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    I revise a lot considering I want to do very well in my Biology A-Level however in my mini tests we are given in class . I keep getting Cs and D's.

    Is there a problem in the way I revise ?
    What else can I do to achieve high grades ?

    I want to really achieve an A
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    Biology is the subject with many terminologies.
    U should try to understand them. U should never try to force it into ur mind.
    I'm also a biology student. I picture all the things in my mind. If there are some tough one then, I try to make it sound easy even though the process may not be good.
    Biology is not the subject in which we can remember all by only revising. It needs some understanding. We need to understand it and learns it by ourself.

    I got an A in AS last year in biology and my main method was flash cards and exam questions!

    Flash cards are great for remembering all the key terms they want you to use, any equations and key points to processes like the cell cycle. You make them as you go and you can revise from them constantly!

    Past papers are probably the most important thing. It's disheartening when you get a question you thought you nailed wrong but that's the best way to learn! The markschemes for biology are notoriously picky and so the more you do and the more you get wrong, the more you'll learn. You'll pick up what they want in a question on specific topics such as always saying "enzyme-substrate complex" in an enzyme question.

    Don't worry yourself too much about not getting what you want. I can tell you that I was constantly getting E, D, C on tests for longer than I'd like too admit but as long as you work hard and keep learning from your mistakes you'll do fine.

    You could also print out the specification for your course and use it as a checklist. I did this near the end of the year when it came to more intense revision and it helped me see at topics i needed to look over again. Colour code it with green for confident, orange for revise a little and red for need to revise now.

    Hope I've helped and good luck!

    I cannot stress enough how much exam technique is needed to get past a B in any science. Do loads of questions and learn model answers not just the content. E.g. Model answer for describing what happens in the Light dependant reaction of photosynthesis.
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