Mocks revision during the Christmas holidays

Dec 15, 2022

We hope this missive finds you and the family well in the run up to Christmas. We love this time of year, filled with traditions as it is. There’s the tradition of leaving your Christmas shopping until too late and having to print off nondescript promises of future “experiences”. There’s the tradition of waking up after your Christmas party with an unspecific sense of panic. And there’s the tradition of eating far too much chocolate that definitely wasn’t given to you and isn’t even marketed to people your age.

At Clarendon, we’ve noticed another Christmas tradition over the last few years: the tradition of the year 11 student who is either way too stressed or not stressed enough. We’ve thought of some tips to help you manage these students through the Christmas holidays.

Snow fight

1. Take a break

The Autumn term can feel long and gruelling for students of all abilities and schedules. All students will need a break at the beginning of the holidays, whether it’s a weekend or a full week. We’d obviously recommend screen free breaks as well – especially in the evening – as this will help regulate sleep.

2. Make a schedule

Make a fixed schedule that is focused and achievable; falling short of unrealistic targets will only increase that sense of panic and dread. The timings of sessions will vary from student to student. Schedule in active breaks – a five minute walk outside or a good stretch, for instance.

3. Know the mocks

All schools will give students clear idea of what’s coming up in the mocks – all schools will let students know that the English Literature exam will be on Macbeth, most schools will let students know that it will be on either Lady Macbeth or Ambition, some schools will let students know that the exam essay question will be “How does Shakespeare … “.

If your child doesn’t know what they’re being examined on, then they need to contact their teachers this week to find out.

4. Mixed, active revision

Mix up the revision – reading and annotating, making flashcards, writing detailed essay plans, doing past papers. Also, you might ask Clarendon for a mentor, who can help with revision technique.

Keep mobile phones out of the revision room. Delete messaging apps from laptops.

5. It’s ok to ask for help

Let your child know that it’s okay to ask for help – your help, a peer’s help, their teacher’s help and, of course, our help. We’ll be able to find the perfect tutor that can help with the topic, or paper, or question type, that they’re struggling with. Do get in touch to let us know how we can help.

And have a very happy Christmas.