GCSE Support Thread 2013

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wolvesarerunning Thu 18-Apr-13 16:33:19

I've been waiting for someone to start this (was on the 2012 thread last year and am unlucky enough to have dc 18 months apart in consecutive school years!) Please join me to support and share the angst with only four weeks to go now to the first written exam.

Kez100 Thu 18-Apr-13 16:50:59

Hiya! I was on 2012 thread too. My son doesn't have the full caboodle this year as he is year 10 but he is sitting Maths and Core Science early and will complete his BTEC Creative Media course. He is severely dyslexic, but clever, so his results will be a worry but I hope he revises well and does his best.

KatyMac Thu 18-Apr-13 16:52:50

DD is only doing 3 this year - Geography, Spanish & Music

We've just had a forecast of D,D & B - so I'm a bit hmm atm

wolvesarerunning Thu 18-Apr-13 17:01:28

Nice to share the worry. DS is doing 11 GCSE's (state comp) DD did 10 last year but DS has further maths as well (they used to do this in Y10 which I think would be better it's now going to be his very last exam by which time I guess he will be less than fresh) DD has four AS so all fun in our house!

Kez100 Thu 18-Apr-13 18:40:08

Oh my, that is a lot!

My GCSE 2012 DD has done a Level 3 Diploma, so she gets her results as she goes along, which works out termly for her and means we aren't sitting on any results for her this year other than those for this summer term.

KatyMac you should see my foster daughter's predictions hmm

DFD is only doing 7, but after missing the best part of this year of school due to various issues. School tried to persuade her to try for the full 10 plus numerous BTECs she was originally doing, I put my foot down on that one.

Admittedly she has been working really ridiculously hard over easter, but it's quite late in the day when you've missed almost all of year 11. She was given the option of redoing everything next year, but she refused because she doesn't want to be a year behind. I can see her resitting at least some of them next year to be honest, we'll have to wait and see.

RaspberryLemonPavlova Fri 19-Apr-13 00:13:24

DS1 is Y10 and sitting Eng. Lit. and Maths this year. He is my oldest DC so it is a new experience for our family

creamteas Fri 19-Apr-13 00:25:14

DD has 8 GCSEs (Eng Lang, Maths, 3x science, Geog, French, RE and just handed in her coursework for ICT Nat Diploma.

Maths, Sciences and Geog should be ok and predicted A-C. She has some good module results banked already in Sciences and Geog as well (Maths is linear).

But the others are a real struggle. She has ASD and really struggles with anything other than literal interpretation of facts. Also, she has a scribe usually but can't have one in French so I'm not sure that anyone will be able to read a word she says anyway.

KatyMac Fri 19-Apr-13 08:24:17

She took a BTEC last year & got distinction*........but I'm very worried

Then next year she has 6 GCSE's (assuming 2 Science - but that hasn't been decided yet) and 2 Btecs

So that is 9 GCSE's & 3 Btecs in total.......

Did I mention I was worried?

notfluffy Fri 19-Apr-13 09:04:18

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creamteas Fri 19-Apr-13 10:50:08

notfluffy I'm with you on the problem of RE. My DC simply cannot comprehend why anyone would hold such 'irrational' beliefs. Unfortunately we didn't have a lot of choice over this subject.

The RE papers are before half-term, and when we drew up a revision timetable, this subject is virtually non-existent. It will be touch and go for DD to get the grades she needs in subjects that are important to her (the magic C in English and the B's needed in subjects she was to do at A level). So we decided that the potential of making a C grade in RE needed to be sacrificed for the greater good grin

happygardening Fri 19-Apr-13 11:16:39

For all of you worried about maths I just want to give you some hope. My DS is was I don't know completely rubbish at maths. As far as he's concerned numbers are just marks on a piece of paper quantity time size means nothing to him. I've spent years threatening bribing cajoling even begging him no improvement. I've got shares in maths tutors some who've just given up. Last September he was predicted an E. Then after Xmas everything changed (I dont know what has happened if I did I'd bottle it and sell it) although at the insistence of the ed.psych he was moved into a higher maths class, at the parent teacher meeting his teacher said he'd get a C in the foundation paper this spring and he's been entered into the higher paper this summer and predicted a B!?
Good luck to all our DC's and especially those who struggle with a particular subject my DS is living proof that it is possible to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

mumslife Fri 19-Apr-13 12:12:35

11 gcse to do here in all Already got a B in core science and a B in Maths yesterday( really pleased as week subject for her) Then she has english lit englishlan RE textiles additional science chem physics and biology and geography and history to do starting to panic now. Has done part of her re which she got a B and part of her geography also a B Be glad when its all over

mumslife Fri 19-Apr-13 12:13:25

oh also did art but dont know grade yet ict as well which we have been told she has an a on but thats only verbally

Bati Fri 19-Apr-13 12:28:44

Can I join, my household is going to be full of stress next month. Ds is in year 11 and has maths unit 3, 2x french, additional science, history, r.e , english lang and lit, drama.
My dd1 is year 10 she is doing liniar maths this yr which consists of 2 exams and all her core science so biology, physics and chemistry. She has Autism and is predicted C's in both, they have put her into higher teer exams much to our disaprovement as we know she will easily get the C in foundation but quite easily end up with alot lower grade in higher. School are currently ignoring our concerns.
Then with have dd2 yr6 sitting her sats, including the level 6 papers.
Roll on the middle of june when it is all over

circular Fri 19-Apr-13 13:32:01

Yr11 DD, 9 GCSEs plus ICT and BTEC Sport in all.
Already has Eng Lang B (yr10), Maths A (yesterday).
ICT finished and provisionally an A. Btec Sport nearly done.
Physic(a*) s, Chemistry(a) & Biology(a) Unit 1s done last year, and a Geography unit(b).
So left to go is French, Eng Lit, Music all before half-term, and the final units for Bilolggy, geography, Chemistry & Physics after half term.

Put like that, doesnt sound too bad.
Good luck to all

Shanghaidiva Fri 19-Apr-13 14:08:27

DS is in year 8 and taking IGCSE mandarin. Exams are in May so starting to get a bit stressed now.

Inncogneetow Sat 20-Apr-13 07:50:22

Can I join please?

ds1 does a very traditional route, so has almost all his exams at the end. (He hasn't done modules: though he has done controlled assessments in most subjects.)

He's only doing 9.5, so has "only" 17 exams; starting three weeks' on Tuesday!

He's studying hard and revising effectively, and is allegedly on track for hs very high targets. Fingers crossed.

MrsBartlet Sat 20-Apr-13 08:31:38

Y11 DD here too going 11 gcses (although art is finished - hurrah!) She worked really hard over the Easter holidays, went back to school on Monday and then came down with a sickness bug on Monday night and missed most of this week - aaargh! I am trying not to let her see my panic that she only has 3 weeks left as she still doesn't feel well.

prettydaisies Sat 20-Apr-13 11:24:50

DS doing GCSEs this year. All of his are also only examined at the end of Y11 so lots of exams for him. Was here last year as DD in Y12 now. So also have AS exams as well as A Level maths because she has done the whole course in Y12.
Fun and games here!

AtiaoftheJulii Sat 20-Apr-13 16:08:57

With 4 kids I worked out that at least one of them will have summer exams every year until 2021. (Assuming Gove doesn't go completely berserk.)

Dd2, y10, has done two maths modules, and has the third unit, plus Eng Lang and Core Science. She's hard-working but gets stressed.

Dd1, y11, has all her gcse's to do (grammar school - all linear). The product design project is in, the drama performance is next week ... I'm trying to ensure she does something every day as she's far too laid back about everything for my liking!

MsAverage Sat 20-Apr-13 17:32:36

Creamteas, my DD also struggled with compulsory RE. We had a long conversation, where we compared RE with a Assassin Creed or Twilight or Harry Potter or any other imaginary universe. It is not a problem that you have three-in-one deity or dragons as long as the events within that universe are logical and not contradictory to the conventions taken. And from that point we had a gigantic corpus of Christian literature to explain and justify anything in the Bible, that's really helpful.

DS is away on a study weekend with school, it's really happening isn't it?

webwiz Sat 20-Apr-13 17:44:56

DS is my third and thankfully final one through the exam system. He's taking 11 GCSEs and an ICT thing but English Language is done and Drama will be done soon. He swings better completely stressed and completely laid back but with no middle ground hmm

creamteas Sat 20-Apr-13 19:30:58

MsAverage interesting suggestion thanks.

I'm not sure it would work for us as DD has ASD, so she doesn't really do any form of fiction either!

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