ATTN: Parents frustrated by Primary/Secondary Mathematics
Today, I had an interesting encounter with a parent, Mr G. during our Diagnostic Session.
He had travelled all the way from the western part of Singapore despite the heavy downpour to come meet with me today and had brought along his two sons.
Mr G. starting sharing about how his son who is in Primary 2 is able to attempt most of the worksheets given by the school and another tuition centre. In fact, he scored almost full marks each worksheet.
The shocking fact came when his son did a Primary 2 mock exam paper and only scored below 30%. This came as a complete shock... Especially for his son who normally is able to score almost full marks for each session.
Mr G. told me that the tuition centre hands out a lot of worksheets during each lesson and just does these worksheets repeatedly. Well yes, maybe most would agree that more practice is good.
However, here's the problem... A lot of students do HUGE amounts of questions but they fail to grasp and understand the underlying Math concepts.
Here’s an example of Quality Vs Quantity.
Doing more does not equate to having a better understanding all the time.
As we know, exam questions would “twist & turn”. Hence, without the understanding of the underlying concepts, it is almost completely useless to do countless stacks of worksheets or past papers.
I always share with parents that the best and most efficient way to help your child improve in Maths is to first find out what exactly is your child’s weakest areas first. Then, focus and help your child understand the basics and underlying concepts of that topic before moving on to doing practice.
Hope this was a helpful sharing! =) See you soon!
Chief Trainer Marc
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