101 Revision activities for AS Level Chemistry

It’s so easy to get bored and demotivated with chemistry revision, no matter how important you know it is and no matter how much your grade matters to you. One of the biggest problems students find when they’re revising is that they spend all their time trying to get information into their head – and not enough time practising getting it back out again!

If you leap straight from making notes and flashcards to answering past paper questions, you’re missing an important stage – retrieval practice. This is the revision stage where you practice lots of small, ‘low stakes’ quizzes and activities that encourage you to remember important facts and ideas.

Early, Achievable and Often

This is my mantra for how students should start chemistry revision. There is no point jumping straight into full exam papers if you don’t know the content well enough yet – you’re going to waste your time. Instead, start as early as you can with small ways that you can test your knowledge and understanding. By setting aside 10-30 minutes of time each day, it becomes achievable and much less overwhelming. Random tests are the best so that your brain isn’t pre-prepared for any particular topic (see my previous post on synoptic revision).

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 AS Level (year 12) chemistry. (Full A Level list coming very soon!).

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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