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I'm doing Geology AS level along side Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

I though Geology was going to be the 'easy one' but I'm finding it quite hard, anyone have any tips as I want to achieve an A in this AS??

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Hi Julie,

May I ask which exam board you are studying Geology with? If you're with OCR, I might be able to help you
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What are you finding difficult in it?
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Hi Julie,

May I ask which exam board you are studying Geology with? If you're with OCR, I might be able to help you
Yes, I'm doing OCR.
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Yes, I'm doing OCR.
I did Geology with OCR too. Which aspects in particular are you finding difficult?
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What are you finding difficult in it?
Mainly the rock processes and remembering all the definitions and the composition of various rocks and the names of the rocks and how to identify them :s
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Mainly the rock processes and remembering all the definitions and the composition of various rocks and the names of the rocks and how to identify them :s
With geology I tend to read the definitions on the side several times to myself to remember them. With composition of rocks and their names you just need to revise those sections a bit more.
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I did Geology with OCR too. Which aspects in particular are you finding difficult?
For me it's mainly the fact that the text book we use called Geology OCR As/A2 isn't my favorite book as it has alot of extra information that isn't necessary and I get confused as to which things I need to learn. Do you have any book recommendations or revision guides you found useful?

And also we are doing rock processes at the moment and I find it quite hard to remember the different type of rocks and their composition because alot of the rocks get mentioned in other topics :/ Do you have any general tips and advice to get the best grade possible?

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With geology I tend to read the definitions on the side several times to myself to remember them. With composition of rocks and their names you just need to revise those sections a bit more.
Thanks for your help!
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For me it's mainly the fact that the text book we use called Geology OCR As/A2 isn't my favorite book as it has alot of extra information that isn't necessary and I get confused as to which things I need to learn. Do you have any book recommendations or revision guides you found useful?

And also we are doing rock processes at the moment and I find it quite hard to remember the different type of rocks and their composition because alot of the rocks get mentioned in other topics :/ Do you have any general tips and advice to get the best grade possible?

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I would suggest getting a copy of the specification (attached), so that you can identify each of the topics you need to know about. I also used the OCR Geology AS/A2 book, and I found that it was fine and covered almost everything well. Again, looking at the specification will help you keep track of what you need to learn

Probably the best thing you can do to learn the different rock types is just to keep going over them, until you are confident that you know them all and can identify them. In the exam, always give as much detail as you can, and explain any specialist geological terms. Also, when drawing diagrams, always make sure the arrow touches the feature you are labelling, and make sure you use a scale when doing cross sections etc
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I would suggest getting a copy of the specification (attached), so that you can identify each of the topics you need to know about. I also used the OCR Geology AS/A2 book, and I found that it was fine and covered almost everything well. Again, looking at the specification will help you keep track of what you need to learn

Probably the best thing you can do to learn the different rock types is just to keep going over them, until you are confident that you know them all and can identify them. In the exam, always give as much detail as you can, and explain any specialist geological terms. Also, when drawing diagrams, always make sure the arrow touches the feature you are labelling, and make sure you use a scale when doing cross sections etc
Thank you so much, this is very helpful!!
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Thank you so much, this is very helpful!!
You're welcome, glad I could help
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Mainly the rock processes and remembering all the definitions and the composition of various rocks and the names of the rocks and how to identify them :s
For our physical geography we are doing coasts and erosion- it doesn't seem like you need to know many rocks, just things like chalk and clay. What specific division of geography are you doing?
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For our physical geography we are doing coasts and erosion- it doesn't seem like you need to know many rocks, just things like chalk and clay. What specific division of geography are you doing?
This thread is about geology not geography.
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This thread is about geology not geography.
Oh sorry lol. Being honest I didn't even know that was an A-level, perhaps because my sixth form didn't seem to offer it.
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Also with the textbook in A2 (should've done in AS) I highlighted any of the important information so that I didn't read any unnecessary stuff. In a page for A2 in a section about water it went on about effects of some specific chemicals in water which is just pointless.
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Are you using this textbook?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCR-AS-Geolo.../dp/0435692119 this textbook is written to the specification, honestly using the specification posted above and going through the textbook should be more than enough - there's not many other resources available for geology really... Good luck with your revision
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Try a book called 'Understanding Geology' it's great! I study geology but my exam board is WJEC, which is similar to the OCR Spec


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For me all the information in the OCR book is useful. know everything in bold and the rest puts it into context. my books been to spain, up mountains and on beaches because of the detail in it. rocks and processes is repetition repetition repetition. the rock cycle helps and the flow diagrams for the different rocks are really useful

Biggest tip I can give is learn what minerals are in the rocks. valuble marks I wasted last year by not knowing cross sections. A2 is much more interesting, so power on through and you get to the Trilobites ^_^
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