8 Ways to Improve your Child’s Exam Confidence

Every parent wants their child to succeed in life, and it is no secret that some children struggle more with exams and preparation than others.

Many teens are labelled as being ‘more academic’, and it is thought that they will manage fairly well with exams, while other adolescents really find the whole world of exams and revision extremely unnatural and daunting. So with that in mind, here are some tips that any parent can follow to encourage exam confidence in their child:

1. Share in their learning

Ask them to tell you what they learned about in school – encourage them to ‘teach’ you facts/figures that they have studied recently, it will encourage recall on their part and the act of explaining something to another person helps the speaker understand it better.

2. Practice Papers

It sounds old-fashioned, but getting to grips with past papers can take the daunting aspect away from exams – once the pupil learns the structure and shape of an exam, then it become familiar to them – they find they become more comfortable and confident in dealing with it.

3. Take a tactical approach

Help them learn that an exam can be approached in a clever, practical manner – they can learn to do the parts of the exam that they are more confident with at the start, giving them an impetus to try harder at the more tricky parts towards the end.

4. Sort out a revision timetable.

It’s the tried and tested way to do it. Carefully scheduling time for each subject allows for the pupil to focus on weak spots – pay more attention to what areas of revision need more work and also encourages more independent study.

5. Rewards

A young person might not yet see the actual pass or fail as a reward. If you can offer them some other reward to go alongside their aim of an A Grade, then it might offer them some more motivation and instil an air of natural confidence in them – the ‘I can do this’ feeling that is so important

6. Diet and Nutrition should have a focus.

What young people eat and drink can have a MASSIVE effect on everything from how well they concentrate in class, how good their working memory is and even how they vary in mood – which can subsequently affect how their wellbeing is on the morning of an important exam. Encouraging them to eat and drink healthily gives them all the ammunition they need for their brain to function well.

7. Get them to take regular breaks when revising

Studies have shown that when we feel upset, tired or anxious, we retain less information. So if your child is getting frustrated when they are revising, you should encourage them to take regular, structured breaks, to physically move away from their study space and take part in another activity, get fresh air, a snack or play a game. They are more likely to return to their studies with a refreshed attitude.

8. Structured Revision

By enrolling onto a revision course you are ensuring that your child will receive well structured, expertly delivered teaching that will cater to your child’s revision needs. Our revision courses offer an in-depth look at exam knowledge and techniques.

“Graeme of Grade Booster Tutoring, said ‘As a parent, it can be difficult to help your children when they come up against some of the more academic challenges. Subjects are often taught differently from when we were at school, so it can hard to help in the way that you want to.”

“Grade Booster Tutoring runs Revision Course at key points in the academic year,  we are always on hand to help with their revision keeping it on the right track, iron out any little difficulties and build their confidence in the run-up to their exams.”

As specialists in providing revision courses, we understand the importance of ensuring your child is as prepared and as confident as possible prior to sitting their exams. By attending high-quality revision courses throughout the academic year, our students improve their chances of attaining their target grades.

Our Glasgow Revision course offers structured revision, led by a qualified and experienced school teachers. Many of the teachers on our staff are also SQA markers, and offer a wealth of experience and knowledge of exam technique to our students.

For each subject, the teachers have put together a course which covers all the main key topics that they feel the students need to concentrate on in preparation for their exams.

Revision Over the Festive Break

Christmas holidays are joining Easter as a critical exam revision period. Spending some of your holiday studying for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher by enrolling onto revision courses are becoming an increasingly more popular way for students to achieve their essential exam preparation.

Exam experts report that early preparation is essential to exam success. Joining revision courses for an in-depth look at exam knowledge and techniques. Many students take advantage of the time off school at Christmas to enrol onto a revision course. Boosting students confidence so that they are more prepared going into prelim exams after the festive break.

Leisure/revision balance is an essential part of the festive period rather than spending hours staring at a book. Students can spend three days on a revision course working with a subject specialist working in small groups of students providing structure, revision materials, exam practice and support.

Giving them the time afterwards to do other activities with friends and family and of course enjoying all the Christmas food.

However, your family choose to spend their Christmas this year, our revision course are available if you need them.

Christmas / Prelim Revision

Our 6 Hour Christmas revision courses run
Friday 27th December till Sunday 29th December 2019
All Class run from Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, within Glasgow Central Railway Station.

Easter Revision

Our 8 Hour Easter Revision Classes run over the Two weeks of the Easter break you have the option which week suits you best

Week One: Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April 2020
Week Two: Tuesday 14th April – Friday 17th April 2020

All Class run from Strathclyde University located in Glasgow City Centre a short walk from George Square.

Grade Booster Tutoring has been working to deliver better exam results through home tuition since 2003, with all our tutors recommend qualified teachers, who are (GTC) General Teaching Council registered. We cater for all ages of pupils from primary to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher students. With Glasgow Revision classes in operation since 2012.

Many of the teachers on our staff are also SQA markers, and so offer a wealth of experience and knowledge of exam technique to our students

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