SQA results support thread

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Anyone else's DC waiting for results on 6 Aug? I've one doing Advanced Highers (but already has unconditional place) and one doing Highers, who hasn't applied, but may apply through clearing if the results are good enough.

Neither has signed up for email/text results, so they'll be waiting until 3pm for the postie!

chocoluvva Fri 26-Jul-13 08:24:30

We'll be waiting for the postie too as DC forgot to register for the email/text service. Not looking forward to it as maths looked like it was just on the wrong side of the pass mark.

It must be very disconcerting to not know what you're going to be doing after the results.

Just you and me then wink

I'm hoping DC2 goes back for sixth year - I think 16's too young to go to uni (that was the age I went)

chocoluvva Sat 27-Jul-13 09:10:24

They might not offer him a place this year because of his age.

A girl near us got 5 As and has a fantastic personal statement - on the national team for a sport she does, silver D of E etc - but wasn't accepted for a social science course she applied for. She only applied to the uni of her home town so might have been offered a place if she'd applied to more unis I suppose. (Her mum was relieved too!) She has unconditionals for this year though.

I agree that 16 seems very young, especially most of the students from outwith Scotland will be older than the Scottish students who have done a 6th year.

crazycarol Sat 27-Jul-13 23:25:55

Waiting for highers here. DD is convinced she has failed at least one (Biology). But already go back for 6th year so not too nail biting. I think she signed up for text message as she did last year. Good luck all, I hope your dc get the results they need.

Preferthedogtothekids Mon 29-Jul-13 17:48:04

Waiting for Standard Grade results here for my Aspergers son. He sat 7 credits and one Int 2. His maths may be a credit failure as he was only in a General/Foundation class but was scoring well so they put him in for the credit exam. Unfortunately he hadn't covered some of the credit material so it's quite unlikely that he will pass with a '2'.

I think I'm more nervous than he is!

Found the thread, thanks for the link Agent.

DD is waiting for seven results, she is not confident at all.

She finds exams very stressful and cam go into a bit of a panic, so really has no idea at the end of an exam as to whether she passed or didn't.

Her prelim results were very mixed.

She's definitely going back for fifth year, and maybe sixth, so she has plenty of options, depending in the results.

She would quite like to be a teacher.

Jacaqueen Mon 05-Aug-13 12:06:11

Waiting for Standard Grades here.
DS did sign up for results via text but has lost his phone.

We have to go out tomorrow so it will be an anxious wait. Last year the envelope didn't fit in the post box and we had to go to the sorting office the next day. Don't think my nerves could handle that. Luckily I have spoken to the postman and asked him to slide them under the door or just bend the envelope.

I actually feel sick with nerves when I think about it. DS seems fairly laid back.

DD has signed up for an email alert - how early might it arrive?

chocoluvva Mon 05-Aug-13 18:58:30

Sometime before 9am is as much as I know.

So it coud be 12.05 am? grin

chocoluvva Mon 05-Aug-13 19:04:28

I think some of DD's friends got their email in the middle of the night last year!

Ooooooooooo so I might get to know Dd's result before gong to work oooooooooooooooooooo!

I'm so envy of you people with children organised enough to sign up for the text alert. Have you got daughters, by any chance? I don't know any boys who signed up.

chocoluvva Mon 05-Aug-13 19:38:01

My DD didn't sign up this year - she forgot. But she read out a message from the SQA which stated that if you have not opted out of the email/text service you'll get an email before 9am. She did register for the text/email last year so maybe that keeps her on the email list? Not sure what happens if you've never registered.

DD is hoping for AABC. I'll be delighted if she gets AACC (minimum effort as previously mentioned, despite her requesting us to get her a tutor then doing the absolute minimum of the work he set her angry ). However, she knows that she might have just missed a C for maths. I hope she hasn't got ABCD, which is possible. AAAAAGGGHH.

Most of her friends are predicted AAAAA - if DD hasn't done well I think hope she will feel foolish for not trying harder.

Sorry to hijack, but I do feel a bit better for getting that off my chest!

I have a DD. DS never signed up when it was his turn.

DD is awaiting seven standard grade and int 2s and has no idea if she has passed or failed.

Good for you chocca, I feel your pain.

chocoluvva Mon 05-Aug-13 20:00:47

Ohh Cormoran, how horrible for her and you. I hope she's done well and subsequently has more confidence for her highers.

I used to wonder why parents got so het up about their DC's results - surely if they hadn't tried hard and not done well they would have learned a valuable life lesson - I used to think. Blooming expensive lesson to learn though. Blooming frustrating and annoying watching them resist all your efforts to get them to understand that one year of effort is not much time out of the whole of their life and will afford them so many more choices......

It must be equally bad when your DC don't perform to the best of their abilities in exams. Hope she's pleasantly surprised.

We will have a team hug tomorrow (((((chocca)))))

chocoluvva Mon 05-Aug-13 20:15:18

Aww - great idea!

Anyone else feeling quite immature again grin. I can just imagine my mum saying, "A watched kettle never boils dear."

I fear I've got a bright under performer too. He was quite arsey until a couple of days ago, but he said this morning that he wished he'd studied more.

He was hoping for AABBB, but admitted that it's more likely to be ABBCC. Still a respectable set of results, but prob not enough for what he wants to do.

Strike-out fail!

arsey confident

What are your kids hoping to so? DD wants to be a teacher, but is only just going into fifth year so there is time in hand if this is a tough year.

My DD is bright, lovely and I adore her. But she can be qute dizzy, and often just doesn't get stuff, so panics - nit handy in exams.

JellicleCat Mon 05-Aug-13 21:00:09

I've also got one waiting for Advanced Higher results with a confirmed place. Sadly the confirmed place means she didn't work very hard, so she is not expecting the results to be very good.
She got her results by text last year, but didn't bother this time.

mrsjay Mon 05-Aug-13 21:24:00

<waves> standard grades here well not me DD2 she didnt sign up for the text results but dd1 got an email dd2 just wants to wait for the post man , good luck to all smile

mrsjay Mon 05-Aug-13 21:26:52

dd is doing a mixture of standard grades an int2s and she did quite well in the prelims but I hope she didnt go to bits in the exams I am sure it will be fine, she did warn me not to hold out for music as her performing wasnt great

Preferthedogtothekids Mon 05-Aug-13 21:54:34

My Ds, my Dd and I are planning to go to Tesco for some late night shopping, mainly to kill time before we come back to wait for the email. They plan to stay up till it comes, I'll be going to bed by 2am if it hasn't arrived!

chocoluvva Mon 05-Aug-13 22:23:23

DD is now home again and reckons that the emails will come between 6 and 8am. According to her friend. Apparently.

mrsjay Mon 05-Aug-13 22:26:11

dd1 got her emails during the night she said but that couldve been 7 30 in the morning grin

mrsjay Mon 05-Aug-13 22:27:15

DD2 said her school is opened tomorrow I am guessing that is for anybody who is having a meltdown about results I said to her it is probably more for the 5th and 6th years though

chocoluvva Mon 05-Aug-13 22:35:45

My DD can't decide whether to look at her email or wait for the post. Look at the post DD and put us out of our misery!

(My highers results went to the wrong house. I had to trek across town to get them then trek back home, where my expectant GPs were waiting. They were much more confident of the results being good than I was.) Nearly 30 years later I can still feel the dread of opening the envelope!)

Choco, were the results good or bad 30 years ago?

I met my postie when I was out dong my paper round, so I was alne and at the side of a road when I got mine.

chocoluvva Mon 05-Aug-13 22:57:12

They were good enough to get an unconditional offer for the uni of my choice. (DH did 6 highers in fifth year and went straight to uni). We are angry shock and confused at DD's lack of interest and application.

Did you have to continue doing your paper round after you'd opened your envelope?!

I did indeed and even ended up in a related industry grin

chocoluvva Mon 05-Aug-13 23:16:05

OMG you're an undercover journo aren't you? grin

DD has "found the answer" apparently - texts will be sent between 8 and 9am, emails will go out in batches throughout the night.

She's now planning to sit up and wait!

Either that or a road-sweeper grin

Thanks to your DD, I will tell mine.

DD did great!

She got four credits at a 2, one general at three, and a B and a C in her int 2s.

For a girl who didn't know if she had passed anything I am grin grin

She had passed her maths int 2 in maths last year, so a good solid set of results.

Ps it came in at half three, though we only just checked.

Jacaqueen Tue 06-Aug-13 07:33:23

Good luck everyone. Well done to your daughter Cormoran. Fingers crossed for the rest of us. Well the rest of them I suppose that should be. I don't remember being this bothered waiting for my own O Grades all those years ago.

2rebecca Tue 06-Aug-13 07:38:46

My son's not heard, the text came at 8.30 last year. He said he didn't need to sign up again this year as he'd done it last year, hope he's right.
He got nagged into doing it by me last year as I knew we'd be away that week.

Well done to your DD, Cormoran!

Thanks, hope everyone else gets the results they wish for.

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 07:53:36

I did indeed and even ended up in a related industry

a newsagent grin

congrats to your daughter you must be chuffed

<<waiting on postie

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 07:54:55

. I don't remember being this bothered waiting for my own O Grades all those years ago

I wasnt that fussed but I was rubbish at school I left at 16 and was probably at work the day my results came in , -- i only got 2-- blush

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 07:55:49

oh strike out fail

2rebecca Tue 06-Aug-13 08:00:46

My mum had to nag me to open my o level envelope. I was in bed and didn't want to face the reality of knowing and have mum hovering over me but she wasn't going to go away.

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 08:02:57

I was the last year of Ogrades and it was going to be the new sparkly standard grades now dd age is the last to do standard grades I feel ancient

I cannot remember if I did ogrades or o'levels. Sat them in either 83 or 84.

When I did my highers I had it all a bit upside down, rather than get this and you get to uni, I set myself a minimum and said if you do this well you can give up on studying - and I did, for a while at least.

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 08:09:29

wouldve been ogrades did we have Olevels here

2rebecca Tue 06-Aug-13 08:15:37

I went to school in England, moved here 20 years ago.
He got 4As and a B so is really pleased, knew he'd struggle to get an A in German.
Hope everyone else's results went well. off to work now.

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 08:16:55

smile rebecca well done him

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 08:17:33

how does the kids that have been on the news today manage to get their envelope so early out postman doesnt come till after 10 hmm

Well done Rebecca's boy

chocoluvva Tue 06-Aug-13 09:02:36

Good morning!

Well done CormoranStrikeand 2rebecca's DCs. smile smile smile

1983 was O-grades. (And applying to college/uni was much more straightforward).

DD woke us at 3am: AAAC. I'm delighted and relieved. Hope DH doesn't start muttering about 'dumbing down' etc. He better not- he was no help with the higher maths as he's forgotten it all even though he did a year of maths at uni!

chocoluvva Tue 06-Aug-13 09:03:21

Meant to wish Agent good luck for her 'under performer'.

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 09:05:47

oh good for her choccaluvva <still waiting> I am actually getting a bit anxious now I was fine about it DD was hyper last night so i was calming her down but eek I have knots in my stomach blush

chocoluvva Tue 06-Aug-13 09:19:50

Aww - it's rubbish when you feel like that mrsjay. Hope it goes well and if it doesn't theres still time to do well. It doesn't really matter how the subjects that she isn't planning to continue with have gone anyway IYSWIM. Well,in the long run - once she has some highers her standard grades won't seem to matter.

Thank you, chocoluvva

Mrsjay, I'll be waiting till about 3pm, when our post arrives. Rubbish, isn't it?

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 09:24:02

you are right once dd1 did her Highers the Standard grades didnt matter at all it is funny that eh, as it really is Highers colleges and Unis look for if they have stayed on at school, I think most kids do stay on nowadays dont they, I know only of one or two who have left in 4th year

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 09:24:42

Mrsjay, I'll be waiting till about 3pm, when our post arrives. Rubbish, isn't it?

Yip although our post is due 11ish

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 11:26:49

well postie has been

5 credits a general B C and a D she passed her music she was more astounded at that than anything we are really chuffed with the results

the D is Art which she didnt want to take anyway was a stuck on at the end

Preferthedogtothekids Tue 06-Aug-13 11:47:15

Really please with my Aspergers Ds! he got an A at Int Graph Comm, three 1s and four 2s, including a surprise 2 at maths. He was only in general/foundation maths class and he was the only one selected to have a go at the credit paper even though he hadn't covered some of the topics. He must have done enough! It does mean we have to get in touch with the school and see if we can swap his current plan to do Int 2 maths into a 5th Higher. If he does Photography instead he could have the opportunity to do the Scottish Baccalaureate in 6th year. Exciting stuff and I'm very proud of him.

chocoluvva Tue 06-Aug-13 12:34:10

Well done mrsjay's DD and Preferthedogtothekids's DS.

Proceed with caution re higher maths though Prefer - there is a particularly large jump between standard grade and higher maths.

Well, think we're the last to know, but he pulled it off - 5As! Take back all I said. Now to persuade him to stay on for sixth year. Congrats to all your DC

foodtech Tue 06-Aug-13 15:55:46

Aw that's brilliant. I've been up to the school to see my pupils results and am delighted too (even though I just teach them) feel so proud of all my Highers passing. With excellent results too. Happy day today.

mrsjay Tue 06-Aug-13 15:58:02

well done to them all been a good wee day smile Higher maths is hard it really is dd1 who was really good at maths struggled but he can go for it then see ,
dd was in foundation general for maths and got the general she is supposed to be doing INt2 in maths in 5th year but she might just keep with the general ,

I hated 6th year dd1 just faffed about she only stayed on to get her advanced higher music and I think she failed the other 2 highers she did

Jacaqueen Tue 06-Aug-13 16:24:51

DS got a B for Int 2 maths and English. Mixture of 1 and 2 for a further 5 subjects and a 3 for French.

Not too bad and means he can do the 5 Highers he has selected.

Well done to everyone else.

ithaka Tue 06-Aug-13 17:55:44

Just back from a celebration day out. Our first SQA experience & oldest child surpassed herself. I had planned the celebration day out, regardless of her results, as I knew she had studied. Very happy, well done to all the other students. Exam time is stressful,

Well done everyone, today is the day to be completely biased proud mums.

chocoluvva Tue 06-Aug-13 21:44:20

So it was worth the wait Agent smile

What a day!

creamteas Tue 06-Aug-13 22:27:40

Well done to all the DC

2rebecca Tue 06-Aug-13 23:13:32

Glad everyone's kids are happy with their results. My son's due to do 3 advanced highers although if he gets an unconditional offer I can see him dossing aound a bit, although suspect the school won't let him do too much cruising. Unfortunately most of the English unis seem to be looking for advanced highers but he's mainly thinking of applying to Scottish ones.

mrsjay Wed 07-Aug-13 08:37:56

rebecca I think the offers come In january don't they? dd1 got 2 unconditionals before her exams and dossed about 6th year <rolls eyes> she just concentrated on her advanced higher music because that is what her degree is. I wanted her to leave in 5th year but she was having none of it, her 6th year was all about free periods and prom. that sounds really negative I am sure not all 6th years are like that just mine

I think some - St As and Edi - don't send their offers out till March. But most are January.

JellicleCat Wed 07-Aug-13 23:55:41

Yes Edinburgh offers were very late compared to the others.
DD also dossed around in 6th year following 5 unconditional offers. As a result got a C for one advanced higher and no award for the other two. I feel it was a complete waste of a year.
She seems to have taken it on the chin. I'm not sure whether I am angry or sad, but have just tried to be supportive.

Please will someone tell me that their dc messed up advanced highers but still managed to remember how to work when they got to uni.

Dameron Thu 08-Aug-13 00:48:33

My daughter did the same. Unconditional so she slacked off. I think she got a bit of a fright though this year although she did manage to pass them. Got an A in her Adv Higher but 3 'C's in the Crash Highers. I should have expected it though - I did exactly the same thing all those years ago. Perhaps not a waste of a year - she was only 16 at the end of 5th Year - but I do feel frustrated.

Dameron Thu 08-Aug-13 00:52:39

I'm sure she will. I did! Son did the same and he's going into his 4th year now and doing well. Will graduate next year. Daughter will work I'm sure even though she slacked off this year (see post). I wouldn't panic.

mrsjay Thu 08-Aug-13 09:54:22

IT is frustrating Dameron I was raging (inwardly) at dd1 results although she got an A in her advanced higher but failed the rest one was a no mention, It doesn't matter now I suppose she is in herlast year of her degree but at the time it was annoying, she was 18 and probably shouldve left in 5th year

mrsjay Thu 08-Aug-13 09:56:25

Please will someone tell me that their dc messed up advanced highers but still managed to remember how to work when they got to uni.

as I just said she is doing great her degree is a music production/engineering one though so a lot of practical stuff but she has just passed her second year

wigglybeezer Thu 08-Aug-13 10:13:27

I still feel a bit guilty about my one Advanced higher at C in sixth year, although I did do my Art school portfolio, which was a lot of work.

Does anyone ever post on these threads if their child does really badly? I am anticipating disaster next year for DS1, he is in the guinea pig year for the new exams and seems oblivious to the purpose and point of education at the moment. After much angst I am almost at the point of letting him fail as I feel he will only try hard when he feels he is choosing to work for himself.

I am trying not to mind posts on facebook congratulating the clever children of my friends.

After DS1 I have DS2 with Aspergers to worry about!

wigglybeezer Thu 08-Aug-13 10:14:30

Forgot to say well done to all the exam passers ( and their parents).

mrsjay Thu 08-Aug-13 10:21:19

he will be fine wiggly although the new C O E seems pretty laid back for what i hear of it but im sure he will get into the swing of it when he goes into 4th year, and next year I have the Highers to worry about with dd2 those are one year courses so not sure she will do well,

JellicleCat Thu 08-Aug-13 16:50:48

I found bribery worked with standard grades wiggly. blush Much as I don't like paying for results, it worked. We paid dd so much for each A (bright but idle so no point in paying for passes). Would it work for littlewiggle?
obviously should have done the same for advanced highers

And thanks to those reassuring me about passing exams at uni.

mrsjay Thu 08-Aug-13 18:52:41

nowt wrong with a weebit of incentive imo

2rebecca Thu 08-Aug-13 23:33:10

I've never given financial incentives. By the time they have external exams they should be realising that they are sitting their exams for themselves and their future, not to make me happy.
I have encouraged them to think about future careers and look at exam grades needed for college as I think once kids start having a plan for life then the rest follows. My son's friends are quite academic which helps.
My stepson did badly in his highers. he cruised standard grades so thought he could do no work for highers, failed most, got a couple in 6th year, got into a local college for a degree, got kicked out in his first term for slacking and so worked for a couple of years.
He's now doing a degree in an unrelated subject and doing really well and is motivated. He just needed a few years to mature and decide what he wanted to do. Parental nagging at 17 was a waste of effort.

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