Mastering the art of effective revision can play a big part in a child’s success in school. As a parent or carer you can play a big role in guiding your child through the development of their revision technique, alongside their teachers. Help children develop essential revision skills with these tips from Explore Learning.

Planning – a vital revision skill

Effective planning is the cornerstone of successful revision. Encourage your child to create a realistic study schedule that allows them to cover all subjects while avoiding last-minute cramming. Good planning not only helps in staying organised but also ensures that no topic is left untouched.

Check out our comprehensive guide on revision techniques for more insights into planning strategies.

Time management – your best friend

Time management is a game-changer when it comes to effective revision. Give your child these simple yet powerful tips to make the most of their study time:

  • Prioritise tasks: Teach your child to identify high-priority tasks. Tackling the most challenging subjects or topics early in the study session can lead to better retention.

  • Break it down: Encourage the habit of breaking down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks. This approach makes studying more digestible and reduces the feeling of being overwhelmed.

  • Use a timer: Suggest using a timer for focused study intervals, like the Pomodoro Technique (25 minutes of intense focus followed by a 5-minute break). This can enhance concentration and prevent burnout.

  • No distractions: Help your child to create a dedicated study space free from distractions. Turning off notifications and creating a quiet, well-lit and relaxing environment can significantly improve concentration.

  • Set realistic goals: Help your child set achievable goals for each study session. Celebrating small victories along the way boosts motivation and reinforces the habit of effective time management.

  • Regular breaks: Stress the importance of taking regular breaks. Short breaks between study sessions can improve productivity and prevent mental fatigue.

By incorporating these time management tips, your child can transform their revision routine into a more organised, efficient, and less stressful experience.

Quick revision tips

Note-taking and organisation

Encourage your child to hone their note-taking skills during both classroom sessions and online tuition sessions. Organised notes are a powerful tool for effective revision, making it easier to review and understand key concepts.


Critical thinking and problem-solving are not just academic skills; they are life skills. Guide your child in applying these skills to tackle complex problems. This not only enhances their understanding of the subject matter but also prepares them for real-world challenges.

Stress management – guard your wellbeing

Revision periods can be stressful, and it's crucial to address the pressure your child may feel. Explore stress management techniques together, and don't forget to check out our resources on exam stress for valuable insights.

How vital revision skills can help you succeed

These revision skills lay the foundation for a more efficient and less stressful revision process. Learn more about getting started with revision to kickstart your child's journey to academic success.

Tuition as a revision helper

At Explore Learning we understand that the run-up to exams, like GCSE exams, can be stressful for children. That’s why we’re here to help with their revision. 

Our tutors can help remove some of the pressure of revising by teaching children positive revision techniques. They’ll also get to know your child and their specific needs, so our tutors can focus on specific areas of difficulty and build up confidence. 

So why not book a free trial today to see if tuition could be the revision helper your child needs?

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