The Parents’ Guide to GCSE Study and Revision

January 1, 2017

GCSE Tips for Parents.

Parental involvement in a child study is extremely important and can make a huge difference to the outcomes. The GCSE period puts stress on the student but this can also have an effect on parents and the family unit as a whole. To help your child get the best grades they can there are methods and simple solutions that you can do.

The difference between grades can be marginal and even a little push in the right direction will help them to exceed expectation. Achieving this can be made possible through strong structures, support and encouragement from parents and teachers. A known network between student, school and parent will enable a more productive atmosphere. This guide aims to help you to help your child achieve the best outcome possible.

Understanding the School System

A fear many parents face is that they have lost track of how the school system is currently working. Changes to curriculum and teaching styles are a regular occurrence and it is easy to get lost. Remember you do not have to be an expert in the subjects; the main aim is to support your child. Talk to them about how they have been taught over the last two years and if they are aware of the outcome of the exams. 

The School’s Responsibility

It is often considered the school's full responsibility to get students through their exams. When it comes to GCSE exams though, a lot of independent study and revision is necessary. Most students study at home and this is where the support and help from parents is crucial. The students will be told all day, every day at school that the exams are looming and they must be revising. Home life must be settled and supportive for this to happen. Many parents provide a safe and supportive atmosphere but consider going the extra mile at this particular time. Be involved with your child’s revision and be aware of their timetable. This way you can implement incentives and rewards for their work. A positive student is a productive student and parents can attribute greatly to this outlook.

Not just a parent…

It is commonly known that the name ‘parent’ is synonymous with many other traits: taxi driver, counsellor, doctor etc. When it comes to this stage in your child’s education your roles will stretch a little further. You are aware the outcome of the GCSE’s will determine the next stage in your child’s educational career. Helping them attain good grades will give them broader options so a little investment now will have huge payoffs later. Certain roles you may consider whilst your child studies could include:

Adviser:  This can involve a number of tasks but most importantly, it is to hand over your knowledge as a well-functioning adult. Your child will be having fears, doubts and at the time may seem pretty apathetic. Stick with it. Always be around and available for advice if they need it and make them aware of this.

Researcher: Research can be extremely time consuming and although it is up to your child to find their own materials, you can help. Being in close proximity to your child with a laptop or device will cut down research time, online distractions and will get you involved in your child’s subjects. 

Project Manager: As a parent, you will know what attitude your child takes to organised tasks. If time-management is not their strong point then help them out. They may not be too impressed initially but it will be easier for them if you help devise a timetable and plan for their study. This will also give you a good idea of what they are supposed to be doing and when; this way you can reward them when they complete a task. Setting self-imposed goals and achieving them will do a lot for your child’s confidence; another attribute which will help them in exams.

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