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Is Your Child's Revision Method Keeping Them Behind in the Competition

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March 22, 2021

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Introduction 

As your child’s half-yearly exams come closer, it’s important for you to assess the way they are actually revising. Are they simply going through the materials and recognizing questions, or are they actually testing their knowledge?

The way your child revises before their exams have a lot to do with their performance in the exams.

Exams can be a scary experience for some, but a carefully planned walk in the park for others. Reviewing a conceptual subject like math can be tricky, that’s why we’ve brought a list of revision tips that will help your child ace their exams with ease

Is Your Child's Revision Method Keeping Them Behind in the Competition-PDF

Cuemath practices your child to recall the said information but not recognize it. Recognizing something, and recalling it are two different psychological processes. here is a downloadable PDF to explore more.

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Practice Recalling, Not Recognizing

One of the biggest mistakes students make during revision is to confuse their ability to recognize a certain problem as their ability to recall the said information. Recognizing something, and recalling it are two different psychological processes.

Recognizing something requires less brainpower as it involves looking at a piece of the problem and generates a feeling of familiarity with it. For example, your child is recognizing when they look at a problem during a mock test and can map it with one they recently did during practice.

However, your child is actually judged and scored for recalling concepts and applying those to solve problems (and not merely recognizing problems in the exam).

Help your child change their revision game, by having them enhance their recalling ability. One proven method of doing this is to understand a concept first by using the class material and then immediately trying to reproduce the steps in a notebook (while keeping the book closed). Here, it might be useful to break a concept into manageable chunks if the concept is too complex.

In practice, you can ask your child to read and understand a specific concept and then ask them to close the book and rewrite the same thing using their memory. However, it is essential that you break it down for them so that their working memory is not too burdened.

You may notice that your child is faltering occasionally while retracing the steps mentioned in the book. You should allow them to reread and repeat the process. However, if this doesn’t help, then this might indicate that your child is not able to comprehend the underlying logic. In this case, you need to pinpoint the specific step proving to be problematic and provide the necessary explanation.

In fact, even if your child is able to successfully recall from memory, you must consistently enquire as to whether they have understood the reasoning. If there is a gap, then it will manifest itself clearly when you change the values in the problem that is given in the book.

Another method is to change questions related to a certain concept and increase the difficulty level. This will not only challenge them but also help them recall essential rules and formulas at the same time.


Conclusion

Remember – exams can be stressful. It’s important that your child gets enough rest and is in a good state of mind. It’s not just about knowing facts. Help your child to prepare themselves emotionally, too. When we are afraid or anxious our survival responses (fight, flight, or freeze) kick in, and remembering becomes more difficult. A little adrenalin is good but concentrates on making children feel calm, comfortable, and confident. The following hints on emotionally preparing children for exams should help:

  • If you join in with revision, this can help your child enormously – especially young children – but closer to exams, make sure they do some work by themselves so that they are independent
  • Praise them. Don’t gush, and be brief. Confidence is key
  • Reassure them that when they get things wrong, it’s ok. It’s all right to make mistakes - they are useful and a great way to learn!
  • Teach your child breathing techniques to calm them down and lower their heart rate
  • If they are anxious, teach them to take control by telling them to imagine that any butterflies in their tummy can be asked to fly in an arrow-formation, heading for success!
  • Know when to push, and when good enough is enough

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the best revision method?

  • Create a slideshow presentation to summarise a topic. 
  • Test your friends and have them test you back. 
  • Answer practice questions to continually practice how you'll apply your knowledge in an exam. 
  • Do past papers, under timed conditions, without your notes!

How do I teach my child to revise?

  • Get ahead. In the run-up to exam time, sit down together with your child and work out the best times for revision. 
  • Learn what works. 
  • Stay positive.
  • Get the snacks on the go. 
  • Keep your thoughts to yourself. 
  • Work the space. 
  • Pool your skills. 
  • Take a break.

External References 

To learn more about activities that help in increasing student engagement, visit these blogs:

Eight ways you can help your children revise

Revision Techniques For Kids: 11 Tips For Parents To Help Their Children Revise For Exams


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