Revision Time!

Firstly, big shout out to a lovely friend, who suggested this topic: Thanks sweetie!

OK let’s deal with this exam time thing.

10 years of teaching and tutoring (and even longer as a mum) have taught me a few basic survival strategies for exam time (for parents as well as kids)… so here’s my top 5 tips:

  1. Try your hardest, without over-stressing: Teens need to revise (sorry guys n gals but if you don’t try, you don’t get) and may even need parents to guide this, but doing it at midnight the night before will not help either of you be peaceful about it.
  • No more than 50 minutes at a time and only for the next few exams! If you have more than one exam to prep for 20-30 mins break in between sessions
  • Eat, drink and sleep at regular times to keep your body calm
  • Create calm: Walk away from stress and come back later (parents included), pray together, put relaxing music on, watch something funny in your break

2. Plan your time: Know what’s coming each day and if it’s not essential, don’t              do it! (I recommend this applies to parents too; you don’t need to be on top of            them but they might appreciate you postponing a night out to be there for                  them with refreshments.) Teens (or adult learners for that matter) you can              afford to miss a party or badminton club for one week to get the career you              want. Parents, if you can slack on some chores/clubs/TV rules, then do it…they          don’t need extra stress.

3. Get some perspective: There aren’t any exams that can’t be taken again.                     Clear focus on what they want to do, (or if they don’t know what career they             want, at least a reason why they have to do what they’ve got to do) will give               them enough focus to try hard. However, the stress of potential failure can be           too much for some people (big or small) and those especially need to know this         “It’s only important until Christmas” By this I mean that between the exam         season and Christmas everyone will have moved on to their next class, group,           level, test or job. Even if they didn’t make the grade they wanted, there will be         options to re-sit or change direction before Christmas…so don’t panic!

4. Know what works: By now your student will know what works for them and            what they need to revise. They may find flashcards or colour-coded questions          help, they may like to read loads of information or do past papers to practice,            they may want to play revision games online, or perhaps listen to audio                      information (you can literally google these things and get hundreds of                       resources)… what they like may not be your ideal, but it’s them taking the test,         so be accommodating. Also,  as obvious as it may seem, it’s pointless revising               things they’re secure in (like shapes) when they need to focus on something             else (like graphs).

5. Be aware of time: Practice timed questions or tasks. Pupils need to know the              importance of working out how long they have to read and check questions.              They also need to be ready well in advance (uniform, food etc can not be dealt          with at 8am on exam day!) and if a teacher says to be there early or there’s a            revision class on, then help them get there.


Whatever happens, remain calm and balance your time.

Good luck and God Bless x


6 thoughts on “Revision Time!

  1. These are great tips and overall will help keep kids from “cramming” all night just before the exam. Planning ahead is so important! I didn’t find flashcards particularly helpful for me but I recognize other people do 🙂 So, certain techniques will work better for some then others.


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