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Five simple revision tips for parents

Exam season is fast approaching and you’re probably feeling the pressure of trying to help your child prepare. We’ve compiled some revision tips to help you banish the stress of exam prep.

Establish effective study habits
Help your child create a study plan early on (this will make you aware of their exam dates too), making sure it is realistic and achievable to avoid de-motivation. Planning in advance will also help avoid ineffective cramming sessions further down the line. Encourage them to use a weekly planner so they are accountable for their work. Don’t micro-manage. Provide extra support if they need or ask for it.

Take a break!

Don’t try and force them to work for hours at a time. Their concentration span is limited and it will hinder the success of their revision if they are trying to do mammoth sessions. Suggest the use of a timer as well as regularly changing revision subject, to avoid getting stuck in a rut. 

Practise past papers

Past papers encourage your child to think contextually, rather than just trying to memorise an entire text book. You can help by creating a realistic, timed, exam scenario when they are completing practice papers .This will encourage them to get used to working under pressure and develop exam strategies, helping them feel less anxious on the day.

Watch for signs of frustration

It’s important that your child is in the right frame of mind for revising. If they are struggling over something in particular, it may be best to park it for the night, reassess the next day and break it down into manageable chunks. Look out for stress and worry over exams that have been and gone. Be sure to ask them how their exam went, then shift their focus to what’s coming up next and encourage them to say in a positive mind-set.

Ask for help

If you are working closely with your child to help them study, but feel the work is beyond your own skill set, it may be worth seeing if there is another family member who can assist. Or, if you feel this may be a long term issue and your child needs extra support, it may be worth hiring a private tutor to help improve your child’s understanding of the subject. Alternatively there is lots of free support online, offering revision help for a huge range of subjects.

Source:https://www.bcu.ac.uk

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