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 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.