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    Hi,
    I'm doing CIE A level biology on the 9700 spec and i'm sitting both the AS and A2 exams this may after getting a D last year. I'm really struggling and any help would be really appreciated!
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    Start early and aim for deep understanding instead of memorising. Ask as many questions as you can/need to make sure everything clicks. Draw pictures. Watch YouTube videos and keep pausing it, or read one sentence of the textbook at a time, making sure that you fully understand what is being said. Google any words you don't know. Start with the most difficult topic right now. If you think all of it is difficult right now then start from the very beginning of your textbook and work through it a few pages a day.
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    (Original post by jseechurn)
    Hi,
    I'm doing CIE A level biology on the 9700 spec and i'm sitting both the AS and A2 exams this may after getting a D last year. I'm really struggling and any help would be really appreciated!
    thanks
    You need to use the spec and make sure you've covered everything on it. Repetition is key with learning the information as there really is a massive amount of it to learn. I first take notes on what I need to learn and then condense the information down onto flashcards which you need to make sure you keep using. I even have an app on my phone which I use a lot for flashcards as it saves writing them all out, it's called chegg. I struggled with some concepts in A2, mainly photosynthesis on my exam board so I used diagrams to make it easy to remember as I could easily visualise them. You just have to be clever with revision.

    Make sure you also get everything done early as past papers are key. You need to get straight to the point in the answers as the mark schemes are very specific and you can lose marks for not using specific key words on most exam boards, so practice is key! Much like most things I suppose. There is no easy fix though and hard work is going to be key, especially with you sitting AS and A2. Not long to go now!

    Hope this helps, good luck!
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    When revising for particular topics, do exam style questions afterwards and focus on them more than reading your notes (you can find question booklets and physics and maths tutor website). I'd recommend getting a revision guide (it really is extremely useful).

    After you feel a bit more confident, jump straight to past papers and keep practicing. You will eventually get used to the type of questions they would throw at you.
 
 
 
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