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    Update 4:
    • Chemistry - Discovered how short C3 is, I'm already apparently ~1/3 through the module, evidenced from the fact that the modules are only a few pages long. The content seems more complex, but definitely manageable, so I don't really get it. Luckily, the grade boundaries are far lower, so it might be a good paper to rack up high UMS marks in. In class, I continued my Chemistry controlled assessment, which consisted of finishing my Part B, with my poor graphing skils, and the beginning of Part C, which was mainly identifying anomalies and planning a conclusion. Somewhat uneventful, but I'm pretty confident on getting an A* overall. I hope :P I started by looking back at my notes on Hard water, and my notes on Topic 1. I went through the whole of topic 2, although that's not really saying much, with titrations and soluble salts. I started a bit on electrolysis too, at which point I got bored and stopped XD. I also did a bit of refining in terms of my C1 notes, with notes on Biogas, Ethanol, Hydrogen/Oxygen reactions, fuel cells and the Calorimetric method. I don't remember learning any of this, but that's probably just because I was lazy back in Year 9.
    • Biology - Tomorrow I plan on starting my B1 notes.
    • Physics - Not much work here, tbh, I've skipped over Snell's law, as I need to find my classroom notes on it. My teacher explaine it in a significantly diferent manner, which I find more useful than the textbook's method. I've continued my P3 notes, with notes on optical fibres, and endoscopes, thus keyhole surgery. That's not much, but it's still at least a bit of progress. That means that I've finished the first topic of P3, which is decent enough progress!
    I feel like I'm doing far more than I need to D:
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    • History: I had some History homework I had previously forgot to complete, although it may have been in my interest as I was able to recap on the Cuban Missile Crisis through this homework. It was simply answering a few questions to assist in the revision of the topic, but it was quite useful!
    • Biology: My Biology teacher modified their previous statement, and instead said that we would complete Topic 1 and Topic 2, by the January mocks, as opposed to Topic 2 and Topic 3. This does mean that we have to squeeze a significantly longer topic into that space of time, but it still seems manageable, especially as I've started my notes on Topic 1 already. They also said that we have a mock for Topic 2 in the coming weeks, as we have nearly finished it. I have finished my Topic 2 notes in preparation, as I really want to nail this mock. I will spend some time revising these notes, while building up my other notes on Topic 1 and 3. My completion of notes involved sexual relations between animals (including attracting a mate), the behaviour and evolution of plants, the history of the human involving fossils (ie. Ardi, Lucy etc.), mDNA, and some notes on the early human. My teacher has provided a question bank for Topic 2, which I will definitely try to work through in preparation for the mock. Although I said yesterday that I would do B1 work, that has been, kind of, pushed aside by this B3 work, and my History work, as it naturally takes higher priority. I will try to work on B1 and B2 over the week-end, as my notes are extremely lackluster. I haven't done much since I restarted my notes at the beginning of the summer, unfortunately. My teacher said that we are to start the CA after the mock, so that'll be fun! (sarcasm)
    • Chemistry: Tomorrow, I approach finishing off my Chemistry controlled assessment. This involves the evaluation, and the evaluation of the conclusion. Simply put, I'm finishing off Part C, or getting quite close. I suspect I'm going to lose marks for my poor graph-drawing skills, but I can easily redo the graphs tomorrow, or in subsequent sessions, so that should be fine. I've tried to be pretty thorough in my writing, so I hope my result reflects that.
    • Physics: Need to revise Newton's laws in preparation for my Physics controlled assessment.
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    • Chemistry - Almost done my Chemistry controlled assessment, and I'm currently sitting on 4100 words, so a bit excessive :P That's the result of being scare of losing marks for being too vague! The only thing I've got left is to evaluate my method, ie. identifying strengths and weaknesses in the method. I have quite a good feeling about it, although I'm unsure whether it's deceiving or not. My teacher said that we were going to do a C2 recap test, although we haven't really started C3, except from a bit about ethanol production, so I have started my notes on it. I will try to keep all of the modules at neutral priority, for now. In terms of what I've covered, I've done the first two topics, which are Atomic Structure, which includes the basic "GCSE" structure of an atom, the periodic table, isotopes and relative atomic mass, and Ionic Compounds, which includes the general structure of ionic compounds, solubility rules, barium meals, insoluble salts, and spectroscopy. Tomorow I will continue with Topic 3, and I'll see how far I get from there!
    • English - Looked a bit into War Photographer in class, mainly context and background information. We also finished off analysing "Charge Of The Light Brigade".
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    (Original post by _gcx)
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    • Chemistry - Almost done my Chemistry controlled assessment, and I'm currently sitting on 4100 words, so a bit excessive :P That's the result of being scare of losing marks for being too vague! The only thing I've got left is to evaluate my method, ie. identifying strengths and weaknesses in the method. I have quite a good feeling about it, although I'm unsure whether it's deceiving or not. My teacher said that we were going to do a C2 recap test, although we haven't really started C3, except from a bit about ethanol production, so I have started my notes on it. I will try to keep all of the modules at neutral priority, for now. In terms of what I've covered, I've done the first two topics, which are Atomic Structure, which includes the basic "GCSE" structure of an atom, the periodic table, isotopes and relative atomic mass, and Ionic Compounds, which includes the general structure of ionic compounds, solubility rules, barium meals, insoluble salts, and spectroscopy. Tomorow I will continue with Topic 3, and I'll see how far I get from there!
    • English - Looked a bit into War Photographer in class, mainly context and background information. We also finished off analysing "Charge Of The Light Brigade".
    Nice that you've done a bit of War Photographer in class, I'm going to wrap that up on Tuesday if it goes to plan before going over Charge of the Light Brigade in class.
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    Wanted to chill today, and I did, but I got a fair bit of work done too!
    • Chemistry - Long story short, I've now completely finished by C2 revision notes. I did topics 3 through 6, and I think I did an ok job of making the notes. I started with covalent compounds, which included simple covalents and giant covalents, and their properties; miscible liquids and immiscible liquids, and how to separate them and chromotography. The 4th topic, was Groups in the Periodic Table, which included alkali metals, halogens, displacement reactions and noble gasses. The 5th topic was Chemical Reactions, which included endothermic/exothermic reactions, energy profile graphs and collision theory. Finally, was Quantitive Chemistry, which is a fairly straightforward topic, at least in my eyes, which included things like yield, empirical formula, and waste products of chemical reactions within industry. If anyone's wondering, I'm using CGP's Edexcel revision guides. CGP is quite good at explanations, and their revision guides are pretty complete in content, although I hear that might be different to the revision guide for AQA's course.
    • Computer Science - I know this isn't strictly work, but I've been looking at several of the ProjectEuler problems, just to practice a bit of Python, to get back into it
    • Maths - Just a few questions worth of practice, not much. The work on ProjectEuler might count as Maths revision, too! P
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    • Biology - To be honest, I've been putting off B2 for far too long. It was one of my stronger modules, so it hasn't been a priority. However, now that I've started it, I've realised how much content there actually is. I started topic 1, thinking that it wouldn't take too long, but it ended up taking an hour to an hour and a half, so 6 pages of notes already! xD My C2 notes only came to 12 pages! D: The first topic was Genes and Enzymes, seemingly one of my weaker topics. It involves the structure of cells, mitosis and meiosis, DNA, protein synthesis, enzymes, GM, cloning, etc. I think I've got it in sufficient detail, which is great! I'm going to be working on B2 this week, with some B3 and maybe P3. I should get through B2/B1 relatively quickly, seeing how I rocketed through C1/C2!
    I think that's about it!
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    I have a rotten headache from PE (it was so hot ), so this will be a short one. Unfortunately, I didn't get through as much as I wanted. I will try to make up for it tomorrow.
    • Physics - I started my controlled assessment, and I feel pretty confident, as it's on a nice topic
    • Biology - Continued my notes on B2. As topic 2 is quite long, I've decided to do topic 3 first, and then come back. Plus, topic 2 is pretty tedious :P The topic is "Organ Systems", and I started my notes of with notes on fossils, the pentadactyl limb, red and white blood cells and the circulatory system. It is a pretty good topic, and now I feel quite confident with those topics. Not much, but I made decent progress considering how I feel atm We start the Biology CA after we finished topic 3 of B3, we've just done topic 2, and I'm hoping that we get a nice topic that's somewhat easy to write about. Luckily, the Physics and Chemistry ones have been quite good in that regard
    I hope to give a more contentful update next time.
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    (Original post by _gcx)
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    I have a rotten headache from PE (it was so hot ), so this will be a short one. Unfortunately, I didn't get through as much as I wanted. I will try to make up for it tomorrow.
    • Physics - I started my controlled assessment, and I feel pretty confident, as it's on a nice topic
    • Biology - Continued my notes on B2. As topic 2 is quite long, I've decided to do topic 3 first, and then come back. Plus, topic 2 is pretty tedious :P The topic is "Organ Systems", and I started my notes of with notes on fossils, the pentadactyl limb, red and white blood cells and the circulatory system. It is a pretty good topic, and now I feel quite confident with those topics. Not much, but I made decent progress considering how I feel atm We start the Biology CA after we finished topic 3 of B3, we've just done topic 2, and I'm hoping that we get a nice topic that's somewhat easy to write about. Luckily, the Physics and Chemistry ones have been quite good in that regard
    I hope to give a more contentful update next time.
    How many hours a day would you say you spend revising or doing work? Weekdays and weekends.
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    (Original post by Daydreamer3)
    How many hours a day would you say you spend revising or doing work? Weekdays and weekends.
    Honestly, I can't really say, since I don't time myself, but maybe I should. I prefer to do my work in chunks, and I normally set myself objectives rather than time limits. Probably not the best way to work, but it works for now.
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    • Computer Science - Went through more ProjectEuler problems. I find PE allows me to improve both my programming skills, and my mathematical/logical reasoning skills, making it quite useful to build skills for Maths in general, at both GCSE and A-level.
    • Biology - I've finished off the third topic of B2, meaning that I only have the second, boring, topic to go. After that, I'm probably going to start B1, or start finalising my P1/P2. I might even just get ahead on B3/C3/P3, who knows :P The rest of the topic included elements of the digestive system, the use of enzymes within the digestive system and probiotics/prebiotics. I'm aiming to finish topic 2 within the coming nights, and thus B2!
    I think that's about it, another short one today, but I finished off my objective from yesterday.
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    • Computer Science - More ProjectEuler!
    • Biology - Almost finished, I have a tiny little section of Topic 2 to go. I would have finished the entire module, but I was cut slightly short about some Maths homework that I had forgotten about. I completed notes on respiration, the circulatory system, photosynthesis, movement of water and minerals within a plant, and methods for studying the distribution of organisms. I should be done with B2 pretty shortly, from which point I'll start Topic 1 of B1, which should be quite quick since B1 is one of the easiest modules imo.
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    hi I was wondering what you do for revision in terms of English lit and lang and have you finished the majority of your notes? also once you've revised everything will you just go back and repeat until mocks or the real thing
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    (Original post by samaad1)
    hi I was wondering what you do for revision in terms of English lit and lang and have you finished the majority of your notes? also once you've revised everything will you just go back and repeat until mocks or the real thing
    I haven't actually really got around to making notes on the texts for EngLit yet, to be honest. I will likely do that after I've finished with the sciences, which I'm doing now. I'm currently making notes, in class, for the poems in EngLit. I don't really know what I could do in terms of notes for EngLang, as it seems that more practice-orientated preparation would be more beneficial. I will likely do a guide, for myself, of how to answer each question.

    And no, I haven't finished, even the majority, of my notes. For science, I've only really got B1 and maybe a few sections of Physics to go. After that, I'll start notes on RS, History and Maths, probably.

    The last question is actually quite a good question. Repetition of revision and practice is definitely the best way to a) establish the correct exam technique, and b) the content completely memorised. I'm honestly not sure. My plans at the moment are to do all of my revision notes done significantly before my mocks, and start revising and practicing with odd questions from there. I'll likely ask my questions for sets of practice questions, that I will be able to do, for revision.
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    (Original post by _gcx)
    I haven't actually really got around to making notes on the texts for EngLit yet, to be honest. I will likely do that after I've finished with the sciences, which I'm doing now. I'm currently making notes, in class, for the poems in EngLit. I don't really know what I could do in terms of notes for EngLang, as it seems that more practice-orientated preparation would be more beneficial. I will likely do a guide, for myself, of how to answer each question.

    And no, I haven't finished, even the majority, of my notes. For science, I've only really got B1 and maybe a few sections of Physics to go. After that, I'll start notes on RS, History and Maths, probably.

    The last question is actually quite a good question. Repetition of revision and practice is definitely the best way to a) establish the correct exam technique, and b) the content completely memorised. I'm honestly not sure. My plans at the moment are to do all of my revision notes done significantly before my mocks, and start revising and practicing with odd questions from there. I'll likely ask my questions for sets of practice questions, that I will be able to do, for revision.
    Thanks for that detailed answer and one more question for maths do you just watch videos and then practice questions?
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    (Original post by samaad1)
    Thanks for that detailed answer and one more question for maths do you just watch videos and then practice questions?
    Pretty much, I normally read around on the Internet, watch videos or refer to my revision guide, when I'm stuck with a certain type of problem. After that, it's to practice questions!
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    _gcx - good luck!
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    _gcx - good luck!
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by _gcx)
    Pretty much, I normally read around on the Internet, watch videos or refer to my revision guide, when I'm stuck with a certain type of problem. After that, it's to practice questions!
    ok thanks so much for the help now I've got to properly start my revision
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    (Original post by samaad1)
    ok thanks so much for the help now I've got to properly start my revision
    Try to spread it over time, little and often is probably the best method at this point.
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    Update 12
    • Computer Science - Got through quite a few PE problems, again! It's quite addicting actually :P
    • Biology - I was going to start B1, but I forgot about that B3 question pack, and I thought it would make better revision, so I went through it. I did pretty well, overall, but I dropped 1 or 2 marks on a 6 marker, because I mis-interpreted the question. I think it was pretty solid revision, so that's great, and I regard that as progress. Tomorrow I'll likely, actually start on B1.
    • French - I have to learn a French paragraph for Monday, and I haven't been able to learn it for the past few days, but I think I should be fine to learn it over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It's essentially a mock writing.
    • Chemistry - My teacher said that we'll be recapping C1/C2 topics in class, and doing tests on each topic, so I'll be sure to look over my Chemistry notes over the week-end.
 
 
 
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