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Sandhill View School Revision Presentation

  1. 1. Working together…. Helping your child with revision Ideas and techniques to help you support your child to achieve their potential
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Why encourage your child to revise?  It reduces panic – gives them control and confidence  It means that exams reflect what they can do, not what they didn’t bother to do!!  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.
  4. 4. Should I help with revision?  Research 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 understanding 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
  5. 5. Where to start? When to do it?  Help 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
  6. 6. Exam Skills/Tips  The following slides will go into more detail about:  Getting organised (study-area/resources)  Creating a revision timetable  Keeping their brain happy!  Taking breaks  Learning styles (VAK)  Revision strategies 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.
  7. 7. Hints for an ideal revision area
  8. 8. What and how?!?!  Does your child know what they need to do? What will be actually tested in the exam? (Revision list)  What day is the exam? (Exam timetable)  When does the exam start and how long is it?   Do they have the materials to do it? Exercise books, textbooks, folders…  Revision guides  Access to internet (websites)   If there are any gaps encourage them to ask their subject teacher….
  9. 9. Resources to revise  Help provide the right resources for your child to revise actively:  Pen, rules, pencils, paper, glue, scissors  Post-it notes  Coloured pens  Highlighters  Dictionary  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. 10. 10 tips to keep their brain happy (and productive!!)
  11. 11. Creating a revision timetable A week in your child’s life: Eat…sleep…socialise…relax…work…play
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. How long should they revise for? Learning Students working without breaks 1 2 3 Time (hours) 4
  14. 14. Breaks are important! 1 2 Breaktime! Breaktime! Breaktime! Breaktime! Learning Encourage your child to take breaks = remember more! 3 4 Time (hours)
  15. 15. Learning Styles      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! OR 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.
  16. 16. Learning Styles Visual Symbols Text A uditory K inaesthetic
  17. 17. Visual Learners  Visual learners have a preference for seen or observed things e.g: Images Pictures Charts Diagrams Record information in words and symbols Colour Work from lists
  18. 18. Visual Learners  What 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 highlighters  Use visual mnemonics  Memorise notes  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 itself!
  19. 19. Auditory Learners  Auditory learners have a preference for: Listening Hearing an explanation of something rather than reading about it Recording notes and play them back Talking/discussing But, they are easily distracted by noise!!!!!
  20. 20. Auditory Learners What can they do to revise?  Download 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  Aural Mnemonics
  21. 21. Kinaesthetic Learners Kinaesthetic learners have a preference for: Physical experience (doing, touching, feeling…etc.) Trying things out Physical repetition e.g. flashcards
  22. 22. Kinaesthetic Learners What 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
  23. 23. What about all 3 learning styles?  Revising can become boring!  Their brain can feel like it is going to explode if they create another cue card or listen to that podcast again!  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
  24. 24. Examples of revision strategies…
  25. 25. Final pieces of advice…      Be positive about your child’s attempts. Make an appointment with school if you are concerned about their progress. 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.
  26. 26. Advice cont..     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 together later. ALWAYS end with praise (they’ll feel good, you’ll feel good) It should be enjoyable… for both of you!
  27. 27. Ask the right questions  Help 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 (
  28. 28. Useful websites    - advice on helping your child Bewise revise GCSE pod
  29. 29. Supporting your child in English M I’Anson Director of Learning (English and Literacy)
  30. 30. English Revision Read, Read, Read!!!!! Non fiction – newspapers, blogs, leaflets, tour guides… 15 – 20 minutes of silence concentrated reading a day.
  31. 31. Ask them questions about what they have read  Can you summarise what has been written?  What is the writer’s point of view? How do you know that? Can you find a word/phrase/sentence from the text to prove that?  Has the writer used any language devices? Can you find an example?  How does that device make the reader feel/think and why?
  32. 32. More questions to ask  Can you pick out any presentation features – headlines, logos, font colour and all the time asking WHY has it been used…  Comparing two texts – what is the same and different  Ask your son/daughter to pick out any words that they don’t understand from the texts and together find their meaning.
  33. 33. Time them  Time management is a big issue!  Students need to answer each reading question in 12 minutes – with 5 points!  Ask students to answer the questions on the hand out and only give them 12 minutes
  34. 34. Writing  Vocabulary and spelling – as a family pick a word a day and try to use it in conversation
  35. 35. Use their planners  Use the Literacy Apps in the planner as a reminder of how to plan a piece of writing  Literacy Apps - remind students when to start a new paragraph and how to write a structured paragraph  Look at the page with the layout of a letter on it – remind students where to put the addresses etc
  36. 36. Spelling  Help your son/daughter to revise the correct spellings of common words. For example – there, their and they’re – to, two and too.
  37. 37. Supporting your child in mathematics A.Fraser Director of Learning (Mathematics and Numeracy)
  38. 38. Mathematics Resources   Lots of material available from school. MyMaths. − − − −  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. Mathswatch − − − − − Multimedia resource Worksheets Visual presentations Graded exam questions Available to students for £3.00.
  39. 39. Revision material  Revision material − − − 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 preparation. Must ensure that your child completes these to the best of their ability.
  40. 40. Homework     Check your child's planner Check whether homework has been completed. Review any problems your child has had. Help if possible. If not write a note in your child's planners outlining where difficulties have occurred.
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