Is my teacher being rude or should I just listen to her?

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I was 3 marks off an A this year in biology. I think I did badly due to the choice of book; however, I've bought the better book this year so I think I should do well. However, I learn by reading the book and doing lots of summary questions and past paper questions. My teacher criticised me today and said I won't get an A in biology because I don't take notes and I would only get an A if I had a photographic memory. To be honest, I have a very good memory. I didn't take notes for chemistry and got an A. Honestly, should I ignore her and write her off as *****iness because I want to? But at the same time, I don't want to be ignorant.
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I was 3 marks off an A this year in biology. I think I did badly due to the choice of book; however, I've bought the better book this year so I think I should do well. However, I learn by reading the book and doing lots of summary questions and past paper questions. My teacher criticised me today and said I won't get an A in biology because I don't take notes and I would only get an A if I had a photographic memory. To be honest, I have a very good memory. I didn't take notes for chemistry and got an A. Honestly, should I ignore her and write her off as *****iness because I want to? But at the same time, I don't want to be ignorant.
She sounds like she doesn't know what she's on about

youre doing a levels now not GCSE, you know how you revise best

it seems a bit close-minded to say you have to have a photographic memory to do well in exams...
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I was 3 marks off an A this year in biology. I think I did badly due to the choice of book; however, I've bought the better book this year so I think I should do well. However, I learn by reading the book and doing lots of summary questions and past paper questions. My teacher criticised me today and said I won't get an A in biology because I don't take notes and I would only get an A if I had a photographic memory. To be honest, I have a very good memory. I didn't take notes for chemistry and got an A. Honestly, should I ignore her and write her off as *****iness because I want to? But at the same time, I don't want to be ignorant.
I barely took notes and I got 3 A*s. I relied entirely on my memory and honing my evaluative skills.

Although she's going about it in a very bad way, she's trying to offer you advice. Taking notes can be a good way to further cement stuff in your brain as a lot of people learn by writing. I copied out one of my textbooks as part of my revision and it served me well.

That said, it doesn't mean you have to jot down everything. A few well-selected notes here and there might be useful.
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It's very discouraging to be giving a lesson with your students just looking at you and not taking any notes down. You're probably looking into this way too much - I'd guess she just wanted you to take notes. Take notes if you want, don't take notes if you don't want to. I don't think this is that big a deal.

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I barely took notes and I got 3 A*s. I relied entirely on my memory and honing my evaluative skills.

Although she's going about it in a very bad way, she's trying to offer you advice. Taking notes can be a good way to further cement stuff in your brain as a lot of people learn by writing. I copied out one of my textbooks as part of my revision and it served me well.

That said, it doesn't mean you have to jot down everything. A few well-selected notes here and there might be useful.
Thats what I do!! I think, I agree with a few notes here and there, but you really just need to memorise the book.
Woah, how long did it take to copy out the whole book??
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I was 3 marks off an A this year in biology. I think I did badly due to the choice of book; however, I've bought the better book this year so I think I should do well. However, I learn by reading the book and doing lots of summary questions and past paper questions. My teacher criticised me today and said I won't get an A in biology because I don't take notes and I would only get an A if I had a photographic memory. To be honest, I have a very good memory. I didn't take notes for chemistry and got an A. Honestly, should I ignore her and write her off as *****iness because I want to? But at the same time, I don't want to be ignorant.
If what you are doing is working for you then keep doing it.
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I was 3 marks off an A this year in biology. I think I did badly due to the choice of book; however, I've bought the better book this year so I think I should do well. However, I learn by reading the book and doing lots of summary questions and past paper questions. My teacher criticised me today and said I won't get an A in biology because I don't take notes and I would only get an A if I had a photographic memory. To be honest, I have a very good memory. I didn't take notes for chemistry and got an A. Honestly, should I ignore her and write her off as *****iness because I want to? But at the same time, I don't want to be ignorant.
Hey, I'm the exact same. I don't take notes and one of my subjects is law and I'm working at an A*. I just don't see the point in making notes. As long as you understand what she is talking about in class, keep doing what your doing. It's not really her decision
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Woah, how long did it take to copy out the whole book??
Quite a few weeks.
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Goodness, your teacher is trying to help you.

You have a "very good memory" but didn't get an A. Maybe not that good then...

Take notes AND read the textbooks AND practise past questions. They all help you remember the content.
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