Revolting Revision

A very poignant message for both parents and teachers here. #pgce #ittchat

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This is the time of year when I’m inundated with ‘emergency’ emails and phone calls from parents whose children are not buckling down to do their revision.

In response to have penned this plea:

Dear Anxious Parents,

Beware berating your children’s lack of adequate revision, no matter how well intentioned you are. Your anxiety can be like holding a match to a gas leak.

Please think carefully about the stress you are generating inside your teenagers brain. Stress (no matter how well intentioned) prepares the body to fight or flight and therefore diverts resources towards bodily readiness, and away from mind readiness.

Sure, as good parents, you may feel stressed, and fearful, and want the best for your child. But the truth is revision is about ‘accessing’ knowledge, not learning anew. And one major barrier to accessing knowledge is a brain primed for fight or flight – therefore ‘survival’.


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High School Science and Mathematics Teacher, Author and Blogger. Graduated from Bangor University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Molecular Biology and a PGCE in Secondary Science Education. Richard also holds the coveted Certificate in Mathematics from the Open University (UK).

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