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    I'm currently an A2 student doing Maths, bio and Chem. I revised for my GCSEs by reading over the revision guide the night before ( I have a powerful memory) and that worked for me.

    The problem is that with AS and A2, it's no longer a memory game, rather about understanding it, which requires constant revision. But I don't know how to revise! Can someone who's done this before please lay out in how to revise for each subject and how many times a day. I will make a timetable accordingly and follow that.

    Thanks!
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    I want revision tips, not exam questions.
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    I'm also in year 13 doing bio and chem but I managed to get AAAA at AS.

    My main method of revision is flash cards and past papers. Flash cards are great for remembering facts and equations. Question on one said and answer on the other. You revise while making them and can use them constantly to get answers in your head.

    Past papers are extremely important for revision. You learn the kinds of questions they'll ask and how they want to word it as well as getting used to the notoriously picky mark schemes. A girl in my chem class this year memorised the text book but only got a C because she couldn't apply it. The only way you can learn this application is by doing past questions.

    Hope I helped and if you have anymore questions just ask!
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    (Original post by yeahthatonethere)
    I'm also in year 13 doing bio and chem but I managed to get AAAA at AS.

    My main method of revision is flash cards and past papers. Flash cards are great for remembering facts and equations. Question on one said and answer on the other. You revise while making them and can use them constantly to get answers in your head.

    Past papers are extremely important for revision. You learn the kinds of questions they'll ask and how they want to word it as well as getting used to the notoriously picky mark schemes. A girl in my chem class this year memorised the text book but only got a C because she couldn't apply it. The only way you can learn this application is by doing past questions.

    Hope I helped and if you have anymore questions just ask!
    I did the same as that girl Your advice is priceless, thanks a lot. May I ask what sort of things do write on the flash cards? I once tried them, but ended up copying my notes onto them, which is pretty useless. Also regarding the past papers, where can you find them, now that AQA has removed them off their website?
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    (Original post by Nuttyy)
    I did the same as that girl Your advice is priceless, thanks a lot. May I ask what sort of things do write on the flash cards? I once tried them, but ended up copying my notes onto them, which is pretty useless. Also regarding the past papers, where can you find them, now that AQA has removed them off their website?
    This website has most of them! (Just be careful with the ads and pop ups) https://freeexampapers.com/index.php...JSROOT/A-Level

    As for the flashcards I would write things such as:
    Biology
    "Why do carnivores use more from their food than herbivores?"
    "Plants have more indigestible material (e.g. cellulose)"

    Chemistry
    "What is the 'Perfect Ionic Model'?"
    ">An assumption in Born-Haber Cycles.
    >Assumes 100% Ionic bonding and all ions
    are spherical with a point charge."

    Use your notes to make them but try to cut out the waffle and be concise. Break it into bite-sized chunks and only put the important bits in.
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    (Original post by yeahthatonethere)
    This website has most of them! (Just be careful with the ads and pop ups) https://freeexampapers.com/index.php...JSROOT/A-Level

    As for the flashcards I would write things such as:
    Biology
    "Why do carnivores use more from their food than herbivores?"
    "Plants have more indigestible material (e.g. cellulose)"

    Chemistry
    "What is the 'Perfect Ionic Model'?"
    ">An assumption in Born-Haber Cycles.
    >Assumes 100% Ionic bonding and all ions
    are spherical with a point charge."

    Use your notes to make them but try to cut out the waffle and be concise. Break it into bite-sized chunks and only put the important bits in.
    I can't thank you enough! Last question then I won't bother you

    How often do you revise each subject? And for how long, for each session?
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    (Original post by Nuttyy)
    I can't thank you enough! Last question then I won't bother you

    How often do you revise each subject? And for how long, for each session?
    Ah this is a hard one to answer! I try to revise a bit each day usually making flash cards or doing past questions when I get home (I live an hour bus ride away from my sixth form so I have less time than I would like). I focus on one subject per day usually but I don't have a set timetable except Tuesday nights me and a mate go straight to our local library from college to do work and on Sundays from midday. If you can do this its really worked for us as there's less distractions there than at home. I also tend to do a lot more on weekends as theres much more time.

    Sorry I couldn't give specific numbers but I kinda just do it as I go!
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    (Original post by yeahthatonethere)
    Ah this is a hard one to answer! I try to revise a bit each day usually making flash cards or doing past questions when I get home (I live an hour bus ride away from my sixth form so I have less time than I would like). I focus on one subject per day usually but I don't have a set timetable except Tuesday nights me and a mate go straight to our local library from college to do work and on Sundays from midday. If you can do this its really worked for us as there's less distractions there than at home. I also tend to do a lot more on weekends as theres much more time.

    Sorry I couldn't give specific numbers but I kinda just do it as I go!
    Personally, I prefer working at home because I have everything near me. My 2 older brothers are off at university so there's really no one who would bother me.

    Your advice has been invaluable. Thanks a lot!
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    (Original post by yeahthatonethere)
    Ah this is a hard one to answer! I try to revise a bit each day usually making flash cards or doing past questions when I get home (I live an hour bus ride away from my sixth form so I have less time than I would like). I focus on one subject per day usually but I don't have a set timetable except Tuesday nights me and a mate go straight to our local library from college to do work and on Sundays from midday. If you can do this its really worked for us as there's less distractions there than at home. I also tend to do a lot more on weekends as theres much more time.

    Sorry I couldn't give specific numbers but I kinda just do it as I go!
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    Bought cards off amazon to start flash cards!
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    Here are some resources you will want to use:
    - Chemrevise (best thing ever)
    - Chemguide (for understanding the content)
    - A-levelchemistry.co.uk (for practice questions, though these are slightly easier than the ones found in exams)
    - Not CGP
    - Your textbook
    - 'Calculations for AS/A Level Chemistry - Jim Clark' (best book for calculations)
    - Get a practical guide for a level chemistry from amazon. Has good method and explanations for each core practical along with sample questions and answers.

    Best way to do it (I'm doing this right now) is to print out a specfication checklist, and make revision resource for each specification point. After that, practice questions. Then use past papers closer to the exams.

    Maths is just practice using either past papers or textbook questions.
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    (Original post by Baaah)
    Here are some resources you will want to use:
    - Chemrevise (best thing ever)
    - Chemguide (for understanding the content)
    - A-levelchemistry.co.uk (for practice questions, though these are slightly easier than the ones found in exams)
    - Not CGP
    - Your textbook
    - 'Calculations for AS/A Level Chemistry - Jim Clark' (best book for calculations)
    - Get a practical guide for a level chemistry from amazon. Has good method and explanations for each core practical along with sample questions and answers.

    Best way to do it (I'm doing this right now) is to print out a specfication checklist, and make revision resource for each specification point. After that, practice questions. Then use past papers closer to the exams.

    Maths is just practice using either past papers or textbook questions.
    "Not CGP" - rip £50 lmao

    I will buy the book you mentioned regarding calculations.
    Also the checklist you mentioned can be found on Kerboodle. You need an account for it. If you lot want it I can provide the checklists for Bio and Chem. Ask for specific ones because they're loads.

    Ty for the help!
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    Maths is more about practicing than "revising". Do past papers. The sooner the better, seriously.
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    (Original post by Nuttyy)
    "Not CGP" - rip £50 lmao

    I will buy the book you mentioned regarding calculations.
    Also the checklist you mentioned can be found on Kerboodle. You need an account for it. If you lot want it I can provide the checklists for Bio and Chem. Ask for specific ones because they're loads.

    Ty for the help!
    The book is so awesome. Has a lot of step-by-step explanations on how to tackle questions in the exam with examples and practice questions with worked answers at the end. Also suitable for any exam board

    I have to checklist for the AQA chemistry syllabus. Feel free to PM me if you need it
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    (Original post by Baaah)
    The book is so awesome. Has a lot of step-by-step explanations on how to tackle questions in the exam with examples and practice questions with worked answers at the end.

    I have to checklist for the AQA chemistry syllabus. Feel free to PM me if you need it
    Do you have the entire thing in one document? Because that'd help me a lot. I'd love to have it please

    I would PM but idk how to lol (new to the app)
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    (Original post by Baaah)
    The book is so awesome. Has a lot of step-by-step explanations on how to tackle questions in the exam with examples and practice questions with worked answers at the end. Also suitable for any exam board

    I have to checklist for the AQA chemistry syllabus. Feel free to PM me if you need it
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    ty. Got it pretty cheap tbh, it's about £25 on amazon.
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    (Original post by Nuttyy)
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    ty. Got it pretty cheap tbh, it's about £25 on amazon.
    Congrats!

    You won't regret it

    And wow, you got it for £7.90. I got it for £22. RIP my money
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    Has anyone got an AQA Biology checklist?
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    Do you make questions from textbook/notes or from like exam papers and mark schemes?

    (Original post by yeahthatonethere)
    This website has most of them! (Just be careful with the ads and pop ups) https://freeexampapers.com/index.php...JSROOT/A-Level

    As for the flashcards I would write things such as:
    Biology
    "Why do carnivores use more from their food than herbivores?"
    "Plants have more indigestible material (e.g. cellulose)"

    Chemistry
    "What is the 'Perfect Ionic Model'?"
    ">An assumption in Born-Haber Cycles.
    >Assumes 100% Ionic bonding and all ions
    are spherical with a point charge."

    Use your notes to make them but try to cut out the waffle and be concise. Break it into bite-sized chunks and only put the important bits in.
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    (Original post by Baaah)
    The book is so awesome. Has a lot of step-by-step explanations on how to tackle questions in the exam with examples and practice questions with worked answers at the end. Also suitable for any exam board

    I have to checklist for the AQA chemistry syllabus. Feel free to PM me if you need it
    May you PM aswell for the chemistry check list for a level if you don’t mind
 
 
 
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