Today's Topic is...
My 2016 Mock Results!Introduction:
The Christmas holidays were hectic for me and I struggled quite a lot with balancing revision with things going on at home (I'm a Young Carer). I did manage to get some revision done, but on reflection I didn't split my free time equally between my 3 subjects (if only I'd made a revision planner), which meant that when it came to one mock I completely failed (literally)
This year my College was trying out something new (yay for being the human guinea pigs) so instead of being on our normal timetables for the first week back we had a set "mock timetable" in which each subject was given a single 3 hour lesson that week, resulting in oh-so-many frees. In each "block" you sat a mock, and if there was enough time left you did normal work. I was lucky enough to have Monday, Wednesday and Friday off
My mock timetable was as follows:
Monday: Day off.
Tuesday: 0900-1200 = A2 English Literature, 1300-1600 = A2 Biology
Wednesday: Day off.
Thursday: 0900-1200 = A2 Chemistry
, 1300-1600 = As Chemistry.
Friday: Day off.
How did the mocks go?
A2 English Literature:
This was our first attempt to tackle the 'unseen' questions of the Unit 3 exam. Our teachers felt that it would be good to combine both questions (prose and poetry), as it would be a better use of those 3 hours, so that's exactly what we did... which felt odd as in the real exam you get the choice, and only do one.Usually I ignore the prose question completely (is that bad to admit?) so it was also a little annoying
I felt confident with the poetry ('A Scherzo: A shy person's wishes' by Dora Greenwell for those of you who are interested) but not so much with the prose (an extract from 'Moo' by Jane Smiley), as I'd half-expected. I'd done a lot of revision and at the end of the exam I wasn't feeling too bad about the paper. I didn't feel rushed towards the end, and even had time to re-read my essays and correct all of the shocking spelling and grammar mistakes I'd made whilst writing
Does anyone else find this? My handwriting is virtually illegible by the end.
What did I get?
I got an A - 67/80!
This means I'm on target.
I got 36/40 in the poetry, and 31/40 in the prose (quelle surprise),
which reinforces the idea that there's obviously room for improvement in the prose questions. I'm not too concerned about this though as I do only have to choose one question to answer in the real thing and I'm 90% sure that'll be the poetry question as it comes much more naturally to me.
This was our first attempt at a full Unit 4 mock under exam conditions. I'd done quite a lot of Biology revision over the holidays, so was feeling positive about the exam and unlike in Chemistry my exam technique for Biology is good. I find Edexcel papers are much nicer than other exam boards, too. The paper was... fine. Not oh-my-gosh-that-was-easy fine, but a kind of I-think-I-did-okay fine
With Biology exams you never know if you've read the questions in the right way and understood them the way the examiners want you to, so always come out unsure of how the exam went.
During the exam I did realise there were some gaps in my knowledge, mostly As content I hadn't revised. My worst fear also came up - Global Warming and The Carbon Cycle (*internal screaming*). I don't know why I hate those topics... I just do
There was a really bizarre question featuring a Henssge nonogram too, which threw me a little bit.
What did I get?
72/90 (an A) which, believe it or not, was 120/120 UMS!
Again, on target. I was so, so pleased with this result and it just shows that hard work pays off
My college has been really nice to the As Chem resitters in the year group by providing us with timetabled revision sessions every week where we work on our As knowledge and exam technique, in order to boost our As grades (and therefore the A2 grade!). Getting homework set in those lessons also means I am constantly going back over the topics and working on exam questions and past papers at home, which gives me no excuses for doing badly. I've found the sessions incredibly useful and love having time each week dedicated to my resits in college time. It's made things so much easier than how things are with my Maths resit work (non-existent
Anyway, back to the mock... we did a Unit 2 (F322) mock and marked it in the rest of the 3 hour block. As I'm now halfway through the A2, As questions look much easier, and I surprised myself with how much I knew (it's all in the back of my head somewhere...)
What did I get?
I got a B, so I'm on target. I was 1 mark off an A
I had hoped to get an A, but at the point of doing the mock we'd only done Unit 1 (F321) revision, so that mock was more of a reflection of my knowledge without help from a teacher and I'm pleased I got a B. The main reason I lost marks was down to useless exam technique (which I'm working on), so I'm confident that with more help I can be even better.
Onwards and upwards, eh?
Without a doubt this is the subject that causes me the most stress during exams and revision. Despite having the knowledge and getting As in every homework, I always somehow manage to end up doing badly in mocks. I have the knowledge but let the wordings of questions put me off completely, which means I often end up writing the opposite of what I know, purely in the heat of the moment. Timing is also an issue for me. Stupidly, I did the least revision for this subject over half term, which was a big mistake and I realise that now.
The mock was... how can I put it... awful?
It was on Unit 4 Module 1 (Rings, Acids and Amines), Unit 5 Module 1 (Rates, Equilibria and pH) and the first half of Unit 5 Module 2 (Energy). I was fine with all of the Maths stuff, but let anxiety get the better of me for the organics. I didn't even manage to finish the paper. I knew it had gone badly and to be honest this was probably inevitable as I'd gone into the exam with a negative attitude about the whole thing.
What did I get?
I got a U.
I'll be honest and say that I wasn't even close to the grade boundary for an E, either. I'm devastated about getting a U, but did expect it...
I obviously didn't do a Maths mock as I haven't got round to relearning the content yet.
I'll be starting that soon
Did I meet my targets?
A2 Biology - Yes!
A2 English Literature - Yes!
As Chemistry - Yes!
A2 Chemistry - No...
Posts coming soon...
- Revision Tip #1
What's that I hear you say... "What is it?" ... Well
Oh the suspense
- Post-mock ramble
What I'm working on since getting feedback from mocks - what I'm working on since getting my mocks back, how I'm doing it, and some new aims.