Lara Gamble, English Faculty Leader, Dubai British School

Students are required to perceptively analyse, evaluate and critique a range of literary works. Also, understand the importance of the authorial methods employed and have an appreciation of the significance of context and the ways in which it shapes and influences writers. Alongside their own interpretations of texts, students should have read a selection of critical analysis in order to both inform and challenge their own ideas. Revise the examination text thoroughly and explore the connections between other literary texts from the same genres. Also, consider the key themes of the texts studied, with a perceptive exploration of the ways in which the narrative style and structure of the text reflect the ideas raised.


Kelly Storey, Head of History and Government and Politics, Jumeirah College

Love the subject, and you will stay on the course even when you study something that is not very interesting to you. You will power through because deep down you know your subject is important and worthwhile. When you love history, you tend to bore your friends and family with endless accounts of what you’ve learnt in class, but the more you talk, the more you remember, the more analytical you become, the more critical your comments and the better you are at defending an opinion. All these are important things in the world of A-level history. Educators talk about standardised tests, ability ranges and predicted grades as indicators of a successful student, but I think it comes down to two things enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard.


Thomas Suares and Shali Ambrose, The Cambridge International School, Dubai

The human brain can be most receptive during pressing circumstances, like exams. It can receive vast amounts of knowledge and retain them., but to avoid last-minute stress, you must be prepared to put in hard work right at the beginning. Always have a plan, and set a specific goal. Whether its maths or science, answering the past papers can increase self-confidence, time management skills and helps to identify the depth of the subject. The problems in mathematics will have to be worked out repeatedly to learn them thoroughly. Writing practice helps to acquire speed. For science subjects start preparing notes as this has several advantages and will help you on the eve of the exam, when you will not have enough time to read the entire portion.


Binu Azeez, Head Of Department — Business Studies, The Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi

Keep in mind that an A-level examination is tested in four different ways. These are knowledge and understanding of the content; application of the knowledge to problems and issues; analysis of problems, issues and situations; and lastly, evaluation of data, drawing conclusions, and showing judgment when making decisions. Two mock examinations held in December and March will give you the feel of real-time examination in actual exam conditions. You’ll practise time management skills and find the areas of your weakness. Also, practise past papers to familiarise yourself with the style of questions and understand what makes an effective answer.