Preparing for GCSE & A Levels During COVID: What Students and Parents Need to Know

Even though exams for summer 2020 were cancelled as a result of COVID-19, many students are still preparing for their GCSE, A-Level exams and assessments taking place in late 2020 and summer 2021. With many changes expected to happen for exams and the teaching time in between, it’s crucial that parents and students are aware of what to expect. Not only have students missed out on learning, they also have to continue to stay safe by socially distancing, which is why it’s so important they still have the learning time they need in order to excel academically. Here’s some of the newest information to help you prepare for the next round of GCSE and A-Level exams.

How Has COVID-19 Impacted GCSE and A-Levels?

COVID-19 has drastically impacted students of all ages and has disrupted the normal education routine for the majority of 2020. Even though learning remotely has been a wonderful alternative, most pupils will have missed out on learning and may need extra time in order to catch up and fill in gaps.

What Changes May Be Happening With GCSE and A-Levels?

The exams regulator Ofqual has confirmed that changes will be made to GCSE and A-Level assessments next year. Even though no changes regarding timings and format of the exams themselves seem to be happening yet, a short delay to the 2021 exam timetable is looking likely, especially as this will allow more teaching time. For more detailed information regarding the changes, check the GOV website here.

What Can Students Do To Prepare?

Start Revision Earlier Than Planned

We always recommend starting revision sooner rather than later, however, for the new academic year, it’s a great idea to start studying for exams even earlier than planned. Not only will this give students ample time to get prepared, but it’s also a great opportunity to identify the areas they need to spend extra time on. Whether it’s practice papers in test conditions or studying subject material – it will all help students get back into the academic mindset as well as help them identify their strengths and weaknesses.

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Get Extra Help With A Tutor

Getting students some extra help with a private tutor is an excellent way to support their learning and make up for any lost time ready for GCSE and A-Level exams. Having this one-on-one time not only means they’ll have their full attention at all times, but will also mean they can ask any questions they may have or spend extra time on a subject they’re struggling with. For more information on our online tutoring programmes, check our webpage here.