With many year 11s now on study leave, you may be wondering how best to help your teens prepare for their GCSE exams. A fun way to help without appearing too broad-brush or interfering could be to offer some tips and ideas that will help them find their own ways to revise effectively.
Look for simple quizzes on learning styles that help learners decide how they learn best (some of us learn better visually, others through listening, movement and feelings) which will empower them to get going and maintain momentum.
Many people remember things visually, often being able to recall a picture of what they see on a page. If your son or daughter is one of these people, decorating and sticking up revision notes in ways that help key points stick in the mind can be really helpful, as can spider diagrams. Auditory learners tend to remember sounds better so remembering key facts by mentally ‘pinning’ them to a particular tune or piece of music can help. Kinaesthetic learners find that movement can help with remembering things, for example creating jigsaws out of key words and phrases and then recalling the piecing together of the jigsaw during the exam. Also moving about a room to remember sequences by associating parts of the sequence with objects in the room can help your child remember things in exam conditions.