Are you ready for the new semester?
The mid-years are done, school is wrapping up lessons but before you pack up the pencils and make plans for the upcoming holidays, there’s one last matter to attend to. Your child has brought home their mid-year assessments – what should you do now?
Whether you and your child are happy with the scores, this should be seen as a good opportunity to get feedback on his academic progress thus far in the year.
Here are our top 3 tips on how to interpret your child’s performance, and what to do moving forwards!
1. Assessing scores
It’s easy to see an AL grade of 4 to 6 as a sign that your child is struggling. But more importantly, find out how your child fared in comparison to his classmates. Though the ALs are supposed to be a reflection of how your child did in relation to his previous work and not for comparison of grades between individuals, it might be a cause for concern if they are getting AL 7s or 8s. Conversely, an AL4 grade might be great if the rest of the class are getting AL5s.
Take the opportunity to get personalised feedback on your child’s performance, by meeting with individual subject teachers in parent-teacher meetings. Maybe they’re always falling asleep in class. Or perhaps the assessments were set at a particularly high standard. You don’t have to wait till the school schedules a parent-teacher session before asking to meet with them!
Alternatively, if your child has tuition classes, ask his tutor for an assessment of their progress thus far. Tutors work closely with your child in his or her learning, and so are able to provide the best tips for improvement.
2. Making a game plan
What did your child do well this time that contributed to good or improved grades?
Get your child in the habit of self-reflecting on their results – and get them to actually write it out or discuss it with you. This will help them develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for their academic work.
Here are some questions for them to consider:
- Is your child satisfied with their grades?
- Does he/she think they could have done better?
- Does your child think they allocated themselves sufficient time to revise?
Most students start to prepare only a few days, but high-performers tend to revise consistently.
- What did your child do well this time that contributed to good or improved grades?
- What could your child do differently next time to boost their scores further?
From teachers’ feedback and your child’s reflections, guide them in creating an action plan with concrete and achievable steps for the upcoming holidays and new academic semester. This might mean strengthening their foundation in certain problem-solving or writing skills, or revising specific topic areas.
It’s worth taking the time to work on weaknesses, as each term’s academic syllabus tends to build on the content and skills of the previous. Alternatively, it might be worth getting a head-start on the next semester’s curriculum to ease the learning curve once July comes around.
3. Enjoying a well-deserved break
At the end of the day, every academic semester is just another stepping stone in your child’s long education journey. Allow your child some time to get proper rest and relaxation this June holiday break too, to make sure they doesn’t burn out. But don’t let the books get dusty; working in some revision or studying ahead will ensure your child is in the best place to hit the ground running come July!
The Elucidation Learning advantage
Our curriculum at Elucidation Learning Centre is built around these principles — Students are sorted by ability into small classes, to build an environment that best suits their individual needs.
For a free assessment of your child’s work, make an appointment with Elucidation Learning. You can drop in at our centre location and speak to us, call us at +65.6464-0323 or Whatsapp us on +65.9738-8529 (by tapping the link). We can help your child work on their weaknesses this holidays, and give him or her a head-start for the new semester!