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    (Original post by toxik_apple)
    Haha I think we all got D's in the specimen :cool:

    HA!!! I remember, ,,,, malaria?
    or was that an A2 spec question? i did those as well without realising lol.

    i think there was malaria question aswell
    but i ace those questions

    ..i lived in a malaria endemic region for 14 years, i should know much more about it than my classmates
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    I did biology, chemistry and geography at A Level, and found biology was probably the easiest! In my school, the majority of students doing biology got A's - a higher proportion than for other subjects. I suppose it depends on the person though; biology is the most 'descriptive' science, so if you're more of an arts person overall, biology's likely to be the science best suited to you.
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    I found it quite hard in parts but really straightforward in others. The hardest part by far (I did edexcel) was learning about dna bases, translation, transcription - seriously it took me days of revisio n to get my head around that and then in the actual exam, it didn't even come up! so frustrating.
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    I found biology the hardest of my A levels but I had rubbish teachers for it. It was literally just putting up slides on an overhead projector, all in her handwriting, reading them out loud with us copying them down. Ugh.

    I have just done the first year of the biology degree at Bristol (as that's what you do for animal behaviour and welfare in the first year) and it was well taught, but you do need a good memory. It's just remembering lots, especially processes, and I found that difficult.
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    The content itself isn't that hard, but the exams they give are so random that you end up getting **** grades. (I do salters edexcel).
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    (Original post by geek1233)
    I am going to be studying my A-levels in September and would like some advice about the subjects i'm taking! I want to take Eng Lit,History,Biology and phycology but when ever tell someone i'm thinking of taking biology they say it'll be a bad mistake as it's so hard! Is it really that bad?? xx
    it entirely depends on what you think your strengths are. English Lit you have to be prepared for A LOT of essay writing, but if you have good texts its fine.

    Psychology you have to have a good memory in order to get the high grades as basically it is just memorising things.

    Biology, personally I think it depends on your exam board. I did AQA A and it was interesting and easy at AS. At A2 tho I found it incredibly dull with the most ridiculously stupid questions where the answers werent actually anything to do with the question eg. A person has been injected with a glucose solution, why does there blood glucose increase?:facepalm:
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    It's not conceptually difficult, but it has a lot of content. If you have a rubbish memory like me you might find it difficult, but as long as you familiarise yourself with the mark schemes you'll be fine. It's definitely a worthwhile subject though, and although I found it difficult I really enjoyed it (especially the field trip!) which is probably why I was able to pass, but you already have History and English Lit which are quite heavy going subjects so be prepared to put the work in.
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    English Lit is a very good course. History is very hard. Plus we had a s**t course content. I had decided to do Biology, but when it came to just didn't think I could do it. I think it all about the content of the course you do.

    English Lit was very good.
    For AS we did;
    The Modern Novel - "Spies" by Michael Frayn
    Texts in Context - "The Miller's Tale" by Chauncer & "All My Sons" by Arthur Miller
    Shakespeare (our coursework) - "The Tempest" by Shakespeare

    For A2 we had;
    Texts in Time - "Lyrical Ballards" by Wordsworth and Coleridge and "Hamlet" by Shakespeare
    Reading for Meaning - War in Literature, or more specifically World War One
    Coursework (by no means easy) - "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen & "A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth.

    You can check out what you will be doing in English Lit and other courses on the exam boards website...
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    (Original post by geek1233)
    I am going to be studying my A-levels in September and would like some advice about the subjects i'm taking! I want to take Eng Lit,History,Biology and phycology but when ever tell someone i'm thinking of taking biology they say it'll be a bad mistake as it's so hard! Is it really that bad?? xx
    English Literature was one of my best, well actually the best A Level I did it's brilliant, if you love expressing your own ideas passionately, waffling and reading then its the subject for you.
    Biology A Level is actually not that difficult if you have the right resources and enjoy it. I loved it which makes it a whole lot easier, there are a few topics which you may find harder than others though.
    With Biology the best advice I can give you is

    A) Make sure that you have text books for you exam board ( AQA, EDEXCEL, OCR etc as well as extra reading text books ( just a couple)

    B) Attempt as many PAST PAPERS as possible don't leave it till you have covered the syllubus. Look at the way the answers are worded, they usually have key words they want.

    C)ORGANISE your notes, sort them into units and topics

    D)Go over what you have learnt that day in the lesson at home and if you don't understand anything look it up and ask your teacher

    E)Revise as you go along, make flash cards so that when it comes to the lead up to the exams you have notes to revise from and aren't wasting time making them.

    F)Try not to put things off like homework it will all pile up in the end (nothing worse than feeling snowed under).

    If I'd have known and followed all of this advice before I started A Levels it would have made life easier, I would probably have picked up a few extra marks to get an A last year.

    Good luck and enjoy. The hardest A Level would have to be Chemistry
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    Just requires an infinite memory, which sadly I did not have. Mmmm, straight C's.
    The one thing it IS is incredibly boring.
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    (Original post by geek1233)
    I am going to be studying my A-levels in September and would like some advice about the subjects i'm taking! I want to take Eng Lit,History,Biology and phycology but when ever tell someone i'm thinking of taking biology they say it'll be a bad mistake as it's so hard! Is it really that bad?? xx
    Erm no. Learn it and you're set.
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    It's not that hard but it's really, really boring. But a lot of people like it.
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    I like the more humany things like antibiotics etc but when it's all to do with ecosystems it's so annoying! I hate itttttt. but there are some topics that will be more interesting than others and hopefully the a level will get more interesting though the first module was tedious and the second one; well all I remember revising was deforestation :p:
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    It's generally considered to be the easiest out of all the science A-levels. But apparently there is a hell of a lot of material to remember, and, as it's mind numbingly boring (in the eyes of many) it can be quite difficult from what I gather.
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    (Original post by eulerwaswrong)
    biology is easy. Much easier than the other sciences - its more remembering than understanding (relative to the other sciences)

    vry easy but still probably the hardest out of your options
    Surely then you can't say it is easier as some people are better at understanding and others at remembering?

    I had it as a 5th A2 but dropped it later on as it wasn't part of my offer and I hate memorising textbooks...
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    There's a lot of bulk learning.

    Chemistry doesn't involve so much learning but it's more than facts and keywords in chemistry, it's knowing how to do sequenced tasks and respond to unfamiliar situations.

    However, out of Biology and Chemistry, I'd definately say Biology taught me more. I think Biology is just a much more diverse subject than Chemistry.
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    (Original post by illy123)
    Surely then you can't say it is easier as some people are better at understanding and others at remembering?

    I had it as a 5th A2 but dropped it later on as it wasn't part of my offer and I hate memorising textbooks...
    yea i agree - im better at understanding concepts and applying concepts. But still the actual content for biology is easy just there is a lot of it. So i might prefer further maths even though further maths is harder, because i find the subject as a whole easier but that doesnt take away from the fact that the actual content in biology is easy
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    Content is no harder than any other subject. There is a hell of a lot of it though - in my experience that's generally what people dislike about it.
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    (Original post by PygmyShrew)
    I found biology the hardest of my A levels but I had rubbish teachers for it. It was literally just putting up slides on an overhead projector, all in her handwriting, reading them out loud with us copying them down. Ugh.

    I have just done the first year of the biology degree at Bristol (as that's what you do for animal behaviour and welfare in the first year) and it was well taught, but you do need a good memory. It's just remembering lots, especially processes, and I found that difficult.
    oh my god that describes my AS biology lessons to a tea! I had **** teachers but my gcse's ones were much better.
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    If you have a good memory, you will have no problem with Biology.
 
 
 

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