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How to Give Your Child a Head Start for the Next Academic Year

As an unprecedented and challenging school year enters its closing stages, parents’ thoughts will quite naturally turn to the next academic year, which will be the first full year of the ‘new normal’.

Ensuring that your child prepares early and well will be crucial for a smooth and successful transition. No one can say for sure what 2021 might bring, but The Learning Lab is committed to journeying with you and your child in this period.

Here are some tips on what you can start doing to smoothen your child’s journey and give them a head start for 2021:

1) Put this year’s achievements in perspective

It’s one thing to get a head start and quite another to jump the gun. Before you start thinking about next year, make sure to give you and your child a pat on the back for surviving this year!

2020 has been a real rollercoaster for all of us, and spending some time just to appreciate what you and your child have achieved is both needful and helpful.

Celebrating past achievements also helps build morale for what is to come, but there’s more to looking back at what your child has accomplished than just feel-good vibes.

A comprehensive review of your child’s past performance in school with their teachers, and understanding the areas your child needs to improve in across the different subjects can be a good starting point for coming up with the plan for next year.

Again, don’t be afraid to seek out advice, guidance or a second opinion from your child’s teachers.

2) Prepare for the expected…

You won’t know exactly how your child will handle the step up, but there’s plenty that you can find out about the step up itself.

For example, if you’re entering new territory with the jump from Primary 2 to Primary 3 that introduces your child to a new subject, Science, take the opportunity to start consulting people who are familiar with the process. This could be a talk with your child’s teachers in school, or even friends with older children.

Perhaps your child might benefit from making an adjustment to their daily routine with the increased workload, from making a habit of good housekeeping for their notes and worksheets, or from being introduced to preparatory material in advance.

Getting proper guidance early could be the critical difference between a strong and sputtering start for your child.

3) …and the unexpected

At the same time, the global COVID-19 situation remains volatile, even if the state of affairs in Singapore has stabilised somewhat.

It would be wise not to count on having a return to normal too soon where school is concerned, only to see your expectations and plans overturned by events should the local situation take a turn for the worse again in 2021.

This means that you and your child should prepare yourselves mentally for consequences such as the potential return and ramping up of home-based learning, factoring these in with all the other changes that come with moving from one level to the next.

One way you can do so is by exploring digital ways of learning together with your child, such as through educational videos or web-based assessments.

Charting the Development of Effective Learners in the New Normal

As we continue to nurture your child’s academic growth in the new year, the way we conduct our lessons has evolved to ensure that your child receives the same high-quality education in a safe and conducive environment.

Priority registration for 2021 is ongoing, and slots for our 2021 classes are filling fast. Click here to find out more about how you can kick start your child’s journey for the next academic year.

Priority registration for our 2021 classes ends on Sunday, 18 October 2020.

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