Easter holiday revision tips

With the Easter holidays finally her and just under two months before the GCSE and A Level exams kick off, the simmering of exam pressure is about to reach boiling point for many students. We know that this can be a time of stress, of heightened emotions, of rebellion or of burn- out but there is some good news – it doesn’t have to be like this. Follow these 6 top tips for revising over the Easter holidays and everything will be fine.

 

  1. Revision timetable

Creating a revision timetable is our number 1 top tip. Without a revision timetable, it’s far too easy to either a) revise during every waking moment, b) spend hours revising one subject and neglecting others or c) not do much revision at all. To avoid all three scenarios, prepare an honest and achievable revision schedule. Start early, have short breaks every 45 – 60 minutes, moving away from the location where revision is taking place.

 

  1. Plan fun activities and have down time

The Easter holidays are great; time off from school, enjoyable festivities, an indulgence in Easter treats, short breaks away. This year will feel a little different as these fun activities may feel overshadowed by revision but it’s still so important to plan social activities with friends and family, to leave the house, to have evenings free to chill out in front of Netflix or do a hobby or sport and keep active. This won’t be at the expense of revision, in fact it will make the idea of sitting down to revise much less dreadful.

 

  1. Attend school revision sessions

Most schools provide revision support, be it after school or holiday revision classes, lunchtime drop-ins or through online materials. Use them! Teachers don’t put in all the extra hours and hard-work just because they love it, they do it because it’s useful.  It will help your revision. It may seem like a drag now, but it’ll pay off in the long run…and just remember how long the summer holidays will be this year!

 

  1. Be creative: use flashcards, stick posters around the house, create a voice note

Flashcards and posters – a student’s best friends. Write out key points for each subject on pieces of paper, stick them around the house, on the ceiling above the bed, on the bathroom door, on the headrest of the car…as long as they can be seen and they are used, it’ll help. Fill flashcards with revision notes, put key vocabulary and a translation/definition on each side and take a look at them whenever there’s a moment. Read out revision notes onto the voice note app on mobile phones and listen to it whilst walking to school…every little helps!

 

  1. Turn off and remove distractions

Whilst revising:

* put phones on flight mode, or even better switch it off

* turn off the TV

* turn off notifications on the iPad

* close down Facebook, Buzzfeed, games, Messenger etc if using a computer to revise

* move away from the dog, little brothers or sisters or other distractions

* try to find somewhere quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the household to revise

 

Ask for help

Never be afraid to ask for help. Email teachers, ask friends or family or seek a tutor. There is no need to panic, there is always someone who can help.

Where are all our teachers going?

The state of our education system in England, as it stands, is a mess. Well, at least it is in my opinion. Having been part of the state system for the best part of a decade, I have seen amazing, outstanding teachers come into the profession only to last three to five years (if they really are glutton for punishment) before ‘escaping’ to move on to less stressful, more fulfilling roles – often outside of education completely. This is not isolated to the schools I’ve worked in. Anyone who follows education in the media will know that teacher recruitment and retention is a struggle, with many schools looking further afield to Canada, Ireland and the rest of Europe to entice teachers over to work in our schools.

But why is this so difficult for our government to get right? I’ve spoken to teachers around the globe who love their jobs, have a good work-life balance and therefore have the drive and passion which is recognised by students. Now, that’s not to say that no teachers in the UK experience this wonderful way of working, of course they do, but the worry is with how many excellent teachers are lost due to the constant battering they get with paperwork, exam result pressure and being held accountable for all their students do, whilst trying to inspire and teach our next generation. It’s too much and the rewards of the job get lost amongst the stresses, worries and around-the-clock working hours.

What does this mean for our students? Whilst we as teachers usually have the choice as to whether we will continue in our role, our students don’t. 

And they deserve great teachers; great, consistent teachers who see them through a year, a Key Stage, a school life. But unfortunately, this all too often isn’t the case. Teachers go off with stress, or leave to move to pastures new, leaving their students with inconsistent teaching and learning.

I don’t suppose we’ll ever have any concrete evidence on the effect this has on the student and their final grades, but I’d be willing to bet it’s not positive.

I suppose one good thing is that many of these teachers don’t ever lose their passion for teaching so end up becoming tutors, often full-time tutors, benefiting students who need extra support outside the classroom. Every cloud…

Why are so many parents investing in private tuition?

The subject of education is often a contentious one. Whether it’s due to the government changing the curriculum or educational policies, the retention or quality of teachers, Ofsted, whether uniform should be worn, or homework should be set, everyone has an opinion. When it comes down to it, what do we really want for our young generation? Success! This drive for success, for reaching higher academic targets, for getting into top establishments is why so many parents invest in private tuition.

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The advantages of private tuition are numerous with the benefits certainly outweighing the cost. Private tuition is seemingly most beneficial to students in two categories:

Firstly, there are the students who are struggling with a specific subject. Notoriously challenging subjects at GCSE level include physics and maths and often English. The students may have difficulties with content, exam technique or simply that the jump from GCSE biology to A level is just enormous! With a private tutor, a student’s individual needs are met. Private tutors reinforce what has been taught in the classroom in a one-to-one situation, in turn boosting a student’s confidence which inevitably leads to achieving higher grades. It is often the case that a student’s understanding of subject and curriculum is clearer once it has been taught and explained in a different way, by a different teacher.

Secondly, there are the students who generally excel at school and who are competing for a space at a top school or university. These students often want to gain an advantage over their peer group and benefit from the extra input from expert teachers to push them above and beyond, to keep them in the running for those sought-after spaces.

At the Capital Tuition Group, we pride ourselves on having qualified teachers as tutors. We believe that a tutor – and indeed a teacher – should not only be an expert in their field but should also be trained and equipped with the latest teaching strategies and pedagogy. Our tutors – teachers – all have extensive practice in the classroom and with many hours of tutoring experience.  Our most in-demand subjects are English Literature and English Language GCSE, Biology GCSE, Chemistry GCSE, Physics GCSE, Maths GCSE. At Key Stage 5 the most popular subjects are Biology A level, Chemistry A level, Physics A level, Maths A level, Economics A level, Psychology A level. However, at the Capital Tuition Group we have tutors that can fulfil all your academic requirements.

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