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 "People say that life is the thing, but  I prefer reading." - Logan Pearsall  Smith

 "Reading maketh a full man." -  Francis Bacon

 "The reading of good books is like a  conversation with the best men of  past centuries." - Rene Descartes

 "A good book is the precious  life- blood of a master spirit." - John  Milton

 "A good book is the best of friends,  the same today and for ever." -  Martin Tupper

 "Books think for me." - Charles  Lamb

 "All books are either dreams or  swords, You can cut, or you can  drug, with words." - Amy Lowell

 "People die, but books never die." -  Franklin D. Roosevelt

 "Books do furnish a room." -  Anthony Powell

 "A good book is the purest essence  of a human soul." - Thomas Carlyle

 "The proper study of mankind is  books." - Aldous Huxley

 "I have rather studied books than  men." - Francis Bacon

How to help your child to revise

You will find links to information and advice on a range of Parenting issues, including Study Advice at http://www.kilmarnockacademy.co.uk/communityparenting.htm
and in our English section at K.A. English (Advice to Parents) - Although the advice here is aimed mainly at making improvements in English, a lot of it is relevant to other subjects and to studying in general.

The advice for parents (given below) was added to our site on 1st February 2007 and was compiled by Dr Neilson.

                                                                       REVISION TIPS 

As your son/daughter approaches final course examinations it is important that you, as a parent, provide as much help and support as possible. Parents often mistakenly believe that they cannot help with course work as they have no knowledge (or may have forgotten) specific course details.

However, there are a number of ways you can help: 

•  Encourage your son/daughter to set time aside every evening for homework/revision

•  If your son/daughter has no formal homework recorded in their homework diary they should use this time to read over course notes, revise vocabulary, practise questions from past papers or read a book or newspaper.

•  If your son/daughter has a speaking assessment ask him/her to read this to you a number of times until he/she is confident with the delivery.

•  Help your son/daughter memorise work by listening and asking questions from class notes.

More detailed information on the topics listed below is available in a pack available from the school. If you would like a copy this can be collected from the school reception area by your son or daughter.


 There are some conditions necessary for profitable learning :

    • A table or desk and a comfortable chair
    • The working room kept at a comfortable temperature
    • Good lighting
    • A space to store all resources in an organised and accessible way
    • Access to a computer, if necessary, to access websites
    • Time free from interruptions
    • Snacks and drinks on hand
    • A set study timetable with time built in for leisure activities



Top 10 brain boosting foods are:

Porridge oats, all kinds of berries. salmon and other oily fish, bananas. Apples, multigrain bread, milk, eggs, lean beef, water.


What about technical accuracy?

Technical accuracy is important in exams where an essay or mini-essay style answer is required. If this is the case, the following should be checked:

  • Does the answer make sense?
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Paragraphs

Further information on:




Mind maps are a good way to help organise notes in an “easy to picture” way.

Being forced to summarise points can help develop connections between different sections of learning.

Class teachers can offer advice and support on how to use mind maps. The internet is also a useful resource for information.

Ask Google for information on mind maps.

or try -





Everyone has a different learning style. Find yours from these websites:

Open2.net is the “online learning portal” from the Open University and the BBC at


Seven different learning styles at:


Find your learning style from the Birmingham Grid for Learning Multiple Intelligences. Try the test at:


Study skills

The Learning and Teaching Scotland website has a good section on study skills at:


Highland Schools' website has a good introduction to study skills at:


Kelso High School 's website is also good for study skills at:


Eileen Tracy, a study skills counsellor, has a website with useful tips on study skills and revision at:



Revision Guides

Plan your revision at:


The BBC Education Scotland website is excellent for revision for individual subjects at:





Dr. J. Neilson

School Librarian