings and over the course of a typical weekend. You must therefore adjust very quickly to these facts of life in September, for you will quickly discover that the secret of academic success lies in commitment, organisation and momentum. In the first term of Sixth Form, you may find the change in approach to study unsettles you. You will certainly need to organise your work. For example, you must look ahead and not think of set periods of homework. Staff will expect work to be completed on time. It should not be left until the last minute but should be done efficiently during study periods in School or at home. Moreover, the work set by your subject teacher is a minimum and wide background reading is necessary in every subject. Some people find the transition from GCSE to AS level difficult, but this should not discourage you.


 
 
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