Callum has been in high school almost a full year – where the time has gone I don’t know but in this time he has had to adjust to a different lesson structure at school, a two-week timetable for lessons, having lots of homework to complete and being tested within his lessons often – although these tests aren’t pressured Callum has been encouraged to revise for them and has been set revision homework numerous times to ensure the work that he is learning in class is being absorbed and remembered.
Callum isn’t a fan of revising and found that just re-reading the work he has already completed didn’t really help him. So we came up with some ways at home that are fun and variable so that he can mix up how he revises for his class tests.
Spot Questions – Although I have a degree I am not clued up on the modern curriculum, however, I have been helping Callum to revise by asking him questions out of the blue on the items I do know a little about especially things like his time’s tables and questions from his history and science subjects when he comes home and tells me he has a test to revise for. Similarly with the younger boys when we are on our way to school we practice their weekly spellings and times tables – all three boys are now able to answer any times table questions instantly when asked because of us always doing this a couple of times a week.
Online Quizzes – This is one of the ways Callum loves to revise as he gets to use the computer. He thinks he is getting fun time but instead he is actually learning and revising instead. Education Quizzes offers quizzes for revision for children of all ages. From children in key stage 1 to children who are revising for their GCSE’s Education Quizzes covers the lot. For £9.95 a month (this can be cancelled at any time) your child will have access to 100’s of quizzes that are appropriate for their age and educational needs. There are quizzes on all topics including Maths, English, Science, History, RE and more. All the quizzes are written by teachers so you know that they’re revising the right material. All the quizzes are multiple choice so that students are made to think and concentrate on the spot so that they can use their memory to see if they know the subjects, as well as they, think they do. Answers are given straight away after being answered so if the question is right or wrong the student can see instead of having to wait until the end of the quiz.
Post It’s – You can get Post-It notes in a range of colours and shapes and sizes. They are perfect for writing facts and figures on them and sticking them all over so that they can be read when you are doing other things. Callum has lots of notes stuck in and around his room. He finds that this helps him remember historic events easier.
Revision Guides – Callum’s school has revision guides available to buy from their school shop. They cover everything that has been taught and are a great aid for making revision notes. They are colourful and informative but if you struggle to take in a lot of information all at once they can sometimes hinder revision too.
Revise With A Friend – Sometimes the best revision is done when you work with someone who is learning the same things you are. You can set each other questions and help fill in any gaps that you both may have in your information. When revising with a friend it can help boost your confidence as you can see how much you know on a subject compared to someone who is working at the same level as you are. Callum has revised a couple of times with his school friends and has found it a great way of making sure his notes are correct.
What ways do your children find useful when revising for a test or an exam.
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