How to motivate A level students to do some work ? We are now in full-on revision: presentations, timed essays, basic knowledge keywords, quizzes, exercises in critical thinking and argument-forming. It is like pulling teeth. Even the most basic of keywords is not even recognised with that "We were never taught that" look. It's really getting to me. I have reached that point where I think "hang on a minute, I've taught you all of this, you've told me you're committed and enjoying it. I've assessed you every which way ; your homeworks and assessments have been appalling and I've told you this. You still are all two grades below your target grade and it is still like teaching 22 corpses four times a week." I know the above looks like I don't like these students, but genuinely we get on very well and I like them as people. They are just unbelievably lazy and I've hit a wall this week. I've done everything I believe I could conceivably have done to support, cajole, encourage, challenge etc. It just isn't working. Their effort is minimal They are out socialising four nights a week and I know many of them are actually hungover in lessons. A couple have actually said so. One came to me this week, realising the exam is actually going to happen and is approaching and said " erm. I need you to help me learn this. I don't know how to learn it." I was delighted at this. A student who actually recognizes some responsibility to learn. So I joyfully gave up my break to show them a variety of techniques and even apps that can help shoe-horn that material into the grey matter. What did they do ? went to another A level teacher in the dept the next day to say that Mrs X had made them do all this extra work on top of their A level studies and they didn't think it was fair. I could just scream. Can any wise A level/Sixth form person out there please throw me a life line. It's starting to keep me awake, the thought of 15 Grade Ds, 2 Es and 5 Us.