I have found as I navigate my way through parenting four kids to adulthood is that things definitely do NOT get easier as they get older. Oh, sure, there’s definitely less sleeping/eating worries, and much less cleaning of bodily fluids. But other big stuff comes along and completely knocks your I’ve-got-this parenting confidence sideways.
One of those is the exams. I swear it isn’t THAT long since I took my own exams (listen, if I say it wasn’t, it wasn’t, okay?) – and I did pretty good in most of mine. But in the space between mine and theirs things have changed. Like, a LOT.
Oh, I can still hold my own in a discussion on the themes of Romeo and Juliet. But GCSE Maths contains things I didn’t even know existed when I was 15 (degrees are divided by minutes? Really?). And I only did GCSE Biology (well I did Chemistry too, but I got a D…), so help with the Physics elements of Combined Science? Nup, probably shouldn’t look at me.
And the revision is way more technical now, too. You have your revision Guides, which are ace for jotting notes on, you can tie them in to your own class notes, stick post-it notes in, keep notes on them from YouTube videos….
But then you don’t just need to know your subject. You need to know how to take the exam – a whole art in and of itself these days. So Practice Papers are an essential part of any GCSE-studying teens kit. Crack these, and on exam day they’ll feel far less stressed about the unknown – they’ll know what to expect in terms of layout and timings, they’ll know how to work out the marking scheme and perform accordingly, and they’ll know the pitfalls of the question wording.
And we have a whole BUNDLE of Collins’ Practice Papers to give away to one lucky GCSE student – alongside a nice little £50 ASOS voucher to cheer up their exam-stressed brain.
To enter, just use the magic widget below – closing date is the 17th of November, and first name out of the cyber hat wins. Good Luck!Win a complete Letts ‘GCSE In A Week’ PLUS Spotify Premium!