Supporting your child with Revision

Parental support in children’s GCSEs is important in determining a child’s academic success. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert in any of the subjects your child is studying to make a difference. You just need to know how best to support your child.

One of the hardest demands on pupils is that of understanding the long-term importance of doing the best they can in their GCSEs. Children differ in their levels of maturity, their ability to take responsibility for their learning, organisational skills and levels of motivation.

This is where parents can help. Your support, encouragement and interest can make a big difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands of the exam period. So please:

  • Ensure that your child comes to school every day, that they are getting at least 8 hours sleep a night and that they are eating properly
  • Make sure your child has a revision timetable and that they stick to it even when they don’t feel like it
  • Do not let them stop working on subjects they find hard or dislike
  • Make sure they have a clear goal for each revision session, that they revise in short blocks and that they take regular breaks
  • Do not let your child be influenced by friends who talk about how little work they are doings, remember your child is working for themselves and their own future
  • Agree a balance between work, relaxation and sleep and stick to it, have a start and finish time for revision and stick to that to
  • Make sure they talk to someone at school if they are having any difficulties, remember there is always a solution
  • All pupils fall behind, feel demotivated or overwhelmed, or struggle with the work school demands at this time. When your child feels like this, talk to them and encourage them to get back on track
  • Make sure you know the exam timetable and ensure that your child gets to school at 8.00am on the day of each of their exams

If Ramadan falls during the GCSE exams: We understand that this may be difficult for some pupils especially when they have exams in the afternoon. Please support your child during this time.

 

GCSE Exam Guides 2021/2022

Year 11

Year 11 Information PackYear 11 GCSE HandbookYear 11 Information Evening Presentation

Year 10

Year 10 Information PackYear 10 GCSE Handbook

Year 10 Information Evening Presentation

 

Dealing with Exam Stress

Everyone gets stressed about exams and there are lots of places you and your child can go to for help and advice. It is natural for students to be a little nervous, but if anxiety is making their life difficult, they MUST speak to someone – you, a friend or someone at school. Every member of staff at SSA is here for your child and will be happy to listen to their concerns and worries.

You can also find support and advice online via the following platforms:

AQA: Managing Exam StressChildline: Assessment Stress and PressureNHS: Exam Stress BBC: Exam StressMind: Student Mental Health Hub