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Okay so i'm starting Sixth form in about a month or so and i'm doing Biology, Chemistry and Maths. Any tips or advice for a newbie?
listen in lessons and make sure you know what is going on
it's not that deep if you dont go over content for year 1 if you end up not knowing something it's not that hard to learn yourself by the time it comes to exam season
enjoy your frees
but make sure to take things more seriously around exam season
Reply 2
If you sacrifice on revision for sub topic tests you will have sooo much to catch up on. Treat every test seriously. You can keep building on revision maing revision for exams a lot easier
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Original post by shubsy
If you sacrifice on revision for sub topic tests you will have sooo much to catch up on. Treat every test seriously. You can keep building on revision maing revision for exams a lot easier


For first year you really don't need to be sweating in your free maybe 1 or 2 hours worth of frees a week. lessons tend to be less useful always read up on the topic youre going to study the day before so you understand more of whats going on in the lesson
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Original post by MichelleOtto
Okay so i'm starting Sixth form in about a month or so and i'm doing Biology, Chemistry and Maths. Any tips or advice for a newbie?


dont trust anyone that says take it easy for year 12
do notttt
i did bio and chem
use every free period to get things done first and then relax
try to do homework the day its given so u can get things out the way
take every topic test seriously that way u can have it easier for mocks and big tests

for bio, take notes per lesson using the spec so you know what content u actually need to know vs what is extra since bio is SM content
also there's a cgp book called maths for alevel biology i found it rlly useful im sure there's a free pdf version online or u can ask ur teachers if they have one
when u practice exam qs for bio, write down the wrong answers in ur notes and look at the language in markschemes

for chem
much easier in my opinion
regular notes and practice and do hw to a high standard
don't be afraid to clarify things and email ur teachers too if u don't get something
Thank you so much. Appreciate
Original post by MichelleOtto
Okay so i'm starting Sixth form in about a month or so and i'm doing Biology, Chemistry and Maths. Any tips or advice for a newbie?


Hey @MichelleOtto

I did biology, chemistry, and maths a-level!

If I could go back and do a-levels again I wish I would've written summarised notes when I had end of modules tests! Then, when it was time for my mocks I would've had all my notes partially learnt and already summarised so I would've had a lot less pressure on me!

Also if you don't understand something it's so much easier to spend half an hour learning it that week than ignoring it and building new information on top of something you don't really understand.

Finally I'd recommend to do all the practise questions you can, and with biology make sure you read the mark scheme of the answers because quite often they're really specific on wording so if you learn the important words you lose way fewer marks!

Good luck with sixth-form! :smile:
Rebecca
thank you so muchhh
i did AH maths and honestly i really struggled, having excelled in it in previous years, so my advice would simply be to keep on top of things - my teacher had a habit of taking too long to teach the material and allowing us zero practice time in class, but instead of using my free periods to consolidate my knowledge with practice questions and reviewing my notes, i just said to myself "i'll do it later". every single time! and that's how you rock up to exam season with a D prediction, three weeks to prepare, and zero knowledge in your head. don't make the same mistakes!

realistically, if you like your subjects then you should be fine. i hated maths and shouldn't have taken it, but if i had engaged more in the material on a regular basis and asked for help when i was stuck then it would've been fine lmao. best of luck with your A levels, i think you'll smash it! :smile:
Maybe use the following resources:

General resources:

PMT (notes and topic specific questions): https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com

Study Mind: https://studymind.co.uk

Plutonium science: https://plutoniumscience.com

Chemistry resources:

The Exam Formula (my favoured source of past papers): https://www.theexamformula.co.uk/

Allery Chemistry: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCPtWS4fCi25YHw5SPGdPz0g

Dr Clay (Website): https://drclays-alevelchemistry.com/

Dr Clay (Youtube): https://www.youtube.com/user/DocClay1978?app=desktop

Eliot Rintoul: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCps4gUjfZsu6-b-7mwK41lg

MaChemGuy: https://m.youtube.com/user/machemguy

Mathematics resources:

BicenMaths: https://m.youtube.com/c/BicenMaths

TLmaths: https://m.youtube.com/c/TLMaths/playlists

ExamSolutions (website): https://www.examsolutions.net

Examsolutions (youtube): https://m.youtube.com/user/ExamSolutions

Mathsmadeeasy: https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk


Sorry didn’t do biology, can’t help with that
Utilise the specification for Bio and Chem although its not of much help for maths. Make notes after every topic (and before the topic test if possible). For Physics, I printed out the PMT notes booklet and started writing extra notes on it as well. I'm not sure if that would work for chemistry though. But can I also stress, its not just about organisation!! Consistency is key. Go through your notes for topics that youv'e already done at set times. Other than that, the others have suggested subject-specific revision platforms, take a look at those. Sixth form is such a great experience and I hope you enjoy the process!! Good luck with it all :smile:
Original post by MichelleOtto
Okay so i'm starting Sixth form in about a month or so and i'm doing Biology, Chemistry and Maths. Any tips or advice for a newbie?


Keep on top of your work and don't slack during lessons.
Thank you so much, i really appreciate

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Original post by franklyfruity
i did AH maths and honestly i really struggled, having excelled in it in previous years, so my advice would simply be to keep on top of things - my teacher had a habit of taking too long to teach the material and allowing us zero practice time in class, but instead of using my free periods to consolidate my knowledge with practice questions and reviewing my notes, i just said to myself "i'll do it later". every single time! and that's how you rock up to exam season with a D prediction, three weeks to prepare, and zero knowledge in your head. don't make the same mistakes!

realistically, if you like your subjects then you should be fine. i hated maths and shouldn't have taken it, but if i had engaged more in the material on a regular basis and asked for help when i was stuck then it would've been fine lmao. best of luck with your A levels, i think you'll smash it! :smile:

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