For Parents: 16 Tips To Support Your Child With Revision

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Lynn How

Lynn is the Editor at Teacher Toolkit. With 20 years of primary teaching and SLT experience, she has been an Assistant Head, Lead Mentor for ITT and SENCO. She loves to write and also has her own SEMH and staff mental health blog: Lynn...
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Is your child reluctant to revise for their exams?

Whether your child is seriously keen to get on with their revision or they need a bit of coaxing, these 16 tips will stand them in good stead for a productive study period.

16 Top Tips

  1. Revision timetable – Colour code, highlight and tick off what has been achieved. Timetable in treats and breaks.
  2. Space – Consider which area of the house will be best. Somewhere quiet with natural light and no distractions!
  3. Materials – Check your child has all the necessary stationery and highlighters etc.
  4. Varied revision methods – Use whatever works for them; post its, video clips, mind maps or other ideas.
  5. Take a break – Plenty of sleep, exercise and breaks are also needed.
  6. Bite-size chunks – It’s easy to overestimate what can be achieved, especially with a limited concentration span. Use a timer to know when to have a break. Try the Pomodoro technique?
  7. Additional needs – Does your child have anything in place that will help them e.g. reading pens or sensory breaks?
  8. Stress and worry – Look out for signs; help your child re-plan their time to include relaxation techniques. 
  9. Apps and online help – Mix it up with engaging interactive activities, without too much screen time!
  10. Be on hand – Be available where possible and interested in their revision. Don’t be too overbearing though!
  11. Food – Keep those treats close by, including healthy brain food!
  12. Check the syllabus – Ensure they haven’t missed out on anything crucial.
  13. Ask for help – If there are any concepts that are confusing, contact school to get extra guidance.
  14. Study friends – Revising with a friend can make it more fun. As long as that is what they are doing!
  15. Build confidence – Keep encouraging and motivating. Remind them that they are awesome and whatever the outcome, they will still be awesome.
  16. Focus – finally, turn off background music and notifications, whatever your child says. It does not help!

I hope that these ideas helps your child with their revision. Best wishes to everyone with their exams!


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