11+ revision advice for the Christmas period?
We have received countless inquiries from parents asking us about how their children should approach 11+ revision. We thought it would be useful to offer you a few guidelines to make the 11+ revision process more efficient and effective.
Take a break from 11+ revision
Tired children do not learn and will not perform to their full potential. They have finished a long, hard term at school and they should spend the next 7-10 days resting, relaxing, rejuvenating and enjoying Christmas. 11+ revision after Christmas will be so much more fruitful if the books have been closed for the week and when those young minds are fresh and refocused.
From the 28th December onwards, gently start re-opening the books. But no cramming. There is no point working hours on end. It is totally counter-productive. Instead, break 11+ revision into manageable chunks, interspersed with breaks. Getting into a routine is also valuable. One suggested routine is:-
9:30-10:15 11+ English (either comprehension or writing)
10:45-11:30 11+ Maths
14:00-14:45 11+ Maths
Focus on revising past exam questions
No point learning new content now. Going through past exam papers, taking down notes, understanding how various Maths problems are solved and paying attention to the various ways that questions can be worded are what students should be focusing on as they do their 11+ revision.
Encourage and Reward
Whether you are a university student or sitting the 11+, regular encouragement helps everyone, and “rewarding” some revision with a trip to the park, a film or a lovely dinner provides a meaningful target for children to aim for. Reinforce the idea that in a few weeks time the exams will all be over, and that there are just a few weeks to go.
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