what can i do to get a better grade than a D im resitting? please help!

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tany tips on how u get better grade

Posted Wed 5th December, 2012 @ 22:33 by tinatima

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wat board u doin.. have u tried applyin ur learnin on past papers.. 

obv the way u revised last time for the exam was not the best way for you.. so u need to think about tryin out different strategies..

Answered Thu 6th December, 2012 @ 16:47 by ? Secret - Team GR
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Well the best thing to do is do a practice paper and then look at the subjects you got wrong. This will give you a hint on the topics that you are stuck on. Revise over these topics. I am doing AQA too. You should use these notes: http://www.heckgrammar.co.uk/index.php?p=10312

They cover every unit of biology (A level) and they cover a lot of depth. I found them really useful. The thing I think is best when you are trying to improve your grade is to break the work down into sections. Take it a topic at a time, and spend about 20 to 30 minutes just studying each in detail, writing notes, highlighting etc...You will really understand a lot better if you do this.

Sometimes when I struggle I find if someone else explains it to me, I understand it better. so if you have a friend who gets good grades, ask them to explain to you the bits you do not understand. 

also look at my resources. I have only covered unit 1 so far, but you might find something helpful there.

Hope this helps.

Answered Thu 6th December, 2012 @ 20:26 by Former Member
Edited by Former Member on Thu 6th December, 2012 @ 20:28
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Answered Thu 6th December, 2012 @ 19:15 by tinatima
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im doin OCR cldve helped u more if ur doin the same board..

but even still how did u revise last time for the test ?? do u knw ur weaknesses.. because one thing we all do is pay attention to our strengths and leave the weaknesses.. classic revision mistake..

good luck !

Answered Thu 6th December, 2012 @ 19:56 by ? Secret - Team GR
Edited by ? Secret - Team GR on Thu 6th December, 2012 @ 19:57
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Here is the link to my resources


Answered Thu 6th December, 2012 @ 20:29 by Former Member
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I find that doing past papers helps, and also actively making myself summary notes, because im writing stuff down instead of just reading. you could try mind mapping, that works for some people. you can print past papers off the AQA website

Answered Mon 10th December, 2012 @ 19:29 by Lucy
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Resitting means your getting a second chance and you need to look back at the things that you did wrong for e.g.

Not paying enough attention in class

Not making very good notes about the topic

or not revising enough before the exam

These are some things that may have let yu down but yu can improve by doing more work and asking about something yu dnt understand in class. Also having good notes will really help yu when its time to revise. If yu hve a fone distractin yu try nd not use it or turn it off in class so yu dnt get tempted to answer ur mesgs.Good luck hope i helpd :) 

Answered Sat 15th December, 2012 @ 18:48 by Hoda
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Try revising hard from notes so you knoew it inside out. Also, so pass papers! These realy help. Get others to mark it though! Also, try a few of the quizs online as these are a diffrent revising style and will keep you intrested

Answered Sun 16th December, 2012 @ 10:59 by Saqlain
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I'd go through previous mark schemes. Have a look at answers that come up often and try to learn the mark scheme!

Also, I've found that making a timetable and sticking tby it is pretty useful, as well as mindmapping and sticking notes and definitions around the house!

Answered Thu 20th December, 2012 @ 17:03 by hols_95
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Past papers. Do lots of them and revise the questions in your book over and over again. Perhaps study at least 2 hours a day each. Try to follow a schedule. Every 45 mins take a 15 min. break. Most important thing is the past paper. In every exam there has got to be some questions similar to the past papers.

Study in groups. Sometimes studying in groups help but if you're a chatty type or your classmates are, perhaps it won't be such a good idea. Tutor other students. They learn something, you remember something, it's a win win situation.

Memorizing would be a good idea, if you've got excellent memory. Some ppl just aren't able to memorize that easily. Instead, understanding about the subjects and being able to explain them to other people may help them remember. :D Here's a good site for any of you guys who need study tips. http://calnewport.com/blog/

Answered Fri 21st December, 2012 @ 19:31 by Rosa
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Make sure you know exactly what can come up in the exam. 

Look at the specification, which should be on the AQA website. Then make a checklist out of it; once you know the topics tick them off. 

When you revise, use different techniques:

Mind maps

Revision Cards


Note taking 

I would recommend you highlight aswell if your a visual learner as it will help you to remember the key words.

A week before the exam you HAVE to do all the past papers available. If this is for the new course, I'm aware there are only two papers available (the specimen paper, and january 2012), but just do all of them because the questions are always similar. Just ignore the topics that you aren't going to be tested on. 

Answered Sun 23rd December, 2012 @ 13:33 by Sara