A- levels were hands down one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my academic life. They were so difficult and require so much work and apparently they are only getting higher. If you are studying A levels at the moment, especially Chemistry, Biology or Physics, I have a guide that will help you achieve As and Bs.
Before getting into those nitty gritty, knowledgeful steps, let me first tell me what you will need.
- Textbooks: I recommend these: Biology (AS and A2,) Chemistry (AS and A2,) and Physics (AS and A2.) These CGP books are amazing and are for every exam board.
- Pens: What else are you going to write with? I really recommend these, as they are great for colour coding your notes.
- Good Quality Paper: you can’t go wrong with a Pukka Pad and these are super cheap.
Now lets get into the steps you should follow when revising to help you get those As.
1) MAKE A TIMETABLE
This is a lifesaver. Make a timateble of what subjects you will revise and on what days. Try sticking to this as it will mean all the subjects are getting the attention they need and also makes sure you get what needs to be done before the due date.
2) TAKE NOTES
Your notes are so important; they are the basis of your revision and can be the difference between a D and an A.
Take notes during your lessons and then when you get home or during study periods take notes from the textbook and cobine the two in a note taking way that’s good for you. Make sure these are very detailed as some scientific topics (such as respiration or photosynthesis) require way more information than what is provided in a one hour lecture. Also make sure they are neat or there is no way you will be able to read them when referring back to them.
3) LEARN YOUR NOTES
This is the longest step to this revision guide. Taking notes is not entirely effective. Once you have super neat and detailed notes you need to LEARN them. You need to learn them in a way that works best for you. For science I find the best ways are:
- reading your notes over and over again
- rewriting them in the same note form or via mind maps
- put all the information on flashcards in teh form of questions (this is great for quickfire chemistry definitions and biological pathways and processes.)
4) RECALL/ TEST YOURSELF
Once you have learnt the material it is time to recall the information by testing that you really know the topic. This is the time to use your flashcards and notes and really question yourself. You can even cover your notes and try to copy them down and check if you have it all correct.
5) PAST PAPERS and MARCH SCHEMES
Once you have tested yourself, it’s time for the examining board to test you. Do ALL of the practice papers and make sure you know how to answer the questions the way the examiners want. With the sciences I have found that it is one thing knowing the content but it is another thing answering it the way they want you to and get marks for it. So do all of the questions, get to know the questions that are repeated and the ones that you think will come up again.
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Well that’s the guide and that’s how you will achieve exam success. I hope you have learned something new and wish you all the best in your exams!