How do you really get an A* in biology ?Watch this thread
I obviously revise because I want to do good but I feel like there’s soemthing that just sets me apart from the A* students.
I have a part time job as well and find myself sometimes just unmotivated.
What are the tricks or tips that you would give someone I am in yr 12 going to yr 13, how do I make the most of my summer in terms of revision.
Hey! Year 13 here, I am aiming for an A but the way of getting an A* is the same as an A. Before you go into year 13 content make sure you know the year 12 stuff like the back of your hand bevause year 13 is not only content heavy but some of the ideas and concepts are HARD. Literally the best thing you can do is past papers constantly, learn those markschemes because they will always ask similar things. The marking points are often the same you just need to know how to apply them to a relevant stem and specific question- eg for enzymes there is always a mark for talking about hydrogens bonds/ disulphide/ weak ionic bonds and how that effects tertiary structure and therefore enzyme substrate complexes formed. The biggest mistake I made going into year 13 was not being solid on my year 12 stuff because I was then trying to learn and understand year 13 stuff and also revise year 12 basic content. X
1. Learn what to do with each command words (e.g. explain, discuss, comment on, analyse...). Don't 'analyse' in an 'explain' question!
2. Make sure you at least understand everything in the course. I printed out the specification and used it as a checklist and this helped guide me through the course.
3. Attempt the past papers, but force yourself to write as concisely as possible because it is good practice! You don't get much time in the exam, and people end up 'waffling' and losing focus in their answers.
4. For my specification we had a limited number of experiments we had to learn, and there was always one 'devise an experiment' question. I made model answers for each experiment under CORMS (Change, Organism, Repeats, Measurement, Same).
5. I found making flowcharts for sequential processes (like atherosclerosis, eutrophication, breathing, mitosis) to be very helpful
6. It's a good idea to test your knowledge regularly. Search 'Active Recall' up on YouTube. I think it is the best long-term revision strategy for a subject like Biology.
7. Don't be too alarmed if you get a bad grade in mocks or past papers. I started off getting C/D grades in my assessments and ended up pushing it up to my final grade through hard work