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Hey, what's your take on what will happen with mini exams and do you think exam boards will actually make new papers or use past paper questions.
Well I dont know, I think they already were making the papers but I seriously dont know how they are going to make these exams "fair". I think teachers might just give us last years and 2018 papers, as we dont have access to them.

Again this is just what I think....
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Well I just hope, us students dont get bombarded with a lot of exams, during the course of the few weeks we are at school, if these mini exams happen, make them towards the end of school year (which according to some sources might be ealier than usual by like two weeks) so they get a fair representation of what the students would have done if they had time to prepare accordingly. I would personally make sure that no extra topics should be added to these other than the ones completed before this lockdown but thats most likely not going to be the case.

No matter what they do, I feel like the ones who couldnt properly revise during lockdown are going to affected by this the most. And I fear there might be a lot of these...
Yes even those that might not have been expected to be affected too, its a tricky situation, were you able to revise much during jan and feb, as ive found it very difficult to even get classwork done
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Will there be an official announcement or statement about what’s happening with grades or something anytime soon?
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Yes even those that might not have been expected to be affected too, its a tricky situation, were you able to revise much during jan and feb, as ive found it very difficult to even get classwork done
I dont think teachers realise how hard it is to pay attention to them for 7 hours a day across a screen while our phones and other technological devices are right next to us....

So to answer your q I got barely anything done, even though I didnt get much HW, I really struggled to pay attention to lessons....
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I dont think teachers realise how hard it is to pay attention to them for 7 hours a day across a screen while our phones and other technological devices are right next to us....

So to answer your q I got barely anything done, even though I didnt get much HW, I really struggled to pay attention to lessons....
Im glad its not only me, I think everyones in the same boat really! Any advice ive got my a level mocks in 2 weeks, and I feel like im comparing myself and imagining people have done loads of work during this break, when Ive been struggling to concentrate
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Im glad its not only me, I think everyones in the same boat really! Any advice ive got my a level mocks in 2 weeks, and I feel like im comparing myself and imagining people have done loads of work during this break, when Ive been struggling to concentrate
I have mine in 2 weeks as well yikess, Well what I am doing is splitting it up into 5 days each, 5 days of maths, 5 days of physics, 5 days of chemistry....I am basically cramming really hard but this is the best I can do....just go online school, then take 2-3 hr break and switch off then revise for the rest of the day, thats what I am doing anyways...I amalmost half done with physics now which I am proud of, considering I find it the hardest. Just make sure you do questions as you go along, I do end of topic questions on physics and maths tutor. Hope this helps. Just remember after these mocks you can relax a little...and also take confort in knowing that I dont think they will reduce your grades that you have now, they are giving you this opportunity to improve on them....I dont know what grades you have now so I cant say if thats good or not.
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Hi everyone,

It has now been officially announced that due to the new school closures exams will not go ahead as planned in 2021. These exams will be replaced with teacher assessed grades. Teachers will be supported to make sure that the grades given are consistent and fair.

The reason this decision has been made is that it is now believed that students will have simply missed far too much face to face teaching time for traditional examinations to be an equal and fair measure of students abilities.
TSR will continue to update as we find out more. If there is anything TSR can do right now to support you, please reach out and ask and we will do our best.

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Edit: DFE states that vocational exams will continue in January. This includes all BTECS.

Edit 2: DFE states that colleges can decide whether to run vocational January exams (including BTECs)

Edit 3: It has now been confirmed that exams have been replaced with Teacher Assessed Grades for GCSE, AS and A-level exams. Teachers will be trained and supported to make sure these grades are consistent and fair for everyone.
Will my AS level grade determine my predicted grades :')
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I have mine in 2 weeks as well yikess, Well what I am doing is splitting it up into 5 days each, 5 days of maths, 5 days of physics, 5 days of chemistry....I am basically cramming really hard but this is the best I can do....just go online school, then take 2-3 hr break and switch off then revise for the rest of the day, thats what I am doing anyways...I amalmost half done with physics now which I am proud of, considering I find it the hardest. Just make sure you do questions as you go along, I do end of topic questions on physics and maths tutor. Hope this helps. Just remember after these mocks you can relax a little...and also take confort in knowing that I dont think they will reduce your grades that you have now, they are giving you this opportunity to improve on them....I dont know what grades you have now so I cant say if thats good or not.
Thats true! Also a very great method of studying! What grades are you aiming for! Im aiming for AAA! That was really motivational too by the way!
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Thats true! Also a very great method of studying! What grades are you aiming for! Im aiming for AAA! That was really motivational too by the way!
I want an AAA but by the looks of it I will be lucky to get ABB
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gcseconfusion.co.uk is great
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Prsom :jumphug:

How often would you recommend going over year 12 content? Schools starting again soon so we wont have much time
Maybe try a topic or two per day? (I’m not sure how big your topics are in bio, chem etc. but it works in maths as the topics are quite small), either randomly selecting then or doing the ones you struggle most with first (e.g. if you had an AS paper tomorrow, what would you revise first)
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Gavin Williamson, UK Education Secretary, live 8.35am today on Good Morning Britain, ITV Channel.
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Gavin Williamson, UK Education Secretary, live 8.35am today on Good Morning Britain, ITV Channel.
I hope someone's live tweeting because I can't remember my login details
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Prsom :jumphug:

How often would you recommend going over year 12 content? Schools starting again soon so we wont have much time
I am probably only going to have enough time to complete it once, and if I have any spare time I am using it all on past papers because practicing q is the best thing you can do once you know the content.
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Gavin Williamson, UK Education Secretary, live 8.35am today on Good Morning Britain, ITV Channel.
Nothing was discussed re GSCE & A levels. Just about children returning to school and if it is safe now to do so in England.
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Nothing was discussed re GSCE & A levels. Just about children returning to school and if it is safe now to do so in England.
There was only one question regarding gcses and a levels about mini exams.And he said that the government is absolutely adamant that no exams,mini or full,will occur this academic year
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There was only one question regarding gcses and a levels about mini exams.And he said that the government is absolutely adamant that no exams,mini or full,will occur this academic year
There are no mini exams anymore?
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There are no mini exams anymore?
Probs,I listened to the entire interview and he seemed to have made a u-turn as normally expected
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Probs,I listened to the entire interview and he seemed to have made a u-turn as normally expected
I wouldn’t trust anything yet. Be prepared for mini-exams until they officially say they will not be going ahead.
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Probably be a ‘leak’ this evening which will cause the Twitter militia to go crazy lol. things that come out the day before tend to prove accurate but who knows
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