10 SATs Revision Tips

April 10, 2022 The Spark Tutoring Team

It’s a parent’s dream to have their child excel in their SATs. While the child might have a stellar record in school doing well in exams, you can’t help but worry about their preparation and how they will do in their SATs. As the exams get closer, preparation and revision become the main focus. But in many cases, you might not have an idea of how to help your child revise for SATs effectively.

If you’re a parent or a student working towards your first SATs in need of a few tips on how you can make the most out of your SATs revision and have it reflected in your results, here are a few tips that can help you achieve that.

  1. Focus on the gaps

Every child has weaknesses that can compromise their performance. If you’re not sure of the areas your child has challenges in, you can talk to their teacher. The teacher can also give you a brief overview of what Year 6 SATs revision your child should focus on.

Make a list of the areas that the teacher highlights and develop a plan on how you will work with the child to improve these areas. This is also an excellent time to inspire the child and make them feel confident enough to know that they can work through these areas and excel.

  1. Schedule a time

More often than not, you will have several areas to work on with the child, not to forget that you shouldn’t leave out the areas they are good in. The next step is to schedule a time for revision. The revision time depends on whether the parent is actively involved. The amount of time you dedicate to revision determines how much revision you can get done. But at the same time, you don’t want to overload the child, which can be counterproductive.

  1. Revise to Music

This is not a conventional tip, but some students respond positively to revising with music. It increases their attention span and concentration and takes the boredom out of revision. The choice of music, in this case, is critical. Classical music and study music readily available online are great options to try.

  1. Get a tutor

If you’re keen on getting the student some professional help aside from their teacher, consider getting a tutor. Most tutors are immensely experienced and have worked with dozens of students, helping them prepare for their SATs. The tutor will quickly identify weak areas, help the student develop the schedule and ensure they follow it. If there are any challenges, the tutor is well equipped to help the student work through the problems.

  1. Little and often

As the exams inch closer, the days feel as they go by faster. There’s pressure to take on as much as possible. However, a child’s attention is limited, and pushing the child beyond those limits isn’t worth it. Focus on short and sharp bursts of revision for better digestion and retention.

  1. Revision cards and poster

Revision cards and posters are a great way of keeping the child focused, mainly on areas they’re struggling with. Write down keywords on cue cards to help the child jog their memory, and they can also use the same cards to revise in their own time when they want to.

  1. Don’t forget mental maths

Students don’t get to use calculators in SATs. So, you have to make sure your child has excellent mental maths skills. One of the things you have to work on is their times tables. The information from the times tables is critical in various questions for the maths papers.

  1. Keep track

One of the best rewards for a child is knowing they are making progress. Have them mark their won practice papers, times table and spelling tests, and record the results. This gives motivation and confidence to the student to continue putting in the work because it’s paying off.

  1. Practice working under pressure

SATs have strict time limits, which sometimes students struggle to keep up with and hand in incomplete papers. It’s vital that your child gets used to working at speed and learning how to pace themselves. If they know how to work against the clock, they have better chances of completing each question within the allocated time.

  1. Have some downtime

Don’t let revising for SATs take over the child’s life. It can be overwhelming and demotivating. Encourage the child to continue with sports, clubs and other hobbies they enjoy. Having some time away from schoolwork can reduce the pressure and keep them engaged in the revision process.