Friday, 22 March 2019

How to Help Your Teenager with Exam Revision

I know a great deal of my blog has - for the past four years at least - focused on the younger of my two children - mainly because the little fire-haired whirlwind provides a whole lot of blog-worthy content, but also because, as a teenager, Charlie just doesn't want to feature on here anymore.

* s o b *

But at times, well, he just has to realise that I'm way too proud of him and he's having a mention whether he likes it or not.
(so there!)

And after his recent parents evening, proud doesn't even come close to it really - he's settled really well into high school (a little bit of a chatterbox, but hey-ho), could "quite easily get an agent" due to his love of Drama and acting but now needs to start the serious process of thinking about his GCSEs and all the revision that goes along with it.

The time to be thinking about this has come around so quickly (how am I even this old!) but sitting A Level and GCSE exams has to be, without doubt, such a stressful, anxiety-filled time.

It's a really hard time for teenagers, but can also be for their parents too.

There's nothing worse than having to see any child, but especially your own, feeling worried and then wearing themselves out with a whole lot of late night revision sessions.
As a parent, it's only natural to want to help relieve some of this pressure by helping the revision process run smoothly, but how…?

Well, I recently teamed up with Mount House School, a Senior School and Sixth Form in Hertfordshire, who have kindly offered the following advice to parents on how to best help teenagers with their exam revision.

1. Make a Schedule...

Begin preparing for exams early by planning a revision schedule with your child, making it easy to understand and then pin it up in plain sight in their bedroom...

This allows your teen to clearly see the times when they need to be revising and the time that they have free for themselves.

Little and often is the best method when it comes to revision. Try to advise your child not to cram
too much into their study sessions and to take regular breaks - it really helps them not begin to feel unmotivated or stressed.

2. Find their Learning Style...

Everyone learns differently so if you know the learning style of your child you can help tailor their revision around this.

- Visual learners tend to revise better when using pictures and diagrams.

- Auditory learners prefer to talk through things so listening to audio-books or reading
aloud is perfect.

- Kinaesthetic learners are best taught by carrying out physical activities such as science
experiments or drawing diagrams.

Once you understand how your teenager learns best providing them with the tools they need to help them the most then becomes a lot less of a challenge.

3. Help to motivate them...

When helping your son or daughter with their revision try to stay positive and optimistic to help
keep them motivated.

They are likely to be feeling stressed as it is and if they don’t feel confident or have a positive attitude then they won’t perform as well during their exams.

Try to encourage their learning by making sure they know just how proud you are of all of their efforts and not just the end results.

Studies have found that children with families that show an active interest in their education tend to perform better in their exams.

And there we go - I hope it helps a little - I'm certainly going to be delving a little deeper into finding out exactly what Charlie's learning style is now that's for sure.

Plus I'll be offering him a whole lot of hugs of support too of course...

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