The 11 Plus Specialists

11+ Summer Revision Tips

No, we aren’t giving you 11 or more revision tips. We’re talking about the 11+ exam, and how best you can help your child to prepare for the 11+. 

What is revision?

Revision involves an amalgamation of the application of all one has learnt, alongside memorisation of specific facts.  Punch ’11+ revision tips’ in to google and you will see an abundance of advice and tips on how to approach revision. You will find ways to help optimise what has been taught during lessons.  However, it is important to understand that limited information can be retained by the brain at any one time and consequently expecting a child to be able to ‘cram’ large amounts of content in a short period of time is unrealistic.  For simple revision that is generally straightforward in nature, cramming can be useful.  However for more complex work you need to have a strong strategy in place over a significant length of time to ensure that all areas are covered comprehensively.

11+ Revision Tips

Our top 4 tips for revision would be:

  1. Create a structure – It is essential that a plan is created so no stone is left unturned. Work out how many realistic days your child has to revise and plot them against the areas that need to be covered. This will make it less daunting for your child as it will break down the work into manageable chunks.
  2. Target areas for improvement – Look at the areas in which your child struggles and target them by working with them or alongside your tutor.
  3. Read, recall, reproduce – Rather than your child simply reading material, ensure they have absorbed the material. The three ‘Rs’ are essential in their revision plan. First read the information thoroughly, then attempt to recall it in your mind and then see if you can write down the core material. This is particularly important when revising for maths as it is vital to answer a number of questions to ensure you have mastered the technique.
  4. Be aware of overload – Do not overload your child. Allow them plenty of breaks, even if they’re only 5 or 10 minutes long. This helps them to take it all in.  Bear in mind that typically a child’s attention span ranges between 30 minutes to 50 minutes. Part of the build up process is to increase the attention span gradually.

Hopefully these tips will help to put your child on track to 11+ success.

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