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How to revise these Highers?

I have been looking over this forum inside and out trying to find tips and tricks on how to revise and I just can't find the answers. Nothing works for me and I'm panicking I won't pass the exam.

The subjects I take are:-

Higher Physics (50% in the prelim)
Higher Maths (52% in the prelim)
Higher Business (for some reason we didn't have a prelim)
Higher Computing (69% in the prelim)
Higher English (50% in the critical reading prelim)

Physics is so content heavy and I never really listened in class because of our teacher - he continually made me feel demotivated and he got a new job the other day and we have been left with cover teachers who don't even teach physics. I can't even attempt any past paper because I start screaming and how much I don't know. There is only one teacher left in the department who is currently off just now due to covid.

Maths is alright, I just don't know how to memorise all the different types of questions. I'm freaking out about it.

Business: this is really content heavy and I managed to get decent scores and I'm predicted an A. The only thing is our teacher told us the exact topics that came up in our tests and all without the case study's so it made it MUCH easier but I don't know if I could manage the exam.

Computing: the practical side of things I'm not so great at and the theory is so hopeless for me. I don't even know how I managed to get a B in the prelim because I'm rubbish at remembering things.

English: this is 100% my worst subject. I get so disheartened when I receive my test scores back. The way english is taught is done so badly - our teacher is most likely to blame. My friend and I both struggle in this class and there are just endless expectations at higher compared to N5 - it's a major step up. I've looked on understanding standards and I go straight into panic mode when I see the amount of detail that is required.

Somehow I managed to get 4 offers for uni and I need ABBB (AB in Physics and Maths) to get into my top university choice. I would really appreciate if someone could give me some tips and tricks? I've tried flashcards, mindmaps, the works.. Nothing seems to work. Thank you for taking your time to read. PM me or whatever is most comfortable :smile:
Hi,



I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling! Before i give you some tips I just want to tell you, don't freak out over prelim results!!! Many teachers will tell you that prelims are purposely designed to be very hard to give people that don't study as a hard a wake up call! You gave passed all your prelims which is a really good thing! Considering nobody really had any proper exams for the past couple of years teachers are really pumping out on tests and making them hard so students can be put at a better position as many S5s like myself are sitting exams for the 1st time!



So don't panic!



I only do English and maths from ur list but i can try and give some relevant tips for others!



For english; practice doing RUAE. There's not much else to say as there's no content that needs to be revised. Make sure you understand how to answer different question types and reading a good newspaper like the Guardian can help with building vocab. If you need specific help with answering questions u can msg me I'll leave my insta for u!(@narax2801) For poetry since the SQA have revealed what poems will show up in the final exam (check march 2022 revision guide if you don't know already) and find other poems that link well with that poem and memorise a few quotations. Even if you don't fully finish the 10 marker doing the commonalities and extract parts gets you 4 marks plus the other 10 marks on the extract poem will get you to 14/20 which is 70%. Make sure you understand your poems and key themes. Watch some youtube vids on them and use bbc bitesize to help you with this. For the essay make essay plans and recycle quotes wherever possible so you don't have to memorise lots of different quotes and write essays in timed conditions and adapt ur plans to the question (again make sure you're fully thorough with your text use youtube if needed). And write a banger folio.



For maths; PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! Use the higher maths website which has countless past papers and questions for each topic and if you do a past paper and get stuck on a question DLB maths on youtube has probably done a video on it explaining it fully! Go attend revision classes, do text book questions, online practice questions! Expose yourself to as many different types of questions and keep doing them so you don't forget the basics. If you're struggling, ask a teacher or friend to help you out



I don't do business myself but it is content heavy from what I have been told make flash cards use bbc bitesize to fully understand concepts ask any other friends who may have done it before know your terms!



Physics is similar to maths and requires a lot of practice.



The best way to crack highers is to do past papers!!! Expose yourself to as many questions as possible!



For science/math subjects past papers and practice questions are mostly what you need and for understanding content flash cards and mindmaps should be used then. In terms of revision questions are what you need.



For essay based/ writing heavy subjects have mindmaps, flash cards where content is summarised well and implement with past papers.



All the best!
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Original post by Nara_shortcake31
Hi,



I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling! Before i give you some tips I just want to tell you, don't freak out over prelim results!!! Many teachers will tell you that prelims are purposely designed to be very hard to give people that don't study as a hard a wake up call! You gave passed all your prelims which is a really good thing! Considering nobody really had any proper exams for the past couple of years teachers are really pumping out on tests and making them hard so students can be put at a better position as many S5s like myself are sitting exams for the 1st time!



So don't panic!



I only do English and maths from ur list but i can try and give some relevant tips for others!



For english; practice doing RUAE. There's not much else to say as there's no content that needs to be revised. Make sure you understand how to answer different question types and reading a good newspaper like the Guardian can help with building vocab. If you need specific help with answering questions u can msg me I'll leave my insta for u!(@narax2801) For poetry since the SQA have revealed what poems will show up in the final exam (check march 2022 revision guide if you don't know already) and find other poems that link well with that poem and memorise a few quotations. Even if you don't fully finish the 10 marker doing the commonalities and extract parts gets you 4 marks plus the other 10 marks on the extract poem will get you to 14/20 which is 70%. Make sure you understand your poems and key themes. Watch some youtube vids on them and use bbc bitesize to help you with this. For the essay make essay plans and recycle quotes wherever possible so you don't have to memorise lots of different quotes and write essays in timed conditions and adapt ur plans to the question (again make sure you're fully thorough with your text use youtube if needed). And write a banger folio.



For maths; PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! Use the higher maths website which has countless past papers and questions for each topic and if you do a past paper and get stuck on a question DLB maths on youtube has probably done a video on it explaining it fully! Go attend revision classes, do text book questions, online practice questions! Expose yourself to as many different types of questions and keep doing them so you don't forget the basics. If you're struggling, ask a teacher or friend to help you out



I don't do business myself but it is content heavy from what I have been told make flash cards use bbc bitesize to fully understand concepts ask any other friends who may have done it before know your terms!



Physics is similar to maths and requires a lot of practice.



The best way to crack highers is to do past papers!!! Expose yourself to as many questions as possible!



For science/math subjects past papers and practice questions are mostly what you need and for understanding content flash cards and mindmaps should be used then. In terms of revision questions are what you need.



For essay based/ writing heavy subjects have mindmaps, flash cards where content is summarised well and implement with past papers.



All the best!

Thanks! I’m also doing poetry for English. I’ll try your methods! :smile:
Hey!

I've sat business at both national 5 and higher level - got A's for both

Honestly for me all I really did was go over as many past papers as I could! Flash cards are your friend when it comes to studying business and just flicking through them whenever you've got the chance. I found myself just constantly reading through the content and seeing if I could remember it by doing past paper questions. I remember at the start I'd do the past paper questions whilst having the notes beside me to get used to the writing style and stuff then with 1 month to go before the exam I'd eventually be able to do it without the notes. But yeah honestly, overall I'd say with business it was just read read read

I also sat higher maths and got an A - What helped me when it came to revising how to do the questions was I got a book and it was my "how to" guide - I'd write down my question and the solution but on the side I'd annotate it explaining to myself how to do it! Any formulas that I needed to remember I'd just write them down on a flashcard to read through.

Hope this helps : )
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Original post by NellyCormack04
Hey!

I've sat business at both national 5 and higher level - got A's for both

Honestly for me all I really did was go over as many past papers as I could! Flash cards are your friend when it comes to studying business and just flicking through them whenever you've got the chance. I found myself just constantly reading through the content and seeing if I could remember it by doing past paper questions. I remember at the start I'd do the past paper questions whilst having the notes beside me to get used to the writing style and stuff then with 1 month to go before the exam I'd eventually be able to do it without the notes. But yeah honestly, overall I'd say with business it was just read read read

I also sat higher maths and got an A - What helped me when it came to revising how to do the questions was I got a book and it was my "how to" guide - I'd write down my question and the solution but on the side I'd annotate it explaining to myself how to do it! Any formulas that I needed to remember I'd just write them down on a flashcard to read through.

Hope this helps : )

Ooh that’s pretty interesting. I haven’t even looked at any business past papers yet although I should since the exam is soon. Thanks for the advice :smile:

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