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Tinies Education Special: With testing methods changing every year, some parents find it difficult to give their children the support they need. We take you through some great ways to help your kids cope and prepare for exams


When it comes to children taking tests, whether at primary, secondary, or even university level, the key is to keep it fun and interesting.

Very few people like taking tests, especially children. As long as there are schools, entrance exams, and even driving licences, there will always be tests. Since we can't eliminate the beast, we decided to see how to make test-taking as easy as a choice of A, B, or C.

Relieve your stress and get through exams

There is a lot of pressure on students to do well from an early age. But the pressure can weigh heavy and parents often feel out of their depths as the curriculum has changed so much since they were in school.

We know that with a lot of prep, some study techniques and an element of fun, test day can be less stressful. We've asked the experts at Holland Park Education for some great tips to help your children (or yourself) get through exams.

Revision techniques for young children

Bright and bold

With pre-school children, the use of bold images and bright colour increases the rate at which words and sounds are memorised and information retained. Using different coloured flashcards to denote certain sounds and words, with children, is particularly effective in the teaching of phonics, as this requires them to learn all of the phonemes in the English language.


When blending and segmenting sounds and words, multi-sensory aides are vital tools, such as having a picture of an apple and a real apple.

Story and character

Tutors of young children will often use a child's favourite story or character to teach certain topics. This technique ensures that even the most easily distracted child stays focused, and, it keeps sessions fun and engaging.

Familiar sources

With good planning, activities from magazines and 'apps' such as CBeebies, and those in the Disney range, can add variety to a session and encourage conversation.

Visual aids

Collages are an excellent visual aid for storytelling and composition. Parents and tutors can cut up bright and interesting pictures to use to pad out stories. This is great to test high frequency words and once a story is constructed, the child can be asked to write and recount it.

Revision techniques for any age


It is important to use a variety of different learning techniques and styles to stimulate students and help them to retain information.

Cultural immersion

For languages, cultural immersion can be particularly helpful. In French tuition, for instance, it is helpful to play students French music, short film clips and introduce them to French literature and cuisine.

It will be far more memorable for a class learning the vocabulary of simple everyday groceries if they share a meal using the French vocabulary as they do so.

Field trips

Educational visits present powerful learning opportunities because the students then associate what they are learning with a fun experience.

Teach to learn

When learning any subject, or in revision for exams, encourage students to discuss subjects themselves and to give short presentations to their classmates, siblings or parents. By placing the ownership on the student to teach their fellow classmates or even their tutor, one can assess their level of understanding and also improve their confidence in a subject.

Revision techniques for older children and adults

Listen and learn

For languages, or in subjects where there is a great deal of theory, such as Law or Politics, students will benefit from recording themselves saying key answers, facts or theories, and listen back to them during the course of revision.


When writing practice essays, students should synthesise the main points to one sheet. You can further synthesise this to just key words on a sticky note/flashcard which will help trigger the memory in exams.

Be creative

For abstract material that is not easily visualised, rhymes and acronyms are particularly effective.

Large scale learning

When tasked with learning huge amounts of information, it can be difficult to find the inclination or time to cover everything. Creating a big visual focus on a wall, like a timeline or a list of equations, can make things far more manageable.

Start by learning a small section of your wall and then turn away and recite it. You can build this up day by day as you become confident with the older materials. It can be particularly effective for students with short attention spans as learning can be in quick bursts - during TV ad breaks, on the train, or waiting for someone to text back.

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Finding educational guidance or personal tutoring

Holland Park have offered some amazing tips on how to help your family's education, so be sure to visit their website for more help and guidance.

Helpful exam articles

With so many areas of testing and examination to cover, we found some helpful websites and articles that could further you and your child's understanding of exams and how to revise.

These articles on the ever-changing exam results from around the country, and the rise in tutors throughout the UK, can help you understand the examination process itself. Whereas, these educational websites can help beat exam stress, give some much needed support to your children, and even have a few practice shots at some exam papers.

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