Revising is part of school life and as children progress through the education system, it becomes increasingly important. Setting a precedence when they’re younger can help them slip back into the routine when GCSE or A Level exams are on the horizon.
If your child is preparing for their key stage two SATs this year, we’ve got seven tips for encouraging revision:
- Make a timetable together – A timetable can help your child stick to the revision they need to get done and help you keep track of the progress too. Make sure you involve them in setting out the times and topics too, it could be the boost they need to make sure it’s a success.
- Be part of the revision process – Revising alone is essential but it can also be dull if it’s the only way of getting it done. Pen some time in when you can sit down and work with them too, whether it’s tackling a tricky question or marking off answers to identify where mistakes have been made.
- Create a great working environment – Remove distractions and create a revision area where children can really focus on the work they need to get done. A quiet area that’s away from toys, the TV, and anything else that could cause interruptions means the revision will go down quicker and seem less of a chore.
- Use different forms of media – Pen and paper still has its place in revision. However, mixing it up can keep things more interesting and encourage you child to get stuck in. From tutorial videos to fun maths games, there are plenty of different media options to choose from.
- Schedule breaks – Schedule in breaks away from revision, it’ll not only mean that your child is less reluctant to do it but means they’ll get more out of it too. Be ready with some nutritious snacks and exciting planned activities when they complete a task, and suddenly revision doesn’t seem too bad at all.
- Get them to teach you – Teaching someone else a topic is a great way to better understand a topic. It gives revision an extra dimension and a chance for you to check on progress without your child feeling like you’re interfering.
- Recognise their progress – Celebrating the steps that your child has already taken will spur them on to continue achieving more. It can be as simple as a well done to giving them a special treat when they reach a milestone.