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I want to study Medicine in 2013. However we need good grades for that and as I am an AS resitter..... I need to be even better than the rest.

I am doing OCR Biology AS. I want to get all A grades for my AS Levels and score an A* for A Level.

How did you guys get an A for your AS Biology? What were the tips and secrets etc....
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I want to study Medicine in 2013. However we need good grades for that and as I am an AS resitter..... I need to be even better than the rest.

I am doing OCR Biology AS. I want to get all A grades for my AS Levels and score an A* for A Level.

How did you guys get an A for your AS Biology? What were the tips and secrets etc....
Well tbh i just didnt pick bio .
But made the mistake of picking chem and failing it .

Start Studying ASAP as hard as you can !
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Try to not just memorise everything, make you understand it too. Understand everything and i think you should be ok. Most ppl cram and memorise last minute and then dnt do too well because with bio, unfortunately, just cramming is enough :-/

also, past papers! Past paper + understanding, i cant emphasise those too enough!

Good Luck!
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Learn the markschemes. Do hundreds of past papers, and then do more. If you do this, you will get an A
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Remember those weird catchphrases such as, "large surface area for an increased rate of absorbtion" etc
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lots and lots of past papers, also when i did my AS bio exam they asked us a really obscure question on something that was mentioned a couple of times so learn the basics but also do extra
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I just read through the book a lot and did past paper questions.

There's a lot to memorise, so I effectively just memorised the book :lol:
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i got an a star at a level. Do all past papera ns go through all mark schemes and examiner's reports. Makes notes on these and also on text book and reviison guide and also memorise everything. Start early and if you can do the shorter paper in Jan. Hope that helps
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Mark schemes and examiner reports = win
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Learn the markschemes. Do hundreds of past papers, and then do more. If you do this, you will get an A
This... it's true. Just learn the exact terms and phrases they use, but obviously try and understand the context they're used in too. You can be a top class student and know absolutely everything you need to know, but if you don't use the specific terms they're looking for in your answers then you're just throwing it all away.
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I found OCR bio papers to be of limited help, as there wasn't a lot of them. I did all the questions in the book, the past papers that were available and memorised a lot.
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Just pretty much memorizing and regurgitating information and terminology and reading through the notes you have made
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Memorize Mark Schemes = A*
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Just pretty much memorizing and regurgitating information and terminology and reading through the notes you have made
How do you memorize lots of information like could you tell me some effective revision techniques for bio
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I want to study Medicine in 2013. However we need good grades for that and as I am an AS resitter..... I need to be even better than the rest.

I am doing OCR Biology AS. I want to get all A grades for my AS Levels and score an A* for A Level.

How did you guys get an A for your AS Biology? What were the tips and secrets etc....
I got an A* in Biology last year - I just tried to organise my time so I could be as thorough as possible.

Download the specification from the OCR website - here's the direct link http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/kd/oc...d_gce_spec.pdf

I just had a quick look - skim through to page 8. You'll need to print (or just keep on your screen) pages 8 onwards down to about 46?

Basically, work out exactly how many modules you're sitting in your next exam season. Find these modules on the specification. Count how many points (eg a) b) c) etc) there are in total. It seems daunting at first because there's loads but some take ten minutes to revise, some take half an hour or longer. When you've counted how many points you have to learn, count how many days you have until your exam. I take away a week from this so I have time to consolidate and do every past paper I can find. So now work out how many points you have to do per day to finish the whole specification by your target date.

I started revising early in the morning. I used this method for Chemistry as well but not so much for English. If you set yourself a target for revision, get up early and get on with it then whenever you finish you have the rest of the day, guilt free, to yourself. In my OCR textbook, a double spread often covered a few points so I'd read that spread first, write down notes on the point, then write the point onto a revision card, then tick it off the spec. Every night before I went to sleep, from starting revision up until the night before the exam, I'd read through all my revision cards (obviously this took longer each time the more I made). That way everything made stayed fresh in my mind.

Also, if you don't do all the points you should one day, re-calibrate your revision timetable to fit in the extra ones - or just do extra the next day.

I know this all sounds really anal but it worked for me. If you're really serious about getting the grades it's worth it. This method worked for me, I got 100% UMS in all my Biology papers, just lost marks in practicals, and I'm starting my Medicine course next week. Totally worth the hard work.
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How do you memorize lots of information like could you tell me some effective revision techniques for bio
Well, i go through my notes, and then sometime write them out again and then read it, because the information sinks in a lot better especially when copy info in lessons and not actually having time to read it
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there was a similar thread and i made a comment about watching porn...
anyway they negged the **** out of me
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- Do past papers - you can never have enough practice, redo them and redo them again!
- Once you have gone through the papers and failed them because OCR papers are ridiculous, sift through the mark schemes. Find common questions and compile a list of model answers for recurring questions. This way, if they turn up in your paper you will pick up dead easy marks!
- Keep on top of the work from day 1. OCR AS/A2 is extremely content heavy, you have never done enough revision for the exam! Every friday, condense your weeks notes into a ringbinder/notepad...no more than a single page for a single lesson.
- If you are ever stuck in class or find trouble with homework, go nag your teachers (until they hate you!) for explanations!
- Work with your peers. I found that talking to friends, either helping them or being helped yourself, you find yourself rectifying your own knowledge when explaining things to them, furthermore, friends typically explain things better than teachers!


PM me if you have any further AS bio questions!
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Well, i go through my notes, and then sometime write them out again and then read it, because the information sinks in a lot better especially when copy info in lessons and not actually having time to read it
thanks will try that
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I make notes for each lesson with my notes and my revision guide. I also check with the specification as I do that as I have found that teachers sometimes a) teach irrelevant stuff or b) miss out bits you need. Also make sure that you actually understand the notes you are writing down, I tend to not understand things very well in lessons!

And like everybody says, past papers and mark schemes. Lots of them. Oh the good times... kind of
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