It’s that time of year when revision is in full swing and every child is beavering away in anticipation of their best scores in their GCSEs.
Or maybe not.
Many schools are now taking the autonomy away from students by doing ‘catch-up’, ‘study’, ‘revision’ classes, so that they can make absolutely sure that their students are putting in the effort. But of course, that leaves the student not fully sure of their role in the revision process. Do they need to do extra? Are the school sessions enough? What is expected of them?
Firstly, I think it all depends on the student and their aspirations. I’ve already written a blog about creating a revision timetable and this will help to decide to what extent you need to revise and how to do it so that you concentrate on the important bits. You may only need to pass your GCSE Maths and English and are already nearly there or you may need 5 x 6+ GCSEs to get into your choice of 6th form. A personalised revision plan will help.
Secondly, your child DOES need to revise. If nothing else, it paves a way for self reliance and autonomy in the next stage of their life. It wont be such a shock when they have to plan their time, think for themselves and show some initiative. A happy by-product is the satisfaction that something they took charge of, helped their future self.
A common problem is WHAT to revise, certainly in the English language department. Working through the questions and what is expected from them is always useful. Here’s a start for Paper 1. Homemade notes from lessons can sometimes be fragmented, but there a many good (and cheap) revision guides out there now to help fill in the gaps. If reading isn’t your child’s preferred learning style, then there are some fab Youtube channels. Have a look here for some references.
Most of all though, everything needs to be in perspective. Your child’s mental health needs to be paramount. Nothing is worth damaging your child for years to come. Talk to them and work things out together so that they approach their exams as their best self. Mental health intact and performing to the best of their ability. What more could we ask?