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    Hi so I'm a Y13 student studying for A levels in biology, chemistry and psychology. I did mocks in January after the xmas holidays and came out with a B in psych, E in bio (1 mark off a D) and and E in chem (v close to a U). I genuinely work hard as I want to do well and revised a lot for these exams, not 100% but at least 70% revision. My mock grades seriously got me down as I am constantly trying to improve and feel nothing has improved since Y12. I basically don't know what to do, I listen in class and I revise using the spec and revision guides for my board (AQA for all). At the moment feel like I'm stuck in the middle of lake and can't get out. I have spoken to all my teachers and am now having extra lessons with teachers and going in my free periods to do exam questions. I am aiming for BBB, it is possible ?
    Anyone with any tips please share them it is really appreciated. Just need a bit of help.
    Thanks !
    Also how much revision should I be aiming for on average a day ?
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    past papers!!!!!! is what ur missing
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    Here's my little method to this:
    • Go through your mock - which parts went well? which didn't? Make a list of the parts that didn't go so well for you. (15-30 minutes)
    • Start with the things you hate the most, and the ones you're worst at - you get them out of the way first... and hey, who knows, you might actually understand it and love it after you get the questions right!
    • Make short notes - read over your class notes, read over your textbook, and find youtube videos on things you really don't understand. Collect all of this information into a document either on paper or on a computer. Highlight titles and important information. (about an hour)
    • Come up with stupid little mnemonics to remember things - I have a tonne of them. My most famed is "The Gran Makes Killer Cakes, my my, no pickled frogs" and it actually helps because it is so stupid you just have to remember it. (it's for remembering prefixes by the way - start with K as kilo and remember C is x10-2 and it makes a pattern :P)
    • Start doing practice questions from the textbooks - sometimes heading into exam questions straight away can be a little bit daunting. Try doing some of the "summary" questions that come at the end of pages and see how you're doing with them. Use your notes you made earlier to refer back to for the answers.
    • Start doing exam questions - practice the actual style of what you're meant to write in an exam. Learn what points the mark schemes want you to know - for example, if it says "only accept (x answer)", learn that phrase. If there are words bolded, then make sure you include those in your answers in future questions.
    • Print an exam paper and do it open book - refer back to notes, questions you've done before, textbooks etc. Just get through the paper. Again, highlight things you are very stuck on and things you can't do. (optional, kind of time consuming. But it definitely does help!)
    • Print an exam paper, and do it under "exam conditions" by yourself - this will be like doing it in the mocks again and you will a) know stuff again! and b) also know what you're not so good at still. Then it's just a case of rinse and repeat.

    I'm not so sure about biology and psychology, but this website does some really good material if you're trying to revise chemistry (despite the name):
    http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/

    Good luck xx
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    Is the quality of revision that matters not the quantity, in my experience you also need to understand the content as well as memorizing it (Both is what I find quite difficult.)
    You can do 1 hour of revision and retain everything you learned rather than doing 8 hours of revision and retain only 20% of what you learned
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    (Original post by lolu123)
    past papers!!!!!! is what ur missing
    thank you, I would probably say that past papers are my weakest point.
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    (Original post by Oaklasaurus)
    Here's my little method to this:
    • Go through your mock - which parts went well? which didn't? Make a list of the parts that didn't go so well for you. (15-30 minutes)
    • Start with the things you hate the most, and the ones you're worst at - you get them out of the way first... and hey, who knows, you might actually understand it and love it after you get the questions right!
    • Make short notes - read over your class notes, read over your textbook, and find youtube videos on things you really don't understand. Collect all of this information into a document either on paper or on a computer. Highlight titles and important information. (about an hour)
    • Come up with stupid little mnemonics to remember things - I have a tonne of them. My most famed is "The Gran Makes Killer Cakes, my my, no pickled frogs" and it actually helps because it is so stupid you just have to remember it. (it's for remembering prefixes by the way - start with K as kilo and remember C is x10-2 and it makes a pattern :P)
    • Start doing practice questions from the textbooks - sometimes heading into exam questions straight away can be a little bit daunting. Try doing some of the "summary" questions that come at the end of pages and see how you're doing with them. Use your notes you made earlier to refer back to for the answers.
    • Start doing exam questions - practice the actual style of what you're meant to write in an exam. Learn what points the mark schemes want you to know - for example, if it says "only accept (x answer)", learn that phrase. If there are words bolded, then make sure you include those in your answers in future questions.
    • Print an exam paper and do it open book - refer back to notes, questions you've done before, textbooks etc. Just get through the paper. Again, highlight things you are very stuck on and things you can't do. (optional, kind of time consuming. But it definitely does help!)
    • Print an exam paper, and do it under "exam conditions" by yourself - this will be like doing it in the mocks again and you will a) know stuff again! and b) also know what you're not so good at still. Then it's just a case of rinse and repeat.

    I'm not so sure about biology and psychology, but this website does some really good material if you're trying to revise chemistry (despite the name):
    http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/

    Good luck xx
    Thank you very much for taking your time out to really and with so much advice, I really appreciate it. I started by doing the first 2 things^ and am currently working through them. Your idea with the past paper questions is really helpful, and I will definitely try that. Thanks again x
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    (Original post by The RAR)
    Is the quality of revision that matters not the quantity, in my experience you also need to understand the content as well as memorizing it (Both is what I find quite difficult.)
    You can do 1 hour of revision and retain everything you learned rather than doing 8 hours of revision and retain only 20% of what you learned

    I 100% agree with that, thanks!
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    (Original post by Shehabis1)
    Thank you very much for taking your time out to really and with so much advice, I really appreciate it. I started by doing the first 2 things^ and am currently working through them. Your idea with the past paper questions is really helpful, and I will definitely try that. Thanks again x
    No problem, good luck
 
 
 
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