My son was showing me the contents of his treasure box at the weekend – it currently holds some zoo entrance cards, some special shells, a coin from the Sydney Olympics and a plastic skull. He asked if I had a treasure box. I do. I won’t bore you with the details of its contents, but deep within it we discovered my old school reports. These made for fascinating reading (for me, if not so much for him) and took me right back to the days of exams and the dreaded revision timetables I had stuck on my bedroom wall.
I think my parents were quite lucky when it came to exam time. I enjoyed school and loved learning, so was at a good starting point when it came to knuckling down with my school books, folders and several highlighter pens to try and absorb two year’s worth of academic material. For many parents, the starting point when it comes to getting their children to revise for exams will be a lot tougher, but by encouraging, and helping, them to plan a revision schedule and by offering support, encouragement and the occasional trip out for ice cream as a treat for the hard work they have done, we will certainly be giving them as good a chance as possible to get through this challenging time.
What other techniques/tips do you have for helping your children when it comes to preparing for exams?