It’s a tough year. For both of you. If you’re dreading your child starting Y11 in September, you’re not alone.
The following tips are designed to help your child stay on top of their GCSEs over the summer (with just a teeny bit of work) so they’ll get a proper break, but also have a head start in September.
1) Plan a study schedule and stick to it! If they don’t have a plan, they’ll just keep putting it off…
2) Remember summer holidays are for rest and recuperation. When you’re planning ahead, make sure there’s time every day where they can switch off.
3) Keep up the routines – setting great study habits will help next year.
4) Little and often is the key.
5) Rewards. They don’t have to be big, just a little bit of positive reinforcement to help build those study habits.
Here are some of the best ways to spend that study time over the summer:
Notes for core subjects
Collecting together notes from Y10 in flashcards or mindmaps not only reduces the workload in Y11, it also sets up a system for revision notes that they can use throughout the year.
Vocab for MFL GCSE
The more time they spend working on their vocabulary for their language GCSE, the easier it will make their speaking & listening exam. There are some great (free) apps that can make it really simple to do.
Keep on top of projects
Art & Design subjects often have a big project built in. Whether they’re doing Art, Computer Science or an EPQ, keeping on top of the project work over the summer can really help take the pressure off in Y11.
We’ve put together a Summer Prep Checklist to give them a nudge in the right direction. It can be done in an hour or two a week, for 4 weeks (so they’ll get two full weeks off at least).
If you feel like they’ll need a bigger nudge in the right direction, check out the GCSE Toolkit. ?
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