How to ACE Your A-Levels

Updated for 2018 and applicable for exams in 2019/2020, How to ACE your A-Levels teaches you how to ACE your exams. No matter how smart or behind you may think you are this book will teach you how to revise… properly!


This is my story. I was an average student in a typical state school. I was by no means a ‘geek’ or conversely, a ‘bad-boy’. I was just a normal guy. I went to all my lessons and did my homework. I did everything my teachers told me to. BUT, I failed my AS levels.


I was shocked, how did I fail when school had given me all the information I needed to pass the exams? I knew it was something to do with the way I worked and the solution would be to rectify my revision technique. I formulated a handful of simple strategies tailored to the specific type of learning in each of my subjects. I created detailed plans on how to absorb the information to perform and achieve my target of at least 3 A’s out of 4 subjects.


One year later, I finished college with straight A grades. At university, I used the same principles and techniques to motivate myself, and it worked. I left UCL (University College London) with a first class honours degree. My results were in the top 5 percent of the year and I was awarded with a commendation of excellence by the Dean of Students. Since my AS levels, I have never failed an exam, and I have full faith that I never will.


Over the years, with the help of the co-author of this book, I gathered all these techniques and produced a 3 step plan for students.


Step 1 is ‘Method’. We tell you what top students do to secure top marks in exams. Here we cover repetition theory, the most effective memorisation techniques and discuss how to tailor your learning technique to the subjects you are taking.


Step 2 is the ‘Study Cycle’. For years I’ve heard the term ‘work hard’ thrown around with no explanation. I believe ‘working hard’ is a skill in itself which must be understood and practiced as much as any A level subject. Here we provide case studies and examples of other students and their day to day habits during the academic year to help you gauge how much is enough.


Step 3 is ‘Motivation’. This section provides the fuel for the ‘Study Cycle’. We show you how to increase your attention span through simple and effective tricks. Furthermore, we discuss the damaging insecurities that hold you back from reaching your maximum potential and help you tackle them head on.


Read this book and you will be armed with techniques that will help you ACE your A-levels and equip you for any other exams during the rest of your life.

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Detailed guidance on revision planning

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Proven 3-step plan to help you secure top grades and a place at a top university

Relatable & honest advice from authors who have done it before

Interviews with students who turned their Ds into As & A*s.

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  • Lewis

    Hello, lately I’ve been doing my layered revision for my subjects. I’m learning and absorbing information using the techniques just like I did for my GCSEs. In biology after each topic, we have tests to see how we’re going. I feel ok answering questions and usually get the answers right, however I answer it in a way that does not get me the marks. My teacher explained that I have to be really specific when writing down my answer. I’ve practiced at home but I’m still underachieving, I don’t what I’m doing wrong. Additionally we have mocks in January and they count for 30% of my predicted grade at the end of year 13 which determines whether universities will accept me or not.


    November 29, 2017 at 6:43 pm
  • Billy

    Hi Raja,
    I’m a term into my AS and I’ve only just got your book and started to use the scribble technique. However when I scribble the information down, what should I do with these notes? Should I keep them for future revision or just throw them away?

    November 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm
  • Sophie Evans

    Hi Raja,

    I have just started my first year of sixth form and I am a little confused on the details of the ‘power layer.’ Do I do this the same time as my other layers or take a break with my first to fit it in my timetable?
    Thank you

    September 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm
  • Amy Green


    Just finished reading your book and I am planning out my layers. When would you advise to do end of chapter questions from the exam board text book. Would I do this in layer 1 or 2? I am in 2nd year so timing is key.
    Many thanks

    September 9, 2017 at 2:04 pm
  • Lizzy Wood

    Hi Mr Raja,
    I am in exactly the same position that you were after your AS levels.
    Your book has really helped me and I am hoping to start my power layer next week.
    I have mock exams covering AS and A2 after the Christmas holidays and so I have worked out that I have 12 weeks for layer 1. I study chemistry and biology and don’t know how to split this up over the 12 weeks. I have 17 chapters of Biology and 19 chapters of chemistry to learn in this time. How would you recommend diving this up over the 12 weeks?
    Thank you, I would really appreciate your advice.

    August 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm
  • Reema

    I want to take A Level Chemistry, Maths and Biology and I’m thinking of going into Chemical Engineering and I don’t want to take A Level Physics because I hate Physics and I know I won’t put the effort in. Will I be at a disadvantage when I go to Uni, and will Unis consider me as a suitable applicant even though I didn’t take Physics? How was A Level Physics for you? Did you use the scribble technique for Physics?

    February 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • Lily

    Hi Mr Raja,
    I have read your book and started my 1st layer. Hopefully I will be finished by the end of february or in the first week of march. I can recall you saying either in your book or in the comments that you could cover 20 pages per hour in your 1st layer so I wanted to ask how did you manage to do so? Because I can cover only 4 or 5 pages per hour which means I must be doing something wrong. Do you think I focus too much on the details? Also, my mock exams are coming up and I have done 1st layer for one of the exams but because it’s only 1st layer I’m scared that by the time the mock comes I will forget everything. Is it normal or again, I’m doing something wrong?
    I’m looking forward to your reply.

    December 30, 2016 at 3:03 pm
  • AehKay


    I know you most be very busy but I still thought to try and get your attention.

    I’m always running out of time when it comes to revision and so by the time it gets to the tests the school gives to assess, I am not prepared and get low marks. I know i am capable of doing it but my strategy seems to mean that i always am behind. This is something that is making my a levels very difficult.

    I don’t know how to make the best routine in terms of a time table. One that fits well with what i would have tomorrow in school, and where i am able to complete homework before class. I’m trying to create a time table for home which enables me to pre study what will be studied in class and complete homework and revision on time before the tests etc. That way when the topics are studied in class i would have already covered them at home and be at an advantage.

    Also i am organised but i dont feel peaceful in my mind as i’m always asking myself, hmm should i scrap this current technique and use this other technique. In terms of note taking, paper, exercise book, rewriting notes etc.

    I sent a message on your facebook page about this. I need some guidance on how to tackle all the issues. I really am sorry if its something you either keep hearing. I really want to feel like i’m on top of my work with a levels and progressing. Without always having the excuse i couldnt revise everything for this test etc.


    December 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm
  • Hamza afzal

    Hello Mr Raja
    I have bought your book and have read it thoroughly. However I’m on my first layer and I have missed out u it’s because I do not have not time. As I work 6 days a week. Go to school come back at 4:00 and go straight to work which makes me have no time at all and I am starting to really stress out and I don’t know what to do. Also I have prelims coming up in January and I haven’t even finished the whole textbooks for any of the 5 subjects that I have done. I don’t know what to do could you please help me out because I don’t k ow if I should revise or should keep doing my layers because I have my practice exams which I need to set the actual exam.

    December 2, 2016 at 10:53 pm
    • Raji

      Hi I am a gcse student and I am failing my exams
      Please could you put a free pdf link to your book
      I really need it

      December 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Sandra


    I have read your previous comments and I saw that you recommend finishing 1st layer by the end of February. So does that mean I should know all the material before starting 1st layer or is it okay if I cover it for the very first time? I’m not quite sure if it makes sense to you.. I have actually planned my repetition revision timetable yesterday where I planned to start my 1st layer by the end of February but now having read the comments I should finish it by then. The reason why I have planned to do it by the end is because I thought you should cover all the material first by making notes etc. and then start 1st layer using ST. Hope I didn’t confuse you.


    November 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

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