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Supporting your Child at Examination Time

29 April 2015

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We have reached the point in the academic year where we focus on formal examinations and end of year internal assessments. This is an important time for students and the school.

You may recall from your own experience that revising and preparing for examinations can be just as daunting and stressful as the examination itself. It can also be an apprehensive time for parents, who often ask “How can I help my child to prepare?”

Below are some useful tips on how you can help your child prepare well for examinations and achieve good results.

Revision Tips

  • Show support from the beginning and encourage your child to draw up a revision plan. Help them to get organized and regularly ask how their revision is going. If your child feels that they need support, encourage them to contact their Teacher.
  • Give your child the space, time and most importantly, the peace and quiet, they need to make the most of revision time.
  • It may sound obvious, but don’t let your child leave it until the last minute. ‘Cramming’ for an examination is not the most effective form of revision and will not result in high achievement. Research proves that students who have prepared well and revised the subject steadily over a period of time perform better during examination periods.
  • Timed revision sessions of 1 hour with short breaks between each hour are considered to be the most effective. Long revision sessions can overload students with too much information to retain. Regular breaks of between 10 to15 minutes will help them to absorb the information more easily and will alleviate tiredness and fatigue.
  • Only revising a few topics at a time for each subject, and then revisiting the main points several times, is a very effective technique. Revision across a wide range of content can be too broad to effectively retain.
  • Revision with friends can often be a very effective approach to examination preparation, providing there are no distractions. Together students can go over key material and then test each other to ensure each member of the group understands and discussing each other’s answers.

Craig Mclaren