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Can anyone tell me how to actually learn, memorise and improve my grade for AQA a level biology? Nothing sticks in my head and i’m really concerned cause I want a decent grade :/
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Can anyone tell me how to actually learn, memorise and improve my grade for AQA a level biology? Nothing sticks in my head and i’m really concerned cause I want a decent grade :/
Don't worry, as a fellow AQA A-Level Biology student, I understand the struggle
Using spaced repetition and active recall has helped me a lot to remember content over long periods of time.

Since the textbook waffles on too much, I make my own simplified notes to learn from. For A-Level Biology, doing as many practice questions as you can is key, since it helps to identify gaps in your knowledge.
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Don't worry, as a fellow AQA A-Level Biology student, I understand the struggle
Using spaced repetition and active recall has helped me a lot to remember content over long periods of time.

Since the textbook waffles on too much, I make my own simplified notes to learn from. For A-Level Biology, doing as many practice questions as you can is key, since it helps to identify gaps in your knowledge.
Do you use the textbook to make the notes or something else? I feel like note taking takes up so much time for me but they never stick haha
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Hey, I do OCR A, but I would say that notes don't really work for me. Textbooks waffle a lot, so I prefer to make flashcards on Quizlet extracting the important info from the textbooks which is required by the specification and then study the cards little and often. Then practice questions from https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/ .
All the best, I know biology content is a nightmare!
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Do you use the textbook to make the notes or something else? I feel like note taking takes up so much time for me but they never stick haha
I agree that starting notes from scratch is very time consuming.
I take the notes from https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...90&postcount=1 and add to them from the textbook. These notes are for the old spec, but still cover pretty much all the content for the new spec.
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Hey, I do OCR A, but I would say that notes don't really work for me. Textbooks waffle a lot, so I prefer to make flashcards on Quizlet extracting the important info from the textbooks which is required by the specification and then study the cards little and often. Then practice questions from https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/ .
All the best, I know biology content is a nightmare!
I’m not very good at finding quizlet topics with enough content in because i tend to not realise what i’m missing. I do like flashcards i’m just not good at making any that doesn’t have missing content hahah
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I agree that starting notes from scratch is very time consuming.
I take the notes from https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...90&postcount=1 and add to them from the textbook. These notes are for the old spec, but still cover pretty much all the content for the new spec.
Oh they look good! I’ll take a look at those. Would you say just notes and practise questions is enough? I feel like i’m a very visual learner but A Level videos are lacking
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Oh they look good! I’ll take a look at those. Would you say just notes and practise questions is enough? I feel like i’m a very visual learner but A Level videos are lacking
I haven't found any good Biology videos other than on the CrashCourse youtube channel- they help me to visualise some topics.
I try to learn my notes quite quickly so that I can spend most of my time doing practice questions. You can find these practice questions on sites like Physics&MathsTutor, pxs Biology and 'Miss Miller's Blog'.
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