3 Crucial Tips to Help Your Child in the Pre-Exam Revision
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With the SA2 exam just round the corner, many children are occupied with endless practice papers. Parents are not spared either since time and energy are required to help drill the kids in their revisions with more assessment papers. All these done in the hope of helping the child achieve the highest scores possible.
The belief is – more practice equals better performance, at least for Math.
On the contrary, drills may not always be effective and it can even backfire leading to negative consequences. Some outcome that you might have experienced include tantrums from child, tension amongst family members and the worst is when the child starts to dislike the subject! If you are done with these outcome and wish for better means to help your child, click here to find out more from the onSponge team.
Instead, the time spent on drilling questions could have been better used to strengthen concepts that your child is weak in. To help your child maximise the effectiveness of each revision session for this coming examination, we recommend the following:
1) Review past mistakes in previous worksheets and assessments
Look through the past questions that your child has previously gotten wrong. Have him to redo them to help you do a quick test on his familiarity with the concepts.
Having your child to revisit past mistakes and problem sums that he has shown challenged in will help further clarify and strengthen the concepts and give him the confidence of handling similar questions that might be tested in this coming exam.
2) Focus revision on questions of topics your child is weak in
Doing every question in a worksheet or assessment book would take up too much time and it makes a child unhappy.
Instead, review your child’s past exam and test papers to see which type of questions he normally gets wrong. From there, find questions associated to the topic (Eg: ratio) from various sources then pull them out to help your child focus on his practice.
This ensures that revision is targeted at your child’s weakest topics.
3) Complete past-year exam papers in one setting ONLY if you are timing the session
Children do not do as well in the exams due to many reasons. One of them is the inability to think in a stressed environment that requires performance within a given time limit.
This also explains why parents are upset that their children could perform in past-year exam papers but are unable to deliver the same outcome during the exam.
Past-year exam paper is a useful tool to revise and test your child’s readiness. So do it properly by timing your child and have it done in a mock-exam setting without the distractions of television and noise.
At the certified learning centres of onSponge, known as Oodles Learning, students are timed when solving questions especially during revision sessions. This is done to create a sense of urgency and accuracy of solving which students are normally not trained to help them perform in tight exam condition. Coaches also use other effective means to cultivate good habits in solving problem sums for students to attain consistency in performance which will automatically make revisions for exam a breeze. To find out how you can learn more about habits of good problem sums solving, simply click here for more details.
All the best for the upcoming exams!
P.S Using the onSponge +hinkingMath curriculum and approach, Oodles Learning focuses on helping students to build the essential skills needed to score A/A* for Math.
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.