Check: Has your son Already Failed his A-Level Exams?

Are your boys spending enough time revising for their A-Level exams?

I ask because it’s something that can easily be consigned to the “I’ll do it later” pile of unfinished tasks, rather than the “I’ll do it now” ones.

Boys, however, need to recognise that unless they put in the (extra) work now, there’s a strong possibility that the more diligently working girls will outperform them, when the exam results are eventually announced.

‘Begin your revision early, boys’

In an article published recently in the Daily Mail Barnaby Lenon, ex head of public school Harrow and now dean of education at the University of Buckingham was quoted as saying,

“Boys should have started their A-level revision during the Easter holidays or they risk losing their university place to a more ‘diligent’ girl.”

In the article by Eleanor Harding, the Daily Mail’s education editor, Barnaby Lenon also said that all pupils should spend seven hours a day revising during the spring break to ensure they reached their potential in the summer exams.

A need to combat boy’s natural tendencies

And he said that while many girls may do this without prompting, boys are on average more ‘naturally lazy’ and ‘not particularly used to hard work’.

Mr Lenon, elaborating further he said while it was right to safeguard children’s mental health, encouraging them not to revise could have the opposite effect.

‘We all understand that there’s more to life than exams, but I think to say to a child that GCSE or A-level grades don’t matter is a lie. ‘For many people they do matter a great deal.

How good is it for your mental health when you open your GCSE results and find that you’ve failed maths?’


Barnaby Lenon

He said that getting a large chunk of revision done in the Easter holidays actually helped to take the pressure off in the summer.

Mr Lenon added: ‘The problem with boys is not that they’re suffering from such tremendous stress that they shouldn’t embark on revision.

‘The problem is often that they’re lazy and they have to be goaded into doing some work. And the ones that do work benefit from it. They can be confident that every hour spent revising will pay dividends.’


Barnaby Lenon

Boys and girls may prefer to revise differently

As parents of three children (2G, 1B) we know first-hand how each have their own preferred ways to revise, however, the simple method of “slowly, frequently, solidly” takes a lot to be beaten.

What works for your family?

How do you keep your children on-track for revising?

Is it an uphill struggle or do they take ownership of their revision timetable?

Let us know in the comments below.

Photo copyright Harrow School.

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