The PSLE Math exam can cause stress and anxiety for many students, more so if they cannot relate to the subject and have developed a dislike for it. To make matters worse, the PSLE Math paper has evolved over the years to become a test paper that evaluates more than basic math skills. Recent tough PSLE Math questions have shown that a lot of creativity goes into preparing the Math exam paper, testing students’ ability in conceptualization and higher-order thinking. While some students may easily cultivate these skills, others struggle endlessly and are discouraged by what they might perceive to be an unachievable goal. We understand that this can be a stressful experience for both students and parents, so we have put together a few well-researched strategies to help students clear the Math exam with good results this year!
How to Strategize for a Suitable Study PlanBefore diving into creating a good study plan, let’s go over the format for PSLE Math and review the syllabus to make sure you are familiar with any changes that may have occurred. There are two parts to PSLE Math. They are: Paper 1 is the more straightforward of the two papers. There is a one-hour time constraint on this paper. It has two parts, called ‘booklets’ – A and B. These will be divided as follows: Booklet A – MCQ format -10 MCQs: 1 mark – 5 MCQs: 2 marks Booklet B – Descriptive answer format – 5 questions: 1 mark – 10 questions: 2 marks Calculators will not be allowed for this exam section since there are no complex calculations involved. Paper 2 consists of short and long answer questions requiring higher-order thinking skills. PSLE hard Math questions will be found here. Calculators may be required and are permitted in this section. Question patterns consist of: – 5 short answer questions – 12 long answer questions
Effective Tips for Creating a Study PlanLet’s look at a few tips to maximize your scoring power in both Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 – This is the easier of the two papers and should be the one that gives your child the maximum score. Use the following strategies to help them ace this paper:
- Practice will be your child’s best step forward. But it is important to start from the basics and work up to exam-level questions. Any subject areas that your child displays weakness in should be addressed with patient practice and thorough understanding.
- Familiarize your child with PSLE question types and formats of the previous years.
- Strategize to give your child exposure to an exam-level environment with seating arrangements and time restraints as much as possible.
- Since this is a simpler paper, students may be tempted to treat it with less care than Paper 2 and lose marks to carelessness. Coach your child against this sort of carelessness and help them develop patience in solving each question carefully. Try to help them develop a habit of self-reviewing from an early age.
- Building a strong mathematical foundation is the best place to start. From there, you can help your child gradually build up on creative thinking, visualization, and heuristics.
- Children may not easily tackle complex questions from the first attempt. There will be a lot of trial and error before a child can successfully tackle Paper 2 questions in PSLE Math.
- It will be wise to train the child to use their time wisely and make the best use of calculators since these will be allowed in the exam.
Techniques for Building a Customized Study Plan for Your ChildLet’s take it a little further with a bit more detail you can add to your child’s study plan:
- Develop a study strategy that will identify and use their learning style
- Help them set streamlined goals.
- Train them in time management
- Use available resources
- Discover fun learning strategies
- Teach them the techniques and importance of remaining calm
- Instil a sense of trust within themselves