At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 260
A parent's guide
to revision skills
Whatever the age of your child, there's something you can do to
boost their learning development and academic potential
oung children are powerful
learners and, from an early age,
parents can encourage them to
develop important associated
skills, such as perseverance and
curiosity, through play and exploration.
As they progress through school,
these learning skills become increasingly
important as homework shifts away
from teacher-set, task-based work
towards independent studying.
By the time students reach their
GCSEs and A-levels, good learning
skills and revision habits are essential
and can make a real difference to exam
results with, potentially, long-lasting
implications for their university and
future career options.
Tutors at Justin Craig Education have
provided tuition and revision support to
thousands of GCSE and A-level students
for more than 35 years - and have found
the core skills for parents to nurture are:
Encourage your child to take
responsibility for their workload
early. With younger children, you could
involve them in a project that taps into
their interests (such as their birthday
party), so that they get the chance to
try organising tasks and their time.
Help your child understand how to
break their school projects or revision
into manageable chunks. For example,
rather than looking at an essay as a
whole task, separate it into planning,
researching, and then writing the
introduction, middle and conclusion,
so it feels more manageable.
When it comes to revising for exams,
using the course specification and a
simple knowledge evaluation technique
can help clarify what's involved and
identify knowledge gaps.
Prompt your child to set goals
and evaluate themselves. It doesn't
matter whether the project in question
is related to personal interests or
schoolwork, getting young people used
to deciding a particular target and
checking their progress towards
achieving it helps them become more
effective independent learners.