First of all I went to a very bad school, I'm the only person to achieve higher than AAA. Also the "5A*-C" statistic at GCSE oscillates between 50% to 40%.
My math A levels were self-taught (15/18 units). It was really hard work, I put in roughly 1 hour 30 mins a day (7 days a week, including summer holidays) just trying to cover new topics. If you do edexcel maths this would just be 1 or 2 exercise(s) a day.
For chemistry I would also say this was self-taught even though I had a teacher at school (his degree wasn't in chemistry, reading powerpoints slide by slide teaching). I ended up grinding really hard just memorising everything I could find, from textbooks to chemguide (online website material) just so I could accumulate enough information to answer questions in past papers.
Biology (rubbish teacher as well, class size of 30) was just a memory test. I memorised a small text book and every mark scheme answer that ever came up.
Physics I had a great teacher, so I didn't have to do any where as near as much work as for other subjects. However he was really bad at helping with coursework (made me miss an A* grade >.<). I just read text books and did past papers.
My main technique of memorising information is mind maps, I personally feel they're a great way of absorbing knowledge! And did me wonders.
"Flopped GCSE but came out with amazing A-levels" is this possible?
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