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Revision guide for parents

Revision Guide for Parents



Here are some steps to help reduce revision stress for both you and your child.


Preparing for exams can be almost as stressful for parents/carers as it can for your sons/daughters.   


With GCSE and A Level exams fast approaching here are some tips to help your child succeed, to achieve their best possible future.



  • Make revision a normal event that occurs regularly in the home.
  • Provide appropriate space at home in which exam revision can be undertaken in private.  For example, provide plenty of shelf space for revision materials, especially text books and notes, and sufficient desk space to work with.
  • Strongly recommend short periods of revisions absolutely not longer than 90 minutes without a break.  Breaks should be regular and plentiful throughout the day; and most importantly enjoyed.
  • Talk with other members of the family so that the personal space of the student remains quiet and books are not disturbed.
  • Be available / on hand to give help during the revision period if it is requested, even if only for moral support, it all counts!
  • Encourage revision to happen at opportunistic times remember effective revision does not always have to be planned out days or weeks in advance.
  • Actively encourage the display of key revision notes, posters and timetables around the house.  For example, clear the family notice board and encourage your son or daughter to fill it with revision notes; do the same on the back of the bathroom door.
  • Let the student revise with relaxing music, but not the television or other distractions.
  • Insist on plenty of sleep.  It is an absolute priority that students go to bed at a sensible time.
  • Encourage nutritious food and especially find time to provide a very healthy breakfast.
  • Find time to listen to your son or daughter's problems as this will help to stop them from becoming too stressed.



Adapted from Justin Craig revision schools