Failing a GCSE mock exam feels like a stomach punch. It truly hurts - leaving you anxious about the future. How could you fail to achieve your predicted grades? And with such little time before the summer finals, how is it even possible for you to turn things round? The truth is, it IS possible. And you are NOT a failure. Do you know why? Because ALL of us fail at something in life. Super smart students like you know that trying…
Though re-sitting an exam is probably not a favourite activity, it's worth giving it your best shot - especially if your heart is set on a specific course or university place. Here's some advice to turn your fortunes round now: 1. Accept First, wipe away the disappointment you feel about achieving disappointing grades. I've been there, and know how it feels when your best just wasn't enough. Since you can't change the past, focus on what you can do now.…
Homework ... there's no escape. Until earlier this year, students as young as five were expected to have an hour's homework per night - rising to an hour and a half for seven year olds. And longer for Key Stage 3 and 4 students. These Department for Education guidelines have now been scrapped. Now, schools have the freedom to set their own homework policies. Whether your child is set homework regularly or not, many parents often have a battle on…
11 October 2013

Facing GCSE retakes?

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It's tough picking yourself up off the floor when you feel crushed by disappointment, especially when you thought you'd pass. It somehow feels worse when parents and teachers remind you that you didn't achieve the expected grade. Failing at something first time is an experience we all go through. Even your teachers! But it doesn't make you a failure... Far from it. Instead of feeling beaten by it, dust yourself down and go back to the finishing straight. After all,…
GCSEs... They're here. Not only is it a fantastic opportunity to grow your knowledge, it's also a chance to start making decisions about your future. So use this time to build up your skills and look forward. If, however, you are dreading the next two years, it coud be that you just haven't got your head round everything yet. Far from being a walkthrough, GSCEs can be fraught with all sorts of hassles unless you keep on top of them. There…

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