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How To Revise Chemistry A-Level: 6 Tips To Nail It!


How to revise chemistry A-Level? You wonder as you panic about your upcoming exam. You want to get that A, but you’re not sure how. 

It’s no secret that Chemistry is notoriously difficult to revise. Given that there’s so much information to remember. Plus, you have to figure out formulas and how and when to use them. 

Hence, we ensure our chemistry summer course students have access to academic workshops. To help them solidify study skills that will help them succeed all the way to higher education. 

We’ve also gathered practical revision strategies in this article. If you incorporate these tips into your student life, you’ll feel more assured about acing A-Level Chemistry!

How To Revise A-Level Chemistry

What are the unbeatable tips on how to revise Chemistry A-Level? Check out the following:

1. Make Use of Past Papers

One of the best ways to prepare for your A-Level Chemistry exams is to practise using past papers. So get familiar with all the past papers you can get your hands on.

By doing this, you will get a feel for the types of questions that are likely to come up in the exam. Helping you practise ahead of time. 

Remember, it’s not enough for you to know the answer. (Or how to answer, for that matter. Given that many Chemistry questions involve problem-solving.)

The key is to answer as many questions correctly within a given time frame. If you have no idea what to expect, you’ll likely be staring at the exam paper in disbelief. Caught off-guard, having little clue as to how to proceed.

But if you maximise past papers, you’ll have a more accurate expectation. And you’ll feel more confident breezing through the exam paper if you practise beforehand. 

2. Practise the Maths in Chemistry!

To nail A-level Chemistry, you need to pay attention to the Maths involved. How else are you going to solve those tricky calculations?

Start by understanding the Chemistry concept behind the formula. Then understand how the concept works through Maths. After all, isn’t Mathematics the language of Science?

After grasping the connection between the concept and the formula, take your learning a step further. How? By practising the following:

  • Converting units
  • Solving Chemistry/Maths problems (e.g. calculating atomic mass)
  • Interpreting graphs and diagrams

The goal is to make problem-solving feel second nature to you. Once you read the question, you know exactly what you need to do. The more confident you are with the Maths behind Chemistry, the better you will be at solving problems during the exam.

3. Stay Organised and Look Ahead

The best way to keep on top of all your revision is to organise and look ahead. How do you do this? Start by creating a table or chart containing topics you need to cover for your A-Level Chemistry exams.

There are a number of reasons why this is a crucial step.

  • Chemistry concepts are interconnected. If you don’t understand basic atoms, you certainly won’t get what chemical bonding is all about.
  • By knowing what’s ahead, you’ll feel more grounded. If you know you’ll eventually encounter states of matter, why you have to learn chemical bonding will start to make more sense.
  • When you feel lost in the middle of the course, looking where you’re at in the table or chart will help you determine which topic needs revisiting. It’ll help you better understand the current topic.
  • If you have time, read ahead and learn at your own pace. So when lectures come, you can better follow what the professor is talking about.

You can also treat the chart as your Table of Contents. Where are your notes regarding atoms and molecules? Note it down. Having everything “gathered” in one place makes revising A-Level Chemistry way easier. 

So you won’t have to scramble around searching for your notes each time!

4. Create a Master List of Definitions and Formulas

Remember how topics in A-Level Chemistry progress from previous ones? As you advance, each concept and equation becomes more complex. To better track the progression, create a master list containing the definitions and formulas.

Add to the list as you go along to ensure no information gets left behind. Helping you jog your memory when you look back.

Also, writing it down helps you understand the concepts better. Why? Because you’ll be forced to think about what each element means. As opposed to passively reading about them in a textbook.

Actively writing and rewriting formulas can also help with problem-solving as you become more accustomed to the different variables in the equation. Remember to note what each variable stands for and what they mean.

Just by glancing at the formulas within your master list, you can answer these two questions:

  • What does this mean?
  • How do I use this equation?

Imagine how easier studying becomes with this strategy!

5. Use Flash Cards To Quiz Yourself!

Want to further solidify your recall of Chemistry concepts? How about creating flashcards to quiz yourself!

Flashcards are a great way to gauge how well you remember the material. Plus, they make learning more fun and engaging. How so? By adding spontaneity. With a shuffle here and there, you’ll have no idea which concept will come up next.

Here’s what we mean.

By now, you have your master list of concepts and formulas, yes? Use it as a reference when creating your flash cards. The key is to write the question on one side and jot down the answer on the other. So you’ll get a question when you pick a random card. 

Try answering it. Then, turn it around. Did you get the answer right?

Why is spontaneity an excellent way to test your recall and understanding? Because reading notes and textbooks sometimes engage your photographic memory more than your actual understanding. All this will help you hit those a-level requirements for chemistry and get you into the university of your choice.

You may recall a formula or concept simply by how it was positioned on paper rather than actually understanding what it means. So by using flashcards, you solidify your knowledge with efficiency and fun!

6. Why Not Study with Friends?

If you find it boring to study alone, why not try studying with friends? We all learn differently. Some prefer to read in the quiet of their own room. But if this is not you, perhaps you’d prefer learning by interacting with your peers.

There are many studying strategies you can try out with your study buddies.

One is to teach each other. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn when you teach a concept! And you can more easily see the gaps in your understanding. Because as you listen to yourself explain, you’ll notice when you make sense…or not.

Also, it’s easy to see how you performed based on your buddy’s reaction. 

Another fun revision strategy is to quiz each other! For added stakes, you can set up consequences for the person with the lowest score.

Who said revision can’t be fun? By studying with friends, you’ll have more accountability to stick to your revision schedule. 

There you have it! Six practical revision strategies to help you ace A-Level Chemistry. Check out the best-ranked UK universities for Chemistry to motivate you to study!


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