In the Singapore education system, tests and exams are a regular quarterly occurrence in schools even though the weightage of the tests and exams differ from school to school.
How did your child fare for CA1? Is he (or she) prepared for term 2 and the upcoming SA? Here are some study tips shared by one of our trainers, who is also an ex-MOE teacher, to help you get started.
1. Consistency is key
Last minute cramming for exams is never healthy. Children usually study and score better with consistent and repeated practice. You can start building this level of consistency from home! If your child receives homework from school regularly, do ensure that he (or she) completes them in a timely manner. Tag the mistakes and go through them with your child before the exams. You should also encourage your child to reattempt these questions to ensure that he or she understands the concepts.
2. Plan your revisions
Time management is often overlooked. Those who fail to plan their time properly are often met with challenges during exams. Start early and work with your child on a daily timetable where revision time is clearly mapped out.
More importantly, let your child practise using past exam papers and time his (or her) attempt. You may even need to advise and guide your child on how much time should be allocated for each section. This ensures that your child has sufficient time to attempt and complete each section of the paper, for example the problem sums in the maths paper or Free Response Questions in the science paper.
Marshall Cavendish Education has created a timetable template for you and your child for this upcoming term. Click here to download a copy now!
3. Draw mind maps
Mind maps are a wonderful way for children to internalise the concepts that they have learnt.
For instance, after learning a science concept in class, you can guide and prompt your child with the following questions as they draw out the mind maps:
- What are the key ideas presented here?
- How are they linked?
- What are the characteristics of this animal?
- What are the key words that I need to use for this question, etc.?
If this is your first time drawing a mind map with your child, you may wish to pick up a copy of the Primary Science Concept Maps Revision Guide at any major bookstores or here. This guidebook serves as a great introduction to mind maps drawing, consolidating all key science concepts that your child needs to know to ace in his (or her) science exam. Additional revision notes have also been provided to reinforce and elaborate keywords used in the concept maps.
Mind maps are also useful tools to revise key heuristics tested in maths exams. Work with your child to draw and list out different methods to solve a maths problem. Thereafter, you can discuss with him (or her) and conclude which is the most effective heuristic technique to solve a problem.
And a final reminder to all parents: do ensure that your child gets enough rest and nutrition as they prepare for their exams.