How To Prepare For PSLE: 5 Proven Strategies To Get Your Child Ready!
In this article, we will share how you can help your child prepare for PSLE with these 5 proven strategies.
The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) examination is the first major national examination that your child will experience in his or her academic journey in Singapore after 6 years of compulsory primary education.
The PSLE aims to assess students’ level of learning outcomes of different subjects such as English, Maths, Science, and Mother Tongue, as well as facilitates the transition into secondary education.
1) Know the PSLE Examination Timetable and Exam Format
The PSLE is categorized into 3 main components – oral, listening comprehension, and written. As of the year of writing this article (2020), we will be including the PSLE dates for 2020 as shown below.
The first most important thing to do is to markdown all the dates and timings of the subjects that your child is taking. Consider writing it down on a piece of paper or whiteboard (if you have one) and stick it somewhere visible in your house e.g. refrigerator or in front of your child’s study table.
This simple act ensures that your child is fully aware of the examination dates and it will encourage and remind him or her of the time left to the big day.
*Do take note that these topics are not tested in 2020 due to COVID-19 [image below]
The PSLE exam formats and syllabus are summarised below:
A more detailed outline of the exam formats and syllabus for Mother Tongue and other subjects can be found at the Singapore Examinations Assessment Board.
2. Create a Study Revision Plan
The next actionable would be to create a realistic and strategic revision study plan together with your child. Every child learns at a different pace and learning style so do take note of the time needed and what kind of study techniques to use.
There are 4 main learning styles – learn by seeing, learn by hearing, learn by reading/writing, and learn by doing. Identify which learning style that is most suited for your child will make learning more enjoyable, faster, and easier!
Do not create the study revision plan FOR your child! Create the study revision plan TOGETHER with your child. Let your child make his/her own decisions. This is important because this process will encourage your child to take on responsibility, accountability, and ownership.
With all the examination dates and timings listed down, you and your child can get ready to plan the weekly study revision routine.
The first part is to prioritize how much time is needed for each subject. Here’s what you can ask your child:
- Which subject needs more time for revision?
- What’s your current weekly schedule?
- How much time should we allocate for each subject?
- How should we allocate these time blocks into your current schedule?
- Prioritization of subjects to revise (Maths, Science, English, MT)
- Depending on your child’s weekly schedule, let’s say weekdays 6 pm – 10 pm and weekends 1 pm – 5 pm is allocated for studying which then totals up to 28 hours per week.
- The study revision plan will come to this – 7hrs per subject on average. Adjust it according to the subjects prioritization which will probably end up like this – Maths (8hrs), Science (8hrs), English(7hrs), MT (5hrs).
- You can further break it down to 1hr/1.5hrs/2hrs per subject and fit it into the schedule. For instance, Monday (Math 6 pm – 8 pm followed by Science 8 pm – 10 pm).
The first part is about WHEN to study or revise.
The second part is about WHAT to study or revise. List down all the topics for each subject and plan out what to revise each week.
Here’s what you can ask your child:
- What are the topics for each subject?
- How are we going to allocate these topics across the weeks till PSLE?
And that’s it! Your child is on its way to tackle his or her PSLE examination!
3. Practice Examination Papers
The best way to prepare for examinations is to practice doing examination papers. Understanding the topics and subjects well can only get your child that far. Practicing examination papers will then check if your child has fully grasped the theories and concepts, and more importantly, the answering techniques and application methods.
Try practicing the examination papers with the time allocated for each subject so that your child is conditioned to the exact examination settings. When the PSLE comes around, your child will get a sense of how much time he or she needs to complete the paper. In addition, practicing examination papers will also challenge your child to try more complex questions.
If you are looking for examination practice paper, we’d highly suggest doing top school examination papers which you can purchase here. This store is located at Bras Basah Complex (Singapore) or you can also opt for delivery.
4. Eat and Sleep Well
Having a balanced lifestyle is crucial to maximizing your child’s learning. Health habits, such as eating and sleep patterns, are linked to academic success based on numerous research and studies.
When children go to school without eating breakfast, their cognitive function can be affected. It is suggested for children to start the day with fruits, proteins, and whole grains. Try to avoid sugary cereals because they cause a sugar high, followed by a crash.
On top of eating well, children need a good night’s sleep for their overall school performance. Lack of sleep can lead to problems with attention and memory in the classroom which affects their learning behavior.
Have a consistent bedtime every single day of the week including the weekends. Do not sleep in on Saturday and Sunday because when Monday comes, your child will have to adjust its body schedule back again.
All in all, make sure that he or she is eating and sleeping well with adequate nutrients and rest so that they can learn and perform better in classes.
5. Beyond PSLE – What’s Next?
PSLE is just the beginning of your child’s academic learning journey. It is a stepping stone towards greater things in life. It is also a great time to reflect on what your child wants to do next. Spend some time to ask your child what his or her aspirations are in life, what do they like to do, or what are their passion and hobbies?
With a clearer idea of what is possible for your child will inspire him or her to want to do well and work hard towards their dreams. There are many options and possibilities after the PSLE for your child to nurture his or her talents and strengths.
Help your child explore the different paths that they can take. Does he or she want to pursue sports/arts/science/maths education? Come up with a list of schools that your child might be interested to study and learn in.
A Final Note: Prepare for PSLE
While PSLE is considered one of the first major examinations as a student, it is really just the beginning of their academic learning journey. Don’t fret and worry too much! What matters is that your child is trying his or her best. Life is truly more than just good grades. All the best for your child’s preparation for the PSLE!