The SATs exams are around the corner of the end of the academic year. Preparing your child for this exam can be overwhelming, not knowing where to begin. We understand the stress these exams may have on both, parents and children, and so, we have complied a list of ‘Top Tips’ from our inTuition tutors to help support both you and your child.
These ‘Top Tips’ will make the process of preparing for the SATs exams more manageable, and with the variety which we have listed below, you can try out these techniques and see, which works best, pick a few or all of our tips, which we have listed to aid your child on their path to success.
1. Make Sure Your Child Writes Out All Their Workings
In the exam you will want your child to get all the marks they can, even 1 extra mark can make all the difference when it comes to their results. The first mistake that children need to avoid is not writing all the steps which led them to their final answer. While the math’s SATs exam problems may appear easy, they require students to display that they understand fundamental concepts. Therefore, it is important for to write all the steps to demonstrate understanding. While skipping steps can help save time, it is not a good idea, and your child can still be awarded marks for correct working outs even if the final answer is incorrect.
2. Have Revision Material Around The House
With exam stress, it is understandable that your child may forget the simplest methods or facts. To prevent this from happening you can put revision notes around the house which your child will see on a regular basis, and you can also create the notes along with your child which serves as an extra form of revision.
3. Create A Timetable
Creating a revision timetable is a great way to help your child prepare for their exams. You can start by drawing up topics which you know may be helpful for your child to revise. It is also helpful to include your child in this process, telling you topics they want to work on. Once this is done, it’s time to determine when and how long each topic or subject will be studied. Routine builds good habits!
4. Recreate Exam Conditions
Understanding topics is half the battle. The other half is mastering exam technique. Time management, in particular, is an important aspect. One way to ensure your child leaves enough time for every question in order to gain the most marks is by recreating exam conditions at home. This can include timed past papers, like the real exam, with no assistance. It is also helpful, because if there are any questions they found difficult, time can be dedicated to revising that particular topic at a later date.
Another tip you can offer your child, is to keep an eye on the clock, and to move on if they are spending too much time on one question, as this may mean they could miss out on marks in the rest of the paper.
5. Go Over Revision Notes
It is very important to review notes as this will allow your child to strengthen their neural connections (memories) and help them remember important information. Fun fact: in just one day, up to 75% of memory is lost if it is not reviewed or recalled again. So, you can use this information to build a routine for reviewing exam material. For example:
You can go by the rule of three, this means encouraging your child to review their revision notes at least 3 times before an exam. For instance, have your child review notes 10 minutes later, then 1 day later review these notes for 5 minutes, then the next week, you can have your child review for another 2-5 minutes, then a month later review again for 2-5 minutes. This ensures that information is retained so your child will be exam ready!
6. Condensing Work
Another great tip to help retention of information, is getting your child to paraphrase (or condense) the material that they are trying to remember, by putting it in their own words. This ensures that they understand the concept, but also since, the information has been condensed, it can also serve as a flash card – if your child chooses to put this information in that format.
A tip on helping your child decide on what is the key information to have written down for this revision method, is to outline the main ideas, points, or facts, perhaps in bullet points, and headline this with the overall theme or name of the topic.
7. Buddy Groups
Whether this be in person, or over something like Zoom, you can get your child to work in a small group with other children who are also taking the SATs exams. This is great because, they can revise with someone, explain concepts to each other, and test each other with quizzes.
Studying in groups has been proven to help children absorb the information they are learning as it provides a break from the monotony of self-study, and they are able to observe other students and see their different learning styles.
8. Schedule Breaks
Along with our tip on creating a revision timetable, it is also important to schedule breaks within this timetable to create a healthy balance and lifestyle during this time. It may also be great to decide what exactly the break will entail. And below here are some fun and relaxing suggestions for your child:
- Pause. Breathe. Take a ‘mindful’ moment.
- Get active- go for a run, a walk, bake something.
- Create a gratitude List
- Listen to music
- Box Breathing (breathe in for 4, hold for 4, let you breath out for 4, when breathing out imagine a sparkly or colour box) repeat 10 times.
9. Maintain Mental and Physical Health
Along the same lines, as the tip above, we wanted to mention the importance of keeping physically healthy, and emotionally happy during this time. Mental and physical health has a huge impact on our performance, so it’s important to keep tabs on this aspect of your child. Check in with them, ask them how they’re feeling. Also, simply eating and drinking well can help fuel their minds as well as their body and keep them focused when they are studying.
10. Maintain Mental and Physical Health
Learning styles can vary from child to child. So, it is important to try out different methods of revision and see which works best. It is also recommended to use multiple techniques, to keep this process fun and engaging. You can use educational games, flash cards, verbal quizzes, past exam papers, to name a few. You can also contribute to this by creating a study-friendly environment.
If you would like any extra support or guidance, with your child’s SATs exam journey in preparation for their entry into Year 7, we are here to help. Due to the great importance of this exam, at inTuition Clubs we provide an dedicated intensive SATs booster course during the Easter Break. In this course we will focus on Maths, English and SPaG. Our highly qualified and passionate tutors are ready to help your child today!
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