Ideas to Motivate Revisions for Exams
Since my last email, I hope you have started to use some of the tips to help your child in his exam preparation. Talking about preparation, this is also the time children stay seated for hours working through papers after papers. No wonder they get bored, frustrated and eventually lose the momentum to do their best during the exam.
Well, revisions need not be boring. It can also be done creatively as a way to motivate your child in his pre-exam preparation. And if you like to your child to experience an engaging learning session with the onSponge team, click here to find out more.
What if I tell you that you can play and revise for exam at the same time? Think about it, not only will it be fun, play time will definitely help to motivate, recharge and build bonding between parent and child.
Here’s some ideas on how you can use play time to revise Math while motivating your child during this period where stress is more intense than normal.
1. Kitchen Play
Bake a cake, stir up a dish or create a dessert. Whatever you or your child like, we all know that “playing” in the kitchen requires measurements and conversions. Take a recipe, get your child to halve the ingredients or increase the proportion by 20%.
This play time will surely give you the chance to recap and test the concepts of fraction, proportion and percentage. And the best part is, your child wouldn’t even know that she just did a Math revision session!
2. Road Play
Hit the road on your feet together with your child. This is especially good for the out-and-about. Simply take a map, go on a hike or a long walk to “hunt” for that interesting location to play your child’s favourite sports.
When on the road, you will get to talk about the compass point, distance, speed of walking or running, estimate time of arrival, geometric observations and patterns. Think about it, what best way can your child learn than to experience the context in real form together with you!
Money, decimal, interest and GST are practical topics in Math. Apart from endless calculations and math problem sum solving, teach this topic by having your child experience real-life money matters through shopping.
Give your child some money of different denominations and let him be the boss for the day on a shopping trip. To make it more interesting, increase the budget with foreign currencies where he will need to exchange with you to make his purchases in our local currency. You will see how much this empowerment can bring out the math sense in your child.
Regardless of the way and form of play, your child will learn more willingly when you engage him through activities that can help him better experience the application of concepts.
At the onSponge certified centres, Oodles Learning, the coaches found that the students are more lively and engaging in their learning when they get to experience small activities such as group discussion, class presentation or a simple share-a-joke or Math riddle time. When this happens, Math no longer becomes boring and irrelevant.
In fact at Oodles Learning, there is a Fun With Math programme that is also designed to help the students better appreciate Math in their daily lives. If you like to find out more on the learning experiences at Oodles Learning, simply click here for more details.
Have fun taking Math outside of the books and beyond the examinations!
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Since 2012, Oodles Learning has helped thousands of students to excel in PSLE Math Exams. Currently, there are 9 centres island-wide, with more centres opening in the very near future.