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so I have exams in a few weeks and I study biology, psychology and environmental science. my grades have fluctuated a lot in the past year, I gets D/C for ES, C-A* for psych and C/B for bio, in my last mocks I did awful (got E and D) but I couldn't study due to health issues. now I have my first exam in the middle of may and I need a BBC for uni, is it still possible for me?
atm im not sure how I can fit revision for all my subjects. I currently do 5-6 hours a day (2 hours each subject) but I don't know if that's enough and I need techniques that will help me retain info more
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anika&gt
so I have exams in a few weeks and I study biology, psychology and environmental science. my grades have fluctuated a lot in the past year, I gets D/C for ES, C-A* for psych and C/B for bio, in my last mocks I did awful (got E and D) but I couldn't study due to health issues. now I have my first exam in the middle of may and I need a BBC for uni, is it still possible for me?
atm im not sure how I can fit revision for all my subjects. I currently do 5-6 hours a day (2 hours each subject) but I don't know if that's enough and I need techniques that will help me retain info more


Study as hard as you can and try to help yourself with other aspects such as quality sleep, vitamins for memory and cognition and try to exercise. Im in a similar situation and its really hard however you have to just go head first into it and persevere through it.
anika&gt
so I have exams in a few weeks and I study biology, psychology and environmental science. my grades have fluctuated a lot in the past year, I gets D/C for ES, C-A* for psych and C/B for bio, in my last mocks I did awful (got E and D) but I couldn't study due to health issues. now I have my first exam in the middle of may and I need a BBC for uni, is it still possible for me?
atm im not sure how I can fit revision for all my subjects. I currently do 5-6 hours a day (2 hours each subject) but I don't know if that's enough and I need techniques that will help me retain info more

Hi @anika>

There's still time before your first exams, so you can definitely try to make the necessary improvements to get your required grades.

I think the amount of time you're currently spending on revision is good, so long as you're making the most of your time. Try to make sure your revision sessions are completely focused. No distractions like your phone or sometimes even music can be distracting. You want to make your sessions as beneficial as possible to make the most of your time, so eliminating distractions can help you get in the zone and be more productive. Just remember to still take regular breaks so you can rest and avoid becoming burnt out.

I like revising in short bursts of 30 minutes to 1 hour, then having a 10 minute break and returning to test myself for a further 15/20 minutes, so maybe this is a 2 hour session split you could try. I also like to vary my revision techniques if I'm going to be studying for most of the day to keep my brain from switching off with boredom. I might start with a recap video online of a method or topic. Then I'll spend some time recapping the topic, scribbling everything I can remember down or using some flashcards. I'll then have a break before returning to test myself with some past exam questions.

Your revision doesn't require you to stare at a textbook for hours, but as the above comment suggests, it will take some hard work over the next few weeks to keep you in good stead for your exams. Keep up a healthy routine too with regular breaks and a good sleep schedule can also really help.

Wishing all the best for your exams. 🙂
Emily
Student Rep at BCU
i do environmental science too. the amount of content is ridiculous and its all waffle. pollution/ energy/ atmosphere comes up the most in paper 1 (esp in 25 markers) and agriculture / biodiversity / biosphere comes up a lot in paper 2. so maybe focus on those topics.
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Original post by luccigucci
i do environmental science too. the amount of content is ridiculous and its all waffle. pollution/ energy/ atmosphere comes up the most in paper 1 (esp in 25 markers) and agriculture / biodiversity / biosphere comes up a lot in paper 2. so maybe focus on those topics.

nah bc even the mark schemes for the exams are so harsh😭 pollution and energy r so content heavy too
anika&gt
nah bc even the mark schemes for the exams are so harsh😭 pollution and energy r so content heavy too

theyre awful. pollution is less waffly than energy but god energy is so waffly. also the textbook is garbage. you'd think if aqa was going to waste their time creating such a goddamn awful a level they'd at least create their own textbook with the right amount of content in but no. not to mention the grade statistics are the worst out of every single subject aqa does. its absolutely torturous and i can't wait to get it out my life all its done is bring me grief. good luck i would focus on the other subjects you do more tbh. environmental science is just a whole load of wham. i hope aqa discontinues it for any following years. if you cant tell i dont like this subject very much.
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Original post by anika>
so I have exams in a few weeks and I study biology, psychology and environmental science. my grades have fluctuated a lot in the past year, I gets D/C for ES, C-A* for psych and C/B for bio, in my last mocks I did awful (got E and D) but I couldn't study due to health issues. now I have my first exam in the middle of may and I need a BBC for uni, is it still possible for me?
atm im not sure how I can fit revision for all my subjects. I currently do 5-6 hours a day (2 hours each subject) but I don't know if that's enough and I need techniques that will help me retain info more

A few misconceptions:
- There is no level of "enough" hours of revision, you just do your best and all will be well
- You need BBC for uni, looks like you are usually achieving that at the moment, but the grade boundaries depend hugely on how everyone else in the country performs. Also on results day the university may well accept you even if you slightly miss those grades. "Near miss" offers are very common. :smile:

The more time you spend panicking is the more time you waste now.

Keep yourself well, do your best, sending all my best wishes and if things do go wrong - TSR is here to help figure out the next steps.

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