5 Tips to Help Parents Prepare Their Child For Weighted Assessment 1 (WA1)

20/02/2020

Weighted Assessment 1 (WA1) is around the corner! While it is the first exam of the year, it is certainly not the least important one. A well-scored WA1 can give your child the head start that they need for the academic year and also acts as a morale booster to help your child keep the momentum going. So what are some ways that can help them score well for the upcoming WA1? To answer this question, we interviewed our Math Specialist Ms. Ong to get the inside scoop on the top 5 tips!

1. Get them organize

Teach your child how to get their things in order. For example, worksheets should be categorised and filed. This ensures that their revision materials are easily accessible when they are preparing for WA1, so that they will not have to waste precious revision time looking for revision materials. A conducive and organised study environment also will also help your child to focus better.

2. Set targets with your child

Setting targets with your child will allow them to have a sense of accountability and give them goals to work toward. At the end of the day, they have to understand that it is their responsibility to put in the hard work in order to do well for examinations.

3. Plan a revision time table

As the saying goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Having a goal is the equivalent of marking the finishing line, but in order to get there, you will have to employ the relevant strategies for the race itself.
Start by figuring out how much time is left to WA1, then prioritise by allocating more time for the weaker subjects. It is important to stay disciplined and follow through with the revision timetable.

4. Do not compare them with their peers

All children are unique, and this includes their personal learning journey. In acknowledging that, we should work with them by focusing on self-improvement rather than by comparing them with their peers. 

Making such comparisons only serves no purpose other than to heap unnecessary pressure on your child. Instead, set reasonable and achievable targets with your child and encourage them to do better than their previous exam. Whenever they complete something, make sure that they check it off the assignment to-do list and put the worksheet in the right place in their backpack or file. Supervise, but do not do it for them. If they do it for themselves, it is more likely that they will remember where they put things. The more they do this, the easier it will be for them to stay organised as time goes by.

5. Believe in them

While this may sound like a given, it is a reminder that all of us parents could do with from time to time. Taking the time to properly express our love and confidence in our kids could boost their own morale more than we think.
Different children respond differently to different methods of affirmation. If we simply take the time to talk to them, or reward them, you may find yourself surprised by how much better they can perform.
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About our Math Specialist: Miss Ong has a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy (Nanyang Technology University), and was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Education by the National Institute of Education, Singapore. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience in established secondary schools in the West. While she was teaching in MOE, she was invited by Teachers’ Network to conduct workshops for MOE teachers. Miss Ong has also helped many students realise their dreams of achieving excellent results in the GCE ‘O’ levels with her wealth of teaching experience.

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