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Does anyone have a year 11 child doing mocks soon?

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IWasAdoredOnceToo Fri 30-Oct-09 18:20:01

and if so
How much revision have they done this half term?

IWasAdoredOnceToo Fri 30-Oct-09 18:37:15


IWasAdoredOnceToo Fri 30-Oct-09 19:22:57


snorkie Fri 30-Oct-09 19:28:13

Hi there! I have a year 11 ds who hasn't said anything about mocks, so I'm not sure if they have them in a formal way or not. He does have a timed French essay on Monday that he'd forgotten about until today and he's done an English assignment over half term too. When does your school do their mocks out of interest?

If he/she hasn't done enough in your opinion, then maybe the results will give him/her a wake up call and the lesson will be learned in time for the real ones.

IWasAdoredOnceToo Fri 30-Oct-09 20:42:03

yes I am glad they are this side of Christmas so hehas plenty of time

comet2 Sat 31-Oct-09 16:10:05

What are these mock tests, I haven't been told about these. Are they done in year 8?
My dd has done some tests but they were just quarterly tests, I think.

bodycolder Sat 31-Oct-09 16:26:17

Yes Ds has been revising Friday all day and today.He has a school trip tonight to the rocky horror show and then will be revising all day tomorrow!He had Monday to thursday free.He says he now plans to revise 1 hr after school per day have saturdays off and then work sunday afternoon. Think he will be cramming it all in over xmas too.He has surprised me as he is a lazy thing normally

comet2 Sat 31-Oct-09 20:03:18

Have asked dd about these tests. None the wiser. Teachers have not said anything about this. Which part of the country are you.

witcheseve Sat 31-Oct-09 20:05:33

DD has actual English GCSE's coming up in the next two weeks. I bought a revision guide and she has looked at in for a couple of hours this afternoon. I want to see her revising tomorrow.

IWasAdoredOnceToo Sat 31-Oct-09 21:32:00

Year 11 tests comet - the mocks before GCSEs
I am still waiting for ds to revise - he managed to do a bit of a French essay - but not much.
I am for the first time, holding back and not getting involved. He needs to sort it out for himself and-learn what he needs to do.

snorkie Sat 31-Oct-09 23:22:15

I have asked ds & he doesn't think he has any mocks. He has some real papers in some subjects after xmas. This year has been far more laid back academically than I expected so far.

comet2 Sat 31-Oct-09 23:33:31

Sorry how stupid of me. I read 11 year old child. Was wondering how an 11 year old was supposed to do a French essay.

IWasAdoredOnceToo Sun 01-Nov-09 12:08:02

As ds1 is not bothering to revise I am starting to give him jobs to do - concessions I might have made if he was working hard

Drayford Sun 01-Nov-09 18:58:24

My DS has his Mocks in January - unless he's been misleading me!! Always a possibility!

He does have classroom based coursework in the next couple of weeks (under exam conditions I think ) and an English paper sometime soon.

eatyourveg Mon 02-Nov-09 19:26:59

DS1 has mocks this month. he has no inclination to revise so I downloaded past papers over half term in french physics and biology to make him see just how much he needed to know to get a decent grade. I have found getting the cgp workbooks the easiest way to get him to sit down to do anything. You can buy the answer booklets to check if he's on target. I also enlisted the help of the deputy head who offered to let him work in her office after school twice a week till 5.30. It may seem cruel but there is no other way to get him to sit down and do anything. I have previously tried banning the computer and confiscating the guitar but to no avail. At least he thinks the deputy head is cool so doesn;t seem to mind staying late. Good luck!

ADifferentMe Tue 03-Nov-09 09:55:45

Did any of your Y11s sit Edexcel chemistry/biology/physics papers back in the summer? DD at a usually high achieving grammar school and they had very disappointing results. They've reluctantly allowed resits but I wondered whether this was a problem across the country or just at her school.

On the revision front, mocks for her are in January but she's had loads of history coursework to hand in today which of course only got done yesterday!

snorkie Tue 03-Nov-09 11:15:49

Ours did AQA ADifferentMe, so no use to compare (not heard what the results were like overall in any case). Did the school get a selection remarked & complain though because I've heard that sometimes a stingy/incompetant examiner can be responsible for a whole set of results being 'off' sometimes.

In any case best of luck with the retakes.

ADifferentMe Tue 03-Nov-09 11:24:41

Thanks, Snorkie.

No, the school blame the fact that the exams were straight after two weeks study leave for school exams, two weeks work experience and one week half term - so no science lessons for five weeks! Poor planning, but they didn't admit that.

DD doesn't want to do science A levels but universities seem to look at GCSE results so she's already ruled out of a few unless her resits are exceptionally successful! Shocking that at 15 it already matters so much.

Sorry for hijack!

snorkie Tue 03-Nov-09 11:47:41

Get her to practice lots of past papers (I know the syllabus has changed recently, so not easy to get hold of) and go through the mark schemes too so she understands exactly what answers the examiners are looking for. Hopefully she can pull her grades up.

Is she doing Science & additional science or separate sciences (ie 2 or 3 science GCSEs overall)? If she's supposed to be doing 3 then it may be possible to drop down to 2 if they are her weaker subjects - that way it could make less impact on her overall set of GCSEs (assuming she still has enough).

IWasAdoredOnceToo Tue 03-Nov-09 17:30:01

DS1 sat the first part of his 3 sciences in jan - straight ofterChristmas. he did past papers a few times under exam conditions adn got A<A A* - he takes the final 3 in Jan - which I think are much harder.

I am trying ot be hands off with hims so that he can see how much work he really ahs to do....then we will get strict!

I will look at CJP work books - not sure what they afre though
And exam papers - yes good idea - must ask what board he is taking

ADifferentMe Tue 03-Nov-09 19:09:15

Snorkie, she's doing the three separate sciences. She was predicted A/A* in everything so this came as a shock. The school have offered extra revision classes to all the girls - they're not keen on them dropping subjects, they all take eleven.

snorkie Tue 03-Nov-09 23:02:02

Well if the school won't let her drop one it's not an option, but I'd have thought 2 weaker grades out of 10 would be better than 3 out of 11. Maybe if the resits don't go well (hopefully they will) you could go to the school & insist?

Drayford Wed 04-Nov-09 00:13:22

DS's summer modules were OK. His school had very high results (edexcel), but he will be re-sitting the chemistry module in the summer in the hope of getting his final grade to B or above. His module results were A Physics, B Biology & C Chemistry, but many in his year got straight A's or above. If he'd revised he'd probably had done much better.

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