Helping your child through exams

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Every Spring, students around the country start gearing up for the exam season. Schools provide all sorts of advice at this time of year to give their pupils the best chance of success in their GCSE and A Levels.

The secret to doing well is to plan well. Help your child plan their revision guide so they feel in control of what they've got to do – and stop them getting overwhelmed.

Here is a selection of some of the best advice that we've seen:

Make a timetable

Work out a revision timetable for each subject. Colour code it for each subject and break it down into manageable time slots. Pin this timetable to the bedroom door so each time period (we recommend an hour tops) can be ticked off. This gives a great sense of achievement and is a visible sign of progress.

Break time and food both matter

A healthy protein rich breakfast is a great start to the day. Then, build in lots of break times. During these, fuel up with healthy snacks and drinks, and get your child to grab a breath of fresh air to keep the brain ticking. It's important to drink sufficient liquid to keep the brain hydrated.

Did you know that scientists have found that making time for fun and playtime helps people learn? So do make sure that you keep revision fun by including breaks in the hard work!

Make short notes - and hold 'mocks'

Help your chlid make postcards of all the relevant facts they need to remember. Diagrams and keywords are a great way for visual learners.

Closer to the exam date, ask their teacher for past papers and set timed mock exams.

Get the environment right

Research shows that boys work better with a quiet environment while girls usually work just as well with background noise.

The 50-hour challenge

For older children, this two week revision challenge is a great way for students to spread their revision across 5 hours a day over the two week holiday period.

Students are encouraged to get up at 8am, have breakfast, and then crack on with five hours of revision each day. The idea is be done before 2pm with time to relax, catch up with school mates or play sport in the afternoon.