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    I have a member of my family who is in her first year of GCSEs and is predicted all As and A*s. She is on the gifted and talented scheme, however she is not working hard enough on her school work. Is there anything I can do to make her realize that her exams, coursework etc. are important and valuable and that she needs to realize her potential to succeed in life?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I have a member of my family who is in her first year of GCSEs and is predicted all As and A*s. She is on the gifted and talented scheme, however she is not working hard enough on her school work. Is there anything I can do to make her realize that her exams, coursework etc. are important and valuable and that she needs to realize her potential to succeed in life?
    Remind her that some people end up resitting their GCSEs for not focusing in the first place etc. Also winding her up a bit should do the trick-Not extreme though.
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    A lot of people, including myself when I was that age, find it hard to take GCSEs seriously. For me it was because I found them easy, was taking too many subjects so wasn't remotely interested in some of them, and because I knew and expected that they were merely the beginning of years of exams to follow.

    It's important to get to where you want to go (ie sixth form, college), and she should be working hard, but don't pressure her too much to get all A*s because it really doesn't matter too much. If she is predicted all As and A*s she can manage good grades without killing herself with hard work.

    This is going to go down like a lead balloon on here.

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    Even though I felt like I found them easy, I didn't get the top grades that I was predicted in every subject. And I managed to get by fine and am doing pretty well at a top university.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I have a member of my family who is in her first year of GCSEs and is predicted all As and A*s. She is on the gifted and talented scheme, however she is not working hard enough on her school work. Is there anything I can do to make her realize that her exams, coursework etc. are important and valuable and that she needs to realize her potential to succeed in life?
    GCSEs aren't important unless she's applying to medicine/Oxford. If she isn't applying for those, all she needs are the grades she needs to get into sixth form. Let her learn by herself for now, because if she learns to self-motivate it is very good practice for A-levels.

    Also, don't push her yourself because I can see you didn't try very hard as you can't spell realise correctly.
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    GCSEs aren't important unless she's applying to medicine/Oxford. If she isn't applying for those, all she needs are the grades she needs to get into sixth form. Let her learn by herself for now, because if she learns to self-motivate it is very good practice for A-levels.

    Also, don't push her yourself because I can see you didn't try very hard as you can't spell realise correctly.
    Spellchecker used an American spelling.

    Part of the reason why I'm annoyed is that I managed to push my grades from Ds and Es at the start of year 10 to As and Bs at the end of year 11 and am going to a very good university (Kent) to do History and Film which I never would have imagined at the start of year 10. I have had to work my arse of to get into university and she doesn't seem to be putting the hours in
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Spellchecker used an American spelling.

    Part of the reason why I'm annoyed is that I managed to push my grades from Ds and Es at the start of year 10 to As and Bs at the end of year 11 and am going to a very good university (Kent) to do History and Film which I never would have imagined at the start of year 10. I have had to work my arse of to get into university and she doesn't seem to be putting the hours in
    Probably is finding the work easy atm, maybe she'll put the work in if it challenges her at some point (doubt it). Some people just don't have to do work to do well at GCSE.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Spellchecker used an American spelling.

    Part of the reason why I'm annoyed is that I managed to push my grades from Ds and Es at the start of year 10 to As and Bs at the end of year 11 and am going to a very good university (Kent) to do History and Film which I never would have imagined at the start of year 10. I have had to work my arse of to get into university and she doesn't seem to be putting the hours in
    The thing is that she doesn't have to work hard at GCSE to get into a good university. She will have to work hard at A-level, but she may as well enjoy this year if she wants to. GCSEs aren't an important factor for most universities/courses.


    Not to discredit what you've done or insult you or anything, but Kent isn't seen as a very good university(I checked and it's rank 22 overall this year).
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    Before my oral exams for my PhD program, one of my professors completely freaked me out by telling me that they fail people all the time and I might have to retake them if I don't do well enough. I was studying hard before he told me that, but once I got that reality check, I flipped out, studied ridiculously hard in the last 2 weeks of prep time, and was ready for the exam in ways I might not have been before.

    It's always good to have good GCSE scores, even if A-Levels are more significant, so maybe ask her how she would feel if she had to retake them if her friends did well and didn't have to? Might do the trick...?
 
 
 
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