It is a myth that the "naturally intelligent" get the A's. Many people's revision is RUBBISH compared to what the brain is capable of. Learn some simple memory tricks / revision techniques. Read a book on it, seriously. With visual revision for visual learners you will learn more in less time. You wont be as stressed too.
Practise many timed past papers in exam conditions. Learn mark schemes. Other simple things like doing excercise, drinking water, good sleep, etc is widely available, google it. Start early, do something every night - even 2 minutes looking over your notes from the day is WAY better than nothing.
I left it very late to start revising (not reccommended). Im not "espeically brainy" but will get A's. All of the psychology is out there but still people will spend hours revising, writing things in over and over which may work but not as effectively as other ways. For visulas draw silly pictures - it sound daft, but you will remember an associated picture MUCH faster than writing it out 50 times. Your brain doesn't work like that. Keep doing this over time and it will stay. Once and it probably won't.
I can guarantee not everyone follows this advice. It sounds obvious, but the fact is you will benefit from it and make it easier on yourself. Its all a game thats pitched so that some people get A's and some E's. They are do-able.
You must already be clever. If you are capable of getting this far with rubbish revision like most gcse was (at least mine), how well will you do with better revision?
Your loss if you dont!
Additionally, for some subjects - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Music, Art, English, Latin etc, what you have to learn isn't linear. For lists of words, people don't just read them out again and again - they write mnemonics. What I'm saying is that different techniques work for different people and different subjects!
You know what a secret is also.
State te obvious. I dont know about anyone else but some of the marks in certain a-level subjects are for the most simple things.
uh huh u got that right! it was soo like that for biology!
i just learn by repetition, but by reading aloud over and over again rather than writing things down. its very individual and its always worked v well for me. people need how to learn for themselves ive tried picture association and it doesn't work for me.
Ah. I learned that technique two weeks before my exam.
Everyone one of us has a Photographic memory. Fact.
Yeah but I think he was refering to having an eideitc memory
Drawing pictures will not work if that's not how your brain works best. Plus, a picture is not going to help you remember the details you need to get marks. Sorry. And it's not a secret either.
I am very auditry. I walk around saying stuff to myself (just in the house of course). I also get people to test me and tell me the answers.
For discrete tracts of information, I invent allegories which prompt factual recall through image-association.
Otherwise, I cram.