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    In your opinion, what A-Level subjects (serious ones, so excluding the likes of Media Studies) can someone get a top grade in through mere memorisation?
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    All of them?
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    Biology
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    Pretty much all of them
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    (Original post by vimto39)
    All of them?
    How can you memorise maths and physics ? :sigh:

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    Chemistry.
    Except physical chemistry but that's just about 20% of the syllabus.
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    (Original post by CarpeDiem.)
    Chemistry.
    Except physical chemistry but that's just about 20% of the syllabus.
    Physicsl chemistry involves calculations. How can you memorise calculations ? Haaaaaa this is making me angry

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    (Original post by Yasmin-9970)
    Biology
    This does not work for A2 Bio.

    It is mostly application questions
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    (Original post by AsandaLFC)
    Physicsl chemistry involves calculations. How can you memorise calculations ? Haaaaaa this is making me angry

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    Uh, yeah? That's why i said EXCEPT physical chemistry.:lolwut:
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    I would say Maths, unlike the poster above who disagrees. Maths is basically lots of calculations and once you learn them (though takes practise) it's pretty simple.

    Biology, Physics, ] A lot to memorise though Geography, Economics and Business Studies
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    (Original post by Rickstahhh)
    This does not work for A2 Bio.

    It is mostly application questions

    I am an AS student, & if u memorise and understand application is fine right?
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    (Original post by AsandaLFC)
    How can you memorise maths and physics ? :sigh:

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    In my opinion, there's more rote learning in the sciences than essay subjects such as History and English, which require somewhat an element of talent to structure an eloquent essay.

    The current A-Level syllabus for Sciences doesn't require complex problem solving. Physics has a large knowledge element, which obviously lends its hand to rote learning. The calculations aspect of the course can be learned without actually understanding the equations, and so if you see a question using the word potential energy, you can have a punt on E=mgh and plug the variables in - hardly having an understanding and is common in the sciences.

    With respect to maths, so many A-Level mathematicians don't understand what they're doing - they have simply learned, for example, standard formula for differentiation, and can apply this formula to the function provided in a question that starts with 'differentiate'.

    I'm not saying the subjects you mention should lend their hand to students being successful through rote learning, but simply that the structure of the A-Level course makes this so.
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    (Original post by Rickstahhh)
    This does not work for A2 Bio.

    It is mostly application questions
    I'd say it pretty much does work providing you've understood on at least the most superficial level the things you've rote leant.
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    (Original post by Olympiad)
    I would say Maths, unlike the poster above who disagrees. Maths is basically lots of calculations and once you learn them (though takes practise) it's pretty simple.
    You know whats "pretty simple" ? Drawing your profile pic. Even if you practise them. They come out of the exam as some different ****. Has happen before :mad:


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    (Original post by Walt_14)
    In your opinion, what A-Level subjects (serious ones, so excluding the likes of Media Studies) can someone get a top grade in through mere memorisation?
    Geography 100% as well as psychology sociology history are all definite ones for rote learning.
    biology can be but not to the same extent same with chemistry and physics. Maths i would say is hardest to rote learn but it tend to have a lot less to learn and once you understand what you're doing you're on it.
    Obviously all languages are the ultimate subjects for rote learning as that is essentially what they're testing.
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    (Original post by Yasmin-9970)
    I am an AS student, & if u memorise and understand application is fine right?
    Memorising will get you nowhere in application questions.
    You have to understand the content fully, and be able to link several topics together.

    But for AS there is not that much application. So rote learning should suffice

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    (Original post by vimto39)
    In my opinion, there's more rote learning in the sciences than essay subjects such as History and English, which require somewhat an element of talent to structure an eloquent essay.

    The current A-Level syllabus for Sciences doesn't require complex problem solving. Physics has a large knowledge element, which obviously lends its hand to rote learning. The calculations aspect of the course can be learned without actually understanding the equations, and so if you see a question using the word potential energy, you can have a punt on E=mgh and plug the variables in - hardly having an understanding and is common in the sciences.

    With respect to maths, so many A-Level mathematicians don't understand what they're doing - they have simply learned, for example, standard formula for differentiation, and can apply this formula to the function provided in a question that starts with 'differentiate'.

    I'm not saying the subjects you mention should lend their hand to students being successful through rote learning, but simply that the structure of the A-Level course makes this so.

    (Original post by AsandaLFC)
    You know whats "pretty simple" ? Drawing your profile pic. Even if you practise them. They come out of the exam as some different ****. Has happen before :mad:


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    The person quoted above is spot on.
    I don't know why you are becoming so defensive? I take Economics and mentioned that too. In all honesty, te Science subjects at A level basically require you to just learn the theory and calculations and once you can do that, you are at a B grade at least.

    I can't talk from experience since I don't take them, but most of my friends taking the Sciences & essay subjects have said pretty much the same thing. The essay subjects require you to learn exam technique and you really do need to have a natural talent for writing.

    There isn't anything bad about it though so I don't know why you are becoming worked up. The STEM subjects are regarded very highly and I respect people taking them definitely.
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    Probably considered 'soft' but Business Studies (at least to AS) is really easy to 'rote' learn.
    As some people have said Maths, you learn the calculations you will get an A. The A* probably not.
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    (Original post by vimto39)
    In my opinion, there's more rote learning in the sciences than essay subjects such as History and English, which require somewhat an element of talent to structure an eloquent essay.

    The current A-Level syllabus for Sciences doesn't require complex problem solving. Physics has a large knowledge element, which obviously lends its hand to rote learning. The calculations aspect of the course can be learned without actually understanding the equations, and so if you see a question using the word potential energy, you can have a punt on E=mgh and plug the variables in - hardly having an understanding and is common in the sciences.

    With respect to maths, so many A-Level mathematicians don't understand what they're doing - they have simply learned, for example, standard formula for differentiation, and can apply this formula to the function provided in a question that starts with 'differentiate'.

    I'm not saying the subjects you mention should lend their hand to students being successful through rote learning, but simply that the structure of the A-Level course makes this so.
    This is annoying. This is super annoying. you cant get an A for physics with rote learning. Im sure u never gotten a B. In my school no one has ever gotten an A in physics for the past 3yrs

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    (Original post by AsandaLFC)
    This is annoying. This is super annoying. you cant get an A for physics with rote learning. Im sure u never gotten a B. In my school no one has ever gotten an A in physics for the past 3yrs

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    You can definitely get an A with rote learning, but I got an A* by having some degree of intelligence.
 
 
 
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