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Hi people, I just bought the OCR CGP books for biology and chemistry and want to make notes using them this summer holiday before starting on A2. However, I am not sure how to because CGP books are supposed to be condensed versions of the original OCR books meaning 98% of what is on the page is important to know and write down, so I would end up copying the whole book.

Any advice on how to go about it so I learn everything effectively and dont waste my time would be very appreciated.
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(Original post by ineedthosegrades)
Hi people, I just bought the OCR CGP books for biology and chemistry and want to make notes using them this summer holiday before starting on A2. However, I am not sure how to because CGP books are supposed to be condensed versions of the original OCR books meaning 98% of what is on the page is important to know and write down, so I would end up copying the whole book.

Any advice on how to go about it so I learn everything effectively and dont waste my time would be very appreciated.
Why are you making notes from a CGP textbook? Who told you that was a good idea lmao?
tbh, I wouldn't even recommend buying a CGP textbook, but whatever.

Copying text down is such a slow and labourious way to waste time. Who told you that it's a good way to learn content.

If you don't know the content, put your pen down, and just read. Read the normal textbook even, it's not like you're 2 days before the exam and have to desperately cram, you have time. Read the longer textbook. Do you properly understand what it's telling you. Can you follow the logic? If it still doesn't sit well in your mind, get on the computer and do more research until you understand it, review your class notes. Your class notes should be primarily the thing you do your most of your revision from.
And then start doing practice exam-style questions until you get more and more fluent at the concepts.

That's the way you revise sciences, not by mindlessly copying text down like some sort of scribe
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What are you going to be doing with your notes? Reading them?
If you are, then you're wasting your time because you could have just read the books and saved yourself time. Except even that's not a good way of revising by itself.
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In biology and chemistry, there is a lot of memory, not just understanding. I was thinking of making active notes where I read a page, make up questions related to the topic and answering them as an exam question from memory.
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Making notes is really useful especially in biology and chemistry as there is a lot to remember so taking notes you can keep looking back at them to remind yourself, that's what revision is all about.
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