Mock Like You Mean It

Why revising for mock GCSEs is more important than ever

Summer 2020 will go down in history for many reasons – one of them being the cancellation of GCSE and A-Level exams. This sudden and unprecedented decision meant that for lots of students, predicted grades were more important than ever – here’s why they’ll continue to be.

Mocks aren’t always a dress rehearsal

This summer’s cancelled exams meant thousands of students were awarded GCSE and A-Level grades by their schools and colleges instead of being based on exam performance. Although mocks weren’t the be all and end all for determining those grades, there’s no doubt they played a vital role.

For everyone that had spent time revising and preparing, it was validation of their hard work and shows that mocks are more than just a dress rehearsal.

Mocks do matter

Despite the breakthrough of a new vaccine, COVID-19 is still likely to rumble on into next year and with all that uncertainty, who knows how exams will be affected in 2021.

With that in mind, it’s more important than ever to approach your mock GCSEs with intention rather than seeing them as an inconvenient hurdle before the ‘real thing’.

Mocks have always been a chance to check what you do and don’t know. A lot of the time, revising for mocks is the first time you’ll have sat down and really looked at a subject in its entirety.

Being able to see the bigger picture can quickly highlight areas you’re struggling with, giving you enough time to get the help you need.

A chance to refine your revision technique

Mocks are also a great way to sharpen up how you revise so use the run up to them as a way to understand what techniques work for you. Whether you prefer to work alone or in a group, in silence, with music, at night or only in the morning, preparing for mocks can give you valuable insight.

Plus, always remember that what suits you, might be different from friends and classmates.

A way to boost your confidence

It’s so easy to think of exams as obstacles designed to catch you out, but they really aren’t.

Regular tests in class, coursework and mocks are all ways for you to highlight your understanding and an opportunity for you to show off your knowledge.

Mocks are also a chance to work under timed conditions so you can learn how to make the most of the time you’re given. This can also help you learn to cope with the stress of exams.

Prepare for mocks like you mean it

We can’t predict how next year will pan out and whether or not exams will be affected again. That means preparation will be even more important as we head towards mock exams season.

At The Community Schools, we understand how overwhelming the current uncertainties are for both students and parents but we’re here to help.

Our GCSE and A level Grade Booster revision sessions are designed to ensure all our students are given bespoke teaching. As well as tackling individual subjects, classes will also look at revision and exam techniques so that students have the knowledge and skills to fulfil their potential.

Sessions will be taking place throughout every school holiday and details can be found on our Grade Booster Revision Courses page.

To find out more about how we can help, contact Claire on 07747 037441 or email: claire@thecommunityschools.co.uk.