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Best way of revising for an A*?
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From someone who got their grades up from D/E and sometimes even U to A/A*
- Don't waste time rewriting notes
- Make flashcards for all the mechanisms and practice them RELIGIOUSLY
- Use pre-made flashcards from quizlet on specific chapters to test your recall
- Make sure you know all the specific equations such as the contact process
- Do as many past paper questions as you can. this is seriously the best way to get your grades up
- I found the CGP revision guides really useful, aswell as Eliot Rintoul on youtube.
- do loads and loads and loads of practice question i know i already said it but it is so important
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I found that my life got easier by actually understanding topics (I used chemguide) and not objectively trying to cram.
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(Original post by choopydooduts)
From someone who got their grades up from D/E and sometimes even U to A/A*
- Don't waste time rewriting notes
- Make flashcards for all the mechanisms and practice them RELIGIOUSLY
- Use pre-made flashcards from quizlet on specific chapters to test your recall
- Make sure you know all the specific equations such as the contact process
- Do as many past paper questions as you can. this is seriously the best way to get your grades up
- I found the CGP revision guides really useful, aswell as Eliot Rintoul on youtube.
- do loads and loads and loads of practice question i know i already said it but it is so important
why should you not rewrite your notes, i find that often we miss out things in class and by rewriting notes it helps the information stay in my brainas well as ensuring everything i need to know, i know
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Best way of revising for an A*?
Notes?
Hi there.

I personally made clear, concise and easy to understand notes and then did as many past papers as possible. I added to my notes via post it notes for Qs I dropped lots of marks on/ for content I didn't include.

Best wishes.
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Hi there.

I personally made clear, concise and easy to understand notes and then did as many past papers as possible. I added to my notes via post it notes for Qs I dropped lots of marks on/ for content I didn't include.

Best wishes.
ah okay, smart. im assuming you got your past papers from pmt? or is there anywhere else you can suggest?
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ah okay, smart. im assuming you got your past papers from pmt? or is there anywhere else you can suggest?
MME has some old version past papers which you could just use for practice.

Also Chemrevise notes provide a great overall summary of the whole specification and practicals if you decide not to do notes.
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Hi there.

I personally made clear, concise and easy to understand notes and then did as many past papers as possible. I added to my notes via post it notes for Qs I dropped lots of marks on/ for content I didn't include.

Best wishes.
Are you able to share these notes if u still have them? Thank you
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Are you able to share these notes if u still have them? Thank you
I'm not sure where they are exactly - in all honesty. I think it'd be better to make your own notes anyways as you can understand it all yourself, even though it will be hard work, and note making is a form of revision although the info only stays in your short term memory (hence the past papers).

I can always try and find them if you still want them - I just need some time to do so.
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why should you not rewrite your notes, i find that often we miss out things in class and by rewriting notes it helps the information stay in my brainas well as ensuring everything i need to know, i know
it's honestly a waste of time in my opinion. if it works for you that's great, but i really don't think it is that effective for most people
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it's honestly a waste of time in my opinion. if it works for you that's great, but i really don't think it is that effective for most people
That's true - everyone learns in their own time and has different methods of revising which are more suitable to them. I do feel that past papers are a great resource to support revision regardless of the individuals learning style though.
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completely agree. especially with science a levels, after a while you just learn the format of every question and its mark scheme. you're pretty much guaranteed to do well if you do that
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