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advice on improving grades

im in y10 and i’d like to improve my grades and i’m looking for some tips in these subjects:

english lang and lit
maths
biology
chemistry
physics
spanish
Theology
computer science
classical civilisation

if there are any websites or revision techniques i can use that you’d recommend to me that would be v helpful

also i have a question about y11 predicted grades: how do teachers decide what grades you get? and also when you apply to sixth forms do they care about your predicted grades?

thank uuu

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I did maths biology chemistry physics in my GCSEs and got A*s in all subjects. For science subjects, CGP books are a good resource. Do loads of past papers and read through the marking schemes.

For maths, go on YouTube to watch how people solve pastpaper questions.
Original post by yousaname
I did maths biology chemistry physics in my GCSEs and got A*s in all subjects. For science subjects, CGP books are a good resource. Do loads of past papers and read through the marking schemes.
For maths, go on YouTube to watch how people solve pastpaper questions.


thank you!!
sixth forms, especially selective ones, use your predicteds to make you offers so they’re important - the school gives your grade usually just from mocks (or at least that’s what mine did).

eng lit and lang - mreverythingenglish (especially for lang !!!)

maths - mathsgenie and gcsemathstutor (in one of his videos he predicted practically the exact questions that came up in the real thing and it saved my grade the night before)

science - freesciencelessons then cgp guides were rly rly good. don’t bother getting the cgp flashcards tho.

spanish - learn all the vocab in the textbook & special phrases (if you don’t understand how a phrase works that’s fine, just memorise it !!!! eg i didn’t rly know how to do subjunctives but i just remembered ‘ojala que’ etc.) and in the speaking and writing try to include at least two past tenses, two present and two future (and one subjunctive) to tick all the boxes & get A* hopefully)

very best of luck , you’ve got this.
i'm in year 11 now, so i'd say i've used my fair share of revision websites. there's a website called physicsandmathstutor: https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/ and its so, so good for sciences, english, and sometimes maths, they have chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, economics, computing, english, and geography on the site and has basically every single past paper, and set of exam questions ever. it has detailed mindmaps for every single topic within every subject, as well as revision notes AND flashcards. they also have whole past papers, and also topic past papers (where they gather all the past exam questions of a specific topic and put them in one "paper" so you can revise a specific topic without having to look everywhere for questions on them). it's a really good website and it's saved me countless times 💀. i would say its a really good application resource, meaning if you've done some revision on a subject, the site is really good for applying that revision and putting it into practise. yes it does have the mindmaps (which are very good) and flashcards (i havent used them) but i prefer having revision resources that i know come straight from my notes/class because i always get paranoid that i might miss something out. but, definitely use it for past paper and topic exam questions because it's a LIFESAVER. hope that helped!!
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For classics go on Tes and buy the revision guide for components ie myth and religion- the notes are summarised and easy compared to the large textbook and theres booklets for the sources as well
Original post by coolblackguy
im in y10 and i’d like to improve my grades and i’m looking for some tips in these subjects:
english lang and lit
maths
biology
chemistry
physics
spanish
Theology
computer science
classical civilisation
if there are any websites or revision techniques i can use that you’d recommend to me that would be v helpful
also i have a question about y11 predicted grades: how do teachers decide what grades you get? and also when you apply to sixth forms do they care about your predicted grades?
thank uuu

Hey! Everyone has different revision methods, so try different methods to see which is best fitted for you.

From my experience:

Sciences - Summerise textbooks and specification notes and review them every few weeks to memorise all the information; Moreover, use resources like Primrose Kitten and FreeScienceLessons on YouTube to fill in gaps of knowledge!

English - Write! It's this easy... Writing more often will help increase the speed of your writing during the exam and provide an advantage. Moreover, you could read books or and watch movies to expand your vocabulary by exposing yourself to other types of diction.

Maths - Honestly, the only thing you can do is do practice questions for each unit and past papers, as questions that come up are unpredictable.

Classics - It's a heavy-memory-based subject, so I usually summarise all the content I need and memorise everything I write (done by covering and testing myself). Afterwards, I do past papers to retain the knowledge gathered - Remember to notice every detail! A lot of the time, they ask short unexpected questions.

Good luck, and I wish you all the best! :smile:
Original post by coolblackguy
im in y10 and i’d like to improve my grades and i’m looking for some tips in these subjects:
english lang and lit
maths
biology
chemistry
physics
spanish
Theology
computer science
classical civilisation
if there are any websites or revision techniques i can use that you’d recommend to me that would be v helpful
also i have a question about y11 predicted grades: how do teachers decide what grades you get? and also when you apply to sixth forms do they care about your predicted grades?
thank uuu

It's different for numerous schools, but mainly they make you go through tests/exams/etc... to decide your predicted grades.
Moreover, predicted grades are essential for some schools you may apply to in sixth form - some subjects require a specific grade to study subjects during A levels, IB, etc...
Original post by coolblackguy
im in y10 and i’d like to improve my grades and i’m looking for some tips in these subjects:
english lang and lit
maths
biology
chemistry
physics
spanish
Theology
computer science
classical civilisation
if there are any websites or revision techniques i can use that you’d recommend to me that would be v helpful
also i have a question about y11 predicted grades: how do teachers decide what grades you get? and also when you apply to sixth forms do they care about your predicted grades?
thank uuu


Sixths forms defo care abt predicted grades, and usually your predicted grades are 1 or 2 grades higher than the one you achieved!!
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Original post by coolblackguy
im in y10 and i’d like to improve my grades and i’m looking for some tips in these subjects:
english lang and lit
maths
biology
chemistry
physics
spanish
Theology
computer science
classical civilisation
if there are any websites or revision techniques i can use that you’d recommend to me that would be v helpful
also i have a question about y11 predicted grades: how do teachers decide what grades you get? and also when you apply to sixth forms do they care about your predicted grades?
thank uuu

To improve your grades, you could improve your study method and take up private lessons designed to meet your needs. Message me privately.
Original post by jelllyfiiish
It's different for numerous schools, but mainly they make you go through tests/exams/etc... to decide your predicted grades.
Moreover, predicted grades are essential for some schools you may apply to in sixth form - some subjects require a specific grade to study subjects during A levels, IB, etc...


for biology ive done 3 tests (no eoy test yet) and i got:

90%, 78% and 57%
what do u reckon i could get predicted for bio?
I don't know the order of your grades whether from the first test to the last and/or last to first. Whatever there's a top-bottom or bottom-top. You have to be consistent in your bio. You could have overall 60%.
Original post by Macfiger
I don't know the order of your grades whether from the first test to the last and/or last to first. Whatever there's a top-bottom or bottom-top. You have to be consistent in your bio. You could have overall 60%.


its first to last test
Then you need serious improvement in your bio. Can you message me privately?
Original post by Macfiger
Then you need serious improvement in your bio. Can you message me privately?


I messaged you
Original post by coolblackguy
for biology ive done 3 tests (no eoy test yet) and i got:
90%, 78% and 57%
what do u reckon i could get predicted for bio?

Perhaps 60-70% - but I would say if you found the perfect revision method your grades will go back up in no time. 🙂
Goodluck!
Original post by jelllyfiiish
Perhaps 60-70% - but I would say if you found the perfect revision method your grades will go back up in no time. 🙂
Goodluck!


what grade is that??

also do u think if i do well in my end of year biology test i could get predicted a 7??
Original post by coolblackguy
what grade is that??
also do u think if i do well in my end of year biology test i could get predicted a 7??

Grades depend on the boundary set by the teachers, which in return depends on how well your year group does.
For example, if your year group's average is around <70 and you've gotten >70, you're most likely getting a 9.
Original post by jelllyfiiish
Grades depend on the boundary set by the teachers, which in return depends on how well your year group does.
For example, if your year group's average is around <70 and you've gotten >70, you're most likely getting a 9.


thank you!!
Original post by coolblackguy
thank you!!

No worries! :thumbsup:

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