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Personalised Feedback Sheet for IGCSE Section 1 Types and Components of Computers

Name: Finlay Gardner

Target grade:
Score on this assessment: 26/58
Grade for this assessment: E

General feedback/class needs:
On the plus side, most of you understood what hardware and software is and could identify
examples of each. Also, most of you managed to do well with a bit of common sense on the
true/false questions.
However, overall performance in this test by the whole class was poor. Basic knowledge was lacking
and it was painfully evident that most students had not prepared or revised properly for this test.
Worst of all, students were not even reading questions carefully and provided poor answers which
had nothing to do with the question.
Common issues:
USB is NOT a storage device. In fact the answer USB is useless in any question, it means
Universal Serial Bus, and there are countless devices that use it. You must specify WHAT USB device,
A USB Memory stick for example, otherwise your answer is meaningless.
RAM and ROM clearly many students had not learned the definitions, were confused as to the
meaning of the word Volatile and could not provide adequate descriptions as to what each does and
is for.
Operating Systems Students could not explain what it does, worse, virtually no one understood the
advantages and disadvantages of GUIs and CLIs, despite this being clearly written in your notes.
Reading the question countless marks were lost due to students not reading a question carefully
and giving a totally irrelevant answer.
Your personal targets (to be filled in during the lesson):
1. To attempt all questions regardless of how confident I am.
2. To revise effectively for each test not just reading notes.
3. To revise RAM and ROM and be able to describe clear differences between their purposes
and uses.

What went well? Who would use a CLI? I got this question correct because I had memorised what
the answer was in my head really well. This then meant when the question came up in the test I got
it straight away.

What I nearly got? Give on disadvantage of GUI? I got this nearly right because I didnt use the
correct key words. This meant that without those words my answer did not make any sense to the
I totally didnt get this? What does PDA stand for? I completely did not get this because I had never
heard of a PDA before, therefore I did not get the correct answer. This could have been because of
my knowledge or because I didnt revise it.
You will have been allocated an exam question to further your knowledge or help you to overcome a
misconception. Copy out the question here in full and answer it.

Describe four features of ROM
1. It stands for Read Only Memory
2. It holds the BIOS of the computer
3. It usually holds data that does not need constant changing
4. It still holds data even when the computer is turned off.

Describe three draw backs of using CLI (command line interface)
1. You have to type everything down
2. It is not available for everyone to use