A fairly successful day helping my son revise yesterday.
Wow though! How lucky are children today with so many resources to revise from. Gone are the days when we had to go to the library for information or spend hours copying reams of notes from text books. We have used a combination of notes from school (minimally – to be honest as organisation is not my son’s strong point!), CGP revision and work books, which are excellent, BBC bite-size (revision, tests and video’s) and general you tube video’s. It really has been as simple as googling the subject, putting in the exam board and voila! A virtual teacher in your own home.
Proof is in the pudding though, as the saying goes. It’s a shame you can’t google the desire to revise, or how to avoid procrastination or how to turn off your phone so you can revise. Of course you could google these things, but it still won’t make you actually work!
Going back to my statement that children are lucky to have so many resources, I may have to back track slightly, in that the level of work expected is huge! I really can’t help in certain subjects – mainly maths and it has been said that the level of knowledge needed between GCSE and A level has lessened and overlaps in many cases. Combined with the fact that a lot of children take up to 11 GCSE’s over a period of a month, causes an incredible amount of pressure.
This pressure, combined with other issues is one of the reasons why I’m currently home educating my 12 year old son. It has really opened my mind in realising there are alternatives to mainstream school.
What did Katy do today? So far she has learnt about mode, medians and mean and the differences between animal and plant cells.
I’m off for a well earned lunch now with a friend!