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i always find that i make stupid mistakes here n there, does any one have their own way remembering mark scheme stock answers - eg for periodicity? and good luck everyone who's sitting chem in the next few weeks!!
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Yeh I need advice aswell cause I’m ******** myself for my first chemistry Exam
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TRUST me!! ive always been so hopeless in chem exams - even after exam practice.
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Yeh I need advice aswell cause I’m ******** myself for my first chemistry Exam
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Don't ever even think of trying to use those stupid "equation triangles" chemistry teachers seem to love
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My advice is stay calm people. I did most of my chemistry revision last minute so like the day before and just did a few past papers etc and I got an A*. You can do this!
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Really? I really like them idk🙄
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Haha no way! Smashed it. I really need a B but im working at a low C
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Haha no way! Smashed it. I really need a B but im working at a low C
same here man i'm at C/D and i need atleast a B for my firm , it just seems kind of hopeless atm
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Use Chemrevise!
they have all the topics for the a level boards split into revision sheets
check them out
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As a chemist who's currently sitting exams at Durham university (and I've done way too many maths/chemistry/physics exams up until now), and someone who may also be marking A2 Chemistry for a major board this year, here's my advice:

Your first exam is the 4th of June. That's plenty of time! In this time, if you feel hopeless, know that you have enough time to learn all the stuff there's no excuse for not knowing: mechanisms, colours of TM complexes, explanations for differing boiling points - easy marks that everyone needs to get.
Do some past papers - at A-level this is very useful. Examiners ask very similar questions every year and there's certain stuff that always comes up in some format, get practice with it, and check your answers and it won't be so much of a surprise in the exam. If you can find old spec papers, use them too! Chemistry is still chemistry at the end of the day.
Remember nitrogen has a lone pair of electrons, group three elements like boron and aluminium have an empty p orbital.
Read the question in the exam, the question itself can often trigger things in your brain and also provide clues as to how to answer it if you take time to read it properly.
For your equations, just do some practice questions and learn how to use them. There aren't that many equations in A-level Chemistry so learning how to use them in context will make them stick much more than just rote learning all of them
In your answers, answer the question and try to hit the marking points you are aware of, but don't waffle. It is too easy to waffle and end up repeating yourself in longer questions where examiners can ask harder questions testing your understanding of something. It's not an English exam nobody is looking for you to ramble on about different things for ages. Don't miss out detail, but be concise and use ideas you introduce to answer the question rather than circling back on them
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This is SO useful, thanks
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Personally I just used the CGP books and did past papers, that's pretty much it.
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