GCSE Time Again – Top Tips to Help


Mummy says… So, we are entering GCSE time again – it is my third time in five years so I kind of know what to expect now! Teen son, Luke is in Year 10 and is in the middle of his, with a lot more to follow next year. How do you support your teen through this difficult time?

GCSE Time Again - Top Tips to Help

Calmly, is my first tip. Keep calm, and remember that these exams are important, but not the be all and end all. Teens have so much pressure on them from all angles, and GCSE’s can sometimes be too much.

Encourage your teen to talk to you – and listen when they do. Talk through their fears and worries. Make sure they know they can come to you.

They are still so young. Starting GCSE exams in Year 10 means some teens – like Luke, are only 14! 14! That is crazy young. He made his GCSE choices not really knowing what he wants to ‘do’, and was encouraged to take what he enjoyed, foremost and then to look at what he was good at. I think this is the best advice.

Most colleges need 5 GCSe’s at grade C and above to be accepted on a course – including English Language, Maths and often, a science. But, there are many courses and options available to those students who don’t achieve this.

Of course, you want your teen to do as well as they possibly can, and here are some suggestions in how you can do that.

  1. As I have already said, be available. Listen, talk, and discuss. Find a balance between stressing the importance of the exams, but also that they are not everything. (This is very hard to do!).
  2. Make a dedicated space for revision. A clear, uncluttered quiet area in their room or another room if it suits better.
  3. Let them listen to music if it helps them.
  4. Provide regular snacks and drinks – it is important that they keep hydrated.
  5. Make sure they take a small break every twenty minutes or so.

You can always turn to tutoring for help if need be. I used a Maths tutor for my eldest to get her through and she passed. She doesn’t think she would have without that extra help. Even though she has just finished Uni and gained a 2:1 in English Literature and Journalism, Maths was always her weak spot. Just beacause your teen is clever – even gifted in certain subjects, it doesn’t mean they may not need some extra support.

Turning to a site such as Tutor Hunt is a great place to find a local tutor for you. You can browse their tutor database to find the perfect one for you. Tutor Hunt is different because most other tuition agencies select your tutor for you, based on who they think would be suitable. Tutor Hunt doesn’t work this way, they believe the best judge is the student or parent. Tutor Hunt has been helping students since 2005, and you can register for free.

Are you facing GCSE time in your family?


  1. These are great tips! It’s such a hard time for teenagers when GCSE’s come around. I remember I had a bit of a breakdown at school when I was taking mine!
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  2. I work as an Exam Invigilator and it’s such a stressful time for them – great tips!

  3. These are all great tips. I always listen to music when blogging so I know how helpful it can be 🙂

    Louise x
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  4. We are
    My neice is very apprehensive
    Lots of reassurance and testing her seems to be helping her

  5. Luckily my husband is a qualified maths teacher so gave our son extra tuition but I would have no problem using a tutor otherwise. Ad you say they could be excelling in one subject but be weak on another
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  6. Gosh it feels like such a long time since I did my GCSEs, I had some extra tuition for maths which made all the difference for me! 🙂
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  7. I can’t believe it’s that time again. These tips are great, Luckily won’t have to worry for another 5 years! x

  8. Mine are way too young for me to worrying about GCSEs just yet (eldest is only 2)! But it only seems like yesterday, even though it was 14 years ago, that I was going through this myself.

    My Mum was fab and in particular was great for making sure I had drinks and snacks when revising and enforcing regular breaks. It was really helpful!

  9. My boyfriend is a GCSE and A-level teacher and he also suggests “keeping it fun”, perhaps gamifying it? Perhaps pub quiz style to make it more engaging. Hope that’s useful?

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  10. Great tips, I needed Maths support help at GSE level with a private tutor. You can’t be good at everything! Best advice I’d give is just do your best. After all, if you have a really bad day or get bad grades you can always resit. What’s another few months (November resits)? And it is easier then as you only resit the ones you fail, and hopefully that may only be one or two.

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