OVERCOMING TWO COMMON EXAM CHALLENGES FOR LOWER PRIMARY (P1, P2, & P3) - FOR PARENTS TO READ!
Lower Primary is a very exciting time for our younger students. In primary school, your kids are suddenly introduced to so many new experiences. Their social circle becomes enlarged rapidly as they can meet new friends and mingle within the school.
These activities are important to make the student feel comfortable while in school, but if not managed well they may also become a distraction. Many primary school students get into the habit of bad time allocation, spending too much time doing non-academic activities. Meanwhile, their classmates who dedicate enough time to building a strong foundation tend to do better in the primary school journey.
KRTC has dissected the two main challenges faced by lower primary students so that they can achieve exceptional results for themselves. While in primary one, children are spared from sitting through school exams, from primary 2 onwards, they have to face their first real exams.
TWO MOST COMMON CHALLENGES
According to our experienced tutors, the two common challenges that lower primary students face while preparing for exams are not knowing the exam format and not knowing which topics to focus on for each exam.
1) NOT KNOWING THE EXAM FORMAT
“I scored badly because I ran out of time during my paper.”
Students having “insufficient time” to finish their paper is the most common challenge they face. This is a symptom that they do not know how much time to spend on each section, and more importantly, what are all the sections (and their weightage) for that paper.
Students need to find out about the format of the exams (which will be given in most cases) before the exams. Most schools also tell the parents beforehand if they are going to be any changes to the exam format.
Then the need to approach their teachers or tutors to strategise which sections to focus on based on their individual capabilities. This can only be developed with timed practice because stress and pressure will alter the performance of the students. With practice and enough exams, students will be better at pacing themselves and finish the paper on time.
2) NOT KNOWING WHICH TOPICS TO FOCUS ON FOR EACH EXAM.
“I didn’t know that these questions will come out for the exam.”
When teachers hear this, it indicates to them that either the students forgot to study certain topics (because they had forgotten that it would be tested) or they were underprepared for variations of questions in that topic even though they studied for it.
Parents can help their children develop an efficient revision routine. When studying for an exam, approach it topically and make a note on the variations of questions that their child has successfully conquered.
Then look at past year papers and their textbooks for questions on the similar topic to see if there are any variations that they have not covered yet. This will reduce the chance that the student will be caught off guard by an unfamiliar question.
When your child is spending so much time working on and revising for exams, it is important to ensure that their results are well worth their effort. Exams can be stressful in the beginning but all of these challenges can be overcome with sufficient preparation and support from parents to boost the child’s confidence.
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