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What happens if I don’t agree with my 2020 grade?

With GCSE and A Level exams in the UK cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students wait anxiously for some remote regulatory body to determine their grades. An understandably nervous wait for all. Many students will have told themselves that they would wait for the Easter break to get started properly with their GCSE revision. […]

Ofqual confirms changes to GCSE exams in 2021.

To find out about Ofqual’s proposals on how 2021 grades will be awarded – head here> https://thestudybuddy.com/2021/01/16/how-youll-get-a-grade-for-gcse-and-a-levels-in-2021/ Following the consultation paper in July, Ofqual (the body responsible for regulating exams in England) has now announced what changes are being rolled out for students taking their exams next year. Latest updates on the 2021 exams The […]

The sounds of revision – tune in or tune out?

Is playing music while you’re revising a good idea or is silence really golden? Some swear it helps, while others need absolute, convent-like quiet study. Many students prefer to study while listening to music. For many, the image of a college library is of conscientious young people huddled over tomes, furiously taking note, with earphones […]

Addressing the attainment gap

Today the Children’s Commissioner released research that more and more young people are leaving school without key qualifications – and that children from the poorest families are most affected. This research, reported in BBC News, shows that since 2015 there has been a 28% increase in the number of children leaving education without ‘substantive qualifications’. […]

GCSE grades gap – all down to approach?

The Times Education Supplement (TES) has today reported that the approach to revision is key to explaining attainment. In particular the study looks at the gender gap and how girls are fairing better in traditionally boy-dominated top grade subjects. The research takes the view that the strategies and techniques used in revision play a significant […]