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Any parents of Y12 DCs up for a support thread?

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cardibach Fri 26-Apr-13 21:23:06

to get us through AS and university Open Days etc.?

monikar Fri 10-May-13 20:54:58

Yes, I'm not sure what is achieved by these late mocks either, only that it does make them revise, and as you say, gives them confidence if they do well. However, DD gets frustrated as she wants to concentrate her revision on the more imminent exams occurring in the next couple of weeks, whereas the Biology mock this week was for unit 2, which is not until after half term.

cardibach Fri 10-May-13 21:49:12

secret she has accompanied me when I have given blood for years, and always said she would when she was old enough. Et voila!
I take it as a goodcomment on my parenting (well I would, wouldn't I? smile ) but also on her good nature. She is a lovely, caring girl and want to work with people with disabilities. I get all choked up thinking about her sometimes and my heart seems too big! <great big softie>
She's at her Dad's this weekend. Hope she gets some work done...

secretscwirrels Mon 13-May-13 11:11:23

Exams starting this week everyone?
DS has PC2 today and Statistics on Friday. Plus several mocks.

Good luck to them all.

bruffin Mon 13-May-13 11:33:07

Philosophy and core1 today
Core2 and decision2 on friday

Isthiscorrect Mon 13-May-13 11:41:35

Economics today, really really hard apparently :-( History tomorrow, philosophy and gov & pol on Friday.

BlueStringPudding Mon 13-May-13 12:30:24

DD had Economics today, she's predicted an A, but came home saying it was awful :-(

secretscwirrels Mon 13-May-13 12:42:51

BlueStringPudding Has she done okay in practice papers? If it's a really tough paper the grade boundaries may be lower.

Isthiscorrect Mon 13-May-13 14:51:59

Yy bluestring. Ds is/was predicted an A but said it was awful. Then he said still its only half the marks as there is another paper, trying hard to keep his spirits up.

bruffin Mon 13-May-13 16:27:30

DS really pleased about core 1, seems to have the same answers as the others. Said philosophy was ok, but i know he didnt put the effort that he has put into maths.
He has forgotten his key so he is locked out until we get home from work.

BlueStringPudding Mon 13-May-13 18:06:56

Yes, she had done well in the practice papers - I think she got 97% when she did the one set in January (although not for real unfortunately). Of the 2 it was the one she was more confident for - so we'll have to see how she gets on with the second paper.

secretswirrels - am hoping the grade boundaries will be lower.

prettydaisies Mon 13-May-13 18:58:09

Core 1 done here. DD seemed very pleased. Geography now tomorrow.
If the paper is really hard and everyone struggles, then the UMS points get adjusted I think.

Cerisier Mon 13-May-13 23:50:17

DD said C1 was ok but the last couple of questions were tricky. Economics was awful, she didn't have enough time. it is Geography today- but the exam is at 7.30pm due to the time difference. At least she gets the day to revise.

Isthiscorrect Tue 14-May-13 05:18:00

Student room is awash with disasters for economics, running out of time, unsure about multiple choice etc. Hopefully the grade boundaries will be lower and the exam on Friday will be easier.

BlueStringPudding Tue 14-May-13 15:02:53

yes DD ran out of time on Economics, and she mentioned multiple choice being hard too.

She is in Geography currently, am hoping that's going ok.

Have DD2 with GCSEs today as well - 2 x Biology papers - you can imagine what our house is like at the moment!

Cerisier Tue 14-May-13 17:27:37

Bluestring I hope geography went well for your DD. My DD said it was ok but the cold environments question was not nice.

We have two days off now before Maths and Econ on Friday.

notfluffy Tue 14-May-13 17:53:23

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BlueStringPudding Tue 14-May-13 18:23:17

Yes Geography went ok she thinks. She got a question on 'China's one child policy' that she was hoping might come up. Otherwise she said it was harder than she was expecting but not too bad.

DD2's Biology GCSE papers were also 'ok' which is good.

Next for DD1 is Economics on Friday, she's not doing Maths so just the one to focus on for the next few days...

prettydaisies Tue 14-May-13 20:14:48

DD did that geography paper too and was pleased with the China question. Geography's what she'd like to do at University so really hoping it went well.
Maths and English now on Friday.

margot1962 Wed 15-May-13 01:21:37

University is not for everyone, as it's a different style of learning. Make sure they are able to cope with that style of living and learning, before they go for it. They need to understand that they won't, or shouldn't. have a personal tutor at uni , so they have to get down to independent study now and understand what their goal is! I have two girls at top universities now. They are very focused, work hard. They are independent girls, from a comprehensive school, mixing with other students at uni, from an increasingly privileged background...

Isthiscorrect Wed 15-May-13 04:55:20

Ds did history yesterday, said it went much better than economics. He got the question he wanted. Focus now is on philosophy and economics on Friday. I hate days where they get two different exams, it seems you hardly get time for a brain rest and it's all go again.
Margot ds is very sure what he wants to do and how he is going to achieve it. He has a 1 yr, 2 yr, 5 yr plan! I'm sure I don't know how he got to be like that. But he is driven and he will get there of that I have no doubt.
Blue string Eeeekkkkk at 2 lots of exams at the same time.
Notfluffy fingers crossed you find somewhere for work experience. What does the admissions tutor say about the experience dd has already?

cardibach Wed 15-May-13 21:16:08

DD did a past Bio paper today and got a B! This is a breakthrough as she finds exam questions really tough despite understanding and knowing the work thoroughly. The real thing is on Tuesday, so fingers crossed.

bruffin Fri 17-May-13 08:20:58

That was good Cardibach, good luck to her on Tuesday and every one else who has exams today.

Today DS has Core2 and Decision maths and my DD is doing Citizenship gcse.

secretscwirrels Fri 17-May-13 10:37:01

DS1 has Statistics AS module today and Decision next Friday. He revises by doing past papers and is doing 3 most days. He loves exams and will be deflated when it's all over, unlike DS2 who has a dreaded 2 hour English Controlled assessment today and hates exams or tests of any kind.
They look like two peas in a pod but they are so different.

Cerisier Fri 17-May-13 12:57:19

DD had S1 today and is now off to do economics 2. S1 was difficult but she seems quite upbeat about the economics.

Edexcel are using different maths papers for our school this year, the R set for schools more than 5 hours ahead of the UK. Unfortunately they seem really hard to everyone. The students have found C1, M1, D1 and S1 all unusually tricky and are now worried about the rest of the papers.

BlueStringPudding Fri 17-May-13 14:49:36

DD sitting Economics 2 today, and went off in a good mood - she'd checked the unofficial mark scheme for the Economics 1 paper, and reckoned she'd done quite well in the multiple choice after all.

Some of her friends have 4 papers scheduled today, and I think are having to overnight at College and take one paper tomorrow morning - can't remember which ones she said they were, but I think they were Economics, Maths, Politics and English Lit?

What a nightmare - so glad she's not in that situation, and really feel for those that are!

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