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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Only 8 exams?

    Must hurt having biology the day after chemistry. Maths it'd be fine, its all basically the same stuff, but I imagine those two subjects are disjoint (not much overlap). Also, decision "maths" right after biology... ouch! I'd imagine statistics would have been easier (assuming you do some statistical analysis in biology)
    I knew there'd be someone replying with that. Smh TSR, so predictable

    Eh, I should be okay. It's what I do now that matters most anyway
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    I knew there'd be someone replying with that. Smh TSR, so predictable

    Eh, I should be okay. It's what I do now that matters most anyway
    I genuinely was surprised to start with, but of course you have coursework and no STEP

    Have you run out of past papers yet?
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    Any super tips for getting the A* in Chemistry :confused::confused::confused:?

    Getting an A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics are no problem; I could probably do them without putting in too much effort. Struggling with how I'm going to achieve 270 UMS in Chemistry though, it's just too easy to drop marks.
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    I genuinely was surprised to start with, but of course you have coursework and no STEP

    Have you run out of past papers yet?
    Humanities people have even less
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    Any super tips for getting the A* in Chemistry :confused::confused::confused:?

    Getting an A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics are no problem; I could probably do them without putting in too much effort. Struggling with how I'm going to achieve 270 UMS in Chemistry though, it's just too easy to drop marks.
    If still possible, try to get the highest you can in ISAs/EMPAs. I've got 40/40 in my chemistry ISAs (:awesome:) and I essentially need 210/240 UMS now.

    For exams, keep going over conditions, mechanisms, chemical tests and equations. Organic chemistry can be so simple if you know the basics in a bit of depth. With physical chemistry, literally just go over model answers and mark schemes, and remember and practice calculations. There's a reason why enthalpy and entropy are my favourite topics The buffer and weak acid calculations can get a bit complex, but just keep at them. 6 markers on describing and explaining how a buffer works though :coma: ezpz
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    If still possible, try to get the highest you can in ISAs/EMPAs. I've got 40/40 in my chemistry ISAs (:awesome:) and I essentially need 210/240 UMS now.

    For exams, keep going over conditions, mechanisms, chemical tests and equations. Organic chemistry can be so simple if you know the basics in a bit of depth. With physical chemistry, literally just go over model answers and mark schemes, and remember and practice calculations. There's a reason why enthalpy and entropy are my favourite topics The buffer and weak acid calculations can get a bit complex, but just keep at them. 6 markers on describing and explaining how a buffer works though :coma: ezpz
    I've only recently finished my coursework for Chemistry, and after doing almost 100 pages for that, I'm honestly not sure if I can be bothered making any possible extra changes just for a couple UMS :coma:.

    This is what I hate most about Chemistry, the whole thing about model answers. My other subjects I can just roughly know the content and BS my way to full marks, but Chem you need to say precisely what they want you to be saying . Is learning this stuff just a case of endless past papers with a good emphasis put on learning the mark scheme? And for things like mechanisms and equations - is this again more past papers or do you simply just go over it repeatedly?

    Luckily I don't have many problems with calculations - even if you don't know what exactly you need to do it's usually possible to make a logical guess and get it right .
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    Humanities people have even less
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    I'm doing them twice
    They do? I guess the humanities subjects are more subject to change

    Lol, I've started doing STEP papers twice too

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    There are some questions I didn't complete the first time round though
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    So I got my mock results back today and they were: A*AA in Maths, Chemistry and Biology (93 UMS in Maths, 86% and 80% in raw marks in Chem and Bio respectively)

    Looking at grade boundaries, 86% in raw marks would usually be an A* in Chem, as would 80% in Bio, but I'm very determined to consistently hit 90% in raw marks in all my papers, just to be safe :yep:

    Anyway, this is where I'll just waffle about what I'm going to do etc etc, so feel free to join in with me if you're in a similar position!

    Plan for today: finish a C3 Solomon paper, revise the Muscles topic from Biology Unit 5 for an upcoming mini test

    During, and from half term: make notes on all topics covered since the new year, do a past paper per subject every week

    Wish me luck :awesome:
    Hey there,
    If you don't mind me asking what did you get in your gcse's
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    (Original post by ohgodwhatamidoin)
    I've only recently finished my coursework for Chemistry, and after doing almost 100 pages for that, I'm honestly not sure if I can be bothered making any possible extra changes just for a couple UMS :coma:.

    This is what I hate most about Chemistry, the whole thing about model answers. My other subjects I can just roughly know the content and BS my way to full marks, but Chem you need to say precisely what they want you to be saying . Is learning this stuff just a case of endless past papers with a good emphasis put on learning the mark scheme? And for things like mechanisms and equations - is this again more past papers or do you simply just go over it repeatedly?

    Luckily I don't have many problems with calculations - even if you don't know what exactly you need to do it's usually possible to make a logical guess and get it right .
    It sounds to me like you don't know the content as well as you think you do - if you properly understand the content behind a question i would expect that in most cases your answer would include the points on the mark scheme, as well as some stuff that isnt on there
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    It sounds to me like you don't know the content as well as you think you do - if you properly understand the content behind a question i would expect that in most cases your answer would include the points on the mark scheme, as well as some stuff that isnt on there
    Yeah, I could definitely do with learning content better, I've been slacking a bit this year . But even for questions that I feel I fully know the answer to I've not always got all marks because I didn't know to include some of the points on the mark scheme, even if I did actually know that info. Learning model answers and just understanding the MS better in general definitely helps a lot with Chem for that reason, or at least it does for me .
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    (Original post by ohgodwhatamidoin)
    Yeah, I could definitely do with learning content better, I've been slacking a bit this year . But even for questions that I feel I fully know the answer to I've not always got all marks because I didn't know to include some of the points on the mark scheme, even if I did actually know that info. Learning model answers and just understanding the MS better in general definitely helps a lot with Chem for that reason, or at least it does for me .
    Understand the chemistry, not the mark scheme. If you properly understand the chemistry, rather than recalling it (theres a difference) then chances are you will know what the key points are for whatever the question is on and you will get the marks, since they tend to be what the examiner is looking for
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    No but I need them to get into my firm uni
    What is your Firm uni?
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    (Original post by ohgodwhatamidoin)
    I've only recently finished my coursework for Chemistry, and after doing almost 100 pages for that, I'm honestly not sure if I can be bothered making any possible extra changes just for a couple UMS :coma:.

    This is what I hate most about Chemistry, the whole thing about model answers. My other subjects I can just roughly know the content and BS my way to full marks, but Chem you need to say precisely what they want you to be saying . Is learning this stuff just a case of endless past papers with a good emphasis put on learning the mark scheme? And for things like mechanisms and equations - is this again more past papers or do you simply just go over it repeatedly?

    Luckily I don't have many problems with calculations - even if you don't know what exactly you need to do it's usually possible to make a logical guess and get it right .
    I agree with everything samb said :yes: Go over all the content first
    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    They do? I guess the humanities subjects are more subject to change

    Lol, I've started doing STEP papers twice too
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    There are some questions I didn't complete the first time round though
    Haha
    How are you feeling about STEP?

    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    Hey there,
    If you don't mind me asking what did you get in your gcse's
    5A*s and 6As
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    What is your Firm uni?
    Cambridge
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    I agree with everything samb said :yes: Go over all the content first

    Haha
    How are you feeling about STEP?


    5A*s and 6As

    Cambridge
    WOW well done
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    WOW well done
    Thanks haha
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    Thanks haha
    No worries how did you revise for them especially sciences, I mean you still revise for science now right ? Good luck in your exams
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    Not posted here in ages but I've officially learnt all of A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths :awesome:

    Well I've finished making my 'official' notes on every topic - these are notes I use to help me complete past papers, and read the night before an exam.

    A final bit of note making is left, though it's not based on a topic as such, rather bringing together areas from across Biology to help answer the 25 marker essay at the end of the unit 5 paper (got a whopping 11/25 marks on the last essay I did). Thankfully, BIOL5 grade boundaries are generally low (Max it's been is like 76/100 for A*)

    But yeah, that's all. After today, I'll concentrate on the Biology EMPA written paper (exam in 10 days :gasp: ) and going through past papers, making sure all the knowledge is in my head.

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    What did you get in your subjects that you are doing for AS? For GCSE Biology Chemistry and Maths?
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    They do? I guess the humanities subjects are more subject to change

    Lol, I've started doing STEP papers twice too
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    There are some questions I didn't complete the first time round though
    ^^ do u find it help ful ?
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    . Gd luck ena !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One step more to achive ur cambridge dream !!!!!!!!!!!!
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    No worries how did you revise for them especially sciences, I mean you still revise for science now right ? Good luck in your exams
    It's literally a cycle. I make notes on a topic to help me understand it, then I do past papers to see where I'm going wrong. I go back and go over topics I'm going wrong in, maybe make a different set of notes. I keep doing this until I'm comfortable with all the content :yes:
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    What did you get in your subjects that you are doing for AS? For GCSE Biology Chemistry and Maths?
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    . Gd luck ena !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One step more to achive ur cambridge dream !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks Duke

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