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!

notfluffy Sun 21-Apr-13 10:51:02

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MsAverage Mon 22-Apr-13 00:33:29

Notfluffy, anything DD reads/watches/plays, "Hobbit" and LoTR, for example, or the wizards' world of Harry Potter cycle.

Coconutty Mon 22-Apr-13 19:43:19

Is it RE or RS? DS did RS early last year and I spent about 6 weeks non stop revising with him.

KatyMac Mon 22-Apr-13 21:30:51

DD is one mark under a C in Biology, one over a C in Chemistry, Physics not taken yet and 50-smething in the CAT - how that adds up I don't know

circular Tue 23-Apr-13 13:01:43

KatyMac Grade boundaries for science seem to be all over the show.
DD got 41/48 in Biology CA but teachers think the boundary for an A is 42. That's 87.5% !

KatyMac Tue 23-Apr-13 14:09:18

How bizarre!

I keep telling DD to work harder grin

prettydaisies Tue 23-Apr-13 20:38:26

Spanish oral done and dusted yesterday and course work for 3D design more or less finished.
DS has just decided he doesn't want to do 3D at AS any more, so trying to choose another one. He's doing maths (and further maths, but that only counts as one option choice at his school), physics and chemistry. He would like to do engineering eventually. It seems to be between geography and biology.

KatyMac Wed 24-Apr-13 08:36:50

OK I have some actual marks 48, 49 & 51 each out of 80......

I have DS doing 'A' levels ( well geography A level , ICT which is all course work and Welsh Bacc )

DD doing GCSE ( English , Science ,Welsh , Maths , Drama ,Textiles, ICT and History )

She doesn't seem particularly worried , and when I nag ask her nicely to revise , she says she is , and plays with her phone . Grrrr

She doesn't know what she wants to do , so will have to stay on at school for 6 th form .

I keep telling myself that I've only got 2 more years of it .... 2 more years ...2 more years ...

boschy Thu 25-Apr-13 10:10:58

Oh dear.... 2nd maths GCSE retake, and she got a worse D than she did last time... oh dear oh dear. Maths is not a lot of fun.

Not much revision going on at home here, but she says they are doing it all in class. I'm just leaving her to it, cant see any sense in nagging!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 25-Apr-13 10:14:44

Glad to see this - I was wondering if there was one around!

Have a dd in year 11, first exams start on 13th May. I expect I'll be back in spades then!

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Fri 26-Apr-13 05:01:28

DD is in Y10, has had Maths papers already, and has English next Tuesday. Though she has no clue if it's Lang or lit...she was only told today. No exam dates given to parents, so a little difficult to help with revision!

Inncogneetow Fri 26-Apr-13 07:38:45

What exam board is she doing CSECE? I know AQA and WJEC English Lit and Lang exams are just before and just after Whit half term?

That seems very poor that the exam dates are not being communicated to parents! We've had exam dates (in various draft formats and stages) four times, including the final statement of entry.

Cooroo Fri 26-Apr-13 07:47:51

GCSEs here too. DD is in year 11 doing Maths, English x 2, Science, Spanish, History, Textiles, Music BTEC - I thought it was more? May have forgotten something!

Textiles deadline was yesterday and jacket not finished. She's cheerful - had to do a technology but not very motivated and says it's more important she spends time on her History. At 16 it's much harder to nag her into working.

Exam timetable apparently 'lost' and she'll get another. Seems FAR too laid back to me, I did O levels in the dark ages and had revision plans all over the place!

Results so far mostly ok though. She had to do an English 'talking' test, which seemed to involve having a nice chat about computer games with her English teacher, who assured her she'd get an A*! Science and maths much dodgier though.

Torn - it's good she's not stressed, I don't want to make her miserable, but I think she should be just a little bit more anxious!

beachyhead Fri 26-Apr-13 07:50:38

Morning, 9 GCSE's to do here, Art and DT already in, but the remaining 7 to do....

We have a week from hell starting 20th May with 7 papers in one week...

Predicted A's in Art and DT, C's in everything else, but I'm expecting a D in one of the Sciences or Maths....

We are doing IGCSE Boards, which seem hideously hard.

For the first time this morning, she got up at 6am to learn about the kidney!

heronsfly Fri 26-Apr-13 07:56:24

Can I join too, dd2 is doing English x2, Science x3, History,RE, Latin and Dance, luckily she has already done maths and got a B, its not her strong point so will leave it at that.She is also entered for the English laureate, not really sure what thats all about but I think she needs above C in 5 subjects for it to be awarded.

Textiles deadline here too , which has meant her staying after school and doing extra work in ner lunch break .
Also Welsh Bacc deadline . It's compulsory ( in her school ) but it seems to be a waste of time ( and paper ) compulsory in 6th form too .
Anyone else in Wales ? Is it the same for you ?

Doinmummy Fri 26-Apr-13 08:11:17

Hi , didn't see this thread , so started one of my own. Can I join in? DD year 10 has got science in May, she just doesn't seem to be revising enough, but I can't make her and nagging just causes rows. Also really worried about her maths, I think I'll have to get a tutor in, she just doesn't get it though, might as well be speaking Swahili to her.

Cooroo Fri 26-Apr-13 15:54:24

Doinmummy, has she got a science revision book? We did Y10 biology intensively - a good hour every night, working through a page. I skimmed it, then read it out to her, we talked about it and she drew little pictures as she went, which is her best way of working.

Managed to keep it cheerful (abandoned if she was too tired and nothing going in) and she went and got an A for it! Haven't managed a repeat, it was too time-consuming, but very rewarding.

Doinmummy Fri 26-Apr-13 16:03:39

We have got the revision books and I'd like to help her revise. I think it would help for her to read a bit and then me ask her questions but she won't do it that way. It's so frustrating . I just can't see her doing very well.

Inncogneetow Fri 26-Apr-13 16:31:49

What exam board Doinmummy?
is a great revision site for AQA science. There are videos on all the different topics, plus you can print out sheets and add extra notes, etc.

Cooroo Fri 26-Apr-13 16:47:19

Let her choose the way, Doinmummy. When I did Olevels I just used to write everything down longhand, it worked for me. But my DD does little doodles instead. Colours them in. I suppress frustration, because it does seem to work for her.

Doinmummy Fri 26-Apr-13 17:14:46

I know I have to let her do it her own way, we all learn differently , but I really don't think she's doing enough.

Maybe if she doesn't do well in her mocks it will give her a bit of a wake up call.

I'm more stressed thn she is, just can't wait for it all to be over.

Doinmummy Fri 26-Apr-13 17:16:07

Thanks for the link Inncogneetow will have a look.

Doinmummy Fri 26-Apr-13 17:20:14

Can't get the link to work!

TheWave Fri 26-Apr-13 17:23:56

Yes DD1 starts 13th May. Seems quite busy up to half term with all the Unit 3s of the sciences, MFL, RE, PE etc. Sort of waiting til May 1st as it will feel suddenly near as it's May!

mumslife Sat 27-Apr-13 09:18:09

same here thewave three sciences and re all before half term and textiles and english well part of it arghhhh ! 1st May will send me into a panic all so real then History and geography after half tem and english but loads to learn on history and geography aarghhhh

Inncogneetow Sat 27-Apr-13 17:12:24

At ds1's school they do all the exams at the end; so he has mod2 sciences a well as mod3! 11 exams before half term. Incl two days with 4 hrs each day. Eek!

musicposy Sun 28-Apr-13 04:26:46

Hi. I was on last year with DD1, Back this year with DD2 who is taking just 2 IGCSEs this year, Biology and Sociology. She's only 13 (Year 9 so not so young) but is home ed and we spread them out as it's easier.

First paper 7th May so just over a week EEEEKKK! Biology papers all before half term and Sociology all afterwards, which is rather nice smile

DD1 was very laid back last year and kicking her into action was difficult. Different problem with DD2. She's a complete perfectionist and is getting herself in a right state about them. That right state does not translate to extra revision, oh no. It translates to stropping and not speaking to me on a very regular basis and crying.

Sigh. She is desperate for As minimum, particularly in the Biology as she wants to go on and study science at A and degree level and because DD1 got them (which is a ridiculous reason). She keeps saying "What did DD1 get for this paper? What grade was DD1 getting at this stage?" She will not believe that I cannot bloody remember!

DD1 is now at college doing AS levels and is suddenly revising beautifully for them, brightly coloured posters all over her wall with revision notes on them. Her exams start on May 13th, coursework done already.

Despite only doing two, I certainly need to be on here for DD2!

musicposy Sun 28-Apr-13 04:35:25

Cooroo I love your idea with the science. DD2 works really well from pictures, we've been making little revision cards with me writing and her doing the pictures (short end of the stick or what?) but I think her drawing as I read and we talk would work really well as she loves drawing. It's time consuming anyway as it's only me teaching her so it may as well be "useful and fun" time consuming!

BestIsWest Sun 28-Apr-13 09:37:47

Hello, DS is year 10 and is doing Eng Lit., Science and a history module this year. He is a very bright boy but severely dyslexic and has terrible problems with his maths too. He's doing higher tier Eng Lit and his teacher says he's capable of an A or A* based on his understanding of the subject but this just doesn't translate to his written work. He got a C in the first module but I'm hoping he can do a bit better. As far as the other subjects are concerned I'd be delighted if he got Cs.

We're in Wales too but Welsh Bac isn't compulsory in his school.

TheWave Sun 28-Apr-13 09:58:08

Anyone else's now leaving revision for those exams that are after half term till the holidays? Is that enough time? I suppose it's planning of some sort.

webwiz Sun 28-Apr-13 11:50:41

I think DS is starting to focus on the exams before half term now TheWave and his drama practical exam (I could have a moan about how much time that is taking up hmm).

Doinmummy Sun 28-Apr-13 12:23:37

I said DD could go for a sleepover last night on the understanding she comes home and starts revising. She's not home yet! How on earth do I get her to understand that it's just a short while of knuckling down and then it'll all be over.

roisin Sun 28-Apr-13 13:02:23

TheWave - it depends what the post holiday exams are, and how many.

After whit half term ds1 just has English language, Maths and History. He doesn't need to do any Maths/Eng revision (as they are skills-based and he's doing extremely well already). So he has 10 days to revise the first History exam; and another 7 days for the next History exam.

It is therefore very sensible for him to do no history revision for the next 4 weeks and concentrate on the 5 revision-heavy subjects for which he has exams before half term.

Doinmummy Sun 28-Apr-13 15:05:26

DD came home , has done an hours revision and has gone out again! Aargh. She will fail won't she ?

ihearsounds Sun 28-Apr-13 15:22:06

Hi can I join.
Dd year 11, doing more exams this year.. Did a few last year, still got a few more to go this year..Emailed school on Friday to find out what is happening. Still no timetable for exams, and students told that around exams will be regular classes.. Hoping this is a wind up. Older siblings did exams, and just went in for exams. Rest of the time, they were chilling and revising at home on study leave, which I am sure started a week or so before the exams.

TheWave Sun 28-Apr-13 15:40:13

Yes that's what we've got I think roisin so I had the same thoughts that it might be a good plan to forget those later ones for now.
doin not necessarily. There is a balance? Has she got down to something in past weeks?

circular Sun 28-Apr-13 16:34:35

TheWave At the moment DD is leaving the revision of the exams after half term too. Partly because they have still not finished controlled assessments on Physics & Chemistry, so she is having to go to lunchtime and after school sessions for those. And she needs to revise for French & Music before half term which are well underway now. Also has Eng Lit before half term, but claims no revision needed.

She is fortunate though, that she has no exams the first week after half term, so effectively two clear weeks to revise. But it is still 4 revision heavy subjects, 3 sciences & Geography.

TheWave Sun 28-Apr-13 16:46:34

Not heard that about Eng Lit. Must ask DD1 later if that's true.

I'll be interested to see what they think of revision in the lessons that they go in for in between exams (as mentioned in the other thread recently). If they haven't got study leave that is. Sounds good in theory. Forces them to get up etc.

circular Sun 28-Apr-13 16:50:33

We have study leave here from 20/5.
Told there will be 'some' revision sessions during that time, but no timetable yet.

webwiz Sun 28-Apr-13 16:55:39

DS doesn't have study leave and so they stick to a normal timetable during the exam period but as soon as an exam is done that lesson becomes a "revise what you want" lesson. It worked well for DD2 even though I was a bit dubious beforehand.

roisin Sun 28-Apr-13 16:57:09

ds1 is revising for Lit; he has re-read all the texts and discussed them chapter-by-chapter with dh. Also making notes on key themes and characters and doing practice questions.

His Board (WJEC) has a closed book Lit exam, which is unusual. So he also has quotes to memorise.

webwiz Sun 28-Apr-13 17:07:43

DS did an English Lit mock exam last week and did very well on the Romeo and Juliet questions but not quite as well on Animal farm. Going through it chapter by chapter sounds a good idea.

A closed book exam is unusual these days Roisin I think I still remember some of the quotes I learnt for my English lit exam!

circular Sun 28-Apr-13 17:09:33

Unfortunately for DD, English is her worst subject. They can take the texts in, but that's not really the issue for her, she jut cannot write an essay under stress. Got in a terrible state over the CA, glad thats over with. Better with the poetry though.

So pleased she got Language out of he way last year, or it would be double stress for her.

She does WJEC Geography and from those she speaks to doing other boards, sounds different for that too.

roisin Sun 28-Apr-13 18:01:44

I'm pleased it's a no text exam (I only found out a couple of days ago, tho ds1 knew!)

As many students waste a lot of time in AQA exam flicking through text trying to locate particular fact or quotation.

Doinmummy Sun 28-Apr-13 19:52:42

wave DD has only revised for a couple of hours all together! I'm so stressed about it. She says she's concentrating on science which is fair enough as its the 'real' exam and not a mock. How she'll cope next year when all the exams are ' real' I just don't know.

BestIsWest Sun 28-Apr-13 20:02:35

roisin, DS is doing WJEC Eng Lit too. Which texts is your DS studying?

WJEC English Lit here too .
They're studying About a boy , Of Mice And Men and An inspector calls ( though I'm not sure if one is for English Lang )

BestIsWest Sun 28-Apr-13 20:46:28

Mine's got Of Mice And Men, An inspector calls and Heroes which he loved.

roisin Sun 28-Apr-13 20:47:32

Ds1 doing Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird and A View from the Bridge - so all long texts too. (R&J and poetry for CA, not exam.)

What about you?

Movingtimes Sun 28-Apr-13 21:00:42

DD1 is in Y11 and doing 3xScience, 2xEnglish, 2xMaths, German, RE, History, Music, Drama - I think that's the lot. 12 in total.
She seems to be quite calm at the moment, though we had to drag her out today for a country walk and pub lunch as she said she had too much to do. Pointed out that fresh air was a basic requirement.
She has been revising Of Mice and Men and Animal Farm this weekend and I found some big lined sticky notes in The Works that she has found really handy for revision notes - they are A5 size and well worth getting if you have a Works near you.

RussiansOnTheSpree Sun 28-Apr-13 22:12:45

Moving - my DD1 is in Y10 and doing practically the same as yours - 3xscience, 2xEnglish, 2xMaths, French, RE, History, Music and Geog. The RE is only short course though. She has a fairly even split of exams - 12 before half term, 12 after. Sadly for her, her 15th birthday is on one of the exam weekends, and she has 3 exams on the Monday immediately after. So, not much celebrating then. sad

She has an injured hand - broke most of the fingers in a fight with a door at school, the door won, the breaks are healed but two of the fingers also dislocated and although they are back in place one has a tendency to pop out and there is ligament damage, so it is in a bad way. She is therefore typing most of her exams, but not all of them sadly. It's all a bit of a disaster really. But she is giving it a go. She really doesn't like being beaten. So, we shall see what we shall see.

Movingtimes Sun 28-Apr-13 22:46:02

Russians, your poor DD, that sounds awful. Good for her for keeping on going. Bad luck on the birthday front too, you'll just have to do something nice when its all over. DD turns 16 well after the exams finish, luckily for her.

cory Sun 28-Apr-13 22:55:41

Not looking so promising here. Dd was supposed to do 10 GCSEs + one BTech, and was predicted top grades, but has missed the best part of the last two years due to severe anxiety and depression and is atm trying to pull herself together to get 5 GCSEs as that is what she needs for college. It will look rather bizarre on her CV as she will probably still be getting A*s for English and English lit (the only subjects she can do without having attended classes) and then hopefully scrape three more passes. She may have to do her maths GCSE in Sixth Form. But every exam depends on whether she is well enough on the day to sit in the exam room and not pass out.

Still, she is alive and she might have died. GCSEs aren't everything.

Movingtimes Sun 28-Apr-13 23:05:36

Your poor DD has had it really tough in the last few years Cory. But as you say, she is alive and any formal qualifications can be made up later if necessary. I know several DC who are going off to university in September having had to take a year or two out of formal education to deal with various things (anorexia, ME etc) and while it has been hard for them and their families in the long run, recovery is the most important thing and exams come a very distant second to that.

cory Sun 28-Apr-13 23:23:24

Three times in the last year I have thought I was going to lose her, Moving. sad If we've lost 5 GCSEs instead, I think I can bear up.

TheWave Sun 28-Apr-13 23:31:29

Ooh I hate finger/door injuries, so nasty. Hope it heals better over time and she does ok Russians

TheWave Sun 28-Apr-13 23:32:40

And poor cory and DD. Hope you are both managing.

Cooroo Mon 29-Apr-13 13:15:30

Another Of Mice and Men here, also The Crucible. I tend to stay out of the English as it's her best subject and she just gets on with it.

I was pleased when she said 'I'm going to revise really hard after stand-down, making a timetable...' etc. Then I finally got my hands on the elusive exam timetable, and her first exam is BEFORE stand-down. Fortunately it's RE, where she will spout atheist ideas and hopefully scrape through!

I do wish it was all over... then we'll only have A levels and possible higher education to stress over!

Cooroo Mon 29-Apr-13 13:17:24

Cory, only just read your posts properly. Best wishes to you and DD - keeping healthy and happy is much more important than bloody GCSEs!

wolvesarerunning Mon 29-Apr-13 14:14:04

OP here,good to see this thread now going strong and that a separate AS thread now running as well so I can share the joys on both! Is anyone else's DC doing Welsh board English? DS is which means that we got Mice and Men behind us last year and just Christmas Carol and A View from a Bridge this time. English is a big worry, his least favourite subject and he won't concede that it is vitally important and could drag him down in the future if he gets a mediocre grade.

wonderingagain Mon 29-Apr-13 17:29:10

Hi everyone, we are in Year 10. DD never studied in the past, still does bare minimum but predicted good grades so I'm not that worried except...

I don't believe the school that she can do that well when she never does any work at home! I feel as though all her friends are working much harder than she is and I'm worried she's going to fall flat.

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 29-Apr-13 18:30:36

I just found out that DD1 has the creative task for music tomorrow. I had no idea it was tomorrow, I'm not even at home (in London for work till tomorrow evening). However that's fair to be honest, she generally asks me to leave the country if possible when she has an important exam as she worries about me being worried and getting knocked over or setting myself on fire or something like that as a consequence of being distracted. Apparently she's fine with me setting myself on fire in another country or, at worst, in London. It's just doing it in her own home she want's to avoid. I don't know whether to grin or sad

KatyMac Mon 29-Apr-13 19:33:04

Oh Russians grin

DD is recording her GCSE Music composition tonight - I have 7 African drums being played in my conservatory!!

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Mon 29-Apr-13 19:42:20

Hello GCSE parents! grin

Can I recommend youtube for science revision videos. Virtualschoolsuk, crash course and Sci show have some good ones.

If you're doing AQA sciences, search for AQA gcse science and someone's done videos for each unit.

For A level (and even those doing higher GCSE or preparing for A level) the Khan Academy videos are just amazing.

Also, my favourite revision technique is the mind map (google Tony Buzan for a good explanation) but students hate it because it requires effort and thought. But that's one of the things that makes it so good.

Thanks for being motivational! I wish all parents were so positive.

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 29-Apr-13 20:29:48

katy - thanks! Good luck to your DD. I suppose that's the same as what DD1s syllabus calls creative task, but I don't think they record them - I think they just wrote down their compositions, but they do play them to make sure they sound ok, I think......it's based on a prompt so you can't just make up anything you want, it has to fit the sample they provide.....

KatyMac Mon 29-Apr-13 20:34:02

I think she had to do it on a area they have studied; but DD does African Drumming anyway so she just asked her group

By heck they are loud - she has 10 hours controlled assessment & a performance (I think)

circular Mon 29-Apr-13 20:36:16

Cory Hope it all works out and best wishes to you both

Russians That's awful with your daughters fingers. Can she still play?

Katy /Russians Is that Edecxel Music.? DDs compositions were done & dusted last term.

circular Mon 29-Apr-13 20:38:27

Anyone else's DC still not finished controlled assessments?
Seems to be very last minute at my DDs school, still not completed Chemistry & Physics and having to do after school sessions.

KatyMac Mon 29-Apr-13 20:39:16

Yes - DD is doing it in 1 year & did one composition first week of Jan and now this one

webwiz Mon 29-Apr-13 20:44:52

DS has finished all his controlled assessments circular - I think I would be a bit hmm about after school sessions at this stage. The last one DS did was a french writing a couple of weeks a go and I thought that was a bit late! Compositions for music were all finished before Easter and so just practising listening papers in school at the moment.

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Mon 29-Apr-13 21:06:34

Circular, are you sure they're not last minute second/third attempts?

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 29-Apr-13 21:07:53

Circular yes it is awful. She can play if she is full of pain killers. Just about. But it's very painful. She isn't supposed to be playing at all, of course, but she is taking the strapping off and playing for little bits - she can do about 20 mins before she has to stop. But I'm trying to seriously limit it. Because otherwise it just won't get better. sad She couldn't play at all for a month after the initial injury.

creamteas Mon 29-Apr-13 21:19:32

Cory, Russians sorry to hear about your DC, I hope things work out ok.

My DD still has a few controlled assessments to do shock. They started preparing for their last writing task last week. Chemistry, biology and geog also not quite finished. Their field trip for geog was only last week!

It is two weeks today until DD has her first exam. French, 3x science and RE before half term and revision is just focused on these at the minute. Well to be honest, it is just French and Science. RE will be a glance over the night before job, as the result in this is not going to make any difference to her life chances at all grin.

KatyMac Mon 29-Apr-13 22:18:23

It's all finished......phew & the neighbours didn't revolt

it's here I hope

roisin Tue 30-Apr-13 02:43:27

I'd be concerned at students still working on CAs now, rather than concentrating on exam preparation work.

ds1 did most of his CAs in year 10 (All English and English Lit - written and speaking, 2 (of 4) German, History, 2 Science). The remainder (2 German, 2 Science) were done in Autumn term. If students had failed a CA and had to re-sit, these have mostly taken place in after-school sessions in Spring term or Easter hols. (He hasn't, thankfully).

The only exception for him is IT. They did the IT exam in yr10, then the coursework in yr11. His final deadline is this Friday and it seems to have involved a huge amount of time, so I'm pleased that one's done and dusted.

KatyMac Tue 30-Apr-13 07:32:36

I am concerned roisin, less so about music (done in one year) more so about science, Geography & hmm

Movingtimes Tue 30-Apr-13 09:12:11

DD1 came home last night and said she needs to rerecord two of her music pieces, including one where she has been told to choose a difference performance piece on a different instrument to her initial submission. Cue much agonising and practising last night.
I suspect the teacher thinks she is a borderline grade and wants to make sure she gets over the grade boundary but she is mightily miffed as she thought all that was done and dusted weeks ago.

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 30-Apr-13 09:20:43

Why the change of instruments?

hellsbells99 Tue 30-Apr-13 10:40:40

Hello all. My DD is also doing GCSEs this year with DD2 just entering maths early in year 10. DD1 is doing wjec English Lit and doing Lord of the Flies and Blood Brothers. She is still finishing the syllabus in Biology, physics and English Lit with her 1st exam on 13th May - I also thought all the work would be completed by now and the emphasis on past papers and revising etc. All CAs finished (as far as I am aware) with final art pieces being given in last week. She starts study leave on Friday 10th - but her exams start on the following Monday so not much study leave! Last exam on 5th June which is a biology unit 1 resit. Good luck everyone!

Movingtimes Tue 30-Apr-13 10:58:56

Russians - she recorded one performance piece on each of her two instruments - teacher has decided one instrument is better than the other and she should do both on that.

circular Tue 30-Apr-13 13:16:16

Underwater Not retakes. in chemistry they started late as had not covered enough of syllabus to start when they should have. Physics due to inaccurate information from teachers, so part being redone.nBeen through about 5 Physics teachers in the last two years.
Deadline for both end of tis week apparently. seriously impacting her French revision, which is first exam 13/5.

And it gets worse - they have still not finished the syllabus and have been told that will need to learn much of P6 and C6 at home.

roisin Tue 30-Apr-13 17:57:50

What exam board circular?

roisin Tue 30-Apr-13 18:00:59

This is a great online resource for AQA Science Basically, it's videos teaching you through all the different sections of the course. There are smartboard graphics, plus a voiceover/narrative, plus printable handouts and points where he tells you to pause and do an exercise yourself.

I'm not a very sciency person (and what school Science I had was 30 years ago!), but I find it very easy to follow and understand.

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Tue 30-Apr-13 18:13:53

Oh dear, circular, that doesn't sound great.

Giving benefit of the doubt, schools have been royally messed around this year with more content and skills, and goalpost moves regarding the ebacc.

Any revision at home will help. Those revision videos are great. Don't forget you can download past papers, mark schemes and examiners reports from exam board websites.

circular Tue 30-Apr-13 18:26:00

Roisin Its OCR Gateway separate Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Done first modules in yr10 and got a*/a/a - desperately wants to keep to that level, doing Physics A level too.

Fortunately not till after half term, (when just those and Geog left) so will have more revision time once other subjects out of the away.

Thanks for the links - is AQA syllabus much different?

KatyMac Thu 02-May-13 15:32:48

DD got an A for the composition bit of her Music GCSE

circular Thu 02-May-13 16:10:10

Great news KatyMac - Is that all the music practicals done now?

KatyMac Thu 02-May-13 16:11:54

Still listening to do (I think) - are they practicals?

circular Thu 02-May-13 16:54:04

No, listening sounds like the written paper.

If it's Edexcel, there's 2 compositions and 2 performances, each worth 15%. The written paper (listening and appraising IIRC)is worth 40% on 24/5.

KatyMac Thu 02-May-13 17:00:46

Is the composition marked by the teacher?

Yes that sounds right about the exam

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 02-May-13 17:45:38

If it's OCR then there are two performances which are marked by the teacher but have to be externally moderated, and a creative task which is externally marked (and involves composition) and a listening test which is a written paper lasting 1.5 hours.

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 02-May-13 17:46:20

The OCR listening test is also on 24 May.

KatyMac Thu 02-May-13 17:54:51

It's Edexel.....DD thinks

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 02-May-13 18:00:54

How many performances and how many compositions did she do? Actually it must be edexcel - or AQA maybe? -because she recorded her composition at home, right? You can't do that with OCR.

I wish DD1 had done Edexcel. It sounds more sensible that OCR. The OCR creative task marking (she did her creative task on Tuesday) seems to be extremely random every year and apparently schools that sat the paper in January were howling with anguish when the marks came back in March. Makes me very concerned.

KatyMac Thu 02-May-13 18:04:23

She also got an A in ensemble but doesn't know about the other 2

KatyMac Thu 02-May-13 18:05:29

I checked the exam form it is Edexecel

webwiz Thu 02-May-13 18:36:18

DS is doing Edexcel music and he wasn't allowed to do anything at home. He spent most of half term doing stuff with his compositions in school because its all meant to be high control.

circular Thu 02-May-13 18:53:30

Same for DD but you can't stop them getting their ideas together at home. they then just have to remember them to reproduce at school.
Shes did all hers before half term. Disappointed with her ensemble marks there was a slip up and she thought it didn't matter as you get the extra for it being a more difficult piece - except she never so has asked for it to be checked.

creamteas Fri 03-May-13 19:43:21

DD heard today that her coursework for the ICT Diploma has been moderated and confirmed as a Merit smile

She has completed two units which gives GCSE equivalence as far as I know.

So that's one less to worry about

MsAverage Sat 04-May-13 22:51:41

Creamteas, congratulations!

My DD is also doing a diploma in ICT (work in progress). I do not fully understand is the status of such a diploma. Ok, it is an equivalent of a GCSE. Does it appear on the GCSE list? How does that GCSE list look like? Can you "hide" from it the things you'd prefer not to show?

Sorry, I feel that I asked these questions before, but just can not remember the answer. sad

roisin Sun 05-May-13 07:48:34

When you get your results from school, they will all be on one sheet: btecs, gcses, whatever.

Certificates are issued by individual exam boards, so will not all be on the same certificate.

For some things only gcses count: eg our local sixth form college have a place-limited "academically very able" pupils programme. Eligibility is based on your mean average grade (last year an A average would get you in), but they only count gcses, nothing else.

As to whether you have to declare them, if you claim the qualification, then on certain things - like UCAS forms, you have to put everything on. In some circumstances it's acceptable not to.

basildonbond Sun 05-May-13 08:35:14

Can I join in? Ds (y11) taking ten mostly IGCSEs this summer. No modules so it's all down to these next few weeks - eek

After a year of arsing about he finally started to do some work at Easter and his form tutor says he's been much more focused since the start of this term but I do worry that he's left it all a little too late

He is ridiculously bright so is in no danger of failing any of them however he's convinced he's going to get all As and A*s which I just can't see happening with the amount of work he's done in the last year although he's certainly capable ...

He's come down with a stinker of a cold this weekend so concentrating yesterday was all but impossible - fingers crossed he'll be recovered by the time the exams start on Thursday.

Has anyone else's dc got a really long drawn out timetable? Ds starts this week but the last one is not until 20th June

Good luck to all the dc starting this week too

RussiansOnTheSpree Sun 05-May-13 08:40:55

DD1s first exam is 13 May. Her last is 20 June. Actually, no, her first exam was last Tuesday, when she did her creative task for music. She has 12 papers before half term, and 12 after. sad

Mrsrobertduvall Sun 05-May-13 08:44:08

Dd starts on 14th May..no idea how many exams she's got.
I am keeping well out of it.

But she is working hard, bolstered with confidence from passing maths a few weeks ago. Oh joy. We had that down as a retake in November sad

RussiansOnTheSpree Sun 05-May-13 08:54:53

We have copies of the timetable pinned up all over the house. Plus it's programmed into our icalendars. I'm not in the country the whole time, so the timetable has to be where everyone can access it, because with me not the her brother is as likely to remember what is going on as her dad!

roisin Sun 05-May-13 09:27:02

Ds starts on 14th May and finishes on 14th June.
11 exams before half term - 14 hrs
6 exams - 10 hrs - after half term.

creamteas Sun 05-May-13 09:32:14

All qualifications have an equivalence in terms of difficulty (level 1 = d-g GCSE, level 2 = a*-C GCSE, up to level 8=PhD).

They also have an equivalence in terms of size (eg how many GCSEs/A levels they compare to).

The first is generally agreed on, the second can be disputed (and there have been changes in how these are counted for league tables at level 2). So at GCSE level usually most people will see one Level 2 BTEC (or whatever) as one GCSE.

If any sixth form/college did not accept them, I would think this could be challenged as this is unfairly discriminating against an applicant. It is not the choice of a pupil as to which qualifications a school offers. Ours, for example, only offers BTEC for ICT so a GCSE is not possible.

creamteas Sun 05-May-13 09:35:12

DD also starts on the 13th May and finishes on the 14th June.

13 exams in total
8 before half-term
5 after

circular Sun 05-May-13 11:45:57

DD starts 13/5 too, last exam 18/6, with week after half term exam free.
5 papers before half-term, 5 after.
Week after half term exam free.
English Language & Maths already done.

A bit too relaxed with her revision, with 'breaks' lasting longer than study time.

Creamteas One of the sixth forms DD is holding a place at will only look at 8 A* to Cs in GCSE - not interested in the 'equivalents'.

roisin Sun 05-May-13 12:24:23

I know the btec science is changing, but the current spec (this year's yr11) is very different from the GCSE, and most sixth forms won't accept you to do science A levels if you only have the BTEC.

creamteas Sun 05-May-13 13:00:30

It could be argued that a BTEC does not give the grounding for an A level, but not that it doesn't count at all.

If one of my DC were being deprived a place at a sixth form, because their school offers a BTEC instead of a GCSE in a particular subject (when this is unrelated to A level choice) I would be challenging this.

All the schools/colleges round here express their entry in A-C GCSEs, but they all accept BTECs even though they don't always state this.

DFD has just got her first ever B on a past paper! grin SO proud of her- not the best but given how far she's come a huge achievement.

creamteas Sun 05-May-13 14:27:23

Great news marinagasolina.

Of course it is the best, if it is the best for her smile

Hope this is good omen for the exams to come.

KatyMac Sun 05-May-13 14:27:47

So what is the difference between a foundation paper & a higher paper?

webwiz Sun 05-May-13 14:28:02

That's great Marina looks like all the hard work she's been doing (and yours!) is starting to pay off.

KatyMac Sun 05-May-13 14:30:24

BTW B is great - I think B is fab

I only got one B

Thanks smile That's exactly what I've told her, as long as does the best that she can I don't care how many As and A*s she gets.

KatyMac on a higher paper, you get questions covering the full range of work on the syllabus right up to the A* level work, and candidates can achieve anything from an A* to a U. Foundation papers are for less academically able students- the questions on the paper cover the easier work on the syllabus, but the highest mark a candidate can get is a C. So for a child that struggles and is aiming for a C at the very highest, the foundation paper might be the best option as all of the questions will be at a lower level without the A and A* questions which would be over their heads. For a child who is C/b borderline, it tends to be worth going for the higher tier paper and therefore being in with a chance of getting the higher grades.

roisin Sun 05-May-13 14:40:17

In most (all?) subjects the Foundation paper will cover a different (smaller) curriculum, and the questions are on a more limited range of topics. It covers grades C - G. The C grade pass mark o a Foundation paper I often very high.
The Higher Paper covers grade A* - D, so obviously will contain some very challenging questions on more difficult topics. But the pass rate for a C can me very low in some cases.

KatyMac Sun 05-May-13 14:42:29

So like you'd have to get (say) 85 to get a C on a foundation paper but (say) 45/50 to get a C on a higher paper?

Surely it's easier to get lower marks on a higher paper?

roisin Sun 05-May-13 14:55:48

It's not as easy as that.
In English the reading texts on the higher paper are much longer, much more demanding vocabulary, and the questions are aimed at a much higher level. Our C/D borderline students mostly just wouldn't be able to access the Higher paper texts.

Similarly with Maths, if the marks are for questions on topics you don't understand, it doesn't matter where the boundaries are, you won't be able to pass.
In summer 2012 for Mod3 Maths (AQA) you needed 33/80 on Higher paper for a C, but 58/80 on the Foundation.

KatyMac Sun 05-May-13 14:56:53

Oh it's Spanish the teacher said "You will see from her statement of entry that she is entered for both the Foundation and Higher papers which is completely normal; this way it leaves our options open about which paper to be entered for until the very last minute. "

roisin Sun 05-May-13 15:06:24

Yes, a case in point I would say. Generally the C+ pass marks on MFL Foundation papers are high. BUT if you opt for the Higher papers and your vocab's not up to it, you can leave with nothing.

For dodgy B grade targets, lots of centres aim for high marks on controlled assessments, then a C+ on Foundation exam papers = possible to get a B overall, but little risk of bombing the exam an dropping off the bottom. (CAs are worth 60%)

KatyMac Sun 05-May-13 15:09:52

Oh god - so we just hope the teacher reads it right

Coursework was B, A, B; Orals C, C

C is all we are aiming for I think

I am an mfl teacher. Hard to say without experience of teaching your dd, but I would have thought that given her higher writing marks she's got a decent vocabulary but struggles verbally, I don't know what exam board she's following but assuming only the best coursework piece goes forward, she has an A and a C going into the exam- so roughly a B average give or take, depending on her actual marks in the coursework. If she's only aiming for a c then foundation would be the better option; a low c/high d would still work out as a c overall. However, if her vocabulary is up to the standard of her writing coursework she would most likely do ok in the higher paper and be in with a chance of a B. working on these assumptions, if your dd was in my gcse class my decision would be based on the standard of her vocabulary and how hard she's likely to have been revising.

circular Sun 05-May-13 16:31:08

At DDs school for MFL, they have all been entered for both Foundation and Higher, to be decided in the day.

Although you can possibly get a B (may be even an A?) overall by taking the foundation papers, all the sixth form requirements for A level, even if asking for B are insisting it is on the higher papers.

creamteas Sun 05-May-13 16:33:13

For some DC the foundation/higher decision is a difficult decision game.

For DD is in this position for French. DD struggles with interpreting questions (ASD). She can't always get the answers right, even though she knows the vocab. She also can't have a scribe as it is a language exam and can't have extra time for listening and her writing is really really slow (dyspraxia)

So although her French is good (A/B standard), it is too much of a risk trying for a higher grade. For her, it is better to play safe and do the foundation paper where the questions are more literal.

KatyMac Sun 05-May-13 16:50:25

It's so complicated - I've asked the teacher to confirm her CA grade then we can look at it again

circular Sun 05-May-13 16:53:41

From what I've seen, the questions are set out to confuse, especially in the listening. They really need to listen out for words like 'except' tying to catch them out. And some are answered in English, some in French. In DDs class, the first practice papers saw the typical B grade student getting Us.

DD is also A/B standard, but without the difficulties your DD has. She has worked really hard in the CAs and has AA being submitted for the written and AA* for the spoken. She has been told she only needs about half marks in both the reading and listening for a B overall, but is hoping for an A. must take the higher, as intending to do A level. She forgets vocab. under pressure though.

creamteas Sun 05-May-13 17:41:03

Yes, the listening paper is difficult, especially if you don't 'hear' tone of voice like my DD.

DD has not been given an indication of CA grades so far, and they have not actually finished them either shock. One more writing to go next week, so barely anytime to focus on exam technique.

I hope DD gets a C, but there is no certainty at all. In the last practice, she lost loads of marks by not writing the answer expected (eg When the question was 'what is X doing at 8 o'clock?' writing 'eating' instead of 'breakfast' where the passage mentioned le petit dejeuner).

But she doesn't need this C to get into sixth form, so whilst it will be a real shame as she tries so hard, and does know her French, thankfully it won't have any long term impact . Unlike English, which I am more worried about...

webwiz Sun 05-May-13 17:56:08

That is late creamteas DS's french exams are on the 13th May so I'm grateful for any practice he does at school. He seems a bit clueless about how to prepare for them.

circular Sun 05-May-13 18:05:05

Creamteas That's really late for the French written CA, DD had some in yr10. But then again only finished sciences last week.

I thought they did up to 4 written and 4 spoken with the best 2 of each being submitted. If that is just the last written to go, is it worth speaking to French teacher to see where her CA grades stand so far? Then you can gauge how much she needs in the exam for a C, and see how close she is getting to that ob the practice papers?

What's the English situation?

roisin Sun 05-May-13 18:19:08

I would leave any foundation/higher decisions to the teachers tbh. they are the experts and will be as keen as you are for them to achieve their potential.

I do agree though that it's very late for CAs to be done. ds1's CAs were all complete before Christmas in all subjects; and they've been concentrating on exam skills prep since then.

creamteas Sun 05-May-13 18:26:11

Circular yes it is really late, but as they have only done one other written piece, there is no chance of pulling out of this. They have no spares sad

In English, DD is just doing language, but even this is a struggle. Again here, it is the ASD issues of literal interpretation and very little imagination. Her spoken CAs are ok, but everything else is at the C/D borderline.

She sat the exam in Jan and got 59 which in previous years would have definitely be a C. But who knows what OFQUAL will do to the English boundary this time round. As her English teacher so tactfully put it, DD will get a C, but they are not sure when grin

Thankfully, because her struggle with English is related to her disability, she can go into sixth form without a C smile. She can retake then if necessary. She needs to get 5 GCSEs in total, with Bs in the subjects she wants to take for A level (Maths/Sciences). She has As for most of the science modules taken so far, so this should be ok.

roisin Sun 05-May-13 19:08:35

Is this AQA? We are interpreting 59 in January as a C+ ... I certainly hope so! Nov and August C boundaries were both 53; much lower than that in Jan 2012.

creamteas Sun 05-May-13 19:56:31

Yes roisin AQA, school have said anything above 57 likely to be an C, but given the shift last time, there are no guarantees are there.

She is sitting the exam again this time, so hopefully will do better anyway. She may need the wiggle room as CAs not far off borderline as well.

webwiz Wed 08-May-13 20:43:04

DS did his drama GCSE performance today and when I got in from work I found him fast asleep on the sofa! He said it went well so that's the first GCSE completed.

creamteas Wed 08-May-13 21:01:45

That's good new webwiz, hopefully it has put him in the right frame of mind for the next few weeks smile

fivefathoms Wed 08-May-13 21:14:11

DS did his drama performance on Friday and was also exhausted afterwards. Hope it was worth the effort, from the experience of students in other years it seems disproportionately difficult to achieve a high grade in drama. Still one down now!

prettydaisies Thu 09-May-13 07:35:18

DS's last day of school today for a while. Study leave begins tomorrow!

basildonbond Thu 09-May-13 12:02:29

ds's study leave started on Tuesday afternoon

and on Wednesay morning he was back at school at normal time because he says he works better with the structure of being at school - fewer distractions!

first exam this afternoon - his teacher just emailed to say fingers crossed he might scrape an A ...

he has been working really hard ever since Easter - shame he spent the first two terms of Y11 arsing about ...

beachyhead Thu 09-May-13 20:22:49

First one tomorrow... Maths of all things.. Tears here...

Doinmummy Thu 09-May-13 22:15:28

Awwwwwww Beachy it's so hard to see them stressed. My DD 15 year 10 had a mock maths exam yesterday and only managed 11 questions. She reckons she'll get a U sad

Can anyone recommend a maths tutor in Essex? DD has agreed that she will need one.

beachyhead Fri 10-May-13 08:07:10

Doin, we did a couple of Justin Craig short courses, one at Christmas and one at Easter, but mostly it's just been old papers, again and again....

I feel I've done the Maths GCSE already smile...

I think she will feel better tonight, now she's actually started the exams. (She hasn't done any early, her school doesn't)

basildonbond Fri 10-May-13 09:11:46

lots of stressy shouting here this morning - it's the first maths paper this afternoon

I've told the other dc to keep their distance over the next couple of weeks ...

boschy Fri 10-May-13 10:07:07

DD1's english teacher has given them all a handwritten good luck card and a new highlighter pen each - sweet. Think her stress is being quite well-hidden, although there is the odd explosion like the fight with DD2 this morning over whether someone on TV was or wasnt Avril Lavigne (I havent a clue).

Worryingly, she doesnt seem to be doing much (any?) revision, tho she says it is all they are doing at school and she is doing extra sessions after school and on saturday. beachyhead maths is our biggest bugbear too. She got a G last summer, and then Ds in 2 subsequent retakes. I very much doubt she will get that magic C this time, which means a bloody retake or 3 in 6th form.

I am trying to remain calm, not going to give up smoking til after the GCSEs and find wine very helpful.

mumslife Fri 10-May-13 12:58:38

lots of stressy shouting whilst claiming "Im not stressed!" here too. First exam Monday which is Re holding my breath her lol

mumslife Fri 10-May-13 12:59:04

here not her!

boschy Fri 10-May-13 13:24:37

first one Monday here too mums, 9am, Religion & Life Issues - same thing? and I so agree with stressy shouting while claiming total non-stressedness.

circular Fri 10-May-13 13:43:35

First on Monday here to - French Listening and Reading papers.
Hardly any revision being done except for school sessions - she thinks doing too much will be counterproductive.

Can't work out if she she is being lazy or just an over confident brat!

circular Fri 10-May-13 13:45:17

Does anyone know, is it just EDEXCEl that do not allow any discussion for 24 hours after the exam?

boschy Fri 10-May-13 14:44:34

circular I have just decided that its her exams, she should know what she needs to do to get the grades she wants (vv average, if not lower, she is not academic at all) and there is absolutely no point me nagging which would result in screaming, shouting and tears all round.

School is great and very supportive, so I put my trust in them, her and God!! (and also drink copious amounts of wine)

Doinmummy Fri 10-May-13 16:34:40

Thanks Beachy I'll have a look. I think they've been doing old papers but she doesn't understand any of it sad.

Doinmummy Fri 10-May-13 16:37:26

DD doesn't seem to be revising enough (for my liking anyway) . She says she does it at school.

I agree, no point nagging as it just causes rows. I'm now taking the stance if what will be , will be ( also on the vino )

TheWave Fri 10-May-13 17:00:14

Last day of normal school here before starting exams Monday. Anyone else's DC in the park getting pissed partying?

MrsFrederickWentworth Fri 10-May-13 17:06:12

Beachy and Basildon, first maths paper over
Pretty difficult a/c Ds.
views from yours?
French on Monday.

What a weekend

prettydaisies Fri 10-May-13 17:09:04

DS has done maths this afternoon. Just had a text to say it was ok apart from 1 question. No idea what he did this morning as we are all out at work. Hope he managed some revision.
Physics next on Tuesday, but DD starts AS exams on Monday! It's all go here.

basildonbond Fri 10-May-13 17:45:02

maths apparently fine apart from one tricky question but he seemed quite upbeat about it

RS on Monday followed by Physics and PE on Tuesday

joy ...

prettydaisies Fri 10-May-13 17:49:58

I wonder if it was the same question......

I'm on the mumsnet bloggers network and wondered if any of you with teens revising for English might be interested in this site. It's got tons of free resources, model essays, quotations and what have you - no adverts, and it's all free.

Though I think boschy is right, nagging can be unhelpful - often it helps if they can see what they could do to improve, especially for a major subject like English where it's all so vague and hard to revise.

This link should take you straight to the GCSE and IGCSE page.

Please let me know if there's anything special you need. If I can, I'll write resources for you. Here's a Huffington Post article about revision that you might find helpful.

circular Fri 10-May-13 18:20:41

Boschy Not much hope of staying sane here then - I don't drink or smoke and not religious lol

roisin Fri 10-May-13 18:26:51

ds1 starts on Tues and we're all still sane here! He made a revision plan 7 weeks ago and he's been striking to it.

I'm pleased he hasn't so far shown signs of being stressed (as he was last year).

I'm also pleased that school have shown no signs of kicking them out on study leave.

Casey Fri 10-May-13 18:51:24

ATeacherWritesHome - Do you have any useful resources for getting the marks in the reading section of the AQA English Language exam - FOUNDATION paper? (eg summarise/infer, language features, presentational features).

I couldn't see anything on your site.

MrsFrederickWentworth Fri 10-May-13 20:54:44

Teacher, will look at that immediately as Ds dyslexic and hates English with a Passion.

basildonbond Fri 10-May-13 20:59:45

ds says it was a 'show that...' question confused apart from that he said it was all pretty straightforward

basildonbond Fri 10-May-13 21:00:07

that was to prettydaisies

MrsFrederickWentworth Fri 10-May-13 22:44:19

Bas, was it about a rectangle?

boschy Fri 10-May-13 23:43:26

circular not religious either, but you know, any port in a storm and all that!! she has been revising tonight and I went and sat with her to keep her company - unfortunately fell asleep and got kicked out for snoring!!

beachyhead Sat 11-May-13 07:25:47

I presume Bas and Prett daisies, that we were all same board. Ours was edexcel IGCSE. She was ok and maths is by far her worst. We are just aiming for a pass!

She managed every question, but not the part c's on every one, so I'm hopeful. She was strangely confused about the 'having birthday on the day of the marathon' but seems to have got it right...grin

Physics on Tuesday, then two English langs... Might take a look at that website...

hellsbells99 Sat 11-May-13 08:25:43

Hello Ateacherwrites. Thanks for the link. Do you have anything on Blood Brothers? Thanks!

prettydaisies Sat 11-May-13 11:13:03

Bas and Beachy it was a show that question about the perimeter of a rectangle. Same board - edexcel IGCSE.
Physics next too, but he's out all day playing a cricket match for school. Revision tomorrow.

MrsFrederickWentworth Sat 11-May-13 11:38:27

Yup. That's the one. Cricket today too, French Monday.

QueenQueenie Sat 11-May-13 11:48:54

That ws obviously the tricksy question on that maths paper. Ds says he did paper very quickly, checked everything then spent nearly 25 mins doing that one!

QueenQueenie Sat 11-May-13 11:50:20

Beachy, I think we are on same track as you. Maths yesterday physics and 2x English Lang and some Spanish next week.
Good luck to everyone's dcs.

prettydaisies Sat 11-May-13 12:34:37

DS has Spanish and Physics this week too. I've just been to check for English Lang and could see no sign. Started panicking and then remembered he sat it in Nov so has already done it. Doh!!

roisin Sat 11-May-13 19:00:42

What board has Eng Land next week?
I know WJEC and AQA are both after half term?

roisin Sat 11-May-13 19:01:06

* Lang

beachyhead Sat 11-May-13 20:58:57

English Lang next week is CIE on Wednesday and Friday...

basildonbond Sat 11-May-13 21:59:43

English Lang and Lit the week after here

RS, Physics, PE and Spanish this week

Ds's timetable seems to follow a pattern of 3 or 4 exams in the first couple of days then a lull with something at the end of the week

I'm hoping he's going to keep concentrating all the way through but with half term in the middle the whole thing drags on and on ...

roisin Sat 11-May-13 22:43:08

Does anyone's dc have an exam they don't want to do?
Ds1 has a Citizenship exam on Fri: it's a "half GCSE" and he decided ages ago was not a worthwhile qualification.

hellsbells99 Sun 12-May-13 17:16:50

DD has 1st exam tomorrow. She has now 'downed tools' and gone to have a bath to try and relax........I was thinking of a G&T to help me!

webwiz Sun 12-May-13 17:56:31

DS has RS and French tomorrow - I thought he was revising in the kitchen but I've just been in and there's no sign of him hmm

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 12-May-13 18:36:04

French tomorrow. That could be his last ever French lesson.

beachyhead Sun 12-May-13 21:00:13

We don't do Citizenship at ours, Roisin, but I guess it's probably worth turning up even if no revision has been done. May get a half GCSE for nothing, may not...

Kez100 Sun 12-May-13 21:23:31

Good luck for week one! Can't believe its been a year since I was here for my daughter.

Son is year 10 and only has sciences and maths, so he starts next week I think. His revision started today! I am very relieved it has!

hellsbells99 Sun 12-May-13 23:14:44

Good luck to all our DCs!

Casey Mon 13-May-13 07:08:10

Good luck for week 1 and a tip:
ds1 isn't great in the mornings and often skips breakfast.

For exam days we have special breakfasts: so we buy things that we know he likes and make breakfast more of an occasion on those days. (Pain au chocolate, brioche, tea cakes, pancakes, etc.)

This does help him get going and make him feel more positive about exam days, as well as refuelling him!

circular Mon 13-May-13 07:47:48

Good luck to all taking exams.
Hope the mums & dads can stay sane for the next 6 weeks too.

webwiz Mon 13-May-13 08:09:10

Good luck to everyone for week 1.

DS has gone off happy this morning because I made him a bacon sandwhich smile.

siezethenight Mon 13-May-13 08:13:30

DD just left for RE and French today.... This is my third child to go through this - it does not get any easier.
Good luck to them all.

basildonbond Mon 13-May-13 08:57:50

Ds tucked into FIVE banana and maple syrup pancakes followed by weetabix this morning and headed off to the station having given me a kiss on the cheek! I nearly fell over in surprise ...

MrsFrederickWentworth Mon 13-May-13 09:14:00

Casey, Ds even suggested he have breakfast!

And asked for porridge.

And got it...

cory Mon 13-May-13 09:22:51

Good luck to all! flowers

Bati Mon 13-May-13 10:48:14

Good luck to all
My yr10 dd started it all of her igcse maths last friday. Today Is the worse for us as my yr11 ds has 2 french gcse exams today, dd yr10 has cooking gcse practical and dd yr 6 has english sats this morning and english level 6 sats this afternoon

Just popped on here as it's DoD.
I was on the 2012 thread and DS1 now plunging in to AS levels, DS2 in year 10 only has Maths GCSE this year. They are relentless these exams.

Casey we have special exam breakfasts here as well. DS1 was up at 6 and eating full English at 7am grin.

Good luck to them all.

boschy Mon 13-May-13 13:30:52

RE this morning 'went ok' according to DD1...

Sonnet Mon 13-May-13 13:35:02

Hi there - just looking for some support here as DD1 has her GCSE's and IGCSE's starting today - French and Physics tomorrow

I ahve been feeling rather worried...blush

NigellasGuest Mon 13-May-13 13:41:04

can someone tell me what's the difference between iGCSE and GCSE? does it make any difference in the long run?

QueenQueenie Mon 13-May-13 13:55:44

The "i" in iGCSE means "International" apparently.
Some schools choose them as they claim they are more academic, others because they think the format is preferable. My dss school does nearly all iGCSEs and this means pretty much no course work / assessment, just lots of old fashioned exams at the end of year 11! The school think this suits their boys better...
In the long run can't imagine it makes a jot of diference... a GCSE is a GCSE...
Good luck to all dcs.
Physics tomorrow for ds, lots of loafing about today...

hellsbells99 Mon 13-May-13 15:07:59

Maths went ok this morning - some new level 3 algebra paper of which there was very little revision material for.
Biology and PE tomorrow.......
revision ongoing.......

Sonnet Mon 13-May-13 15:25:12

DD1 just text to say that the Ferench Listening was okay but thelast question on the Reading was difficult but overall okay!

IGCSE's have no course work and are not modular - just an exam at the end of 2 years. In comparison, the GCSE DD1 just took in French was only worth 40% as she had already completed 60% in assesment. They are not harder just a different format.

UneBelleCerise Mon 13-May-13 16:22:05

Hello, my DD is currently in Y11, so is in the middle of all her GCSEs - she does 9 IGCSEs and 1 GCSE.

She told about the 'killer question' on the Edexcel IGCSE Maths paper, too. She found that question very difficult. confused There's a thread on The Student Room here which discusses it and your DCs may want to take a look. Having read it, I'd say the general consensus is that it was a tricky paper.

She's also got Edexcel IGCSE Physics and French tomorrow. For the French, she's made a sheet with useful A* phrases to put in the writing. Is there any way for me to share this on Mumsnet? I think it may be useful for some of your DCs, even the ones that don't do IGCSE.

Good luck to all the DCs! smile

MrsBartlet Mon 13-May-13 16:28:44

Dd did French today as well and said it was okay, too. Some easy, some hard was her verdict!

webwiz Mon 13-May-13 16:49:58

DS said French and RS were ok and he was happy with his answers. Nothing here for another 10 days now then its English lit and Music listening before half term.

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 13-May-13 16:51:34

Hmm. DD1 thinks that the listening was horrible but the reading was fine. French is very double plus not her thing though.

mrsrhodgilbert Mon 13-May-13 18:03:23

My dd did RS today and they were given the wrong paper. If anybody noticed they didn't say anything during the exam. It was for a slightly different syllabus, all religion instead of just Christianity I believe. The head is requesting special dispensation re the marking. I'm struggling to understand how this happened.

creamteas Mon 13-May-13 18:23:52

Russians DD had the same verdict. Listening was difficult, but reading ok.

mrshod that is terrible. So either the school didn't check the label or the papers inside the package were different from what was stated. I'm guessing the exam board would have more sympathy with the latter

basildonbond Mon 13-May-13 18:33:04

RS 'ok' acc to ds but it's his weaker of the two papers so he's hoping he can make up marks on the philosophy paper

Physics and PE tomorrow - absolutely no revision has happened for PE and lots for physics which is about right considering the ludicrous amount of time and effort that went into his PE coursework last term to the detriment of other subjects ...

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 13-May-13 19:06:38

That's interesting DD1 doesn't have physics tomorrow. She has biology. she doesn't have physics till next week.

creamteas Mon 13-May-13 19:29:43

DD has biology as well.

She is sitting two papers, but has just noticed that only one states she has the 25% extra time she is entitled too. Hoping that this a typo and the scribe and time will be there in the morning.....

MrsFrederickWentworth Mon 13-May-13 20:41:44

Russians and cream, Ds had exactly the same reaction to French, as did all his class.

Niknakpaddywhack Mon 13-May-13 21:53:09

My ds also said the same about the french - the listening paper quite tricky but the reading much easier.

Biology tomorrow then RS on Friday.

Fingers crossed and good luck to all the dc's for tomorrow.

rabbitlady Mon 13-May-13 23:19:14

My dd did RS today and they were given the wrong paper.

aaarggghhhh! worst nightmare! my pupils have to write the code for their exam at the top of every sheet of paper they use, so that if someone gives them the wrong paper, they can point it out.

pot39 Mon 13-May-13 23:21:07

Ok everyone. It gets worse. My son did well in GCSEs last year now totally flunked and having to start again in September. Luckily as he is basically a good and lovely boy his school will let him do it. It's very hard as a parent as you can't really do much to motivate a 17 year old who actually wants to do well but can't make himself do it.
There are moments of relief 2nd son, year 8, severely dyslexic goes around saying 'stupid boy' in the style of Captain Mainwaring at his bro at every opportunity.

rabbitlady Mon 13-May-13 23:21:22

by which i mean, from the start of year 10 they learn the exam codes as well as the subject content. to avoid 'wrong paper'.

mrsrhodgilbert Tue 14-May-13 08:02:47

I think the school ordered the wrong exam papers, a clerical error and it wasn't noticed until after the exam. It appears that subject teachers are not allowed to see the paper before the exam, or surely they would have noticed. Apparently 1 girl did put her hand up to say it was the wrong paper and told she was mistaken.

Does anyone have experience of how this sort of situation generally turns out with regard to marking? I have heard of a school where the whole group had to resist.

Biology this morning, dd is hoping for a good paper to maintain her excellent score so far, good luck to all.

hellsbells99 Tue 14-May-13 09:16:12

Biology here too. DD was extremely nervous this morning.

mindgone Tue 14-May-13 11:30:55

Biology here too, would be reassured by signs of nerves! I guess they can't win!

beachyhead Tue 14-May-13 11:40:20

Physics here... Waiting for her to call. I've gone to work today so she's cycling home to an empty house, well apart from dogsgrin
Hope it's not too bad. I don't hold out much hope though as Sciences and Maths are not her thing at all!

'Just looking for a pass' seems to be my mantra this week...

hellsbells99 Tue 14-May-13 12:13:56

Had a text to say Biology (unit 3) went ok. Not sure if that means good or just so so, but at least not bad!

StressedoutMotherofTeens Tue 14-May-13 12:36:21

My DD sat her first Module of RE yesterday - said it was "hard". I am incredibly stressed out as she is a bright girl to whom everything comes so easy, however, even she has realised that she needs to revise a lot more for these GCSE's. She has an English paper next week, then French Oral and the Sciences after half term. I can't MAKE her revise (Year 10 - thinks she knows it all). But what is really annoying is that during this week her other subject tutors are still giving them tests! Maths and History today and tomorrow. Where's the sense in that - as if I'm not worn out from it all already... sad

OrmirianResurgam Tue 14-May-13 12:54:15

No news re biology yet. It's one of DS1's preferred subjects but not expecting miracles hmm He will only say 'alright' when I ask him - same answer whether he comes out with a C or a B. Not looking forward to the next month or so.....

footphobic Tue 14-May-13 13:19:04

Have just found this thread, hoping for tips grin dd1 has Biology today too and RS on Fri.

Will be great to share support, just starting to feel anxious, she's done various bits so far, Art and Drama and Music comp and performance done, Maths is done and they are allowing her (after lots of persuasion) to use Maths lesson time for other subject revision.

She seems quite organised and not too stressed so far, she has made herself a revision timetable and folder, but next week I think the nerves and stress might properly kick in and I hope she can fit in all the revision she still needs to do. Eng Lit 1 and Chem on Mon, Phys and Eng Lit 2 on Thurs, Music on Fri and Hist and Geog the following two weeks.

She got her Music comp/perf grade yesterday; she's been taking this after school in an extra group as they couldn't timetable her for it, she's only had half the teaching time, she thought she would do well to get a B and she managed an A, so she is very pleased.

Good luck to all.

Sonnet Tue 14-May-13 13:24:19

DD1 had physics today too and thought it was okay. She said she was expecting harder. Not holding out too much hope though given her verdict of yesterdays French was the complete opposite to what everyone else on here posted smile

Sonnet Tue 14-May-13 13:26:56

Mrshod - the wrong paper!! how bloddy unfair!

Sonnet Tue 14-May-13 13:27:32

whoops - meant to say "How Bloody unfair!"

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 14-May-13 13:32:31

Sonnet - she might have been doing a different exam board from French. Or, she might just be better at French!

Merrylegs Tue 14-May-13 13:33:07

Another joiner in if that's OK?

Biology and PE today - DS's best subjects - (his A level choices) and he is really ill!


Have dosed him up with neurofen and just hope he can keep his head together for the day.

Then nothing for the rest of the week so will prob keep him off tomorrow- study leave doesn't start till next week.



footphobic Tue 14-May-13 13:52:54

Merrylegs Your poor ds, I hope he gets through today OK and is feeling much better soon.

DD1 has a genetic condition with regular episodes where she can become extremely unwell, one trigger is stress, so we will be monitoring her carefully.

Her school are not allowing study leave much to her disappointment.

Allfurcoatandnoknickers Tue 14-May-13 14:26:51

Oh boy will be glad when this is over. PE today, then RE Friday. Trying to keep momentum going with studying difficult, it's hard isnt it to gauge how much/little they are doing? And how much is iPhone staring.....

elmerelephant Tue 14-May-13 14:34:17

Highers start tomorrow, hope DS is ok this time, last year he had a total meltdown - he was also having operations for cancer at the same time so totally understandable and missed them all, so lots of support for this year.

FJL203 Tue 14-May-13 15:13:10

Everything was fine here, no stress at all until news this morning of a family emergency made me realise that I and therefore my daughter might have to be away to deal with it when she should be taking her English exam.

I have no idea what will happen if she has to miss it, I'm waiting for the school to email me back and advise me.

creamteas Tue 14-May-13 16:30:51

Biology here as well, and it went 'ok'. DD was taking both unit 2 & 3.

Two days off then RE on Friday.

FJL hope you manage to get things sort out ok.

Merrylegs Tue 14-May-13 16:37:24

Well DS limped home.

PE was 'easy' but Biology was tough. Partly because there were some things that weren't in their revision text books. (They haven't had a teacher for the past couple of months so they have been left to learn from the books and I think it all got a bit muddled.)

Still, lesson learnt. He needs to make sure he is revising the right things from now on.....

creamteas Tue 14-May-13 16:43:54

Merry fingers crossed biology was ok

FJL203 Tue 14-May-13 16:50:45

Thank you creamteas. It would be easier if the GP/hospital/others could pull their fingers out so that we knew where we need to be and when but isn't that always the way!

mumslife Tue 14-May-13 16:59:02

merry biology here this morning for my daughter as well. She was also ill arghhh with a heavy cold bot got through it said it was okay. She signed out and asked me to phone school so she could come home where she promptly slept for three hours dosed her up before she went into the exam.. We had re monday she is doing full course so this was the second half which went okay she says so we shall see she is doing religion and life christianity and at least one other religion. How shocking that some students were given the wrong papers.
We have a very full on week next week. She has physics chemistry textiles and two english papers to do. Luckily already done the maths sat it early got a C re sat it and got a B so thats that that one out of the way. After half term she has both history and geography and english language (her favourite) History and geography there are masses starting to panic now as hasnt had chance to revise them yet will have to revise them solidly over half term gleefully put biology and re notes in the bin this afternoon!

OrmirianResurgam Tue 14-May-13 17:06:01

Biology was 'OK'....so about what I expected hmm

circular Tue 14-May-13 17:59:22

DD found French difficult yesterday, especially the listening which she is usually better at.
Nothing else till English Lit on Monday now.

Dontwanttobeyourmonkeywrench Tue 14-May-13 18:34:54

Can I join? DS in Yr 11 sitting CCEA (in NI). He had biology today and claims it was easier than he thought (which is bringing me out in a cold sweat since the child is virtually horizontal when it comes to his studies).

He has English lit, physics and chemistry next week and I don't know if my nerves can take his chilled approach to it!! He's predicted good grades and is more than capable but I'm going to be a gibbering wreck by the time he finishes this round of modules. It makes me sick to the stomach that he has to do the rest of the modules next year too! Bad enough that DSD2 is sitting her A levels as well and DH is worrying more than she is because she has a conditional offer for the Uni of her choice... I need much wine!

Casey Tue 14-May-13 20:07:24

Yes, ds1 was pleased with Biology too. He did B2 and B3, higher. Misread a question on one of the papers (realised later), but seems quite confident he's still done enough.

I'm pleased he's had a positive start to the exams.

Next week is the biggie for him: 2 hrs Chem, 2 hrs Physics, 4 hrs Eng Lit, 2 hrs German....!

prettydaisies Tue 14-May-13 20:10:36

DS has done physics today. He thought it was ok, but a lot of theory and not much maths which he would have preferred!
He now has no exams until Friday so 2 days at home revising. We have told him that he has to do 2 past papers each day which we will go through with him in the evening otherwise he is inclined to just sit and read which doesn't really help him.

Niknakpaddywhack Tue 14-May-13 21:36:42

My ds said his Biology B3 went well today.
His next is RE on Friday and he seems to have lost motivation this evening. I keep reminding him that he will have 3 months of Minecraft/Ipod/dossing etc AFTER the exams so he needs to revise NOW (what I haven't told him is that I have plans for the summer for him that will keep him busy! I'll keep that quiet for a while wink)

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 14-May-13 21:51:14

DD1 thought biology was easier than she had been expecting. Not sure if that means she missed the point of the papers, or that the exams were genuinely easier than the past papers. Which might not be a Good Thing. Ah well. No exams now till Monday. Since she spent the afternoon revising and then did another hour and a half when she got in from school we were perfectly happy with her taking the evening off to watch Les Mis with me and her sister. We basically had a lovely sing-along-and-weep.

nursy1 Tue 14-May-13 23:07:22

Got two DD's A levels and GCSE at same time - both girls very different, older way too studious and stressed and GCSEer casually flicking through a bit of revision now and again. Problem is as always with these two that one I am trying to persuade to take time out and the other constantly nagging to get down to some revision. Not sure if anyone can help - I'm turning to drink til its all over!

mindgone Tue 14-May-13 23:16:31

Biology seemed ok here too. Dontwanttobe, I feel your pain, and the need for wine too! GCSEs and A2s here too, and DH more stressed than the boys too! Doesn't really help anyone! I am concentrating on making nice food to eat, and some home baking! DS1 congratulated me on my muffins today, and said that he was so pleased that I have 'upped my game' with food lately!! Didn't really know quite how to respond to that!

mindgone Tue 14-May-13 23:19:04

Nursy, same here! Same way round, but boys! I guess there's just so much more at stake for the older ones, they really know what they want, and will be gutted if they don't get it!

Dontwanttobeyourmonkeywrench Wed 15-May-13 00:09:54

The need for wine should come with the exam timetable grin DSD2 works really hard but DS seems to be able to get A's and B's with very little effort, and while he could do better with his English lit, he's still predicted very good grades. Not that I'm envy at all....

He's suddenly decided he wants to do physics/engineering at Uni, and while it wouldn't have been an issue last year (before they picked their subjects) because he was heavily skewed towards the sciences, this year he seems to have become more balanced and while I rock in a corner pulling my hair out try to figure out how he needs to get there he's all chilled and relaxed.....hmm I wonder if triple science with single math would be enough.... His classes and exams would have clashed so he decided -without telling me-- last year that he would take triple science instead of double and single math instead of double.

He has now very casually dropped into the conversation that he might look at Uni's within the EU and has finally led me to contemplate signing myself in so that he can do language and physics. My dad is inordinately pleased happy that someone in the family enjoys physics while I look on with the realisation that the hospital gave me the wrong child because I don't get physics at all.

MsAverage Wed 15-May-13 00:10:55

Biology today here.

- How was it?
- You know, it was one of those exams when everyone is saying it was horrible, but everyone gets good grades in the end.
- So, you sucked?
- Yep.

Dontwanttobeyourmonkeywrench Wed 15-May-13 00:17:08

MsAverage DS came out with "Everyone was complaining that it wasn't what we covered but most of it was common sense". Wouldn't be an issue but the child has virtually no common sense hmm grin

Very academically gifted but common sense is one thing that eludes him grin

musicposy Wed 15-May-13 00:19:30

DD2 had Biology today, IGCSE so maybe a different paper to some on here.
She was really strong on it beforehand, getting marks way up in the high As on past papers.
She came out and burst into tears, just sobbed and sobbed. Said it was the hardest paper she'd ever seen and she couldn't do any of it and just answered random rubbish.
She's only just stopped sobbing enough to go to bed now.
I feel so sorry for her as she worked so hard and knew it well too. She is only young so she can retake if it is bad but she's not happy about that. She wants to do science A levels eventually so does need a good grade.
Her sister put in about 1/8th of the work when she did hers and got an A.
Feel very deflated on her behalf.

duchesse Wed 15-May-13 05:00:02

DD2 did Ten Tors in driving rain at the weekend finishing on Sunday and had her first paper on Monday afternoon. In between times my father fell dangerously ill on Sunday morning and died on Monday morning. I left home to come to France to see my father on Sunday evening. This won't be a week any of us will forget in a hurry. I hope DD2 is OK. DD1 is in the middle of A level exams (well, IB) as well. DNephew is doing KS2 SATS, my brother was meant to be playing in the US rugby 1/4 finals. Crap, crap timing. God knows how it'll all turn out. There's only one of us who's resting easy about this.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 15-May-13 07:31:30

Dd said biology was ok except the last question, which nobody was sure about...

RussiansOnTheSpree Wed 15-May-13 07:33:02

Duchesse - sorry for your loss.

DD1s infected foot has not got any better, in fact it seems to have got worse. And she hasn't had her tetanus jab (it's due on June 10th). Luckily, she has no exams until Momday now. And her jaw doesn't seem to be locking....so, it's off to the doctors this morning as soon as the younger kids have been dropped at school. Luckily she does have some revision materials at home (her plan was to go in to school every day to revise to give her day structure).

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 15-May-13 07:39:16

Shit, I thought I was posting onto page 11, sorry, that was rude. Really sorry, Duchesse - and Russians I hope dd's foot heals soon.

RussiansOnTheSpree Wed 15-May-13 07:54:45

Nit - her brother keeps marching round intoning 'Gangrene of the FOOT' in a Doomy voice (copying me, I must admit, when we were watching Poldark last year - every time Elizabeth came on screen she was met with doomy proclamations of 'gangrene of the WOMB' (I do that, in my head, when I re-read the books too)). Anyway, my fault though it is, it's a bit disconcerting. But still, even allowing for that and the run out tetanus, compared to her broken fingers and her smashed in face, the foot really is the least of her worries right now. Unless she actually gets tetanus.

She is being so incredibly calm and cheerful about it all. Basically, she is my hero. What she's gone through in the last few months would have destroyed most people,I reckon. I'm sure it has had and will have an impact on how she does but the fact that she is just carrying on and isn't going all 'poor me' makes me incredibly proud.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 15-May-13 08:50:15

Aw, she sounds lovely, what bad luck.

I just keep wondering what surprises August will bring in terms of sudden changes to grade boundaries etc - dd has worked really hard, but you just don't know what Gove might have up his nasty little sleeve!

musicposy Wed 15-May-13 09:02:32

Duchesse so sorry you're having such a bad time. Puts the GCSEs in perspective a bit sad

I worry about the results being manipulated politically too. DD1 was a victim of the whole debacle last year and looking at the past papers they seem to be getting harder and harder. After DD2 sobbing until gone midnight yesterday that the paper was worse than any she'd done before I'm dreading August.

musicposy Wed 15-May-13 09:04:06

Russians, hope your DDs foot improves soon. You sound very proud of her and with good reason smile

boschy Wed 15-May-13 11:38:41

Duchesse and Russians, flowers for you both - and your DC.

DD1 had PE theory yesterday, she doesnt care about it but only needs 16 marks to get her C - hope to god she managed that as it would be another one on the list.

IGCSE english today (she's got a C already, but they are retaking to aim for higher grades). Interested someone up thread said IGCSE was harder? my understanding is that it is actually easier.... she's still got AQA to come.

5 exams this week, 3 next week, then halfterm and 4 more after that. Finishes with maths on June 14 - no news about study leave yet, but am hoping she will continue going in for extra maths help whenever possible - god knows she needs it!

RussiansOnTheSpree Wed 15-May-13 11:41:22

Poor old DD1 (I say old. She;s still only 14!) has 7 exams next week, and then 12 after half term. Whatever the impact of changing syllabus content, the process is just horrendous for the kids. Far more exacting than I remember from my day (we had longer exams, in some cases, yes, but fewer papers).

Abuelita Wed 15-May-13 12:25:23

School pupils in the UK are among the most examined in the developed world (except for perhaps Singapore). Most countries have moved to graduation at 18. If there are tests at 16 these are not high-stakes like GCSE (and the number's usually about 5, not the 8-10 that's routinely expected of our 16 year-olds) but are designed to decide on 16+ progression. Much of this assessment is done by teachers.

Our Education Secretary, Michael Gove, says he wants to reform our exam system so that it's world-class. But it won't be because as I said above most countries have their high-stakes exams at 18. Even the CBI, hardly a hot bed of Marxist agitation, wants the exam system to move to 18.

I posted about this on the Local Schools Network:


Abuelita Wed 15-May-13 12:33:15

boschi - iGCSEs are supposed to be harder but there's no reliable evidence to suggest they are. iGCSEs were aimed at the international market not the English one. That's because there was no way that coursework from international centres could be verified as the pupil's own work. It would also be difficult to moderate coursework from overseas. So coursework was not used in iGCSE.

There's pleny of anecdotal evidence that iGCSEs are harder but that seems to come from those, mainly independent, schools who use them. In England there's a prejudice in favour of independent schools - anything they do is judged superior to what is offered in state schools.

It's a prejudice which is shared by many politicians including Lord Adonis, Labour peer.

But in the last round of the PISA international education tests, the OECD (who run the tests) found that when socio-economic background is taken into account, English state schools outperformed private ones.

In other words, the success of private schools is down to their intake of advantaged, usually high ability children.

Abra1d Wed 15-May-13 12:43:08

Well the IGCSEs my children sit do seem harder than the GCSEs their friends sit when you compare past papers.

Plus there are no modules. No coursework. Just exams. And fewer 'applied' questions in the sciences. Some of the Maths they do is done in the AS course of other boards.

Abra1d Wed 15-May-13 12:44:12

Plus no retakes--at my children's schools. One shot and that's that.

HSMMaCM Wed 15-May-13 12:50:56

DD has 1 gcse exam today and 1 tomorrow. I don't know what we'll be like next year when she has more than 1 subject !

boschy Wed 15-May-13 13:14:38

Abuelita and Abra - interestingly diff pov! DD1 is at a good school (sec mod as we are in a GS area), and their objective is to get the DC the qualifications they need to move on to the next stage (as well as ensuring they are rounded people etc etc). We were told that IGCSE english would be less appealing to eg RG unis, but not an issue for us.

boschy Wed 15-May-13 13:16:08

HSM - get the wine in! I stocked up in Aldi this morning... although expressed stress levels are not high, and we dont nag apart from the odd 'have you actually done ANY revision?' stress is being expressed through the medium of tantrums at deviations from what she expects as the norm... eg DD2 needing to stop at Sains to get tampax on the way to school this am!!

RussiansOnTheSpree Wed 15-May-13 13:25:08

DD1 does not have tetanus. She has some stronger antibiotics now, and she has had a tetanus jab (plus diptheria and polio) which she should have had in March, and which had been rescheduled for next month in school. She's also had some Very Good News (we hadn't got tickets for a Thing. And now we do have tickets after all). So she is much more cheerful.

Obviously there are people who have worse runs of luck/health coming up to exams. I was at school with someone who was diagnosed with hodgkins disease in the week before our O levels started, and one of my best friends lost her mother not long before our A levels started. I myself was very sick during my O and A levels with a chronic illness. But still, all that notwithstanding - DD1 has had a very tough couple of months and yes, I am very proud of her because she never gives up, she never stops smiling, she completely counts her blessings at all times, and she isn't all 'woe is me'. She's a great kid.

duchesse Wed 15-May-13 14:08:28

bsochy I think the real problem for schools with the iGCSE until recently has been that it did not count in the league tables, . My highly selective DC's school for example that only did IGCSE Maths and English (for getting 0% GCSE A*-C in the crucial subjects) was always at the bottom of the league table for the county. It takes some guts as a school to make that decision.

Now I believe they are being counted as GCSEs in the league tables it should even out the playing field a little.

Added to that the fact that IGCSEs are harder than GCSEs for most pupils and the school risks a lower pass rate/ lower grades, now that it is counted in the league tables. Only really self-assured schools sure of their population are going to use them tbh.

boschy Wed 15-May-13 14:58:24

thanks duchesse, its interesting isnt it? I'm a gov at our school, and we do have incredibly strong management team who are totally committed to getting the kids what they need to reach the next level (whether academic or not). we know we are going to appear to fail hideously in the ebacc equation, because of our clientele and their interests/abilities - doesnt mean we're not a good school though!! and we are ahead of our 5 a-c target inc english and maths... also ahead of national target I think, which is pretty good for totally non-selective, non-leafy suburbia type.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 15-May-13 16:07:02

Oh dear - dd, who has been very calm and collected thus far, has come home almost in tears because she got 62% in the further maths practice exam they did last week (I think it's an iGCSE, but not sure - you can apparently get A** in it, so no pressure there...).

She now thinks she'll find A level maths impossible, that she was wrong ever to think she was good at maths, and that she doesn't get it at all.

Have pointed out that the Further is only an extra bit of stretching, 62% is perfectly fine for now, there are weeks yet and she can go to the extra sessions, nobody expects her suddenly to be able to do everything, and difficult things are sometimes.... difficult.

She is like me, on this - 'if I can't just do it without help, I'm obviously no good at it'.

We have no idea what a 62% equates to - she says in a normal exam with normal boundaries it's a C, but might be different in this. ANyone know? And thanks for listening!

webwiz Wed 15-May-13 16:25:42

SteamingNit If its aqa further maths igcse then last year it was 64% for an A*


so if thats what's she's doing then a slap round the face with a wet fish is in order smile

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 15-May-13 16:28:25

I think it's AQA but not sure and can't ask at the mo as she's out - but yes, I just checked their boundaries too and it certainly doesn't seem as grim as she's painting it!

We'll see! And thank you smile

basildonbond Wed 15-May-13 18:35:57

Pretty daisies - that was dd's verdict on physics too - he's hoping there's a lot more maths-y questions in the next paper

basildonbond Wed 15-May-13 18:36:16

Or ds even ...

whoosh Wed 15-May-13 21:56:18

Can I join too? It's nice to have some company on this stressful journey for my dd and I. We had all kinds of ructions in the house over the weekend, blowing up out of no where, but obviously out of stress. Poor thing came down with a heavy cold too just to make matters worse. But nothing now until early next week so some calm is restored. Soup and the Sims seems to be helping today. She does not seem to have done much for her English Lang and Lit with AQA. Lit she says is about poems. Anyone know of any good resources for these? Many thanks.

No exams today , but DD had Textiles and Welsh yesterday .

She's a little worried now , as the last question on the Welsh paper asked for their opinions on the relevance of the Welsh language , and she told them what she thinks

Oops .

AmazingDisgrace Thu 16-May-13 17:22:34

RS and Spanish tomorrow.. DD had AQA Biology B3 the other day. Muttered darkly about tadpoles but thinks she's done ok. This generally means she's buggered it right up ( I refer back to the great P2 debacle and we only talk of the second maths exam in hushed tones now)

creamteas Thu 16-May-13 17:26:58

DD has RE tomorrow as well. She us revising tonight, but this is a really low priority subject for us, and to be honest, we don't really care about the outcome.

beachyhead Thu 16-May-13 17:46:58

English Lang tomorrow, and then next week is the week from hell, with Chemistry and English Lit on Monday followed by lots of others...

Had a lovely afternoon, re-reading Wuthering Heights and making lots of notes on big bits of paper on 'destructive love' and similar..smile

really enjoyed myself, much to dd1 disgust! Apparently the only book marginally worse than WH is Jane Eyre.... This is from a girl who's only really read Angus Thongs and Snogging before grin

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 16-May-13 21:09:06

DD1 has 7 next week. 2 chem, 2 physics, 2 eng lit, and music listening. And I'm away in Sweden for work for the whole week (it's qte possibly for the best, mind you ).

KatyMac Thu 16-May-13 21:17:27

Spanish foundation paper sad

mindgone Thu 16-May-13 22:21:04

Food and Nutrition today confused

Cooroo Thu 16-May-13 22:25:15

DD 'finished' school today - just exams and a few revision sessions now. Spanish tomorrow.

Seems reasonably cheerful, i'm just staying out of it.

She says she is going to dye her hair green on Monday. Is there any chance school will send her home from exams?? Should I ring them and ask? Would hate to waste all that education!

Shanghaidiva Fri 17-May-13 08:45:32

DS took final mandarin chinese paper yesterday. In the final section (write 150 characters in chinese) his favourite topic came up - talk about an activity you do. Almost feel sorry for the examiner having to read 150 characters on why I am so brilliant at football!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 17-May-13 08:50:44

Just RE today, and lots next week.

DD having mild anxiety dreams - in one, she bumped into her French teacher in a cafe who told her all the answers in section 1 should have been given in French, not English, and she had 2 minutes to change them, and in another she couldn't zip up her prom dress and the rain ruined her hair grin. And one boy had organized a fanfare for his arrival at prom, but wasn't even wearing a suit!

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 17-May-13 09:14:46

Which was the biggest disaster, though? The French debacle or the not even wearing a suit? wink

It is possible that DD1 is slightly more focussed, right now, on seeing Show of Hands at the weekend, the dr who finale, and her little shop of horrors rehearsa tomorrow (she's playing Audrey 2), than on next weeks exams. I'm not convinced the 3 exam free days this week have been an entirely Good Thing. Oh well.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 17-May-13 09:19:12

Probably not being able to do up the prom dress, I think - the French thing can't have been too traumatic because the dream changed to the cash point not being able to dispense cash and so compensating her with lots more cash! So she must be feeling optimistic at some level grin

I can now completely imagine that the next Big Thing for proms will be to hire yourself a fanfare for your arrival!

I think the exam free days this week have probably been a good thing, you know - I'm quite glad it's gathering pace fairly slowly, and in dd's case with the stuff she's happier with. Bit more worried about Physics when it comes...

boschy Fri 17-May-13 09:44:24

End of Wk1 thank god. she's had an exam every day this week; 4 next week and 4 after halfterm. and then that's it shock confused

Citizenship today. apparently any doofus can pass that - I suspect a certain element of over-confidence myself.

Her last 2 are maths, which, coincidentally is absolutely her worst subject. hope to god they dont get study leave and are instead force-fed maths every available opportunity til then.

wine for the weekend everyone?

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 17-May-13 09:50:56

How wonderful to only have 8 exams left. Poor Dd1 has 19 to go! Madness.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 17-May-13 10:05:06

19, that's insane! I tried to count ours up on the thing that's on the fridge, but I can't work out dd's complex system of highlights for the one's she's doing and not doing or thought she was doing but isn't....

Boschy I think your dd is probably right about Citizenship wink

dd gets study leave from 24th May - leaver's assembly then finish at 11.30, and after that only goes in for exams and sessions she chooses.

I said this morning it was sort of sad parents don't get to go to Leaver's assembly, as it's kind of been a journey for us too etc - dd1 looked horrified and dd2 suggested that I should go to prom with her instead grin.

Getting my spray tan and my fanfare booked - wouldn't that be fun, darling! Mummy-daughter prom night mwah ha ha...

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 17-May-13 10:13:00

Nit 24 in total. That's what you get with terminal exams (although they did one physics module last summer, and the music composition paper was a couple of weeks ago, that wasn't a CA though, it was a properly moderated and invigilated exam - but it has to be staggered because of resource requirements.

I did 10 O levels under the old system back in the dark ages and yes, some of the subjects had multiple papers (Music, French, Latin, Maths, for sure) but none of the English subjects had more than one. Nor did history. Or RE. So I don't think I could have even approached the number of exams Dd1 is sitting. Athough some of ours were much longer, true. When you then consider the CAs - I think for some subjects the content might be 'easier' now (French, maths, physics) but the process is way way more onerous. I do not envy these kids at all.

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 17-May-13 10:16:36

Dd1 has been on study leave since last Friday but apart from the day she went back to the hospital, she has been going in and will continue to do so. Because (a) it adds structure to her day (b) there are a revision sessions for some subjects (c) we've paid for the bus dammit! ;)

They didn't have a leavers' assembly, but basically nobody is leaving. I believe they have a big hoopla certificate giving day in the autumn but I suspect I will be away (it's a rare autumnal week for me not to be away) so ill probably miss it. sad

boschy Fri 17-May-13 12:41:20

actually I miscounted, I think she's got only 7 left after today? but they seem to be over more weeks than I thought? oh I dunno, she has the same confusing fridge thingy as nits DD obv!!
19 more, oh god russians you poor thing. I am hoping there will not be study leave, I'm guarding my privacy for as long as I can grin

mumslife Fri 17-May-13 12:53:38

We too have the week from hell next week six exams On the plus side prom dress is now in lets hope she can do the damn thing up!

beachyhead Fri 17-May-13 14:01:11

We have seven next week (in four days!), then only 2 after half term. So I think she will have a little relax on Thursday night.... Monday is hellish - the long English Lit paper, followed by Chemistry, with Maths paper two following on Tuesday morning!

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TheWave Fri 17-May-13 17:12:36

Year 9 that's early, is she half Spanish? Yes DD1 bit disappointed with Spanish today. Definitely not half Spanish here smile.

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TheWave Fri 17-May-13 17:46:07

If edexcel then they have done 60% in coursework I think already and the rest today. Do you know what she has banked so far? Not quite sure in our case as she has gone out to relax at the end of this first week.

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KatyMac Fri 17-May-13 17:56:03

DD said Spanish was easy; we will see when the grades arrive in the summer

TBH if it was that easy she should have done the other paper <sigh>

Casey Fri 17-May-13 18:44:11

MFL teacher in my school today said the Spanish listening exam was much easier than the French one earlier in the week!

ds1 has 8 exams next week (11hrs)
Then 6 more after half term.

creamteas Fri 17-May-13 19:23:56

DD had RE today. It went OK (so just like all the others grin

Worst week over (5 exams) thank goodness. Just 3 next week (chem, re, physics)

basildonbond Fri 17-May-13 19:41:49

Spanish was OK apparently but ds in less than communicative mood so no real idea how it went ..

Next week is hell week here - eng Lang, chemistry, maths and eng lit in the space of two days, day off then biology then TEN days until the next one ...

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 17-May-13 19:56:57

Sigh. Dd1 has eng lit and chem x 2 on Monday, then eng lit and physics x 2 on Thursday, and music listening on Friday. Monday and Thursday are such heavy days.

Casey Fri 17-May-13 21:20:34

Yes snap here too Russians. It does seem rather bizarre time tabling this year. As well as 4 x 1hr science exams and 2 x 2hr Lit exams; ds1 also has his German exams.

MrsBartlet Sat 18-May-13 15:54:56

Dd also has an awful week next week. She has exams every day and a few days where she has exams in the morning and afternoon. She has P2 & 3 and C2 & 3 for physics and chemistry which covers so much work. I feel really bad for her as she has worked incredibly hard since the Easter holidays but seems to be running out of time to cover everything. We have got to the stage where we have said she needs to focus on her A'level subjects (not physics and chemistry) but she doesn't want to go into any exam under-prepared.

On the plus side once next week is out the way the exams are much more spread out.

AtiaoftheJulii Sat 18-May-13 18:10:50

Yup, 7 exams in 4 days coming up - sciences, Latin, German, RS, Eng Lit - all stuff you need facts for, little chance to waffle. Then a lot easier-going after half term.

AtiaoftheJulii Sat 18-May-13 18:15:32

(9 if we're counting P2, P3, C2, C3 separately. Ugh, let's not.)

circular Sat 18-May-13 19:08:04

Just English Lit x2 and Music coming up this week.

Sciences not till after half term but did P1/2/3, B1/2/3 and C1/2/3 last year.

Easier in some respects with the modular and early sittings, leaving only 10 papers for 7 subjects in this session. And fortunate they have been quite spread out. But not much let-up as CAs continuing until the week before the exams started.

Feeling for everyone's DCs with more than one paper on same day

Movingtimes Sat 18-May-13 19:11:50

DD is having a bit of a tough weekend. English Lit and Chemistry on Monday, then Physics, German and Music over the rest of the week. She is really starting to feel the stress, had a meltdown this morning about a past paper that she could actually do in her sleep if she didn't get wound up with worry. sad

mumslife Sat 18-May-13 22:33:37

Yes starting to stress big time here sixexams in one week and feeling the pinch. pinch The cold we managed to ward off last week has also returned. Hurry up next week and be over!

RussiansOnTheSpree Sun 19-May-13 00:28:48

I think 7 exams over 5 days wouldn't be so bad if they were more spread out. As it is, Dd1 has 3 exams on Monday and Thursday, and 1 on Friday. 3 exams seems ridiculously tough - although I suppose you could look at the two physics and chemistry papers as just one exam each. With an interval.

Casey Sun 19-May-13 09:29:10

Yes, ds1 has the 4 hrs (3exams) Sci/Lit thing on Monday and Thursday; and German (2 hrs) on Wed.

He said that as a result he's not planning on doing much revision in the evenings during the week this week (his school doesn't have study leave, so he's still in school full-time.)

I was a bit surprised at this, but he seems well-prepared and on top of things; so it probably is the best strategy for him.

Good luck everyone with a heavy week! See you out the other side on Friday.smile

mumslife Sun 19-May-13 10:28:51

Lol casey that seems a long way off at the moment!

AtiaoftheJulii Sun 19-May-13 13:56:39

I think the only gap between the two science papers that dd1 gets is just collecting and handing out papers again. So easier to think of it as one thing.

Lit, Chem on Monday, RS Tues, German and Latin Wed, Physics and another Lit on thurs. Might let her have a lie in on Friday ;-) then nothing else until 5th June, when she has 3 subjects in one day.

There's a lot of brownie-baking going on here :-)

AtiaoftheJulii Sun 19-May-13 13:59:18

Plus dd2 has French and Spanish controlled assessments this week and her first Core Science gcse exam. And ds has y7 exams. I'm stocking up on wine and chocolate.

webwiz Sun 19-May-13 16:12:16

DS is having an easy ride at the moment just English lit on thurs and music listening on fri (he did the other English lit paper in jan). He is still in school so still having lessons and homework and not doing much at home. His exams go on till june 23rd which seems just ages away.

hellsbells99 Sun 19-May-13 17:56:24

DD1 says Spanish listening paper was hard on Friday but the reading paper was goodish - hopefully will balance the marks out. Chemistry tomorrow, Eng Lit & Physics on Thursday and Music on Friday so quite a busy week but everything is calm at the moment. DD2 has a controlled assessment tomorrow so she has been doing some prep for that today. They have trashed my kitchen making pancakes so I'm just off to make sure they clear up! Good luck everyone.

TheWave Sun 19-May-13 18:01:17

Ooh yes hellsbells listening apparently really hard according to DD1 here on Fri too. Edexcel or other?

hellsbells99 Sun 19-May-13 18:04:48

WJEC - not sure why, as we are not in Wales! Eng Lit this week is also WJEC.

creamteas Sun 19-May-13 18:14:58

Tension mounting again here, before Chem tomorrow. Have sent her out to the shop to buy chocolate grin. Partly so she has something nice, but I'm also hoping the walk on her own will reduce the chance of a full meltdown and partly so I get some peace as well

This is DD's best subject, but that seems to have made it worse rather than better.

mumslife Sun 19-May-13 20:31:55

We have chemistry tomorrow aw well not best subject very stressed

mumslife Sun 19-May-13 20:40:21

Also have english lit here tomorrow morning aqa arghhhh

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sun 19-May-13 22:23:58

Yes, chemistry and eng lit here tomorrow too... I think she has mice and men and inspector calls down, and have been testing on halogens this evening!

Good luck to all of them!

mindgone Mon 20-May-13 00:40:19

Eng lit and chem here too! To kill a Mockingbird and The Crucible though. A full on day, good luck all :-)

Movingtimes Mon 20-May-13 00:59:41

Have been testing on chem too. V amusing as I have no idea what I am actually asking. Am Eng teacher though so have been a bit more use for tomorrow's Eng Lit as I can mark her past exam paper questions.
Hope all goes well for everyone's DC tomorrow.

EllieArroway Mon 20-May-13 04:31:10

English Lit for my DS here too - spent all day yesterday going through Of Mice & Men & An Inspector Calls. Feel like I could almost sit the exam myself!

Good luck to everyone smile

prettydaisies Mon 20-May-13 07:40:38

English lit and chemistry here too. Hope it all goes well for all of them.

beachyhead Mon 20-May-13 07:55:14

English lit and chemistry, but we have Tennyson poems, Wuthering Heights and Julius Caesar hmm luckily I did WH for A level and still had all the quotes and cross references written in it!

Tennyson has been very dreary though.

MrsBartlet Mon 20-May-13 09:53:43

Dd really panicking now and I am tyring to keep her calm whilst panicking inside! She seems very unprepared for some of the exams she is doing this week even though she has been revising since Easter and really has put in a lot of hours.

We are all wishing this week was over. She has 8 papers this week alone and then 8 papers to go, spread out over the next 3 1/2 weeks - ridiculous scheduling!

To make things worse I have a really sore throat so I am trying to keep my distance from her to stop her catching it!

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 20-May-13 13:58:36

I'm in a similar boat to raspberrylemonpavlova with eldest DC in y10 and sitting most GCSEs next year. So far she is maintaining really good grades in the subjects most important to her, but at a significant cost to her stress levels. Just had the school report which just piles on the pressure with all the things she must do in order to justify their predicted grades. Don't know what to say to encourage her, she seems to have everything in hand but also seems to watch a lot of TV!

mrsrhodgilbert Mon 20-May-13 14:09:38

Eng lit went well apparently. The right questions came up for her. Should be home from chemistry in a short while then two days before more eng lit and physics. This morning I saw real nerves for the first time and I was a little relieved to be honest. Last week she seemed very cool.

mumslife Mon 20-May-13 15:08:55

real nerves here this morning as well for the first time she said lit went well but didnt get chance to check through one of the sections or write conclusion for 12 mark question so really worring has yet to report how chemistry went THESE poor kids

Casey Mon 20-May-13 16:30:30

Ds1 has come home pleased with all three exams; C2 and C3 AQA and English Lit (WJEC)

AmazingDisgrace Mon 20-May-13 17:48:12

DD not so happy with Eng Lit ( Wjec) but thought Chem C3 ( AQA) was quite easy

holdencatcher Mon 20-May-13 17:58:45

I sat AQA Chemistry unit 3 this afternoon and I agree with AmazingDisgrace's DD - it was a pretty easy paper. I did AQA English Lit (Exploring Modern Texts) this morning as well. It seemed okay, although a few people in my classes said they struggled.

webwiz Mon 20-May-13 18:06:45

DS seems to have spent the day alternating between revising and then bickering with everyone that has ever annoyed him over the yearhmm. I think the teachers must be fed up with dealing with a fractious year 11.

prettydaisies Mon 20-May-13 18:48:06

DS liked both his exams today - English lit and chemistry. However Lit was 2 and 1/4 hours so he had a lot of writing, but that's it for English. Maths tomorrow and biology later in the week.
Today, for the first time, both mine were in the exam hall at the same time as I have DD doing AS levels!

creamteas Mon 20-May-13 18:48:42

DD says chemistry was ok. I'm going to give up asking soon, and just rely on MN for a more in depth assessment grin.

Revising tonight for RE tomorrow.

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 20-May-13 19:16:26

Cream - yeah, ok is all I ever get, too. I tried to explain to DD1 that when I'm thousands of miles away (is it thousands of miles, Sweden? Maybe only hundreds) then it's a bit difficult for me to use the SCIENCE of DEDUCTION to work out her body language, but she cares not! She seemed more concerned to talk about this music programme she's applied for anyway. And Star Trek. Oh well. Apparently my suggested questions for of mice and men (this book was quoted extensively in season 3 of lost. Explain why Jack is a twat) and An inspector calls (Tom Baker once starred in this play. Explain why Pertwee was a better Doctor) didn't come up! I can't help feeling the examiners missed a trick. Oh well.

beachyhead Mon 20-May-13 19:21:00

Oh dear, we really didn't think Chemistry was easy.. Uh ohsad but English Lit was ok...

Maths tomorrow, German Wednesday and biology and more English on Thursday.. Almost done heregrin
(Only ICT and DT after half term, hoorah)

Could the sun come out then, please!!!

creamteas Mon 20-May-13 19:24:30

Russian I know where you are coming from. With DD, the ASD means that there are very clues at all, no tone of voice or body language.

DD has three emotional states: ok, agitated and meltdown hmm. I know I should be happy that we are staying in the ok mode, but a bit more insight would be helpful grin

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 20-May-13 19:48:19

Cream - it's hard isn't it. Dd1 hasn't had any dyspraxia melt downs THAT I KNOW OF. But I'm on the verge myself!

creamteas Mon 20-May-13 20:22:32

Russians I'm with you there. What difficulties does the dyspraxia cause your DD? Does she struggle with time, memory and organisation?

I was much more laid-back about DS1 & DS2 than with DD.

DS1 is academically minded and put in the work, and I was confident that he would do just fine (which he did). DS2 was not academic, but only needed 4 Cs to get into college. I was fairly confident that he could make this (too confident really, as he only just made it!).

But with DD, there is no telling how things will pan out. She should easily achieve As in the sciences and Maths, and has a good chance of a B in geography. English and French are more of a worry (although if she doesn't get French it doesn't matter). RE we have written off to focus on the others.

But the ASD can so easily through a spanner in, as she can struggle to interpret questions.

She also doesn't seem to have any real sense about how things went, so August will be a complete surprise!!.

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 20-May-13 20:33:10

Time and organisation. And the whole writing thing, obviously that's exacerbated by her injured hand. She is word processing lots of exams but you can't do that for all of them. My real worry is that she can get into a right tizz and then all bets