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    E rintoul is a great YouTube channel specifically for AQA chemistry, you can also use a website called chemrevise; they have AQA, OCR etc specific guides and a brilliant mechanisms summary sheet.

    I did OCR biology, but what really helped me with that was mindmaps allowing me to link together topics, as well as wider reading which I feel is necessary for the new spec

    (I got A* in both bio and chem)
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    (Original post by amaraub)
    Ok, thanks, I might have to try that. Can you give an example of a specific topic?



    yeah i've never had one anyway
    Yeah sure, so for example, a quote from my textbook:

    'Interphase is the longest phase of the cell cycle, with much metabolic activity. The newly formed cell grows and its organelles replicate replacing those lost in the previous division. The DNA replicates so its quantity doubles. Proteins, such as histones and enzymes are synthesised during interphase, requiring energy from ATP. The chromosomes are not visible in the microscope because the nuclear material, chromatin, is dispersed throughout the nucleus.'

    Then, my flashcards might be something like (bear in mind u can have like 3/4 questions per card to save money - they're quite expensive lol):

    Q: What is the longest phase of the cell cycle
    A: Interphase

    Q: What processes occur during interphase
    A: Cell Growth, Organelle Replication, DNA replication, Enzyme synthesis, Protein synthesis

    Q: Is interphase active or passive
    A: Active

    Q: Why are chromosomes not visible during interphase
    A: The chromatin is dispersed throughout the nucleus

    Now there is no question they can give you on interphase which you won't already have learned or cant apply your knowledge to. Its a lengthy process and will be hard for you to go back and make these for ALL the previous topics but try find time for the harder ones and you'll be surprised at how much you'll start to remember.

    When using your flashcards. Make a pile of ones you answered correctly and a pile of ones you couldn't answer and then do them all till they're all in the correct pile. Try to keep them organised by topic as well that helps
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    (Original post by Diaochan)
    Yeah sure, so for example, a quote from my textbook:

    'Interphase is the longest phase of the cell cycle, with much metabolic activity. The newly formed cell grows and its organelles replicate replacing those lost in the previous division. The DNA replicates so its quantity doubles. Proteins, such as histones and enzymes are synthesised during interphase, requiring energy from ATP. The chromosomes are not visible in the microscope because the nuclear material, chromatin, is dispersed throughout the nucleus.'

    Then, my flashcards might be something like (bear in mind u can have like 3/4 questions per card to save money - they're quite expensive lol):

    Q: What is the longest phase of the cell cycle
    A: Interphase

    Q: What processes occur during interphase
    A: Cell Growth, Organelle Replication, DNA replication, Enzyme synthesis, Protein synthesis

    Q: Is interphase active or passive
    A: Active

    Q: Why are chromosomes not visible during interphase
    A: The chromatin is dispersed throughout the nucleus

    Now there is no question they can give you on interphase which you won't already have learned or cant apply your knowledge to. Its a lengthy process and will be hard for you to go back and make these for ALL the previous topics but try find time for the harder ones and you'll be surprised at how much you'll start to remember.

    When using your flashcards. Make a pile of ones you answered correctly and a pile of ones you couldn't answer and then do them all till they're all in the correct pile. Try to keep them organised by topic as well that helps
    thanks man I think i might start soon, looks like it a would take a while
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    (Original post by Kira Yagami)
    I did AQA Biology and got A* for all my exams but just an A overall because of the horrible coursework.
    I did OCR Chemistry B salters and got an A.

    Ok, so...

    Download the specification for both subjects.
    Buy the specific exam board text books and read them/make notes and practice all the questions.
    Use online notes by googling topics you need help with.
    Watch Youtube videos on all the topics you struggle with. (MaChemGuy and Allery tutors are amazing channels for Chemistry. There are some good biology channels).
    Do all the past papers in timed conditions - make sure you REALLY understand everything,memorising for these subjects at this level won't be enough. Read examiner reports too.
    If you don't understand something, post it on forums or ask your teacher.
    Just keep working, you can do it
    If there's anything Light Yagami is good at outside of killing - then It has to be Education.
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    see above
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    (Original post by Jang Gwangnam)
    If there's anything Light Yagami is good at outside of killing - then It has to be Education.
    haha
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    I got 4A's in my alevels this year
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    (Original post by lolz23489)
    I got 4A's in my alevels this year
    Wow, tahts so good. How did you do it? what are your tips???
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    This summer 2017 I got A* (274/300) in was new specification. I used A LEVEL Chemistry website to print out notes and than went through them by higlighting. I also used revision book if some things were not ckearb/did not made sense. I also kept looking at specifications just so that all topics are covered by resources I was usibg. I did past paper while I was doing this. I did all chem 5 and chem4 and than to practise practical questions I did isa papers and also used edexcel past paper which are very helpful. This will help you are practical paper 3 that everyone is scared of.. even I was scared but after this I was very calm during exam and aced it ( 79/90) lol .. good luck . .. if 6ou want me to be more clear let me know, I can help ....
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    I got three A*( chemistry, maths and Business studies) . Talked about chemistry above but if anyone need guidance on others let me know
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    (Original post by igotnomoney)
    This summer 2017 I got A* (274/300) in was new specification. I used A LEVEL Chemistry website to print out notes and than went through them by higlighting. I also used revision book if some things were not ckearb/did not made sense. I also kept looking at specifications just so that all topics are covered by resources I was usibg. I did past paper while I was doing this. I did all chem 5 and chem4 and than to practise practical questions I did isa papers and also used edexcel past paper which are very helpful. This will help you are practical paper 3 that everyone is scared of.. even I was scared but after this I was very calm during exam and aced it ( 79/90) lol .. good luck . .. if 6ou want me to be more clear let me know, I can help ....
    Wow that is amazing, well done. Did you do aqa? and how often did you review AS and do past papers?
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    I got an A* in Biology and an A in chemistry.
    Get the CGP textbooks, and get the markschemes of past papers from 2001-2016 and just memorise using flashcards. Easy.
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    (Original post by laura1276)
    Wow that is amazing, well done. Did you do aqa? and how often did you review AS and do past papers?
    I did aqa, I thought mentioned it but it got auto corrected to something else. Well, I had got A in As so I thought I knew all and i left it for December time but I wouldn't regiment that. I would say do little everyday for As. It didn't take me much time to get it though. I started doing all unit 1 and unit 2 papers to get this. I also did old ones too, went to 2006 i think. Also do Chem 5 and 4 when you think you have covered topics if it ( e.g print out all papers and when you certain topic e.g if you do acid/bases do all calculation in all past paper). This will make you more confident. This will sort you out for mist if paper 1 and paper 2. Another thing you need to do is go through all 12 practical and do all isa/ practical paper that they are for aqa. It may seem like at first tgat you need to do experiment to attempt the paper but it isn't. Just make up a value for first question ( e.g mean titre) and carry on. You want to know what kind if questions they could ask. Also do edexcel unit 3B and 6B .. it will cover all practical you need . Apparently what I found out is that all practical tgat edexcel did are used by was now. A lot of people didn't know this therefore explains why I did so well lol good luck
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    (Original post by AnALevelStudent)
    I'm in year 13 too and I've been stuck on a B/C for so long, its so frustrating
    Ughhh I relate to this don't worry! Currently on a B in Biology and probably a C for chemistry. Worst thing is I need A's in both for med school. I know how frustrating it is honestly, I tell myself before every test that this is going to be the one I get an A in and then it just never happens.
    I've recently changed up my revision strategy for yr 13 as clearly I made a mess last year . I'm doing a lot more 'active' revision now using the Feymanns technique for biology along with the specification and just stopped making notes altogether for chemistry and focusing on practice. I'm also using quizlet for flashcards as I'm already drowned in flashcards from year 12 for biology. Pretty much every chemistry teacher knows my name now since I'm constantly bugging them for help. I don't take the risk of leaving a question without understanding it, I refuse to leave any question in homeworks out without asking for help.
    I dont know if it will work yet but I have mocks coming up in the next 2 weeks so I guess we will see I'm gonna do whatever it takes to get my A's even if it means having no life which is kinda how I'm having to live now xD
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    Chemisty was my weakest subject, and i ended up with a C at AS. Last year I changed quite a lot. Over the summer holiday I did past papers to get better at the AS stuff and using the cgp books to revise new year 13 content before the start of the year. I gave myself a headstart and ever since then I was always a few months ahead of the lessons. I stuck strictly to the specification and finished the content by January. Then I practiced the old past papers, the AS units became really easy and I didn’t find the A2 organic chemistry paper that bad because I had memorised all of the synthetic routes quite well. However I found the inorganic chemistry paper really hard and had to do a lot of past papers to get that down.

    I made a table for the past papers, sort of like a checklist, and had a goal of doing every single one. However I procrastinated a lot through February to April and I only managed to get around 30 done. When I completed a past paper I would look at the markscheme and highlight things on the paper what I needed to improve or change. I also read examiners reports which gave me some hints of what and what not to do when approaching these problems. These old past papers were slightly different to the new a levels, but a lot of the content is simular and it’s better to practice them than do nothing. Alongside past papers I only used the CGP book, and whilst it is a good book, it would have been beneficial for me to read through the official OCR textbooks too. I ended up with an A at A-level.
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    I find that the best way to get an A* is to simply answer all of the questions on your exams correctly.

    Failing that, only getting a small number wrong will suffice.
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    (Original post by igotnomoney)
    I did aqa, I thought mentioned it but it got auto corrected to something else. Well, I had got A in As so I thought I knew all and i left it for December time but I wouldn't regiment that. I would say do little everyday for As. It didn't take me much time to get it though. I started doing all unit 1 and unit 2 papers to get this. I also did old ones too, went to 2006 i think. Also do Chem 5 and 4 when you think you have covered topics if it ( e.g print out all papers and when you certain topic e.g if you do acid/bases do all calculation in all past paper). This will make you more confident. This will sort you out for mist if paper 1 and paper 2. Another thing you need to do is go through all 12 practical and do all isa/ practical paper that they are for aqa. It may seem like at first tgat you need to do experiment to attempt the paper but it isn't. Just make up a value for first question ( e.g mean titre) and carry on. You want to know what kind if questions they could ask. Also do edexcel unit 3B and 6B .. it will cover all practical you need . Apparently what I found out is that all practical tgat edexcel did are used by was now. A lot of people didn't know this therefore explains why I did so well lol good luck
    Thank you so much for your tips i will deffo try the edexcel questions out, do you have any more tips. I know i keep asking but you know what your talking about lol tahst why i wanna get every detail????
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    (Original post by igotnomoney)
    I got three A*( chemistry, maths and Business studies) . Talked about chemistry above but if anyone need guidance on others let me know
    how did you revise maths
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    (Original post by pringles321)
    i got a*.i used the snaprevise and theses notes wriiten by a cambridge tutor .saved my life as legit cut out the bs and it told me how to to word defitions and the 6 marks to get max marks
    I use snaprevise too, may i ask were they the only notes you used or did you make notes too and for which subject did you use snaprevise for?
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    (Original post by igotnomoney)
    This summer 2017 I got A* (274/300) in was new specification. I used A LEVEL Chemistry website to print out notes and than went through them by higlighting. I also used revision book if some things were not ckearb/did not made sense. I also kept looking at specifications just so that all topics are covered by resources I was usibg. I did past paper while I was doing this. I did all chem 5 and chem4 and than to practise practical questions I did isa papers and also used edexcel past paper which are very helpful. This will help you are practical paper 3 that everyone is scared of.. even I was scared but after this I was very calm during exam and aced it ( 79/90) lol .. good luck . .. if 6ou want me to be more clear let me know, I can help ....
    Did you make any handwritten notes
 
 
 
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