At the moment many of you are unexpectedly studying at home. If that applies to you, I have something that will help: A-level Chemistry workbooks for self-study.
These workbooks are for the AQA AS and A-level specification and they will solve the problem of ‘I know I need to make notes but I don’t really know what I need to make notes on and now I’ve copied the text book out and I still can’t answer the exam questions.’
The workbooks are designed for you to complete as you work through your text books. They’ll tell you what you need to make notes on and teach you some of the skills you need to answer exam questions that relate to the topic covered in the workbook.
You’ll also be instructed to make notes on things that you won’t find in the text book. This is either to get you to practice applying your knowledge, or to make sure you have notes on things that may come up on the exam but aren’t in the text book.
I’ve designed these workbooks so that you won’t be able to just passively make notes without having a clue what you’ve written. This means that you might find them challenging to complete, but they’ll push you beyond the basics, which is what you need if you want a decent grade.
You can’t hire someone to do your pushups for youJim Rohn
☝️ This quote explains why I think you need a workbook rather than a completed set of notes. While it can help to look at notes made by another student to make sure you’re on the right lines, I think you need to make your own notes to really learn the content.
I often find that students learn the content without really understanding what any of it means. This will cause you huge problems at A-level because the questions require you to use your knowledge, rather than just parrot the content back at the examiner. You won’t be able to do this if you don’t understand it. Making your own notes won’t avoid this problem completely, but it will at least force you to engage with the material, and think about what’s important (as long as you don’t just copy the book out).