As the festivities of Christmas and New Year celebrations recede in our rear view mirror, our attention turns to the year ahead. Depending on the age of your children, now is the time to fully focus on exam outcomes.
If you’ve ever read my blog before, you’ll know that I believe that a long-term approach to revision and exam preparation beats cramming every time. An oft used saying is that proper planning prevents poor performance, and this rings very true when it comes to examinations.
Effective revision isn’t about the time spent staring at books and screens. Revision must be structured and well thought out. It also shouldn’t be too narrow, focusing purely on known weaker areas, for example.
It’s important to set aside meaningful blocks of time and to become immersed in the material. My recommendation is revising in blocks of no less that 60 minutes at a time. A snatched 20 mins here and there simply isn’t as effective.
Revising with a lesser likelihood of interruption is also ideal. The loss and regaining of focus wastes valuable time and prevents optimal information retention. None of us are productive with forced breaks in attention and concentration, at home, school or at work.
To provide a complete coverage of the GCSE Maths syllabus I will once again be holding a GCSE Maths Revision Masterclass in Islington this year. Taking place on 6th & 7th April, it will be an intensive, fast-paced review of all of the key topics covered in the previous 2 academic years. You can find full information on the Masterclass here.
Leaving revision until the exams are upon us creates a self-defeating scenario. There will be too much information to absorb and the stress, panic and pressure will make it all but impossible to retain information. Nothing is worse than opening an exam paper and one’s mind draws a blank.
This is completely avoidable with the correct exam preparation and I urge you to ensure you have systems and provisions in place for your child so that they can achieve their desired outcomes this year.
For more information on my GCSE Maths Revision Masterclass you can see the page here: