“My daughter spent hours revising … but her character is abysmal. Why?”

Honey, I can not get the kids to revise. The beautiful month of May has arrived, and with it threatens several important deadlines for high school students, especially those at the end of their studies, “invited” to seriously prepare for the university diploma, CAP or matriculation exam. The most motivated will do it independently , others will be pressured to get to work quickly by their teachers or their parents.

And we can see the little yellow, green or blue cardboard cards in bristol-cardboard bloom again, abundantly highlighted in fluorescent light. ” Bristol? Ah but it’s not a city in Wales it? asks P. Almost, it’s in England, thank you this brave city for inventing your best friend to revise the patent. “The little tone of humor makes him smile,” I already had Bic as a friend M’ieur he answers.

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Sir, I saw my daughter Cs disastrous mark on the white patent, I really do not understand, she spent hours in her room revising. Can we meet for advice? “. This kind of message received on Pronote is a classic. Many parents are desperate about the results of their offspring, given the supposed investment. It’s a call for help, and as a good first aid worker in National Education, I suggest a fissa appointment.

Revisions without concentration

C. and his father is there, he is worried, his daughter is much smaller. His small round glasses give him a serious side, which his report does not really confirm. ” Okay, so tell me how you work at home? “.” Well, I go into my room and read the lessons, I even made small cards, as we saw in AP (personal support) “. She shows them to me, proud.” It’s a good start, but are you learning it? “.” Well yes, I make files and I read the ones I told you she answers. His father agrees: It is true that she spends a lot of time working at her desk. »« Reading is not learning, it is not enough you have to remember and understand what you are reading, tell me under what exact conditions you work. »

The interrogation bores her, she sighs, she almost shouts at me: I put on my headphones and summarize your lectures, then I read once or twice. “Oh, the headphones! Accident…” Listening to music actually distracts you, you are not 100% focused on what you are doing, you lose track of what you read. And you look at your phone from time to time, I think, to at least change your playlist.

– Yes sir, sometimes.

– And maybe reply to a few messages …

– Yes Mr. »

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The diagnosis established, I suggest a remedy: Before revising “alone” in your room, give your parents your phone, no Spotify, Insta or Discord while you work. The answer is immediate: Without my laptop during all revisions? But it’s impossible, I also go on the internet to see the words I do not understand.

You have your textbook or a dictionary for it, start already doing a silence cure, when you work, you become more efficient. »

en ” wow! coming out of his father’s mouth, in anticipation of the battles he will have to wage every night to temporarily confiscate the screen.

“Not all children are equal when it comes to learning techniques that are not innate. Not everyone benefits from a helping hand from the parents when things come to a standstill.”

I do not remember how I learned to do text analysis, revise, plan. In the 90s, the method had to be more discreet, otherwise I was motivated by the material, I simply did not realize I was doing it. When you drive for the first time, right after getting the driver’s license, all the movements are dissected, made aware because it is still an effort. ” Well, there’s a stop sign, OK, I’m stopping, I’re looking right, left, nobody, I’m counting three seconds, this foot is the clutch, the other one, the accelerator, come on, I’m going … shit, I’m in stand », Then we very quickly do not think about it anymore, it becomes automatic.

Today, “teaching students to learn” is a clearly stated goal. Rightly so, it seems to me: children are not equal when it comes to learning techniques that are not innate. Not everyone benefits from a helping hand from the parents when things get stuck, not everyone has a single room or office to be able to concentrate on quietly. It is necessary to provide keys to learning. So we do a lot of “method” in college or high school, it requires the teacher to put himself in the student’s place and immerse himself in the way he himself has learned, not so easy once it has become A proof.

Personal support, a limited unit

The tools available are varied and numerous, each teacher has his little techniques, makes his test balloons, our imagination is limitless. In History-Geo, mental maps are used a lot, for example to summarize a chapter or concept, and facilitate their learning. There is not really a theory, it is a sum of experimental techniques, those that work the better are preserved. But we are not working on a skill in 5ème that we stuffed in Terminale, and what is useful for one student is not necessarily that for another. That is why it is important to have a more individual follow-up.

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With 25 or 30 per. class in college, sometimes more than 35 in high school, it’s not so obvious. The establishments have the independence to manage these purely pedagogical aspects and establish different and varied systems. The best known is therefore AP (personal support). In college, every 6th grader has three hours a week in his schedule, the other levels, two or three depending on the school. However, the interesting approach loses its relevance when these sessions are conducted in the whole class or in a half group, which is often the case. Even as a 12- or 15-year-old, a student in great difficulty will only have five or ten minutes of truly individual follow-up. Too little to get through this alone. The “homework” system can supplement this, but it is not always mandatory, and the children who need it most do not all volunteer, far from it.

“The lifeline may come outside the school institution for some students. »

To overcome this, colleagues pay in “common sense”. In class, at parent meetings, in assessments, children are encouraged to revise as calmly as possible, not to wait until the day before the test, to work at least a few evenings, more regularly, to disconnect, to get enough sleep.

Nevertheless, teachers are not fooled, this advice mainly reaches out to students who are already invested, those for whom the school makes sense and who understand the problems. Many throw their school bags on the bed and forget about it until the next day, sometimes depending on presumed performance. Students in difficulty at the entrance to college, are still too often at the end of 3. There are exceptions, beautiful together again, fortunately, especially when the teenager has found a career path that motivates him. But the school has not yet found the parade to hang them each up.

The lifeline may for some come outside the school institution. Moreover, not sure that there is a miracle solution, a wise stone, learning is a complex alchemy. In the meantime, the individualization of surveillance seems to be a good way forward, but there is still a long way to go to see all the benefits. It will depend a bit on the school, it will do with the funds it gets, and a lot on politics. Comprehensive program.

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