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I'm in year 12 with my mocks coming up in a couple of weeks.. i'm struggling to find effective ways of revising so that i don't spend too much time on one topic considering how many topics there are to revise for. if anyone has any revision methods that have been effective for you please let me know! (particularly for biology, chemistry, psychology (all AQA))
Original post by njkwde
I'm in year 12 with my mocks coming up in a couple of weeks.. i'm struggling to find effective ways of revising so that i don't spend too much time on one topic considering how many topics there are to revise for. if anyone has any revision methods that have been effective for you please let me know! (particularly for biology, chemistry, psychology (all AQA))

Hi! I'm a year 13 student studying A-level Psychology (AQA). I feel like everyone studies at their own pace and has their own methods but I'm happy to share some tips that I currently use to revise/ find helpful. If you're worried about spending too much time on one topic I would suggest making a revision plan, even if it is just planning what you will revise for the next day. This will help distribute time between all subjects too. In terms of effective revision, I feel like reading the notes yourself and then blurting works best for me, I use PMT and read a sub-chapter or two on a chosen topic, e.g. memory and once I feel confident I know what the content is I blurt ( i go on a blank google docs page with no notes and write up everything I remember) and then go over the bits you missed or got wrong again- I don't think this is a very lengthy revision method but I find it effective! Then after a while go through online flashcards to consolidate and memorise the content. Once you're happy with the topic go through some exam questions to ensure you know how to apply the knowledge you have learned. That's basically all I do for Psych, how do you currently revise?
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Original post by Faizachaudry
Hi! I'm a year 13 student studying A-level Psychology (AQA). I feel like everyone studies at their own pace and has their own methods but I'm happy to share some tips that I currently use to revise/ find helpful. If you're worried about spending too much time on one topic I would suggest making a revision plan, even if it is just planning what you will revise for the next day. This will help distribute time between all subjects too. In terms of effective revision, I feel like reading the notes yourself and then blurting works best for me, I use PMT and read a sub-chapter or two on a chosen topic, e.g. memory and once I feel confident I know what the content is I blurt ( i go on a blank google docs page with no notes and write up everything I remember) and then go over the bits you missed or got wrong again- I don't think this is a very lengthy revision method but I find it effective! Then after a while go through online flashcards to consolidate and memorise the content. Once you're happy with the topic go through some exam questions to ensure you know how to apply the knowledge you have learned. That's basically all I do for Psych, how do you currently revise?


thanks that seems helpful!!
right now i watch recap videos on youtube (like psych boost for psychology) and make notes, especially for things i might have not know before. then i do the practice questions in the textbook i have them again cover stuff i was confused on in the questions - then i move on to actual exam questions. i think it works well for biology but psychology not so much 😔
Original post by njkwde
thanks that seems helpful!!
right now i watch recap videos on youtube (like psych boost for psychology) and make notes, especially for things i might have not know before. then i do the practice questions in the textbook i have them again cover stuff i was confused on in the questions - then i move on to actual exam questions. i think it works well for biology but psychology not so much 😔

Oh I seeee, I think I understand your problem. I’ve tried using videos for Psychology and did not find it as effective as notes. I think videos work muchh better with science based subjects (e.g. Biology) like you said. I do think psych boost might work when ur consolidating but I would try the notes blurting method and see if it works! Also whatever revision method you’re using make sure to memorise the key terms that will be in the mark scheme of exams to gain marks!
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Original post by njkwde
I'm in year 12 with my mocks coming up in a couple of weeks.. i'm struggling to find effective ways of revising so that i don't spend too much time on one topic considering how many topics there are to revise for. if anyone has any revision methods that have been effective for you please let me know! (particularly for biology, chemistry, psychology (all AQA))

Hey @njkwde how are you? :smile:

To help with spending time on each topic equally, I'd say to create a study plan and allocate certain time slots for each, just so then you're not last-minute cramming and you can ensure all topics are covered in detail then. I always enjoyed creating flashcards when I was revising, I used Quizlet a lot as it made it so much more fun in terms of memorising content for exams.

I also used to revise during bus journeys, walking to school etc, just finding time where I'm not doing anything and putting it to good use. I'd always record myself reading through notes as well, and then put my earphones in and listen to it like a podcast whilst I was out and about, just to help with memorising content, and also it made it easier when I was walking to school as I wouldn't need to be reading from a text book whilst walking.

Do you prefer typing notes up online or writing them out? You could try using OneNote to stay organised as it lets you have different notebooks for different courses, sections for each class, pages for different topics etc.

Good luck with your mocks!! You've totally got this :smile:

Becky

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