Did you know that mistakes aren’t simply mistakes if you analyse them?
Type 1 – The blank answer
The type 1 mistake a child makes is if he/she does not understand the question at all and normally would leave it totally blank.
For this type of mistakes, it would be best to read through with your child the question and prompt questions regarding various key points so as to ensure he/she understands what is stated/written in the question. It is most commonly a case of the child totally not understanding the question given, hence, leaving it totally empty.
Only after carrying out the steps above should you go on to have your child try working on the question. If at this point, after ensuring he/she understands the information provided in the question, he/she still does not know how to do it, can we say that he/she probably doesn’t know how to apply the concepts learnt for that particular topic.
Solution : Revise with your child the basics of that particular chapter and see if he grasps the basics 1st before moving on to the more advanced level type of questions.
Type 2 – The Half-correct Answer
The Type 2 mistake is typically made when a child understands the question, tries to attempt it and gets lost/stuck at a certain stage of the working.
For this type of mistakes, your child normally understands about 50-70% of a question (depending on the number of steps he/she has gotten right).
It is only at a certain stage of his/her working where he gets lost. Find out which part this is from the steps he has attempted. From there, prompt your child with some questions to help your child understand why this step should not be done in this particular way or give him/her hints to look out for clues on what the right step to take next is.
Solution : By helping to pin-point where your child has made these mistakes during his steps, it would help him/her with understanding the steps from which he has made mistakes.
Type 3 – The correct Method with the wrong Answer (‘aka’ “The Careless Mistake)
The Type 3 mistake is described by many parents as the “pulling your hair” type of mistake. This mistake is typically made when your child rushes through and doesn’t check his work. He/she has done all the steps correctly but ends up with a carelessly calculated wrong answer (either by way of pressing the wrong numbers on the calculator or a mistake done in his/her working”
Solution : The almost full-proof way of reducing mistakes by at least 60-70% is to write all workings legibly even if it’s in the working column. It doesn’t mean that the working column has to be a ‘chaotic warzone’. Why? This helps to eradicate mistakes made through the recognition of wrong digits during manual workings.
Now, by knowing all the 3 Major Types of mistakes, don’t you think helping your child with his/her revision would be 300% more EFFECTIVE and 300% less Frustrating? Your kid would thank you for not PILING on the massive amounts of assessments too! :D
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