Posted by Devenia Besant on 15 Mar 2024

We are now on the home run for revision for GCSE exams which can be a stressful time for both parents and teenagers, I caught up with local tutor Myriam this week who shared her knowledge on ways to help your child during this period, her advice is set out in 5 simple steps:


1. Establish a Routine: Help your child create a structured revision timetable that allocates specific time slots for each subject, spread out their study sessions over time rather than cramming all at once. Encourage them to stick to this routine to ensure consistent studying.

Study Space

2. Provide a Quiet Study Space: As much as studying with friends can be beneficial, a quiet and comfortable study environment can help your child to focus without distractions. This could be a designated study area in your home or a local library.


3. Help Them revising: Encourage your child to actively engage with the material rather than just passively reading through their notes by using learning techniques such as summarizing information, creating flashcards, mind mapping or teaching the concepts to you or a sibling. A Revision booklet may have been provided by their school, or links to websites such as BBC Bitesize.

Support and Guidance

4. Offer Support and Guidance: Be available to support your child during their revision period. Offer to quiz them on key concepts, provide explanations when needed, and offer encouragement to keep them motivated. When the exams nerves kick in, use some distraction techniques like making them laugh to release the feel-good hormones, listening to calming music, or being active.

Keeping Healthy

5. Keep Them Healthy: Ensure your child is getting enough sleep, eating healthily, and taking regular breaks during their revision sessions to avoid a burnout. Physical exercise can also help relieve stress and improve concentration, so encourage them to take short breaks to stretch or go for a walk. Avoid any stimulants like caffeine.

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to revision. By following these steps and providing your child with the support they need, you can help them prepare effectively for their GCSE exams.

Myriam is a French tutor at ALTétude French Tutoring and is running GCSE revision sessions during the holiday’s should your child need a boost.

More information can be found here –

Other tutors on the directory should you need them are:

Millie Whizz

With nearly 3 decades’ teaching experience, in both the state and independent sectors, Millie’s strengths lie in bringing out the best in pupils so that they gain confidence in their learning and reach their potential.

Derek Scarfe Tutoring

Derek tutors children from ages 7 plus covering primary, GCSE, A Level and first year university students.

His specialty is Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Spanish across all exam boards.

He has an engineering degree and was a naval officer prior to becoming a tutor. He can be contacted by phone on 07909142520.

Kip McGrath

Kip McGrath Epsom focus on English and maths tuition. They believe success in learning helps to boost a child’s self-esteem and encourages a positive attitude towards learning.

Super good luck!

Dee xx


Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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