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    I'm only in year 9, I haven't even chosen my options yet, and I am already so nervous for my iGCSEs. I am actually losing sleep over something that are nowhere near. Is this normal? Is anyone reading this who has already done iGCSEs and can offer some support? I am so scared about failure.. and I really want to do really really well just to show that I am good at something. Also, we do edexcel for all our exams. If anyone can tell me the hard cold truth I would really appreciate it, please comment on here or PM me please x
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    Don't worry IGCSE's are pretty easy. Just have fun in Year 9 and 10 while you can.

    Edexcel is a "hard" exam board but their exams in my point of view generally interesting but that's for Year 11.
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    (Original post by MollyBarber13)
    I'm only in year 9, I haven't even chosen my options yet, and I am already so nervous for my iGCSEs. I am actually losing sleep over something that are nowhere near. Is this normal? Is anyone reading this who has already done iGCSEs and can offer some support? I am so scared about failure.. and I really want to do really really well just to show that I am good at something. Also, we do edexcel for all our exams. If anyone can tell me the hard cold truth I would really appreciate it, please comment on here or PM me please x
    Don’t worry about your iGCSE’s just yet, I’d start worrying mid way through year 11.
    They aren’t that bad if you put the effort in, start revising well in advance, and take detailed notes during class.
    I did edexcel for mine, and most of the class found that if you literally memorise the text books for science and maths then you should be fine, other subjects like English and history are a little different in that you have to know how to structure essays and write model answers, but again don’t worry because your teachers will go through everything you will need for your exams.
    Good luck
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    (Original post by MollyBarber13)
    I'm only in year 9, I haven't even chosen my options yet, and I am already so nervous for my iGCSEs. I am actually losing sleep over something that are nowhere near. Is this normal? Is anyone reading this who has already done iGCSEs and can offer some support? I am so scared about failure.. and I really want to do really really well just to show that I am good at something. Also, we do edexcel for all our exams. If anyone can tell me the hard cold truth I would really appreciate it, please comment on here or PM me please x
    I can only speak for normal GCSE, but they are really nothing to worry about... they're very easy once you know everything and universities barely even look at them. If you are doing well at school now, you will be fine.

    What you do have to worry about is A Levels... as if you don't get good enough ones, you can't go to university. I have only just started mine, so I don't know quite how hard they are (though looking at the textbooks is pretty daunting)...
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    Literally there is almost no reason to concern yourself with GCSE exams, since outside of Oxbridge and medicine courses they aren't even considered. Even in those realms, the level of which they are weighted varies enormously (Cambridge on the whole cares very little about GCSE performance for example).

    It doesn't matter what subjects you take, unless your school requires a specific subject at GCSE to continue to A-level (or equivalent). The only ones that you "need" to do well in are Maths and English - you should aim to pass these with a C as that's the minimum numeracy/literacy metric the UK government uses.

    Of course if you're applying outside the UK this may vary but for e.g. most EU and US/Canadian universities it's entirely irrelevant anyway.

    You are stressing over the thing which realistically matters the least, in the long run.
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    There is honestly no need to be worrying at this stage Just take each day as it comes and I can guarantee that if you put the effort in, you will get good grades and think to yourself 'hey, that wasn't that bad!'. When ever I look back on when I was studying from my GCSE's I always wish that I could've told myself to stop panicking and losing sleep, because at the end of the day if you have studied as much as you can and given 100% then the grades will come.
 
 
 
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