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    So as title suggest,
    in my recent mock I discovered I got a U. My teacher is very concerned and thinks I should drop biology, I don't want to do that. I'm just getting very panicked about it because apparently I'm "bound to fail in the actual exam" her words not mine
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    (Original post by smallbluebrain)
    So as title suggest,
    in my recent mock I discovered I got a U. My teacher is very concerned and thinks I should drop biology, I don't want to do that. I'm just getting very panicked about it because apparently I'm "bound to fail in the actual exam" her words not mine
    Why do you think you got a U in the mock? Did you not know the content or how to apply your answers?

    If you feel like you can cope, then i suggest you prove your teacher wrong! Work your butt of these few weeks leading up to exams going over content you don't answer and specially doing past papers and marking them rigorously! You can do it, just don't give up or start panicking because doing that won't help you.
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    (Original post by RedRosesBloom)
    Why do you think you got a U in the mock? Did you not know the content or how to apply your answers?

    If you feel like you can cope, then i suggest you prove your teacher wrong! Work your butt of these few weeks leading up to exams going over content you don't answer and specially doing past papers and marking them rigorously! You can do it, just don't give up or start panicking because doing that won't help you.
    I think I got the U because I knew what I wanted to say but when answering questions I just made them wordy, It also doesn't help that I panic a lot when doing a mock or even a mini test
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    (Original post by smallbluebrain)
    I think I got the U because I knew what I wanted to say but when answering questions I just made them wordy, It also doesn't help that I panic a lot when doing a mock or even a mini test
    I completely understand you, I too panic a lot when doing tests/ mocks but i just try and control it and try work it to my advantage. I belive the only way you can solve this issue is by reading the question thoroughly and think what the examiner is asking of you and then write your answer being specific and relating it to the question. Don't waffle and write too much, write the key point and explain them in detail (if necessary). One way to practice this is by doing plenty of past papers and then marking them using the marking scheme. That way you will be able to identify what you did wrong and how to answer similar questions.
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    I'm 100% in the same position as you! In, I'd say, 3/4 of the mocks and end of topic tests I've been doing in my bio class, I've got a U, which gave me a massive shock as I'm use to getting Bs and As in GCSE!
    Not only biology, but all subjects, in my opinion and most of the people that I have spoke to, are so much harder at A Level, and no one really tells you this until it is too late, but there are ways you can get across it, and it's past papers. The wording of the questions are more specific that at GCSE and if you miss out a piece of terminology, you miss out on the mark.
    I'd say by doing past papers, you'll not only get use to the exam technique, but if you do it in exam conditions, it could help you with getting used to them and stop you panicking when you take exams and mini tests.
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    (Original post by RedRosesBloom)
    I completely understand you, I too panic a lot when doing tests/ mocks but i just try and control it and try work it to my advantage. I belive the only way you can solve this issue is by reading the question thoroughly and think what the examiner is asking of you and then write your answer being specific and relating it to the question. Don't waffle and write too much, write the key point and explain them in detail (if necessary). One way to practice this is by doing plenty of past papers and then marking them using the marking scheme. That way you will be able to identify what you did wrong and how to answer similar questions.
    Thanks for the advice, will make sure not to waffle and use the mark schemes as much as I can!
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    (Original post by bp_9991)
    I'm 100% in the same position as you! In, I'd say, 3/4 of the mocks and end of topic tests I've been doing in my bio class, I've got a U, which gave me a massive shock as I'm use to getting Bs and As in GCSE!
    Not only biology, but all subjects, in my opinion and most of the people that I have spoke to, are so much harder at A Level, and no one really tells you this until it is too late, but there are ways you can get across it, and it's past papers. The wording of the questions are more specific that at GCSE and if you miss out a piece of terminology, you miss out on the mark.
    I'd say by doing past papers, you'll not only get use to the exam technique, but if you do it in exam conditions, it could help you with getting used to them and stop you panicking when you take exams and mini tests.
    I agree, and will definitely do that, to be honest I think I'm acting on this a little to late, may be if I figured out the problem earlier in the year I wouldn't be in this "mess"
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    (Original post by smallbluebrain)
    I agree, and will definitely do that, to be honest I think I'm acting on this a little to late, may be if I figured out the problem earlier in the year I wouldn't be in this "mess"
    Just keep in mind you are not the only one (i'm certain there are plenty other people in your situation) and you can still make a turn around! Even if you don't get such a high grade that you want/ need, remember that this is a 2 year course, so the grade that you get in summer isn't going to count towards your a-level.
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    No, literally same! There are tons of people in the same boat! I wish you all the best luck for the exams
 
 
 
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