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how can I actually get an A/A* in ocr a chemistry?

I'm a Y12 student doing ocr a chemistry and I just can't get an a in any of my assessments. No matter how hard I try I just make stupid mistakes, the grade boundaries are insane as well I just don't know how I can get an almost perfect score.
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Spend Christmas going back over coursework - slowly and methodically, don't move on to the next bit until you really feel confident with each topic. Its also worth doing something like this Mooc (free short online Uni course) - its fun, but relevant - Exploring Everyday Chemistry - Online Course - FutureLearn
Original post by jasonsworld
I'm a Y12 student doing ocr a chemistry and I just can't get an a in any of my assessments. No matter how hard I try I just make stupid mistakes, the grade boundaries are insane as well I just don't know how I can get an almost perfect score.

As above, be methodical about how you study and have a system in place that means you don’t end up overworking yourself.

Start by setting yourself realistic goals to achieve each day and work to achieve them. Generally speaking, you should work on the basis that the later in the day, the more tired and easily distracted you will become. This generally means getting the most “boring” and “draining” tasks you set yourself done sooner.

In terms of resources I would recommend for OCR chemistry A:

Studymind is good for various resources: https://studymind.co.uk

Physics and Maths tutor is a must: https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com

MaChemGuy is definitely the best for OCR A chemistry: https://m.youtube.com/user/machemguy

Mr Murray-Green chemistry tutorials is also really good for OCR A: https://www.youtube.com/@mrmurraygreen

This should cover your PAGs for chemistry: https://chemrevise.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/practical-guide-ocr2.pdf

This channel, whilst geared towards AQA, does have some videos tackling OCR A past papers: https://www.youtube.com/@daviesa-levelchemistry1210

Pick a few channels and resources from the above that you find especially helpful to be your dedicated references for when you revisit various topics.

I would also say from my experience A level chemistry, with practice on past papers and marking your answers, it is easy to identify common question types and you may start to identify which points you need to start including in your written answers.
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