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Help! I'm failing Biology AQA!!

I don't really know how to start? This post? So I'll just get into the gizzards of it; I'm completely flunking every test I do in class. I'm getting 9, 10, maybe 11 (if i'm lucky) out of 50 marks. That's an F. I don't get the content, I struggle to pay attention in class, and I can't drop it!

For revision, I'm trying to use apps like Quizlet and Seneca that make self-quizzing more entertaining than it usually is -- but nothing is sinking in. It feels like I do not have the knowledge to reinforce in the first place. I know a lot of people talk about how Biology isn't a big testbook you can memorise, and is instead a big, connecting spiderweb of information, and maybe if I could think that way it would make more sense? But all of the topics feel completely disjointed and seperate from one another and I can't figure out a way to join them up or visualise it any better (which, admittedly, might be my fault -- I have ASD.)

I feel slow, and stupid, and it feels like all my classmates are way ahead of me and are passing every exam. My mindset no doubt isn't helping here, but I cannot imagine a future where I don't fail Biology. I'm 100% screwed, and I really don't want to be. Does anyone have any resources they found helpful, or some advice they'd like to share?
Reply 1
get a friend or a family member to remember the topics you feel u flopped really badly on, then write those questions and write a flash card of information on them. It might be a spider diagram, but this doesnt need to sink in.
then make that person test you on random question, and if cant remember, get flash card and read the really summarized information, then it will most likely start to sink in Also, doing practice is good, as is using PMT but read the summary notes, then practice questions

I hope this helps and good luck
Original post by feverishhealth
I don't really know how to start? This post? So I'll just get into the gizzards of it; I'm completely flunking every test I do in class. I'm getting 9, 10, maybe 11 (if i'm lucky) out of 50 marks. That's an F. I don't get the content, I struggle to pay attention in class, and I can't drop it!
For revision, I'm trying to use apps like Quizlet and Seneca that make self-quizzing more entertaining than it usually is -- but nothing is sinking in. It feels like I do not have the knowledge to reinforce in the first place. I know a lot of people talk about how Biology isn't a big testbook you can memorise, and is instead a big, connecting spiderweb of information, and maybe if I could think that way it would make more sense? But all of the topics feel completely disjointed and seperate from one another and I can't figure out a way to join them up or visualise it any better (which, admittedly, might be my fault -- I have ASD.)
I feel slow, and stupid, and it feels like all my classmates are way ahead of me and are passing every exam. My mindset no doubt isn't helping here, but I cannot imagine a future where I don't fail Biology. I'm 100% screwed, and I really don't want to be. Does anyone have any resources they found helpful, or some advice they'd like to share?

Hi, I just want to let you know everything will be okay, just have some faith. I'd say try watching Miss Estruch on YouTube and The Ameoba Sisters. Doing exam questions also helps, specially if you are targeting it from the spec. Coming from someone who is struggling with AQA bio, I'd say I understand. Try making mind maps and flashcards to consolidate information. I'd also suggest you speak to your teachers and ask them how they can hep you, they will definitely come up with a few resources. You'll be fine.
Thank you for the recommendations! I will make sure to try them out!!
(edited 1 month ago)
Reply 4
Original post by feverishhealth
Thank you for the recommendations! I will make sure to try them out!!

good luck on exam
dude you are not alone i swear to god!

im in the same boat an im acc tryin but i just dont know where im going wrong and my bio teacher is so useless he wont guide me at all
he says " dont even bother you'll never achieve a B"
like why
honestly i regret this subject so much
i have these AO1 content booklet the biology department writes its basically all the stuff you gotta know with the key words and their definitions etc idk if i will find them in my school teams because they sent em out last year and all our year 12 stuff got deleted when the school got hacked lol but i'll see if i can dig it out from someone in year 1 and try sending them to you
they will help as it wont overwhelm you with the content and you can use them to blurt or even use the teaching method.
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by ArminsOcean
dude you are not alone i swear to god!
im in the same boat an im acc tryin but i just dont know where im going wrong and my bio teacher is so useless he wont guide me at all
he says " dont even bother you'll never achieve a B"
like why
honestly i regret this subject so much
i have these AO1 content booklet the biology department writes its basically all the stuff you gotta know with the key words and their definitions etc idk if i will find them in my school teams because they sent em out last year and all our year 12 stuff got deleted when the school got hacked lol but i'll see if i can dig it out from someone in year 1 and try sending them to you
they will help as it wont overwhelm you with the content and you can use them to blurt or even use the teaching method.
Thank you!!!
Reply 7
Original post by ArminsOcean
dude you are not alone i swear to god!
im in the same boat an im acc tryin but i just dont know where im going wrong and my bio teacher is so useless he wont guide me at all
he says " dont even bother you'll never achieve a B"
like why
honestly i regret this subject so much
i have these AO1 content booklet the biology department writes its basically all the stuff you gotta know with the key words and their definitions etc idk if i will find them in my school teams because they sent em out last year and all our year 12 stuff got deleted when the school got hacked lol but i'll see if i can dig it out from someone in year 1 and try sending them to you
they will help as it wont overwhelm you with the content and you can use them to blurt or even use the teaching method.
Did you find this booklet? I’m struggling and would find it really helpful :smile:
Ty
okay so im not really sure how to send it as its a pdf
ive found a unit 3 booklet but dont know how to send it
Reply 9
Original post by ArminsOcean
okay so im not really sure how to send it as its a pdf
ive found a unit 3 booklet but dont know how to send it

maybe copy and paste the link? pdfs have links right?
Reply 10
Original post by feverishhealth
I don't really know how to start? This post? So I'll just get into the gizzards of it; I'm completely flunking every test I do in class. I'm getting 9, 10, maybe 11 (if i'm lucky) out of 50 marks. That's an F. I don't get the content, I struggle to pay attention in class, and I can't drop it!

For revision, I'm trying to use apps like Quizlet and Seneca that make self-quizzing more entertaining than it usually is -- but nothing is sinking in. It feels like I do not have the knowledge to reinforce in the first place. I know a lot of people talk about how Biology isn't a big testbook you can memorise, and is instead a big, connecting spiderweb of information, and maybe if I could think that way it would make more sense? But all of the topics feel completely disjointed and seperate from one another and I can't figure out a way to join them up or visualise it any better (which, admittedly, might be my fault -- I have ASD.)

I feel slow, and stupid, and it feels like all my classmates are way ahead of me and are passing every exam. My mindset no doubt isn't helping here, but I cannot imagine a future where I don't fail Biology. I'm 100% screwed, and I really don't want to be. Does anyone have any resources they found helpful, or some advice they'd like to share?


Hi, im also doing AQA biology! There’s a lot to get through and I really recommend watching Miss Estruch or Biology with Olivia on YouTube! There’s also good notes on study mind!
Original post by feverishhealth
I don't really know how to start? This post? So I'll just get into the gizzards of it; I'm completely flunking every test I do in class. I'm getting 9, 10, maybe 11 (if i'm lucky) out of 50 marks. That's an F. I don't get the content, I struggle to pay attention in class, and I can't drop it!
For revision, I'm trying to use apps like Quizlet and Seneca that make self-quizzing more entertaining than it usually is -- but nothing is sinking in. It feels like I do not have the knowledge to reinforce in the first place. I know a lot of people talk about how Biology isn't a big testbook you can memorise, and is instead a big, connecting spiderweb of information, and maybe if I could think that way it would make more sense? But all of the topics feel completely disjointed and seperate from one another and I can't figure out a way to join them up or visualise it any better (which, admittedly, might be my fault -- I have ASD.)
I feel slow, and stupid, and it feels like all my classmates are way ahead of me and are passing every exam. My mindset no doubt isn't helping here, but I cannot imagine a future where I don't fail Biology. I'm 100% screwed, and I really don't want to be. Does anyone have any resources they found helpful, or some advice they'd like to share?

unit 1
file:///C:/Users/haari/Downloads/Unit%201%20AO1%20Summaries%20.pdf

unit 2
file:///C:/Users/haari/Downloads/Unit%202-%20AO1%20Summaries.pdf

unit 3
file:///C:/Users/haari/Downloads/Unit%203%20AO1%20Summaries.pdf
Original post by feverishhealth
I don't really know how to start? This post? So I'll just get into the gizzards of it; I'm completely flunking every test I do in class. I'm getting 9, 10, maybe 11 (if i'm lucky) out of 50 marks. That's an F. I don't get the content, I struggle to pay attention in class, and I can't drop it!
For revision, I'm trying to use apps like Quizlet and Seneca that make self-quizzing more entertaining than it usually is -- but nothing is sinking in. It feels like I do not have the knowledge to reinforce in the first place. I know a lot of people talk about how Biology isn't a big testbook you can memorise, and is instead a big, connecting spiderweb of information, and maybe if I could think that way it would make more sense? But all of the topics feel completely disjointed and seperate from one another and I can't figure out a way to join them up or visualise it any better (which, admittedly, might be my fault -- I have ASD.)
I feel slow, and stupid, and it feels like all my classmates are way ahead of me and are passing every exam. My mindset no doubt isn't helping here, but I cannot imagine a future where I don't fail Biology. I'm 100% screwed, and I really don't want to be. Does anyone have any resources they found helpful, or some advice they'd like to share?

i hope the links work and it helps you!
Reply 13
You need to repeatedly try past papers and get familiar with the mark scheme

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