Examinations times can be pretty stressful, especially if you are unprepared. Having a plan for revision, and sticking to it is an absolute must. Here are 10 simple ways you can help your kid with his PSLE 2015 revision.
As the PSLEs loom ahead, there is no longer any room for complacency.
It’s time that you had a plan in place to help your child conquer this all important national exam.
You have to remember that parents play an important role in making sure that their children are on the right track towards preparing adequately for these exams.
“Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practise makes perfect,” insists Vince Lombardi, an American football coach. So, to be on track to help your children revise the PSLE syllabus, you need to plan perfectly.
Also remember there is no one-size-fits-all system. Revision is an individual and personal process and planning has to be done keeping in mind the needs and abilities of the particular child.
However, there are some basic pointers that all parents can apply.
1. Have a plan of action
You know exactly when the prelims, orals and final PSLE exams are. Create a plan that leads up to the various stages of the exam. Factor in the dates by when you need to finish the first round of revision, leaving enough time to focus on areas that need more attention.
2. Create a realistic schedule
Discuss with your child to create a timetable of recision that is organised by subject. Most schools limit CCA time for P6 students to free up time for learning. There will be days when school gets over early and days when there are extra classes. Assign a reasonable division of time for all subjects, providing a little more for the ones that the child struggles with. Once you have a schedule it is hard to avoid it. Also your work seems well organised and available to you at a glance.
3. Fill in the details
Some topics may need more attention than others. So you need to further subdivide your child’s timetable and list down all the topics that need to be covered and then assign time slots for them.
There is a tendency to disregard topics that the child feel confident about. But overconfidence can be counterproductive. On the other hand children tend to avoid their not-so-favourite topics, making an already bad situation, worse. Parents can help the child ensure a healthy balance by being encouraging and supportive.
4. Follow the time table
Once the study plan is in place it’s time to get down to the most important part – revision. Making a schedule is easy; however it is also important to follow it. A timetable is your strongest tool towards planning your revision. Use it wisely. Be aware of the aims of each session and work towards it.
5. Be flexible
Don’t hesitate to revise the timetable or make amends as you go long. It may need to be tweaked according to the need of the hour. Monitor how things are going and change the action plan along the way.
This could be in terms of study hours or revision techniques. If you feel Maths needs more time and attention, make changes to enable that. On the other hand if your progress in English has been better than expected, you can afford to use the time assigned to it for other purposes.
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