How to study A-Levels from home

Making the decision to take A-Levels can be a huge step forward in the right direction for your future. There are a range of subjects that you can choose from to help support your career choice. At the Online learning college, we have a range of courses for you to choose from, such as A level, Business, Economics or Psychology.

Whilst the thought of undertaking an A-Level online can be daunting, you will have immediate access to the course to get started and a personal tutor to help guide you through the course, give support and feedback to help you progress further.

 How does it work

When thinking about your future, you need to consider all the steps to take to get you where you want to be. Completing an A level may be the one obstacle you need to overcome to obtain your dream career. Making this decision is made even easier with access to all the information you need on the Online Learning College website.

 Each course has a detailed course outline and specification to view, to help decide if it is the right course for you. When you enrol on the course, you have 2 years to complete your A-Level. During this time, you will have 24/7 access to the course materials and unlimited support from your designated tutor. You also have the flexibility of being able to study at any time of day that suits you best, meaning you can fit in as much or as little time in a day, according to your own personal schedule.

Once you are enrolled, you can message your personal tutor at any time, and they will be happy to help give some guidance and tips on how to get started with the work. You will then be able to access your course and look at the lessons provided and the assignments/exams to be completed.

Being Organised

It is important to be prepared and organised when completing your A-Levels online. Before starting your work, look through your online lessons and assignments and calculate the amount of time you will need to spend on each. This will allow you to create manageable chunks of time to spend on each theme, not over facing yourself with too much work.

Considering your workspace when organising your studies is a big factor in ensuring you are being productive in your studying. Your study area needs to be inviting, with all the tools and resources you will need ready and available to you. Try to ensure you have little to no distractions in your area, as this can lead to procrastination and interruptions to your studying time. You may find it helpful to listen to music when studying. If you choose to do this, then try classical music, as it is less distracting.

Effective notetaking

Throughout your study time and revision, you will come across lots of useful information you need to be aware of that can be beneficial to your exams. It is essential that you find a style of notetaking that you can easily interpret and record, as this allows you to reflect on what you have written in the run up to completing your exam.

There are a range of different notetaking methods that you can decide between. A few examples of these are-

Mind mapping: Mind maps are a visual way of presenting your ideas, allowing you to make connections and give an overview of key points you need to know.

Tables: Making tables with your information is a good way of summarising the essential information you need to know, allowing you to group together similar concepts.

Highlighting and Annotating: Using a highlighter to outline key words in a text or piece of writing can be a useful way of remembering key words and phrases. You can take this one step further by including annotations, which are small notes and key ideas written on text, displaying your own thoughts, questions and ideas that link to the information.

Both electronic notes and written notes are useful. Choose a method that you feel most comfortable with. There is also the option of combining both if you feel this would be more beneficial. Completing an online quiz to discover what type of learner you are could also help you to discover what type of notes you should be making, that will work best for you.

Revision

When you begin your A-level course online, it is important to remember that you are managing your own time frame. You need to be sure that you remain motivated to stick to deadlines and complete revision for your exams. To do this, it is best to start as early as possible in your revision. When you complete one theme, look back over this and ensure you have selected the important information you need to know for future reference.

At the point you feel you are ready to start revising, collect all the resources and notes that you will need and find a quiet and calm place with no distractions. It may also be beneficial for you to download the exam specification, as this will help you to understand the objectives of the assessment.

When you have collected the resources needed, create a timetable wherein you split your revision into manageable chunks, as this will help you to prevent you from being overwhelmed. Create lists of what you need to do and give yourself deadlines to complete tasks. Crossing these off your list as you complete them will help to create a sense of achievement and push you to continue.

You may also find it productive to complete mock papers, to help give you a more accurate view of what you must do and what you need to look at further.

Next step

Taking the step of studying an A-Level, is an exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge and progress into your dream career, all whilst learning and studying from the comfort of your own home.

Get in touch with our Course Advisors to enrol and start your future today!