5 Tips on How to Support Your Child through Exams

What to Expect from an Exam Year

Human beings all learn in different ways. Some of us learn through reading, through touching or acting out an experience, some prefer discussion based activities, and others enjoy the visual aspects of a subject; watching videos or looking at images is a way to jog our memory.

Whatever way your child learns, it is important that you feel prepared and fully able to support them through this demanding, sometimes stressful but purposeful time in their lives. Here are some helpful ideas for parents:

1. Make time to regularly talk with your child

This might sound obvious, and you may already think you’re doing it already, but if you take a structured, emphasised approach to this, you will be able to offer them proper opportunities to talk to you about what is worrying or stressing them. So, if you can, make a point of going for a walk every Friday afternoon, or taking them for a quiet slice of cake and a cuppa on a Saturday morning. It will be invaluable for you both.

2. Help them become familiar with daunting subjects/topics

If a parent is well versed in exam past papers, and is able to support the child to approach them, dissect them and practice them, then the child will gradually become more confident with them. If they are left alone with studying subject they find hard, they are more likely to avoid it entirely.

3. Encourage mindfulness/meditation and relaxation

The brain sometimes needs a break. And it is a well rested, nourished brain that is more prepared to learn. If you can ensure your child continues to get fresh air, play sports or engage in a hobby they love, they are less likely to be stressed or anxious – especially if you encourage their enjoyment, rather than telling them to scrap the fun and go study!

4. Don’t get them to dissect

After an exam is over, it can be tempting to ask them what they wrote, to ask them how they feel they did overall, etc. Of course it’s important to have a quick conversation about the exam, but asking them to dwell on something that might have gone less well than expected can only cause negative feelings and can have a knock on effect on subsequent exams and overall confidence.

5. Structured Revision

Revision is a highly personal process and the time management and self-discipline that it requires will benefit your child beyond their exams. By booking a place on revision courses 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 you 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
Wednesday 27th December till Friday 29th December 2017
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 2nd April – Thursday 5th April 2018
Week Two Monday 9th April – Thursday 12th April 2018

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 operating revision classes since 2012. All our tutors are qualified teachers, who are (GTC) General Teaching Council registered. Our revision course are designed to provide support for candidates undertaking the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exam in May 2018.

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

To discover more about Grade Booster Tutoring Revision Schools, please contact Graeme, on 0141 280 2521 or email

Words from Past Students...

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