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5 Effective Ways To Kick-start Your Child's PSLE Preparation

Posted by Shafina Jaafar on January 31, 2017

As your child prepares for the PSLE next year, you may find yourself asking some of these questions:

Does my child have the right skills to excel in the PSLE?
Is my child ready to manage revision?

Your child will need to meet the challenge of revising what's been learnt from Primary 3 to Primary 5 whilst continuing to build his or her knowledge in Primary 6 topics.

How can you adequately prepare him or her in this period leading up to the PSLE?

Give Your Child The Right Tools To Tackle Primary 6

1. Getting a Headstart in School

You can start preparing your child for the big exam now.

In a couple of weeks, it will be time for your child to hit the books again. It would also be a good idea to make a list of common mistakes that your child has made in his or her past exams to serve as a reminder on errors that he or she should be avoiding.

Learn more about the common pitfalls made by students during exams and how you as parents can help your child in his or her preparation for this crucial exam.

In the study guides below, our curriculum teams share the common errors made by students in each subject and how our programmes teach them to avoid losing easy marks at the PSLE.

2. Setting a Rhythm to Revision

When it comes to revision, avoid any last minute work. Trying to cram too much information on a given day only adds unnecessary stress to your child’s workload and may backfire, causing your child to blank out during an exam.

Encourage your child to take some time every day to revise his or her work in “batches”. For example, get your child to recall new topics he or she learnt the next day, then again a week after the first lesson.

Revision of these topics should be done a month and then six months after to ensure the information learnt is stored in his or her long-term memory.

As your child is taught more on different topics through the year, there will be more to recall. Constant regurgitation of topics will allow your child to better retain and recall new knowledge and concepts.

This also cultivates good studying habits and teaches your child the importance of time management.

3. Taking Charge of Your Child's Revision Plans

Instill independence by encouraging your child to be responsible for his or her own academic progress.

Your child can come up with his or her own revision schedule so he or she have a picture of exactly what to expect and how much to revise for the big exam.

Having a study plan helps your child to prioritise tasks and allows him or her to see where his and her effort is going. For each subject, make a list of the topics covered in the exam. Broad topics in Mathematics and Science can be broken down into smaller subtopics.

When revising for specific language components like English Composition, your child should be writing down excellent descriptors of people, places and feelings.

While going through his or her study plan, your child should feel confident about the standard method of answering questions from various topics. If he or she feels unsure, encourage your child to consider what needs to be done in order to feel more confident about his or her knowledge of that topic.

4. Anticipating What's Ahead

Encourage your child should look through past-year exam papers to familiarise himself or herself with the common questions tested. School holidays are the best opportunity for your child to get as much revision done as possible.

Your child can also compile various concept maps, study guides and revision notes during the holidays.

5. Looking Beyond the PSLE

What are your child’s aspirations? What is his or her desired secondary school and, perhaps, dream university or job?

Setting targets with your child will subtly reinforce the importance of studying hard and getting good grades to help achieve his or her goals.

Get Your Child Ready For The 2019 PSLE With Us

If you are interested in speaking with one of our enrolment specialists about our 2019 programmes, schedule a meeting with us today. Classes are filling fast!

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If you have any questions about our programmes, please email us at enquiry@thelearninglab.com.sg or call us at 6733 8711 and we will be happy to assist you.

 

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