One of the key differences when moving to secondary school is the real need for revision when building up to GCSEs. It is incredibly important to stay in the know about your child’s study plan, subjects, and the choices they are going to be faced with, so that you are able to monitor whether your child is doing well or if they need additional support.
The price of failure when all is said and done can be very difficult for your child and heart breaking for you too. There have been a number of situations where I’ve witnessed a parent who has ejected their involvement leaving the child to get on with things themselves, only to find that their child hasn’t been able to make the necessary decisions, or commit to structured methods of revision, which unfortunately resulted in failing their GCSE’s.
Making such enormous life decisions are hard enough to navigate as adults let alone at this age, so giving your child the best possible start to putting together a plan of how to attain their goals is imperative. 2KickStartU are specialists in Math’s and English tuition, and will draw the path to achievement for your child’s study plan, so you can see progress before the words ‘turn your papers and start’ hits your child’s ears.
2KickStartU are currently offering FREE Initial assessments, so to discuss how we can help your child prepare for their future call us on 020 8685 0673. In the meantime, here are some helpful tips for you and your child.
Revise Right from the Start
Starting revision from the get go is a habit you should encourage right from the start. It is a good is will get them used to revision being a normal part of their everyday study plan. Ask them if they have had difficulties with any particular areas and if they have, then try to work with them to solve this or speak to their teachers. If they hit a stumbling block, try different ways to try and help them understand. If you need help with Math’s or English, we can help.
Ease in to it at Easter
Easter is a good benchmark to start a structured revision plan. This is where we as experts in this field, can really help your child and you. We can help map out exactly the amount of revision that your child needs to achieve the grades they need and set up a clear timetable.
It A revision plan is important to maintain a structured study plan in order to achieve the grades your child needs, however it is also important to ensure your child does not burn themselves out. It is not ok for your child to be working around the clock on revision as they will only become stressed and exhausted. Between 4 and 6 hours a day at peak revision time is what is recommended by educational experts and relaxation time needs to also be built in to this. The time needs to be broken down in to shorter stints and as a parent you can help to ensure that your child is working on their revision in a productive way and the best way you can do this is to check in with them regularly and check that they are making the most of their time. Ask them if they would like you to test them or to ask them questions or what you can do to support them. Don’t let them overdo it and keep a close eye on this.
Support them in the Background
Another tip to helping your child revise well is to support them as much as you can in the background. If they are eating and drinking well and avoiding caffeinated drinks and unhealthy food they are more likely to do better in their revision plan. Help them to manage their stress by making sure that they are taking exercise and being as healthy as possible in body and in mind.
Make it Comfortable
What’s even more important than the timing of when a child starts their revision is that they are comfortable when they are studying. Make sure that you provide them with a comfortable, warm and quiet place to study. If they are away from distractions – especially digital distractions – then they are more likely to work smarter when revising. Have a good table and chair and quiet area available for them and encourage them to leave all digital devices in a separate area until they have finished their revision time.
And finally, encourage your children to be proactive in managing their own revision plans. We can provide many useful tips and revision techniques for both parents and students from flash cards to organising information and using past papers, encouraging them to be active rather than passive in designing their own personal revision plan.
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