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    For the AS level product design exam what are your revision techniques ?!

    I'm Really struggling to find ways because the specification is so brief and in my opinion is not that good... What text books? resources? Any help would be greatly appreciated Even if you sat this last year could you give me a little advice

    thanks
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    (Original post by Sherry95)
    Seeing as I have not found a thread I took it upon myself to start one

    For the AS level product design exam what are your revision techniques ?!

    I'm Really struggling to find ways because the specification is so brief and in my opinion is not that good... What text books? resources? Any help would be greatly appreciated Even if you sat this last year could you give me a little advice

    thanks
    I used to be a former A-Level Product Design student.

    I really loved this subject. I honestly did.

    I got A's in my AS and A2 coursework and I got an A for my A2 exam .

    However, I want you to know something. Although, I scored highly in the coursework and the A2 exam, I ended up getting a B for product design overall. Why? Because of the AQA AS Level Product Design exam.

    I did the exam first time with little revision and got a C. I then resat the exam with hardcore revision and got a D! After I requested a remark, I scored a high C. I was extremely pissed off because I was marked unfairly.

    All I'm saying is, you have to revise so much. I remember when I did my resit in June 2012, plastics came up a lot!

    Also, A2 Product Design is so much easier and funner .

    Just make sure, you know all the processes. The first few questions in the exam are straight forward and some of them can be answered based on what you did in your coursework.

    Boy I miss those days of Product Design .

    Good luck!
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    Also, I revised from referring to the GCSE resistant materials textbook .

    It actually worked for my A2 exam and most definitely did for AS!

    Also get a highlighter and go through the AQA Product Design specification and go over past papers with your teacher. Make sure your teacher marks it, as they will mark harshly and give constructive criticism.

    I worked my socks off for this module. My advice? Start revision ASAP. Start doing mind maps etc and look at the past two papers.

    If metals came up in Jan 2013, then it won't really come up again in June (well I might be wrong). Also look at the pattern of the past papers and so on.

    It also depends on your coursework. If you scored a high 'A' you can still manage a good grade. A2 Product design is WAY MORE interesting than AS, and the coursework is slightly easier.

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    (Original post by po10tial)
    Also, I revised from referring to the GCSE resistant materials textbook .

    It actually worked for my A2 exam and most definitely did for AS!

    Also get a highlighter and go through the AQA Product Design specification and go over past papers with your teacher. Make sure your teacher marks it, as they will mark harshly and give constructive criticism.

    I worked my socks off for this module. My advice? Start revision ASAP. Start doing mind maps etc and look at the past two papers.

    If metals came up in Jan 2013, then it won't really come up again in June (well I might be wrong). Also look at the pattern of the past papers and so on.

    It also depends on your coursework. If you scored a high 'A' you can still manage a good grade. A2 Product design is WAY MORE interesting than AS, and the coursework is slightly easier.

    Please give me some rep if you found this interesting.
    Thanks for the quick reply! I've got the nelson thorns aqa textbook and it just seems that the majority of what's written inside is entirely irrelevant which is kind of annoying.. So would you say learn the types of each material then learn the processes involved with those materials?

    Is there anything else that springs to mind? Also just wondering what did you make for both your C/W's ?
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    (Original post by Sherry95)
    Thanks for the quick reply! I've got the nelson thorns aqa textbook and it just seems that the majority of what's written inside is entirely irrelevant which is kind of annoying.. So would you say learn the types of each material then learn the processes involved with those materials?

    Is there anything else that springs to mind? Also just wondering what did you make for both your C/W's ?
    I got high 80's for my coursework.

    To be honest, just look at the AQA specification and then revise those sub topics. It's hard to say what comes up. Best thing would be to look at ALL THE PAST PAPERS.
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    (Original post by Sherry95)
    Thanks for the quick reply! I've got the nelson thorns aqa textbook and it just seems that the majority of what's written inside is entirely irrelevant which is kind of annoying.. So would you say learn the types of each material then learn the processes involved with those materials?

    Is there anything else that springs to mind? Also just wondering what did you make for both your C/W's ?
    Also, it would help if you knew all the materials.

    For example, they may ask you to list down three hardwoods and softwoods; or three plastics; or three metals. Also, you can build up on later questions with your knowledge of materials.

    Make sure you know some processes such as Injection moulding; blow moulding; die casting. I think they award you ten marks or more in the exam. You have to draw diagrams explaining the processes.
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    ok, i really need some help here! just got my AS results ad got a D in my Product Design Theory but got a C overall because I got an A in the coursework. Is it worth retaking the theory??
    I need your help!! To get into the Uni i want i need minimum a B, how do i ace the theory next yr??
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    You are so close you might as well retake the theory, nothing ventured nothing gained. You can always ask for the paper back, it costs but might be worth seeing where you need to improve or ask for it to be remarked. I'm sure your DT teacher ail give you some good advise.

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