Biology and chemistry A-level? Watch

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How hard are they and what's needed to get the best grades?

I've heard of so many people last year (even the straight A/A* students) who have to redo their modules for both subjects because it's apparently so hard and they had Es. If I start my notes now and learn them consistently throughout the year, will that be good enough?

I had A*s for each chemistry module and 2A*s, A and a B for biology.

Do you think I'll struggle?
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I got A*'s in biology and chemistry at GCSE but only came out with B's at A level after retaking most of the chemistry and some of the biology AS exams. I'm not sure how difficult it is now they've changed the exams but when I took them last year going to all the lessons, doing the homework and revising for tests after each module was not enough to even pass. I worked my ass off, took time off work and spent a lot of time on the weekend revising just to get a B. (Don't get me wrong, a B is good at A level but it's not A*)

Revising previous modules every few weeks, going over notes and a past paper a week are the bare minimum to get a good pass (C or B).
You have to dedicate a lot of time and effort to get A's. You have to understand and memorise each and every part of the specification and practice exam skills. Just because you know the answer you may not get the marking point. Do lots of past papers, revise content throughout the year and review lesson content by rewriting, making posters or test yourself on facts and you should be fine.

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