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So I'm absolutely stuck on what to revise, how to make it stick and when and where to revise mainly for Spanish. Teachers have said to relate it to your other subjects, but it doesn't really go with history, psychology and business. I've tried flashcards and they don't work.. Can anybody help me please?
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So I'm absolutely stuck on what to revise, how to make it stick and when and where to revise mainly for Spanish. Teachers have said to relate it to your other subjects, but it doesn't really go with history, psychology and business. I've tried flashcards and they don't work.. Can anybody help me please?
To quote from my own response to a similar question posted a few days ago:

At AS you can no longer just memorise a whole lot of stuff and regurgitate it; you actually have to understand the structures you are using and show that you have a wide range of general and specialist vocabulary.

Structures: Make sure you learn all your tenses - both how to conjugate them, and when to use them. That's half the grammar! The other half is the difference between ser and estar, the use of the passive voice, the use of pronouns (the difference between le and lo, for example, as well as the use of cuyo, lo que and so on), agreement of adjectives, etc.

Vocabulary: Make sure you learn all the specialist vocabulary that is relevant to your topic areas. Your textbook should help you here, or you can get excellent vocab books like Palabra por palabra, which also has a wide range of general vocabulary and useful, idiomatic, expressions.

Learning verb conjugations, grammar and vocab is a slow process and you should be starting a daily learning / revision routine now - try and spend about half an hour every day beyond your homework. Start with your verbs and make sure you know how to conjugate them - do maybe fifteen minutes every day on verb practice - and then spend another 15 minutes on learning and revising vocabulary. If you do that every day, you'll find that you'll start making progress very quickly.

You say you "can't make it stick" and you refer to flashcards, so am I right in presuming that you're talking about vocab? If flashcards don't work, try the good old-fashioned method: Write, Look, Cover, Repeat. Step 1: write down the vocab you need to learn on the left-hand side of a page, with translations on the right-hand side - I find it helps to say them out loud at the same time as writing them. Look at them and learn them. Then cover the translations and tick off the ones you can remember. When you can do them all going from Spanish to English, cover the other side and do English to Spanish. Make sure you revise your lists regularly. It's not "fun", but it works.

You're in quite a good position to relate your Spanish work to your other subjects, actually. How much Spanish history do you know? If you can incorporate a few references to Spanish history in your essays, that will definitely increase your marks for content. And I'm sure there must be links to Psychology in topic areas like the family, relationships and so on.

I hope that at least some of this is useful to you. Suerte!

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