Junior exam season is fast approaching, please support the school in preparation for these exams by ensuring your child is undertaking private study and is well prepared to achieve their potential. Here are some helpful tips and strategies to help you support them.
There is no ‘right way’ to revise. There are many techniques and tips that can be used to help you revise; some methods suit some people better then others. By trying different methods, you can see which technique works for you.
You should try to make sure you have good surroundings when you are trying to revise.
- Find a quiet place so you don’t get distracted
- Make sure you are sitting comfortably
- Keep background noise a minimum e.g. TV, radio.
- Make sure the area is well lit so you don’t strain your eyes.
It is suggested that making a revision plan helps some people to revise more effectively.
- Make a list of all your exam subjects and try to assign an amount of time needed for each subject. For example if there is an area that you find difficult, then maybe you should assign more time to this subject.
- Draw up a plan for each week and include any commitments and exam dates.
- Revise often and try to do a bit everyday
- Include time off and breaks in your revision plan. Aim to take a 5-10 minute break every hour.
- Remember to include variety in your plan – not only in the subjects you revise but also the techniques you use.
- Write up your plan and display it somewhere visible
Here are a few revision techniques and ideas to help you revise.
- Write ideas and facts on cards to use as ‘prompts’
- Create memory aids such as diagrams. However, please remember that you can’t use your diagrams as the sole answer in the exam; you can use it as a basis and expand it when it comes to writing your answer.
- Write key facts on pieces of cards and display them.
- Study with a friend and test each others knowledge.
- Remember to reward yourself. Use rewards as incentive to do the revision.
Day before the exam:
- Use your revision tools (e.g. diagrams, mnemonics, prompt cards etc) to check facts
- Keep calm – don’t try to learn new topics so close to an exam.
- Don’t stay up all night.
Please remember that revision isn’t a competition. It’s not about who stayed up all night and revised the longest. It is about finding the right revision methods that suit your way of learning. Try and experiment with some of the techniques mentioned and you will find that revision isn’t as scary as you first thought. Getting started is often the hardest bit.