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How can I get an A/A* in OCR a level chemistry?

Hello I just started year 12 in college and I’ve taken biology, chemistry and psychology. I’m unsure how I can strive towards an A in chemistry so do you have any tips? And any books I should purchase like CGP and which ones or OCR books. Thanks
Original post by JoeDash
Hello I just started year 12 in college and I’ve taken biology, chemistry and psychology. I’m unsure how I can strive towards an A in chemistry so do you have any tips? And any books I should purchase like CGP and which ones or OCR books. Thanks

Hi! I did OCR A chemistry and got an A*. I had the CGP year 1 book (which I hardly used) and the endorsed student book (Which I used the most) so in terms of books I'd say that the OCR endorsed one is sufficient.

In terms of learning overall, I think that it's best to use a multitude of resources, not just the books.
The best YouTube channels, in my opinion, for OCR chemistry are:
Machemguy (He covers practicals as well as the content and does practice question walkthroughs):https://www.youtube.com/user/MaChemGuy
Allerychemistry (normally covers one topic in each Video): https://www.youtube.com/c/AlleryChemistry

In terms of exam prep, I'd say that OCR A questions are fairly nice as they tend to be less applied and more related to what you actually learn; plus have common/repetitive questions. I'd say its best to know the most common questions and learn their model answers.
Another thing is to practice key calculations (more inorganic chemistry) and mechanisms (more organic chemistry)

I also have some more resources linked here:

Chemrevise:https://chemrevise.org/ocr-revision-guides/
Chemguide:https://www.chemguide.co.uk
Google drive with chemistry resources (from me):https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hM7habkcbsDpB3WMQlpwoMpYIj_w_r9v?usp=sharing

I hope this helps! Good luck :smile:
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Original post by Mameh Bockarie
Hi! I did OCR A chemistry and got an A*. I had the CGP year 1 book (which I hardly used) and the endorsed student book (Which I used the most) so in terms of books I'd say that the OCR endorsed one is sufficient.

In terms of learning overall, I think that it's best to use a multitude of resources, not just the books.
The best YouTube channels, in my opinion, for OCR chemistry are:
Machemguy (He covers practicals as well as the content and does practice question walkthroughs):https://www.youtube.com/user/MaChemGuy
Allerychemistry (normally covers one topic in each Video): https://www.youtube.com/c/AlleryChemistry

In terms of exam prep, I'd say that OCR A questions are fairly nice as they tend to be less applied and more related to what you actually learn; plus have common/repetitive questions. I'd say its best to know the most common questions and learn their model answers.
Another thing is to practice key calculations (more inorganic chemistry) and mechanisms (more organic chemistry)

I also have some more resources linked here:

Chemrevise:https://chemrevise.org/ocr-revision-guides/
Chemguide:https://www.chemguide.co.uk
Google drive with chemistry resources (from me):https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hM7habkcbsDpB3WMQlpwoMpYIj_w_r9v?usp=sharing

I hope this helps! Good luck :smile:

thanks a bunch!
Original post by JoeDash
Hello I just started year 12 in college and I’ve taken biology, chemistry and psychology. I’m unsure how I can strive towards an A in chemistry so do you have any tips? And any books I should purchase like CGP and which ones or OCR books. Thanks

Whilst I did Edexcel A level chemistry (I managed an A*), I have seen the materials OCR has published for their chemistry courses (I helped some of my friends who did OCR Chemistry A) and I’m not terribly impressed with the textbooks.

I’d say MaChemGuy, StudyMind (hi @StudyMind), Allery Chemistry and Physics and Maths Tutor are the 4 best resources for OCR Chemistry A.

Having done Edexcel, I know that Pearson’s revision guides are really good and it turns out they’ve even made revision guides for OCR (which funnily enough seem to be better regarded than the books by OCR).

Edit: oops just realised how old this thread was. Hope it means new year 12’s stumble across it though.
(edited 1 year ago)

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