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4 BIG Challenges Parents Face With Their Children Taking PSLE English

Article 1: 4 BIG Challenges Parents Face With Their Children Taking PSLE English

Time and tide waits for no man; things will not wait for you when you are late. In this application, we can say that if your child is not prepared for the big national exam by then, it will be too late to rectify. Most parents in Singapore are anxious to push their children to do well in major examinations, but many are clueless on how to do it, resulting in adding more stress on their children. Among the four subjects; English, Mother Tongue, Mathematics and Science, many parents want their children to do well in their English, however, this group of parents are clueless on how to seek the correct or suitable help, resulting in even more “head banging on the wall”. In this article, we will share with you the four BIG challenges parents face with their children taking PSLE English.

Not Familiar With The PSLE English Examination Format

Many parents are clueless when it comes face to face dealing with the PSLE English Examination Format.  Times have changed, and so do the curriculum. A good example is the composition format. No longer are the students given four pictures for them to spin a story. Instead, three unrelated pictures are shown to challenge students to weave a story, using any one picture, any two pictures, or all three pictures. Creativity and imagination is heavily involved and if parents are not aware of this change, his/her child will struggle in his/her Paper One.

Unaware Of The Difference Between Language Learning And Language Drilling

Parents may have been taught choral drill in their early years of education, which involves a teacher modelling a word or a sentence and the class repeats it.  Fast forward to now, choral drilling or language drilling is frowned upon by teachers, as this method is a highly controlled, teacher-centred setting. Language learning is the opposite, where students take ownership of their learning in a conducive environment, yet able to learn the objectives the teachers have set for them.

Clueless on how to coach their children tackle each and every section of the English Paper

It takes practice and skills to know how to score for each section of the English paper. Many parents are not sure how that works and how to help their children do well in the paper in general.  Although most students will have some form of extra help like tuition or supplementary lessons, parents will still want to take some ownership and help their children prepare for their PSLE English.

Unaware on how to help their children manage their time to complete the English Paper

Do you know that the duration of the English Paper Two lasts for 1 hour and 50 minutes? Many parents are not sure, and without this information, they are unable to help their children plan and strategize their time effectively. Certain sections require more time, where other sections require lesser time. Unless the children are trained to manage their time, they will not be able to maximise the time and do well in their paper.

 

With these four challenges highlighted, it is therefore necessary for parents to be well informed of the changes in the latest PSLE English paper. With this knowledge, parents are better equipped to help their children revise for their PSLE English paper.

 

(penned article for PSLE Hub)

By Shirleen

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