Internal exams for Year 11 – 13 are over and external examinations are fast approaching. Some results may indicate that girls need to apply themselves to further study, while others may indicate that students are on the right path with their revision. Teachers and students will be working hard in class over the coming weeks to ensure our girls are as prepared as possible, and it is important that this work is complemented by revision at home. We’ve listed a few suggestions below to help you support your daughter as she strives for success in the upcoming NCEA or IB exams.
Create a plan
Encourage your daughter to create a realistic study plan. Every brain works differently and your daughter knows her revision needs best, so let her create her timetable herself. However, you could recommend that she studies in bursts of 40-50 minutes that focus on a single topic, which is the most effective way to work.
Remind your daughter that while you expect her best efforts, it isn’t necessary or productive to spend every free minute studying in the lead up to exams. Ensure that her study timetable includes plenty of time for exercise and relaxation, and be firm that study never gets in the way of eight hours sleep, especially right before an examination.
Make the most of technology
At St Cuthbert’s technology is central to learning, and your daughter will need her laptop to access her notes, helpful resources and past exam papers in the College intranet. Her phone may also come in handy, as many of our girls are starting to use educational apps to help with study and setting revision timetables. If your daughter finds it difficult to use devices without checking social media or other distracting websites, there is a solution – she could try browser extension Procrastinator, which blocks her from visiting listed websites until she has studied for a certain amount of time.
Exam time is already stressful for your daughter, and constantly instructing her to study will only exacerbate this. Show your daughter you trust her by letting her get on with her revision when and how she chooses to. Ask if there is anything you can do to help, but don’t insist that you are involved – sitting an exam is something only your daughter can do, so it is essential that she shoulders the responsibility for the associated revision as well.
Good luck to all our Senior School girls for the upcoming examinations.