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    (Original post by patricko)
    And how are you doing now? That approach still working?

    Perhaps If I had tried harder and not just thought they were gona be a breeze my grades would of be excellent instead of just good. I learned a lesson and worked harder last year and got very good grades at as. More sort of a learning experence than a difficult set of exams.
    no I've matured alot more, AABB at AS.
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    I find GCSE's harder than A Levels at the moment, the only reason i can think of is GCSE's are very broad compared to a levels...
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    Oh, i'm sorry i've been ambiguous. I've not taken my gcses yet!!! but, i;ve made my inference from the fact that i undertake triple science in double time, as well as taking additional subjects. Also, I took an unofficial past paper in the sciences and maths, achieving A grade.
    Yes it's hard on people of a lesser ability. But it just means try harder. The academic system shouldn't sympathize. It's meant to distinguish exceptional pupils. So if you're good at a subject you get what you deserve. If you try hard enough, you also get what you deserve. If you're bright but revise the day b4, you get your comeupance.
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    Why did they get rid of the old 2 tier system of CSE's and O Levels?
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    A levels are alot harder.
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    It's so exasperating. The exam boards have obviously lowered standards for the sake of competition. Mark my words, the day will come when a completely different system is adopted.
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    I don't know.. When I was doing GCSEs it seemed like a big deal at the time. But I do think that languages should be harder at GCSE. It's such a huge jump between GCSE and AS in a language. Like for CCEA GCSE you can do 2 papers (reading, writing, listening or speaking) at foundation level and two papers at higher level and still get an A!
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    Examinations are a very bad way of measuring progress, those with better memories or better temperament for pressure will always do better, not to say they will succeed when they finish school. Furthermore some people don't function well in examinations, there's evidence to suggest those with right-hemisphere brains don't do well from examinations and this fails to measure their intelligence effectively.
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    (Original post by Komakino)
    Examinations are a very bad way of measuring progress, those with better memories or better temperament for pressure will always do better, not to say they will succeed when they finish school. Furthermore some people don't function well in examinations, there's evidence to suggest those with right-hemisphere brains don't do well from examinations and this fails to measure their intelligence effectively.
    Well how else would you measure progress? exams seem the best way to me. Exams aren't measuring "likelihood of success after school". They're measuring how well you know the subject.
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    (Original post by Jonty99)
    Well how else would you measure progress? exams seem the best way to me. Exams aren't measuring "likelihood of success after school". They're measuring how well you know the subject.
    There's a number of different methods being considered in the United States, here's some of them:

    http://www.ericdigests.org/pre-927/tests.htm

    Personally I favour the Contract Grading method most.
    As for the exams, they are indirectly measuring how well prepared you are for living independently, my point was that lots of people achieve well in school and then not so well afterwards, I think this may be because the standardized examinations dominate the curriculum and this means the content doesn't cover all that it should do. Also that the learning method isn't participatory. Some students are left out because they don't fit the learning method, whilst some who do are only prepared for working in such an environment, and the fact is outside of school there is no such working environment. That's just a number of my grievances, which stem from the imposition of standardized exams.
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    lol 7% is not high at all it's quote low actually
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    (Original post by pimpman777)
    lol 7% is not high at all it's quote low actually
    Yes, consider (you probably already are) your a bright pupil. You get good gcse results but your achievement isn't respectable to to the sheer amount of average students who got the same! I'm really dissed, i'm sitting my first couple exams in may for year 10 and it doesn't look like it's gonna be hard!!
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    (Original post by tanakataku7)
    Yes, consider (you probably already are) your a bright pupil. You get good gcse results but your achievement isn't respectable to to the sheer amount of average students who got the same! I'm really dissed, i'm sitting my first couple exams in may for year 10 and it doesn't look like it's gonna be hard!!
    I think you've missed the point. 7% is quite low, if it's just 7% sure they can't be average students. I think you should come to this conclusion after you take your GCSE's; maybe they won't be so easy after all.
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    (Original post by pimpman777)
    I think you've missed the point. 7% is quite low, if it's just 7% sure they can't be average students. I think you should come to this conclusion after you take your GCSE's; maybe they won't be so easy after all.
    Oh, i can see your point actually. I'm bound to get a c in welsh gcse (compulsory) because they only permit you to do foundation in our school. Actually, are you up for this........? My first lot of exams are in may, if we stay in touch maybe get to know each other, i'll let you know how it goes.??? it'll be rlygood encouragement for me and you.

    P.S
    you gotta admit, the amount of people on tsr achieving a* grades is ridiculous, how can the top universities distinguish these results? the smart people and kinda smart people will be indistinguishable. That's my point, therefore, implying that they don't indicate a great level of ability more how swatty you are.
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    I agree they should be made harder as they do not prepare students for A levels as the step up is massive!!
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    (Original post by tanakataku7)
    implying that they don't indicate a great level of ability more how swatty you are.
    this is also definitely the case
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    (Original post by ijustlovetolearn)
    They're easy if your intelligent and at a decent school but some people do actually really really try and still get low grades. So its not fair to say anyone could get an A if they bothered to revise. Its still a good way of separating hair and beauty crew from the A level crew.
    doing well at gcses has little to do with intelligence
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    (Original post by tom//)
    doing well at gcses has little to do with intelligence
    Why? A person who tries hard and still gets a D at GCSE English isn't intelligent enough to do it at A level. That said a lot of subjects are just having a good memory. But the same could be said for A levels.
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    (Original post by ijustlovetolearn)
    Why? A person who tries hard and still gets a D at GCSE English isn't intelligent enough to do it at A level. That said a lot of subjects are just having a good memory. But the same could be said for A levels.
    no, to do well at gcse requires you learn a syllabus and tick the boxes of the mark scheme. doing well at gcses doesnt mean youre intelligent. i could be absolutely brilliant at english, but if i dont manage to fit my answer into the mark scheme i could get a D. again, that doesnt mean im not intelligent.
 
 
 
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