Having anxiety attacks over the looming PSLE this year? In the first of two parts , find out how you can help your child prepare for it.
It’s crunch time for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), and you want to do all that you can to gear your child up for the “final battle”. In this first of two parts, find out how you can help your child prepare for PSLE without breaking into a sweat.
Here are three things you can do to help prepare your child as he starts the final countdown.
1. Set a S M A R T goal
With the Mid-Year Examinations and myriad of tests over the first half of the year, you would by now have a better idea of your child’s strengths and weaknesses in the various subjects and topics.
You would also be able to better assess his ability levels in the different exam areas. This is the best time to take a look again at the goals set earlier in the year, or even set new goals.
It is important for your child to set the goal, not you, so that he would feel accountable to the goals he sets. What you can do, though, is to guide him to set a SMART goal – one that is specific (S), measurable (M), attainable (A), realistic (R) and timely (T).
Specific (S) and Measurable (M)
If your child says he intends to “do well”, get him to give you a number. Be specific about the marks he intends to achieve, and not just give a wide range.
So, if he says around 75 to 80, ask him to be more specific. Is it 75 or 80? This is to ensure he is very clear about what he exactly hopes to achieve.
Attainable (A), Realistic (R) and Timely (T)
If your son has consistently been scoring between 60 and 70 for Science, but writes a target of 95, you will need to discuss with him if this is a realistic goal. Setting a goal that is too high would only serve to create unnecessary disappointment later on, not to mention a low self-esteem.
What do you do after your child has set the goal for PSLE? Find out on the next page.