PLAN FOR SUCCESS! WE’VE ALL HEARD IT: “FAIL TO PREPARE, PREPARE TO FAIL”. SO WHAT BETTER TIME TO PREPARE THAN MOCK-EXAM-SEASON?
As many students approach December, mock exams loom. Without doubt, one of the best ways to reduce exam and family stress is to put a plan in place.
We can’t help but fall back on another time-honoured cliche here, but… prevention is better than cure. In the case of exams, this means preventing as much stress as possible as far ahead as possible, rather than attempting to put out fires (oops, there we go again) just as it feels like the whole metaphorical house will burn down!
So, what’s the ‘easy-win’ in avoiding exam-based drama? A brilliant revision timetable, of course! Revision: it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Read on to find out how to support your child’s exam-preparation in a way that works.
MAKE A REVISION TIMETABLE.
Ask your tutor for a copy of our blank template, all ready and waiting to be filled in. Alternatively, request a copy here!
This revision timetable covers the student’s key revision priorities and builds in all-important free time.TEAM-WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK…
Revision timetables are best done by you and your child together.
Sure, they will want the independence to decide what they do and when, but a realistic parental eye is crucial – are they really likely to do 6 hour block of solid revision all day on a Saturday? We hope not!
That’s terrible revision (see below!). Your input is often the difference between a student setting themselves pretty much impossible goals they will never be able to ‘tick off’, versus them creating achievable challenges which can be met without being overwhelmed. Our top tip for timing is to spend no longer than an hour and no less than 45 minutes at a time on a single subject.
If it’s not realistic, it won’t work.
MAKE SURE FREE-TIME IS A KEY FEATURE OF THEIR REVISION!
Revision is a marathon, not a sprint. Which means that the timely creation (now, if they’re in a final-exam-year) of an effective and realistic revision timetable will make all the difference. It also means free-time for your child is built-in without undue stress or anxiety (yours or your child’s). Free-time is pretty much anything that gives your child stress-free them-time. It’s hugely important. A happy child is everything!
What are your child’s key learning priorities? What are they best at and what is their weak-point? Support them in building in the right kind of revision based on these two questions. It’s natural for students to put subjects and topics they like least on the back-burner and focus on the ones they like instead; unfortunately, the ‘backburner’ subjects are usually those that need most attention.
A great revision timetable (one that builds in free time, prioritises the weak-points and is realistic) will work! This means that subjects that were the problem spots to begin with may change. So should the revision timetable! Making tiny tweaks will transform the final outcomes and ensure that precious revision time is being used to its best advantage. Help your child judge this by chatting to them, their teachers and tutors!
MAKE IT POP!
We know, this isn’t an art class, but adding colour (colour-coding the subjects is just one way) on a revision timetable really helps your child to identify what they are spending most time* revising and to keep an eye on their revision progression.
*We recommend colour-coding the free time in a bright colour! Make it stand out!
ASK FOR HELP!
If you / your child is uncertain on how to put together a timetable that really works (real life, we’re looking at you!), ask for help from your child’s teachers or private tutor? Our tutors are always on hand to offer support and help design a timetable that really works! Contact us here.