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    Hi, I am currently in year 12. I had my first biology assessments last week and i got my results today.

    In paper 1 the test was on biological molecules which i got 49% on and for the paper 2 which was on Cells i got 36%. My paper 1 teacher ( we have two teachers for each subject) told me that she is not worried about me and finds my result encouraging, she says that i should revise paper 2 more and keep that as my target.

    My paper 2 teacher didn't say anything but only that anyone who has 40% or lower has to retake it. My retake is on Wednesday, do you know any good revision guides, any advice you can give to help me improve?The CGP revision books used to be my HG but half the questions that i was assessed on wasn't even in those guides.

    I'm really worried because I got a C in Biology GCSE and my new head of Sixth Form says that if I don't do good then i will have to drop the subject and i really can't drop biology because i want to study microbiology.

    I'm just so confused, I've tried so hard for these assessments and i understand the topics but for some reason i am not able to answer the questions. It is so frustrating!

    Thank you.
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    (Original post by Jih)
    Hi, I am currently in year 12. I had my first biology assessments last week and i got my results today.

    In paper 1 the test was on biological molecules which i got 49% on and for the paper 2 which was on Cells i got 36%. My paper 1 teacher ( we have two teachers for each subject) told me that she is not worried about me and finds my result encouraging, she says that i should revise paper 2 more and keep that as my target.

    My paper 2 teacher didn't say anything but only that anyone who has 40% or lower has to retake it. My retake is on Wednesday, do you know any good revision guides, any advice you can give to help me improve?The CGP revision books used to be my HG but half the questions that i was assessed on wasn't even in those guides.

    I'm really worried because I got a C in Biology GCSE and my new head of Sixth Form says that if I don't do good then i will have to drop the subject and i really can't drop biology because i want to study microbiology.

    I'm just so confused, I've tried so hard for these assessments and i understand the topics but for some reason i am not able to answer the questions. It is so frustrating!

    Thank you.
    The CGP book is good (I used it religiously when I sat the next-spec A-Level this year), but you need to supplement it with some past papers in order to get familiar with what specific words are required in answers. That's the only way to ensure you'll get credit.
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    (Original post by Jih)
    Hi, I am currently in year 12. I had my first biology assessments last week and i got my results today.

    In paper 1 the test was on biological molecules which i got 49% on and for the paper 2 which was on Cells i got 36%. My paper 1 teacher ( we have two teachers for each subject) told me that she is not worried about me and finds my result encouraging, she says that i should revise paper 2 more and keep that as my target.

    My paper 2 teacher didn't say anything but only that anyone who has 40% or lower has to retake it. My retake is on Wednesday, do you know any good revision guides, any advice you can give to help me improve?The CGP revision books used to be my HG but half the questions that i was assessed on wasn't even in those guides.

    I'm really worried because I got a C in Biology GCSE and my new head of Sixth Form says that if I don't do good then i will have to drop the subject and i really can't drop biology because i want to study microbiology.

    I'm just so confused, I've tried so hard for these assessments and i understand the topics but for some reason i am not able to answer the questions. It is so frustrating!

    Thank you.
    As a current year 13 student who takes Biology I had the same problem as you when I was in Year 12, I felt like I knew the content but constantly did badly in exam questions. Biology nowadays isn't always about the content its about your keywords and how you word your answer so do past exam questions consistently, mark them with the mark schemes so you can see what they were looking for and check your exam board spec as the content for each spec is different and may not be covered in the CGP books.
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    Don't be too harsh on yourself, biology markschemes can be extremely picky so don't only learn the content, practice answering questions and marking against a mark scheme so you can see what answers are 'neutral' and what will get you the marks. YouTube has some really good videos for content but you seem to be pretty happy with content so I'd say focus on questions and good luck!
 
 
 
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