5 Revision tips that made the biggest difference for PSLE ace scorers

13/02/2020

The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is your child’s first major national examination, and the results will help set the tone for their future academic years. Such an important event will undoubtedly be stressful for both you and your child; having access to the right resources and information can therefore make a huge difference in reducing some of that stress. For instance, being privy to how some of the past PSLE ace scorers studied can really help point you in the right direction and even set your child on the path to success. While it is only natural for different students to have different study methods that are most suited for themselves, the core guidelines of studying usually remain the same. With that said, here are the top 5 tips that PSLE ace scorers have in common.

1. Time spent planning is time well-spent

As they say, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”, and it seems that this has certainly rung true for PSLE ace scorers. Planning is one of those things that are easier said than done. And while blocking out huge chunks of time for a general subject is one way of doing so, it is certainly not the best. To be able to plan well, you will need to have a clear understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses – only then will you be able to allocate more time for the topics that they are weak in, and vice versa.

An innate understanding of your child’s academic abilities comes from following along with their study progress (as covered in tip #2), but this approach requires time and energy that you may not always have. As such, investing in a trusted tuition centre with experienced teachers can be the next best course of action. You will be able to get some quick insights on your child’s academic footing from seasoned teachers and experts, as well as gain access to exclusive study resources.

2. Practice, practice, practice

Reinforcing your child’s grasp of key concepts be done in many ways:
  • Doing chapters in assessment books to match what the school’s curriculum
  • Doing mock oral assessments with teachers, tutors, and/or parents
  • Reading books to improve their vocabulary
  • Working on past exam papers from top schools for new challenges
  • Going for tuition classes and enrichment courses taught by specialists, to really hone specific subject skills and learn useful approaches

Mixing them up can help keep things fresh even as the revision period begins to seem extraordinarily long and drawn out.

3. Mistakes are your friends

While the tediousness of PSLE preparation is inevitable over the course of a year, it is important to keep in mind that quality trumps quantity. For instance, it can be easy for you and your child to lose yourself in mindless studying.

Using the number of practices cleared as a measure of revision progress rather than the number of concepts understood is one such scenario. In reality, effective revision comes down to how well you understand your mistakes. For every mistake made, make sure to truly dive down into the reasons behind it. If the problems lie with a concept or a particular weak spot that your child has, then it is better to work that out to get more out of the future practices. Most importantly, do not be afraid to ask for help – be it with school teachers or external tutors. After all, they may have certain tips and tricks unknown to you that can make the problems much, much easier.

4. Work hard, play hard

It may be great for your child to hang out and play with their peers, but these peers can also make fantastic study mates. Being around classmates or tuition mates who are going through the same stressful journey can make things a lot easier, as they will be able to help each other when things get tough – both academically and mentally.
Not only can this help strengthen valuable friendships, it can also reduce your child’s reluctance in studying, as well as the overall stress when it comes to PSLE.

5. Parental support is crucial

If you are thinking that it might be a bad idea allowing primary school kids study together as they may not have the necessary self-control – this is where tip #5 comes in. Providing a strict but reasonable schedule for your child to follow or a more supportive environment for them to study in can be a huge help for them in the long run.
Even taking them out for little moments of fun and relaxation can do wonders in terms of helping them to destress and re-energise themselves. This way, you won’t necessarily have to be the one teaching them to also be a source of support.

In a nutshell

If all these tips sound overwhelming, consider finding a reputable and effective tuition centre for your child. Signing up for enrichment classes will not only help you work out a structured revision schedule for your child, it can also give you access to invaluable feedback, resources and tutors. In other words, they can almost be an all-in-one when carefully chosen.
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