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A-levels = Biology, Chemistry & Psychology revision advice wanted

Hi basically I’m hoping to end up doing biology, chemistry & psychology at sixth form for a-levels in September.

However I wanted to get an idea from others who might already do the subjects or people who have already done these subjects at a-levels that how much do I really need to revise for these.

In Yr10 I really messed up with my revision because it took so long to find out what worked for me and it’s bugging me now in Yr11 that I made the mistake and can’t change anything now and I’m worried that I won’t have time to revise everything like I wanted to do so I don’t want to make the same mistake at sixth form too.

So I basically want to ask how much revision do I actually like need to do in a day or a week so I’m prepared to the max for any test that comes my way and any recommendations for revision with these subjects like any websites, videos, notes ect…?
Original post by InayaM.07
Hi basically I’m hoping to end up doing biology, chemistry & psychology at sixth form for a-levels in September.
However I wanted to get an idea from others who might already do the subjects or people who have already done these subjects at a-levels that how much do I really need to revise for these.
In Yr10 I really messed up with my revision because it took so long to find out what worked for me and it’s bugging me now in Yr11 that I made the mistake and can’t change anything now and I’m worried that I won’t have time to revise everything like I wanted to do so I don’t want to make the same mistake at sixth form too.
So I basically want to ask how much revision do I actually like need to do in a day or a week so I’m prepared to the max for any test that comes my way and any recommendations for revision with these subjects like any websites, videos, notes ect…?

Feel this a lot. I too struggled for the right revision techniques in Y10 and Y11 and ended with grades that were good but I knew if I had the right strategies from the beginning I wouldn't have regretted so much. But forget this = new slate. So in A levels I did chem, bio, and maths.

I'm telling you that chem and bio were a breeze for me. In A levels they go in depth into the content you learn in GCSE so gone are the vague explanations. Honestly the concepts are easy to understand. Taking chem and bio together is the dream too. They complement each other and helped me gauge concepts in both subjects better (a lot of chem is in bio and some bio is in chem). You should take revision lightly and it should be something enjoyable. They also slowly build up on your knowledge so you start with the basics again. For eg in chem: Atomic structure, bonding, all the quantitative. For bio: bio mols, cells etc.

I found the revision technique that worked for me too. I did little to no revision in a day/week but I kept updating my notes consistently (a long-term investment imo). For bio I used my given textbook to make concise notes that meet my spec points. For chem I did Edexcel and solely used chemrevise (best notes that meet the spec points). I numbered notes from chemrevise in correlation to the spec point no. I used Allery Chemistry on YT to supplement my learning.

To prep for tests that come your way (usually a week in advance) I used to approach em like this:

Read the concise notes I made and try and understand em = not memorize.

Do all the PPQs (got them from PMT) I can find with that topic's questions

Add mark scheme answers to my notes = you will find that the same questions come up again and again.
Especially for chem = they want specific keywords and may penalize you for the use of the wrong phrase/key term.

Read your notes again.



And yes that is how I revised for my final A level exams too. That's all I did. It was hard initially hard to consistently update my notes though (did not have the motivation to do it), but I think it's important that you want to change from GCSE and really leave the part of your life behind. Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself and to enjoy learning while you can! Hope this helps!
i do exactly this combo and tbh i did alot of work in y12 (eg. made notes/flashcards after every lesson) so that i would not fall behind. as a y13 im so grateful since its much easier to revise. revise well for class tests because they will really help with understanding

my notes are mark scheme answers so its guarateened marks for questioned that come up again and again

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