Getting teenagers to revise isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but it’s vital to keep them on track through the holidays if you want them to pass their exams when term starts again. Here are just four great ways to keep revision running smoothly.
- Create a Revision Area
If teenagers studied for even half the time they claim to be studying, parents wouldn’t have to worry nearly as much about making them revise. If you let them revise in their bedrooms, they’re just as likely to slip on headphones or turn on the TV, so try setting aside a revision area. They’ll be more likely to focus because that space will be free from most distractions – they’ll also know you can drop in and check on them at any time.
- Work on Memory
Teachers are well aware of how much knowledge tends to be lost over the school holidays. Your teen may finish year 10 feeling totally confident in their abilities, then return for year 11 having forgotten 50% of what they spent the last term learning. As such, you should really focus on helping them retain that information. Revision doesn’t have to be too rigorous, but simply spending 15 minutes or so each day going over core concepts can help your teen retain what they need to know.
- See They Get Sleep
One of the great things about being a teenager is being able to go without much sleep and still feel relatively active the next day. That said, constantly staying up all night and not getting enough shuteye makes it harder to concentrate. Additionally, getting enough sleep is linked to better concentration, alertness, decision making, and memory – these are all important if revision is going to be effective. You’ll also want a proper sleep schedule in place so your teens are ready for those unwelcome 9am exams.
- Make Time Yourself
Finally, make sure you devote some of your own time to revision. Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to have weeks and weeks of unbroken holiday, but you should still make the time when you can. If your teen is left to revise alone, it feels more like a punishment.