4 Study mistakes to avoid

by Anita Naik

With schools looking to reopen with a staggered entry from 8th March now is a good time to take stock of the year so far. With the lockdown, remote learning, and the cancellation of exams, pupils can be tempting to take their foot off the pedal and wait for teachers to give them a much-needed push when schools re-open. With time now limited for this academic year, the opposite is true, here are the top four study mistakes to help your child avoid during this crucial period.

Mistake one: Thinking this year doesn't matter

While all schools have plans to help students get back on track, the work, your child, does at home and on their return will matter. Whether your child is in KS3, KS4 or higher, everything they do right now will help them as they move forwards. Rather than coming down hard on them if they have backed off from studying, try to pinpoint exactly what's happening or going wrong: Is it focus? Motivation? Too much or too little structure? Do they need reassurance that everything will be okay or a push from you and teachers?

Mistake two: Avoiding revision due to cancelled exams

Revising isn't just about taking exams. It's about the consolidation of the work your child is learning and making life easier when exams finally do come around. Whether your child is a year 9 student, year 13 or an undergraduate, everything they have studied this year will help them next year. This means they have to get on top of your work regardless of the fact there are no exams. It's worth remembering some assessment will still take place, and as they go forward to GCSE, A-Levels or undergraduate study, they will need a material that's been covered in this academic year. Encourage them to keep revising their work as they move through their remote lessons.

Mistake three: Failing to address knowledge gaps

Knowledge gaps happen for various reasons; remote learning, missed modules, lack of understanding or simply more time spent playing to strengths, than working on subject weaknesses. Right now, many pupils will have gaps in their knowledge and understanding after this extended period of remote education. With this in mind, many schools will postpone any formal, assessment and instead focusing on approaches to filling these gaps. What can help in the meantime is to get your child to focus on their knowledge gaps and seek help from a subject tutor, so they are fully up to speed by the start of the next academic year. A tutor will not only help with understanding but also help bring a child back to speed.

Mistake four: Assuming there will be time to catch up

While there will be allowances for lost learning, time for certain year groups like year 9, 10 and 12, will be more limited. With so much of the GCSE and A-level curriculum now covered in these years, pupils are more likely to be thrown right back into work when schools re-open This means it's vital to catch up now. What will help is to revisit work and go over all remote lessons to ensure that everything has been covered. Teachers and tutors can also help here by offering a framework for catching up at home and extra sessions where possible.

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Tags: GCSE
Categories: GCSE Studying Remote learning