Children sometimes complain that they get bad marks even though they have studied for the subject. Parents don't always want to believe this and just tell them to study more.
Studying more is not necessarily the answer. Effective studying is more important and schools should assist students with this. Curricula are most of the time so full that teachers don't get time to address this very important issue.
In the UK students sit for their GCSE's at the age of 16 and for many students this is the end of their studies. When applying for jobs their GCSE results will be the only results they can add to their CV's and obviously it won't look good if these are all low results. Even those going on to higher education will need a good mark in English to be considered for a place at a university or college.
Regular revision is one of the most effective ways to remember facts. The value of repetition to remember facts can't be argued. If a student spends just a few minutes each day on revising the work that was done at school it will already be a great help. Another way is to find one of the many online revision programs and answer certain question based on the days work. It might be more fun to use a program and more effective. You can't pretend that you have studied because you have to answer the questions and you get the results.
With these programs parents can quickly see where the problems areas are. The programs are also fun because it includes various games to motivate the child to answer the question.
Practical subjects such as maths and science require practice. Formulas and rules must be studied but problem solving needs practice. Old papers, online maths programs and question sheets are the best ways to study for maths and science exams.
Understanding is essential for success. If you start early with your revision it will give you enough time to ask your teacher or tutor to explain certain concepts again.
Nothing can be achieved without hard work and a good amount of frustration. To make revision a bit more fun you can try one of the online revision programs for GCSE.