ours were a bit of a shock. DS1 had NO idea how to revise, what it was, etc - I had banged on about the importance of reading over his notes each day to stand a chance of getting a head start on the revision. Did he? Don't be silly. He didn't do very well, but I think that that applied for most of them - there's always a hard core of sensible achievers.
In Y8 they ran a revision day, quite what effect this will have on my happy go lucky lazy bones will be interesting to see.
it's very easy to get despondent (been there, done that etc) but keeping in touch with the school on an ad hoc basis has cheered me up. ie that he is doing a lot better than the dishevelled state of his books / chaotic see-sawing of marks was leaving me to assess.
ours have them over one week in June and they're quite formal, I think. Art was our shocker - there was a component to do at home and hand in ON TIME which constituted 75% of the marks. Guess who was late. Guess who, therefore only got 19%