(Original post by Benevolence)
**This was originally written to help someone with their Biology, but I'm sure you can adapt it to your subject
As it stands I have an A in AS Biology, however I have resat BIOL1 and will do BIOL2 next week
AS ISA - 60/60
BIOL1 - 100/100 - (That is how I did on the exam. They released the unoffical mark scheme. Plus I got 100 UMS on 5/6 of the past papers I did)
BIOL2 - I believe I shall also get 140/140, but the first time I got 106/140.
BIOL4 - 80/100
A2 ISA - 56/60 (I'm hoping will go up, if they're not strict
BIOL5 - I would also like 140/140
Now, I have gotten progressively better at Biology, and academia in general.
It's really simple, I'm sure you can do it
1) The Mark Scheme is your ROCK!!!
No matter how detailed and wonderful the Nelson Thrones text book is and revision guides. Sometimes they miss parts off. So always make sure that you are confident with everything on there.
2) To start your revision off. Use the Nelson Thornes textbook. Read through the part of the chapter to gain an overall understanding. Then make thorough notes on everything. Check the mark scheme first as learning stuff you don't need to know is a waste of time
Also, use fancy, couloured pens
I spent like £6 on mine and they are worth it! They are very good because it stimulates the creative side of the brain and so helps you to absorb the information more
Trust me it works
Beautiful and appealing to look at to
3) At the start of each new day, go back over everything you did to keep it fresh
4) Once you've covered everything. Go back over everything, learning it. For example, place your hand over the process and then recite it, see how you did. Repeat until PERFECT
. Then go back over the mark scheme again to check you have it all.
5) It's allllllll about past paper Q's now. You can know all of the biology and still not get an A on a paper because you need something. It's called exam technique. Knowing the biology is only half the game. So sit the paper under times conditons, (the past papers are available from the AQA website) Mark it, generating an honest score (usually a range, i.e - worst case scenario 84/100, best case scenario 88/100) You can then place the raw score into a UMS converter on the AQA website to see how well you did.
You will find that you lose a lot of easy marks at first, but as you do this, you will see what exactly it is they are looking for
If you do horribly in a topic, go back over it and reanswer the questions
6) This is where you bring in the revission guides. They are often helpful because they can broaden your understanding of a topic, test it in new ways and are pretty helpful to help with your understanding if the Textbook isn't clear enough
Finally, if you are really struggling, ask a friend, your biology teacher, or me
Anyway, this is what I do for Biology. I have finally developed it to this stage now
Handy cause in 5 weeks it will all be over anyway
There is a lot more to revising, but I've written nearly an essay with this so. Best of luck