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How much revision is your yr11 child doing?

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Inncogneetow Mon 01-Apr-13 22:43:06

I'm pleased with ds1's approach: he doesn't seem stressed and seems to be doing "enough".

He has all his exams this summer (not done modular courses etc.), so has 17 exams, but most are just 1hr. Some subjects, eg Eng Lang and Maths he doesn't need to revise for, just complete the practice work set for homework. He is on track for very high targets for all subjects.

This Easter hols in total he has about 15 hours of set homework to complete and is doing 10 hours of planned revision. (He does focused 30 min slots.) Also going into school for 5 hrs one day for workshops.

So is the average mumsnet child doing more or less than this?

Inncogneetow Sun 07-Apr-13 20:19:15

ds1 still doing just 30-45 min sessions; focused work on a particular topic (mostly science).
2 or 3 sessions per day. Revising a topic, then getting us to test him.

This time seems to be far more worthwhile/productive than the homework, which is mostly just doing endless past papers.

mumslife Sun 07-Apr-13 20:14:35

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Movingtimes Fri 05-Apr-13 12:58:42

DD1 says she is doing 4 hours a day. But for all I know she is spending most of it on Tumblr.

circular Fri 05-Apr-13 12:56:25

Study sessions at school this week, 3 x 1hr15 each day, but not in all subjects. DD has gone in most days, but only covered 2 or of her subjects.
Also English Lit CA catch up sessions.

Apart from this, very little revision going on. A small amount of the 3 subjects that have papers before half term.

School recommends 4 hours on non-school day, 1 hour on school day. Hoping she will get down to this from next week.

Not pushing her at all, as she seems exhausted.

beafrog Thu 04-Apr-13 15:51:11

Thank you parents of less motivated children for your reassurance... I know it shouldn't matter, but it does make me feel a lot better knowing I'm not the only one...

BackforGood Wed 03-Apr-13 18:15:12

He did OK - got what was predicted. Could, of course, have done better if he'd put the work in. smile
You are lucky to have a ds who is prepared to work at this stage.

Inncogneetow Wed 03-Apr-13 18:08:46


Inncogneetow Wed 03-Apr-13 18:08:28

Did he get his targets BackforGood?!
I actually think ds1 would probably get his grades without a lot of revision, but he will have to work hard for A levels; so I don't want him to set a precedent of getting them without putting some graft in! LOL

The balance seems OK atm; we're not having to nag for him to get it done, but he's clearly benefitting from the time he is putting in.

Ten weeks on Froday is his last exam!

BackforGood Wed 03-Apr-13 16:52:28

beafrog - my ds did his last year, and didn't do any revision (except the 2 days a teacher arranged for them to go into school) at Easter either.
Like Hully's dc - he went into his room, and, like middleagedspread's ds - hours of revision on Facebook, and like lainiekazan's ds - a lot of sleeping.
Believe me Incogneetow - what your ds is doing is way above the average Yr11 ds from real life, if not MN dcs wink

middleagedspread Wed 03-Apr-13 16:46:31

Year 11. Male.
Hours of revision on Facebook smile
About 60 mins daily of GCSE subjects.
I've given up nagging, I'm bored of myself.

lainiekazan Wed 03-Apr-13 09:29:15

This thread has made my hair stand on end.

I have just torn the duvet off ds and yelled "carpe diem!" at him.

He is in year 10 but has three GCSEs this year. He has done absolutely nada.

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 02-Apr-13 21:17:36

I am told that DD1 is doing 4-5 hours a day. Plus practising. And she certainly brought a huge load of books, revision materials etc away with her. But I don't actually know she is revising. She might be doing anything in her room, really. I hope she is. But I can't do it for her.

Inncogneetow Tue 02-Apr-13 20:36:49

ds1 has about 2/3 of his exams before half term, and almost all of the ones with a heavy revision burden. 7 weeks til half term!

MrsBartlet Tue 02-Apr-13 19:30:25

The exams seem to be very nicely spread out. Dd has about half before half-term and half after it. I was in the last year to do O' Levels and we only had language orals before the half-term and everything was concentrated into a few weeks in June.

MrsBartlet Tue 02-Apr-13 19:28:40

DD didn't doing anything over the Easter weekend (except make a revision timetable!) She started today and is doing 2 subjects per day, 3 hours in the morning and about 4 hours in the afternoon plus rereading her English texts in the evening and learning a bit of Latin vocab each day. I have made sure she has given herself a coupe of days off over the rest of the holiday, though.

She is very driven - I can't imagine ds being like this when it is his turn!

Hullygully Tue 02-Apr-13 19:23:35


Hullygully Tue 02-Apr-13 19:23:19

good lord.

Ds is doing any yet, his first exam is mid may and they they are quite spread out.

<feels worried now>

creamteas Tue 02-Apr-13 19:20:27

Actually I have no idea.

DD says she is revising, but as she is in her room most of the time, I have no way of knowing.

But to me, that is how it should be. She is old enough to understand the consequences of not doing well, and to take responsibility for her actions (or inactions grin)

Inncogneetow Tue 02-Apr-13 18:03:03

Beafrog: I've had to be quite pro-active and far more involved than I've been for years to get ds1 to create a revision timetable and commit to some regular extra work.

But once he's got into it, he can see how much he's benefitting and feels good that he's actually doing something. So it's not been the battle that I anticipated. (He's not doing anything like the hours of many others on here, but I genuinely don't think he needs to!)

But if he does complete all the revision planned for the week, he gets to choose take-away on Friday night :-)

Startail Tue 02-Apr-13 17:28:29

If DD1 is in the kitchen she'll be chattering to me or DH, not working or at least not working towards her GCSEs. A' levels yes, GCSEs no.

She's dyslexic, she finds things easier to remember if she understands the whole picture. Unfortunately living with two graduate scientists, a quick question frequently turns into half an hours in depth discussion.

She has other subjects than science and geography to learn and only so many hours in the day.

hellsbells99 Tue 02-Apr-13 17:21:06

DD has started! Aiming to do 3ish hours per day. But has some art to do too. I am concerned though that for English Lit and all 3 sciences they haven't finished the syllabus yet. They only have approx 3 weeks left after the Easter hols before they break up for study leave ....and she has only just started reading Blood Brothers over the holiday and had 2 hours in class on it.

StephofArc Tue 02-Apr-13 17:07:48

Oh trust me beafrog, DD is anything but cheerfully revising. But because of certain circumstances she knows she'll be redoing her GCSEs next year a year behind if she doesn't put the work in now, and the thought fills her with dread. Which means she's in no position to complain when I make her sit down and revise, and she knows it grin

webwiz Tue 02-Apr-13 16:50:00

I had one of those beafrog DD1 was a nightmare - we still talk about finding her wandering the house having a "break" after she'd been revising for precisely 4 minutes!

beafrog Tue 02-Apr-13 16:44:12

Hmm... please can more parents of lazy boys add posts here... Mine has done next to nothing and when he is "revising" doesn't seem to be doing a great deal to me (wandering off to make cups of tea or to find more food every ten minutes). When I launch into my daily talk about how it is only a matter of weeks, this is really important, it will all be over soon and he just has to do his best etc. he gets annoyed and says I am putting him off. I appear to be the only person with a child who is not cheerfully doing hours of revision every day....

Jobforlife Tue 02-Apr-13 16:30:08

DD is at her desk before she has had breakfast or got dressed. She's normally still at it by bedtime most days, but may have a break to watch a soap on telly. She's not stressed at all, just absolutely loves school work!! First exam May 10th (IGCSEs mainly, so a very heavy week 20-24th May, and 20 exams in total (virtually no coursework with IGCSEs, and no modular testing). I'm enjoying the whole experience, as when her elder brother did his GCSE's it was a complete nightmare. He didn't work at all, and we were all tearing our hair out!
I can honestly say, she will have done her very best, and we will celebrate her results no matter what they are, knowing she prepared the very best she could.

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