Why kids dislike doing assessments

Why kids dislike doing assessments

Have you ever wondered why your kids hate doing extra homework—otherwise known as “assessment tests”. Do you blame them? It feels like working overtime when they could be having fun, playing with pals or simply entertaining themselves. See how you can help your kids overcome this obstacle of doing assessment tests, so that they can ultimately achieve better grades.

Why kids dislike doing assessments

Being a student in Singapore is stressful enough without the additional pressure of doing supplementary assessments at home. While you can tell your child to study harder, the actual practice of doing assessments may be very different. Let’s face it, it is a drag.

When forced to study, children frequently engage in avoidance behaviours. Such as: ‘always’ having to go to the bathroom or needing to sharpen their pencils. Sometimes they just sit and stare out of the window. Getting into trouble may be less painful for them than doing their assessments.

Work that could be completed in one hour could take three hours because they keep putting off the dreadful task. Here’s to understanding why your children lack enthusiasm when presented with those tests.

How to get kids to like doing assessments

Kids hate doing assessments because they already have homework assigned by their teachers. So, after finishing homework they feel like taking a break. But when kids are faced with more assessment books, it feels like extra homework to them.

Assessments should offer students something more satisfying than mere rote-learning and past-papers. Passive learning and an over-reliance on model questions and tutors all reduce students’ creativity and enthusiasm. They may not retain anything from the exercises in the long run.

Why kids dislike doing assessments

How KooBits puts ‘fun’ into assessments

How can parents help their children find assessment books that are both challenging and fun at the same time? KooBits can help because their special platform is designed to engage kids according to their study needs. Here are five special features of KooBits assessments:

1. The KooBits portal engages your child with bite-sized assessments that motivate your child to practice more and score better.
2. KooBits assessment books give immediate feedback to encourage your child, so that they will be always motivated to do their best.
3. KooBits assessments come with stimulating features such as animations, music and sound effects to keep your child engaged throughout the learning process.
4. KooBits assigns progressive levels to every child and awards points and badges when books are completed. This creates a strong sense of achievement for children and motivates them to practice more.
5. KooBits avoids the ‘cookie cutter’ approach to assessment by giving your child unlimited access to all levels (K1 to P6) and all subjects (English, Math, Science, and Mother Tongue). This helps to create a personalized learning path for your child.

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Felicia Chin

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