A-Level Biology and Chemistry - what did you get and how did you revise?

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    I am struggling with trying to get an A or a B in Biology and Chemistry. I got a D and an E respectively last year, but those grades don't count towards my final A-Level grade, due to the A-Level reform. What are some of your best revision tips for these subjects?
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    (Original post by MiracleLeaf)
    I am struggling with trying to get an A or a B in Biology and Chemistry. I got a D and an E respectively last year, but those grades don't count towards my final A-Level grade, due to the A-Level reform. What are some of your best revision tips for these subjects?
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    Heyy. I got an A* in Chemistry and A in Bio (half a mark off the A*- just my luck... Loll, nvm) and my tips are to listen and UNDERSTAND in class- please don't leave that place until you get it (esp with Chem. Oh and A2 Biology becuase some concepts in topics like genetics, people find really frustrating to get their head round) and PAST PAPERSS (yes, what everyone says is true... They do help )
    I will PM you any specific tips for chem/bio, since I've said a lot of this stuff on previous threads-don't wanna be repeating myself 😁

    Good luck with Alevels. Trust me, they really aren't as bad as some people make out!
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    Hi! I got an A in Biology (narrowly missed an A*) and a good B in Chemistry. My tips are start making your revision notes now - my Biology notes took me 2 months alone to complete. I revised by writing out notes and drawing diagrams and reciting them to myself everyday. My notes took so long to complete because I was using my class notes, the course text book and CGP revision guide and I was cross-referencing all of these and condensing the information into a single set of notes. I was also doing 2 past papers a day. Past papers are your friends in this - mark them yourself. Learn all the definitions you need to by heart and learn all the formulae you need to. And do the legacy past papers as well because the exam boards now like to take questions from legacy papers and put them in exams. I once had the bizarre fortune of doing a legacy paper the night before my Biology exam, I found the second question on my exam was an exact copy of the question I'd done the night before with just some numbers changed. It was the easiest 14 marks ever.

    Again past papers really are the most valuable form of revision you can do and study the mark schemes. It's amazing what'll get you a mark.
 
 
 
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