Exceed and Excel at Subject Level

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Homework Time

GCSE and A Level work will be completed in timed examination conditions so it is useful to prepare for this by ensuring that students spend the set time on homework tasks, uninterrupted by TV or refreshment breaks.  Doing tasks without access to the computer is also good practice for later.

Letter Writing

Writing a letter remains one of the most common exercises set at GCSE.  You could encourage your child to write a letter occasionally instead of an email or text.  The layout is less important than getting the tone, structure and sense of audience right.  Letters that get results – to an MP, the local paper, to companies praising their product, to shops to complain about poor standards of service – are useful preparation for GCSE tasks.

Reading Non-fiction

Undoubtedly the best aid to preparation for non-fiction questions at GCSE is to read parts of a good quality newspaper – you can help by discussing not only the content but also the style, structure, authorial intentions and layout of newspaper articles.