My Thoughts: Chemistry C2 Exam – 25 May 2011


My penultimate exam of this half term was this morning, at 9:00am. Having successfully put Thursday’s fairly disastrous Biology (B2) paper out of my mind, I focussed my weekend of revision on today’s Chemistry exam and Friday’s Physics one.

My main revision strategy is to make a PowerPoint of notes as I go. I then print out all of slides, stick them up around the house (in rooms such as the bathroom, my bedroom, and the living room) for a few days before the exam, and gradually learn them. I actually made fewer slides of notes for Chemistry than Biology; though, to be honest, I perhaps made too many notes for the latter – I couldn’t learn them all and that’s one of the reasons I think the exam went so badly.

But this morning’s C2 exam for me was much better. I managed my time well, left no question undone, and had confidence in the answers I gave.


The reaction from Facebook is again generally positive, with a few people voting for the lower down options, but the majority choosing the ‘Easy’ option.

This paper has seriously boosted my confidence, and put me on a high ahead of my Physics revision. However, I must ensure that I don’t get complaisant; I’ve got to put equal (if not more) revision into the Physics (P2) paper to secure my opportunity to retake the aforementioned Biology one.

I wrote on Friday about my brother’s "it was a dream" moment many years ago. I’m happy to count this paper as my "dream" exam. I don’t want to sound too arrogant; no exam is ‘fun’, but this was – for me – an ideal paper. That said, one’s got to be vigilant of Karma: I don’t want these bold claims to come back and sting me in the face. It is, as ever, just a waiting game to see how my results really turn out.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 20-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. A self-professed "lover of life", he enjoys a busy calendar of activities and engagements. With regular involvement in the Scout Association and his church, he was made Head Boy in his final year at school. After a gap-year spent as a Teaching Assistant at a local junior school, he is now half-way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he swims, reads, and enjoys writing about himself in the third-person.