How are students using GCSEPod?

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The Weekday Pattern

We’ve discovered that usage varies hugely not just by the hour, but by the day of the week. Let’s have a look at week days.

Week-day usage of GCSEPod

There’s a big peak after school, around 18-20:00. Interestingly, this isn’t immediately after school, but a couple hours later. Perhaps we’re seeing when students tend to do their homework – not just after school, but later on.

Notice also that after-school usage consistently decreases through the week, but the in-school usage doesn’t. Perhaps this is because teachers’ lesson plans keep usage constant, but at home, that effect disappears. Students’ willingness to work peaks at the start of the week, and drops towards the end.

Fridays are dramatically different from the other days. We have an ‘in-school’ pattern very similar to the other days, but after-school usage actually decreases. School manages to keep it consistent, but it tails off at home.

I think we can safely put that down to ‘that Friday feeling’.

The Weekend Pattern

The weekend pattern has something different again.

Week-end Usage of GCSEPod

Here’s the effect of no school in numbers: usage starts later, grows throughout the day, and then falls in the evening. Interestingly, the peaks on both days is earlier than the peaks during the week (17:00 vs. 18-20:00).

Despite having a lower peak than the week-days, the average usage on Sundays is the highest of the week. This is likely in anticipation for handing in homework set for Monday.

We hope sharing this information with you is helpful as well as interesting, and gives you an insight into how your students tend to work. It shows you that students are very willing to work on Monday after school, for example, and that your weekend homework probably happens early evening on a Sunday!

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Did you find this useful? My name is Ben Schwarz, and as Business Intelligence Manager, it’s my job to uncover insight from the data. I put this report together, and I’d love to hear what you think about it.

If you have any thoughts on what you’ve seen or have anything to add to it from your experience, I’d love to hear from you.

Please email at ben.schwarz@gcsepod.com or ring me on 0330 111 5559, and let me know what you’ve found.

 

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“100% of our year 11 students achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.

82% achieved at least 5 GCSEs including Maths, English and/or Welsh at grades A*-C. An impressive 27% of grades were at A* or A compared to the national average of 19.4%.

We strongly believe that GCSEPod has played an important role in improving the outcomes for some of our pupils. Indeed, some of our top users exceeded their target grades in many areas and have now returned to the sixth form to continue their studies at A level.”

Diane Evans - Assistant Head Teacher,
Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteif

There is a very clear correlation between the subjects with the most pronounced raises in attainment (English Literature, Chemistry, Biology and Physics) and those that had the highest GCSEPod usage.

In addition, the student with the highest GCSEPod usage was also our highest achiever.

Because there has so clearly been an impact on the departments that utilised GCSEPod effectively, we will be looking to increase the use of GCSEPod across the school in coming years.”

Andrew Ost - Deputy Head,
Fort Pitt Grammar School

“We’ve used GCSEPod for a year and the results speak for themselves!

Not only did we see a rise in headline measures across the board with our highest user of GCSEPod gaining 7A* – but the students and their parents love it!

It’s fun, user friendly, and easy to use in a variety of ways – on a mobile device, in school, at the heart of our mentoring and intervention strategies, for flipping learning, and to deliver positive engagement that parents can see. Plus we’ve only just scratched the surface!”

Dominic Howkins - Vice Principal,
Ormiston Sudbury Academy

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