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I need help guys I feel unmotivated this summer I got an e for chemistry and d for biology can someone help me with revising or like tips do you thing I can get a b next exams the begging 13 am starting proper revision now I’ve been revising briefly this summer but now proper in schedule and my exams on October please help me
Try these:

- looking over past assessments and redoing questions
- Looking at past papers from your chosen exam board, could also try looking at the sort of questions the other exam boards have done and attempt those too (they'll be somewhat similar anyway)
- Look at guides on how to answer questions (structure of answer, what sort of things to include etc)
- Watching videos via youtube and other websites on the tricky subjects can be helpful
- highlighting and making flashcards on some of the resources you already have
- Read ahead on some of the topics you'll be learning in yr 13, sounds a bit random but at least it'll be easier to understand and learn from them.
- I find that looking at things relevant to the subject e.g. documentaries and research pieces help me understand a subject better and makes me more curious about it.
- You could also try looking at other websites for resources e.g. get revising

In regards to motivation, I find that listening to lofi music helps me focus better - think of all this revising as an investment for your future; I hope you do well!

Good Luck :smile:
Thank you so much
Do you think am late for starting revision now like proper my exams in October









Thank you so much do you think I am late revising now



Original post by Bean_cat
Try these:

- looking over past assessments and redoing questions
- Looking at past papers from your chosen exam board, could also try looking at the sort of questions the other exam boards have done and attempt those too (they'll be somewhat similar anyway)
- Look at guides on how to answer questions (structure of answer, what sort of things to include etc)
- Watching videos via youtube and other websites on the tricky subjects can be helpful
- highlighting and making flashcards on some of the resources you already have
- Read ahead on some of the topics you'll be learning in yr 13, sounds a bit random but at least it'll be easier to understand and learn from them.
- I find that looking at things relevant to the subject e.g. documentaries and research pieces help me understand a subject better and makes me more curious about it.
- You could also try looking at other websites for resources e.g. get revising

In regards to motivation, I find that listening to lofi music helps me focus better - think of all this revising as an investment for your future; I hope you do well!

Good Luck :smile:
I didn’t do biology (soz can’t help much with that), but I did A level chemistry and am awaiting results (I’m predicted an A*).

@StudyMind (a resource I really recommend) and @5hyl33n (a user who has a plethora of amazing advice) may be worth talking to.

I can recommend some resources that may be of use for chemistry (and possibly biology)

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


Also, @Bean_cat is 100% correct in the advice they have given, so I need not give any further advice.
Original post by TypicalNerd
I didn’t do biology (soz can’t help much with that), but I did A level chemistry and am awaiting results (I’m predicted an A*).

@StudyMind (a resource I really recommend) and @5hyl33n (a user who has a plethora of amazing advice) may be worth talking to.

I can recommend some resources that may be of use for chemistry (and possibly biology)

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


Also, @Bean_cat is 100% correct in the advice they have given, so I need not give any further advice.


Thank you so much
Original post by laraaaaaaa.ox
Do you think am late for starting revision now like proper my exams in October









Thank you so much do you think I am late revising now


Whilst I’m not who you intended to respond, I’d say it’s not too late. You have about 2 months until your exams in October.

It’s not about pushing yourself to work ridiculously hard. You need to work at a pace where you can ensure you’ll actually understand what you are trying to learn.

Banging out the revision for a number of consecutive hours is likely to drain and demotivate you more. You should really be taking 30 minute breaks between relatively short bursts of studying (i.e by relatively short, I mean something like 45 mins to 1 hour 30 minutes) and having a snack and drink in said 30 minute interval.

Of course, the only real exception to this general rule is when you are trying a past paper under exam conditions. In a real exam, you won’t be given breaks.
Original post by laraaaaaaa.ox
Do you think am late for starting revision now like proper my exams in October









Thank you so much do you think I am late revising now

I don't think it's too late, you still have a good amount of time until your exam. I was in a similar situation when I did my A levels back in 2020, my grades were messed with because of covid and I had slightly over a month to revise a subject I had been graded poorly on, it was really stressful and I managed to get a decent pass. Hopefully if you put the time and effort in now you'll be able to do really well. :smile: Try not to feel discouraged with the grades you currently have, when you're doing an exam those grades wont matter. I hope you do well and I wish you the best of luck, you can do it! :biggrin:
Original post by Bean_cat
I don't think it's too late, you still have a good amount of time until your exam. I was in a similar situation when I did my A levels back in 2020, my grades were messed with because of covid and I had slightly over a month to revise a subject I had been graded poorly on, it was really stressful and I managed to get a decent pass. Hopefully if you put the time and effort in now you'll be able to do really well. :smile: Try not to feel discouraged with the grades you currently have, when you're doing an exam those grades wont matter. I hope you do well and I wish you the best of luck, you can do it! :biggrin:

Thank you so much
Original post by TypicalNerd
Whilst I’m not who you intended to respond, I’d say it’s not too late. You have about 2 months until your exams in October.

It’s not about pushing yourself to work ridiculously hard. You need to work at a pace where you can ensure you’ll actually understand what you are trying to learn.

Banging out the revision for a number of consecutive hours is likely to drain and demotivate you more. You should really be taking 30 minute breaks between relatively short bursts of studying (i.e by relatively short, I mean something like 45 mins to 1 hour 30 minutes) and having a snack and drink in said 30 minute interval.

Of course, the only real exception to this general rule is when you are trying a past paper under exam conditions. In a real exam, you won’t be given breaks.

Thank you
Original post by laraaaaaaa.ox
I need help guys I feel unmotivated this summer I got an e for chemistry and d for biology can someone help me with revising or like tips do you thing I can get a b next exams the begging 13 am starting proper revision now I’ve been revising briefly this summer but now proper in schedule and my exams on October please help me

Heya! Thank you for tagging us @TypicalNerd! I've done bio and chem a-levels. They are both complex subjects and you need to understand the material rather than try to memorise it. To begin with, have a timetable and schedule your revision times e.g. Monday 2hrs biology, etc. Make sure to do additional research on both subjects, you can simply do that by watching vids on YouTube (I've linked a channel that goes over chem and bio-a-levels) or just simply googling definitions and making sure you understand it.

Practice makes perfect! Aim to do lots of past papers for both subjects and have someone critically mark them and give you feedback on what went wrong/ what you should've done! Study Mind website offers lots of free past papers :smile: identify your weakest topic and start with that. For motivation what helps me is having breaks between revision sessions, doing 1 hr power revision then rest for 20min, then 1 hr revision again and 20min break, etc.


Hope this helps and good luck!
Milena G.
UCL PFE
Study Mind
Original post by StudyMind
Heya! Thank you for tagging us @TypicalNerd! I've done bio and chem a-levels. They are both complex subjects and you need to understand the material rather than try to memorise it. To begin with, have a timetable and schedule your revision times e.g. Monday 2hrs biology, etc. Make sure to do additional research on both subjects, you can simply do that by watching vids on YouTube (I've linked a channel that goes over chem and bio-a-levels) or just simply googling definitions and making sure you understand it.

Practice makes perfect! Aim to do lots of past papers for both subjects and have someone critically mark them and give you feedback on what went wrong/ what you should've done! Study Mind website offers lots of free past papers :smile: identify your weakest topic and start with that. For motivation what helps me is having breaks between revision sessions, doing 1 hr power revision then rest for 20min, then 1 hr revision again and 20min break, etc.


Hope this helps and good luck!
Milena G.
UCL PFE
Study Mind


Thank you so much
Original post by TypicalNerd
Whilst I’m not who you intended to respond, I’d say it’s not too late. You have about 2 months until your exams in October.

It’s not about pushing yourself to work ridiculously hard. You need to work at a pace where you can ensure you’ll actually understand what you are trying to learn.

Banging out the revision for a number of consecutive hours is likely to drain and demotivate you more. You should really be taking 30 minute breaks between relatively short bursts of studying (i.e by relatively short, I mean something like 45 mins to 1 hour 30 minutes) and having a snack and drink in said 30 minute interval.

Of course, the only real exception to this general rule is when you are trying a past paper under exam conditions. In a real exam, you won’t be given breaks.


How did you revise for Chemistry please in terms of learning content?and structuring your revision
I’m not doing the same subjects but I feel the exact same as you
Original post by anon25x
How did you revise for Chemistry please in terms of learning content?and structuring your revision

I self-taught A level chemistry all the way back in year 9, so my memory may not recall every fine detail.

I started off by looking at the specification to get an idea of how the course was structured and what sorts of things I had to know. I’d start with what I guessed was the easier stuff, then work my way upwards with the difficulty.

I’d use a range of resources to read up on a chosen topic and would answer questions on said topic to ensure I was understanding it. I used a range of resources to ensure that if one source contained an error/mistake, I could identify it and make sure it didn’t confuse me later down the line.

I’d then find someone less familiar with the topic and attempt to explain it to them in the simplest terms possible, without removing any important details or key terminology. If I could do this successfully, it would imply that I understood the topic and would be capable of constructing explanations as required in an exam scenario. To avoid complacency, I’d make sure I did regular practice of mixed topics (even the ones I felt I knew really well) and would take note of where I lost marks to ensure I could avoid repeating mistakes. If not, I’d have to refine my explanation and try again. This would mean re-reading the same notes to ensure I hadn’t misunderstood something.

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