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i am predicted an A at gcse and A in maths(if that helps)
will i struggle??
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You should be fine with AS chem because unit 1 is easy and leads into unit 2 quite well. And the maths, you shouldn't find too hard if you're predicted to well at gcse

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Which board will you be doing, you have to ask yourself 'do i enjoy chemistry?' because that will ultimately be the deciding factor; interest = motivation to revise.
But generally AS chemistry compared to GCSE chemistry is probably twice as hard roughly, this in regards to theory and content - but its very much dooable and with your predictions you seem clearly capable of dealing with AS Chemistry.
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It is quite challenging, but the challenge makes it the more enjoyable. I'm currently in mt second year of A level so I do A2 Chemistry. AS Chemistry was quite challenging but if your willing to put in the effort, you should be fine.
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Which board will you be doing, you have to ask yourself 'do i enjoy chemistry?' because that will ultimately be the deciding factor; interest = motivation to revise.
But generally AS chemistry compared to GCSE chemistry is probably twice as hard roughly, this in regards to theory and content - but its very much dooable and with your predictions you seem clearly capable of dealing with AS Chemistry.
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what did u get at gcse and how are u finidng it now
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(Original post by youreanutter)
i am predicted an A at gcse and A in maths(if that helps)
will i struggle??
Personally, I found it to be one of the (if not the) easiest A-level - just make sure you understand everything throughout the course, and start past papers early, trying to memorise common answers on the mark scheme.

Also, try to find it interesting, as it is very interesting (especially the Unit 2 and Unit 4 organic stuff and the mechanisms). This is very important to stay motivated!

Although I think that further maths and additional further maths make chemistry look like something with 'Studies' on the end of it!

I did AQA but OCR A is pretty similar - I have heard horror stories about Salter's!
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what did u get at gcse and how are u finidng it now
I am doing OCR; you will find yourself learning the mark scheme - because the theory isn't that hard but answering the questions is.

I got an A* in chemistry at GCSE; really made no difference, if i am going to be honest with you. Your prior grades won't determine how well you do in A levels your work ethic will; although natural ability does make it easier.
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I'm currently doing AS chemistry and personally I don't find it that bad at all.
At first it took some getting used to the questions but my main tip is to start revision early!
Do past papers early so you really start to gain an understanding.

I personally don't think GCSE grades will garuntee you being good in the subject as in my sixth form you need an A* to be able to do A-level Chemistry, but depite people achieving that grade at GCSE, some are failing badly.
Just work hard and enjoy it as much as possible. It's a great A-level to do
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Base what you choose for your alevels on how much you enjoy your subjects and not by your GCSE grades because GCSEs really don't prepare you for a level. I got A in chemistry and A in maths at GCSE and I'm now struggling to reach a C at A level chemistry even with the help of a private tutor. When I got into my first chemistry lesson he basically said to forget what we learnt at GCSE as it was pretty much all incorrect!!
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