as far as i know...you are required to have an A in every unit...but you need average of 90%+ for A2 units...to actually get the A*...according to my teacher...getting bio A* is harder than to achieve it in chemistry or maths...'cause biology its easy to lose marks for not understanding the ques and blabbing on about on something else as a tangent...the only advice there is to work and revise like hell and hope for the best...
Answered Wed 26th February, 2014 @ 19:23 by Namita
I revised very hard, knew everything but got a D in my mock exam. After that I went through my paper and I found that you of course need knowledge for biology but you need more of exam practise under exam conditions. Try to be harsh when marking your paper or I would suggest you to go to a friend or teacher and ask them to mark it. After this, I did lots of past papers (nearly all of 'em) and got 90-92% for it.
Ive revised all of the knowledge and done past papers but by only knowing the knowledge you can just about scrape an A...
When i do the same past paper again, i only get higher grades because I remember the answers, but this isnt applicable to any other paper or future papers o.O
What can i do to get a better grade :/
& how do you improve your application
First get the latest edition of "Essential AS Biology for OCR" this is your magic key- it has everything you need to know, is very easy to work from and as useful summary tests on each page to check you've learnt what you've just read. Use this as the main source of your revision- do regular small amounts- its easier to keep your focus
Secondly PAST PAPERS i cannot stress this enough. Do plenty or as many as you can find- though given the syllabus is so new this may be limited but why not try some of the old ones if you can find them.
Finally learn the mark schemes- a bit of analysis reveals the same or similar questions come up every few years with almost identical mark schemes so for the extended question (7-8 markers even the 4 markers if you feel you have the time) learn the marking points- its guaranteed marks if you get even one of the questions you've learnt in the exams.
Answered Sat 19th April, 2014 @ 20:45 by Aliya:) Edited by Aliya:) on Sat 19th April, 2014 @ 20:45