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    If you are in year 10 going into year 11:
    1) What GCSE's are you taking?
    French, Spanish, English (lit and lang), Geography, RS, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, IT.

    2) What are your expectations of year 11?
    I'm really worried about the exams and I hope revision wont be too stressful as I put a lot of pressure on myself. im scared I wont be able to remember it all and im doubtful about maths and physics which are my slightly weaker subjects (I m aiming for an a in maths).
    I hope I haven't forgotten everything as I haven't done any work or revision in the summer holidays - should I have done?

    3)Are you looking forward to year 11?
    despite the previous answer, I am actually quite excited - I want to get back into the routine and see everyone again after summer.
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    (Original post by maary)
    If you are in year 10 going into year 11:
    1) What GCSE's are you taking?
    French, Spanish, English (lit and lang), Geography, RS, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, IT.

    2) What are your expectations of year 11?
    I'm really worried about the exams and I hope revision wont be too stressful as I put a lot of pressure on myself. im scared I wont be able to remember it all and im doubtful about maths and physics which are my slightly weaker subjects (I m aiming for an a in maths).
    I hope I haven't forgotten everything as I haven't done any work or revision in the summer holidays - should I have done?

    3)Are you looking forward to year 11?
    despite the previous answer, I am actually quite excited - I want to get back into the routine and see everyone again after summer.
    Don't worry - I did no revision in the whole time I was at school

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    1) How was year 11 for you?
    It went by so quick! Before I knew it it was already April and the stress of exams was piling up. However Year 11 is the best year. Its when you make all the important choices before your life really begins. Between choosing what you want to do next and the pressure from exams and revision, it may seem horrifying but once you're done with it its like a massive relief.

    2) How many exams did you sit?

    14 - I was lucky that I did 2 in year 9 and 4 in year 10.

    3) What advice will you like to give to the upcoming year 11's?
    I know it sounds annoying when everyone keeps telling you to revise, but trust me. Listen to them! You don't have to revise loads everyday, all day. Just start really early and do 30 minutes each day and by the time its May/June you'll be finished with your revision and I promise, you'll ace the exams.

    Don't put it off. That's what I did. All of my revision was last minute and you don't want to face the amount of stress I faced during those two months. I managed to get adequate grades but that was only because I always did my homework and classwork well. If I hadn't done that I probably would have barely passed :eek:.

    But don't stress over things. Its not as bad as it all seems. Just make sure you don't leave it till the end. I remember I didn't revise for history until the day before and trust me that is NOT something you will enjoy doing - especially for information crammed subjects like History.
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    (Original post by funkydee19)
    Wow.. why so many subjects?
    My school puts us in for things early (year 9/year 10) and tries to give us more diversity I guess...I know, doing 16+ subjects is a lot. I don't think that many people at my school find it that stressful though, we're allowed to drop some if we feel under too much pressure.
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    1) How was year 11 for you?
    Year 11 for me was stressful because I worried too much, but I actually sailed through even with all the panicking!

    2) How many exams did you sit?
    29

    3) What advice will you like to give to the upcoming year 11s?
    Dont leave your coursework to the last minute! The quicker you get your coursework out the way, the quicker you can start reading over things you learnt at the beginning of year nine, the stuff you'll find easiest to understand, but the hardest to remember.
    If your school does mocks, use this to your advantage! When I did my mocks in december I learnt how I remembered information best, and made revision resources (like flashcards) as I went. This meant when I got to revising in April, I already had things to revise from, and spent more time revising rather than making things look pretty
    Don't freak out about exams if you dont think youve done enough revision. GCSE exams are always super close together; if I had done all the revision I would've liked to I wouldn't of slept, yet I still did well considering.
    Remember to look after yourself! It's very easy to become bogged down in all this work and revision and exams, but remember to take some time out for you. Relax, and if you find you are struggling, talk to a teacher! They can do so much to help, even if it does seem daunting

    Overall, try and enough the year, I know for me, it was when everyone started to become adults, and realised that GCSEs are important. That sheet you threw across the room in year 10 that you thought you'd never need? find it. Get everrything organised and sort out everything into modules/exams, and have fun with it! This is the last chance you've got with most subjects so make it count!
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    (Original post by maary)
    I hope I haven't forgotten everything as I haven't done any work or revision in the summer holidays - should I have done?
    I'd say just read through your last couple of lessons work again to get yourself back on track, that's all I did in year 10 and I did fine!
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    (Original post by Its_Tito)
    My school puts us in for things early (year 9/year 10) and tries to give us more diversity I guess...I know, doing 16+ subjects is a lot. I don't think that many people at my school find it that stressful though, we're allowed to drop some if we feel under too much pressure.
    Oh okay.. at least you do have the option to drop.. all the best
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    (Original post by funkydee19)
    Oh okay.. at least you do have the option to drop.. all the best
    Yeah, it's somewhat frowned upon but it is a lot of stress... thank you
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    I'm taking 11 GCSEs and 1 BTEC.They are:
    AQA English language
    AQA English literature
    AQA Spanish
    OCR Biology
    OCR Chemistry
    OCR Physics
    OCR Computing
    Edexcel Mathematics A
    Edexcel History A
    (unknown exam board) RE
    (unknown exam board) BTEC sport

    I've done my BTEC sport exam and will get my results this month. In May and June 2015, I have a total of 19 exams.

    I've already received some results for my coursework too.They are:

    English language unit 2-B
    English language unit 3-A
    Spanish unit 3-A*
    Spanish unit 4-A*
    Computing practical investigation (A452)-A/A*
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    1) How was year 11 for you?

    Overall, I enjoyed it, I think people exaggerate the stress etc. I was able to have enough time to do the things enjoy, spend time with friends and remain on top of the work.

    2) How many exams did you sit?
    I sat 23 exams, in the summer as I took triple science. I had 2 exams on about 5 different days. I started revising around Easter, and would recommend the same. I also revised 2 weeks before mocks as these are important for my sixth form.

    3) What advice will you like to give to the upcoming year 11s?
    Minimise absences; have fun and always do your homework. Don't start revising too early, as I knew people who burned out. Don't feel too under pressure, at GCSE if you're predicted an A, and have a terrible exam that module will at worst be a C
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    Any tips for AQA Music? So regretting taking it, nothing seems to go right for me xD


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    (Original post by SampleX)
    Any tips for AQA Music? So regretting taking it, nothing seems to go right for me xD


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    Work hard on your compositions! Don't leave them until the last minute because they are not something you can hurry.
    Have you done your performances yet? Try to get a good mark on them as they might boost your final grade.
    And for the listening, go with your instinct! I found that, generally, if I changed my answer to a listening question, my original answer would be correct, so only change it if you are sure.
    Good luck! Feel free to PM me if you have any other/specific questions

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    Past papers are your best friend in lots of subjects, but especially so in langauages because the vocabulary is repeated, but remember to go further back than the previous year, you need to do as many past papers as you can. I found with my maths I had the same problems in different papers, e.g. upper and lower bounds have always confused me tons, so when you find your weaknesses go online and look at videos/pages explaining them. Hope this helps!
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    Mine was good: i would say do coursework on time all the time to avoid feeling stressed out about being behind and start revising early for your exams like 4 months before so you can cover everything or recheck things youre unsure of also its not that stressful its just the teachers who keep going on and on about the summer exams that make you feel stressed
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    I'm actually starting year 13 in a few days but I thought I'd answer anyway aha

    1) How was year 11 for you?
    Honestly, it wasn't bad at all. For me personally, I found I was only doing slightly more than in year 10, and again I still managed to have a pretty good social life as well as maintain my grades. ART WAS SO TIME CONSUMING THOUGH

    2) How many exams did you sit?
    I cant remember the exact number as some of mine were sat in year 10... I'd probably say around 15

    3) What advice will you like to give to the upcoming year 11s?
    Don't stress yourself out too much over GCSE's. I know at the moment it may seem like the most important thing ever, but as long as you get B's you're pretty much guaranteed a place at wherever you apply for A-level. (I know this sounds like pretty bad saying it doesn't really matter but it's half true :P ) Also, I guess it really depends on how well you cope with exams, but again even doing too much revision can actually be bad. On the reverse however, don't do what I did and revise the morning or the night before for exams - I mean I still did well and managed to get all A's and A* but I really wouldn't advise it!

    Anyway to whoever is going into year 11, good luck with everything!
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    My advice: always revise as much as possible for January exams; put in a lot of effort to get the best grade possible - it'll save you the rushed revision you need to do for summer exams, and also mean you might get fewer exams in the summer, when everything is cramped together.

    As for the summer exams - start revising in late Jan/ early Feb (15-16 weeks before). It pays off and is probably why I got A*s

    Also, don't get dragged down with thoughts about your A Levels. Or University. Just focus on the present.
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    (Original post by Halimaliba)
    My advice: always revise as much as possible for January exams; put in a lot of effort to get the best grade possible - it'll save you the rushed revision you need to do for summer exams, and also mean you might get fewer exams in the summer, when everything is cramped together.

    As for the summer exams - start revising in late Jan/ early Feb (15-16 weeks before). It pays off and is probably why I got A*s

    Also, don't get dragged down with thoughts about your A Levels. Or University. Just focus on the present.
    January exams don't exist anymore though, unless you meant mocks, in which case ignore me xD
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    (Original post by Hannah_Dougherty)
    Also, I guess it really depends on how well you cope with exams, but again even doing too much revision can actually be bad. On the reverse however, don't do what I did and revise the morning or the night before for exams - I mean I still did well and managed to get all A's and A* but I really wouldn't advise it!
    Does a quick flick through the book ten minutes before the exam count as revision? Cause that is what I did

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    Are you taking ocr triple science? And I know how you feel. I've finished year eleven and I had 28 exams, partially due to me being an idiot and opting to do extra gcse's outside of the curriculum, and all of my options had multiple exams. But once exams get started, you are just trying to get through them. Being a geek, i actually enjoyed some of my exams, such as for history and rs, and science and english, but that was because I knew my stuff, and I have now left with 3A*', 8A's and 2B's.
    Personally, I also started quiet early, so just make sure that even if people around you are chilling out, you keep on top of your stuff, and make sure your COURSEWORK is the best it can be. My biggest stress was from course work, and not having teachers.
    Course work can mean the difference between grades, and if you are really unlucky, it can mean 60% of your grade.
    But you sound how I felt this time last year. Good luck


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    This is a great forum!

    1) What GCSE's are you taking? Maths, English Lit & Lang, Double Science, History, Art & Design and Spanish

    2) My expectations of Year 11 are obviously that it'll be much more difficult and stressful but I'm determined to get through it.

    3) I'm kind of looking forward to it, seeing all my friends again and having a routine and whatever but not so much looking forward to lots of exams and deciding on colleges and so on!
 
 
 
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