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Help! How can i revise all the content for cs paper 1 in 4 days and get a 9?? Please help me i’m about to cry!!
Original post by Amy258
Help! How can i revise all the content for cs paper 1 in 4 days and get a 9?? Please help me i’m about to cry!!

Hi,
I’ve done ocr computer science GCSE before, and found that the best way for me was to make notes from memory (blurting), onto mindmaps. Whatever I didn’t know I would add in a different colour.

I also highly recommend flashcards. If you haven’t made any yet, find some online for example on Quizlet
Original post by kitty15
Hi,
I’ve done ocr computer science GCSE before, and found that the best way for me was to make notes from memory (blurting), onto mindmaps. Whatever I didn’t know I would add in a different colour.
I also highly recommend flashcards. If you haven’t made any yet, find some online for example on Quizlet

Hey, in paper 2 section a, when a question asks u to write an algorithm, what language did u use? In section B, what should i write in python or ocr exam reference language?
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Original post by RevisionIsFun
Hey, in paper 2 section a, when a question asks u to write an algorithm, what language did u use? In section B, what should i write in python or ocr exam reference language?

Hi! I sat my OCR GCSE Computer Science exam 2 years ago. I did not write in the OCR reference language, I chose to write in python, but it is personal preference. I got a 9 and how I practiced for this paper was by actually coding on my computer using python, it helped me alot and there's alot of small exercises you can do, make sure to check out Craig'n'Dave on Youtube. Usually they will allow small mistakes such as forgetting a " or a : .
Original post by RevisionIsFun
Hey, in paper 2 section a, when a question asks u to write an algorithm, what language did u use? In section B, what should i write in python or ocr exam reference language?

I wrote in Python pseudo code as it was what I was familiar with, but if you are not familiar with it at all, I would recommend learning ocr exam reference language
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Original post by Amy258
Help! How can i revise all the content for cs paper 1 in 4 days and get a 9?? Please help me i’m about to cry!!

I sat this exam two years ago and how I revised for this was by reading the textbook the night before the exam as I was already pretty confident with the content (not my best idea to be honest). However, if you are less confident I'd consider blurting for each topic (writing everything you know on a whiteboard) then comparing that with the specification and then fill in any blanks.To fill in the blanks, I'd recommend either your textbook if you're good at extracting important data, however if it is going to overwhelm you then watch Craig n Dave on Youtube.

Sometimes you know more than you think, active recall (asking yourself or getting someone else to ask questions and you answering them) is the best way for theory subjects like this and is what I use to this day to revise for my computer science A-Level and is the only reason I'm predicted an A*

Make sure you know basic definitions (i.e LAN, MDR, MAR etc) as these questions come up all the time and are easy marks you do not want to be missing! I wouldn't recommend flashcards at this point as they would take too long to make and the ones online can miss out important details and keywords that examiners look for.

For paper 2 - although you didn't ask - I wrote in python and I practiced by doing small projects in python so I could understand the language better. By small projects, I literally just mean writing functions, if statements, while statements and passing data through them so I could see how they work, and I also made sure I knew how to write to and from text files as this *could* come up (It didn't, and it probably wont for you). If it did come up I highly doubt many people would get the question correct, only the best students.

I understand that you want a grade 9, but don't beat yourself up over it if you don't manage to do it. I achieved a 9 and although I'm proud of it, it really hasn't made a difference to my life (although I can understand if you're trying to pursue Oxbridge). All of the A-Level computer science courses I've heard of re-cap the GCSE content anyway, just a little faster and of course in more depth. Make sure you're passing maths and english, and then passing any sort of grade requirements your college may require first as these will effect you if you don't pass them please do not prioritise computer science over these.

Also an exam tip, don't panic - although easier said than done, you can lose about 25 marks across both papers and still get a 9, you got this!
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Original post by html0
I sat this exam two years ago and how I revised for this was by reading the textbook the night before the exam as I was already pretty confident with the content (not my best idea to be honest). However, if you are less confident I'd consider blurting for each topic (writing everything you know on a whiteboard) then comparing that with the specification and then fill in any blanks.To fill in the blanks, I'd recommend either your textbook if you're good at extracting important data, however if it is going to overwhelm you then watch Craig n Dave on Youtube.
Sometimes you know more than you think, active recall (asking yourself or getting someone else to ask questions and you answering them) is the best way for theory subjects like this and is what I use to this day to revise for my computer science A-Level and is the only reason I'm predicted an A*
Make sure you know basic definitions (i.e LAN, MDR, MAR etc) as these questions come up all the time and are easy marks you do not want to be missing! I wouldn't recommend flashcards at this point as they would take too long to make and the ones online can miss out important details and keywords that examiners look for.
For paper 2 - although you didn't ask - I wrote in python and I practiced by doing small projects in python so I could understand the language better. By small projects, I literally just mean writing functions, if statements, while statements and passing data through them so I could see how they work, and I also made sure I knew how to write to and from text files as this *could* come up (It didn't, and it probably wont for you). If it did come up I highly doubt many people would get the question correct, only the best students.
I understand that you want a grade 9, but don't beat yourself up over it if you don't manage to do it. I achieved a 9 and although I'm proud of it, it really hasn't made a difference to my life (although I can understand if you're trying to pursue Oxbridge). All of the A-Level computer science courses I've heard of re-cap the GCSE content anyway, just a little faster and of course in more depth. Make sure you're passing maths and english, and then passing any sort of grade requirements your college may require first as these will effect you if you don't pass them please do not prioritise computer science over these.
Also an exam tip, don't panic - although easier said than done, you can lose about 25 marks across both papers and still get a 9, you got this!

Thank you sooo much! I’m actually in year 10 but i am sitting 4 of my gcses earlier (rs, computer science and 2 languages) so i have a fair advantage because i don’t have my actual core subject gcses. You have literally saved my life, i don’t really have a passion for cs so i don’t think i’m going to do it at a-level but i feel like i have very high expectations of myself and kinda forget it’s not the end of the world if i get an 8. I come from a family of very high achieving people (my sisters got all grade 9s) so i feel like i have the pressure to be the same. I feel like i waffled so much but thank you once again
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Original post by Amy258
Thank you sooo much! I’m actually in year 10 but i am sitting 4 of my gcses earlier (rs, computer science and 2 languages) so i have a fair advantage because i don’t have my actual core subject gcses. You have literally saved my life, i don’t really have a passion for cs so i don’t think i’m going to do it at a-level but i feel like i have very high expectations of myself and kinda forget it’s not the end of the world if i get an 8. I come from a family of very high achieving people (my sisters got all grade 9s) so i feel like i have the pressure to be the same. I feel like i waffled so much but thank you once again

I'm glad I have helped you in some way! It's great that you're taking them early, which is even better as if you really weren't happy with your grade, I'm sure you could re-take it next year?

Don't compare yourself to your siblings as you are all taking your own journey and as you said in your reply, you don't have a passion for cs anyways so an 8 is absolutely amazing as it would be harder for you to revise due to lack of interest anyway, whereas for me it was much easier as I had such a big passion and I am (hoping to be) doing a computer science degree this september! I achieved 9988877DM in my GCSEs and my sister achieved 9 A*s and 3 As, but I'm literally going to be at the same university that she went to, so in the long run its no big deal! (Unless as I said before, you're looking to go oxford or cambridge, but they wouldn't be fussed about a couple of 8's most likely, I also took less GCSEs than the average student due to personal circumstances).

You didn't waffle at all in your reply don't worry. I wish you the best of luck in your early GCSEs and your core subjects next year!
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Original post by html0
I'm glad I have helped you in some way! It's great that you're taking them early, which is even better as if you really weren't happy with your grade, I'm sure you could re-take it next year?
Don't compare yourself to your siblings as you are all taking your own journey and as you said in your reply, you don't have a passion for cs anyways so an 8 is absolutely amazing as it would be harder for you to revise due to lack of interest anyway, whereas for me it was much easier as I had such a big passion and I am (hoping to be) doing a computer science degree this september! I achieved 9988877DM in my GCSEs and my sister achieved 9 A*s and 3 As, but I'm literally going to be at the same university that she went to, so in the long run its no big deal! (Unless as I said before, you're looking to go oxford or cambridge, but they wouldn't be fussed about a couple of 8's most likely, I also took less GCSEs than the average student due to personal circumstances).
You didn't waffle at all in your reply don't worry. I wish you the best of luck in your early GCSEs and your core subjects next year!
Thank you so much for all your help! I wish you all the best in your degree :smile:

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