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So I have just started a-levels and have already had 2 tests in Chemistry and Biology. In GCSE I used to just be able to read through a chapter of biology and use revision cards and I would remember it. But for these tests I have done awfully, so am wanting to know if anyone has any suggestions on a good revision technique. Thank you!
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Memorise the mark scheme
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Ah yes that will help me
Yes that will help me remember things for my A-levels
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I use mindmaps and revision cards
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(Original post by MonsterExamran)
So I have just started a-levels and have already had 2 tests in Chemistry and Biology. In GCSE I used to just be able to read through a chapter of biology and use revision cards and I would remember it. But for these tests I have done awfully, so am wanting to know if anyone has any suggestions on a good revision technique. Thank you!
Hello, I have previously studied both Chemistry and Biology A Levels, and thus I am happy to share some of my study/exam tips for doing well in those two subjects. Firstly, I would recommend to make your own concise study resources - I have personally preferred to do them digitally throughout the year, so that they were easy to update! You can actually do revision cards digitally too, if this is something that worked for you in the past . Secondly, make sure that you practice applying what you have covered in your revision notes, to actual exam questions. Try to do this without looking at your notes, as this will be a good indication of how much material you have actually absorbed, rather than just became familiar with through re-reading. I would again answer exam questions digitally, keeping your first answer, and then creating your own model answer by improving the first one, by consulting with a mark scheme and your revision notes. Make sure that the model answer is always something that you could actually write in the time limit that you will be given in the exam, and that it is something that you fully understand. Thirdly, you might also find it useful to create your own glossary of key terms for the different modules in Biology and Chemistry. Knowing the key definitions is key, and you will often lose a lot of marks if you do not include those correctly in your answers - thus making glossary for each topic could really help! Lastly, if you are still finding the revision for those two subjects very difficult, and if you are not getting the exam results you want, then speaking to your teachers about it, is the best thing you can do! They may be able to give you some useful guidance on how to maximize the number of marks you get in your exam papers, by for instance clarifying where and why you have previously lost marks.

I hope this helps you out at least a bit. Let me know if you have any questions

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Kasia (4th Year Medical Neuroscience Student (MSCI) with a Year Abroad)
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Physics and maths tutor is pretty good to practice exam technique
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Hello, I have previously studied both Chemistry and Biology A Levels, and thus I am happy to share some of my study/exam tips for doing well in those two subjects. Firstly, I would recommend to make your own concise study resources - I have personally preferred to do them digitally throughout the year, so that they were easy to update! You can actually do revision cards digitally too, if this is something that worked for you in the past . Secondly, make sure that you practice applying what you have covered in your revision notes, to actual exam questions. Try to do this without looking at your notes, as this will be a good indication of how much material you have actually absorbed, rather than just became familiar with through re-reading. I would again answer exam questions digitally, keeping your first answer, and then creating your own model answer by improving the first one, by consulting with a mark scheme and your revision notes. Make sure that the model answer is always something that you could actually write in the time limit that you will be given in the exam, and that it is something that you fully understand. Thirdly, you might also find it useful to create your own glossary of key terms for the different modules in Biology and Chemistry. Knowing the key definitions is key, and you will often lose a lot of marks if you do not include those correctly in your answers - thus making glossary for each topic could really help! Lastly, if you are still finding the revision for those two subjects very difficult, and if you are not getting the exam results you want, then speaking to your teachers about it, is the best thing you can do! They may be able to give you some useful guidance on how to maximize the number of marks you get in your exam papers, by for instance clarifying where and why you have previously lost marks.

I hope this helps you out at least a bit. Let me know if you have any questions

Best Wishes,
Kasia (4th Year Medical Neuroscience Student (MSCI) with a Year Abroad)
Thank you so much for the advice, I will definitely give them a go and see how they work for me and I really hope that these can get me into a better way of learning. Thank you!!!
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Physics and maths tutor is pretty good to practice exam technique
I will check them out thank you!
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