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To get the best advanced level, i.e. A-level, results in the UK and in other countries in which the educational system is based on the UK approach, thoroughly review what you have been taught during the course. Once you’ve revised a particular section, practicing questions relating to that subject will often help you achieve a greater understanding. Learning and reviewing all the questions from past exams, which are usually available from your school, is also important. If your school or college provides review classes, attending these will provide a good opportunity to ask your teacher about particularly difficult subjects.
Reviewing the information on which you will be tested is the most important step to getting the best A-level results. Most subjects are divided into several different modules, with each exam focusing on one module. This means you don’t have to learn everything in the course to get good A-level results, just the information in the relevant module. If you are unsure what information is relevant to the exam, take a look at the course syllabus. This is released by the exam board and tells you which areas of the course are likely to be tested.
Knowing and understanding all the information in a course can be very important; to get the best A-level results, however, you need to be able to apply your knowledge. Many test guides come with a set of practice questions and answers, and it is very helpful to look these over until you understand them. Many students find it effective to review a small section of the course and then immediately go to the questions related to that section.
Practicing the questions from past exams is also essential to getting the best A-level results. Unless your course has recently been changed, which is sometimes the case, past tests provide a sample of the type of questions you will need to answer. If you feel comfortable answering all these questions and understanding them, the real exam might be a lot easier. This applies to most subjects, although creative courses such as art and drama are tested differently.
Many schools offer review classes in the period leading up to an exam to help their students achieve the best A-level results. If you can attend these sessions, you may find them useful because the teacher will often have a good idea as to which questions are likely to come up in the exam. Revision lessons also provide a forum to ask for detailed explanations of parts of the course that you don’t completely understand.
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