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So your child has received his/her exam results – what now?

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The school year is wrapping up, as lessons come to an end and school friends make plans for the holidays. But before you pack up the pencils, there’s one last matter to attend to. Your child has brought home his or her final report card – but what should you do now?

Whether you and your child are happy with the scores, this should be seen as a final opportunity to get feedback on his academic progress this year. Here are Elucidation Learning Centre’s top 3 tips on how to interpret your child’s exam results, and what to do moving forwards!

1. Assessing exam scores

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It’s easy to see a B or C grade as a sign that your child is struggling. But more importantly, find out how your child fared in comparison to his classmates. It might be a cause for concern if his scores are in the bottom 25th percentile. Conversely, a 68% grade might be great if the rest of the class scored around 60%.

Take the chance to get personalised feedback on your child’s performance, by meeting with individual subject teachers in Parent-Teacher Meetings.Maybe he’s always falling asleep in class. Or perhaps this year’s paper was set at a particularly high standard.

Alternatively, if your child has tuition classes, ask his tutor for an assessment of his progress throughout the year. 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

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Get your child in the habit of self-reflecting on his results – and get him to actually write it out or discuss it with you. This will help him develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for his academic work.

Here are some questions for him/her to consider:

  • Is he satisfied with his grades? Does he think he could have done better?
  • Does he think he allocated himself sufficient time to revise before the exam? Most students start to prepare only a few days before their tests, but high-performers tend to revise consistently.
  • What did he do well this time that contributed to good or improved grades?
  • What could he do differently next time to boost his scores further?

From teachers’ feedback and your child’s reflections, guide him in creating an action plan for the holidays and new academic year, with concrete and achievable steps. This might mean strengthening his foundation in certain problem-solving or writing skills, or revising specific topic areas.

It’s worth taking the time to work on weaknesses, as every year’s academic syllabus tends to build on the content and skills of previous years’ ones. Alternatively, it might be worth getting a headstart on next year’s curriculum, to ease the learning curve once January comes around.

3. Enjoying a well-deserved break

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At the end of the day, every academic year is just another stepping stone in your child’s long education journey. Allow your child some time to get proper rest and relaxation this December break, to make sure he 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 in January!

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Our curriculum at Elucidation Learning Centre is built around these principles. Students are sorted by ability in small classes, to build an environment that best suits their individual needs.

For a free assessment of your child’s exam papers, make an appointment with Elucidation Learning Centre by calling us at 6464 0323. We can help your child work on his weaknesses this holiday, and give him or her a headstart for the new year!

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