Hello there. I've decided to study mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, and I would appreciate reading about the experiences of people who have studied the same/similar combination of subjects. If anyone has any tips to help me get through the next few years, or some study habits that have worked for them, I'm really interested to know. Thank you for reading!
I'm taking four science A-levels this year. Advice would be appreciated! Watch
- Thread Starter
- 02-09-2016 23:55
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- 03-09-2016 01:50
Some extra information:
I have a part-time job. I typically work 10 hours a week and fully intend to keep this going as I would be unable to afford textbooks and transport fees otherwise.
I'm taking these subjects with the intention of reading mechanical engineering at university. I'm aiming for a Russel group uni so I'm not afraid to put hours into studying outside of lessons.
If anyone could give me an idea of just how big the gap is between GCSE and A Level, I'm hyper interested.
- 03-09-2016 02:10
Ask questions and avoid leaving the classroom having no clue what you learnt.
Make notes of what you learnt in that day so you can come back to them in exam season or revision.
As for Mathematics, if you're on Edexcel then complete the chapters, exercises, review exercises, EVERYTHING in the Edexcel text book and actually understand what you're doing because some hard questions you may find and not understand may come back to haunt you in your final exam.
Last but not least, for all of your subjects you must do past papers, past papers, past papers and more past papers to understand how you will be assessed and not lose marks. Do them again because you'll forget how to do them the first time.
This website is extremely useful for past paper solutions and basic guides to a topic. http://www.examsolutions.net/
Make use of your time and get good predicted grades. Your time is now, don't waste it and look back now in regret.Last edited by ManLike007; 03-09-2016 at 02:15.
- 03-09-2016 02:11
Hey! I took all the four sciences too and I remember how everyone told me that it would be hardest thing to do. However, I do think with passion you can do well. I achieved AAAA in AS level.
At first biology, maths and chemistry was not as hard for me to understand as my teachers helped me to ease into the subjects. But I struggled a lot in physics, I constantly got D's in my assessment. I used to get full marks at GCSE Physics however I really couldn't grasp the logic in the physics content. It was so bad that my teacher made me go to one to one weekly classes with him . I complained every day on how I'll fail physics and I really thought I would. But by April I pulled myself together and forced myself to study when my teacher told me I won't get any more than a C. I really wanted to prove him wrong. I will advice you to buy a few textbooks. I bought 4 for physics, including the study book and some revision guides. After that, I made notes for Physics. This meant I opened all four of the book and specification and took the important content from them. I ended up kind of memorising most of the study book . I kept at least three weeks before the exam to do all the past papers twice (although they were from the old spec) and prioritized the specimen papers. I kept on getting B/A in the past papers. When I did the exam, I made sure to recall all the content that day before. On results day I got an A! I have no idea how but I do think hard work pays off. I am going to rub it in my teachers face lol
HOWEVER, all this revision for physics did make me fall behind on chemistry and biology. I had to revise them quickly as I focused too much on my time on physics. This was my biggest downfall in my opinion. About two week before the exam, I just about finished memorising all the content!
For chemistry I would recommend to use chemrevise. I swear to this. It trumps all my text books, its so good! If I just memorised from that I know I would have done got higher marks in my exams.
For biology, I made notes but I don't think it was helpful. I just did it for the sake of making notes but it took so long! I might just do electronically for next year. My biggest tip, if you are doing notes, write your notes on the day you did your lesson on it! It's so helpful and you reinforced on what you learnt at school.
If you can't afford text books, have you checked if you're eligible for any bursaries from your college/sixth form? They are always available and are extremely helpful.
What boards are you doing for A level and what did you get in your GCSEs? Also, what is your weakest subject from the 4 sciences?