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any tips for getting A*s in bio (ocr), chem (ocr), maths (edexcel)?

averaging B in bio, C in chem and C in maths
Original post by set1xoxo
any tips for getting A*s in bio (ocr), chem (ocr), maths (edexcel)?
averaging B in bio, C in chem and C in maths
i can't speak for any of your subjects, but generally be consistent with your revision and make sure that you know what to do each day
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Original post by emm4nuella
i can't speak for any of your subjects, but generally be consistent with your revision and make sure that you know what to do each day
yeah thank youuu i do need some discipline icl
Original post by set1xoxo
yeah thank youuu i do need some discipline icl
i am wishing you the best of luck - you can do this :biggrin:
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Original post by emm4nuella
i am wishing you the best of luck - you can do this :biggrin:
thank you so much means a lot!!
Original post by set1xoxo
yeah thank youuu i do need some discipline icl
good luck!
Original post by set1xoxo
any tips for getting A*s in bio (ocr), chem (ocr), maths (edexcel)?
averaging B in bio, C in chem and C in maths
I cannot speak directly for your subjects, however techniques such as past papers are normally a good place to start to try and tackle problem topics. Also, there are plenty of YouTubers such as Dr De Bruins Classroom and freesciencelessons to help you out as well as website such as Mathsgenie and Cognito.
Feel free to come and join TSR Study groups for your subjects:
Biology - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7394785
Chemistry - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7393054
Maths - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7394791
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Original post by erin11
good luck!

thank youuu!!
Reply 8
Original post by erin11
I cannot speak directly for your subjects, however techniques such as past papers are normally a good place to start to try and tackle problem topics. Also, there are plenty of YouTubers such as Dr De Bruins Classroom and freesciencelessons to help you out as well as website such as Mathsgenie and Cognito.
Feel free to come and join TSR Study groups for your subjects:
Biology - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7394785
Chemistry - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7393054
Maths - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7394791

ahhh you’re amazing appreciate thisss!
Original post by set1xoxo
any tips for getting A*s in bio (ocr), chem (ocr), maths (edexcel)?
averaging B in bio, C in chem and C in maths

Similar results averaging b’s on all my three subjects - bio, chem and psych :frown:
Let me know if you find something useful
Good luck with your exams!
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Original post by AspiringSurvivor
Similar results averaging b’s on all my three subjects - bio, chem and psych :frown:
Let me know if you find something useful
Good luck with your exams!
oh noo omg😭
icl atp i think best we can do is have hope in ourselves, im assuming u know the content so maybe for bio/chem my teacher suggested to analyse examiner report and take note of the small details they always look out for hopefully that can make the difference between the B and A/A*. my issue rn is im so behind on content so im stuck between learning stuff or starting papersss.
thank you tho likewise i hope u do really well!!
Original post by set1xoxo
any tips for getting A*s in bio (ocr), chem (ocr), maths (edexcel)?
averaging B in bio, C in chem and C in maths

Hi! I'm taking I'm also taking my maths a-level this year with edexcel ( predicted an A*) and my main revision is just past papers; I know a lot of people might say this but they are normally right. I don't mean you have to sit in test condition and time yourself, take full advantage of the mark scheme. Sometimes I do a paper with the mark scheme in front of me if I'm struggling so I know the right direction I should be heading in. I think from what I've heard (and experienced) most people don't know what to do/where to start with a lot of exam questions so this can really help tackle that and it can help you identify areas you are really unsure on so you can go back to your textbook/ youtube (I recommend bicen maths). But my biggest advice is use your mark scheme! There is no point in doing a paper and not marking it as marking it is what makes it a valuable revision technique textbook questions can only take you so far.
Good luck you've got this! It'll be worth all your hard work! :smile:
Original post by set1xoxo
oh noo omg😭
icl atp i think best we can do is have hope in ourselves, im assuming u know the content so maybe for bio/chem my teacher suggested to analyse examiner report and take note of the small details they always look out for hopefully that can make the difference between the B and A/A*. my issue rn is im so behind on content so im stuck between learning stuff or starting papersss.
thank you tho likewise i hope u do really well!!

My A2 content for bio is really not the strongest which is my downfall and chem i don’t even know where to start in the mock i got a B but doing past papers myself it was a C - i am considering just doing lots of calculation questions because I don’t know what else to focus on 😭
Original post by set1xoxo
any tips for getting A*s in bio (ocr), chem (ocr), maths (edexcel)?
averaging B in bio, C in chem and C in maths

Hi @set1xoxo,

I can't help with maths, but hopefully my tips for biology and chemistry will help you:

For both biology and chemistry I recommend that you consistently refer back to your specification whenever you're doing any type of revision. A lot of students often overlook their spec points as a revision resource, but it is highly valuable when used effectively. I used my spec points as a guide and checklist for whenever I revised for the bio and chem. Spec points tell you the exact details you need to know for your exam, nothing more and nothing less. Are you thinking of revising/refreshing on the entire syllabus during these two months? If so, you could treat the spec points as a checklist and use it to refine any notes you have made prior.

For biology, it's a lot of memorisation and content heavy whereas I feel as though chemistry is more application-based as compared to biology. Flashcards and topical past papers were my best friend in biology. In biology papers you may notice 6-8 mark questions where you’ll need to write detailed paragraphs with the facts spot-on. These 'big mark' questions usually ask of a particular process, but just by mentioning specific keywords you can easily get the marks you need. I found it extremely useful to write down these processes on a flashcard, and write the answers in memorable bullet points on the back of it. I tried to cover one topic per day, and I used topical past papers to help me with this. Blurting was also an effective technique to help me memorise and retain information for longer.

In terms of chemistry, I struggled a lot with the calculations and inorganic aspect of chemistry more difficult than the organic. Therefore, practicing past papers allowed me to consistently practice calculation questions, once I become familiar with the maths, they often became quite repetitive and easier to do. If you do practice questions and past papers, you'll eventually get the hang of it and easily secure you those marks in the exam.

Hope this helps,
Danish
BCU Student Rep

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