Ferrous-flame
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#1
I got an A*, so thought I might as well post my old notes here so others can use them: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...J9j6ifh4I/edit . This link also leads to my notes for my other two A Level subjects (OCR Chemistry, and AQA Psychology).
15
reply
cosmicsunfleur
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#2
Report 1 year ago
#2
(Original post by Ferrous-flame)
I got an A*, so thought I might as well post my old notes here so others can use them: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...J9j6ifh4I/edit . This link also leads to my notes for my other two A Level subjects (OCR Chemistry, and AQA Psychology).
Hey, well done on your amazing grade!
Thank you for the notes! What textbooks would you recommend buying? And are there any revision tips for alevel bio (OCR) as I'm quite nervous about it.
1
reply
Ferrous-flame
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#3
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#3
(Original post by livelyrao)
Hey, well done on your amazing grade!
Thank you for the notes! What textbooks would you recommend buying? And are there any revision tips for alevel bio (OCR) as I'm quite nervous about it.
I personally only had the Heinemann textbooks (the AS one has a spiky thing on, the A2 has a brain on), so I'd have to recommend those, though I will admit to using them only for making notes. Personally I went through every past paper for the new spec and the most recent legacy spec and made a document full of the answers (this is in the notes so you don't have to spend time doing that) and just crammed all the answers. Also I looked at the questions and mark schemes of the papers to learn the patterns of the questions, as there are often specific buzzwords that mean to talk about specific things (i.e: most of the time when they ask about enzymes interacting with something you get a mark for talking about the enzyme-substrate complex). Reading the examiners reports is also helpful for uncovering patterns. One thing I do wish I'd done was made better flashcards, as they make memorising so much faster. So, in summary, make decent notes (or edit notes you are given to suit you), then make really good flashcards by copying and pasting those notes into the flippity flashcard templates (https://www.flippity.net) or any other online template, then use the answers to all the questions, examiners reports, and doing past papers to figure out what they want you to say in the exam to get the marks. That said, there are probably other ways to get an A*, so I shan't say that my way is the only way. Good luck
1
reply
MedKid1
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#4
Report 1 year ago
#4
Wow congrats that's insane and thanks for your generosity
0
reply
Ferrous-flame
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#5
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#5
(Original post by palmtree29)
Wow congrats that's insane and thanks for your generosity
It's okay . I only got decent GCSEs because of notes other people posted, so I might as well pay it forward with my A level notes
0
reply
cosmicsunfleur
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#6
Report 1 year ago
#6
(Original post by Ferrous-flame)
I personally only had the Heinemann textbooks (the AS one has a spiky thing on, the A2 has a brain on), so I'd have to recommend those, though I will admit to using them only for making notes. Personally I went through every past paper for the new spec and the most recent legacy spec and made a document full of the answers (this is in the notes so you don't have to spend time doing that) and just crammed all the answers. Also I looked at the questions and mark schemes of the papers to learn the patterns of the questions, as there are often specific buzzwords that mean to talk about specific things (i.e: most of the time when they ask about enzymes interacting with something you get a mark for talking about the enzyme-substrate complex). Reading the examiners reports is also helpful for uncovering patterns. One thing I do wish I'd done was made better flashcards, as they make memorising so much faster. So, in summary, make decent notes (or edit notes you are given to suit you), then make really good flashcards by copying and pasting those notes into the flippity flashcard templates (https://www.flippity.net) or any other online template, then use the answers to all the questions, examiners reports, and doing past papers to figure out what they want you to say in the exam to get the marks. That said, there are probably other ways to get an A*, so I shan't say that my way is the only way. Good luck
Hey, sorry for the late reply! Thank you for these amazing advices!
Also, I haven't done the best in bio in my GCSEs (it's one of my lowest grades) so would you still suggest that I take A-level Bio as many say it's hard at alevel?
0
reply
Ferrous-flame
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#7
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#7
(Original post by livelyrao)
Hey, sorry for the late reply! Thank you for these amazing advices!
Also, I haven't done the best in bio in my GCSEs (it's one of my lowest grades) so would you still suggest that I take A-level Bio as many say it's hard at alevel?
It's okay, I have been similarly slow at replying. Doing well in any A level takes a lot of time and dedication, which is much easier to put in if you like the subject matter being studied. For example, I did well in English literature at GCSE, but I found it incredibly dull and so knew not to take it at A level as I would struggle to put the work in. Therefore I would recommend working out which subjects you enjoy most and taking those. If Biology is one of those, then do take it. If it isn't, then really consider why you want to take Biology, as, if you don't like it at this level, then a career involving the subject may be ill-advised. If you like the subject and are going to work hard, then a low grade at GCSE does not matter (though it may matter to unis, so it may be a good idea to check with them). I went from getting Us in class physics tests at the start of year 10 to an A* in the real exam, so there is always room for improvement regardless of your starting grade. Good luck!
1
reply
cosmicsunfleur
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#8
Report 1 year ago
#8
(Original post by Ferrous-flame)
It's okay, I have been similarly slow at replying. Doing well in any A level takes a lot of time and dedication, which is much easier to put in if you like the subject matter being studied. For example, I did well in English literature at GCSE, but I found it incredibly dull and so knew not to take it at A level as I would struggle to put the work in. Therefore I would recommend working out which subjects you enjoy most and taking those. If Biology is one of those, then do take it. If it isn't, then really consider why you want to take Biology, as, if you don't like it at this level, then a career involving the subject may be ill-advised. If you like the subject and are going to work hard, then a low grade at GCSE does not matter (though it may matter to unis, so it may be a good idea to check with them). I went from getting Us in class physics tests at the start of year 10 to an A* in the real exam, so there is always room for improvement regardless of your starting grade. Good luck!
Thank you so much! Also, did you do the spec OCR A for Biology?
0
reply
Ferrous-flame
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#9
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#9
(Original post by livelyrao)
Thank you so much! Also, did you do the spec OCR A for Biology?
Yes
0
reply
cosmicsunfleur
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#10
Report 1 year ago
#10
(Original post by Ferrous-flame)
Yes
Thank you for replying! I find the praticals hard and we only started and I'm finding the topics hard. I don't know what to do:/ My teacher did say this is a hard part. Like how hard does alevel biology get?
0
reply
IsMo987
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#11
Report 1 year ago
#11
Ohhhhh thank you soooooo much
0
reply
Ferrous-flame
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#12
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#12
(Original post by IsMo987)
Ohhhhh thank you soooooo much
You're welcome

(Original post by livelyrao)
Thank you for replying! I find the praticals hard and we only started and I'm finding the topics hard. I don't know what to do:/ My teacher did say this is a hard part. Like how hard does alevel biology get?
I found from September up until Christmas of year 12 the hardest as you are learning harder content at an accelerated rate, and that's how long it tends to take to get used to the change of pace. What I recommend is to try and learn content ahead of the class covering it as then you may feel less overwhelmed. Youtube is full of great videos for explaining areas of Biology you don't understand (NottsAst, MrBioTom1, Jack A-Level TTC ..etc). Thee is no channel I would recommend for everything, so shopping around until you find an explanation that makes sense to you is a good idea.
0
reply
Sweetiepie101
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#13
Report 1 year ago
#13
How did you revise the maths of biology? I find it the hardest particularly those that are not formula based but mostly graph based??
0
reply
Bethanybarratt
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#14
Report 8 months ago
#14
(Original post by Ferrous-flame)
I got an A*, so thought I might as well post my old notes here so others can use them: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...J9j6ifh4I/edit . This link also leads to my notes for my other two A Level subjects (OCR Chemistry, and AQA Psychology).
wow thank you so much! i am starting in september and i'm so glad i found this, that must have taken hours to prepare, thank you!
0
reply
Hopefully a doc
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#15
Report 8 months ago
#15
(Original post by Ferrous-flame)
I got an A*, so thought I might as well post my old notes here so others can use them: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...J9j6ifh4I/edit . This link also leads to my notes for my other two A Level subjects (OCR Chemistry, and AQA Psychology).
Thank you so much for these.
This may seem like a stupid question, but how does one revise using notes like these?
1
reply
Bethanybarratt
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#16
Report 8 months ago
#16
(Original post by Ferrous-flame)
I got an A*, so thought I might as well post my old notes here so others can use them: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...J9j6ifh4I/edit . This link also leads to my notes for my other two A Level subjects (OCR Chemistry, and AQA Psychology).
the flashcard set 1 in module 2 won't load for me but so far others are fine,, not sure why?
0
reply
Um,Bridge
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#17
Report 8 months ago
#17
(Original post by Ferrous-flame)
I got an A*, so thought I might as well post my old notes here so others can use them: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...J9j6ifh4I/edit . This link also leads to my notes for my other two A Level subjects (OCR Chemistry, and AQA Psychology).
Thank you so much!! Life Saver Just wondering, are the chemistry notes for OCR A exam board?
0
reply
hetalmehta
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#18
Report 2 months ago
#18
THANKYOU so much for these resources!!
0
reply
moonhuiis
Badges: 4
Rep:
?
#19
Report 4 weeks ago
#19
(Original post by Ferrous-flame)
I got an A*, so thought I might as well post my old notes here so others can use them: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...J9j6ifh4I/edit . This link also leads to my notes for my other two A Level subjects (OCR Chemistry, and AQA Psychology).
Hey, this is obviously very late but thank you so much!!! These look great
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Have you experienced financial difficulties as a student due to Covid-19?

Yes, I have really struggled financially (20)
13.33%
I have experienced some financial difficulties (41)
27.33%
I haven't experienced any financial difficulties and things have stayed the same (62)
41.33%
I have had better financial opportunities as a result of the pandemic (23)
15.33%
I've had another experience (let us know in the thread!) (4)
2.67%

Watched Threads

View All
Latest
My Feed