5 surprising, easy ideas to improve AQE score

5 ideas to try to improve Transfer Test scores
5 ideas for improving Transfer Test scores

Hard work and practice is the only way for your child to make major improvements with their AQE score. However, these five surprising tips are quick fixes to improve AQE score. Try them, they’re easy! You are hopefully making good progress on the basics – practising test questions, encouraging good sleep, daily exercise and a generally healthy diet. Why not also try a few of these ideas? Some of these quick tips will definitely surprise you.

1. Let them eat … (no, not cake!) …  blueberries

You’ve probably already heard them called a ‘superfood’, but some scientific studies have shown that eating blueberries can boost your memory. In fact, a bowl of blueberries for breakfast can improve memory and concentration more than five hours later.

Researchers at universities in Reading and Exeter found that when they supplemented a regular diet with blueberries over a 12-week period, improvements in spatial memory tasks were noticeable within three weeks and continued throughout the study. Why? Blueberries are a major source of flavonoids – they contain chemicals called anthocyanins, which help improve  information flow to the brain and halt the speed of cell deterioration. Although scientists are unsure how blueberries’ molecules affect the brain, they do cross the blood brain barrier after you eat them. Depending on the season, blueberries can be expensive. Buy them in frozen bags from the supermarket – they defrost really quickly and you can add them to yogurt, cereal or smoothies.

2. Make time for rhyme

Our brains remember facts presented in rhyme far more easily than those that aren’t. No matter how far behind your schooldays may be, you’re bound to still remember the number of days each month by “Thirty days hath September…” or the sad fate of Henry VIII’s wives with “Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.”

Check out www.rhymer.com if you want to make up your own – it’s great fun.

3. Look away now to improve AQE score!

Hands up anyone who has heard their child’s teacher complain that the child doesn’t make eye contact when they ask them a question! Look guilty now if you ask your child to look at you when you ask them a question when they’re working at home.


Teachers and parents, please don’t demand eye contact when a child is thinking.

Researchers believe that children who look away when they’re asked a question are MORE LIKELY to come up with the correct answer.

Why? A psychologist from Stirling University said “Looking at faces is quite mentally demanding … so when we are trying to concentrate and process something else that’s mentally demanding, it’s unhelpful to look at faces.”

When your child looks away when you ask them a question, wait and listen. Do a little celebration dance! They’re showing you that they instinctively know how to focus. Give them time to look away and come up with the answer.

 4. Walk, talk and chew gum

Another surprising one, worth trying out yourself if you’re faced with a mentally demanding task. The science isn’t totally conclusive, but studies show that kids who chew gum while completing a memory test have better concentration, higher accuracy rates and faster reaction times than those who don’t. Chewing gum is thought to improve oxygen flow to the parts of the brain that are responsible for attention. That’s got to be good for the AQE score.

5. Put your hands in the air

Children get a deeper understanding of maths by using their hands when they’re learning. Some researchers believe that gesturing with the hands while learning is more effective than handling traditional maths ‘objects’ in the classroom.

Moving and making gestures when learning is an important technique, so don’t always require your child to sit still when they’re working, it’s a bit ‘old school’! You can memorise your times tables while jumping on the trampoline, or shout out nouns as you run from one side of the garden to another.

Try this at home for to improve AQE score

These are all easy ideas for you to experiment with.

  • Pick up some blueberries next time you shop.
  • Let your child chew gum when they’re concentrating.
  • Work together to create rhymes for tricky facts.
  • Allow your child to look away when they’re thinking.
  • And encourage them to use hand gestures and movement when learning.

See what helps. In the meantime, try reading this post about why you shouldn’t be worrying about AQE Practice Test scores. Would love to hear if you try any of these methods at home or in the classroom. Post a comment and share how you get on.

For a simple explanation of how the AQE scores are worked out, click here. 


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