It goes without saying that there is a renowned expectation for teens to be taking revision materials and work home with them. Revision is an important time for your teen to be independent and take ownership of their work- a skill that should set them up for their future years. As a parent of an exam student, if you’re not seeing any school work at home, it’s certainly time to wonder where it is!
For some parents, you might have to find yourself ‘hot on the case’ if your teen regularly returns home ‘empty handed.’
There is no doubt that most teachers will be setting additional homework and revision tasks by now. Also, by this point, many schools and colleges have begun supplying students with revision packs, booklets or guides- which are helpful for instructing students on what to do. These also provide suggested tasks and contain useful information in all aspects of the exams.
Usually, by this point, revision session timetables will have been handed out. Most schools run extra classes- and they try to inform parents and guardians. If you don’t know anything about this, it’s always a good idea to check in with your child’s school or college. Something may have been missed. Alongside parents’ evenings, information evenings, or parental access to online log ins, staff may also have recommendations with regards to private revision providers, such as ourselves, where we can provide additional support to a wide variety of students.
It’s a good idea to invest time in checking whether you have all the information freely provided. Teenagers might have a reputation for not always being the most organised of individuals- and if this is true in your household, it’s beneficial for you as a parent to ‘get the ball rolling.’
Once you’ve managed to get your teen to ‘bring the work home,’ one way that you can assist them is in guiding their time management. It is strongly recommended that working in ‘chunks’ of time, rather than in marathon-sized sessions, is far more effective! Studying for long stretches at a time will just create a tired brain, whereas working in 30-45 minute bursts (intermittent with breaks,) is optimal time when working independently.
And finally, during an exam year, the ‘school holidays’ are no longer so much a ‘holiday.’ Instead, you would hope your teen might be able to recognise that this type of break can offer some prime revision time! As a revision provider, we run our revision courses over ‘days’ of the academic breaks. However, we break sessions down into manageable chunks and work in ‘small groups,’ ensuring your child uses their time most wisely- and uses the support of their peers in a focussed, encouraging environment.
Especially in the school holidays, expect to see your kitchen table piled up with paper! If you can’t see a surface doused in revision notes and papers, then it’s time to take it up with your teen and ensure that they are ‘bringing work home’ where required- good luck!