This is an important time of year for Year 11 students. Either you have just done your mocks or are about to. Perhaps your grades weren’t quite what you’d hoped for and you want to do something about it. The AQA English GCSE course can be tricky to navigate, but only if you don’t take time to analyse your areas of challenge. Once you’ve ascertained where the intervention is needed and you actively seek help, you can really start to improve.

How confident are you of reaching your target grade and where are you now?

A first step is to TAKE STOCK. Give yourself a mark out of 10 on the following:

  1. Enjoyment of the subject
  2. Level of potential
  3. Knowledge of the papers
  4. Knowledge of the mark schemes
  5. Understanding of approach
  6. Time management
  7. Personalised support
  8. Timely feedback on your work
  9. Progress
  10. Confidence

So, what mark out of 100 do you have?

Evidently, if you have 100%, then I’m delighted for you. Long may your passion and talent last. However, most students in KS4 have some areas to work on, and it’s really important to stand back and consider where your challenges lie and how you plan to tackle.

Have a think about the following questions:

  1. What needs to change?
  2. Which area, if changed, would enable the most positive impact on your AQA GCSE performance?
  3. What will happen if things don’t change?
  4. What is your deadline for making this change?

If you’re an AQA student who is serious about working hard to get the skills in place, then you have a good chance of rewriting your future and I can certainly help you.