The Christmas holidays are almost upon us, so here are some tried and tested methods to help your child revise effectively. These revision methods are suitable for secondary school students but can be modified for younger learners:
Acronyms and Mnemonics:
This is a fantastic trick to help your child remember lists of facts. Take the first letter of each word you want to learn and make them spell another word or sentence:
Remembering the order of the planets in the solar system by order of distance from the sun:
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto
Make up a silly sentence: My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets
Spelling irregular words: ‘rhythm’ – rhythm helps your two hips move
Mindmaps can help your child review everything at once because all the information is on one page, which your brain can ‘photograph’. Here’s how to do it:
– Use a large piece of paper
– Find out how many branches you need by looking for the key topics, using 1 branch for each main idea.
– Use ONE COLOUR per branch
– Try to use one KEY WORD per branch
– Write all words in CAPITAL LETTERS
– Use PICTURES and SYMBOLS in lots of colours
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If your child likes taking straightforward notes, encourage them to use underlining, colour, highlighters and boxes to isolate important information. This will break the information up and make it easier to remember.
Index Cards / Flashcards / Memory joggers:
Ask your child to write the key points on one side of the cards, attach with treasury tags for flipping through, or keep in a box file. These are particularly useful tools for Dyslexics as they are a great way to link questions with answers in an easily retrievable way.
A quick note for parents…
We often find that many people book tuition just before the school holidays. Tutors’ schedules are already very busy so it can be hard to find the right person to help your child. We advise parents to consider arranging tuition as early as possible to allow us time to find the right tutor. This also allows your child to study at a consistent rate over the year.