“Ah boy(Son), have you done the assessment/revision for your exams? You must do Practice More and Do More so that you can do well for your exams and go to a good school in future.”
I’m sure most of you parents hear yourselves saying this or a variation of this more than half the time before exams. Now this is what we call the “Old School” way of revision – Practice More and Do more.
What we at Lexis Education Asia believe in is not simply Practicing More and Doing More BLINDLY. In fact stop doing this! It drives your children and you crazy and frustrated.
Now what I am going to share with you is 3 simple tips to revise for Maths :
1) Ensure your child understands the basics of the topics to be covered before jumping STRAIGHT into Problem Sums – even though problem sums might be important. If your child does not understand the basics/foundation of at least 70% of the topic, it is almost impossible to even attempt problem sums.
SOLUTION – Work on the MCQ/Short answer type questions of each topic 1st!
2) Have a cheat sheet/formula sheet created for your child for each individual topic so that there is something he can refer to when he first starts off his revision and while he is doing his revision. After the 1st round of revision, progressively reduce the use of this cheat sheet and have him/her practice on from his/her own. This is also to help him revise on the day before the exam – a quick look through of all the important pointers for each topic.
SOLUTION - If you can’t do it yourself, head down to POPULAR bookstore and purchase the book “SAP – Learning Maths”. It comes with a set of notes.
P.S : Children do not like to flip through the whole text book to find out something. It is a total waste of time as well. Give them a cheat sheet, we say.
3) When practicing for Problem sums, stop BLINDLY doing it. What do we mean by this? There are many books in the market which have broken down and categorized Problem solving into Different Model Concepts and Heuristic Skills. Use these to help your child individually understand and learn each individual concept/skill before attempting Past Exam Papers, etc.
SOLUTION – Head down to POPULAR bookstore and pick up one of these books :
i) FAN-MATH Process Skills
ii) Marshall Canvendish – Problem Solving Beyond the class room
If there are any other questions, do write to me in the comment box below ! :)
Chief Trainer Marc