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Archive for February 2016

Make it easy for examiners to give you marks! (Diary of a QCS marker: Part 4)

“So, exactly how many markers look at my exam paper?”

“What if they mark it wrong?”

“If the markers use mark schemes, surely it doesn’t matter how I give the answer – as long as the info is in there somewhere?”

Questions that I KNOW students have pondered many a time – now t’s time to get the answers along with THIS GOLD NUGGET:… How you can fairly ‘influence’ the examiner marking your paper to give you marks (yup! watch below – and to the end!- to find out).


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Exam Marker Training – How it can help students (QCS Video Diary: Part 3)

What training do external exam markers go through?

What are the mark schemes really like?

How does YOUR CHILD’s paper get analysed, scrutinised and dissected?

As I complete this year’s training (after having already done recruitment testing and training!) I’ll tell  you exactly what gives us the knowledge we need to get on and mark 🙂


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Insight into numeracy-based questions (My QCS Video Diary: Part 2)

Can you really use ‘exam technique’ and all of the strategies I train students in when it comes to Maths and numeracy-based questions?

I get that question a lot, but last year I marked a numeracy question in the QCS Y12 exams and it just proved my point.

Yes. Exam technique skills DO play a significant part in how students tackle these sorts of questions, and how successful they are.

In Part 2 of my QCS video diary I show you how and why.


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Y12 Exam Papers – My QCS Video Diary: Part 1 (Preparing to mark)

What goes on once students walk out of the exam hall?

Do all of the papers go into a black hole and a list of results and grades pop out a month later?

Ummmm – NO!

In this video, I show all of the preparation that comes before exam marking even begins.

We can only mark what is in front of us. We don’t know how much work you’ve put in at school or home. We don’t know what you know or what you can do.

This is why being able to decipher the question accurately and then give your best possible response with the subject knowledge you have is SO important.


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