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How to help your child prepare for exams
The Final Hurdle....
The Keys to Success
“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown them.”
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
Create a quiet, relaxing, organised study space!
Start your revision early—allow at least 2 weeks for each exam. The sooner you start, the less you will have to do each day!
Revision timetables are the most effective way to manage your time.
Revise for 45 minutes at a time…….and take 10 minute breaks
Have clear and specific goals and targets for each revision session… By the end of this hour, I will be able to …...
Start early in the day, when your mind is most alert.
Revise the topics that your teacher have told you are key parts of the syllabus!
Take it seriously and cut contact: no phonecalls, no texts, no MSN, no Facebook.……...
Make use of all revision classes offered, both after school and during Easter.
Unless you’re ACTUALLY using the computer for revision, turn it off!!
Start with the most challenging subjects or the ones you like least!
Give yourself occasional treats: a favourite snack, a short relax, your favourite tv show.
Work through past exam questions and time yourself for a real exam practice.
Be active and creative: Use A3 & A4 paper, Post-it notes, Highlighters, Flash Cards, Diagrams, Mindmaps, Etc
Look after yourself. Eat well, drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.
Don’t waste time struggling—write down what you are finding hard and take it to your next lesson.
Get help from friends and study together—but remember you’re studying, not socialising!!
By the time of your exam, your revision should be down to one card or A4 sheet with the KEY points or phrases on it.
Do something relaxing between revising and bedtime.
Focus on what you have done, not all the things that you haven’t—every little bit helps!!
Don’t leave all the difficult bits to the end!
GET PREPARED!! Supplies, books, revision notes, past papers, etc...
Your Revision Timetable
If it’s not realistic, you won’t stick to it. Build everything into your timetable: Breaks, trips, days off, school revision sessions, clubs and sports, etc
Here is an example of one that you could use:
|Mon 11th||SCHOOL||English after school with Miss Heuston||English 1: Reading Non-Fiction|
|Tues12th||SCHOOL||Football Match||PE: The Musicular System|
|Wed 13th||SCHOOL||Maths with Mr Fernandes||EVENING OFF|
|Thurs 14th||SCHOOL||Science with Mrs Pritchard||English 1: Reading Media|
|Fri 15th||SCHOOL||English Lit: Post 1914 poetry||OUT WITH FRIENDS|
|Sat 18th||Maths Terminal exam past papers||Psychology: 1: Obedience and Attachment||English Lit: Post 1914 poetry||Maths revision CD|
|Sun 17th||Football Training||Spanish Listening past papers||EVENING OFF||Spanish CDS|