A new academic year can be challenging, particularly for students moving to a new school, from Key Stage 3 to 4, or from GCSEs to A Levels. Your child will be attending new classes, have more deadlines to meet and more challenging content. We have included some of our top tips on how parents can smooth the transition after the Summer holidays and ensure their child secures a strong September start.
- Speak positively about school and the new academic year, in order to mentally prepare your child and help them to embrace opportunities for learning and personal growth.
- Organisation is key. It’s really important for students to stay on top of deadlines and keep their school and revision notes in order. Before returning to school, purchase any textbooks, workbooks and stationery that they might require.
- In particular, GCSE and A Level students should have a folder for each subject, including a printed copy of the specification. This can be used as a checklist and will make a huge difference when it comes to exam revision.
- Help your child to keep on top of their work by setting up a revision timetable, homework timetable and deadline checklist.
- Encourage and support your child to use their independent study periods wisely. This is a useful opportunity to consolidate subject knowledge from the week and complete any outstanding homework tasks.
- Show them who to turn to when they’re struggling with something. If they come across a topic that they find difficult, encourage them to ask for help. Teachers or tutors can address the issue quickly rather than the problem compounding if it’s left until the exams, and are always happy to help.
- Print off plenty of past papers and mark schemes! Exam technique is a crucial element of Common Entrance, GCSEs and A Level exams. Review past papers with mark schemes in order to hone exam technique and secure the top marks!