The Current Year 11 Thread Mark I (2016-2017)

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    (Original post by _gcx)
    Hi N-chicken!

    What is bothering you about the style of questions within the new Maths spec? Do you mean you can't understand the way in which questions are asked? The terminology used? (etc.)
    Hi!

    They just seem so wordy!!!

    English is the worst tho!!! Y is it closed book!!!!
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    (Original post by N-chicken)
    English is the worst tho!!! Y is it closed book!!!!
    Yeah English is def the worst, we need to memorize all the notes and annotations for like 50 poems
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    (Original post by samaad1)
    I think it' not that bad haven't sat any gcses and havent done physics isa yet but done some mocks predicted chem-A phys-B bio-B
    That's cool. Ive done all my isa and got A in chemistry and physics and A* in Biology. In mocks I got A in chemistry and biology and got A* in physics. Good luck to you!

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    (Original post by _b_e_n_)
    Yeah English is def the worst, we need to memorize all the notes and annotations for like 50 poems
    And 3 books!!!!!! I hate shakespeare!!!
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    (Original post by N-chicken)
    Hi!

    They just seem so wordy!!!

    English is the worst tho!!! Y is it closed book!!!!
    It is wordier. Some questions are worded similar to A-level.

    I fully agree with the comment about English. English should be a test of being able to analyse and compare, not memorise.
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    (Original post by _gcx)
    It is wordier. Some questions are worded similar to A-level.

    I fully agree with the comment about English. English should be a test of being able to analyse and compare, not memorise.
    Exactly!!!! I would have gotten away with almost no revision but now its a memory test im gonna have to revise sooo much!!!!!!!
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    (Original post by N-chicken)
    Exactly!!!! I would have gotten away with almost no revision but now its a memory test im gonna have to revise sooo much!!!!!!!
    Luckily it's only quotes and general ideas, you don't have to know the whole thing! XD
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    To make it worse I'm useless at annotating poems and books by myself. I really hate english, the teachers are always like putting stuff in way too much detail and think that everything implies something even if its something really simple like 'the sky was blue' and i'm just like ok the sky's blue but they're like ok so this like represents life and death and sadness and **** like that, even when i'm sure the writer really didn't mean that.

    sorry for the mini rant.
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    (Original post by _b_e_n_)
    To make it worse I'm useless at annotating poems and books by myself. I really hate english, the teachers are always like putting stuff in way too much detail and think that everything implies something even if its something really simple like 'the sky was blue' and i'm just like ok the sky's blue but they're like ok so this like represents life and death and sadness and **** like that, even when i'm sure the writer really didn't mean that.

    sorry for the mini rant.
    Although, yes, a lot of the stuff you're looking into was likely unintended, it's something you just have to do. You get marks for looking into things deeper than a typical person would, pretty much! :P
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    Hello there, I'm studentun and my hobbies are reading.
    I've already taken 4 gcses in aqa science (A), aqa spanish (A), edexcel history (A) and edexcel pscyhology (A*)
    I'll be taking 6 gcses in year 11:
    additional science, aqa
    applied business, edexcel
    re, edexcel
    english language, wjec
    english literature, wjec
    maths, edexcel

    I'm definitely not ready for year 11 i'm very scared and nervous about the year!
    My favourite subjects are english and history

    Just a question, i'm not very good at maths but would like to achieve a grade of either a 6 or 7. How would i go about revising for maths this year? In the mock at the end of year 10 i got a level 4 which is still a pass but nowhere near my target grade. Does anyone have any maths revision tips?
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    (Original post by StudentUn)
    Just a question, i'm not very good at maths but would like to achieve a grade of either a 6 or 7. How would i go about revising for maths this year? In the mock at the end of year 10 i got a level 4 which is still a pass but nowhere near my target grade. Does anyone have any maths revision tips?
    I bought a cgp maths revision guide, it explains all of the topics in detail and has past papers and practise questions, it did wonders for my maths grades.
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    (Original post by StudentUn)
    Hello there, I'm studentun and my hobbies are reading.
    I've already taken 4 gcses in aqa science (A), aqa spanish (A), edexcel history (A) and edexcel pscyhology (A*)
    I'll be taking 6 gcses in year 11:
    additional science, aqa
    applied business, edexcel
    re, edexcel
    english language, wjec
    english literature, wjec
    maths, edexcel

    I'm definitely not ready for year 11 i'm very scared and nervous about the year!
    My favourite subjects are english and history

    Just a question, i'm not very good at maths but would like to achieve a grade of either a 6 or 7. How would i go about revising for maths this year? In the mock at the end of year 10 i got a level 4 which is still a pass but nowhere near my target grade. Does anyone have any maths revision tips?
    Hi studentun!

    Solid start with 3As and an A*! I'd start, in terms of Maths, with gap analysis, finding where you lost the marks, resulting in that Grade 4, and create a list. Address each of the topics on the list individually, looking up the method, possibly making notes, but definitely doing a lot of practice questions, either from past papers or from sets online. It makes the exam a lot easier. Your textbook should help with practice, too!
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    Hellooo, I'm akalya and my hobbies are playing piano, badminton and reading :hi:

    I'm taking 11 GCSEs:

    English Language (OCR)
    English Literature (OCR)
    Maths (Edexcel)
    Biology (AQA)
    Chemistry (AQA)
    Physics (AQA)
    RS (AQA)
    French (Edexcel)
    History (OCR)
    Geography (Edexcel)
    ICT (CIE)

    School starts on 2nd September and I think I'm ready but I'm still dreading it.
    I like pretty much all my subjects apart from English.
    I would love to do Medicine in the future.

    Good luck to everyone starting year 11 and let's have a great year!!
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    (Original post by akalya)
    Hellooo, I'm akalya and my hobbies are playing piano, badminton and reading :hi:

    I'm taking 11 GCSEs:

    English Language (OCR)
    English Literature (OCR)
    Maths (Edexcel)
    Biology (AQA)
    Chemistry (AQA)
    Physics (AQA)
    RS (AQA)
    French (Edexcel)
    History (OCR)
    Geography (Edexcel)
    ICT (CIE)

    School starts on 2nd September and I think I'm ready but I'm still dreading it.
    I like pretty much all my subjects apart from English.
    I would love to do Medicine in the future.

    Good luck to everyone starting year 11 and let's have a great year!!
    Welcome to the thread Akalya :wavey:
    Why don't you like English? Is it both Literature or Language you do not like?

    You'll find many students on this thread taking similar subjects/exam boards and who may also have similar aspirations to you so do feel free to PM any users. I'm sure they'll be glad to help you.
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    (Original post by _b_e_n_)
    I bought a cgp maths revision guide, it explains all of the topics in detail and has past papers and practise questions, it did wonders for my maths grades.
    What exam board do you do?
    I do Edexcel.

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    (Original post by umar39)
    Welcome to the thread Akalya :wavey:
    Why don't you like English? Is it both Literature or Language you do not like?
    I just don't like that in English we seem to be over-analysing everything and the fact that we're doing the new GCSE makes it worse. I find that for me English is so much harder to improve on than e.g. Maths because it's so subjective. However, I do enjoy some aspects of it and I like literature more than language


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    (Original post by StudentUn)
    Hello there, I'm studentun and my hobbies are reading.
    I've already taken 4 gcses in aqa science (A), aqa spanish (A), edexcel history (A) and edexcel pscyhology (A*)
    I'll be taking 6 gcses in year 11:
    additional science, aqa
    applied business, edexcel
    re, edexcel
    english language, wjec
    english literature, wjec
    maths, edexcel

    I'm definitely not ready for year 11 i'm very scared and nervous about the year!
    My favourite subjects are english and history

    Just a question, i'm not very good at maths but would like to achieve a grade of either a 6 or 7. How would i go about revising for maths this year? In the mock at the end of year 10 i got a level 4 which is still a pass but nowhere near my target grade. Does anyone have any maths revision tips?

    For Maths use Mathswatch if your school have subscribed to it as it's brilliant. Hegartymaths and ukmathsteacher videos are also good although some of the ukmathsteacher ones can be too long. Remember past paper practice is essential in Maths so don't forget to do them. Best of luck.
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    Hey everyone
    I'm Mahree, and I'm a September baby, with is neither a good thing nor a bad thing. I like to write, read, cook, run and a bunch of other things.

    I'm taking 9 GCSEs (originally wanted to take 12, but I moved schools and their timetable only allowed for 9 subjects, could actually be a good thing)

    I'm doing:

    - English Language (WJEC)
    - English Literature (WJEC)
    - Maths (Edexcel)
    - Biology (AQA)
    - Chemistry (AQA)
    - Physics (AQA)
    - French (AQA)
    - Geography (AQA)
    - History (AQA)

    I don't actually have a favourite subject, I just like learning, and if I'm learning I'm happy Chemistry is my favourite science, I prefer Language over Literature and I actually like doing French.
    I think I'm ready for Year 11. All through last year, I built up revision materials and folders for this year and I've spent quite a bit of time of them. I just want Year 11 to be as stress free as possible. :cool: The new GCSEs though, I don't know. I'm predicted 8s in all 3 of them, but I feel like I'm at a dead end. I've gotten 7s all year for English Lit and Lang but I always seem to buckle on major exams, idk. Maths I'd never though I'd be worried about but I'm actually am. I've baseline a 6, and since Year 7 I've always been keen to get a A* (8) on this. The new exams seem so much harder and there's still so much to learn.

    I wish to persuse medicine and work in healthcare in the future and I'm a lot more excited to go to Uni, than to complete A-Levels.
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    (Original post by StudentUn)
    Hello there, I'm studentun and my hobbies are reading.
    I've already taken 4 gcses in aqa science (A), aqa spanish (A), edexcel history (A) and edexcel pscyhology (A*)
    I'll be taking 6 gcses in year 11:
    additional science, aqa
    applied business, edexcel
    re, edexcel
    english language, wjec
    english literature, wjec
    maths, edexcel

    I'm definitely not ready for year 11 i'm very scared and nervous about the year!
    My favourite subjects are english and history

    Just a question, i'm not very good at maths but would like to achieve a grade of either a 6 or 7. How would i go about revising for maths this year? In the mock at the end of year 10 i got a level 4 which is still a pass but nowhere near my target grade. Does anyone have any maths revision tips?
    Does your school use MyMaths? I found that MyMaths helps me a lot with revision because of it's lessons.
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    (Original post by akalya)
    I just don't like that in English we seem to be over-analysing everything and the fact that we're doing the new GCSE makes it worse. I find that for me English is so much harder to improve on than e.g. Maths because it's so subjective. However, I do enjoy some aspects of it and I like literature more than language


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    I am also in a very similar situation in terms of English. I much prefer literature because it is more 'set in stone' if that makes sense. (No? ok!). I'm not particularity creative either so creating or re accounting stories is quite difficult for me.
    But, hey! That's why we're here isn't it? -To collaborate and work together so we can achieve great grades. Please feel free to PM with any questions. I'll be glad to help!
 
 
 
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