The Ultimate Walking Talking Mocks ™ include:
Step-by-step guide to answering each question in an exam
The thought process involved in answering a question
- Deliberate mistakes which are then corrected whilst answering the question
- A deep dive into exam technique
- What the specific subject qualification at that level and for that exam board are expecting from command words
- Tips from an experienced examiner including:
- which parts of the question are important to highlight (forget the command words, these are obvious, it’s the subtle words that need highlighting)
- what the mark scheme is likely to be looking for
- what ‘naughty examiners’ do to ‘catch them out’
There are two sample videos below based on Edexcel’s on-screen programming exam.
Benefits of Walking Talking Mocks
A Walking Talking Mock is where the teacher answers an exam question whilst students are watching and the students listen to the thought process of the teacher whilst answering the question themselves. Some schools will do this in an exam hall with the teacher’s paper shown on a large screen and some will do this exercise during lessons. Rather than just giving students an exam paper, this process enables them to experience how the questions should be answered so they can replicate a similar process in the real exam or a forthcoming mock exam.
The Ultimate Walking Talking Mocks from paullong.net are written by an experienced examiner and can save you hours of planning. Let your students hear from the mouth of an examiner how best to answer exam questions. We all know that students also pay more attention when listening to an external speaker and so using these videos adds an additional benefit.
The videos are broken down by each question and so your students can watch them in their own time or you can pick parts of videos that you want to include in lessons over a longer period of time.
The Ultimate Walking Talking Mocks will help your students to
- achieve higher grades
- understand the skills and methods required to answer different types of exam questions
- gain an insight into what the examiner is looking for in an answer
- avoid common mistakes
- find the easy marks in questions that appear to be difficult
- understand the process needed to arrive at the correct answers
- prioritise questions which they are most likely to achieve marks from
- plan their time carefully throughout an exam
They are also an invaluable source of professional development for teachers to help them understand the intricacies of the mind of an examiner, how extra marks can be gained and how to help students to avoid losing marks. When creating the Ultimate Walking Talking Mocks, all available evidence has been used to ensure the most accurate advice is given. Each question is answered by Paul Long without looking at any other documentation. He then compares his answers forensically with the mark scheme, the examiner’s report and any other materials that are available. Paul will then ensure that the video includes accurate advice and will deliberately throw in common errors, misconceptions and weak answers to help students avoid those mistakes, before then showing how to arrive at the best answer. For a modest fee, this will save you as teachers many hours and days of planning and preparation and give your students the best boost possible for their exams. Creating a walking talking mock is not an easy task. There are lots of things to consider including getting the pace right for students so they can keep up, but also don’t get bored and knowing how much information to give them without giving them too much information.
Research has concluded that Walking Talking Mocks have a measurable impact and show significant improvements in exam performance.
Currently, the Edexcel Computer Science 2022 Paper 2 Walking Talking Mock is in production and should be available before the end of January 2023.
Other Walking Talking Mocks for GCSE Computer Science are planned, including:
- Edexcel Paper 1
- OCR Paper 1
- OCR Paper 2
- AQA Paper 1
- AQA Paper 2
All the resources are written by Paul Long who has written text books for Hodder, CUP and self-published books and resources. Paul is a former principal examiner for two exam boards and has a wealth of experience with the teaching and assessment of computing. Paul is also a Subject Matter Expert for the National Centre for Computing Education and a Subject Expert for Ofqual.
FREE Video – Edexcel Introduction to all Paper 2s
FREE Sample Video – Edexcel 2022 Paper 2 Question 1
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