Mock Exams. A phrase dreaded by most pupils on the verge of sitting national exams. However, whilst they may strike fear into your child’s eye, they play a vital role in preparing them for what is to come. The purpose of this blog is to alleviate the fear surrounding mock exams, and illustrate how a professional tutor or elite mentor could help mock exams turn into useful preparation for students. If you are interested in educational support, including mentoring, UK homeschooling or private tuition, please do get in touch.
Most schools will try to hold mock exams in the actual room that the national exams will take place in, be this the main hall, exam room or sports halls. By doing so, it gives the pupils an idea of what its actually like to be under full exam conditions in the given space. When they return in to take the national exams, it eliminates the often-overwhelming feeling of “the great unknown” and, it also gives parents an extra point to reassure your child, that they’ve already done exams in that space before and lived to tell the tale!
Without a doubt, mock exams are an excellent reminder to pupils of the volume of revision and work required to fully prepare for the real thing. Most schools will require pupils to do a mock in all their chosen subjects and the accompanying multiple papers, and not just the core of English, Maths & Science. We highly recommend working with your child to ensure they’ve got a comprehensive revision timetable to factor in enough time to prepare for all their subjects and papers.
Finally, Mocks give a realistic view of what grades your child could look to achieve in their real exams. Schools will tend to use recent past papers (often from the previous summer) and the official marking scheme to allow a clear indication of how your child will perform.
If for whatever reason your child does not achieve the predicted grades you and they were expecting, do not panic. There is still a good time frame before the exams take place to improve these, given some hard work and dedication on the part of the pupil.
Our team works with pupils of all levels and abilities to assist in preparing them for exams. If you would like more information on our tuition services and how we can help your child prepare for their exams, please contact us here.