Preparing for the Summer Exams
- Check your son/daughter has all the revision materials they need – if in doubt ask their teacher.
- Check your son/daughter has a revision timetable and is sticking to it.
- Talk to your son/daughter about what they are revising – ask them questions and get them to explain their answers.
Encourage your son/daughter to:
- Ask for help at school on any parts of their work they do not understand
- Persevere and to work hard in the run-up to the exams
Useful Revision Tips
You can support your son/daughter by helping them to follow these tips:
- Plan for half-hour sessions or an hour at most. Any longer and it is likely that nothing more will sink in. Take a short break in between sessions and have a glass of water or something similar to drink.
- In the evenings after school, plan to revise one or two subjects only. Leave some time for relaxation.
- Plan to revise specific topics in each subject, not everything at once.
- Ensure that each session starts with tackling the most difficult bits.
- Plan to cover each subject several times and revisit each one near to the exams.
- Revising with the TV or radio on or with loud music is not a good idea. However, having their favourite music on in the background may help.
- Reading is not generally enough. Making brief notes in either words or pictures helps them to remember.
- Have all the books they need to hand so they don’t have to go off looking for information.
- Working with a friend can be useful because it allows them to test each other and to talk about the work.
During the Exam Period
Try to ensure that:
- Your son/daughter gets a good night’s sleep before exams.
- They eat properly before an exam.
- They leave home in full school uniform.
- They leave home without their mobile phone. These are banned from examinations.
- They know the start times of every exam that day.
- You wish them well. Tell them they have worked hard enough and that they can only do their best.
- You look forward to seeing them at the end of the day.
And when it is all over…
Tell your son/daughter to relax and forget about studying for a while. Perhaps you can celebrate!
What you can do to help:
- Recognising how important these exams are and how much time your son/daughter will need if they are to do as well as they can.
- Not asking them to do too many chores or look after younger brothers and sisters.
- Encouraging the rest of the family to help by not disturbing revision.
- Securing a quiet place for study, where their work can be safely kept.
- Encouraging planned relaxation time (too much study is not helpful).
- Praising hard work.
- Emphasising the need for plenty of sleep.
- Helping them to forget about each exam as it is finished.
- Reminding them that it will soon be over and there will be a good break from school when they can catch up on what they have been missing!
- Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school if you would like more help or advice to prepare your son/daughter for their GCSEs.
- Contact details for the school can be found here