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Exam count down - Hints for Parents

By learningclubs, May 12 2017 10:13PM

It’s almost time for this year’s GCSE exams to get underway. Year 10 & 11 students are busy preparing for their most important exams to date. As a parent, you might feel pretty helpless, but here are our handy tips to revision success that you can share with your child.

Create Focus with a Revision Schedule.

There are lots of great templates online. At our StudySkills and ExamTechniques course this year, we are using this online planner: http://tinyurl.com/z4g3t72 which we thoroughly recommend. If your child is making their own schedule remind them to make time for regular breaks. It is never too late to begin.

Keep snacks handy.

Revision uses a lot of mental energy that needs to be replenished. Choose snacks that are helpful in boosting concentration levels such as blueberries and dark chocolate in healthy portions.

Post-it Notes.

Write bite-size pieces of information on post-it notes and dot them around the house. Arranged by subject - put them on doors, cupboards, walls, sides of your computer monitor - anywhere that they will be seen! They are movable and can pulled down and replaced in order or be topic tickler to stimulate responses around the topic.

Take short breaks and deep breaths.

Short breaks every 60 minutes will enhance understanding and memory. Studying for 1.5-3 hours at a time may sound heroic, but recall can be less than expected. Take a walk and deep breaths to clear the mind, reduce stress and increase focus.

Keep the Love Coming.

Let your child know that you respect their efforts. Be specific in your praise. Rather than, 'Good' consider saying 'I like the device free area you've chosen to study in.' Remind them that you know that they will try their best in the exam.

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