Friday, 23 August 2013

Kendal's Column: Some advice about GCSE's

Yesterday, I collected 2 Year 10 GCSE results. You go in and come out with a piece of paper with a letter or a group of letters that eventually lead you to go for college/6th form/vocational course. 
I have been to collect results before but still have to go one more time for year 11- THE BIG ONES.
Next year is my last year of high school and, as you have probably guessed, it's a big one with controlled assessments and exams and college applications and open evenings and-oh lord.

But lets just step back a minute

You are at school to do work and learn (I know- big shocker there), and I will tell you now that if you do the work in class and try your hardest to understand the topic then it is a damn-sight easier to revise and get good results. 
Now, I'm not saying that if you understood the topics in class you shouldn't revise because YOU SHOULD ALWAYS REVISE whether it's for a proper exam or a end of unit- REVISE. The more you revise now the easier it will be when you revise it later. It's basically revising to revise. 
Once you get in the exam, if a question pops up where you wonder whether you even learnt this topic in class 
  • First, move on and come back to it later -you might have an epiphany. 
  • If no epiphany arrives then look at the question carefully (and usually the topic title is at the top of the page) and try to think of key words for the question and write them down as you can get marks for it.
  • Write information about what the question is asking ie. if the questions is about pros and cons of fracking then include what the process of fracking is and not just the pros and cons.
  • IF ALL ELSE FAILS WING IT. if you cannot think of anything else to answer the question with then just go with whatever educated guess your brain comes up with. putting something is better than nothing. You can pick up marks for something- you can't with nothing.
Finally, once the exam is over, try not to worry about it. What's done is done and you can't go back on it. All you can do is wait for the result. 
Good luck in all the exams of the future.

Happy Friday!

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