101 Revision activities for A Level Chemistry

If I cover everything that’s in this textbook, will I get an A* in my exam?

To be fair on my students, this is something I tend to hear more from students lower down the school and less from students at A Level. At A Level, you know that exam practice is a huge part of exam success – but is it the only part?

In my experience with students, exam practice is extremely useful but you need to start off making sure you’ve covered the course thoroughly. To do this, a lot of students turn to their chapter checklists and revision guides to make notes. But this is time consuming and, more importantly, it doesn’t prepare your brain very well for synoptic content.

Random retrieval practice is a great way to revise

Retrieval practice can be a multiple choice quiz, flashcards or any exercise that makes you try to bring to mind something you’ve previously learned, without notes, to check your understanding. It is not the same as formal exam question practice, which is much more about practising the application of your knowledge to exam conditions. Making retrieval practice random makes it harder as your brain isn’t already ‘pre-prepared’ for the content you’re going to revise – but this is a good thing as it forces you to make stronger links between different topic areas.

101 revision activities – ready to go!

It’s not easy to test yourself randomly – you know what’s coming! So, on the link below you can download my free list of 101 revision activities for A Level (year 13) chemistry. Below is also my list for AS Level in case you didn’t already download it – you can combine the lists to make sure you cover the whole course.

How to use the list:

You could work down the list sequentially, but it’s better to do it randomly. There are lots of ways to generate random numbers – most digital assistants, web browsers and calculators have this function.

The important thing is not to cheat yourself – you need to do these revision tasks from memory before checking your notes to see if you’ve missed anything. If you can’t do it, then go back over your notes and make yourself a mind map or flashcard(s) on the topic – but do not tick ‘done’. Leave the box unticked so you can go back to it and test yourself properly the next time it comes up.

If you look it up in your notes and still don’t know how to complete the task, tick the ‘need to ask’ box and ask your chemistry teacher, tutor or someone else who knows what they’re talking about. Again, make notes on it but do not tick ‘done’ until you have had a chance to test yourself again from memory.

The tasks are meant to be relatively easy to check, but if you’re not sure then ask your teacher – this is also a great way for you to get more comfortable doing this as it’s probably something your teacher really wants you to do! If you’re really stuck you can email me: claire@ckchemistry.co.uk or message me on FaceBook or Instagram.

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Claire Costello-Kelly

Claire Costello-Kelly

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