KappaRoss
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I was just wondering how people have been getting on with the new spec in terms of exams. A lot of people in my class, including me, are struggling. The latest mock we had (2 weeks ago) A lot of people were getting E-D grades and a few got C's and B's.

I just feel like no matter how well i know the content, i just can't get decent grades in the exam papers.

To those, doing Biology A and are doing well:

What did you do to get better with exam questions? Did you just to straight up old spec past papers, questions by topic, did you use the practise questions in a textbook or a mixture of them?

Do you know of any good resources for Biology A level? particular textbooks? (I just use the CGP and the Pearson textbooks), Revision videos or other third party material?

Do you have any advise/resources/help on interpreting exam questions accurately?

I have been looking around for things myself and i have found some resources i would like to share:

Memrise: (for memorising the content)

https://www.memrise.com/course/100856/as-biology-ocr/
https://www.memrise.com/course/10209...iology-unit-2/

Articles: (On exam technique, specifically for biology)

https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-l...exam-technique
https://www.thetutorpages.com/tutor-...technique/6318
https://www.thetutorpages.com/tutor-...n-biology/8000

YouTube Playlists: (Revision videos)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfLg...gVKRGO263lK7Td
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyiO...k8KrkVuHHtjNWM

Thanks in advance!
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I'm a lazy reviser tbh but it's been working. The key to Biology is a lot to do with having the same language as the mark scheme and being able to apply your knowledge to suggest questions. After learning everything from the CGP book, I just do past paper after paper and write any marking points on the mark scheme into my guide (things that I may not have picked on).

That's the misconception with Biology. You need to know how to apply it, not just have the knowledge and I genuinely do feel (from pupils in my class anyways) annoyed that teachers tend to tell their students that it's all a memory test when it's not. Otherwise everyone would get an A.

I got 73% on paper 1 and 80% on paper 2 (set 1) in my mocks last week. Before that I got 47% and 60% on these two papers (set 2) in January.
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(Original post by StA200)
I'm a lazy reviser tbh but it's been working. The key to Biology is a lot to do with having the same language as the mark scheme and being able to apply your knowledge to suggest questions. After learning everything from the CGP book, I just do past paper after paper and write any marking points on the mark scheme into my guide (things that I may not have picked on).

That's the misconception with Biology. You need to know how to apply it, not just have the knowledge and I genuinely do feel (from pupils in my class anyways) annoyed that teachers tend to tell their students that it's all a memory test when it's not. Otherwise everyone would get an A.

I got 73% on paper 1 and 80% on paper 2 (set 1) in my mocks last week. Before that I got 47% and 60% on these two papers (set 2) in January.
Do you just use the old spec OCR papers (before 2015)?
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