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Preparation for PSLE starts now!

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Success can be sweet.....if you are well prepared

It’s the beginning of the school year and an exciting learning journey lies ahead!

For 2011 Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) students, it is a pivotal year that will determine which secondary schools to spend the next 4 years and a whole lot difference in learning experience depending on choice after the examinations.

With less than 11 months counting down to the PSLE, it is of paramount importance that preparation is made now if not preferably earlier during P4 and P5. Nevertheless, it’s still not to late to make up for lost time and prepare for that run down to the finishing line.

Here are some tips for you as a parent or a ConsultAtutor Personal Home Tutor alike to make preparations for the PSLE:

  1. First of all, assess the weaknesses in terms of subject or individual topics of the student. Attempt to understand or analyse the reasons that contributes to the weakness including inappropriate learning styles, poor exam time management or lack of basic foundation knowledge.
  2. With that (point 1) in mind, set a realistic target in terms of grade or raw score including interim ones i.e. SA1 for all subjects. Write it out large and clear on paper or print it out in colour on an A4 sheet of paper. Paste it using Blu-Tack or glue in front of study table so that every time the student studies, he will be able to see the goals right in front of him.
  3. Next, analyse in detail previous two major exam papers to identify any trends in the marks scored per section and answering techniques used. E.g. high score in MCQ but low score in Open-Ended. Combine analysis with reasons identified earlier in point 1 and try to come to a conclusion on how to improve.
  4. Come up with a relatively detailed lesson plan that maps out every lesson to be covered according to the conclusion made and source for proper lesson materials. Exploration of teaching styles in the first few lessons could be made too to see which works best for the student based on judgements made in point 1.
  5. Make sure that enough practice is completed and corrections in particular are to be clarified and gone through. In fact , to a certain extent the total amount of time spent to prepare for a subject is proportional to the final attained raw score (grade) of that subject. Remember, practice, practice and practice is important!
  6. If required, it is advisable to help the student set a timetable to manage time well in order to ensure sufficient preparation before the PSLE. Stick to it and be diligent!

Last but not least, ask a ConsultAtutor Personal Home Tutor for Homework Help in order to clear any doubts fast, encourage the student to think deep in order to fully understand the topic and keep learning from mistakes made in practices!

As the saying goes, “good preparation is equivalent to half the battle won”. Be prepared and any student could fulfil their potential and do well in PSLE!

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December Holiday Programme for Your Children

After a month’s break, editorials for ConsultAtutor Community Blog are back! Exams are nearly over if not already over for some, so what is the plan for the children for the December holiday?

Here are some activities you might want to consider immersing your children in and of course, depending on their age and learning level choose the best for your children’s holistic development! Below are some information that would hopefully help to kickstart your planning.

 Enrichment Lessons

Lessons that teach children in general, topics that overlap to a certain extent school subjects gives additional value to what is learnt in textbooks. Application and exposure to learning beyond the school compound and into nature is an example of extremely beneficial enrichment lessons. The Singapore Botanic Gardens has some very interesting enrichment classes for children you might want to take a look here.

Sports, Music or Dance Lessons

 Ever been bugged by your children to learn how to skate like a pro, talent classes like roller blading are activities outside of the usual academic subjects. Unless you are arranging your children for swimming, tennis or even piano classes, you might want to consider the holiday programme this skate school has over here.

 

Arts and Crafts

Want your child to learn the fine arts, pick up some handcrafts skills or hone creativity and psychomotor skills? Arts and Crafts’s a good choice. Get to know about how your child can join the Singapore Arts Festival.mune programmes ongoing from Oct to Dec 2010 to learn something and have fun at the same time here.

Outdoor Activities

 

Want to have some great fun outdoors with you children? Think of going wild with exciting activities like flying a kite at the Marina Barrage, exploring the Southern Ridges or zooming down Singapore’s tallest slide at TheSlide@T3 in Changi Airport!

Academics

Alternatively, if you are one of those parents scratching their heads on how to improve on your children’s grades especially if PSLE, O or A’ Levels is in the coming year, get a headstart before school reopens and begin weekly or twice weekly tutorials at your residence by requesting for a one-to-one personal home tutor with ConsultAtutor.com like so many others had over here! With that amount of free time available in December holidays, as the saying goes: Work hard! & Play hard!

With so many activities to choose from start planning today with your children if you haven’t!

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Exam Preparation Tips for PSLE

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You don't have to end up like this. Be prepared!

With the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) drawing near and other major examinations like O’ Levels and A’ Levels not too far away, have you planned on how to tackle the examinations effectively and strategy for the different papers?

Well, fret not as this week we will be sharing some examination preparation tips with everyone involved in clearing this major hurdle of every student in Singapore. I’m sure you have heard of the renowned quote- “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”, so what does it actually mean when coming to preparing for PSLE especially when a Primary 6 student is still at a tender age of 12 to know it by themselves?

It is very important to understand that examinations is like a “game”. In fact, it is a “game” with rules. Indeed examinations are a test of one’s knowledge in various subjects, but doing well in examinations does require some wit and strategies. We will share some of these examination tips that will aid in the preparation.

Different types of questions are set by the examiner to test on various qualities and academic ability of a student. They range generally from Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ), Short Answer Questions (SAQ) and Essay type. Each require different skill sets and strategies to score well in them which you will find out more below.

Examination strategies and tips

Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ)

  • Study and understand general ideas well
  • Memorise key terms, theories and related concepts for quick recall to questions at a limited amount of time
  • MCQs are really good to prepare and practise using Past Year Papers. Get them, practise and check the answers!
  • Allocate enough time for each question. You should already know the Time(min)/Question when you are entering the examination hall.

Short Answer Questions (SAQ)

  • Classify various concepts and ideas
  • Use mindmaps to link inter-related concepts if required
  • Write summary sheets while paying attention to writing out key terms and corresponding explanations
  • Again practise, practise and practise! Check the answers and do corrections by writing it out.

Essay

  • Creativity for compositions and analytical skills for comprehension questions requires different strategies. For compositions, start planning the outline of the essay before quickly putting it down on paper to get you rolling. For comprehension questions, prepare well by practising often, underline or highlight key phrases for clarity.

Tips and tricks

  • Bring a wristwatch and put it in front of you on the table to remind you of the time. Ensure that the time is the same as the hall’s one before examinations commence.
  • Allocate your time well such that you already know how much time to spend on each section. This will prevent being overly stubborn and losing precious marks trying to solve tricky questions in front and ending up having no time to complete easy ones at the back.
  • If need to, we would advise bringing 2 calculators for the exam in case one gets faulty or run out of batteries.
  • If in any doubt of your paper or print quality, do raise your hand and ask!
  • Always check that you completed all questions till the last page!

The list we have provided above is by no means exhaustive. There are many other ways that a student can adopt to suit his/her learning style and cognitive abilities. Many of which including the above mentioned ones are adeptly shared with students by our ConsultAtutor Personal Home Tutors as the study setting and personal guidance rendered to the student over an extended period of time encourages so.

Start by asking your child or student whether he is clear about the examination formats for the different subjects and apply appropriate strategies as required to achieve the goal set. As the saying goes, “Prepare well and half the battle is already won!”

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Perapera…kun?

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Have you ever struggled to flip through that really thick and clumsy Chinese-English dictionary in search for a translation of a word or phrase? I’m sure many of you if you are not using the handheld electronic dictionary, would have experienced the inconvenience of trying to count the number of strokes in a Chinese character and flipping through the pages of the dictionary but to realise that you ended up in the wrong page as you counted wrongly.

With the recent debate on adjustment of Mother Tongue weightage in PSLE, the highlight has been put on the teaching methods, learning tools and curriculum for the Mother Tongue language.  In particular, those students that may find the Chinese language to be especially difficult to learn due to their predominantly English-speaking background certainly feel that a change or improvement is required.

In light of this, as part of our EduSnips series, we shall introduce to you the Perapera-kun translator! So what is the Perapera-kun Translator and what does it do to help students and educators?

 The Perapera-kun translator is a add-on for Mozilla Firefox internet browser, another immensely popular browser other than the Internet Explorer. This add-on is amazingly useful for students who are weak in the Chinese language and would want to improve by seeking for fast and immediate(almost) translation without the hassles of flipping dictionaries or inputting into handheld dictionaries. The Perapera-kun Translator immediately pops-up a box with an English translation as your mouse hover over the Chinese word or phrase. Hence, this tool greatly reduces the time lag and cumbersomeness in trying to translate and comprehend physically via a dictionary or an electronic one. Imagine reading an interesting article with lots of difficult Chinese words that you would want to learn in a breeze! 

Students and educators can definitely use the Perapera-kun Translator to great effect when reading or sourcing for interesting Chinese articles like from our local omy.sg or even tapping into the huge range of Chinese internet resources via baidu.com. And for our ConsultAtutor Chinese Language personal home tutors, you might want to leverage on this tool as a stepping stone to how you can make your Chinese tutorials more fun and enriching to the students in ConsultAtutor’s One-to-One Tutoring Program using the vast resources available on Chinese websites! Be creative and explore to refine and broaden your teaching method and styles!

How to install and use Perapera-kun:

1. Download Mozilla Firefox (if you haven’t)

2. Download the Perapera-kun Translator (version 2.1 ) add-on

3. Download the Chinese-English Perapera-kun dictionary (scroll down the page and look for it)

4. Go to any Chinese websites like Sougou,  ZaoBao or Omy

5. Enable the translator by clicking on the star at the bottom right hand corner and hover across any Chinese word or phrase you would like to translate

6. Enjoy surfing using the Perapera-kun Translator!

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