Hi there, are you a private candidate looking to re-take the A levels? If so, have you thought about the reason why you didn’t do well last year or the year before?
Whenever i see a private candidate re-taking the A levels, i would ask them if they’re aware that the odds are stacked against them doing better than when they were in college.
Firstly, you are no longer in an environment of learning. For the guys, most of them are serving NS, girls are working part-time. It’s an understatement to say you are NOT among
people in the same life-stage as you are. Meaning peer discussions and sharing studying tips are out.
Secondly, the structured learning that a school environment offers is no longer there. Instead, what you have are probably people who couldn’t care less whether you studied or not.
Without the discipline to complete assignments, the weekly practise of doing lab work and waking up early to study, the odds are that you will be lulled into inactivity most of the time.
Thirdly, resources are very thin for A level subjects outside of school. I’ve had a look at popular’s selection of A level assessment books and i do think sometimes that even Carousel might
have more useful resources. You need LOTS of practise.
What can you do?
Tuition is an option but it is probably not enough. What is crucial is that you get a complete set of materials, including revision packages, from your ex-JC. And then work out a schedule together with some friends to set a timetable for revising the syllabus. It is advisable if your finances permit, to hire an experience tutor to guide/mark your work together with a few other private candidates. If you are taking sciences, please consider registering at a private school such as BMC to practise doing lab work.
Be resourceful and change the way you approach the exam. Re-doing what you did the last time will probably yield the same or worse results.