When Should Your Child Start Revising

January 1, 2017

When Should Your Child Start Revising?

One of the key differences when moving to secondary school is the real need for revision when building up to GCSEs.  

Parents websites offer a lot of revision help and it is good to read as much as possible and to see what suits your child.

Revise Right from the Start


Your teen should start revising right from the start

Revision should not be suddenly introduced. It should be actually built in from the start when approaching any subject.  It is a good idea to talk to your child at the natural end of any module or area of learning.  

Go back over the main points, what they have learned and get them to repeat their key findings.

Ask them if they have had difficulties with any particular areas and if they have, then try to work with them to solve this or speak to their teachers. Encourage your child to always read back over their books or coursework before moving on to a new area.  This will get them used to revision being a normal part of their everyday study plan.

Ease into it at Easter


Easter is a good benchmark to start a revision plan.  It is important to structure this out before starting into the actual revision.  This is where you, as a parent, can really help your child.  It is a good idea to agree with your child exactly the amount of revision that you think that he / she will get through and then stick to that.  Set up a clear timetable and tick off each subject area as it is completed.

Don’t Overdo It 

It might surprise you but it is possible to overdo it when it comes to revision. It is not ok for your child to be working around the clock on revision as they will only become stressed and exhausted.

Between 4 and 6 hours a day at peak revision time is what is recommended by educational experts and relaxation time needs to also be built into this. 

The time needs to be broken down into shorter stints and as a parent, you can help to ensure that your child is working on their revision in a productive way and the best way you can do this is to check in with them regularly and check that they are making the most of their time.  Ask them if they would like you to test them or to ask them questions or what you can do to support them.

 Don’t let them overdo it and keep a close eye on this. 

Support them in the Background


revision support - eating healthy

Another tip to helping your child revise well is to support them as much as you can in the background.  

If they are eating and drinking well and avoiding caffeinated drinks andunhealthy food they are more likely to do better in their revision plan. Help them to manage their stress by making sure that they are taking exercise and being as healthy as possible in body and in mind.

Make it Comfortable


What’s even more important than the timing of when a child starts their revision is that they are comfortable when they are studying.  

Make sure that you provide them with a comfortable, warm and quiet place to study. If they are away from distractions – especially digital distractions – then they are more likely to work smarter when revising. Have a good table and chair and quiet area available for them and encourage them to leave all digital devices in a separate area until they have finished their revision time.

And finally, encourage your children to be proactive in managing their own revision plans. There are many useful tips available online on study and revision techniques for both parents and students. From flash cards to organising information and using past papers, encourage them to be active rather than passive in designing their own personal revision plan.

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