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Supporting your child's revision during Easter

The Easter break is a vital time for many young people to catch up on their revision. But how can parents support them through this and ensure they’re being as productive possible?

Here, Frances Wadsworth, principal of Croydon College, offers advice on how you can support your child’s revision technique and how it may be wise to alter the rules when it comes to their use of technology.

What would you advise to parents about supporting their child’s revision?

Easter holidays are an important time for GCSE and A-level revision, as almost as soon as students return to school or college, the exam season begins. The first thing I’d recommend to parents is to take an active interest in their child’s revision and ask them how you can help. You could start the conversation by asking; ‘have you planned your revision, do you need any help with your plan? Or ‘how can I support you?'  Creating a clear plan is the most important step and really helps them to make best use of the time available.

What do parents need to be aware of during their child’s revision period?

It’s important to remember that teenagers and young adults need routine - at home as well as in school, college or university - especially where a lot of independent study is required. They need the right environment to work in a quiet space at home or in the local library so ensuring they have access to this is really important.

Parents should always have high expectations of their children, but they should also be aware of their anxieties and their need for regular breaks. As well as this, parents should remember that their child is probably thinking about their next steps after siting their GCSEs. All in all, these are important months where big changes in their lives are about to happen, so be mindful of this before nagging them about how much studying they’ve done.

What particular advice do you have when it comes to revision and technology use?

Generally, for revision sessions to be valuable, it’s important that your child makes a few sacrifices with relation to their technology use. Allow them to find a quiet place to work, so leaving the TV, computer or laptop switched off – unless it’s essential for what they’re doing – is recommended.

Don’t let your child work for hours without a break - memory and recall become less and less effective. Ensure they plan their revision in sessions of up to one hour and take a short break between sessions. This can be used as an incentive to go on their phone or computer once they’ve done a good amount of revision.

If your child is worried about missing out on contact from their friends on social media, ask them to let them know about their revision plans. Chances are most of their peers will also be busy revising, so this may not become so big an issue for them. Most importantly, put phones on silent and out of sight and switch off Facebook, Messenger, or any other apps. Tell them that their reward at the end of the session could be a quick communications burst which will hopefully involve telling everyone how well their revision is going!

 For further advice on supporting your child through their revision, click here.

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