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    (Original post by AortaStudyMore)
    They can be helpful, but they're not necessary. I used the textbook and wikipedia to help me understand everything, and I don't mean for this to sound big headed but, I knew more than most people did. Infact, everyone I know who got an A* in biology didn't use CGP, it was used more by the people who got B's, maybe A's. That's not to say that they're bad, some A* students may have found them useful, idk
    Put it this way a level biology textbooks will be around 700 pages and cgp revision guides will be around 200/300 pages, so there will be a lot of content missed in the cgp books
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    Your grades are great well done! Like everyone said work hard start revising early and yeah why not u can get them A*'s easily!
    I just finished my As aswell got
    A maths
    A fm(with C in d1 60ums🙈)
    B physics
    B chemistry
    Not happy with my B grades , but i also want to try get 4 A*'s im planning not to drop anything aswell. Btw you think i should retake d1 as it looks weird , even though i could still get an A* hopefully keeping it like that?
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    (Original post by Nonamebzja)
    Your grades are great well done! Like everyone said work hard start revising early and yeah why not u can get them A*'s easily!
    I just finished my As aswell got
    A maths
    A fm(with C in d1 60ums🙈)
    B physics
    B chemistry
    Not happy with my B grades , but i also want to try get 4 A*'s im planning not to drop anything aswell. Btw you think i should retake d1 as it looks weird , even though i could still get an A* hopefully keeping it like that?
    yeah I think D1 is hell in exam form tbh. im not sure if ill now drop chemistry or further maths. good luck with 4A2s and I hope you bag all 4 stars
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    (Original post by Chemgawd99)
    yeah I think D1 is hell in exam form tbh. im not sure if ill now drop chemistry or further maths. good luck with 4A2s and I hope you bag all 4 stars
    Thanks i think you should drop fm cuz of the C grade but it depends on what course you're going to do.
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    (Original post by Nonamebzja)
    Thanks i think you should drop fm cuz of the C grade but it depends on what course you're going to do.
    ill keep it if I want to do physics if not it works more in my favour to apply for chem eng
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    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    I am not sure you need to do this. Year 13 was probably one of my most social years lol. Put in lots of work at home, but you don't have to work flat out, you can be checking facebook or whatever as you work. In general, practice questions from textbooks and past papers are the way forward, but you probably know this. Focus on understanding the material. Become familiar with how marks are allocated. Check the specifics of the syllabus. Time yourself and mark yourself on papers. Especially in Maths, check your working as you go along, rather than leaving all checking to the end when the questions aren't fresh in your mind.
    only decent advice in this thread
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    Get a really good graphical calculator, I got a TI nspire-cx after my AS's when I was beginning A2's, made the A*A*A* in maths, further maths, and to a lesser extent physics, much easier.

    I only got a B in my fourth A-level of chemistry so I can't really help you with that one as I didn't do well in it. Just revise early, use YouTube if you're stuck with those 4 A-levels, Khan academy for maths, table-tables are really useful, and make sure you're in a position to do full past-papers as soon as possible, and redo them all when you're done!
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    So just to make sure. It is possible to go from ABC to A*A*A*? Obviously I the hard work is put in.
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    (Original post by mahmzo)
    So just to make sure. It is possible to go from ABC to A*A*A*? Obviously I the hard work is put in.
    It's possible, yes.
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    U lot gotta remember that with the new a levels, apart from in maths, AS grades don't mean squat. They contribute to A2 just as much as your SATs so if u got AAAA go u, but that's no security
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    (Original post by james Thompson56)
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    Put it this way a level biology textbooks will be around 700 pages and cgp revision guides will be around 200/300 pages, so there will be a lot of content missed in the cgp books
    Idk, I mean the only thing I have ever used for revision for GCSE and AS was the CGP Guides (I literally copied them to revision cards and learnt by heart and past papers) and got 5 A's at AS; are they not detailed enough then to get A* at A2? What else should I buy?
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    (Original post by isabella1999)
    Idk, I mean the only thing I have ever used for revision for GCSE and AS was the CGP Guides (I literally copied them to revision cards and learnt by heart and past papers) and got 5 A's at AS; are they not detailed enough then to get A* at A2? What else should I buy?
    The textbooks. CGP guides are ****.
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    Write your own notes throughout the year is a good one, but it's so important that notes are organised in the correct order. Also when you're revising try to get exam ready at least one month before the exam - exam technique is RIDICULOUSLY important
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    (Original post by alow)
    The textbooks. CGP guides are ****.
    What textbooks are you referring to? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I've only been using (and heard of) CGP guides for OCR Maths, new spec AQA Physics, and new spec AQA Chemistry.
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    Use more than one textbook.
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    (Original post by DarkEnergy)
    What textbooks are you referring to? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I've only been using (and heard of) CGP guides for OCR Maths, new spec AQA Physics, and new spec AQA Chemistry.
    The textbooks from the exam boards.
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    Am I the only one who feels A2 is easier than As? I've been revising and looking through past papers, and honestly, it's WAY LESS of a struggle to me...
    In terms of tips, the only thing is to start early, use whatever method that works for you. A month before the exam sounds ridiculous to me, unless you're up for 8+ hours a day....
    (Btw I studied the same way for As levels)
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    (Original post by _NMcC_)
    Quality over Quantity
    I would say focus on good quality revision that's consistent rather than trying to blast 4hrs straight over 1 or 2 out of 7 days. I did that at GCSE. Unless you have an eidetic memory, it won't work.

    You will remember things far better if you read over the areas you revised yesterday or the day before for e.g 15 mins. Do short but consistent periods.

    I did 25 minute revision sessions each time using what's known as the 'Pomodoro technique'. You do 25 minutes revision, 5 minute break then another 25 minutes and then read over what you have revised. Then take a break and repeat. Worked really well for me. Try it.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

    Breaks

    Take regular breaks to walk about, exercise, socialise etc. Breaks will keep your head fresh and help it to retain information better. I got A*AA and I found time to hang out with friends and exercise. I read books and played chess in some of my free periods. Keep your head clear.

    Ask questions

    Big one: Use your teachers well. Do not be afraid to ask questions, that's what they're there for. You don't have to ask in the middle of class. I went to my teachers at lunchtime and after school to get help on certain questions/areas of the course.

    You have to be honest with yourself on what your weaknesses are or it'll be much harder to get the marks in the exam. Everyone has questions but not everyone asks them! This proved useful for Bio and Chem for me.

    Following on, if you're good at something then put it on the back-burner and focus on your weaker areas. Keep the good areas ticking over (i.e 15mins each day doing questions, reading over) and then dedicate the core revision to areas where you are weaker.

    Past-Papers

    I did PPQs from Start to finish and then started doing full papers closer to the exams. Do as many questions as you can.

    Examiner's reports are a free gift from god, use them and find out what areas people consistently make mistakes on. http://pastpapers.org/, This site provides legacy papers for lots of exam boards. You'll want all that you can find.

    Plan

    Make a plan. This helped me a lot as well. Even if you don't follow it religiously, at least you'll have a good idea in front of you on what areas you should be focusing on and not neglecting.


    Revising 2/3 hrs everyday starting immediately will do wonders for you later on.
    Thank you, I couldn't have put it better!
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    (Original post by Chemgawd99)
    Thank you. However, I'm only doing 3 A2 because I think Cambridge and imperial are out of my sight because my C at AS. So I think i'll apply for bath Birmingham etc so 4A2's would be a bit unnecessary
    Cambridge and Imperial will generally only care about you top 3 grades, look what they are asking for on the website. There is no point doing 4 A Levels if there are not 4 in your offer
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    (Original post by Nonamebzja)
    Your grades are great well done! Like everyone said work hard start revising early and yeah why not u can get them A*'s easily!
    I just finished my As aswell got
    A maths
    A fm(with C in d1 60ums🙈)
    B physics
    B chemistry
    Not happy with my B grades , but i also want to try get 4 A*'s im planning not to drop anything aswell. Btw you think i should retake d1 as it looks weird , even though i could still get an A* hopefully keeping it like that?
    If you think you've done bad, don't worry, I got a D in D1. Still got an A somehow...
 
 
 
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