(Original post by M Kh)
Oh thanks a lot.
I first UNDERSTOOD evrything in the spec. from the Revision Guide, Textbook and the notes that I have (I will quote you guys when I will upload them).
I did only a few past papers due to lack of time but I did not solve the article questions in each past paper because I would first have to understand the article of each paper which I didn't really have time for.
Well to prepare for the article:
I suggest read it a couple of times first to allow it to sink in. Get two copies of the article.
If English is not ur first language and u do not understand the meanings of any word(s) within the article, do find out what the word(s) mean. They might be barriers to ur understanding of the article.
Find out what areas of the ur A/L spec r woven into the article and do not forget to revise those concepts thoroughly along with any other concepts that seem relevant.
Use highlighters to highlight key concepts in one of the two copies of the article you have.
Read the article frequently. You might not understand everything on the article after reading it for the first time. So do read it frequently and try to find links to concepts u already know. You might also understand a new thing everytime u read it.
Use google and wikipedia to get more information on unfamiliar contexts mentioned frequently in the article. This might not be asked for in ur exam but this might help u to link ur A/L concepts in the context of the article.
Remember, this is a scientific article so make sure u can explain the facts within the article using ur A/L knowledge and concepts where possible. You might also need to use knowledge and concepts from more than one specification unit to explain ideas.
Learn any relevant GCE Biology definitions and be strict with urself when u do so.
Summarise the article under headings and sub-headings to demonstrate to yourself how well u hav understood the scientific content of the article. Moreover, this will force u to bring ideas given in different parts of the article under one sub-heading using bullet-pointed lists.
The most important one - UNDERSTAND, UNDERSTAND, UNDERSTAND. If u do not understand the scientific article and simply read it for the sake of reading it or rely on ur teachers fully to help u understand it, then it won't work. Once u understand it, u can ask ur teacher to give u questions for practice. But understand it for urself frst.
Predict what questions can come up and try to answer them. Answer questions that your fellow candidates and teachers have predicted because what they predict might have not have crossed your head before and could come up.
Article questions can also test you on the core practicals so try to find those links.
Revise the AS spec. I made a table with headings: unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4 and unit 5, and then read the article thoroughly and identified which parts from each of the 4 units can be tested in the article question and made a list under each heading. I then read the relevant topics from each of the units for extra revision. I also read through my AS book for a few topics that I thought were too basic. I also read the AS topics I was very weak on just in case.
Re-visit each topic again and again so that it gets drilled into your head.
If you don't have time for past papers and you feel that you have to still learn the spec., don't worry and learn your spec. from the revision guides, textbook and the notes that I will link you guys to.