I'm choosing all sciences and maths for a level. In gcse I took triple science and got an A* in biology, A in chemistry and an A in physics. In maths I got an A* and I also did additional maths ( a qualification which is a simplified version of a level maths ) and I got a merit in that. Will these a level choices be a big jump based on my gcse results or will I struggle
A level choices - maths and all sciences watch
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- 24-08-2016 20:00
- 24-08-2016 22:48
Great choices! I picked the same, and honestly GCSEs in no way determine how you'll perform at A-Level. If you truly enjoy the subjects you should be fine. Obviously there is a jump and they are hard, but I personally don't think the GCSE to AS jump is that big, and AS to A2 is definitely bigger. For example, at GCSE I got A*s in maths and physics, and As in chemistry and biology. At AS I got 4As, and at A2 A*s in maths and biology, and As in chemistry and physics. My friend who got the same GCSEs (but much better overall) struggled with maths and chemistry- he ended up with an overall B in chemistry a U in maths + an A in biology.
You definitely need to work hard, and if you didn't do much work at GCSE (I pretty much only watched myGCSEscience videos a week before the exam) e.g. didn't start revision soon enough, didn't do enough practice etc. that'll need to change. I recommend you start work as soon as possible. Make sure you don't fall behind on your homework and STAY ON TOP OF YOUR NOTES!!! If you struggle with something then ask for help or find help online, DO NOT wait for it to magically make sense because it won't! I let myself fall behind in physics at AS which backfired and I ended up having to basically teach myself the whole course in April because I didn't understand most of the stuff... and didn't ask for help. You definitely need to understand the basics for everything else to make sense. Do past papers as soon as you can- especially for maths. With maths, watching ExamSolutions videos and doing past papers are pretty much the only things you can do (my friend, despite spending most of his time on maths, didn't do either of those things! So don't do that haha). There are plenty of videos on YouTube for biology and chemistry.. Not very many for physics, but I do recommend that you pay for ALevelPhysicsOnline. I think he only asks for like 3 quid a month? It's not very much and his videos are very helpful (and somewhat entertaining!). And physicsandmathstutor is a great website for all 4 subjects!
Another thing is that, at GCSE, memorising the textbook and not actually understanding the content will give you a decent grade. At A Level this will DEFINITELY not work (with the exception of biology). Exams are based on knowledge application rather than recall most of the time (especially in biology......................... ..). Anyway, good luck! And if you have any subject specific questions or anything else I'd be happy to help!Last edited by victoria98; 24-08-2016 at 23:05. Reason: physicsandmathstutor is your friend
- 24-08-2016 22:55
Nice! Took the same, except I (and quite a few pupils in my school that did GCSE maths early) did AS maths early. So this year I did the 3 sciences at AS and maths at A2. (A*aaa luckily).
Never really had the greatest chemistry teachers, but check out E Rintoul on Youtube. Personally, I thought his Chemistry videos on youtube were great! For biology use Mr Pollock Biology on youtube, also great. As mentioned before by someone else, do not try and memorise everything, there is too much to cram and you may be asked a lot more application based questions.
physicsandmathstutor is a great website and has a wide range of papers for the different maths modules and old spec science papers. Ask your teacher for more new spec papers. Some are on AQA website, that you can access, and some only your teachers can.
- 25-08-2016 00:41
Try to use all the resources you can as its a new spec, our teachers were quite vague in teaching as the new exams are so specific (comparing mark schemes etc) so you need to find the write words for answers which can be difficult. Teachers didn't want to say anything which could be wrong so we had a lot of emails to and from OCR to find out correct terms that they would give marks for.
Practice 6-7markers a lot, previously the mark scheme would have say 10 points of which you must mention 6 to gain 6 marks, now its just 6-7 points to make which don't have "allow ..., or ...", you have to say exactly what it says in most cases.
- Do a lot of exam practice (for science)