The two key questions parents ask when trying to help their children revise for exams are ‘What and How should my child revise’?
The why is usually quite straight forward. Lower down the school teachers will usually provide a list of topics to revise and once you get into Year 10 and above by downloading the relevant exam specification from the exam body website you have all the information needed.
The how is often more tricky as each child will revise in a different way and some methods work better for some subjects than others.
Students in Years 11-13 take part in Elevate study skills sessions in school in the spring term. The student implementation guides available on the Elevate Website contain follow-up exercises and activities, as well as tips for putting the skills into practice.
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Parent resources are also available on the Elevate website https://uk.elevateeducation.com/parent-info
Mr Vallance explains some of the things parents can do to support students as they embark on their GCSEs during this difficult time.
In the following collection of video clips, teachers share their own favourite tips and tools for revision. Although they are usually demonstrating using their own subject material, most of these tools can be applied to lots of different topics. Try each one at least once and then pick the one(s) that work best for you.
This idea involves making an 8 page booklet from a single piece of A4 paper and then creating a revision booklet to revise from. The actual act of making the booklet is where the revision starts and eventually, by reading through the booklet a number of times, all you need to do to recall the facts is to remember the contents sheet on the last page.
Origami meets serious revision – Enjoy!
Mrs Venables has a little tip about taking breaks during revision and then goes on to demonstrate how to draw a revision superhero! A really great revision idea for anyone who enjoys drawing and/or comic books.
Mr Battrick demonstrates how a smell can help you revise – It might sound strange but there is a lot of research to suggest that this really works – Don’t forget that you have to do the revision as well as applying the perfume or aftershave otherwise you’ll just be recalling the fact that you did no work!
Mrs Molloy shares a technique trains you not only to remember key words but also ensures that you spell them correctly in an exam too.
Excellent for languages but also for subjects such as science where key words are so important.
Mrs Knight tells you how to use the four things you are allowed into almost every single exam (a pen, a ruler and your two hands) to visualise key revision areas. A great idea if you are prepared to put the work in to your revision.
Miss Phillips introduces a delightful revision tip using a clock.