My GCSE and A level( human) biologist AQA are revising like mad for their exams and of course I am supplying them with lots of past papers and mark schemes. Im not new to this, but the biggest bug bear they have is that they dont know what the examiner is asking for. They understand that the command words are suppose to guide them, but they are still unable to get the gist. In fact, so am I. When I look at the exam questions myself and answer them, Im way off! It is only going to get worse because the new gcse specification is all about those higher order thinking skills of blooms taxonomy! These are skill sets that were not so important when I studied science. It was more recall and application. am I the only one that is feeling a little bit of a failure. I have been teaching for 15 yrs! Tired..yes Sick and Tired! Ha Ha.