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I'm doing OCR, and I only manage to do well because of Maths.

I generally lose all of the marks on any question where I have to explain anything, and I'm only getting an A because of low grade boundaries and Maths! So I guess you could say that I'm watching this thread with interest!
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I'm doing OCR, and I only manage to do well because of Maths.

I generally lose all of the marks on any question where I have to explain anything, and I'm only getting an A because of low grade boundaries and Maths! So I guess you could say that I'm watching this thread with interest!
Exactly the same here (apart from the OCR bit, I'm on AQA).
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I always had a thorough understanding of all the topics. Being good at maths also helps. Not trying to sound arrogant but getting an A* with 100% in some modules is easy if you understand physics.
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I am doing the AQA course, and although it is hard (unit 4 especially), i got a B last year and am retaking so should get up to an A for AS. I just have to try and hang on for A2. It is so much harder than AS!
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Sorry, I'm doing Edexcel, same as OP.

Struggling this year really, but need an A for Durham :/
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For the explanation questions, look at mark schemes to see what sort of wording they want you to use, then use similar words/phrases yourself.
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I would definitely recommend revising the wordy information in preparation for the longer essay questions (that may just be on the AQA board though..) But physics is more than just maths so definitely brush up on your explanations of concepts.
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(Original post by mjtriggs)
I'm doing OCR, and I only manage to do well because of Maths.

I generally lose all of the marks on any question where I have to explain anything, and I'm only getting an A because of low grade boundaries and Maths! So I guess you could say that I'm watching this thread with interest!
OCR A or B?

I'm doing OCR B and I die a little bit inside when I need to explain anything...
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Personally I found the course I was doing to be a pain, think it was OCR B. It didn't have a real text book, and our teachers were shocking, I got an A but was less than 1% from an A*. Got 100% in my AS modules. So all I had to revise with were past exam papers but they changed the syllabus so much they weren't much help. Old syllabus had much more maths. Now a days being good at maths just ain't enough.
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Sorry, I'm doing Edexcel, same as OP.

Struggling this year really, but need an A for Durham :/
I would have needed an A in Physics for Durham but they rejected me for geography BA. Just a B needed for me (JUST!) lol
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Im doing Edexcel SHAP AS and Im not doing Maths, yet I'm still working (so far) at an A grade level. It's not particularly hard at all and the Maths aspect of it really is laughable so far. You really just need to know how to apply equations and explain things.
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Personally I found the course I was doing to be a pain, think it was OCR B. It didn't have a real text book, and our teachers were shocking, I got an A but was less than 1% from an A*. Got 100% in my AS modules. So all I had to revise with were past exam papers but they changed the syllabus so much they weren't much help. Old syllabus had much more maths. Now a days being good at maths just ain't enough.
Those 'show that' questions where 83 ends up being approximately equal to 50 or something.

My favourite bit is from the A2 book 'Simulated Brownian motion paths look like a ball of wool tangled by a demented kitten'... We spent ages debating how to test that...
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I would have needed an A in Physics for Durham but they rejected me for geography BA. Just a B needed for me (JUST!) lol
Lol I'll be lucky to get a B this year!

They haven't offered me a place yet, but for Maths it's A*AA, and I'm only taking three subjects
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I always had a thorough understanding of all the topics. Being good at maths also helps. Not trying to sound arrogant but getting an A* with 100% in some modules is easy if you understand physics.
Are you doing or have you done A2. I normally understand the book well its the exam questions that i find hard. So what would you recommend or what would make sure you have done or you will do before the exams. If its me for example I would advice students to understand the book carefully, do as many pastpapers as possible, check the mark schemes. And if a student want to go that extra mile perhaps do questions in complementary book such as Physics 4 u and Oxford advanced physics.

I wonder if you would something perhaps I have never considered.
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Also did edexcel, got 72/120 on my 1st one, worked at it and got 98/120 on my 3rd, and 90% on the prac, this gave me a B at the end of AS, worked my ass for A2, had this software that gets past paper questions on specific topic and i printed of about 300pages off past papers, 4 to a page, with the markscheme, important to understand wording's in markscheme. Most questions, just writing the relevant formula gets you 40%, writing the wrong one doesn't get penalised, so don't be too worried, just try not to write every known formula on every question, get good at re-arranging formula's, i basically stuck to this and got 100% on my first A2 exam, so i need like 84% or something to get an A* on my last exam and a low E to get an A, but i kinda did give a crap cos i had to get A in chem and i think i got a B on my last exam but still 6 UMS off an A*
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um its hard to say how you can get good grades, but ive never had to work that hard to do a level physics because i read more than the syllabus just because im interested in physics. i think that you can get an a/a* in physics if you just practice a lot, as there are only so many types of question they can ask (and the exam boards deliberately repeat some questions from previous years)...

make sure you can rearrange equations, learn all the laws and practice... pretty much all there is to sugges.
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Also did edexcel, got 72/120 on my 1st one, worked at it and got 98/120 on my 3rd, and 90% on the prac, this gave me a B at the end of AS, worked my ass for A2, had this software that gets past paper questions on specific topic and i printed of about 300pages off past papers, 4 to a page, with the markscheme, important to understand wording's in markscheme. Most questions, just writing the relevant formula gets you 40%, writing the wrong one doesn't get penalised, so don't be too worried, just try not to write every known formula on every question, get good at re-arranging formula's, i basically stuck to this and got 100% on my first A2 exam, so i need like 84% or something to get an A* on my last exam and a low E to get an A, but i kinda did give a crap cos i had to get A in chem and i think i got a B on my last exam but still 6 UMS off an A*
Would you please be kind enough to show where can I download this software that gets past paper questions of specific topics. And the 300 pages off past paper you are talking about did you get them through this software?
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um its hard to say how you can get good grades, but ive never had to work that hard to do a level physics because i read more than the syllabus just because im interested in physics. i think that you can get an a/a* in physics if you just practice a lot, as there are only so many types of question they can ask (and the exam boards deliberately repeat some questions from previous years)...

make sure you can rearrange equations, learn all the laws and practice... pretty much all there is to sugges.
Thanks, I very much appreciate it. I know its difficult to say how to get good grades I just wanted to know what would others do that perhaps I am not doing.
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Thanks, I very much appreciate it. I know its difficult to say how to get good grades I just wanted to know what would others do that perhaps I am not doing.
It's cool, cos i was struggling pretty hard at first but if i manage to go from 60% to 100% it must have worked, past papers seemed to be the key and always go after the answers you didn't get right and understand it
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