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Get your planning right

If you've worked out your weak spots / traffic lights (see Find your weak spots - together), then you are in a good place to set out a plan for your learning. Tutors, books, mock papers and other learning aids are all great, however, you and your DD/DS need to own the journey and your goals. By understanding exactly what you need to achieve and by when you need to achieve it, you will be in a better place to work out how to get there. How you build your plan and the level of detail you go into, is really up to you. You might put an agenda on the kitchen wall, you might make a visual goals or a rewards system, you might even even use Lego or other visual stimuli. What matters is that you can see exactly where you need to be at any point in your journey and that you are focusing the right amount of time on the right tasks (a few treats to look forward to are no bad thing). It can be tempting to do this on your own with you "grown-up" hat on, but it will be much more valuable as a shared task that both you and your smaller self have invested in. Get excited together about the milestones and any associated rewards and visualise the finish line. Consider the following questions when building you plan:

  • How much time do I have until exam day?

  • What are the biggest knowledge gaps to overcome in that time?

  • What are the biggest areas of strength?

  • How much time will I invest every week?

  • How much time will a tutor or supporting educator contribute every week?

  • What is my goal percentage/score on each subject and how does this tie in with the admissions criteria for the schools I am aiming for?

  • What are the key milestones between now and exam day in order for us to have the best possible chance of success?

  • How can I make the journey as rewarding and enjoyable as possible? and finally...

  • Is there anything about my plan which is unreasonable or unrealistic for my child?


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