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    (Original post by RosaA)

    Also, my targets are also A/A*s in everything.
    Currently I am meeting them in everything besides Physics, English Language, English Literature and History.
    How do you think I can improve in those subject? -(any websites or revision/study techniques)

    Could you also PM me? I would really appreciate it!
    Thanks!!
    And now for Part 2

    Physics

    (This is my favourite subject and I want to study it at Uni so feel free to ask away if there is anything else)

    I have made flashcards both digitally and physically so that I can take them anywhere and if my phone has no battery - I have no excuse !

    A really good way to revise this subject, I find, is to do a past paper in exam conditions and note down all the questions where you hesitate and do not know what to do straight away. Then, go to the revision guide, do a page of notes summarised, and try to do the paper again. This way, you are more likely to remember it and focus because you know you struggle with it.

    English Language

    This one is a tricky one to revise for, I think. All I could suggest is make sure you know the layouts of each piece i.e. where the address should go on a letter. If you wanted to you could download past papers, complete them in the time allowed and get your teacher to mark it. The only thing I can really say you can do to revise is enhance your vocabulary - go through every piece you write and if you find a word more than 3 times, go and find an alternative.

    English Literature

    Having character profiles is a must! I'm sure you will have been told this but if you don't have specific quotes you can't reach the higher marks, so write down at least 10 quotes which are quite generic (by this I mean you will be able to incorporate them somewhere regardless of the context). Doing this means you will have quotes you can use in any situation, and it is easier than remembering 10 quotes per character, per chapter etc.

    History

    Making large timelines would be a good idea. They could be colour coded for each topic you study and all on one timeline, or you could have individual ones per topic (I would prefer them all on one, so that I can pick a date and link all the events together). Making flashcards may also be valuable for details such as Presidents of the time, or names of group leaders etc. The only way you can strengthen your source interpretation is by doing past papers - there are only so many cartoons and posters available for questions, so the more you see now the more chance they have of coming up.

    In terms of websites:
    Sparknotes and Cliff Notes are ideal for English, especially Literature
    For physics there is a website called freescience.info and there may be some articles you can use, otherwise using various textbooks and revision guides can give you different ways to explain concepts.

    I have also been making my own flashcards on an app that I would be happy to share on here. The only issue is, all my content is based on the exam boards I take, which may differ from yours. Let me know what boards you use and I will share a link to the cards if you would like them.

    I hope all this helps and feel free to contact me for anymore help if you need it
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    (Original post by RosaA)
    Thanks so much for the help!

    And no, don't worry I really didn't mind that the post was long. It was very helpful ☺

    What do you mean by the Pomodoro Technique?

    In terms of writing notes for your subjects how do you organise all of that and do you hand write them or type them up? Which method do you prefer? I'm curious as I could also do with some organisation tips 😂- I tend to lack in that department as well sometimes ☺

    Thank you once again 😊
    The Pomodoro Technique is where you set a timer (they specify 25 mins I think) and work on a specific topic for that time. Then the timer automatically starts counting for a 5 minute break. Then the process repeats. There are apps out there that are designed for this specifically but if you want to experiment with the time durations I would suggest using a general timer like on a mobile or tablet.

    When it comes to writing notes. If I have never written them before then I will hand write them as I feel it sticks better to begin with. Then a day later or so, I will type them up, but still use the shorthand I had written them in. This not only refreshes my brain of the notes but it also means that I have notes that are neat and don't have loads of paper scattered everywhere - it also means I get to do less filing because computer filing is so much easier, as long as you have the folders in place to start with.

    In terms of organising, I have a colour coded folder for each subject and dividers within those so that all my paperwork and handouts are neat (and as I am partially sighted I get quite a few large handouts ) I then have a smaller folder to take to class everyday. In this I will put handouts relevant to the chapters/topics/modules we are studying so that I don't miss anything important.

    I hope this helps
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    And now for Part 2

    Physics

    (This is my favourite subject and I want to study it at Uni so feel free to ask away if there is anything else)

    I have made flashcards both digitally and physically so that I can take them anywhere and if my phone has no battery - I have no excuse !

    A really good way to revise this subject, I find, is to do a past paper in exam conditions and note down all the questions where you hesitate and do not know what to do straight away. Then, go to the revision guide, do a page of notes summarised, and try to do the paper again. This way, you are more likely to remember it and focus because you know you struggle with it.

    English Language

    This one is a tricky one to revise for, I think. All I could suggest is make sure you know the layouts of each piece i.e. where the address should go on a letter. If you wanted to you could download past papers, complete them in the time allowed and get your teacher to mark it. The only thing I can really say you can do to revise is enhance your vocabulary - go through every piece you write and if you find a word more than 3 times, go and find an alternative.

    English Literature

    Having character profiles is a must! I'm sure you will have been told this but if you don't have specific quotes you can't reach the higher marks, so write down at least 10 quotes which are quite generic (by this I mean you will be able to incorporate them somewhere regardless of the context). Doing this means you will have quotes you can use in any situation, and it is easier than remembering 10 quotes per character, per chapter etc.

    History

    Making large timelines would be a good idea. They could be colour coded for each topic you study and all on one timeline, or you could have individual ones per topic (I would prefer them all on one, so that I can pick a date and link all the events together). Making flashcards may also be valuable for details such as Presidents of the time, or names of group leaders etc. The only way you can strengthen your source interpretation is by doing past papers - there are only so many cartoons and posters available for questions, so the more you see now the more chance they have of coming up.

    In terms of websites:
    Sparknotes and Cliff Notes are ideal for English, especially Literature
    For physics there is a website called freescience.info and there may be some articles you can use, otherwise using various textbooks and revision guides can give you different ways to explain concepts.

    I have also been making my own flashcards on an app that I would be happy to share on here. The only issue is, all my content is based on the exam boards I take, which may differ from yours. Let me know what boards you use and I will share a link to the cards if you would like them.

    I hope all this helps and feel free to contact me for anymore help if you need it
    Wow, Physics is my favourite as well, but sadly I keep getting As in my exams. Thank you so much for the website and advice!

    I would really like the cards☺ that would be extremely helpful as I struggle making them 😩
    These are all of my exam boards for the subjects I am studying☺
    AQA -
    English Literature
    English language
    Physics
    Biology
    Chemistry
    History
    French

    EDEXCEL -
    Maths
    Further maths

    OCR-
    Geography
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    Ok this sounds really dumb but I thought that chemistry was only C1 2 and 3 same with the other sciences.
    There are more? Is it for the really brainy students haha?


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    (Original post by RosaA)
    Wow, Physics is my favourite as well, but sadly I keep getting As in my exams. Thank you so much for the website and advice!

    I would really like the cards☺ that would be extremely helpful as I struggle making them 😩
    These are all of my exam boards for the subjects I am studying☺
    AQA -
    English Literature
    English language
    Physics
    Biology
    Chemistry
    History
    French

    EDEXCEL -
    Maths
    Further maths

    OCR-
    Geography
    Yay! A fellow physics lover! I will upload links below to the cards - however, We appear to be on completely opposite exam boards as I am on:

    Edexcel:
    Maths (luckily the same )

    WJEC:
    English Lit
    English Language

    OCR:
    History
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Biology
    ICT

    AQA:
    Geography

    I will send you the links anyway and you can have a look to see if we cover any of the same material:

    Physics: https://www.brainscape.com/packs/687...ferrer=1904487
    History: https://www.brainscape.com/packs/687...ferrer=1904487

    Please be aware that you may have to sign up - it's completely free and just needs an email. Also, the history ones are still a work in progress but after my mocks on the 22nd-27th I will be definitely expanding these. If you would like the links to the other science subjects let me know - but just remember we are on different exam boards
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    (Original post by Jeena_hunt5476)
    Ok this sounds really dumb but I thought that chemistry was only C1 2 and 3 same with the other sciences.
    There are more? Is it for the really brainy students haha?


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    I take the Triple Science option that my school offers which means we have 18 modules in total. B1, b2, b3, b4 , b5, b6 for Biology and same for physics and chemistry, plus a Section D of interpreting data at the end of each subject. I wouldn't quite say brainy, more for those who want to blow their brains out and get inundated with work, work, work and more work
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    (Original post by Oblivion99)
    Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch , aber viel Glück für Ihre Prüfungen . Ich mache die gleichen Prüfungen wie Sie . Ich hoffe, dass auch die gleichen Noten zu bekommen.
    Danke Schoen!
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    UPDATE FOR DAY 1:
    Well, I guess I should update everyone. I really didn't get through as much as I had planned for numerous reasons - I had issues breathing with my asthma and my eczema decided it wanted to itch all day. Anyways here's what I did manage to do:
    • Physics: hand wrote notes for - CDs and lasers, Cooking with waves (microwaves and infrared), heating the home and reducing energy loss - and also studied 37 flashcards using the app.
    • Chemistry: studied 25 flashcards using the app using a random selection from all 3 modules
    • Biology: Compiled a list of topics I need to look at
    I'm also losing my voice which is quite funny but I will try and make sure none of this stops me doing well in the mocks next week - actually let me rephrase that - I am not going to let it stop me

    It's also been great today posting messages to help people with various things - I really wish I had started this sooner.

    I'm going to try and get some more revision done before bed, even if it is just revision cards or reading Of Mice and Men.

    Thank you for reading my blog, I will update you all soon
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    I take the Triple Science option that my school offers which means we have 18 modules in total. B1, b2, b3, b4 , b5, b6 for Biology and same for physics and chemistry, plus a Section D of interpreting data at the end of each subject. I wouldn't quite say brainy, more for those who want to blow their brains out and get inundated with work, work, work and more work
    Oh cos I do triple science as well and only do up to the threes! I would not be able to handle and extra 9! Do you even need to take the extra ones or did you just take it because you enjoy it or for another reason?


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    (Original post by Jeena_hunt5476)
    Oh cos I do triple science as well and only do up to the threes! I would not be able to handle and extra 9! Do you even need to take the extra ones or did you just take it because you enjoy it or for another reason?


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    If we didn't opt for Triple then Double was compulsory which would have meant up to the 3s but taking Triple meant that all 18 were compulsory. It means we have 7/8 hours of science each week and 6 exams in the summer - and don't get me started on the revision

    To be honest if we could have had a choice over the sciences I woud have much preferred to drop biology but they all came as a set, so I guess I have to see it through.
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    By the way, if anyone has any suggestions for posts they would like me to do, such as my routine, ways to revise, keep motivated or so on, please feel free to ask, I am more than happy to help
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    Wow, you seem really committed. Good luck.
    And don't overload yourself with too much work and don't think about what you're getting atm in your mocks. I was like you with mainly A* and a few As and no Bs predictions and targets. I didn't revise much and when i got in the exam i panicked really badly and got like a grade lower than my predictions, some even 2 grades lower which was quite upsetting. Although I'm not entirely sure if i regret that or not, because at the end of the day I'm still doing the a levels i want.
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    (Original post by Miss.Modesty)
    Wow, you seem really committed. Good luck.
    And don't overload yourself with too much work and don't think about what you're getting atm in your mocks. I was like you with mainly A* and a few As and no Bs predictions and targets. I didn't revise much and when i got in the exam i panicked really badly and got like a grade lower than my predictions, some even 2 grades lower which was quite upsetting. Although I'm not entirely sure if i regret that or not, because at the end of the day I'm still doing the a levels i want.
    I'll try not to overload and it's difficult not to think about my mock grades because the teachers are always comparing them to the last lot and, for example in chemistry I got 74/75 and physics I got 84/85 and I almost feel as though they expect me to keep it up. Regardless of how I'm doing now though I will revise up until my last exam.

    It's a shame you panicked in the exam, that's what I fear I may do. However, well done on still getting to do your A-level you wanted and good luck for any exams and future plans you may have
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    (Original post by Jeena_hunt5476)
    Oh cos I do triple science as well and only do up to the threes! I would not be able to handle and extra 9! Do you even need to take the extra ones or did you just take it because you enjoy it or for another reason?

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    its not for brainy people its just his exam board. ocr do like 7 units and aqa do 3 but they're kind of small so its the same work load.
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    By the way, if anyone has any suggestions for posts they would like me to do, such as my routine, ways to revise, keep motivated or so on, please feel free to ask, I am more than happy to help
    Could you elaborate on your routine and your revision timetable. I have recently created a get revising timetable but I am unsatisfied with the revision sessions are not evenly spread out and often clumped together. Could you give me some tips?
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    Verynice blog! I'll also br doing maths further maths physics and chemistrty next year. Good luck!
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    English Literature

    Having character profiles is a must! I'm sure you will have been told this but if you don't have specific quotes you can't reach the higher marks, so write down at least 10 quotes which are quite generic (by this I mean you will be able to incorporate them somewhere regardless of the context). Doing this means you will have quotes you can use in any situation, and it is easier than remembering 10 quotes per character, per chapter etc.
    Heya buddy!
    I got 100% UMS on my English literature GCSE and didn't memorise a single quote for prose - I did OMAM and AIC and uh. Something for poetry. An anthology that included Ozymandias and My Last Duchess. Moonlight on the Tide? The Character section? IDK.
    ANYWAY, point is - more than quotes, know specific details. Know exactly how Curly's wife is positioned after she's killed, know exactly how the last scene with George and Lenny mirrors the first - it's remembering the minute detail (or memorising like one minute detail from each chapter eheheh) that impresses examiners: memorising quotes doesn't actually get you any marks on the mark scheme.
    Hope this was helpful, and good luck!
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    WELCOME!
    School bits:
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm in year 11 so I will be sitting my GCSEs in less than 100 days (eek). I also have mocks on the 22nd Feb so keeping this thread will make sure I have kept up with my revision. At the moment my targets and grades are:

    English Language: A*
    English Literature: A*
    Maths: A*
    Biology: A*
    Chemistry: A*
    Physics: A*
    German: A*
    History: A*
    Geography: A*
    ICT: A*

    Some of you may look at this and wonder how I can improve, but I set really high standards and in some of my mocks I have been getting 84/85 and scores like that, so I am working towards getting as high a mark as possible, and not just securing the grade.

    Hopefully, if I can get the grades, I want to go on to college and study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Geology.

    Personal bits:
    If you want a bit of background I've always been quite good academically (though I genuinely hate to admit it) but I believe it is down to the fact that I have severe Atopic Eczema (that the specialist said was the worst in 30 years) and because of this, I have found studying to be a worthy distraction. I also can't see out of my left eye which makes life interesting but I like it that way. If I can work hard enough, and get into University, I will be the first person in my family to do so, and considering my parents have barely any qualifications, this is definitely something I aspire to.

    A few last words:
    I am open to any advice or constructive criticism and I am happy to help anyone too.

    If you want to find out more about me as a person I would be happy to post info and along the way, I will be detailing revision I have done, so if you would like to see pictures of it just let me know and I'll be happy to upload


    Hello,

    I would just like to compliment you on your work ethic. It is really inspiring to listen to your personal story about how you have overcome the challenges in your life and still remain truly committed to your studies. If everyone had the same level of motivation and determination you have then we would have a much better society.

    Keep up with the good work and if you need any help then let me know as I did A level Maths and Chem and got A's in both.
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    If we didn't opt for Triple then Double was compulsory which would have meant up to the 3s but taking Triple meant that all 18 were compulsory. It means we have 7/8 hours of science each week and 6 exams in the summer - and don't get me started on the revision

    To be honest if we could have had a choice over the sciences I woud have much preferred to drop biology but they all came as a set, so I guess I have to see it through.
    Well im sure u'll do well our double is up to the 2s and our triple is up to the 3s lol! Good luck u'll do really well!!


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    (Original post by Jamesawigley)
    Could you elaborate on your routine and your revision timetable. I have recently created a get revising timetable but I am unsatisfied with the revision sessions are not evenly spread out and often clumped together. Could you give me some tips?

    Well for my study routine, I like variety! So I only plan for the next day, not a long time in advance. That way, if I have just found something that I am struggling with, I can study it before I forget about it.

    If you want a set plan for studying then I would suggest writing out a plan looking at one week and dividing your available time up accordingly. Then, if you have all your subjects spread out, there will be very little chance of them clumping together. Arrange the subjects so that you have your weakest ones at a time when you work best, which might be straight after school or first thing in the morning.

    My study routine involves revising 1 or 2 subjects in a morning before school (in 20-30 minute sessions) and then revising with breaks from when I get home from school to 7 or 8 o' clock (obviously stopping for tea and any programmes I have scheduled). Going back to my plan - as I plan the night before it allows me to plan around any events or things I need to do, rather than having to reshuffle an entire schedule over 1 week.

    I hope this helps but let me know if you need anything else
 
 
 
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