Learning

A Parent’s / Carer’s Guide to Successful Revision

Unless you’re one of the lucky few, you won’t get through the next two years without using phrases like.

  • “He always leaves everything to the last minute”
  • “She’s always got an excuse”
  • “Whenever I try to help it ends up with a door being slammed”

It is not uncommon for parents to feel at a loss when their children enter “the GCSE years.”  Education is ever-changing and may be very different from your school days.

Research tells us that “parental support is eight times more important in determining a child’s academic success than social class”. The Campaign For Learning found that parental involvement can mean the difference between an A* grade and being an ‘also ran’. Though, of course, it is “the school’s job” to get children through their exams, parental support is key.

“But I don’t know anything about GCSE Physics! I can’t help!”

It’s not about that; more to do with helping your child to come to terms with:

  • Taking more responsibilty for their learning
  • Asking when they do not understand
  • Overcoming frustrations; the need to persist
  • A higher degree of organisation
  • More independent working (especially homework)
  • Organising and planning time; especially for coursework
  • Techniques for revision and exams

Here, we’ll concentrate on getting things right the first time around.  We’ll have another session on revision later.

What can go wrong?

  • Lack of interest in the subject
  • Not liking the teacher
  • Finding the work too difficult
  • A feeling of being “no good” at the subject
  • Behaviour in lessons
  • Getting behind
  • Missing lessons

Click here to view the ‘How to Revise’ guide

You can find an excellent article by the website Mumsnet which may give you some handy hints and tips, which can be viewed by clicking HERE.  There is also a few good hints and tips from the Guardian and BBC websites.

Colonel Frank Seely School