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

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    (Original post by jamestg)
    It is hard but if you keep on top of it, maths won't get on top of you! (that sounds wrong lmao but hey ho)

    Treat every test like the real exam and you'll fly through! Particularly with maths, you need to understand it as you learn it. You can't afford to put it off until may.
    Yes that does sound wrong! But thank you for your advice- I will keep on top of it!
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    (Original post by sunshine774)
    LOL i thought exactly the same in yr 11! Although it is good to do few subjects which you enjoy, I sometimes miss doing more subjects as it gives more variety. I also miss doing subjects that I enjoyed, but I just didn't want to do them at a level!
    (Original post by jamestg)
    I felt the same when I was in Y11! It seems so much more enjoyable to do few subjects of which you hope to enjoy!

    The reality is far bleaker, although Y12 is good (but stressful) fun.



    I'm sorry to hear you're not enjoying Y12 if you want any help with work (I do maths, politics and history - used to do biology) or just general support just message/tag me!
    Yes, although I'm looking forward to doing A-levels (due to the fact that the content is more interesting, in the case of Maths and CS), I am aware that there's quite a noticeable jump in the difficulty of content and the workload, and that the jump is too much for some. Thus, I'm going to *try* to work hard from the very beginning.
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    (Original post by tasha_tah)
    Yepp I am..we all use the cgp book

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    I don't like the CGP books. They teach you everything you need to know for the exam, but not why it's like it is, or actual insight into the subject. When learning from a CGP book, you just memorise everything it tells you and you'll get an A*, but imo, I find it easier to actually learn the stuff, understand the reasoning etc. so when it comes to the exam, I won't have to memorise anything, just apply what you know and logic and worst case scenario, derive the equations. I think especially with the new 9-1 GCSEs, memorising stuff is going to be less and less effective.

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    (Original post by kat.e)
    For our year 10 English language mock we had to get 72/80 for a 9 and 62/80 for an 8 I think.. But that was just comparing our school's grades it could well be lower when considering the whole country though I guess
    I think you teachers just did the old 90% for the highest grade (which is quite flawed). Teachers (in my school) would always have 90% being A* in all subjects. Probably started from a misconception about UMS.

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    (Original post by BobBobson)
    I think you teachers just did the old 90% for the highest grade (which is quite flawed). Teachers (in my school) would always have 90% being A* in all subjects. Probably started from a misconception about UMS.

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    Yes. It is one of the reasons that teacher-assigned grades (in cases where the teachers have defined the grade boundaries), mean little to nothing. Many teachers overestimate grade boundaries, very rarely underestimating them, which leads students to think that they are further behind, than they actually are. While it may encourage them to work, it's often being unintentionally dishonest. (this includes using full-exam boundaries for end of topic tests, a practice which I despise)
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    (Original post by bimball)
    Ah, that's a shame Can you remind me what part 3 involves, it's been so long ago I can't actually remember, i'm assuming the practical?😂

    Okay no problem . Part 3 is the exam booklet and is the one which asks for the evaluation, analysis, etc of the practical and has the random Q6 which asks a scientific question. It is the one done under timed conditions in class. :cry2:
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    (Original post by Simonexoxo)
    Is anyone doing that ECDL course, because my teacher told me it was compulsory, but I want to know if it really is, or how important it is


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    I done it a few months back and it equates to an extra GCSE so I guess you'll have another one in the bag. But it's extremely easy, we done it all in 2 (full) days and I got an A*, so did a lot of us. It's literally skills to do with microsoft word, power point, excel and them lot combined.
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    So I'm now starting to apply for 6th form now and after what seems like forever of debating what I want to do, I am doing chemistry, biology and fine art (all a-levels). Now I've got to write my personal statement and my hobbies :/ , been avoiding it for a week becasue I cba aha
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    (Original post by pinkypaz123)
    So I'm now starting to apply for 6th form now and after what seems like forever of debating what I want to do, I am doing chemistry, biology and fine art (all a-levels). Now I've got to write my personal statement and my hobbies :/ , been avoiding it for a week becasue I cba aha
    wow already we have our mocks in november and that's all the info we've been given
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    (Original post by pinkypaz123)
    So I'm now starting to apply for 6th form now and after what seems like forever of debating what I want to do, I am doing chemistry, biology and fine art (all a-levels). Now I've got to write my personal statement and my hobbies :/ , been avoiding it for a week becasue I cba aha
    You need a personal statement to apply for sixth form?? For the ones I applied to all you did was write down your details (address etc) and that was it really

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    (Original post by patriciaanne)
    You need a personal statement to apply for sixth form?? For the ones I applied to all you did was write down your details (address etc) and that was it really

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    For the one I want to go to, yea. What are your chosen subjects?
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    I'm salx.x and I'm taking 10 GCSEs:
    English literature (AQA)
    English language (AQA)
    Maths (AQA)
    Core science (OCR 21st C) [completed]
    Additional science (OCR 21st C)
    History (Edexcel A)
    Sociology (AQA)
    Music (Edexcel)
    Spanish (AQA)
    Religious Studies (Edexcel)

    I really, really am not ready for my GCSEs.

    My favourite subjects are music and history.

    My dream job would be an architect, but my maths is quite terrible and my art skills worse.
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    (Original post by pinkypaz123)
    For the one I want to go to, yea. What are your chosen subjects?
    Biology, Maths and Chemistry
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    (Original post by pinkypaz123)
    So I'm now starting to apply for 6th form now and after what seems like forever of debating what I want to do, I am doing chemistry, biology and fine art (all a-levels). Now I've got to write my personal statement and my hobbies :/ , been avoiding it for a week becasue I cba aha
    I've never heard of needing a personal statement for applying to a sixth form.
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    (Original post by kat.e)
    I'm doing as critical thinking too! have you done the unit 1 exam yet or do you do them both in May?
    I am doing them both this year! I've just started the course in year 11. How was the unit 1 paper??
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    (Original post by pinkypaz123)
    I done it a few months back and it equates to an extra GCSE so I guess you'll have another one in the bag. But it's extremely easy, we done it all in 2 (full) days and I got an A*, so did a lot of us. It's literally skills to do with microsoft word, power point, excel and them lot combined.
    I literally have no skills when it comes to Microsoft so I wasn't too sure how hard it would be


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    (Original post by sunshine774)
    Ah well I'm sure you will still do really well! I got an A* in English lang and lit, and an A in maths. I know the spec has changed, however I am doing a level maths so I could give you some advice!
    Tbh i really dont know that ill be okay because i got a 2+ in english and im expected to get a grade 6
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    (Original post by Zxrxh)
    Tbh i really dont know that ill be okay because i got a 2+ in english and im expected to get a grade 6
    As long as you know why you got a 2, and you know what to do differently in the future, it's fine.
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    (Original post by Zxrxh)
    Tbh i really dont know that ill be okay because i got a 2+ in english and im expected to get a grade 6
    What grade is a 2+ and a 6? I have no idea as I did the old spec last year...
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    (Original post by _gcx)
    Yes, although I'm looking forward to doing A-levels (due to the fact that the content is more interesting, in the case of Maths and CS), I am aware that there's quite a noticeable jump in the difficulty of content and the workload, and that the jump is too much for some. Thus, I'm going to *try* to work hard from the very beginning.
    Don't worry- I did no work for gcses however I have started my as levels and I am making sure that I am working very hard and not slacking off! And it makes it much more enjoyable! And maths a level is MUCH more interesting than gcse (I didn't even like gcse maths...)

    Best of luck for your gcse exams this year and then your a levels!x
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