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I am doing chemistry, biology, psychology and geography at AS when I go back and I really want to start of with good habits- does anyone have any advice or warnings of where they messed up I can learn from? Also I've heard chemistry is extremely difficult is this true?Really appreciate it ☺️
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I am doing chemistry, biology, psychology and geography at AS when I go back and I really want to start of with good habits- does anyone have any advice or warnings of where they messed up I can learn from? Also I've heard chemistry is extremely difficult is this true?Really appreciate it ☺️
Hi there,

I've heard that Chemistry is a difficult subject - but it completely depends on how much you get on with the subject, your teachers and how well your class is.

My advice would be learn the mark schemes off my heart during A level, it tends to be where a lot of people fall down - GCSE tested your knowledge but then A level tests your knowledge and your exam technique.

I hope this helps and good luck!
- Kath .
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I am doing chemistry, biology, psychology and geography at AS when I go back and I really want to start of with good habits- does anyone have any advice or warnings of where they messed up I can learn from? Also I've heard chemistry is extremely difficult is this true?Really appreciate it ☺️
Hi there,

Chemistry is a big jump up from GCSE, bot not impossible

Get the course spec from the Awarding Body at the start of the course and read and understand what it is that you need to know. Many courses are new for 2015 so the course text book should match the specification perfectly - making it easy to revise and find the topics you need

Start revising from the first week of the course and you should be ok, even if you spend 30 minutes re reading the topic you have covered that week and then attempt some of the questions in the text book, it will really help you

Good Luck with your studies

Matt
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I am doing chemistry, biology, psychology and geography at AS when I go back and I really want to start of with good habits- does anyone have any advice or warnings of where they messed up I can learn from? Also I've heard chemistry is extremely difficult is this true?Really appreciate it ☺️
The main piece of advice is work hard. It seems really obvious, but so many people get distracted or procrastinate or think because they did well at GCSE without revising or focusing they can do that at A level. A few very, very lucky people can. Most can't, so work hard from the start and make sure you ask as soon as you don't understand something.

The second is don't make schoolwork your life. You'll burn out with stress and exam anxiety. Make sure you have a balance with a social life and things you enjoy to - like a sport or computer gaming or whatever floats your boat.

Thirdly, when you revise print off the specification for every subject. Look over everything and use a traffic light system for how much you understand each topic. Spend most of your time revising the bits you red light until you're confident enough to green light them. By the time your exams come around, you should understand everything at green light level.

Make sure you do all the past papers, but don't start them too early or you'll run out before you get to the exams! Make a past paper and revision schedule and try to stick to it. Remember to schedule in breaks too!

Finally, find out how you revise best, For some people it's note taking, for others it's watching videos, for others it's flashcards. Use whatever method suits you best, not the mthod that you think you 'ought' to use. (Teachers always say use mind maps, or at least mine did. I hate mind maps. Don't make mind maps if you can't revise from them, it's a waste of time).

I did Chemistry - and yes, it's hard. But it's not too hard if you work, focus and have some kind of natural aptitude (which is shown if you got a decent GCSE grade in it). All A levels are hard in their own way! But if you've got a good work ethic and you don't get too stressed out, you should be fine.

Good luck
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