Is your child stressing about their upcoming GCSE Exams?
If your child is determined to get as many A-C grades as possible in their upcoming GCSE exams, they may be searching for better ways to revise for their exams to make sure they achieve them. Nothing beats hard-work, especially when it comes to studying, but there are ways they can guide their brain to remember information easier which supports their ability to learn.
Here are 6 revision and preparation tips to get your child started:
1). G.R.O.W – This stands for Goal, Reality, Obstacles and Will.
Get your child to write down their end goal and mini targets to get them there.
Reality – What are they currently doing to try and help themselves with GCSE Revision? What other ways can they do to maximize their knowledge and their time for revision? Who can help them with their learning? It’s about using the resources around them.
Obstacles – What will stop them achieving their targets and their main goal? Knock them out the way now before it becomes a problem.
Will – Will they do it? There may be times they are on track for revision and times where they have lost their way. But it’s all about refocusing them and that can happen through getting them to do: Visual Boards, Mind Maps and Cue Cards.
2). Exam Dates – Make this visual to everyone even your child and help them plan out how they are going to use their time to revise for their exam deadlines.
3). Create a Revision Timetable – Building a Revision Timetable can add structure to their revision and help them identify which GCSE subjects they need to prioritise to get better marks. Plus, creating a revision timetable is a great way to organise their study time and it will get them motivated.
4). Practice Makes Perfect – One of the biggest recommendations that GCSE students should be doing is going through as many past papers as they can. This will help them become familiar with the: Exam Format, Question Style, Time Pressure and Retrieve Information quicker.
5). Use Visual Boards and Mind Maps to connect your Ideas – If they find it difficult to remember tons of new study notes, Mind Maps and Visual Boards may be the key to improving their memory. The Theory behind Mind Mapping explains that making associations by connecting ideas helps you to memorise information easier and quicker.
6). Time frame – Do not allow them to revise one subject for hours on end. It doesn’t work – trust me! Your child’s attention span and retainment is 20 minutes. 20 minutes revision each day, for each subject is the best way to help with your child’s revision and retaining the information they need for their exams.
GCSE exams are just around the corner, let’s help them get organised and bring a stress free feeling to their revision schedule.