Posted on April 27, 2016

GCSE Preparation Tips


One of my kids has already been through their GCSE’s and A Level’s and it will be a while before the little two do them, I’m sure that it will come round sooner than I would like it too though! I’m a huge believer in letting kids be kids so I am really cherishing them while they are young and making sure they have plenty of adventures and fun! I have so many regrets from my school days and I didn’t take school seriously or have the support that I needed to get through. So being someone who has experienced being failed and having a child who has done well in his GCSE’s I thought I’d put a few tips together to help your teenagers get prepared! Hopefully I will remember I wrote this in six years and take my own advice when Boo is getting ready for her GCSE’s.


So here are my tips…

  1. Most importantly of all is making sure that your child is getting enough sleep. None of us function properly on little sleep, so make sure they stop revising and get some shut-eye!
  2. Make sure they are eating well. A well slept and well fed child will perform much better.
  3. Help them make a schedule. Being organised will make it so much easier. Also make sure that their work space is clutter free!
  4. Make sure they switch their phone off while revising! Social media and messages from friends are far too distracting!
  5. If they are struggling then you may want to find a tutor to help, such as Fleet Tutors. Often kids will focus and perform much better for someone other than a parent.
  6. Ensure they schedule in some breaks, it will do them good to get out and get some fresh air before they get back to it!
  7. Help them understand how they learn best! Hopefully they will already know this but if they don’t then finding out could change everything!
  8. Try not to put too much pressure on them, they are under enough already and really don’t need the added stress. So give them a break from the chores and let them focus!
  9. Make sure they have all the pens, pencils, highlighters, flash cards etc that they need.
  10. Be there for them. Let them know you are there to help. If they think they know it all let them teach you or if they’re unsure quiz them. Revision can be lonely so they will be glad of the support.

Have you got children who have taken their GCSE’s? Do you have any tips that you could add?

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  • Reply Charly Dove May 9, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Really great tips especially the one about getting enough sleep which I need to do myself LOL! POD is only five so we have a way to go yet although I’m sure exam time will be upon us before we know it. Gosh that’s a scary thought!

  • Reply Stephs Two Girls May 3, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Great tips. I would say revision goes best with a highlighter and writing key points out 🙂

  • Reply Kara Guppy April 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    It is a bit late for a tutor now, Kian starts his next week but I am happy that he is as well prepared as he can be

  • Reply Shell Louise April 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Aiden completed a 10-hour art exam this week and now has a few weeks until the rest of them start. He seems to be taking them in stride, unlike me when I was at school!

  • Reply Otilia April 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I am dreading the day when my girls will start with exams! dreading it i am telling you! Thank you for your advice x

  • Reply Clare aka Emmy's Mummy April 28, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Very good tips.
    I remember mines clearly and remember being very nervous. I’ve nephews /friends children who are at this stage and I don’t envy them one bit

  • Reply Emma | The Mini Mes and Me April 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I remember when I did mine and I was paid a certain amount per grade I achieved which although was great incentive it put a lot of pressure on me from family I felt. I think afterwards children should receive a reward regardless of their results and purely for their effort and to show how proud you are of them.

    Cute stationery helps too 😉

  • Reply JuggleMum, Nadine Hill April 28, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Good tips there – my eldest will be taking her exams in just 2 years so she is on that track now to choosing her options. I think of all the tips the hardest to enforce will be the phone one… Teenagers seem surgically attached! However it is a distraction when there is work to do.

  • Reply Kate Tunstall April 28, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I’m dreading this time… But it’s a long way off for us so I’m not thinking about it yet!

  • Reply Jenni April 28, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Great tips, luckily we have a long time tomwait til there are any exams x

  • Reply Sabina @MummyMatters April 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I shall be bookmarking this page for future reference, thank you 🙂

  • Reply Anne April 27, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Some great tips there. My girl is just doing her year six SATS and I can’t believe the pressure they are putting on the kids. But they are also giving them healthy treats and snacks throughout the day to keep them fuelled up while they revise. As for GCSEs I’m a bit of a weirdo as I love exams.

  • Reply Lizzie April 27, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I dreaded my GCSE’S and fluked quite good grades but I want to help mine through as much as possible. We’re a long way off yet but I think it’s the parents job to encourage studying as much as possible, a teen is less likely to willingly do it right?

  • Reply Fozia S April 27, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Some great advice. My eldest is a few years away from her GCSE’s but will keep these in mind

  • Reply Nayna Kanabar April 27, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    We used to make a revision planner so that my daughter knew she had covered all the topics and there was no last minute panic. Your tips and guide is so good and very useful.

  • Reply Jen April 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Fantastic tips. I think that kids are under so much more pressure to perform nowadays than when I was 16. For my boys it is all about keeping them fed!

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