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I do A-Level physics, chemistry, and maths and I am curious as to which of these methods you think is best suited for these subjects.
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Handwritten obviously
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I used online ones for my GCSE revision and found them just as useful (and easier to organise) than handwritten ones, not to mention cheaper.
However, it was frustrating trying to write equations and I couldn't draw diagrams or fit lots of text on online ones and they can lag if you have lots of cards in the same set so I switched to handwritten for AS level (I'm doing physics, chemistry, maths and further maths).
Now I've ditched them altogether for my A2 revision (except for chemistry) as I find other forms of revisions much more useful for physics and maths as they're less about content and more about technique.
If you're doing AQA chemistry I can give you a link to some excellent flash cards that I bought on Amazon if you like? There's a set for AS and a set for A2 and they seem to be very comprehensive and they're colourful and well laid out.
Obviously that won't work if you get your main revision out of making the cards rather than using them but me and my friends all bought them and find them very useful.
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Handwritten - you learn as you write.
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Personally I find the app ' cram' useful for learning content.
Especially if theres so much content, and writing flashcards out by hand is taking too long
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I used online ones for my GCSE revision and found them just as useful (and easier to organise) than handwritten ones, not to mention cheaper.
However, it was frustrating trying to write equations and I couldn't draw diagrams or fit lots of text on online ones and they can lag if you have lots of cards in the same set so I switched to handwritten for AS level (I'm doing physics, chemistry, maths and further maths).
Now I've ditched them altogether for my A2 revision (except for chemistry) as I find other forms of revisions much more useful for physics and maths as they're less about content and more about technique.
If you're doing AQA chemistry I can give you a link to some excellent flash cards that I bought on Amazon if you like? There's a set for AS and a set for A2 and they seem to be very comprehensive and they're colourful and well laid out.
Obviously that won't work if you get your main revision out of making the cards rather than using them but me and my friends all bought them and find them very useful.
Whats the link?
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Whats the link?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revision-Ca.../dp/B01CI7LSN0

Watch out that you choose the right format, you can get them as cards or as a paper book of revision notes. I chose the cards as it recommends that you read the front and write down what you can then compare it against the back, like you would with normal revision cards so I'm not so sure why you'd want a paper book or a kindle edition but you can get those too.
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(Original post by LaM19)
I used online ones for my GCSE revision and found them just as useful (and easier to organise) than handwritten ones, not to mention cheaper.
However, it was frustrating trying to write equations and I couldn't draw diagrams or fit lots of text on online ones and they can lag if you have lots of cards in the same set so I switched to handwritten for AS level (I'm doing physics, chemistry, maths and further maths).
Now I've ditched them altogether for my A2 revision (except for chemistry) as I find other forms of revisions much more useful for physics and maths as they're less about content and more about technique.
If you're doing AQA chemistry I can give you a link to some excellent flash cards that I bought on Amazon if you like? There's a set for AS and a set for A2 and they seem to be very comprehensive and they're colourful and well laid out.
Obviously that won't work if you get your main revision out of making the cards rather than using them but me and my friends all bought them and find them very useful.
I used flashcards for my Gcse's and made literally thousands but my a-level teachers have advised against it, and have promoted new revision techniques to further undertsanding rather than learning by rote. But I'm still torn as i know flash cards work for me, although that may be short term memory- i remember nothing from Gcse's. (Im in year 12)
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I used flashcards for my Gcse's and made literally thousands but my a-level teachers have advised against it, and have promoted new revision techniques to further understanding rather than learning by rote. But I'm still torn as i know flash cards work for me, although that may be short term memory- i remember nothing from Gcse's. (Im in year 12)
I think flash cards work really well for the things that do just need to be memorised. I don't know what subjects you do but I use flash cards mostly for memorising certain processes in chemistry and also for the shapes of molecules topic which just needs memorised. I make sure to use them over a long period of time though so it does go in my long term memory. I find practice questions and past exam papers more useful for subjects with less content such as physics which is more about achieving an understanding of several difficult concepts. I find that further reading has helped with that too, and it's a great thing to put on your personal statement if you do further reading and online courses.
I think the real key is to do a mixture of methods of revision, flash cards are great as long as you don't spend all of your revision time using them. And it's important not to compartmentalize things too, for example if you learn to associate a certain method in maths only within one topic you won't be able to retrieve it to use when doing a different sort of question that it's required for.
Again I think the key is variety in both revision techniques and to mix up the parts of a topic that you revise together as exam questions often draw on multiple areas.
And past exam papers!
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I think flash cards work really well for the things that do just need to be memorised. I don't know what subjects you do but I use flash cards mostly for memorising certain processes in chemistry and also for the shapes of molecules topic which just needs memorised. I make sure to use them over a long period of time though so it does go in my long term memory. I find practice questions and past exam papers more useful for subjects with less content such as physics which is more about achieving an understanding of several difficult concepts. I find that further reading has helped with that too, and it's a great thing to put on your personal statement if you do further reading and online courses.
I think the real key is to do a mixture of methods of revision, flash cards are great as long as you don't spend all of your revision time using them. And it's important not to compartmentalize things too, for example if you learn to associate a certain method in maths only within one topic you won't be able to retrieve it to use when doing a different sort of question that it's required for.
Again I think the key is variety in both revision techniques and to mix up the parts of a topic that you revise together as exam questions often draw on multiple areas.
And past exam papers!
Hey I’m studying chemistry, physics, maths and further maths! So sounds like we are pretty similar! I think I’m gonna make some flash cards soon for chemistry and physics but only things that I need to remember. My new revision technique for chemistry is taking the spec and writing everything I know about each point, it really helps!
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Hey! I am in year 10 and have just got my mock results back. 5,5,6,6,7,7,7,8,8.

I use online flashcards and they are brilliant! Easy to organise and really, really useful.
Use Quizlet, its free and incredibly modern and easy to use.

Good luck!
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Handwritten on yellow paper using blue ink.
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Hey I’m studying chemistry, physics, maths and further maths! So sounds like we are pretty similar! I think I’m gonna make some flash cards soon for chemistry and physics but only things that I need to remember. My new revision technique for chemistry is taking the spec and writing everything I know about each point, it really helps!
I'm doing the exact same A levels. And at the moment I've bought myself a couple of notebooks and for each topic (for physics and chemistry) I'm sticking in the bit of the specification for that topic then writing notes that cover all of those points. Then I write a set of questions that I should be able to answer based on the spec and those notes.
What exam boards are you doing? If you're doing edexcel for physics flash cards are good for the materials section particularly and, in my opinion, are particularly useless for the mechanics section which is really all about practice.
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I'm doing the exact same A levels. And at the moment I've bought myself a couple of notebooks and for each topic (for physics and chemistry) I'm sticking in the bit of the specification for that topic then writing notes that cover all of those points. Then I write a set of questions that I should be able to answer based on the spec and those notes.
What exam boards are you doing? If you're doing edexcel for physics flash cards are good for the materials section particularly and, in my opinion, are particularly useless for the mechanics section which is really all about practice.
mei for maths and further maths, OCR A for physics and OCR B for chemistry! Which is your favourite so far?
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Depends on if you learn by writing things out, or typing. Because I can't touch type and have to read my notes a few times to type it out, I prefer online notes.
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mei for maths and further maths, OCR A for physics and OCR B for chemistry! Which is your favourite so far?
All of my exam boards are different to yours, I'm doing edexcel for maths, further maths and physics and aqa for chemistry.
I'm going to study physics at university later this year so physics is my favourite although I have to admit I found it quite tedious at AS level but it's sooo much more interesting at A2. I like chemistry too, I liked chemistry best at the start but that's changed.
I like all my lessons this year although I can't say the same about last year, AS was quite boring.
Do you know what you want to study at university? If you're unsure I'd advise not choosing based on your A levels but more on the wider subject and your interest in it as a degree can be very different to an A level. As I've said even the A2 can be very different to the AS.
I particularly like my firm choice course as it allows me to take a mixture of both physics and chemistry and then specialise into one of them after the first year although I applied to physics for my other choices.
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I’m thinking of chemical or mechanical engineering! I’m finding chemistry and further maths very interesting atm, but physics is quite boring and tedious!
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Handwritten as you will have better chance of remembering
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