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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Helping your 14 to 19 year old to learn

As your child starts to study for GCSEs and other qualifications you may find they have to do a lot more work. Supporting your child's learning during this time can help them get the qualifications they need.

Methods to help your child study and learn

There's a lot you can do to help your child make the most of their homework, coursework and exam revision.

Helping with homework

Here are some ways you can help:

  • suggest doing homework as soon as it is received so that the information is fresh in your child's mind from classes
  • encourage your child to speak up when in difficulty, as you may be able to help find the answers
  • make sure your child has a good work-life balance, and doesn't spend too much time either going out with friends, or sitting and doing homework
  • find out about educational programmes on radio or television
  • find out if there are any study support or homework clubs that may help

Tackling coursework

Good coursework marks can boost your child's grades. You can help by:

  • finding out about the curriculum and how much work needs to be done
  • finding out when coursework is due and helping your child to make a schedule to complete it
  • making sure your child is clear about what they are required to do and how marks are awarded
  • finding internet sites and safe chat rooms that can help with studying
  • encouraging your child to print and save their work regularly if they are working on a computer
  • encouraging your child to talk to their teacher about any problems they are having as early as possible
  • making sure your child has the right books and resources

Aiding revision

You can help ease the pressure of exams by:

  • helping your child develop a timetable, and help them stick to it
  • listening to your child and find ways to support them
  • encouraging your child with praise and rewards
  • creating a suitable environment for study and revision, for example a quiet area with a desk to work at

‘Coaching your teenager’ – a booklet to help parents get involved with their teenager's learning

It can sometimes seem difficult to get involved with a teenager’s learning. This booklet is designed to make it easier. It provides:

  • coaching tips and advice to help them get the most out of school or college
  • suggestions for ‘conversation starters’
  • advice on how to gain the confidence to get involved, and information on where you can find out more

Taking an active interest in your teenager’s work is just as important as doing so when they are younger. Parents and carers who work as a team with their teenager can help them stay positive and on track to make the most of their future.

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