Tackling the Trickiest Exam Question
In one of your child’s exams, there’s unfortunately probably going to be one question that they ‘dread….’
It’s likely that there’s one question that sticks out in your teen’s mind as the question that always seems to leave them stumped and, however many times they’ve tried it in class, they still don’t seem to pick up the marks for it!
So, what can be done?
Well, the first thing to do is for your teen to go and get some honest feedback. They need to know exactly what’s going wrong- and how to work on it with a fresh set of eyes. It’s your child’s teacher or tutor who will be able to give direct and specific feedback on a question, but the support doesn’t need to stop there.
As a revision provider, we offer ‘Grade Booster Classes’ that are ideal for helping your child with the final ‘squeeze’ when it comes to their examinations. Sometimes, it takes someone else to guide you for ‘it’ to click. In this case, our experienced school teachers (who lead our Grade Booster Classes,) may be the ones to help!
How can we help?
We run these specific sessions intensively, and we place each Grade Booster Course on the weekend before the exam (3 x 2-hour sessions in one day,) so we’ve got everything covered! Not only can we stand your child in good stead for improving their overall grade, but it may well be the solution they need to help with any tough questions still catching them out!
It can be easy for your child to get to a point whereby they ‘resign’ to the idea that they’re ‘not going to do well on that question.’ However, with a Grade Booster Class, this doesn’t have to be the case!
The other advantage, of course, is that even if your child still ends up finding that tricky question troublesome, the tips and intensive delivery experienced on a Grade Booster Class may lead them to pick up additional marks in other areas of the paper. This would take the pressure off the question your child may be worried about.
In 2011 we introduced our revision courses, designed to focus specifically on preparing students for the SQA examinations. These courses deliver an intensive revision program to support students and help to boost their end results, attaining the success they want to take them into further education. Every year, we grow in popularity, testimony to our own success.
Confidence is crucial
The other thing to consider here is your child’s confidence. The more they dwell and worry about the ‘tricky bit,’ the more likely they may be to get wound up over it or try and ignore it altogether! If you can give your child any advice, it’s to try and give every question a go (provided their timings are on track!) Missing questions will always lead to a no-mark answer.
Trying a question- and giving it their best shot- is usually rewarded! Examiners mark schemes usually specify a positive approach to marking and aim to seek out all levels of knowledge and understanding. Therefore, it’s important your child tries to get their head around every question- including those challenging ones- in order to have the best chances of success! If they can attempt every question- even the ones that niggle at them- then your teen will be on to a good thing!
Grade Booster courses last for 6 hours. During the sessions, students will revise and further enhance their subject knowledge.
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