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It’s that time of year again! The Easter holidays are the best time to get a head start on revising for the end of year exams. Here are our top tips to make sure your child is prepared to make the most of their study time:

 

The brain has to be ready learn, so consider if your child is comfortable, well-fed, rested and happy before they begin a revision session. If they’re not, suggest they take a break, have a snack or go for a walk around the block.

Organisation is key at this time. Ask your child to make a realistic study plan. Using visual planners will make it easy for them to record and plan their workload, so lots of mind maps and diagrams! By breaking down the workload this way it will help them realise their goals are achievable. Try to ensure they have a clean and clear workspace to keep them calm when they are working.

If it helps your child to talk through their studies, start new topic revision sessions with open-ended, ambiguous questions. This will help open up the topic and will give you and your child a chance to evaluate their prior knowledge. Encourage your child to say if they don’t understand something, so uncertainties are nipped in the bud.

Think about how your child learns best – are they visual, kinaesthetic or auditory learners? Help your child play to their strengths but do encourage them to mix it up. If they learn using all of their senses they are more likely to remember things in the long term.

Studying can be stressful, so making sure your child adds a positive emotional element to their learning will aid their long term memory. For example, if they link their studies with funny stories they will be more inclined to later recall the facts in the exams.

Finally, getting plenty of sleep aids memory. Here’s the science bit: neurons in our brains fire in reverse while we sleep to consolidate what we have been learning. So early bedtimes are a must, it’s official!

If we can be of any help during the Easter period please do get in touch. Either by giving us a call on 020 7584 5355 or emailing us at enquiries@octuition.co.uk

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