Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Parenting | How To Help Your Teen With Their Exam Revision [AD]

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Last year was probably big J's toughest school year so far. Everything he had worked for throughout his entire school years came down to his GCSE examinations. He was so nervous and although he was prepared he kept thinking he hadn't done enough, which then got us thinking had we done enough as his parents. You don’t have to be a mathlete or a science whizz to help your teen with their exam revision there are other things you can do to take the pressure off them a little bit. I have teamed up with Mount House School, a Sixth Form in Hertfordshire, who offer the following advice for helping teenagers with their exam revision.

Plan a Schedule
In the run up to exam period, it’s worth sitting down with your son or daughter and planning a revision schedule. You can create a timetable on a big piece of paper and pin it up somewhere obvious, like the fridge. This will show your teen when they’re free to see friends or go out and when they have to revise. Little and often is ideal when it comes to revision, as opposed to hours and hours of undisturbed studying. This will prevent your teen from becoming bored and unmotivated.

Understand their Learning Style
People learn in different ways and if you don’t know what works for your child then you’ll struggle to teach them anything, let alone help them with revision. Visual learners will prefer to revise using pictures and diagrams. Auditory learners will prefer talking through things, listening to podcasts and reading aloud. Kinaesthetic learners, on the other hand, will prefer to carry out physical activities such as science experiments. Once you know how your teenager learns, you can provide the necessary tools to help them.

Be Positive
Try to motivate your son or daughter with positive energy and optimism. If they have a self-defeatist attitude, they won’t perform as well during exams. Make sure they know that you are proud of their efforts, not just their results. Studies have found that students whose parents show an active interest in their education tend to perform better.

Big J did so well in his GCSE's and decided to stay on at Sixth Form to do his A Levels. The next year and half are again going to be tough but I know he can do it and with a little help from us, hopefully he will achieve what he deserves.

Michelle
This is a paid partnership collaboration with Mount House School. 
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5 comments

  1. Understanding learning styles is so important. I know I do best working with music or noise in the background whereas my husband needs total silence. Everyone is different.

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  2. Thankfully we are past this stage now, but we used to set times for ours, and ensure they had a good break too

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  3. I still remember how nervous and stressed I was when I took my GCSE's, it feels like such a big thing especially as a kid. I have a few more years until my son will be sitting any exams yet but I will definitely be taking these tips on board so thanks for sharing! x

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  4. Interesting ideas but the bottom line is that everyone is different , a human thing .

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  5. A lot of great advice. It's such an intense time. I hope all of his hard work pays off. Good luck.

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