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    and gotten a decent grade?
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    Well, it worked with my GCSE English Lit
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    yup for critical thinking, not really a decent grade, I got a C


    but then again, I revise 3 months in advance for my Maths and got a B...
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    Psychology Unit 3. Thankfully got an A, but it's the easiest exam ever, on WJEC, and I would never get a good grade doing this on anything else. I would say don't do it, but we all know how hard it is to actually get down and revise.
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    January AS revised the night before got C's
    June AS revised the week before got B's
    January A2 revised a couple of weeks/a month before got A's

    Depends what you consider a decent grade.
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    AQA A Psychology Unit 4. I wrote out all my notes weeks in advance, but actually sat down to learn them 1 1/2 days before the exam. Came out of the exam hall thinking I'd scraped a C. Turns out I got 100/100 UMS. AQA have clearly got my results confused with someone else's...
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    Biology, got an A. Though I revised until abut 3am and got up at 6 to revise more so it probably would have been better the revise properly and sleep.
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    Yes to varying degrees of success. Did s2 (83%), s1 (80%), fp1 (82%), pc2 (100%), chem 1(97%), chem 2 (84%), physics 1 (91%), physics 2 (92%) bio1 (90%) all exclusively the night before.

    It didn't always work however, i revised the following also only the night before and got much worse grades: bio2 (69%), fp2 (70%) and d1 (77%), retook it did nothing again except the night before (self teaching course) and scraped an A at bang on 80%.

    Also it matters what you mean by "revise". If you actually know your stuff as you go along you don't have to revise to do well. That being said, if i had taken mocks for these exams (all except for pc2 and phys 1) the morning the day before the exam i would have been E-D standard.

    The thing is with revising late that you often need to be lucky with the questions that come up. For instance in my bio2 and fp2 exams i could have definitely knocked out 90%+ scores but unfortunately both exams catered perfectly to my weak areas (yes, learning a course the day before leaves you without much experience!!! dont do it!!). I genuinely thought i had aced my d1 exam :confused: .

    Take that as you will.
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    (Original post by In One Ear)
    Yes to varying degrees of success. Did s2 (83%), s1 (80%), fp1 (82%), pc2 (100%), chem 1(97%), chem 2 (84%), physics 1 (91%), physics 2 (92%) bio1 (90%) all exclusively the night before.

    It didn't always work however, i revised the following also only the night before and get much worse grades: bio2 (69%), fp2 (70%) and d1 (77%), retook it did nothing again except the night before (self teaching course) and scraped an A at bang on 80%.

    Also it matters what you mean by "revise". If you actually know your stuff as you go along you don't have to revise to do well. That being said, if i had taken mocks for these exams (all except for pc2 and phys 1) the morning the day before the exam i would have been E-D standard.

    The thing is with revising late that you often need to be lucky with the questions that come up. For instance in my bio2 and fp2 exams i could have definitely knocked out 90%+ scores but unfortunately both exams catered perfectly to my weak areas (yes, learning a course the day before leaves you without much experience!!! dont do it!!). I genuinely thought i had aced my d1 exam :confused: .

    Take that as you will.
    Is it wrong that you've inspired me to revise the night before for my exams? Lol.
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    (Original post by britchick)
    AQA A Psychology Unit 4. I wrote out all my notes weeks in advance, but actually sat down to learn them 1 1/2 days before the exam. Came out of the exam hall thinking I'd scraped a C. Turns out I got 100/100 UMS. AQA have clearly got my results confused with someone else's...
    looll at your sig by the way, "anglia ruskin, cambridge" but not "aston, birmingham"
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    (Original post by Zuki)
    Is it wrong that you've inspired me to revise the night before for my exams? Lol.
    Its possibly mildy dangerous . Your life though!

    Bear in mind i did *really* revise the afternoon/night before. Like pick up that chem textbook and sit down for 6-7 hours straight (stopping only to eat) absorbing as much key information as i could and gleaning understanding of the theory.

    I only managed because i ignored the popular advice that goes around on here that is to smash out endless past papers. I wouldn't have had the time. If pressed for time to learn for exams (certainly chem/phys exams) don't TOUCH a past paper. Just spend every second making sure you really understand the material.
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    (Original post by In One Ear)
    Its possibly mildy dangerous . Your life though!

    Bear in mind i did *really* revise the afternoon/night before. Like pick up that chem textbook and sit down for 6-7 hours straight (stopping only to eat) absorbing as much key information as i could and gleaning understanding of the theory.

    I only managed because i ignored the popular advice that goes around on here that is to smash out endless past papers. I wouldn't have had the time. If pressed for time to learn for exams (certainly chem/phys exams) don't TOUCH a past paper. Just spend every second making sure you really understand the material.
    Haha xD. Will do, thanks for the advice.
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    well I winged gcses and came out alright with 5A's and rest B's
    winged alevels and came out with BCD -_-
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    AS -all night before revsion and got AAAB (biol, phys, maths,chem). A2 - attempted the same for jan modules and got ACE. I'd say you can get away with it AS if you're reasonable intelligent but not A2.
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    (Original post by In One Ear)
    Its possibly mildy dangerous . Your life though!

    Bear in mind i did *really* revise the afternoon/night before. Like pick up that chem textbook and sit down for 6-7 hours straight (stopping only to eat) absorbing as much key information as i could and gleaning understanding of the theory.

    I only managed because i ignored the popular advice that goes around on here that is to smash out endless past papers. I wouldn't have had the time. If pressed for time to learn for exams (certainly chem/phys exams) don't TOUCH a past paper. Just spend every second making sure you really understand the material.
    Very, very good advice - I did the same for AS and was mega nervous because of everyone discussing past papers and me not having done a single one! Night before = time to learn, not to test yourself.
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    I did the MORNING of the exam.
    I still ended up with a passing grade B for AS's and C's for A2 but this is NOT RECOMMENDED!!
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    (Original post by joker12345)
    Very, very good advice - I did the same for AS and was mega nervous because of everyone discussing past papers and me not having done a single one! Night before = time to learn, not to test yourself.
    What grades did you get? ^^
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    It would never work again but for AS History I was resitting one paper for the second time (3rd time altogether) and just thought I don't have time and give in, I'm stuck on a B and that's it.

    Read a book on the course the night before and got 90 UMS.

    No idea how it happened. I doubt it'd ever happen again and was helped greatly by the fact I'd had two previous attempts.
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    Did it last year for Film, History and English AS, got 90%+ in them. Spent about a week revising Economics cause I weren't so confident, got a B. Moral of the story: don't try
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    Did it with French, got an A. I revised for about two hours the night before my writing exam. Did no revision for speaking, listening or reading either.

    Languages are different, though - if you're good at them and naturally retain vocabulary and grammar and the like, it's okay. With subjects that require more memorising or understanding how it works, I certainly wouldn't recommend it. (I was ill during my exams and that was probably the only revision I did at all.)

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