How To Help With Exam Revision

It’s that time of year when many children, and parents are veering dangerously close to meltdown as exam revision takes over the house. As a parent there are many ways you can help your child with exam revision but for some it’s literally make or break time.

Exam time isn’t just a test for our children, it tests us as parents too. Looking for that magic potion that turns your children into book worms overnight is like looking for a black cab in the pouring rain- they don’t exist!

There is lots of help out there though and my bookThe Definitive Guide To Exam Revision: … Making Revision FUN Using The MASSIVE Goal Principle

Book cover The definitive guide to exam revision  will give your child tips and techniques to make revision not only doable but enjoyable. The book places emphasis on individual effectiveness including: Independent learning, Memory Skills, Goal Setting, Confidence, Motivation, Revision Skills, Study Skills and Exam Revision.

Memory Skills

There are several well documented methods of improving memory:

  • Association- associating sounds or images with the relative information
  • Organised notes- The way you structure your notes can be used as memory trigger
  • Mnemonics– by  using the first letter of each word or phrase you can more readily remember spellings and phrases i.e- RHYTHM– Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move or The order of the Planets; My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies- (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto)


Revision Skills

Here is where parents can really help out. Mumsnet give lots of advice, including:

  • Ask your child what finger food they like and make sure there’s an ample supply (feed the body as well as the mind!)
  • Try and refrain from constantly telling them to revise- difficult I know, but it’s important they take regular breaks
  • Try to encourage them to regularly review their revision, pinpointing their areas of strength as well as weakness


Study Skills

Everyone studies differently and things that work for one, don’t necessarily work for another. Research done on students taking tests with music playing, reported that songs with lyrics produced lower scores, but instrumentals produced higher scores- so stick to Stravinsky, he produces results!

There are standard study skill scenarios that seem to apply to all areas of academic testing:

  • Find a quiet place, preferably not in your bedroom (too many distractions)
  • Turn off phones, tv, laptops (unless using for revision)
  • Make sure your desk is well lit
  • Ensure you have pens, pencils, maths set, revision books and notes beforehand
  • Have drinks and snacks to hand
  • Break topics into small chunks
  • Revise well before – it’s more effective to revise for 45 mins a day for a month as opposed to 16 hours a day 2 days before the exam


The book, The Definitive Guide To Exam Revision: … Making Revision FUN Using The MASSIVE Goal Principle is also intended as a motivational guide to inspire a higher level of attainment. Using the Massive Goal principle requires a certain level of confidence and self belief and a sense of ‘doing right’ by the people around them as well as the person within. By using the tried and tested methods in this book, tests have shown that techniques I have seen used by top achievers as well as successful and effective students have led to improved motivation and greater levels of personal attainment.

The book isn’t however a guarantee that your child will sail through every exam like Usain Bolt over the 100m finish line, but it will give them a helping hand and ideas to enhance their own personal sprinting time.

For more tips and ideas on goal setting, tackling a busy workload and optimising potential, visit

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