Tests and exams are never too far away and they could have a profound influence on your child’s future. But, no matter how well they do, reassure your children that you love them for who they are, not for what they achieve
Tests and exams are never too far away! Success now could have a profound influence on your child’s education and career in the future. So, a lot depends on you helping your child to revise effectively. But how can you help your child with revision? These tips and advice provide a starting point.
When it comes to revising, timetables are a good idea. Make a revision timetable together with your child and schedule sessions. Aim to cover all the subjects or areas of learning. It will help keep everyone on track, but don’t let it rule your lives. Be flexible. Talk things through with your child to find their areas of difficulty and plan sessions to address THEIR concerns.
You’ll have a different timetable for weekends, weekday evenings and holidays. Divide sessions to suit your child’s age – e.g. 30 minutes or one hour (and with breaks in between).
Here are some example timetables - feel free to make your own:
|6:30 pm||Science||Geography||Get ready for Guides||English||RE|
|7:00 pm||Break!||Geography||Girl Guides||RE||History|
|7:30 pm||Maths||English||Girl Guides||RE||History|
|8:00 pm||Maths||History||Girl Guides||Geography||Break!|
|11:25 am||Lunch||Visit Gran|
|11:55 am||Lunch||Visit Gran|
The following will help you to decide what is best:
Your child will benefit from learning different ways to revise and remember. Not everyone likes to read. Some of us prefer visual learning (by sight), some auditory (hearing) and others kinaesthetic (touch). Together with your child, experiment with what works best for them. Try various multi-sensory activities. Here are a few examples:
Visual aids tap into the visual memory and are particularly useful to visual learners. Here are some visual ways to revise:
Some children are auditory learners. They learn best through listening and talking. Here are some auditory ways to revise:
Some children need to move themselves, or lift and move objects around, to help them to learn. These are kinaesthetic learners who learn best through physical movement or touch/feeling. Here are some kinaesthetic ways to revise:
Remember – exams can be stressful. It’s important that your child gets enough rest and is in a good state of mind. It’s not just about knowing facts. Help your child to prepare themselves emotionally, too. When we are afraid or anxious our survival responses (fight, flight or freeze) kick in, and remembering becomes more difficult. A little adrenalin is good, but concentrate on making children feel calm, comfortable and confident. The following hints on emotionally preparing children for exams should help:
One thing you shouldn’t do is bribe your children to revise. Bribing children to do well with the aid of cash or gifts is not helpful – it implies that you don’t trust them to learn without payment, and it doesn’t teach them to work hard for learning’s sake.
So, how can you help your child with revision? In many ways. Perhaps most importantly, no matter how well they do, reassure your children that you love them for who they are, not for what they achieve.
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