GCSE advice for parents

THE PARENT GUIDE TO GCSE.

We help frustrated parents stop nagging by showing
them exactly how to help their child succeed at GCSE.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THEIR TEACHER.
BE THEIR COACH.

Find out more about how you can be the coach your child needs!

Given the current situation, we will be adding online teaching of English & maths to our Premium & VIP packages for next year, for as long as schools are closed.
The 2021 programme (for current Y9 & 10s) will open at 7:30pm TONIGHT!

We’ve also built an online learning timetable for those of you looking for resources…

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Find out more about what you can do to make your life less stressful during GCSEs.

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English, maths and science, covered in 20 minute chunks – a great way to get revising, thanks to our friends at YourFavouriteTeacher!

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Half of your child’s learning time is spent at home.

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Overall, the programme so far has been as we hoped – telling us stuff we didn’t even know we needed to know, and helping our responsible, bright Y11 feel on top of things.

She wants to do well and deserves to, as she works really hard, and it feels like we can now help ensure her work is consistently useful and gets results.

– Jen from Sheffield

In an ideal world…

• You want to help them feel confident, not overwhelmed.

• You want to avoid spending all year arguing / nagging because it’ll make you both crazy.

• You want to make sure they’ve put in the right amount of revision time for every subject, not just their favourites.

• You want to make sure you know when a deadline is coming up, so you can make sure they’re ready for it.

• You want them to aim high, and do everything they need to so that they can study the right things at post-16, so that they can get the job / university course they want to at 18.

• You want to help them set up study skills for life, so that whatever post-16 education throws at them, they’ll be able to handle it.

That’s a lot of pressure!

So your child is about to sit their GCSEs, and you’re not quite sure they’re ready yet.

(Let’s face it, you’re not quite sure you’re ready yet – when did they get so grown up??)

What is it that’s worrying you the most about the next few months?

Is your child more ‘stress’ than ‘study’?

More ‘party’ than ‘proactive’?

More ‘put-it-off’ than ‘bring-it-on’?

Watching your child struggle with anything is tough, but it’s SO much worse when you feel like there’s nothing you can do to help.


With the Parent Guide to GCSE,
we break down what you need to know into small, simple chunks each week.

You’ll get all the information you need, when you need it.

  • Revision tips and advice, so you can be sure your child is revising effectively, and in a way that suits them, so they’re fully prepared for the exam content.
  • Exam technique advice, so they’ll be able to squeeze every mark they can out of each exam.
  • A comprehensive overview of each subject, complete with recommended revision resources, so you can be sure they haven’t missed anything.
  • Delivered in bite-sized chunks in a weekly email, so you can get all the information you need, when you need it, without getting information-overload.
  • Access to all the help videos and information in our members area.
  • How to help your child build great study skills for life.
  • How to improve your child’s attitude towards exams, including tips for motivation and for stress-reduction
  • Preparing for Post-16 choices
  • CV building tips (that look great on university applications)

PLUS, invest in the VIP package and we’ll do the nagging for you!

  • Weekly group or individual coaching calls for your child
  • We’ll help them make the most of their revision time
  • We’ll hold them accountable each week
  • They’ll have an expert to check in with and ask for advice
  • We’ll build them a personalised, detailed revision timetable custom-made for your child. (Fully bespoke, and including topic-level detail.)

I would most definitely recommend signing up – fantastic structured advice, tools, checklists and discussion groups that helps revision seem so much less overwhelming for both my daughter and me!

She actually looks forward to the weekly emails we receive so she can put the advice into play rather than thinking I’m nagging her to simply revise… she now knows where to start!

– Heidi from Peterborough


FAQs

Here’s what others have asked:

Schools generally do a fantastic job of making sure your teenager knows everything they need to know in order to pass their exams. That said, teenagers aren’t always the best at communicating (or remembering), so it often doesn’t filter through to parents. While you can entrust a lot of this to schools, your child spends around 50% of their possible learning time at home, so they need someone to help keep them on track there too.

You can find quite a bit of it, if you have the time to search, and you know what to search for. Trouble is, there’s a lot of bad advice out there, as well as a lot of old advice. We do the filtering-out-the-rubbish bit, so you don’t have to.

If it helps, think of us as a time-saving subscription box. You’ll have seen the meal-prep kit adverts – instead of going shopping, deciding what to cook, searching for recipes, and checking whether you have all the ingredients (and then measuring them), you just get them to send you a box with all the right stuff in, including instructions. No wasted time or effort, and no brain power required (because let’s face it, your day has been challenging enough already).

We do that, but instead of dinner, we ‘prep’ your knowledge about what to talk to your child about to keep them on track!

Other than reading the emails, and watching any videos you are interested in, it’s really up to you how long you spend getting involved. The aim is to make our tips things you could discuss over the dinner table with your child, since we know you’re busy!

There’s a catch-up system in place – don’t worry. We’ll make sure you get all of the weekly emails, even the ones that have already gone out earlier in the year.

We will be creating exam-board specific materials – there will be a bank of documents for each subject and each exam board that will have the specification, revision checklists, and past papers. Content for many subjects is pretty similar across exam boards (maths particularly for example), but for those that do vary, we’ll give advice for each exam board.

We haven’t covered CCEA, as they are set up quite differently (they have modular exams). We do however have AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC / Eduqas and CIE covered.

Yup.  Got those covered too.

We’ll be covering plenty of options, so that you can help your child find the right one(s) for them, and use them efficiently. Everyone is different, so we’re covering all the bases.

You can cancel the monthly plan at any time, and we won’t take any more payments. If you’ve paid in advance and want to cancel, we’ll refund based on how many months are left until the end of June.

Just head to the members area, click on ‘my account’ and then ‘subscriptions’. You should see the option to cancel there. If you have any problems, please email admin@parentguidetogcse.com.

We’re always happy to hear from you, so if you feel we’ve missed anything, or could be doing better, then please do let us know!

Private tutors are a great way to improve a specific grade. If it’s just one subject you’re concerned about, then that’s the way to go. We however, provide you as a parent with the tools you need to help your child improve all their grades, by improving their study skills overall. We’ll also help you to make this a less stressful year for the whole family, by making your interactions with your child more support, less ‘nag’.

We’ve also teamed up with YourFavouriteTeacher.com to offer 50% off for our members – they cover the whole of the GCSE Maths & English curriculum with online lessons, quizzes and worksheets.

GCSEs in Wales are graded differently (you sensibly stuck with A*-G), but we will be including WJEC (the Welsh exam board)-specific information in the programme too.

We’re not including CCEA in our exam boards this year, as it’s a little too differently set up (they still allow for students to take exams in January, rather than all at the end of the course. If your child’s exams are mostly with CCEA, we won’t be very helpful to you. We’re sorry.

We are in our first year, so that’s probably why!

Drop us an email at support@parentguidetogcse.com

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The resources I have received from Parents Guide to GCSE have been invaluable.

So much has changed since I did my exams and I felt helpless not being able to help my son – especially with topics that he chose to do that I have no experience of.

The revision planner was amazing in getting my son organised and prevented so much time being wasted.

The exam timetable was the first time I have seen the exam dates and really helped my son to realise what was ahead.

– Katie from Norwich