How to Improve your Grades after Mid-year Exams?

Dear parents,
        Are you and your child disappointed that this mid-year examination results have not met expectations? You are not alone. Leading up to the mid-year exams, some schools have already been affected by COVID-19 cases.
        In fact, some students have yet to fully caught up from the loss time and learning from last year. But please don’t feel discouraged.
        I would like to recommend a few ways to maximise your child’s time and opportunities during this period of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).
        Here are three suggestions.
        First, get organised! Students should pull out all the study materials of all their subjects for the past five months and start organising their notes and worksheets.
        Create a list or table to track the performance of every topic in every subject. After figuring out the areas of weaknesses, and also discovering that some worksheets have gone missing, your child will be in a better position to plan a study schedule to take full advantage of the time being stuck at home.
        If your child is missing some worksheets from Cognitus Academy, fret not. Let us know and we will send replacement worksheets for them to practise over the June break. If your child is not yet a Cognitus student, write to us, and we can send you a sample.
        So, get organised and stay organised. Check that every question has been answered and every correction done. By staying organised, your child is already in a better position for the year-end exams.
        Second, design a June Study Plan. After seeing the areas of weakness in each subject, aim to double down on topics or skills that are still lacking. If you are unsure, contact your Cognitus teachers to have a chat. We are always ready to support.
        Get extra practice materials from books that drill skills and concepts that your child is still unclear about. If your child is in Primary 6, don’t just buy assessments for Primary 6. Look out for some foundational practices at lower levels.
        Your Study Plan should be as detailed as possible. Each hour should be clearly assigned to a task, but limit the number of study hours to six hours of studying a day. A good plan should include breaks, exercise and socialising (with safe distancing).
        Third, improve your exam results by taking exams! Our Cognitus students get to download past year exam papers for extra practice before their schools’ termly assessment. We also conduct term tests during lessons.
        Your child can retake some of these exams if they have been done before. Or better still, complete some of these past year exam papers if they have yet to try them. Download them from Cognitus Online.
        They may be of a different standard from their own school’s exams, but extra practices will help students gain more exposure to different question types and standards.
        Always time these practice exams. Otherwise, the scores will be meaningless.
        Some students feel that they are fighting an invisible monster called exams. For the Primary 6 students, this monster is called – PSLE. We let our students know that this monster is not invisible. In fact, we can prepare for exams in a predictable and concrete way.
        Students just need to understand what will be tested, how the topics will be tested and what to do to score. Finally, we need the most important ingredient – effort and motivation of the student – to make the next exam a stress-free and successful one.
        We understand that the requirements of the English exam in school can be demanding and have helped many students develop the competency and confidence in handling the different sections in the English exam.
        To learn more about how we teach English, visit our website now. If you would like to arrange for a risk-free diagnostic consultation with our teachers, call us at 8321 8252 or send us your contact details here. We will get in touch soon.

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