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Double Science AQA
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So you can see I chose A few subjects that are packed with coursework, graphics and business. But my main focus is to complete pretty much everything (syllabus) for Maths and science (as they tend to be the most important) before mocks.
Well my preparation method/ revision method is as follows:
I roughly do 4 topics a day and i stick to the topics till they are finished. Currently I am doing maths,b1,c1,p2 and after I finish any of them I just swap them with another subject. I study from revision guides and after every small unit I will do questions from a text book and I would also do some Sam learning to back up my knowledge. Upon completion of a topic i will focus on doing as many papers as I can until I reach 90%, I stick to percentage rather than grade as grade boundaries vary every year.
So guys what type of preparation methods are you adopting this year? The aim of the thread is to share how you revise, please do not go off topic
I'm expected 4 A* 5 As and 1 B
My techniques: I like to record me reading out my textbook stuff and notes
I also like to make flashcards for vocabulary learning and translate passages for Latin
Maths I just practise questions
Mainly though my technique is to read out my text book and record it on my phone
Then the past papers begin xD
I have a big lever arch folder with a file for each unit of each subject in which I put learning checklists, revision notes, mindmaps, past exam questions and past papers .
For science, I like to make a revision sheet of notes on each topic, I find the revision guides and textbooks really helpful to review information and I use the end of topic questions to test myself. I also like to print off every past paper for a unit (eg additional biology) and put it onto flashcards, so I cut out the question and stick it onto one side, and the mark scheme answers stuck on the other side, as this is an easy way to test and review knowledge in the exam format without having to write it all out and it familiarises you with the exact vocabulary and points the examiners are looking for. I also use the online resources on Kerboodle or bitesize to help me. I use similar techniques for other content heavy subjects such as geography
For music, I make a mind map for each area of study and have a revision sheet with all the information for each set work, which I use together with the revision guide and then just focus on past papers.
For languages, I don't really tend to revise much, I go over vocab/tenses etc if needed but it tends to stick in my head quite easily as I don't find the exams very difficult. Except for speakings, I do revise as I do have to memorise my answers and presentation.
For English, I have a file on each text where I put chapter summaries from bitesize, character profiles, list and analysis of the main themes and practice essays on the text, which I review and learn. I feel the most important thing for literature is to practice your essays and have a load of points and an essay structure memorised for anything that could possibly come up. English Language is just knowing your techniques really.
For RS, I just make flashcards on each topic and practice exam questions.
Maths is just about practice. I have the textbook and revision guide which are full of questions and I watch the videos on the CGP maths tutor DVDrom if I don't understand something or to remind myself of the method.
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What is the best way to stay motivated in revision? I want to revise but I just end up getting distracted and barely even finish homework let alone extra revsion. I am predicted 10 A* but I doubt i will get them as every year I just get lazier and lazier but teachers still think im doing well because I can scrape by. Tips????
Think of it like this,
You make or break your life when you open that envelope in August. You need to revise with manageable work loads, make a revision timetable that isn't overwhelming. Stay consistent and do past papers. And most importantly attend school, read and ask teachers for help if you're stuck. At the end of the day what do you want? Do you want to live a good life, or work your butt of for the rest of your life working in Tesco's earning peanuts? hope this helped you out.