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    For my GCSEs, I made notes in class but literally never touched them after lessons. When it came closer to the exams, I typed up new sets of notes myself for each subject according to the specification. So my revision for GCSEs was primarily re-typing notes and reading the textbook. I did well in them, but idk how much of that was due to luck and how much was due to me having an effective revision technique for me.

    Now it's year 13, and idk what I want to do. In class, I've been half-heartedly making notes since year 12, and in one subject I've just stopped entirely because I can barely pay attention in class anymore
    I don't think the notes I've made in class are sufficiently good enough to revise from so what should I do now?
    Should I bother typing up a new set of notes for all my subjects? Is there even enough time to do that now? Or should I just go off reading my textbook and online resources for my A levels?

    I do maths, biology, chemistry and physics and ideally want A*s in maths, bio and chemistry and an A in physics.

    Writing notes then rewriting notes doesn't make the first set of notes useless! It's repetition, and with repetition, you'll remember stuff better.
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    (Original post by Izzy32245)
    Writing notes then rewriting notes doesn't make the first set of notes useless! It's repetition, and with repetition, you'll remember stuff better.
    But the thing is for physics I haven't got a complete set of notes and for the other subjects, I feel the first set of class notes are just terrible i.e. incomplete, messy etc. so I can't revise from them. And I don't think I'll be able to finish a new set of notes for each subject and still have enough time to actually go through them :/

    I'm the same as you in a way, particularly for biology. My teacher goes way too fast for me to get sufficient notes in lesson so what I do is just listen in class and maybe write any main points or contextual things he mentions. When I get the chance I copy the notes up in neat using the text book as well as anything I wrote in lesson. I never look at the notes again to revise (I just use text book and revision guide), so maybe try to rewrite/create notes but to revise use resources and past papers. I can't really advise you for maths because I haven't done that since GCSE and I feel like it's a very different way of revising but hopefully there's some useful advice for the sciences somewhere in there.
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