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    I really struggle with chemistry and i have no idea on what to do to make it any better please help
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    i got a D in my AS chemistry and then by resiting everything and doing A2's I got an A. Year 12 was like my experimental year, i started getting hammered going out loads had sex all the teenage things but it all happened quite suddenly and intensely for me so obviously had a huge impact on my studies.

    so you have to properly learn and understand the stuff. Sounds simple but so many people just try and memorize things without actually understanding it, and the reason chemistry is so hard is because it really challenges your understanding by forcing you to apply it to unknown situations and questions. As you will have heard hundreds of times before, the best way to test your understanding is to do practice questions AFTER you have learnt and revised the topic. Some people think its fine to just go straight into practice papers without actually going through the topic your self and revising in the way which works best for you. This is pointless.

    The way I revise on the understanding/memorizing side was doing flash cards. I swear by them. I got 11A*'s at GCSE and used flash cards for every subject. The key is constantly testing your knowledge to have it really ingrained in your brain. I had questions on the front and answers on the back for literally every tiny little fact and detail. It's so effective and is 'active' learning, rather than far less effective 'passive' learning, such as reading through your notes. Of course the downside of this is that its far more effort.

    With chemistry there were multiple MULTIPLE times I didnt have the faintest clue what on earth was going on. I made sure at the end of topics I had gone to find my teacher and had it explained to me properly and slowly until I got it. Throughout the year dont leave a topic you find hard till the end, try and understand as you go along. I used to get B,C,D's in those end of unit tests but at least I was making sure I understood it and learn from my mistakes.

    Once I had learnt all the stuff (which I admit is hard) in the run up to the exam, I went through and did EVERY single past paper available.

    hope that helps
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    (Original post by may_1)
    i got a D in my AS chemistry and then by resiting everything and doing A2's I got an A. Year 12 was like my experimental year, i started getting hammered going out loads had sex all the teenage things but it all happened quite suddenly and intensely for me so obviously had a huge impact on my studies.

    so you have to properly learn and understand the stuff. Sounds simple but so many people just try and memorize things without actually understanding it, and the reason chemistry is so hard is because it really challenges your understanding by forcing you to apply it to unknown situations and questions. As you will have heard hundreds of times before, the best way to test your understanding is to do practice questions AFTER you have learnt and revised the topic. Some people think its fine to just go straight into practice papers without actually going through the topic your self and revising in the way which works best for you. This is pointless.

    The way I revise on the understanding/memorizing side was doing flash cards. I swear by them. I got 11A*'s at GCSE and used flash cards for every subject. The key is constantly testing your knowledge to have it really ingrained in your brain. I had questions on the front and answers on the back for literally every tiny little fact and detail. It's so effective and is 'active' learning, rather than far less effective 'passive' learning, such as reading through your notes. Of course the downside of this is that its far more effort.

    With chemistry there were multiple MULTIPLE times I didnt have the faintest clue what on earth was going on. I made sure at the end of topics I had gone to find my teacher and had it explained to me properly and slowly until I got it. Throughout the year dont leave a topic you find hard till the end, try and understand as you go along. I used to get B,C,D's in those end of unit tests but at least I was making sure I understood it and learn from my mistakes.

    Once I had learnt all the stuff (which I admit is hard) in the run up to the exam, I went through and did EVERY single past paper available.

    hope that helps
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    (Original post by cleggj88)
    I really struggle with chemistry and i have no idea on what to do to make it any better please help
    http://www.chemguide.co.uk/ . Use chemguide when you are making notes, learning content etc. It goes into way more detail than any of the text books do so although some parts may not strictly be examinable, by knowing some extra stuff it allows you to actually understand what you are doing rather than just trying to remember lots of results. It is easier to remember underlying principles and then use them to work out the results than just to remember tonnes of results
 
 
 
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