Easter Holidays – should it be all work and no play?


The school Easter break is fast approaching. For GCSE and A’ Level students – there are mixed feelings about this holiday. It’s a time when students won’t be in school. They are probably thinking of lie ins, video games and seeing their friends. However, teachers and parents see this as a golden opportunity to get ahead with exam revision and preparation.

I would imagine that our teenagers may not be thinking the same, and only by careful negotiations can this Easter holidays be a place of harmony and exam preparation.

Preparation Prevents Panic

This is one of the mantras we live by at Connective-Learning in helping students prepare for what lies ahead. This could range from working to a detailed daily study plan, to having a fluid week by week goal. What works best depends on their learning style and, also their learning mindset.

It’s important to be aware of that what works for you may not work for them. If you hear resistance to your ideas, be prepared to listen to their suggestions.

So, if your teenager has come home with a detailed study timetable from school and looks horrified at the work ahead, then it needs to be reformatted in a way that works for them.

One thing to be aware of is the brilliance of the human mind. It will naturally move towards subjects it likes and avoid the ones it doesn’t. Hence keep a watchful eye out for if your teenager is just focusing on one or two subjects and missing out the ones they don’t like.

How many hours revision should be expected per day?

Students get told all manner of times for optimum exam revision and to be honest there is not a magic number that works universally. Experience has shown me, that revising for exams in the best way, with the right learning mindset is more important than hours spent huddled over a desk “revising”.

Likewise having the right study environment to absorb the information. Surprisingly, to many, a silent and calm space to revise probably doesn’t work best for at least 50% of students. Again, it’s all about capitalising on their unique strengths.

If you would like more tips and ideas for successful exam revision, then click here to down load the free guide to successful revision. https://www.connective-learning.co.uk/free-guide-5-steps-to-revision-success/

The alternative to revision

As I said at the start of this article, as parents we really want happy and engaged teenagers. Therefore, they need to have time to rest, relax and have fun this holiday. Below are my top 5 suggestions for a harmonious household.

  1. Let them sleep in until they naturally wake up, even if that’s 2pm. At least for the first week of the holiday.
  2. Make sure they eat regularly and have good balanced diet.
  3. Be ready to listen without judgement.
  4. Remember the teenage brain isn’t fully developed and their decision-making processes will seem random and ridiculous at times. Just take a deep breath.
  5. Spend some time having fun this Easter holidays with your teenagers. They will have left home before you know it.

If you need any further support please get in contact, I’m always happy to help. [email protected]


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