Your child can spend hour upon hour and day upon day revising for their GCSEs, but they can still fail to make their grades if they didn’t revise properly. It can be tough to fit in revision for so many subjects and examinations, so it’s easy to go into exam season with, for example, rock-solid knowledge of Much Ado About Nothing but minimal knowledge of cell structure.
To prevent that sort of problem, you really need to construct a revision timetable. Here are just four tips to make sure you get it right.
- Start with the Basics
Consider how long you have until the exams start, then divide that time between each topic that needs to be studied. Remember to take the dates of certain exams into account – if there’s a week between the penultimate and final exam, you can devote all of that time to the subject covered in that final examination.
After you get the basics down, consider where your child is strongest. Ask them if there’s any areas that demand special attention – you can also take a look at their projected grades. Don’t neglect the areas where your child is strongest, but remember to allocate a little more time for areas they’ve previously found challenging.
- Regular refreshers
You can’t just cover an area once and move on. Unless your child is blessed with a photographic memory, this isn’t going to cut it. Revision should be reinforced through regular refresher sessions to ensure information is retained, so schedule a few throughout the timetable for each subject – remember, they don’t need to be long.
- Remain Flexible
Resist the urge to make the GCSE revision timetable too complicated. For starters, doing so can stress your teen out. More importantly, you have to account for interruptions. Instead of planning every second and leaving no room for unforeseen issues, leave some spaces blank. These times can be used for areas your teen found tricky or used to catch up if other sessions were missed.