Go to navigation
It is currently Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:51 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: GCSE Stress and Panic
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:24 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:17 pm
Posts: 46
Hi!
My son has just gone into year 11. He seems to be quited stressed and worried about the exams ahead. Has anyone been in this situation, Any advice will be appreciated.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:35 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:51 am
Posts: 8113
yes quite a few have done the GCSE bit..

what is his main concern? is it any particular subjects? have the school mentioned any concerns?

sometimes schools will do catch up sessions for key subjects if they feel kids are struggling.. has anything like this been suggested?

On the other hand he may just be anxious re exams in general and that is a hard thing to deal with as exams these days are pretty endless and a bit of focussing and anxiety is not a bad thing as having a v laid back child can sometimes feel worse!

If you feel able to give it, a bit more information would perhaps help people advise you.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:37 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:21 pm
Posts: 11949
They are the first year group for some time to face all the exams at the end of the course.

We are encouraging our Year 11s to keep up to date with homework and after 'mocks' we will help/encourage them with revision planning.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:17 pm
Posts: 46
He feels he will not be able to meet his grades and therefore not be able to select good subjects for A'Level. I feel he has lost confidence in himself. We will have to gradually encourage him to build up his self esteem. It has been only 2 days into the school term. I only hope he gets back to his usual self.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:24 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:21 pm
Posts: 11949
Get him to check the syllabuses he is doing and print off the list of topics.

He can then see what he has already covered and hopefully that will encourage him.

The first term is long and it is important to pace yourself. Maybe get him to look at a few exam papers and see what he can do; it usually helps.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:30 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:42 pm
Posts: 3813
Location: Chelmsford and pleased
I've taught many, I've raised one who's just done his and I have one to go. I've met few who were not stressed.

Sadly, the media and the Govement make them feel like failures even when they succeed. It is our job to let them know that they are real successes.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:55 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:19 am
Posts: 888
My new y11 was in tears on Friday morning because "y11 is scary". She'd had 1 1/2 days of lessons, with every teacher laying it on thick about how important this year is, you're going to have to work really hard for your exams next summer, etc etc etc. I can see the teachers want to get everyone e enthused and ready to work, but it's hard really to see how the lectures work - the ones who don't care still won't, and the conscientious ones like my daughter and your son who already want to do well just feel really pressured!

Looking at the syllabi and past papers as suggested above should help. My daughter has a stack of revision guides and work books, so when she's feeling worried, she can do a couple of pages, and at least then she knows that she is doing something - gives her a bit of control back and makes her feel calmer.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:22 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:20 pm
Posts: 4660
I'm worried now.

My dd takes her GCSE's this year and so far I've not had any feedback from her. She is the sort to do what needs to be done and gets on with it, but I wonder should I be encouraging/enquiring/supportive. I'd hate to leave things how they are when a little suggestion here or there may make a difference. On the other hand I don't want to add to the pressure either.

Hmmmmm, I shall ponder upon this now.

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:51 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:56 pm
Posts: 8228
SN wrote:
Hi!
My son has just gone into year 11. He seems to be quited stressed and worried about the exams ahead. Has anyone been in this situation, Any advice will be appreciated.


I think the answer very much depends on how stressed and worried he is, and why.

Hope things are improving in the meantime.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:35 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:40 pm
Posts: 133
I think much of the tone is set by the school. My daughter is now in the U6 and is fortunate enough to attend a super-selective. At GCSE there is an assumption that the girls will get A/A* in almost all exams, so the school is very relaxed, the girls are relaxed and the results are good.

At a partially selective school nearby, the teachers get stressed about league table places and pass that stress onto the pupils. It is a difficult balance between motivating pupils to perform and frightening them so much they freeze.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016