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    well the thing with me is that my dad has very high expectations of me, and i don't want to let him down. last year my sister recieved her gcse results, and she had passed, but she did not get any A*/A's, only one B and everything else below that. my parents were ashmed of that, and expected higher. from then, my mum told me if i want to please my dad i will atleast need to get 5 A's. i think im going over the top with GCSE's. but i don't want to let any one down. as my dad sees me has his favourite child. he's lucky star. i am predicted for all ten subjects that i take a E as min, and a D for target grade. now how the heck and i suppose to make the teachers put me into higher tier exams and that. how am i suppose to achieve 5A's! whatever i try to revise i forget. i have no luck with revision.

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    Talk to him, tell him that his aspirations may be slightly out of reach for you. He'll understand.
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    but the thing is, he hasn't told me directly about expectations and that, but i just know it. i don't know if you'll understand me or not?
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    you'lll be able to pull your grades up, i thought i was gonna get a d/c in maths at the start of the gcses, now i'm looking at a a/b having got an a in all the coursework and modules, it takes a lot of work but it's not that hard to pull every single subject up to a c, getting a c in everything won't take as much work as pulling certain subjects up to b/a/a* level but if you manage to work hard you'll get entered into higher tier or at least double science if not triple, it's a question of talking to teachers telling them you want to do as best you can, possibly getting some tutoring from them and possibly spending from now until your mocks trying to prove to teachers that you can acheive top grades. It will be hard work but if you impress teachers with your mocks you are sorted, so start revising over everything you did last year, start with your weakest subjects and when school starts have a talk with your teachers telling them you want to improve, if you go out of your way to show them you're willing to work, then they're less likely to drop you to foundation stuff, spend an hour a night during school time going over what you did that day and the weekend trying to learn what you did that week and the rest of these holidays going over your course last year.
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    but the thing is, he hasn't told me directly about expectations and that, but i just know it. i don't know if you'll understand me or not?
    Ask him for reassurance that he'll be proud of you whatever you get ;yes;
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    there's a great saying by henry ford ' whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't you're right.'

    Have a positive attitude and try not to let your father's expectations put pressure on you.


    tell him how hard you are finding GCSE's and show him that even though you are not getting A's you are still trying your best and working hard.
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    Work your arse off on coursework. I did and now I got full marks on all my science and geography coursework, an A* on the English Lit and English coursework...but probably have failed the maths coursework (lol...but apparantly our school's maths department has a bad track record when it comes to coursework). But yeah, coursework is a complete life saver. It usually pulls you up a grade (maybe two if you're lucky and it's something like Geography). Also, go and download all the syllabuses off the websites. Find out from your teachers what boards you are taking for which subject and look up past papers, examiners reports, etc. And more often than not with GCSEs, it is very easy to come up with the 'ideal answer' if you know the style of writing. For example, my geography teacher spent tons of time on how to revise and how to answer a question and most of us in the class were predicted A*s. It is pretty formulaic and if you tick all the boxes (you can find out what those boxes are from the examiners reports and mark schemes) you'll get good marks easy enough. PM me if you need any more help, and ignore what I've written above if it confuses you/seems like crappy advice! Good luck!
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    You'll have to tell him that you can't manage to live up to his expectations, but that whatever you get will be the very best you can achieve.

    If you're really commited to achieving higher grades - then you're in a great position (about to begin year 11). Work hard. Try not to be distracted by your friends when you're in lessons that you find harder to understand than others, to give yourself the best chance.

    My advice is that you should work on your coursework. Work and re-work it, take time out of your breaks to talk to your teachers, so that you can work to your full potential. Your coursework is the foundation of your course - and it can make a real difference to your grade! I wish I had put more effort into re-working some of my coursework, as with a few of them I was unhappy with the grade I achieved. Really, really work at it, because coursework is the one part of the course that you can re-check and spell check and re-draft!
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    some of these replies are great!

    work on coursework!
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    well look at my story. In my KS2 SATS i got 3 in maths, 4 in english and science. Then i worked a bit harder in KS3 and got 5 in English 5 in Maths and 1 away from a 6 in science. Then when it got to GCSE'S i had a go. i was predicted c/d in everything and in my mocks i got 2A's 5B's 1C, realistically i should have got 5A's 3B's (predicted grades). My whole point is don't worry about what your dad thinks, it will only add more pressure, hence the reason you are finding it hard to revise. All i say it forget your dad if he is not happy is doesn't matter just as long you are happy. After all your not doing GCSE'S for him, your doing it for yourself. Good Luck anyway!!!

    P.S. make sure you do well on coursework you'll feel much better if you had a bad exam. For example in geography and history I got A* in coursework. I had bad exams for them two so my coursework should at least pull me up by one grade.
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    Tell hm that you dont think that you will do very well in your exams. Show him your predicted grades and stuff.

    As for upping the grades, i take it you are in year 10? GEt your coursework as best as you can because that can make all the difference. For example, if you get 2 A* maths courseworks, then youve practically got a C wihout doing the exams. However you will imrove in time. At the begining of year 10 my english teacher didnt even give me a grade because it was so bad. I redid this piece of coursework about 8 times until i got a C. Now i have courseworks at Bs and As and have a good chance of getting my english grades.

    My advice would be to talk to your teachers. Ask them to give you extra help. Sacrafise your lunch and after schools to improve. Attend all revision classes that are offered to you during the revision period. Practice. Go online and get some past papers get a teacher to mark them. Your teachers are there to help you and unless you ask for help they wont be able to. I was put in foundation english untill about a week before the mocs and then he decided to put me in for higher tier.


    So just put time into improving,
    SAcrafise your own time
    Ask for additional tuition
    Go to all revision lessons offered
    Get into the right frame of mind or you wont be able to do it.
    PAy attention in all your lessons.
    Ask for extra work (weekends, hilidays, half term)
    PAst papers
    Revision websites

    we were always told to *only revise for 20 mins at a time, have a break and start again. Dont do any more than 5 sessions without a long break. Drink lost of water and eat properly* of course this was for the last few months before the exams and as you are about 10 months away, i would advise going home after school and re-reading what you have done each day. Taking it all in and keep reading untill you can say it without looking.

    Its not easy to improve and it will take a hek of a lot of work. Just sacrafise some time. GCSE year is definately not the time for socialising or partying.

    There are so many ways to improve, just do all of them and you are bound to improve.
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    hello, thanks for much for all the replies. :love:

    and thanks for all the advice

    but many of you say, work on coursework, well i've done some pieces in english and got 1 B and about 4 C's and 1F. and ive done two pieces in maths, one which i got a C on and the other has not been marked. but when i said to the maths teacher, i really want to get a B in this second coursework, she laughed at me. i go to the worst school in my town, the teachers aren't very good and the pupils! oh my, the other students don't let the students who want to learn, learn. i HATE IT SO MUCH! so as for coursework, my teachers don't tell us how to get higher than a C! and it really irritates me, there's nothing i can do.

    that's why i want to put in so much work for my exams, and get the marks i couldn't get for the coursework. that's why there's so much pressure on me i think. and lots of family problems.
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    oh and the subject which i want to do the best in, Science. (because i want to do it at alevel), i am totally rubbish at!

    in my modules i got:
    C, C, E, D, ?, ?, ? = awaiting results.

    so i've totally screwed up my career! and SCIENCE.
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    you can retake all the modules next year if you want to so dont worry about that! I also PMed you so have a look at that. Im willing to help with your maths but im afraid im not very good at science.
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    You feel worried too much just relax.
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    Get a tutor or you can get someone who's done their GCSE'S to help you. Also in class, if you need help, ask for it. Don't be shy. And start revising and look through your books because to be honest GCSE's are not as difficult as people say it is. Its all about memorising and remebering. GCSE's are not a test of knowledge i think it is a test of who can remember. Look through your books everyday to refresh your memory.You can start by making revision cards so that you can open them in da bus or whereever. Good luck and hope you do well next year.
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    Show him you're working hard, and your putting in the effort. If you work really hard throughout the year, especially in the run-up to the exams, and put in your all in coursework, hopefully you'll be okay.
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    Wow! thankyou all for repling to my thread, and all the support.


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