SINGAPORE – With just four months to go till the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE), it is a good time to consolidate your child’s revision regimen this June holidays.
Q: My child did reasonably well in his mid-year exams. What now?
A: Doing reasonably well in the mid-year exams is an affirmation of a child’s diligence, effective study habits and keen grasp of examination strategies, says Mr Samuel Seah, co-founder of Aspire Hub Education Group, a tuition school.
He suggests that these pupils evaluate their mid-year exam papers and note down skills and concepts they may not have fully understood, so that they can revisit these topics during revision.
Q: If my child scored only average grades overall, what are some ways to revise for the subjects?
A: Mr Jimmy Ling, director of Grade Solution Learning Centre, says teachers and parents can help if the child did not understand certain concepts well.
“If this is not solved, the child will probably make the same mistake again. If it is due to carelessness, then the child needs to pick up the habit of checking his or her work,” he says.
Mr Seah says it may be beneficial to have a parent, guardian, teacher or tutor sit down with the child to review the mid-year exam papers together.
“This process of reflection helps the child to identify the knowledge gaps that need to be plugged, so that he or she can address these problem areas. This gives him or her a sense of purpose in the revision,” he adds.
Q: If my child did badly in a subject, what can he or she do to improve?
A: If a child has done badly in mathematics, it is usually due to a weak foundation, says Mr Ling.
He suggests that the child use a scaffolding method by trying simple questions from a topic in the multiple-choice questions and short answer sections before moving on to complicated problem sums.
If a child has done poorly for science, he or she is probably weak in his understanding of concepts and has poor answering techniques for open-ended questions.
Mr Ling recommends that parents test their child by asking him or her to explain the concept after the child has revised each topic.
“That way, the child is using the correct scientific keywords which can help improve his or her answering techniques,” he says.
When textbook revision is done, the child can practise questions found in topical assessment books or online courses, especially ones that provide questions from basic to higher-order questions.