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.
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 Scholar 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.”
“Scholar 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.
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.
Scholar 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
To discover more about Scholar Tutor’s Revision Schools, please contact Graeme, on 0141 280 2521 or email
Words from Past Students...
The way we covered the whole course in a few days was helpful with the assistance of tutors / teachers.Easter School 2015
I liked how the course was handled - we covered everything in-depth, but still at a quick pace.Easter School 2017
The approach used to tutor us with the use of PowerPoints was very useful. The questions and answers books are also good for revisionEaster School 2017
I enjoyed the in-depth explanations of certain aspects of the course.Easter School
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The material handed out are excellent and not too simplistic which is great. The key areas covered really hit the nail on head with regards to where students struggle most. I left feeling I could achieve a much higher RUAE.Easter School
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It helped me to understand the questions better and feel more confident.Easter School 2017
We went over every aspect of the RUAE paper in-depthEaster School 2017
The location was easy to access from the train station. I obtained assistance with work and explanations.Easter School 2017
Helped improve understanding and how to tackle exam style questions.Easter School 2017