The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is a huge academic milestone in your child’s academic journey.
At this juncture, it is important for both you and your child to have a solid plan. Making sure that your child has everything he or she needs in the lead-up to PSLE will allow him or her to focus on productive learning and effective revision.
This week, we spoke with Mrs Joyce Simpson, Subject Head of English at TLL Rochester, who shared important tips on what parents can do to help effectively prepare their children for the national exam effectively.
1. Develop A Study Plan With Your Child
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.
2. Set A Momentum To Revision
In the lead-up to the PSLE, doing practice papers will help familiarise your child with the examination format and ensure that he or she is able to use his or her time effectively within a limited time period. Practice papers can also help your child identify areas which need more attention during revision.
Do try and simulate exam conditions when your child is attempting these practice papers. Studies have shown higher information retention rates in those who regularly self-test compared to those who do not.
As a parent, you can act as an invigilator and make sure that your child does not have any distractions while completing each practice paper. Don't forget to ask your child to take note of the questions that he or she has trouble with so that you both may consult with his or her teacher!
3. Anticipate What's Ahead
During each term break, such as the upcoming June holidays, your child should look through past-year exam papers to familiarise himself or herself with the common questions that are tested. The school holidays are the best time 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 this time.
4. Establish Clear Goals
Establishing the relationship between studying hard and getting good grades is a key component of intrinsically motivating student learning. In a nurturing and encouraging manner, ask your child what his or her aspirations are so your child has clear focus when working towards achieving those goals.
5. Engage In Positive Visualisation
It is helpful to spend some time visualising a positive exam experience with your child. This can also include reflecting on excellent performance during mock paper practice. What helped your child to do well and how can he or she apply the same skills during the exams? Perhaps he or she practised good time management and had ample time to check his or her work thoroughly.
By encouraging your child to think about a previous good performance, it will boost his or her confidence, dispel the fear of failure and reduce exam anxiety.
6. Have A Comprehensive Plan In Hand
At The Learning Lab, we believe that achieving PSLE excellence begins with having a systematic plan that:
- takes your child’s learning needs into consideration
- helps him or her to build up a steady momentum in order to peak at the PSLE
This is how TLL will help your Primary 6 child.
i. Our Primary 6 Core Programmes: The anchor of our Primary 6 student experience is a strong and solid curriculum. Whether it's consolidating knowledge or learning how to apply exam-centric skills, our Primary 6 programmes place a strong emphasis in helping your child develop key knowledge, skills and dispositions so he or she may be better prepared for the major national exam.
ii. PSLE Preparation Classes: As part of our enhanced PSLE preparation plan, core programmes include PSLE Preparation Programme sessions to boost your child’s PSLE revision. Lessons during these booster classes will include helping your child to affirm positive mindsets to handle exam pressure effectively as well as to develop well-paced study and revision plans.
iii. New Online Learning Platform: TLL.360, our online learning and revision platform, complements classroom teaching by providing your child with opportunities to learn in more flexible and personalised ways.
iv. Intensive Revision Series (Optional): During the June and September holidays, you may register your child for our Intensive Revision Series to further hone his or her exam skills.
7. Get Ample Rest
Getting enough sleep is important for your child. Sleep is deeply connected to our learning process. Without enough sleep, students have a harder time retaining and recalling information that they have learnt.
In addition, make sure that your child is getting adequate sleep to keep his or her immune system healthy — burning the midnight oil may only exacerbate the stress your child may feel.
8. Look Beyond The PSLE
What are your child’s aspirations? What is his or her desired choice of secondary school, dream university or job? Setting targets with your child will subtly reinforce the importance of studying hard in order to help him or her achieve these goals.
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