what's the most effective way to revise biology as?

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Can you give me any tips?

Posted Wed 17th October, 2012 @ 11:48 by nura kambi

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Looking at the mark schemes is by far the most important thing if you want to get a good grade in the exam. When you don't understand something find a related question in a past paper and look at the mark scheme. This ensures that what you learn is exactly what the examiners are looking for. 

Although this is a key revision technique, don't rely on it! You never know what's going to come up so make sure you read around the topic as well as focusing on the key concepts and ideas. 

Good luck in your exam :) 

Answered Wed 17th October, 2012 @ 17:57 by Former Member
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At the moment, I'm answering questions in student books after reading over the topic. I'm going to do mindmaps on each topic too, and I'm making cards for the organelles because even though that's only going to be a few marks, you have to be really precise with the information.

I think reading through revision guides and writing down the facts and keep going over them is one of the best ways to try and retain the information, for me anyway.

Nearer to the exams you could make questions and get friends to do the same, then you ask each other so you're not always stuck reading out of a book by yourself.

Hope this helps!

Answered Mon 22nd October, 2012 @ 13:55 by Joanne
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make mindmaps of the key processes, and label structures,. also hand in essays to your biology teacher, and put all that you know on thet topic on the essays. So that any gaps can be clarified by your teacher when he/she marks it. And do loads of past practice papers, and remember the mark scheme answers as they are often what is required in the main exam.

hope that helps, Debz :)

Answered Wed 17th October, 2012 @ 13:33 by Debz*
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past papers, mark schemes, examiner's report. What i'm doing is making notes on a topic, making sure i understand it, answering summary questions, and making mind maps without the book, and then checking what i've missed, and learning that too. atm i'm getting Cs not finished revising, on my way to a B. good luck.

Answered Tue 11th December, 2012 @ 14:39 by lalalala
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I agree with Dan, I think that you should do loads of past questions and papers and look specifically at the wording on the mark scheme

Answered Fri 26th October, 2012 @ 17:47 by Amba
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Agree with above about the past papers. Questions which seem quite 'absract' come up and sometimes it is quite difficult to actually understand what the question is on about. Last year in my AS Biology i just did past paper after past paper and ended up repeating a lot of them.

Also, check out http://www.bozemanscience.com/science-videos/  He makes videos for biology which i find quite useful. Not into great depth, but simplifies things well. :)

Answered Fri 26th October, 2012 @ 19:04 by JessicaB
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Usually you can find similar trends in the way you answer exam questions by looking at the mark scheme. There are certain key words or phases which I highlight that are essential to get good marks in each question eg: enzymes are specific to the substrate and form enzyme-substrate complexes. 

Then, I condense key terms and ideas onto revision cards but you also need to know your topics inside out because questions can be wordy and out-of-context. For this I do A3 summary sheets.

Hope this helps!

Answered Sat 1st December, 2012 @ 22:46 by Katie Smith
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I like to make my own notes in lots of colours and then try out exam questions. It might be helpful to learn some things parrot fashion, like the course of infection and transmission of TB if you're doing biology and disease (unit 1 aqa), good luck!!

Answered Tue 1st January, 2013 @ 17:43 by Lucy Carr
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I agree with all of the above past papers and practice questions are definitely key. Don't forget to read though revision guides as you get closer to exams and have finished learning all the content. Text books are often long winded and include unnecessary bits of information that they'll never test you on.

The content in AS biology is definitely ALOT (sorry to say its even more in A2!) It can sometimes feel over-whelming so PLEASE definitely print off the specification from your exam boards website! It will include all the area they may test you on. Highlight the topics you fully understand and make mind maps/revision card for the ones you don't. Keep referring back to the Spec to make sure you've covered everything that you NEED to know.
Happy Revising!!

Answered Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 17:48 by Renaye
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Anybody got the revision guide for AS Biology? Like, online? :/

Answered Sun 10th February, 2013 @ 12:33 by Pariwash Anwer