Simple Revision Tips that DO make a Difference
(GCSE and SATs focused)
Our lives are busy, and let us be honest, we cannot juggle everything on our own.
Online tutoring is playing a crucial role and has a vast range of benefits, including helping your child with subjects they are struggling with and preparing them for their 11+ exam (GCSE and SATs).
But it doesn’t stop with just your child and their tutor. Parents need to make sure they are supporting their children through this process, and this article will guide you through 10 simple steps to do so.
1. Notes Notes Notes
(More relevant to GCSE students)
Coming from the teaching industry, we cannot stress enough how much potential your child will have if they take notes. Notes on everything they watch, read, listen to. And after making notes, make more notes. Spider diagrams, tables, drawings of interpretations, let their creativity out. Help your child create them and revise them, writing them over and over again, and you will start seeing results.
2. Teach the topic
Teaching a topic to someone else helps the brain to understand better. Get your child to teach you, another family member, or a friend, from beginning to end. Ask them questions about what they taught you and challenge their thoughts – this is how great minds are developed.
3. Practice Past Papers
Although they may seem boring and difficult, past papers are one of the best methods to achieve great results from exams. They allow your child to know what examiners ask of them and with this, practise to perfection. Past papers are easily available online and in-person if you ask teachers, and it is essential to both SATs and GCSE exams.
4. Watch YouTube videos
Thankfully, YouTube has opened doors to teachers and educators to post explanations of topics from algebraic equations to how to write 9 markers. Allow your child to explore this area of YouTube, but be aware of them entering a YouTube tangent, unrelated to their studies! This is mainly related to GCSE students, although there might be some helpful videos for SATs.
5. Keep distractions to a minimum
Yup, you guessed it! No background T.V. or “just 5 more minutes with my phone”. Instead, include these into their schedule which will allow them to take ownership of their learning and it will include both intrinsic and extrinsic learning.
6. Make a study plan with your child
Help your child organise their day / week by creating fun study plans which include lessons, homework, breaks etc. This not only helps you but also teaches your child time management, organisation, and planning. Don’t forget to include their favourite activities, to boost their productivity.
7. Help your child practice routine
Help your child get into a routine. This takes patience and we know it can be testing at times, but the benefits are endless. This will teach your child how to manage their time properly and eventually they will be able to do it on their own. Tip: Use a timer to help them stay focused and on track. The Pomodoro technique was proven to help efficiency.
8. Schedule breaks
Make sure that your child has sufficient breaks during their study plan. This can be 20 minutes to half an hour to eat lunch or go outside for some fresh air. This will reset the brain and they will come back feeling refreshed for the rest of the day.
9. Set up a dedicated workspace
Having a designated space in the house for your child’s learning is essential, and whether it is a spare room or the living room corner, make sure that there is good lighting to improve their concentration and eyesight. For younger pupils, having some of their favourite pictures or drawings on the wall, makes their learning fun.
Stock the place with stationary and make sure they have something to drink, preferably in a closed bottle to avoid any accidents. This will ensure that your child has everything they need during their lesson so there will be no excuse to have the lessons interrupted. This will also help your child to know that when they are there, learning takes place.
10. Praise and encourage them!
Last but not least don’t forget that your kids are human too. It is normal for them to make mistakes, so let them know that you are proud of them and encourage them not to give up. It will mean the world to them, and they will be grateful (even if it doesn’t show in the present, when they grow up they will be!)
With these 10 simple steps to follow, your child will succeed in their exams. Trust the process and the results will start speaking for themselves.
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