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I'm on OCR for biology and OCR A for chemistry, at the moment chemistry I got a B in my chemistry mock but unit 2 is going dreadful! And I put in a lot of time for biology but the exam questions I can't get my head around and scoring D/E's, any advice especially for biology as a whole and unit 2 chemistry?

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Do past papers. Look at the Mark scheme. See what is relevant and what is not.
Don't waffle. Get straight to the points, get the marks.

But first, in your text book, there should be exam styled questions/practice questions. Answer these.
Then Mark harshly, and highlight your mistakes. Take notes.

When you're learning, take notes, then at the end, write a paragraph of what you've learnt. Processes etc, just to help your understanding.

For chemistry, I'd say practice makes perfect. Past papers and make sure you fully understand everything. Start making revision notes now, flash cards. You don't want to start Unit and slowly forget Unit 1.

EDIT: If the mark scheme doesn't explain things well, and let's say you got 5/6 marks on a Question, make sure you go and ask your teacher, why you didn't get 6/6. I'm not sure about OCR, but I think they are quite specific, so it should be fine.

Also, revise everyday for a few hours, find an adept way to learn, and it'll be okay.
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Do past papers. Look at the Mark scheme. See what is relevant and what is not.
Don't waffle. Get straight to the points, get the marks.

But first, in your text book, there should be exam styled questions/practice questions. Answer these.
Then Mark harshly, and highlight your mistakes. Take notes.

When you're learning, take notes, then at the end, write a paragraph of what you've learnt. Processes etc, just to help your understanding.

For chemistry, I'd say practice makes perfect. Past papers and make sure you fully understand everything. Start making revision notes now, flash cards. You don't want to start Unit and slowly forget Unit 1.

EDIT: If the mark scheme doesn't explain things well, and let's say you got 5/6 marks on a Question, make sure you go and ask your teacher, why you didn't get 6/6. I'm not sure about OCR, but I think they are quite specific, so it should be fine.

Also, revise everyday for a few hours, find an adept way to learn, and it'll be okay.
Thank you! I guess it's trying to move my knowledge into answers which is really difficult! Should probably start bringing past papers in now, how did these a levels go for you in the end?
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Thank you! I guess it's trying to move my knowledge into answers which is really difficult! Should probably start bringing past papers in now, how did these a levels go for you in the end?
I'm in year 12 too, and I do Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology.

This method of learning has help me out with assessments and Mocks that I have had. Also, check the A-A* students- Revision tips thread. Many people suggest Past papers. Indeed, it is very difficult, but soon you'll be familiar with the content and be able to apply your knowledge well.

When answering a question, if your brain freezes, when ascertaining a Question, maybe perhaps highlight keywords.
Make sure you understand command words, this way you're less likely to waffle, but get straight to the point.

And yes, don't wait and procrastinate. Chemistry and Biology aren't soft subjects, so they shouldn't be taken softly.
Make sure your folders are organised and on point. You don't want to look at a messy folder. It puts me off instantly, but that's just me haha, and I end up procrastinating. Make a time table. See what suits you best. Are you a morning learner or a night learner? Set yourself rewards.
Just work hard and you'll end up with amazing results.

No worries, I hope I helped
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I'm in year 12 too, and I do Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology.

This method of learning has help me out with assessments and Mocks that I have had. Also, check the A-A* students- Revision tips thread. Many people suggest Past papers. Indeed, it is very difficult, but soon you'll be familiar with the content and be able to apply your knowledge well.

When answering a question, if your brain freezes, when ascertaining a Question, maybe perhaps highlight keywords.
Make sure you understand command words, this way you're less likely to waffle, but get straight to the point.

And yes, don't wait and procrastinate. Chemistry and Biology aren't soft subjects, so they shouldn't be taken softly.
Make sure your folders are organised and on point. You don't want to look at a messy folder. It puts me off instantly, but that's just me haha, and I end up procrastinating. Make a time table. See what suits you best. Are you a morning learner or a night learner? Set yourself rewards.
Just work hard and you'll end up with amazing results.

No worries, I hope I helped
Yeah it's just hard to do past papers when you haven't learnt the content in class either. I'll have a read of the thread soon! What exam boards are you on for bio and chem? I'm more of a night learner, pretty sure I boot in energy at night hahah!
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Its not hard to do past papers if you have not learnt it all, just do the questions you have learnt.

Chemistry OCR A they literally repeat the questions. I did all the papers from 2001 and went from a U to an A in my school tests
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Yeah it's just hard to do past papers when you haven't learnt the content in class either. I'll have a read of the thread soon! What exam boards are you on for bio and chem? I'm more of a night learner, pretty sure I boot in energy at night hahah!
Well, learn before you complete them. Go through text books, there are websites you can go on to help you. Ask your teacher questions. It's better if you understand what is taught to you, but don't rely on your teachers. I have given up with my teachers, and I'm ahead of the class. Then, when you self teach and come across something that confuses you, go and ask your teacher. Make sure you understand. Don't be shy. Also, you can still do past papers. Past papers, show your weakest topics; what you have to work on. If you get questions wrong, it's OK, still early of course. Just learn from mistakes. I'm on Edexcel
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Its not hard to do past papers if you have not learnt it all, just do the questions you have learnt.

Chemistry OCR A they literally repeat the questions. I did all the papers from 2001 and went from a U to an A in my school tests
Wow I just wish I could do that! I'm on U's at the moment in Chemistry, and I revise quite a lot, doing past papers and notes. I still get low grades. I came from a double science background, into A level chem as I really wanted a career in science, but since going into sixth form, I feel like giving it up. I just know what to do when I see the text book, but in tests I just fail it. I have 2 weeks untill my real as mocks in January. Anything else I could do?
Thanks!
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I recommend you to put more effort into Unit 2 Chemistry, I got As and A*s at GCSE yet ended up getting a C in AS chemistry due to not prioritising unit 2, I was able to get an A in unit 1 as it is far, far easier in comparison to unit 2.
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I recommend you to put more effort into Unit 2 Chemistry, I got As and A*s at GCSE yet ended up getting a C in AS chemistry due to not prioritising unit 2, I was able to get an A in unit 1 as it is far, far easier in comparison to unit 2.
I've completed 2.1 so far but beyond that it starts becoming confusing! Also worried about coursework but I guess you can't really practice it. I guess unit 2 will have to start becoming more of a priority now :O
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I've completed 2.1 so far but beyond that it starts becoming confusing! Also worried about coursework but I guess you can't really practice it. I guess unit 2 will have to start becoming more of a priority now :O
You can definitely get a feel for the coursework, last year in AS I was pretty awful at practicals, this year I've just done my first round of Biology practicals and I got 10/10 in the quantitative already. You can't really revise for them but you get used to their structure.
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You can definitely get a feel for the coursework, last year in AS I was pretty awful at practicals, this year I've just done my first round of Biology practicals and I got 10/10 in the quantitative already. You can't really revise for them but you get used to their structure.
maybe the practical life isn't for me hahah! and well done! still waiting for my results of them to come through though so hopefully it's all gone well. how did AS bio go for you and any tips?
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maybe the practical life isn't for me hahah! and well done! still waiting for my results of them to come through though so hopefully it's all gone well. how did AS bio go for you and any tips?
I'm an all round let down at AS, only got a C in Biology, but I'm trying to do far better this year and also retaking unit 2. I find Biology has the easiest content to learn compared to lets say Chemistry or Maths but the amount of content is so high which kind of balances it out.
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Persevere bro the only way you're going to smash these a levels.
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The coursework is dread full I got 37/50 which was a D ( it was a practice). My teacher says its high because some schools tell their students the answers
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I'm an all round let down at AS, only got a C in Biology, but I'm trying to do far better this year and also retaking unit 2. I find Biology has the easiest content to learn compared to lets say Chemistry or Maths but the amount of content is so high which kind of balances it out.
sorry for the late reply! mocks are coming up and stressing! haven't even started unit 2 D: yes there's so much to remember and little is tested in the exam
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Persevere bro the only way you're going to smash these a levels.
your motivation has enlightened me, I shall not let you down

(depending on the grade boundaries lol)

(sorry for the late reply too)
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The coursework is dread full I got 37/50 which was a D ( it was a practice). My teacher says its high because some schools tell their students the answers
I'm getting my results when I get back have no faith in some of them though, went awful! how annoying! I must admit I've heard that rumour to be true to surrounding sixth forms, such a shame!
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I'm doing OCR bio and chem aswell. I haven't done a mock for chem yet but in past papers I usually get A/B but some past papers are really easy with others very difficult so it's hard to predict what it'll be like this year.
Haven't done a mock in bio as the school is teaching Unit 1 and 2 together so can only do a full mock at the end of the year. I'm doing better in biology than chemistry though this wasn't the case at GCSE, chemistry was my strongest subject.
Unit 2 Chemistry is quite dreadful but many websites can help, e.g. chemnotes.org
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Im doing AQA chem and we have only just started unit 2!
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