British767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 22 Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1039 times:
It's that time of the year again, where the whole of June is spent doing exams (A-Levels, AS Levels and GCSEs), and then the next 2 months worrying about the results! So for all those doing exams this year, how are youdoing so far? How is revision going? Also, what do you do to revise? I'm interested to see what people do to revise for exams.
Revision for me...all I can say is, I'm getting there. I seem to have pages and pages of notes, after copying stuff out god knows how many times!! It seems to work though, it seems to help me remember the layout of certain things (I do Accounting and need to remember various layouts of random stuff).
FLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1027 times:
I'm about to take my second year exams for my Maths degree. I'm the most worried and stressed, to the point of feeling sick and not eating properly, that I've ever been about exams in my life. The stuff we have to do is so hard, and I'm seriously contemplating what will happen if I'm not here next year. If I am, I'll have only just scraped through.
All I do to revise is just go to the Silent Reading Room in the library all day. It's just a case of going through my lecture notes and learning and understanding theorems, proofs and example questions. Unfortunately, this doesn't work as well as A-Level because there's so much more hard learning to do, and a lot of what I have doesn't make sense, where as at A-Level maths everything seemed to make sense one way or another. The week before the exam, I'll start doing past papers and see how I go on.
The major problem is lack of time. I've already had 3 exams for which I revised over Easter, two of which went terribly. I have six more, starting three weeks tomorrow. The revision for them is so hard, and requires about 3 times the amount of time I have available to be able to do it properly.
Mhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 27 Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1014 times:
I've been revising for months, and am sick to death of it. I find it difficult just to sot down and read a biology or geography book, and my mind just wanders. I almost feel incapable of revising any more!
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FLVILLA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 394 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1009 times:
Well tis my AS's next week and I start of with my Critical Thinking exam on the 25th, kind of a doss subject like General Studies that they make everyone take. I actually miss half the lessons all year because of a certain responsibility I have to do, but I got an B+ for my January exam in it so was quite pleased especially compared to those who do the full amount of lessons and got less. There's not much that you can really revise for, its just how you think and analyse a certain scenario.
Next it's IT, I do the Double-Award so it's two A-levels and that same course time respectively. Again not something you can really revise for as its project based, you just take in your completed project and circle work and tick boxes for an hour . It's a really good course and I have a great teacher, really great guy and I do think it makes all the difference having a good teacher who everyone gets on with. It's a shame as there not doing the course for next years AS, it seems all the pilarva that was in the newspapers over the last couple of months have made the exam boards change all of the syllabus for next year.
Then we come to Environmental Science, finally something I can revise for. I love the course, you learn alot and its really interesting but it kinda puts you off to know that it's practically impossible to get an A, if you get a C, you have done VERY well ! Luckily my main Science teacher has spent literally hour and hours making the entire course split up into powerpoints, usually one or two for each unit and a kind of 'Key Terms' note sheet and then popped them all on a CD for us. That and about every single past exam paper in the last 7 years as well lol.
Next one is Business Studies, once again very kind teacher has placed alot of the course onto CD for revision and a completely seperate CD for the Case study.
And that's it for me, one piece of revision advice we were given by our science teachers was to do 15 minutes twice a day 'little as often', doesn't sound like much I know but there really is sooo much to cover that if you cram you will completely forget it. I've started to do some revision but not as much I probably should have done, but I generally find that having a nice lump sum everyday from now on and doing it in quite a relaxed way is quite good.
Well good luck everyone who is doing exams !
I hope in life i can work to live, not live to work
Brettbrett21 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 436 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 996 times:
Oooops I havent really started yet!
Got my AS exams coming up and need to revise my arse off especially for physics. Luckily I got an A in the January exam and in my coursework so hopefully this will even out my uber-poor marks that im bound to get in the Particle physics/quantum phenomena and current electricity papers.
Not really bothered about Psychology and Law, they were only subjects I was kinda interested in (and no long am!).
FLVILLA: At your college does everyone do critical thinking? At mine its only the super-smart people??
I find making revision notes and going over past papers is the best way to revise, with lots of breaks every 20 mins or so.
British767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 22 Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 987 times:
'Tis interesting to see how people are revising, thanks for the replies so far.
Here is what is happening in each subject for me:
Accounting - I am getting there slowly. I got a D grade at AS but am optimistic this time round, and am hoping to get it up to a B at A-Level. It's a difficult subject...with only 64% of people passing at AS! Finding motivation to sit down and copy out the layouts all the time can be a challenge in itself, it can (and does) get so boring!!
Business Studies - Am really quite worried about the dreaded BUS6! My mocks so far have come out with a U and a D, in that order. I guess it'll get better. I am re-sitting BUS1 and BUS3 this time round. Revision for BUS6 is nearly impossible. The mark scheme is so crap that it's more about technique than what you know! Was really glad to get the coursework out of the way, it took a huge weight off my mind!!
General Studes - My uni offer says "Excludes General Studies", and yet I am still forced to do it!! I am in a class of 1. I really couldn't give a crap about it, and so I'm not gonna be revising for it at all.
German - Am having trouble remembering everything I need to remember (vocab mainly), but other than that it seems to be going OK. I have my speaking exam tomorrow, and am dreading it! Like Business, I am glad that the coursework is done with!
I can't wait until the end of the last exam...the feeling of freedom will be fantastic!!
Brettbrett21 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 436 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 979 times:
Does anyone else do Key skills?
I'm forced to do Key skills communications level 3 and IT level 2.
Its a complete waste of time and I haven't even been to the lessons in about a month.
How important are these for university or just in general, is it worth putting the effort in to complete the rubbish work??
Mhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 27 Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 971 times:
Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 6):
What makes it worse is that I go on holiday the day the exam results come back!
Me too - I'll be in Kuala Lumpur. Shame really, but my dads work made it impossible to avoid such a schedule.
Got my A2s - sick of revision (see above!)
Business - no problem, 1 exam only and I'm a grade B so far
Geography - 3 exams, hoping for a human geography bias as I'm good at it. Physical I'm rubbish at - I failed my physical AS, and so thats on for resit, as well as a decision making exercise and one I need human questions for. I'm currently a high C based on marks so far thanks to good marks in other modules, so an A isn't out of reach.
General Studies - I'm good at arguing a point and current affairs knowledge - our lessons for General studies at school are nothing to do with the exam itself (we've been watching Coen Brothers films in my set ). Onl;y problem is my school forces me to take a French general studies exam - I've not done French since GCSE!!!
Finally, the stickler, Biology! I'm awful at this subject, with a D overall at AS, but I failed the christmas A2 module, and I'm on course to do the same this year - I cannot take it in!
So hopefully 3 good results and 1 expected bad one!
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Lewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3552 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 895 times:
My exams started today (university) and I finish on the 4th of June. Today's exam was harder than I expected. As for revision, started about a month ago and will not finish until the exams do unfortunately, although today I'll probably chill.
British767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 22 Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 843 times:
Well, I had my first exam today....German speaking. I had to say an introduction to my topic for a minute, and then debate with the teacher for another 14 minutes. I think it went OK, I was so nervous and kept st st stuttering. I guess I'l just have to wait until August 18th to find out how I did.
A340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4104 posts, RR: 52 Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 841 times:
The Hell year, known as GCSE, where everything you've learnt over the past 10 years crams together in the space of a month or so. Had my french oral, that went ok, got Media this Friday on TV Advertising before they all kick off properly next week.
I don't really want to drop below a B at anything, and unless anything goes drastically wrong, I should manage it. Revisions fine, though I get a bit snappy and very short fused, so KEEP AWAY
Good luck everyone, and i wish you all the best of luck,
Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11494 posts, RR: 62 Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 821 times:
A levels are now creeping up towards me, I do Art, Product Design and Geography, I dropped my fourth subject History because I got fed up it.
I took my 15 hour Art exam a few weeks ago, I drew a skyscape taken from an aircraft which went OK but I didn't like the subject much.
Product Design; handed all the coursework and my project in 9 days ago, coursework was great but I lost a few marks because my product was not finished (full scale educational model of a jet engine) a tad ambitious you could say although it still got me an A grade. Ahead of me I have two exams in this subject, one of which is going to be easy - we have 3 hours to come up with a solution to a design problem, but we are given the problem and the questions we are going to be asked 6 weeks before the exam.
Geography is the only subject I am going to revise for, have been putting in at least an hour every day so far and will do more as I get nearer the exams, got about 4 in total. Just before my exams I am going over to see my Grandparents in Menorca, Spain for a week so I can chill out, then as soon as they are finished I shall go back out and spend the rest of the summer with them.
Good luck to everybody taking exams,
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