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I need to improve my chemistry grades; I want to do medicine

I’m in year 12 and I want to do medicine.
I’m currently getting D’s and E’s in chemistry, despite getting a 9 at GCSE.
I really, really need to improve my grades in order to get at least a predicted A in chemistry.”, any tips on how I could do this??
I am studying AQA chemistry
Please help!!!!
(edited 3 months ago)
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Original post by Swa235
I’m in year 12 and I want to do medicine.
I’m currently getting D’s and E’s in chemistry, despite getting a 9 at GCSE.
I really, really need to improve my grades in order to get at least a predicted A in chemistry.”, any tips on how I could do this??
I am studying AQA chemistry
Please help!!!!
Hi @Swa235,

A simple yet overlooked tip I have for you is to refer back to your specification points, it specifically states everything you need to know. If it's not written there then you don't need to know it. You can use your specification as a checklist, this allows you to keep track of the topics you have covered. The spec points also include definitions learn and formulas that you need to know. Definitely memorise these definitions as they are easy marks.

Another tip is to not neglect your maths and practical skills, as there is literally an entire section dedicated to these two areas. Ensure you are comfortable using the formulas listed in the spec points. Once you become familiar with the maths, they often become quite repetitive and easy to do- lots of practice questions will secure you those marks in the exam. In terms of practicals, it's important to pay attention to the details- how equipment is set up, which chemicals are used and at which order etc... You might also be expected to draw diagrams of the experiment.

Lastly, I think reading the examiner's report would be very helpful. Oftentimes explanations are provided beside each question so it can be more helpful than the mark scheme, which just gives you the answer. You can read them to see what common mistakes are often made and how you can avoid them.

Hope this helps,
Danish
BCU Student Rep
Reply 3
Original post by BCU Student Rep
Hi @Swa235,
A simple yet overlooked tip I have for you is to refer back to your specification points, it specifically states everything you need to know. If it's not written there then you don't need to know it. You can use your specification as a checklist, this allows you to keep track of the topics you have covered. The spec points also include definitions learn and formulas that you need to know. Definitely memorise these definitions as they are easy marks.
Another tip is to not neglect your maths and practical skills, as there is literally an entire section dedicated to these two areas. Ensure you are comfortable using the formulas listed in the spec points. Once you become familiar with the maths, they often become quite repetitive and easy to do- lots of practice questions will secure you those marks in the exam. In terms of practicals, it's important to pay attention to the details- how equipment is set up, which chemicals are used and at which order etc... You might also be expected to draw diagrams of the experiment.
Lastly, I think reading the examiner's report would be very helpful. Oftentimes explanations are provided beside each question so it can be more helpful than the mark scheme, which just gives you the answer. You can read them to see what common mistakes are often made and how you can avoid them.
Hope this helps,
Danish
BCU Student Rep
Ok thank you so much, the specification tip was a really useful one, I’ve never heard of it before; gonna try it out today!!

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