Useful Links & Revision Resources
www.universalteacher.org.uk (go to AQA Anthology for GCSE)
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize (go to English)
Complete Guide to Understanding The Importance of English & Maths in Education & Beyond http://www.midkent.ac.uk/resource/english-maths/
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ (go to History)
Helping With Revision
Here's some advice on helping your child to get organised, stay motivated and keep calm in the lead up to exams.
Ask your child what areas/subjects they want help with.
Make your child feel you're there for them physically and emotionally.
Organise some 'non-study' activities.
Encourage your child with praise and rewards.
Make your child's environment revision-friendly.
Force your child to revise in a way you think best.
Put any extra pressure on your child.
Keep telling your child how much better organised you were about revision when you were that age.
Your child's teachers will recommend techniques for revising particular subjects and topics. There are also some general techniques which you can suggest or even try out together. Repetition It may be boring, but when revising your child will need to go over each topic several times to make sure he's learnt it properly.
One helpful trick is to go back over a topic briefly the day after studying it in detail. Then, at the end of the week, encourage him to recap everything that's been covered.
Learning is always that much stronger if it is an active process. Encourage your child to write notes and use diagrams to remember things. At the end of a topic it's important for your child to summarise everything he has just learnt. This will reassure him that the information has gone in and will also act as a quick recap before he starts the next section.
It is sometimes easier to remember things if we can make associations with things that we have an interest in. For example, a child who loves drawing could turn the plot of an English Literature text into a cartoon, whilst someone who is keen on music could set some key vocabulary to the tune of a favourite song.
Learning outside the textbook Learning through textbooks is important, but extra material can be just as valuable. Books, films, visits and information from the internet can all be used to reinforce learning. Look out for television programmes or videos linked to topics or books your child is studying at school. A visit to a museum or exhibition can bring a subject to life, too.
Encourage your child to use revision websites.
There are various ways of remembering information by using words, phrases or abbreviations. Mnemonics often work well. These turn the first letters of the words to be remembered into a name or word. Here's an example. This mnemonic uses the word PARENTS to help you remember the revision techniques suggested in this article:
Parent's Guide to Supporting your Child Through Revision