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My Child Did Not Do Well In The SA2 Exams – What Can I Do To Help?

Posted by Shafina Jaafar on October 30, 2016

The SA2 Exam results have been released and your child has not performed as well as you had hoped he or she would. This has to be one of the bigger, if not the biggest, points of concern for every parent.

There may be several reasons why your child did not perform as expected – stress, poor grasp of concepts, insufficient revision, the list goes on. Instead of adding stress to your child and yourself, here’s what you can do during this term break to make sure your child does better next year. Catch up for your child starts now!

Bridging the foundational gap

More often than not, if your child has not fared well in this past round of exams, it could be due to poor understanding of the tested curriculum. Having a strong foundation in the subjects that your child is taking will not only help him or her master answering techniques more efficiently, but also plays a huge role towards your child’s academic success in the long-run.

Take time to sit down with your child to identify the areas he or she might need some help with in the various subjects he or she is taking. Recognising these problems early will help you decide on the next steps to help your child understand his or her subjects better.

Be sure to give your child lots of verbal encouragement as well! Knowing you are working together will definitely help your child’s confidence and build a positive mindset towards the need for improvement.

Making revision a habit

It’s about practice, practice, practice!

While the holidays are the time to relax and unwind, your child should also be using this break to “catch up” on his or her weaker subjects. This a good time to recap and revise topics that were covered through the year at a more relaxed pace so your child can take his or her time to fully understand each concept or theory.

One good revision strategy is to expose your child to model answers so he or she can familiarise him- or herself with the expected approach needed secure more marks. However, it is crucial to note that reference alone is not enough, your child needs to have proper recollection and application of information to fare well in his or her exams.

Assess your child’s ability to apply what he or she has learnt by letting him or her try different types of questions from past year papers or drafting essay outlines with varied angles. As part of your child’s revision, don’t forget to look over his or her exam papers again closely. Help your child understand why they might have made the mistakes they did and give him or her helpful tips on how to avoid these errors during the next exam.

Of course, it’s important to give your child some time to relax and unwind during this term break, so don’t pile on too much work or your child may end up even more unwilling to touch any books this holiday!

Here are some study tips we have compiled that may be useful for your child:

8 Study Tips Every Student Needs To Know

Gearing your child for The A*

As your child progresses to the next level, he or she needs to be prepared to meet the demands and rigour of a more challenging syllabus. 

Do pay more attention on mastering exam techniques - from time management skills to acquiring speed and accuracy in solving exam questions. Overtime, this helps refine your child's knowledge and answering techniques, and gradually improve their grades.

Working on assessment papers all the time will not guarantee that your child actually learns and internalises how to apply the required knowledge appropriately. So don’t stress your child (and yourself) with the drill and grill.

What is more is important is that your child fully understands and develops a passion for the subjects he or she is studying in school. Your child may take a longer time to grasp more technical subjects like Math and Science, but don’t worry! It is normal for students to take time to adjust and adapt to new curriculum demands. 

When the love of learning is nurtured, that’s when magical learning moments happen! 

How can TLL help your child?

Whether it’s catching up with peers or improving your child’s score by one grade, it’s important to start early. Help your child prepare for school and give him or her an academic headstart for 2017. Our Term 1-2017 lessons begin on Wednesday, 7 December 2016.

At The Learning Lab, we believe in first nurturing a strong love of learning. 

This begins with developing the right attitude towards school and learning. Our curriculum is carefully crafted to get students excited about learning and attending lessons, ultimately developing genuine passion and interest in the subjects he or she is taking. With a keen ineterest in his or her subject, your child will begin clarifying doubts on her own, revise more and a natural improvement in grades will follow!

You can find out more about our programmes here

Registration For Our Term 1-2017 Classes Is Now Open

If you are interested in speaking with one of our enrolment specialists about our 2017 programmes, schedule a meeting with us today. Classes are filling fast!


If your child is already a student with us, secure your child’s place for the new term by logging on to the PARENT PORTAL to accept the allocated class(es) for your child.

Topics: SA2, exams, primary