Helping your child with revision
Ideas and techniques to
help you support your child
to achieve their potential
What is revision?
I’ve read all my notes
but I can’t remember
any of it!
It means actively looking over work on
an ongoing basis:
1. To remind you of things you have forgotten
2. To make links with other learning so you
have the bigger picture
3. To reinforce learning
4. To identify what you don’t know
5. To check understanding
Why encourage your child to revise?
reduces panic – gives them control
It means that exams reflect what they
can do, not what they didn’t bother to
It can help identify problem areas
Achieve better results!
Talk to your child about what their subjects are about, what they have to do in them,
what they feel confident/ less confident about. Talking to you about their
learning will help them to think about their learning needs.
Should I help with revision?
and experience shows that children
whose parents/carers take the opportunity to
be frequently interested in their child’s learning
make most progress.
You will get to know your child’s strengths and
difficulties and find out what they are studying
Helping them do their work is not the same as
doing it for them!!!
Discussing work with them strengthens their
Let them be the teacher – if you don’t know anything about what they need to know in
a subject – ask them to teach you
Where to start? When to do it?
them work out how much time they have
– being realistic
Don’t forget to factor in a bit of play time also!
Get them to take into account their ideal time
day of work – work out when they will revise
Break it down into manageable “chunks” e.g.
‘revising French verbs’ sounds more
manageable than ‘revising for GCSEs’
Make sure they use their planner/timetable to keep up with revision
and encourage them to attend revision sessions outside school hours where offered
following slides will go into more
Creating a revision timetable
Keeping their brain happy!
Learning styles (VAK)
When your child is revising, encourage them to drink water, listen to music and to
take regular breaks. This helps keep the body refreshed allowing the brain to
process information well.
What and how?!?!
your child know what they need to do?
What will be actually tested in the exam? (Revision
What day is the exam? (Exam timetable)
When does the exam start and how long is it?
they have the materials to do it?
Exercise books, textbooks, folders…
Access to internet (websites)
there are any gaps encourage them to
ask their subject teacher….
Resources to revise
provide the right resources for your
child to revise actively:
rules, pencils, paper, glue, scissors
Revision guides, CDs & Podcasts
Food and drink!!!
Encourage your child to use a variety of appropriate revision methods and equipment.
Discuss with them how these methods work, and help them choose the best one
for their learning style
10 tips to keep their brain happy
Creating a revision timetable
week in your child’s life:
An example of a long term timetable
Support them with their coursework, ask them what they have to do and what
deadlines they had to meet.
How long should they revise for?
Students working without breaks
3 Time (hours)
Breaks are important!
Encourage your child to take breaks = remember more!
We all learn in different ways
Knowing your child’s preferences may help them to
get the most out of revision activities
It is important not to see learners as fixed to one of
these learning styles
Learners need to use all of them, but we all have a
preferred style which tends to dominate
See the websites below to check your child’s preferred
learning style - maybe have a go yourself!
Make sure that their social life/ job is not interfering with their studying.
They need rest and sleep to make sure that their brains are active
and open to learning.
learners have a preference for
seen or observed things e.g:
Record information in words and
Work from lists
can they do to revise?
Create cue cards and arrange them in order
Hang notes on walls/doors/near desks…
Re write notes/different subjects/topics in colour
Create models/charts/tables/mind maps
Use visual mnemonics
Write key information in different places on the
page because in the exam you may see the
location of an answer rather than the answer
learners have a preference for:
Hearing an explanation of something
rather than reading about it
Recording notes and play them back
But, they are easily distracted by
can they do to revise?
and listen to podcasts
Record notes and play them back
Discuss with friends
Say facts over and over again
Make a song
Remember who said it!
Use different voices
learners have a
Physical experience (doing,
Trying things out
Physical repetition e.g. flashcards
can they do to revise?
Copy notes over and over
Go on interactive revision sites
Simultaneously talking-walking, walkingreading
Move hand and feet in rhythm
Construct things whilst studying
What about all 3 learning styles?
can become boring!
Their brain can feel like it is going to explode if
they create another cue card or listen to that
Mix the INPUTS!!! – use more than one
revision technique e.g.
Create cue cards
Stick them on the wall
Walk around the house with them
Talk them over with you
Final pieces of advice…
Be positive about your child’s attempts. Make an
appointment with school if you are concerned about
Be patient! Help your child to become an independent
learner. Explain how to look up information or find a
word in a dictionary rather than simply giving them the
answer in order to get the task finished.
Don’t let working together become a chore. Make it a
special time that you can both enjoy.
Turn off the television while revision is underway,
but do let your child work to music if they find it helpful.
Agree a place and a time for help - listening while you
do another chore can work too.
It doesn’t need to be a marathon session; little and
often is usually best.
Recognise your own emotional state - if you are
tense or worrying about something else, it might not
be a good time to work with your child.
Don’t be afraid to STOP if it isn’t going well. Try to
agree what the difficulty is and when to come back
ALWAYS end with praise (they’ll feel good, you’ll feel
good) It should be enjoyable… for both of you!
Ask the right questions
your child by asking the right question:
When is your exam…?
What are you likely to be tested on…?
What do you need to take on the day…?
What strategies are helping you most..?
You’ve been studying…What can you teach me…?
What support do you need…?
Do you need a drink/food?
Is it time for a break yet?
Encourage your child to use revision websites e.g. SAM Learning (www.samlearning.co.uk)
- advice on helping your child
Supporting your child in English
Director of Learning (English and Literacy)
Read, Read, Read!!!!!
Non fiction – newspapers, blogs, leaflets,
15 – 20 minutes of silence concentrated
reading a day.
Ask them questions about what
they have read
you summarise what has been
What is the writer’s point of view? How do
you know that? Can you find a
word/phrase/sentence from the text to
Has the writer used any language devices?
Can you find an example?
How does that device make the reader
feel/think and why?
More questions to ask
you pick out any presentation
features – headlines, logos, font colour
and all the time asking WHY has it been
Comparing two texts – what is the same
Ask your son/daughter to pick out any
words that they don’t understand from
the texts and together find their
management is a big issue!
need to answer each reading
question in 12 minutes – with 5 points!
students to answer the questions on
the hand out and only give them 12
and spelling – as a family
pick a word a day and try to use it in
Use their planners
the Literacy Apps in the planner as
a reminder of how to plan a piece of
Literacy Apps - remind students when to
start a new paragraph and how to write a
Look at the page with the layout of a
letter on it – remind students where to
put the addresses etc
your son/daughter to revise the
correct spellings of common words. For
example – there, their and they’re – to,
two and too.
Supporting your child in
Director of Learning (Mathematics and
Lots of material available from school.
All pupils are able to access MyMaths using the internet.
Some homework is set on this.
Revision materials for all areas of Mathematics.
Fantastic revision material for preparation for GCSE exams.
Graded exam questions
Available to students for £3.00.
As part of preparation for exams all pupils
will be provided with practice exam papers
and or sample questions.
The most important part of exam
Must ensure that your child completes
these to the best of their ability.
Check your child's planner
Check whether homework has been
Review any problems your child has
Help if possible. If not write a note in
your child's planners outlining where
difficulties have occurred.
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