A-level OCR Computer Science Paper 1 and 2 Revision and Study Chat

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Welcome A-level OCR Computer Science Paper 1 and 2 Revision and Study Chat!

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The exam timetable is:

Monday 1st June 2020: Paper 1 (H446/1)

Tuesday 9th June 2020: Paper 2 (H446/2)


How are you feeling about these exams? Do you feel prepared? What have you started doing to prepare for your exams? Comment down below! Image


How to prepare for the exams (general tips)


1. Create revision resources, whatever they may be it needs to be what works for you. If writing out notes over and over doesn't work for you, please don't waste your time!

2. Use the revision guide to make your notes, the copy from the exam board is your best bet - rather than using copies from other sources.

3. Create a revision timetable if this works for you.

4. Re-read your notes, repetition is the best method of drilling notes into your brain.

5. As it gets closer to the exams complete past papers. The more the better in the end!




This thread is for anyone that is studying A-level Computer Science (OCR). Chat below and find other students in the same situation as you! Help each other revise, study and find resources. Good luck everyone Image
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Will keep updating this post with all the recommended resources, links and useful posts that are mentioned in this group

Specification: OCR A-level Computer Science Specification

Recommended resources:
Craig and Dave's Youtube Channel
Flashcards OCR A-level Computer Science
OCR Pseudocode guide
Isaac Computer Science

Recommended TSR resources:
Find your Uni group chats here!
Find the Computer Science applicants thread here>>

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Will keep updating this post with all the recommended resources, links and useful posts that are mentioned in this group

Specification: OCR A-level Computer Science Specification

Recommended resources:

Recommended TSR resources:

Useful posts:
Craig and Dave on youtube (they have their own things too but you have to buy them) are brilliant, they explain every topic well. Also looks like it's just me atm XD

Edit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0H...xlrwBAHJ5S9JQg - link to their site
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(Original post by sxthformstudent1)
Craig and Dave on youtube (they have their own things too but you have to buy them) are brilliant, they explain every topic well. Also looks like it's just me atm XD

Edit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0H...xlrwBAHJ5S9JQg - link to their site
Will add it to the list! I'm sure more people will jump in soon How are you finding the course so far?
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Will add it to the list! I'm sure more people will jump in soon How are you finding the course so far?
I am finding it alright, we finished theory yesterday so just coursework and revision to go now!
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Currently doing A level Computer Science with OCR. Almost completed my coursework using python, pyglet and Tkinter (a maze game). Will start revision for theory after January. Hoping to get an A in this.

ocr a level computer science resources I use for my revision:

https://www.memrise.com/course/12110...ter-science-2/ flashcards OCR a level computer science
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...NZsnwjyZQj97da Crage n Dave a level computer science playlist
https://mrfraser.org/resources/aleve...php?topic=1111 great powerpoints by an a level computer science teacher
if you google "the Muslim compci the student room" you will find a load of very useful concise revision notes
https://en.m.wikibooks.org/wiki/A-level_Computing/OCR
google Isaac computer science
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this week is mock week in my school, did my paper 1 mock yesterday (it was paper 1 from last years a levels) found it ok, but i can never tell lol

does anyone have a good revision technique that doesn't involve hours of notes, because idk how to revise other than that and past papers.. also have my comp paper 2 mock tomorrow, welp. :'(
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Just did my paper 2 mock this morning aaaaaaaaaa so much pseudocode :eek:
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Howdy all, was wondering if you have any revision advice for paper 2's coding parts, pseudocode isn't really my best strength.
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Howdy all, was wondering if you have any revision advice for paper 2's coding parts, pseudocode isn't really my best strength.
Honestly it's all about practice, try doing coding challenges where you write the psuedocode first and OCR have given a guide
https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/260952...code-guide.pdf so maybe try some past papers using this
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(Original post by ScarletMacaw)
Just did my paper 2 mock this morning aaaaaaaaaa so much pseudocode :eek:
was it last years paper 2? If so, what came up?! I've got it tomorrow :/
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Honestly it's all about practice, try doing coding challenges where you write the psuedocode first and OCR have given a guide
https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/260952...code-guide.pdf so maybe try some past papers using this
I've added the guide to the recommended resources bit
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There is a newish revision site https://isaaccomputerscience.org/ (they have a physics site too). They adding more to it each month if anyone else finds it useful
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Howdy all, was wondering if you have any revision advice for paper 2's coding parts, pseudocode isn't really my best strength.
My advice would be to not get too hung up on the syntax. OCR has said they don’t care about how your pseudocode is written as long as it is interpretable and consistent.

I’m guessing you’ve already started the coding for the NEA - so just use that format of coding (or any you feel most comfortable doing) to tackle questions.
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Honestly it's all about practice, try doing coding challenges where you write the psuedocode first and OCR have given a guide
https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/260952...code-guide.pdf so maybe try some past papers using this
Ok thanks!
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My advise would be to not get too hung up on the syntax. OCR have said they don’t care about how you pseudocode is written as long as it is interpretable.

I’m guessing you’ve already started the coding for the NEA - so just use that format of coding (or any you feel most comfortable doing) to tackle questions.
I see, never heard about that tbh, thanks though!
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if anyone has done last years paper 2 as mocks and could tell me the topics/any questions id be really grateful ): thank you
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if anyone has done last years paper 2 as mocks and could tell me the topics/any questions id be really grateful ): thank you
i did it a couple of days ago so i dont entirely remember, but there was a merge sort question with 6 pieces of data (i completely made a mess of it lmao) and there was also a dijikstra's shortest path algorithm qs which was easy if you know how to do it and show it to the marker, apart from that there was mostly a ton on pseudocode, so definitely just do some pseudocode revision/exercises. someone has a link ^^ i havent clicked it but see if it helps
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hello, i am a resit student doing this independantly. what language are you people coding in??
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What was on paper 1 ?
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