At the point of writing, there are approximately just 100 plus days left to PSLE Mathematics Paper itself. Is your child prepared for the final examination? This is the period that can really define your child’s education in Secondary school. This is because the marks or grades that your child obtain for PSLE will eventually determine your child’s choices of secondary school to enroll into. Given that we have just less than 3 months going into PSLE, is there enough time left? Yes! Definitely! We have just the right strategy or guide that you can use. Let us look into the top 5 tips for PSLE Math revision.
Top 5 Tips For PSLE Math Revision
While we can provide the top 5 tips for PSLE math revision, it is really entirely up to the parent to enforce this upon their child. These tips for revising PSLE Math is so useful, that our users constantly practice it. We know this, as we have more than 75,000 students using KooBits in their studies, and 12,000 are Primary 6 students!
Ok, before we digress, here are the top 5 tips for revising PSLE Math.
Tip 1 : Finding Out Your Child Weak Areas
This should be the very first thing that you should do. By knowing your child’s gaps in knowledge, you will know exactly which topics that you should zoom into. For example, if your child is weak in fractions, then it will obviously be important for you to help your child to focus on fractions. Or if algebra is the child’s main problem, then focusing on that will be important, as algebra is a good tool for your child to use in solving certain PSLE math problem sum question.
Tip 2 : Focus On Key Topics
If you find that you do not have the time to really analyse and focus on your child’s weakness, you can choose to focus on a few key topics that forms up the majority of PSLE Math questions. The three key topics that forms up nearly 50% of the PSLE Math paper are Measurement, Fraction followed by Ratio. Indeed, in our analysing the data gathered from our students, the questions in these three topics have the highest fluctuation in terms of results. If you are able to help your child focus on these three topics, they would have secured at least 50% of the marks!
Tip 3 : Identifying Your Child's Common Type Of Mistake
It is very common for students to make mistakes when it comes to Mathematics. What is important is for us to identify the type of mistake that the student does. Having said that, parents and teachers alike will claim that the students’ mistake is simply a “careless mistake”. To put it straight, there is no such thing as a “careless mistake”. Indeed, if your child forgets to include the units in the answer, it is not a “careless mistake”. The type of mistake can be categorized into three specific areas : Conceptual, Procedural or Technical mistakes.
- Conceptual Mistakes: The child have problem understanding the underlying concepts. One of them most obvious example is that when students are asked to write out the number when given the written form of it, they generate an incorrect number. For example, students are asked to write out five thousand, four hundred and seventy-three. They give the answer as 50040073.
- Technical Mistake: This is where the most common onset of “careless mistake” is. Usually, mistakes of this nature includes just the 4 basic operations of math. For example, students are supposed to add 94 and 17 together, and they somehow managed to derive an answer of 101.
- Procedural Mistake: This mistake occurs when the child incorrectly applies a procedure when solving a problem. It can be the simple mistake of not inverting the fractions or not aligning decimals when conducting the 4 operations.
Once you are able to identify the common mistakes that your child does for math, then you will be able to know better on how to help your child with PSLE Math.
Tip 4 : Work On Problem Sums
It is no secret that Problem Sums form the main part of PSLE Mathematics Paper 2. In this case, it will be worth your time, as well as your child’s time, in focusing on Problem Sums entirely. The key to problem sums is not difficult, and we have just the right resource for you. Click here to find out more.
Tip 5 : Master Mechanical Sums
If PSLE Math Paper 2 is all about Problem Sums, then what about PSLE Math Paper 1? Well, most of the questions in PSLE Math Paper 1 requires your child to be fast in their mental calculation. This is especially true for Section A, since students are not allowed to use calculators.
This is one of the major pitfalls. Some students are too accustomed to use calculators, and hence they grow over reliant on it. So as a tip for PSLE Math Revision, we recommend you to limit your child’s reliance on calculators.
Bonus Tip : Managing Time
When working with parents and students, some students are unable to complete the PSLE papers on time. When we delve deeper into this problem, we notice that the students are unable to reach the end of the paper at all. Meaning to say, they did not attempt the last few questions of the paper. This is due to the students’ poor time management.
Students often spend a lot of time in the initial stages of the paper. As a result, they are unable to proceed or progress further into the paper itself. Just so you know, in case you are still oblivious, the questions near the end of the paper do carry more marks than the front questions. This applies to PSLE Math Paper 1. Also, the last few questions need not be tougher than the front questions. Sometimes, the easier questions can be found at the rear of the paper.
The best way to improve on this, is to let your child be aware that he has to move on to the next question after spending more than 50 seconds on the question. We have written a guide, and you can find it here.
When it comes to PSLE Math Revision, always follow a very structured way to help your child to revise. The above 5 tips for PSLE Math Revision will suffice in getting them to be confident enough to attempt the PSLE Math paper. In getting them to excel, you will need the structure to help your child.