SMART EXAM PREPARATION TIPS FOR PRIMARY 4 AND 5 - FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Primary 4 and 5 are in a unique position as they would have just finished the hurdle of streaming and entered upper primary but with PSLE still being some time away. Many students would believe that this is a period where they can relax for a bit before giving the last push in Primary 6.
While it is true that there is still time, it is definitely more effective to get your foundation right since concepts are built upon each other. This also prevents being overly stressed out when you finally face PSLE.
That is why KRTC has prepared a few examination preparation tips for the upcoming semestral assessment and end of year examination especially for the Primary 4 and 5!
These are all smart exam tips because we believe in study smart, not study hard. Set your heart into practising the tips below and you’ll have a much easier time in Primary 6!
1. DO UP A STUDY TIMETABLE
You are probably sick of seeing this tip for every exam preparation guide but it goes to show how important this is! Not only can it minimise last-minute cramming and panicking, it can also help you or your child to achieve a balance in life too.
Remember, having a study timetable does not mean filling it up entirely with academic work. Instead, it means setting aside a realistic number of hours for homework and revision while allocating some time for hobbies and physical play too. This way, you or your child can make studying become a regular habit, maintain a high level of motivation, and achieve a healthy balance between work and play at the same time.
2. WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW OR UNDERSTAND
Since it is September now, you or your child must have finished CA1 and SA1 exams. Now is an excellent opportunity to find out the concepts that you are still confused about or do not understand. This is crucial as Primary 4 concepts will be integrated into Primary 5 and Primary 5 concepts will be integrated into Primary 6 concepts. How well you do for your PSLE depends on your current foundation.
- Get a notebook where you can record all the questions you didn’t get right from the previous examinations.
- Identify the chapters they are from.
- Start making notes about these chapters and ask for help in explaining if needed.
- Practice these questions again and again.
3. PRACTICE PAST YEAR PAPERS! PPYP!
Instead of PPAP, do PPYP. We cannot help emphasising how effective and simple this tip is. Many parents and their children would only realise the importance of past year papers in Primary 6. If you want to see a steady and stable improvement in your grades, you should start doing these papers now!
Past year papers not only have the benefit of familiarising you to examination standard questions but can help you to reduce exam panic as well. By timing yourself on certain papers, you can get a feel of how well you would perform in an actual examination. These papers are also easy to obtain too. You can easily get these papers from the market, with some vendors providing on-demand delivery service, or simply download some from the Internet!
4. DISCOVER YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING STYLE AND STUDY CREATIVELY
Not all of us learn effectively through just reading the textbook! There are actually three types of learning styles: audio, visual, and kinesthetic. Research has shown that you can perform better if you study in your own learning style – duh! Surprisingly, many are still following the old school style of read-and-write.
This is the time for parents to help your child to discover their predominant learning style and adapt it to their studying. This way, they can study the same amount of content in a shorter amount of time. For example, if your child is an audio learner, why not encourage your child to explain the concepts to you, or select some YouTube educational videos for them to hear. You’ll be surprised at how much useful educational materials are available on the Internet.
Of course, learning styles do change over the years, so do remember to review your child’s learning styles from time to time.
Once you have practised these tips and made them into a habit, it will be much easier for you to tackle the examinations while enjoying your hobbies and playtime too. It might be hard to start, but just imagine how much more relaxed you would be! These tips have all been tried and tested and will never go wrong. Do it and we believe that you will pass your future exams with flying colour!
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