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I greet you with a warm welcome to my GCSE Grow Your Grades blog. I understand I'm late by around 4 months.
That's because I'm new to TSR .
This seemed like an interesting idea, so I decided to take part.

Contrary to what the title suggests, I'm wishing on multiple A*'s or 8's as the new grading system says.

Preferably, five 8's.

I feel doubtful of my ambitions, but I truly do hope to reach my goals.

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I'm in year 11 and on my way to final exams which begin in May. Apart from my mandatory GCSE subjects (RE, English, Maths and Science), I take Sociology, Child Development and Computer Science. I enjoy a lot of my subjects, so it'd be difficult to pick which ones I enjoy the most. A lot of them have their merits as well as owning their own bumpy roads. I could say which subjects I'm not particularly gifted at, but I enjoy them nonetheless: Maths and Quantitative Chemistry, which is basically the mathematical aspect of Chemistry. I often create flashcards with mindmaps on them or make myself a little booklet.

I'm a visual learner, so I like drawing out diagrams even if they come out a little strange. Diagrams and visual representations of facts really REALLY help me understand and memorise subjects with ease.

School aside, I'm currently attempting to finish writing a novel (which was my new years resolution in 2017 but I spent the entire year staring at a blank document until, ironically, I got an idea near the end of 2017). Occasionally, I read. A few books I've enjoyed are The Metamorphosis, The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, The Fault in our Stars and The Maze Runner (which I was completely sucked into, I really didn't want it the book end). I've stopped drawing for a while due to lack of motivation and suckiness, but I'll probably pick that back up when I'm in the mood.


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IKindOfSuckAtMathsButIEnjoyIt AndImAVisualLearner AndIReadAndWriteStuff.


Below are my predicted, mock, desired and (gasp) actual grades. A few will remain empty until the time comes.

What I Realistically Predict Of Myself At This Moment In Time :
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First entered 29th December 2017

English Literature: 7
English Language: 7
Chemistry: 6
Biology: 7
Physics: 6
RE: 8
Child Development: 7
Sociology: 8
Computer Science: 6
Maths: 6

I predicted myself two 8's, four 7's and four 6's on the 29th of December 2017.


Predicted Grades :
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English Literature: 8
English Language: 8
Mathematics: 7
Physics: 7
Biology: 7
Chemistry: 7
Computer Science: 7
Child Development: 8
Sociology: 7
RE: 7


January Mock Results (To Be Filled) :
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English Literature:
English Language:
Mathematics:
Physics:
Biology:
Chemistry:
Computer Science:
Child Development:
Sociology:
RE:

March Mock Results (To Be Filled) :
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English Literature:
English Language:
Mathematics:
Physics:
Biology:
Chemistry:
Computer Science:
Child Development:
Sociology:
RE:


MY SEVERLY INFLATED OPTIMISITIC GOALS THAT I'LL ALWAYS HOPE FOR :
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English Literature: 8
English Language: 8
Chemistry: 8
Biology: 8
Physics: 7
RE: 8
Child Development: 8
Sociology: 8
Computer Science: 7
Maths: 7

Seven 8's, three 7's inshallah


ACTUAL RESULTS (To Be Filled)
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English Literature:
English Language:
Mathematics:
Physics: Biology:
Chemistry:
Computer Science:
Child Development:
Sociology:
RE:


Note: You may notice that, sometimes, the dates I publish the blogs are different from the dates I write above the entry. This is because I usually write my blogs into the notepad in my mobile before tranferring them onto TSR using a computer. Please ignore the published dates because that might make it a bit confusing. I hope you enjoy reading my blog .
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Im in year 11 too hoping to get 7-9s in everything..good luck!!
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Im in year 11 too hoping to get 7-9s in everything..good luck!!
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as i said, i'm new and had no idea how to edit this so i accidentally posted 4 of these
i just wanted to edit it ugh i don't know whether to laugh or cry
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thanks
as i said, i'm new and had no idea how to edit this so i accidentally posted 4 of these
i just wanted to edit it ugh i don't know whether to laugh or cry
Oh no😩 don’t worry! Lol it’s quite confusing at first
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I greet you with a warm welcome to my GCSE Grow Your Grades blog. I understand I'm late by around 4 months.
That's because I'm new to TSR .
This seemed like an interesting idea, so I decided to take part.

Contrary to what the title suggests, I'm wishing on multiple A*'s or 8's as the new grading system says.

Preferably, five 8's.

I feel doubtful of my ambitions, but I truly do hope to reach my goals.

Brief (Kind of Not Brief) Information About Me :
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I'm in year 11 and on my way to final exams which begin in May. Apart from my mandatory GCSE subjects (RE, English, Maths and Science), I take Sociology, Child Development and Computer Science. I enjoy a lot of my subjects, so it'd be difficult to pick which ones I enjoy the most. A lot of them have their merits as well as owning their own bumpy roads. I could say which subjects I'm not particularly gifted at, but I enjoy them nonetheless: Maths and Quantitative Chemistry, which is basically the mathematical aspect of Chemistry. I often create flashcards with mindmaps on them or make myself a little booklet.

I'm a visual learner, so I like drawing out diagrams even if they come out a little strange. Diagrams and visual representations of facts really REALLY help me understand and memorise subjects with ease.

School aside, I'm currently attempting to finish writing a novel (which was my new years resolution in 2017 but I spent the entire year staring at a blank document until, ironically, I got an idea near the end of 2017). Occasionally, I read. A few books I've enjoyed are The Metamorphosis, The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, The Fault in our Stars and The Maze Runner (which I was completely sucked into, I really didn't want it the book end). I've stopped drawing for a while due to lack of motivation and suckiness, but I'll probably pick that back up when I'm in the mood.



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IKindOfSuckAtMathsButIEnjoyIt AndImAVisualLearner AndIReadAndWriteStuff.



Below are my predicted, mock, desired and (gasp) actual grades. A few will remain empty until the time comes.

What I Realistically Predict Of Myself At This Moment In Time :
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First entered 29th December 2017

English Literature: 7
English Language: 7
Chemistry: 6
Biology: 7
Physics: 6
RE: 8
Child Development: 7
Sociology: 8
Computer Science: 6
Maths: 6

I predicted myself two 8's, four 7's and four 6's on the 29th of December 2017.



Predicted Grades :English Literature: 7
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English Language: 7
Mathematics: 6
Physics: 7
Biology: 7
Chemistry: 7
Computer Science: 7
Child Development: 7
Sociology: 7
RE: 7



January Mock Results (To Be Filled) :
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English Literature:
English Language:
Mathematics:
Physics:
Biology:
Chemistry:
Computer Science:
Child Development:
Sociology:
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March Mock Results (To Be Filled) :
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English Literature:
English Language:
Mathematics:
Physics:
Biology:
Chemistry:
Computer Science:
Child Development:
Sociology:
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MY SEVERLY INFLATED OPTIMISITIC GOALS THAT I'LL ALWAYS HOPE FOR :
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English Literature: 8
English Language: 8
Chemistry: 8
Biology: 8
Physics: 7
RE: 8
Child Development: 8
Sociology: 8
Computer Science: 7
Maths: 7

Seven 8's, three 7's inshallah



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English Literature:
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Mathematics:
Physics: Biology:
Chemistry:
Computer Science:
Child Development:
Sociology:
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Note: You may notice that, sometimes, the dates I publish the blogs are different from the dates I write above the entry. This is because I usually write my blogs into the notepad in my mobile before tranferring them onto TSR using a computer. Please ignore the published dates because that might make it a bit confusing. I hope you enjoy reading my blog .
Mashallah, your predicted grades are high and I am lovingg the start to your GYG. Inshallah you get the grades that you aspire for and may Allah may it easy for you. xx

P.S Keep posting regularly. This thread is one to watch
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Oh no😩 don’t worry! Lol it’s quite confusing at first
tell me about it haha
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Mashallah, your predicted grades are high and I am lovingg the start to your GYG. Inshallah you get the grades that you aspire for and may Allah may it easy for you. xx

P.S Keep posting regularly. This thread is one to watch
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Saturday 29th December 2017

Around the time I'm writing this it is the school holidays. After weeks of exams after exams, I've finally gotten some time to breathe. The pressure of knowing I was going to have a physics exam made me revise a lot for it. Our science mocks were the complete simulation of the actual exams meaning, despite not having covered 3/4 of the topics in physics paper two (as we were going to begin studying the topics after the mocks), we were still going to be tested on them. Knowing physics wasn't my forte, I glossed over as much of the topics as I could. Within a span of 2-3 weeks, I'd finished revising the entire of physics paper two and was awarded bags under my eyes. I'm glad that I've finished writing up my notes because that means I can dedicate more of my time on other subjects. I must say, I enjoyed the topics in physics paper two a whole load more than the topics in physics paper one. The main attraction was space .

The exams were incredibly stressful and I'm hoping that I revise (STARTING NOW) for March mock exams so that I'm more confident. I feel like I didn't do too well in January mocks. I finished revising organic chemistry during the summer holidays (before year 11 began), and so I felt as if I didn't really need to revise the subject much. I didn't do too well on the quantitative chemistry section, which pretty much made up 1/2 of the test (or at least, it felt that way). Needless to say, I'm predicting I didn't get very high on chemistry.

What I believe I've achieved for January mocks
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English Literature: 6
English Language: 6
Maths: 6
Physics: 6
Chemistry: 5
Biology: 7
Child Development: 7
Sociology: 7
Computer Science: 7

I believe I've gotten four 7's, four 6's and one 5.


Revising for my subjects was incredibly hectic. For a few exams, I made sure to revise two days ahead. For others, I revised a night before. I didn't get to look over topics in depth to secure a great grade, which has taught me that I should probably start revising for exams at least a month or two before to make sure I understand the topic through and through.

My revision schedule usually consists of subjects that I'm prioritising at the moment and it changes when I've finished revising for that subject and could replace it with another. The amount of time I spend on each topic is calculated by... well... I don't really calculate them. I just pick a time that I think is suitable and make sure I stick to it. At 7pm from Monday to Friday I take a break no matter the topic so that I can eat whilst watching Hollyoaks .

My revision schedule that I've been using from 13th of December - 29th of December
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I often wake up at 12:30pm
I carry out activities such as eating breakfast and relaxing until 5pm
Finish off child development coursework until 7pm
Eat and watch Hollyoaks until 8pm
Write out flashcards for computer science until 10pm or 11pm

Hours spent revising: 5/11 hours, 45%
This was efficient for a while until I had to knock off a few days of revision because I felt Ill. I cranked it up a notch with the schedule below.


NEW revision schedule that I'm currently using, 29th of December - 3rd of January
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Hope to wake up at 10am
Actually wake up at 12:30pm
Do whatever I feel like (in this time I eat breakfast, do chores, relax, exercise) until 3pm
Finish off child development coursework until 5pm
Write out revision cards for computer science until 7pm
Eat and watch Hollyoaks from 7pm to 8pm
Finish off revision cards until 10pm or 11pm

Hours spent revising: 7/11, 63%
Hopefully, I will stick to this as best as I can.


I'll be back when I get my January mock results .

(1) A quick summary of what this entry was about:
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A) I finished my physics paper two notes.
B) My January mock results might not be brilliant but at least I've got March mocks to make up my grades. Besides, I don't even know my results yet, so there's not much evidential backing to justify my self-deprecation. I'll self-deprecate when I get the evidential backing .
C) I sucked at quantitative chemistry and so I need to revise it.
D) I'm guessing I got four 7's, four 6's and one 5 for January mocks.
E) I randomly make up a revision schedule and I need to actually start considering the amount of time I should be spending on each topic.
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Hi! Good luck with your GYG! I did Sociology and Computer Science GCSEs last year. What exam boards are you doing? I can give you some tips if you want
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Hi! Good luck with your GYG! I did Sociology and Computer Science GCSEs last year. What exam boards are you doing? I can give you some tips if you want
Thank you
I'm doing AQA Sociology and OCR Computer Science
There are practice papers for Computer Science 9-1,right? I heard that there aren't many, but there's got to be some or else I'll spontaneously combust out of dread.
Are there any revision tips you've got for Sociology or Computer Science for me? I'd appreciate them .
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In regard to computer science, I know cgp do an exam questions workbook and I'm pretty sure they also do some actual practice papers so they might be beneficial
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I greet you with a warm welcome to my GCSE Grow Your Grades blog. I understand I'm late by around 4 months.
That's because I'm new to TSR .
This seemed like an interesting idea, so I decided to take part.

Contrary to what the title suggests, I'm wishing on multiple A*'s or 8's as the new grading system says.

Preferably, five 8's.

I feel doubtful of my ambitions, but I truly do hope to reach my goals.

Brief (Kind of Not Brief) Information About Me :
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I'm in year 11 and on my way to final exams which begin in May. Apart from my mandatory GCSE subjects (RE, English, Maths and Science), I take Sociology, Child Development and Computer Science. I enjoy a lot of my subjects, so it'd be difficult to pick which ones I enjoy the most. A lot of them have their merits as well as owning their own bumpy roads. I could say which subjects I'm not particularly gifted at, but I enjoy them nonetheless: Maths and Quantitative Chemistry, which is basically the mathematical aspect of Chemistry. I often create flashcards with mindmaps on them or make myself a little booklet.

I'm a visual learner, so I like drawing out diagrams even if they come out a little strange. Diagrams and visual representations of facts really REALLY help me understand and memorise subjects with ease.

School aside, I'm currently attempting to finish writing a novel (which was my new years resolution in 2017 but I spent the entire year staring at a blank document until, ironically, I got an idea near the end of 2017). Occasionally, I read. A few books I've enjoyed are The Metamorphosis, The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, The Fault in our Stars and The Maze Runner (which I was completely sucked into, I really didn't want it the book end). I've stopped drawing for a while due to lack of motivation and suckiness, but I'll probably pick that back up when I'm in the mood.




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IKindOfSuckAtMathsButIEnjoyIt AndImAVisualLearner AndIReadAndWriteStuff.




Below are my predicted, mock, desired and (gasp) actual grades. A few will remain empty until the time comes.

What I Realistically Predict Of Myself At This Moment In Time :
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First entered 29th December 2017

English Literature: 7
English Language: 7
Chemistry: 6
Biology: 7
Physics: 6
RE: 8
Child Development: 7
Sociology: 8
Computer Science: 6
Maths: 6

I predicted myself two 8's, four 7's and four 6's on the 29th of December 2017.




Predicted Grades :
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English Literature: 7
English Language: 7
Mathematics: 6
Physics: 7
Biology: 7
Chemistry: 7
Computer Science: 7
Child Development: 7
Sociology: 7
RE: 7




January Mock Results (To Be Filled) :
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English Literature:
English Language:
Mathematics:
Physics:
Biology:
Chemistry:
Computer Science:
Child Development:
Sociology:
RE:



March Mock Results (To Be Filled) :
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English Literature:
English Language:
Mathematics:
Physics:
Biology:
Chemistry:
Computer Science:
Child Development:
Sociology:
RE:




MY SEVERLY INFLATED OPTIMISITIC GOALS THAT I'LL ALWAYS HOPE FOR :
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English Literature: 8
English Language: 8
Chemistry: 8
Biology: 8
Physics: 7
RE: 8
Child Development: 8
Sociology: 8
Computer Science: 7
Maths: 7

Seven 8's, three 7's inshallah




ACTUAL RESULTS (To Be Filled)
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English Literature:
English Language:
Mathematics:
Physics: Biology:
Chemistry:
Computer Science:
Child Development:
Sociology:
RE:




Note: You may notice that, sometimes, the dates I publish the blogs are different from the dates I write above the entry. This is because I usually write my blogs into the notepad in my mobile before tranferring them onto TSR using a computer. Please ignore the published dates because that might make it a bit confusing. I hope you enjoy reading my blog .
Best of luck! You'll soon get the hang of TSR but if you struggle with anything, just let me know and I'll try and point you in the right direction

I look forward to your updates
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In regard to computer science, I know cgp do an exam questions workbook and I'm pretty sure they also do some actual practice papers so they might be beneficial

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Best of luck! You'll soon get the hang of TSR but if you struggle with anything, just let me know and I'll try and point you in the right direction

I look forward to your updates
I've downloaded the app so now it's a lot easier to edit my posts
This'll be my journey on TSR as well as my GCSEs haha
Thank you

And thank you for the information rubyft123
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Thank you
I'm doing AQA Sociology and OCR Computer Science
There are practice papers for Computer Science 9-1,right? I heard that there aren't many, but there's got to be some or else I'll spontaneously combust out of dread.
Are there any revision tips you've got for Sociology or Computer Science for me? I'd appreciate them .
I did AQA Sociology, but Edexcel Computing.

As for past papers, do the ones from the old specification as I doubt they would be much different - the layout may be different and some of the content, but overall it should be similar :yep:

For sociology, I think you may be doing a new specification which has a different layout for past papers, but the 12 markers are the same, so I can give you some tips on that :closedeyes:

Sociology 12 markers

Structure

1. Intro:
  • Define any key terms in the question
  • Introduce your key points
  • If you can, use any statistics from the source

Example:
Question - To what extent is there no typical family in the UK?
Intro - A typical family is also referred to as a nuclear family, which consists of two parents with their dependent children. Due to several factors such as divorce and changes in attitudes, other family types such as single parents and homosexual couples have increased in popularity [maybe some statistics?], meaning the traditional nuclear family may not be the typical family in the UK.

2. Paragraph FOR:
  • Identify your point
  • Explain
  • Provide evidence for this by using a study/ statistics from the source/ your own knowledge
  • Concluding sentence - Link back to question

Example:
Some sociologists may argue that there is a typical family in the UK: the nuclear family. This means that the roles of both parents are segregated, whereby the woman acts as the homemaker: caring for children and the house, and the man acts as the breadwinner: going out to work and earning the money. Ann Oakley's research showed that women performed 72 hours of housework on average. This shows that women are still largely performing the role of the homemaker, suggesting that the nuclear family still exists. This means that there is a typical family in the UK.

3. Paragraphs AGAINST (x3):
  • Identify your point
  • Explain
  • Provide evidence for this by using a study/ statistics from the source/ your own knowledge
  • Concluding sentence - Link back to question

Example:
On the other hand, divorce rate has increased in the past 50 years. In 2015, 2 out of 5 marriages ended in divorce. This has caused an increase in lone parent households, which consist of a parent, typically women, and their dependent children. Furthermore, this increase in divorce rate, has caused reconstituted families to rise, as more people remarry. [Statistic?] Therefore, there is no typical family in the UK.

4. Conclusion:
  • Use personal opinion
  • Decide whether to go FOR or AGAINST - don't sit on the fence
  • Justify

In conclusion, I believe thatthere is no longer a typical familyin the UK due to the emergence of other family types such as lone parent families and homosexual couples, however, the nuclear family still remains the most common family type in the UK.

For computing, I found a guy on Youtube who made really useful videos, however it was for Edexcel... but I'm sure there are some videos for OCR too:grin:

Hope this helped :blush:
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I did AQA Sociology, but Edexcel Computing.

As for past papers, do the ones from the old specification as I doubt they would be much different - the layout may be different and some of the content, but overall it should be similar :yep:

For sociology, I think you may be doing a new specification which has a different layout for past papers, but the 12 markers are the same, so I can give you some tips on that :closedeyes:

Sociology 12 markers

Structure

1. Intro:
  • Define any key terms in the question
  • Introduce your key points
  • If you can, use any statistics from the source

Example:
Question - To what extent is there no typical family in the UK?
Intro - A typical family is also referred to as a nuclear family, which consists of two parents with their dependent children. Due to several factors such as divorce and changes in attitudes, other family types such as single parents and homosexual couples have increased in popularity [maybe some statistics?], meaning the traditional nuclear family may not be the typical family in the UK.

2. Paragraph FOR:
  • Identify your point
  • Explain
  • Provide evidence for this by using a study/ statistics from the source/ your own knowledge
  • Concluding sentence - Link back to question

Example:
Some sociologists may argue that there is a typical family in the UK: the nuclear family. This means that the roles of both parents are segregated, whereby the woman acts as the homemaker: caring for children and the house, and the man acts as the breadwinner: going out to work and earning the money. Ann Oakley's research showed that women performed 72 hours of housework on average. This shows that women are still largely performing the role of the homemaker, suggesting that the nuclear family still exists. This means that there is a typical family in the UK.

3. Paragraphs AGAINST (x3):
  • Identify your point
  • Explain
  • Provide evidence for this by using a study/ statistics from the source/ your own knowledge
  • Concluding sentence - Link back to question

Example:
On the other hand, divorce rate has increased in the past 50 years. In 2015, 2 out of 5 marriages ended in divorce. This has caused an increase in lone parent households, which consist of a parent, typically women, and their dependent children. Furthermore, this increase in divorce rate, has caused reconstituted families to rise, as more people remarry. [Statistic?] Therefore, there is no typical family in the UK.

4. Conclusion:
  • Use personal opinion
  • Decide whether to go FOR or AGAINST - don't sit on the fence
  • Justify

In conclusion, I believe thatthere is no longer a typical familyin the UK due to the emergence of other family types such as lone parent families and homosexual couples, however, the nuclear family still remains the most common family type in the UK.

For computing, I found a guy on Youtube who made really useful videos, however it was for Edexcel... but I'm sure there are some videos for OCR too:grin:

Hope this helped :blush:
Thank you very much!
I'm thankful enough to be doing the old specifications
I feel sorry for year 10s
They have to learn more about specific sociologists
Do you remember the guys name?

Also is this showing up quoted or is it just me
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Thank you very much!
I'm thankful enough to be doing the old specifications
I feel sorry for year 10s
They have to learn more about specific sociologists
Do you remember the guys name?

Also is this showing up quoted or is it just me
Ah ok
The name was Computer Science Tutor
Yep, it's showing up quoted :yep:
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Saturday 14th January 2018

Holidays have been over for quite a while.

Finishing my computer science notes before school began was a must. I have to set myself deadlines because if I don't, I'll probably end up procrastinating.

This is what my completed flashcards for computer science look like:

Attachment 718184

I'm probably going to move onto revising quantitative chemistry since, despite completely understanding it in class, the knowledge seemed to have evaporated some place else. Computer science isn't going to be put at rest just yet, though. I still need to do past papers on the subject because I'm not as aware of the exam structure to the extent I'd like to be. Speaking of exams, I've gotten the results of the ones in January back.

I have captured the glory and doom below.

What I Predicted For My January Mock Results VS Predicted Grades VS My Actual January Mock Results

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English Literature: 6, 7, 7
English Language: 6, 7 , 7
Maths: 6 , 6 , 6
Physics: 6 , 7 , 5
Chemistry: 5, 7 , 6
Biology: 7, 7, 6
Child Development: 7, 7 , 7
Sociology: 7, 7 , 7
Computer Science: 7, 7 , 7
RE: 8, 7 , 7

I predicted myself one 8, four 7's and four 6's.
I'm predicted nine 7's and one 6.
I got six 7's, three 6's and one 5.


My predicted grades have changed as well.

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English Literature: 8
English Language: 8
Maths: 7
Biology: 7
Chemistry: 7
Physics: 7
Child Development: 8
Computer Science: 7
Sociology: 7
RE: 7

I'm now predicted three 8's and seven 7's.



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English Literature: 6, 7, 7
English Language: 6, 7 , 7

I wasn't expecting to get a 7 in both my English exams. What I wrote for English Language during the creative writing section was incredibly cheesy. Surprisingly, I got higher in English Language than English Literature ( 7 vs 7- ). I'm not too worried about English because I enjoy it and find it easy alhamdulilah. I'm quite glad about my grade and was genuinely expecting a 6. I've never gotten an 8 though, so getting that for March mock exams is a must.


Maths
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Maths: 6 , 6 , 6

I've had such a bumpy ride with Maths. I've always enjoyed it, but I've never been good at it which seems quite paradoxical. When we had end of year exams during year 8, I never revised for it.

It's safe to say I wasn't one of those 'cleverclogs' that got A******** without revising.

I started taking notes during maths class in year 9, but the highest I'd always get was a 5. I worked harder in year 10 but I could barely scrape a 6. I absolutely abhorred the subject because of how clueless I seemed to be during exams and my lack of belief in myself didn't really help.

Then I started working harder.

I got a 6 in my mock exams.

Now I'm predicted a 7.

Me.

I'm very, very happy and I'm going to continue working hard in Maths to aim for higher. I don't think aiming for a 6 anymore would do my predicted grade justice .

ALHAMDULILAH I'M GENUINELY VERY HAPPY AND STILL FIND IT KIND OF DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE

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Physics: 6 , 7 , 6
Chemistry: 5, 7 , 6
Biology: 7, 7, 6

I completely botched Chemistry whereas I revised so much for Physics. My grade is a 6 in Chemistry and 5 in Physics. I'm surprised.

I don't understand why I got a 5 in Physics. That was the subject I revised most for. I hope I get to see my paper because I really want to know where I went wrong.

I also want to see my Chemistry paper to see where on Earth I went right.

I'm content with Biology, though I wanted a 7.



RE
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I usually get an 8 in this subject, but I got a 7 instead. It makes me wonder what else I should've written to get that 8. I'm pretty content with my grade, but I'm also left wondering how much further I could've gone.



Options (Child Development, Computer Science, Sociology)
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* I didn't revise for the Child Development exam. I looked over a few notes, and that was that. I don't enjoy Child Development, but it's too easy not to get an 8 in. Inshallah I do get an 8.
* I got a 7 in Sociology. I really like the subject and actually felt pretty confident during the exam.
* Computer Science was eh.


All in all, I'm content with my mock results. However, I'd really like to see my RE, Chemistry and Physics paper because I'd like to see what I did right or wrong.

Mock exams aside, I had an entrance exam today. I missed out 4 questions in the first non-verbal reasoning section because I lacked time-management. When we first began the test, everyone had turned their page softly. I think after realising how little time we actually had to answer the questions, we became more eager to answer as many as we could. The second time we were told to continue the test, people were turning their pages a lot more aggressively.

I think missing those 4 questions will be detrimental on my result. I'm not expecting an offer into the school. If I do get one, saying I would be surprised wouldn't suffice. I'll update on this matter when I get the letter telling me whether I've gotten in or not.

Inshallah I did well on that exam.

ONE MORE THING

I was sent to practice the art of being an eloquent interviewee (is that the correct word?) in a workplace. They gave me positive feedback on how I present myself, but I think one thing both my interviewer and I could agree on was the fact that I didn't talk very much. I only spoke when I was asked questions, which is the entire point of an interview, but speaking more would've made me seem a little more confident. I was offered a work experience opportunity which I'm pretty happy about alhamdulilah . I'm thinking about taking it up.

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A) YAY MATHS
B) Woah Physics
C) W o a h Chemistry
D) I'm pretty content with my mock results
E) I don't really know how to feel about my entrance exam
F) I'm going to call up the workplace to confirm my attendance to the work experience opportunity
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Mashallah brother or sister if you are a girl!
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I took my GCSE’s last year and achieved 7 A*s, two 7’s and a 6 in maths (my weakest subject).

My main advice, although I appreciate this is hard with the new spec, is to go over as many past papers as you can find. I literally just memorised the mark-schemes of previous exams all the way back to 2011 and I got my grades up from B’s to A*s in all subjects except maths and English. I honestly didn’t do any revision for maths because I’m stubborn and hated it so I’ll have to live with that one grade B...

On top of this, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW EVERYTHING! Don’t skip over any content because it’s unlikely to come up or it’s ‘too hard to learn’, I can bet it will come up as a 6 marker just to spite you.
Watch YouTube videos, memorise revision guides and make sure you know what questions the examiners like to repeat year on year.
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