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    Are mock exams just an excuse for giving everyone a kick up the bum and forcing them into frantic cramming? Actually, no.

    Pete Langley, our resident teacher, explains how you can take control of your mock exams and use them to unlock the top grades.

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    Wing it so you can see what you actually don't know
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    use them to get used to the actual paper, but if your predicted an a* and you get Bs don't sweat it. Think of it as a chance to consolidate your notes and practice the paper but very importantly
    1) they aren't as important as your real thing
    2) bad mocks have little correlation to bad gcse for a smart person
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    (Original post by ImNotReallyMe)
    mocks gave me a false sense of hope throughout year 13

    I performed very well on them compared to my real exams

    they don't give a good indication to your actual performance in my experience
    Yeah, I'd also second this - and add that if you do very well if your mocks, you have to be careful not to get conceited.

    But I had the opposite experience with my Year 13 mocks - I did really well in them and got all A*s, which motivated me because it showed me what I could achieve if I tried, and gave me confidence. I went on to get exactly the same grades in my real exams.
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    My year 12 mocks got my hopes up - I got Cs and Bs and then got Ds in the actual exams.

    The year 13 ones were more hopeful... because I was revising compulsively (and obsessively - I burned out at easter) I got good grades which motivated me to keep going. All of the mock exams I did, I re-did towards May and June and improved further. It depends on how you think and work
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    I'm totally against mocks, at least for English A-levels. I don't understand why schools force students to do one.

    I never revised for mocks, I never saw the point and my brain just didn't work like that!
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    (Original post by Andy98)
    I never revise for mocks, and use them to identify where to focus the revision.
    I do EXACTLY the same thing...
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    (Original post by PrimeLime)
    They are retards, I'll give you that. Love how they feel so good about themselves when they do it and then are so upset on results day.
    Maybe I'm being harsh. Who cares though.
    No, you are absolutely right!
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    In my school no one can really be arsed with them as the schools rule is that you only need to get 30% in order to be allowed to sit the final exam so that is all anyone really aims for. Plus if you get on well with your teacher and you score lower than 30% most of the time you will still be allowed as it really isn't that strictly enforced.
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    I didn't revise for mine and I regretted it immensely.
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    Just wing it, mocks are nothing like the real thing.
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    (Original post by Ethan3003)
    Just wing it, mocks are nothing like the real thing.
    Other than the fact you're sitting real exam papers, in real exam conditions...?
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    Do you not want to do well so your teachers think you're a genius?
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    (Original post by The Learn Ranger)
    Are mock exams just an excuse for giving everyone a kick up the bum and forcing them into frantic cramming? Actually, no.

    Pete Langley, our resident teacher, explains how you can take control of your mock exams and use them to unlock the top grades.

    Read more >>
    I found mine to be useful at gcse actually.

    I revised for them and got decent grades, When going through my papers I identified my weakest parts and focused on them when approaching exams. HOWEVER, I did fall into the trap of getting cocky about the subjects I did well in, barely revised for them, and ended up with a lower grade.
 
 
 
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