I recently saw a young man – actually he was 11 – and he was just starting to revise for some tests at school. He was doing revision every night for a couple of hours as he was desperate to get the highest mark in the class. His mum was worried he was doing too much and wanted him to take it easier. We talked about his productiveness and his perfectionist attitude (established in session one) and I managed to get him to change the way he was revising so that he did less hours but learnt more.
I don’t think it is easy to find your revision method – it can take trial and error to establish the best way for you. However, there are a few things that can help your child regardless of their revision style! Maybe they are reading the work once and it sinks in first time, perhaps they have to write out notes then more notes or they walk around their bedroom talking out loud to themselves!
5 ways to help children with revision
- Help them make a study plan and draw up a revision timetable
- Encourage them to change what they are revising so they don’t get bored of a subject
- Get them out of their books and onto the internet so they can find new information about the subject/find a different way of learning a topic
- Let them choose a quiet place to study that does not infringe of the rest of the family
- Make them take short breaks where they can have a snack and will get them out of their bedroom/the office!
What other tips do you use to help your child study?
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