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D.t. Gcse ocr nea

Hi,

Currently starting my NEA for my D.T. GCSE - to those who did the NEA last year or even before, what are you best tips? This year, we were handed very broad contexts but I think I know what I'll be doing, regardless, I'd appreciate some of your tips and if you have any suggestions - that would be amazing!
Can I please ask,
What are the OCR themes??
I did the NEA in a previous year, got a stupid high mark and am now going around and helping all the current NEA people
I know the challenges for AQA,EDEXCEL,EDUQAS but not OCR
Thankyou
Reducing waste, household budget, empty retail units.
Original post by okay-planner
Hi,
Currently starting my NEA for my D.T. GCSE - to those who did the NEA last year or even before, what are you best tips? This year, we were handed very broad contexts but I think I know what I'll be doing, regardless, I'd appreciate some of your tips and if you have any suggestions - that would be amazing!

i did it last year. my advice is: work hard, put in all the time you can to make your work thorough. Make sure you cover all points detailed on the specification. Basically if you work hard, you will get a good mark, but if you don't put much work in, you wont really do too well. If you do loads of work for the NEA, especially if you are in year 10 now, you will thank yourself in year 11 when you have loads of work from other subjects. I got 93/100 in the NEA so i knew that i could still afford to loose some marks in the exam and still get a nine. hope this helps
Original post by okay-planner
Hi,
Currently starting my NEA for my D.T. GCSE - to those who did the NEA last year or even before, what are you best tips? This year, we were handed very broad contexts but I think I know what I'll be doing, regardless, I'd appreciate some of your tips and if you have any suggestions - that would be amazing!
Hi, I got 100/100 this year
My top tips are:

1.

Make it simple, you get marks for the process, not many for the final product, people spend too much time making it than documenting it, causing them to lose marks

2.

Put in as much work in as possible when you can. Like what someone else said, do as much as you can now, just make sure it's correct! I found putting big chunks into my coursework helped, for example on my last day of working, I spent all day doing it and got 5 pages done, just try to do as much early on in each section, so that you have more time for other revision

3.

Structure your PowerPoint well. Make 1-2 slides for each marking section, and label each box rlly well (idk if u get templates, we did). Make it as easy as possible for the examiner to find what they are looking for, and give you marks

4.

Don't get fixated on an idea. Think about lots of different strands from your context, and when thinking about designs, draw 8-10 and choose based on simplicity to make and aesthetics and how it works, I had an idea at first, and ended up doing something completely different!

5.

Stay in contact with your primary user + stakeholders. Keep them in the process throughout, I must have made 5 different interviews with my primary user, to show that the product you are making uses a UCD!

Good luck! Those themes sound amazing, and I'm happy to help you if you have any questions!!

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