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Hi,
*This is my first post here so hopefully I'm formatting / posting the right way.*
I was wondering how realistic / what I need to do in order to get all 9s in my GCSEs. To set things up I'm lucky enough to go to a private grammar school,am pretty smart (like top 1-3% roughly), and am in Year 10 (just about to finish). I take English Language, English Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, History, Computer Science and DT.

In my end of year exams I just took I revised for about 70 hours and got 2 7s (History and Chemistry being 1 and 2 percent away respectively), 6 8s and 1 9 (maths), averaging 4% into the 8 zone.

I'm wondering whether or not it is realistic to aim for 9s in all of these subjects and would really like any advice or help. If it is reasonable then what do you think I need to do? I would consider giving up videogames but this is quite distressing for me as it would mean giving up the main way my friends and I socialize. In short I don't know whether I can still have a life and the grades I want.

Thanks for any help!
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Let me tell you something about GCSEs, they are the same difficulty if not easier than mocks, when I sat them this year I was expecting them to be the hardest things ever, but they weren't, honestly GCSEs are a joke, as for your revision I suggest you keep on it, plan revision in the Christmas holidays of Year 11 and the start it after the holidays, about whether it's realistic yo get all 9s, definetly, but the work must be put in.

Good luck
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I think it's unrealistic to aim for all 9's, especially since they're so new. Aim for all 8's instead and if you get a few nines then great. Getting all 8's will not hold you back in anything you want to do after GCSE.
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9s are achievable, but your exam technique must be perfected. that being said, i wouldn't aim for all 9s as it really depends on the performance of the whole country.
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Hi,
*This is my first post here so hopefully I'm formatting / posting the right way.*
I was wondering how realistic / what I need to do in order to get all 9s in my GCSEs. To set things up I'm lucky enough to go to a private grammar school,am pretty smart (like top 1-3% roughly), and am in Year 10 (just about to finish). I take English Language, English Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, History, Computer Science and DT.

In my end of year exams I just took I revised for about 70 hours and got 2 7s (History and Chemistry being 1 and 2 percent away respectively), 6 8s and 1 9 (maths), averaging 4% into the 8 zone.

I'm wondering whether or not it is realistic to aim for 9s in all of these subjects and would really like any advice or help. If it is reasonable then what do you think I need to do? I would consider giving up videogames but this is quite distressing for me as it would mean giving up the main way my friends and I socialize. In short I don't know whether I can still have a life and the grades I want.

Thanks for any help!
Grammar schools are STATE schools - so is it a Grammar or a Private school?

My main advice would be work hard and stay off TSR.
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I would consider giving up videogames but this is quite distressing for me as it would mean giving up the main way my friends and I socialize. In short I don't know whether I can still have a life and the grades I want.
Not worth it, giving up friends and hobbies for grades is not worth the trade off, especially in some as insignificant as GCSEs.

Why do you desperately want all 9s? It will not drastically improve things compared to getting 8s. In 10 years time, those grades will be totally meaningless anyway.

Secondly, TSR is great for general advice on upping your grades but is not going to be very helpful for getting specific advice. What works for one person won't work for another. You could get great advice from how someone achieved top grades and it might not apply to you at all. All the usual advice applies, make sure you know everything, but the effort in, do past papers and so on but there is no magic trick to get 9s. You'd need specific advice on anything you are struggling with and we can't really offer you that.

Thirdly and this is the same advice I give to anyone looking for top grades. It's not about the hours you put in. Putting in more hours will up your grades to a point but you will plateau. There will be a point, usually when you start hitting top marks where simply throwing more hours offers diminishing returns. Instead of focusing on the hours put in, you need to focus on the quality of work you do. Someone who spends 5 hours every day doing past papers can only get so far. Someone who spends 1 hour a day working on their weaknesses will often do far better. So my recommendation is work out where the problems are and work smartly to fix them. This shouldn't take exceptionally long periods of time, providing you do a little work each week. As a result, you still get to play video games.
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Getting 9s in certain subjects are easy (like maths, computer science and the sciences) since there's a proven method of just knowing and understanding everything you come across in that subject. If you start revision early enough to go through and master all the content a 9 will come easy.

In other subjects, like English or the humanities subjects, you need to read a lot more around the subject, endlessly do essays to improve both exam technique and writing sleep, and literally read books and texts to improve your writing style and gain new things to write about in your essays.

That said, even though it is difficult, there's nothing stopping you from getting all 9s if you want it that bad and start early enough.
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Do you have the exam papers you took this year, or were you just given the marks? If you have the actual papers, the first thing I would do is go back over them (ideally with the mark schemes if they're available) and identify what your weaker areas are and how you can improve. I don't think the answer is necessarily to do more revision, since you sound like you're devoting a good amount of time to it anyway, but to increase the quality of that revision hy focusing mainly on practice questions and exam technique rather than memorising content.

You should aim as high as you think you can achieve, but also keep in mind that the new GCSE syllabus and grading system was essentially designed to prevent students getting 9s in every subject. I'm sure it's still possible, but don't be too disappointed if it doesn't end up happening.
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[QUOTE=vexlit;78520906]Hi,
*This is my first post here so hopefully I'm formatting / posting the right way.*
I was wondering how realistic / what I need to do in order to get all 9s in my GCSEs. To set things up I'm lucky enough to go to a private grammar school,am pretty smart (like top 1-3% roughly), and am in Year 10 (just about to finish). I take English Language, English Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, History, Computer Science and DT.

In my end of year exams I just took I revised for about 70 hours and got 2 7s (History and Chemistry being 1 and 2 percent away respectively), 6 8s and 1 9 (maths), averaging 4% into the 8 zone.

I'm wondering whether or not it is realistic to aim for 9s in all of these subjects and would really like any advice or help. If it is reasonable then what do you think I need to do? I would consider giving up videogames but this is quite distressing for me as it would mean giving up the main way my friends and I socialize. In short I don't know whether I can still have a life and the grades I want.

to get all nines arent impossible however you cant be certain that youll get all nines as its the exam board that gives the nines after looking at the best performing students. furthermore around 2000 people got 3 nines last year in the core subjects so to get all nines seem optamistic. i am sure youul get good grades anyway
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Hi,
*This is my first post here so hopefully I'm formatting / posting the right way.*
I was wondering how realistic / what I need to do in order to get all 9s in my GCSEs. To set things up I'm lucky enough to go to a private grammar school,am pretty smart (like top 1-3% roughly), and am in Year 10 (just about to finish). I take English Language, English Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, History, Computer Science and DT.

In my end of year exams I just took I revised for about 70 hours and got 2 7s (History and Chemistry being 1 and 2 percent away respectively), 6 8s and 1 9 (maths), averaging 4% into the 8 zone.

I'm wondering whether or not it is realistic to aim for 9s in all of these subjects and would really like any advice or help. If it is reasonable then what do you think I need to do? I would consider giving up videogames but this is quite distressing for me as it would mean giving up the main way my friends and I socialize. In short I don't know whether I can still have a life and the grades I want.

Thanks for any help!
Do what I didn't do and don't give up on revision.
Then yes, it is possible to get straight 9s. But you will have to make sacrifices, but if you manage your time well, you'll be able to socialise with your friends as well. But make sure to always prioritise revision. Those friends aren't going to sit your exam, so make sure they don't become a bad influence to you, otherwise hang out with the right crowd instead. Also start early, because I was planning to revise intensely in the Easter (which is when most people revise) but then stuff happened and I was barely able to revise at all. Now I don't know what I'll get since I crammed for my GCSEs... I wasn't predicted to get any 9s but I know I could have, had I done the right work at the right time. You seem to go to a great school which is obviously pushing you so make sure to ask them for help to push you further.
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We were always told by teachers that you can aim for an 8, but a 9 can only happen on the day. If you're feeling really good and the questions are similar to you, then it is very possible to get a 9. As someone else pointed out, grade boundaries are different every year and a 9 this year could be an 8 the next, it all depends on how well all the other students in the country do.
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