Tips for improving in PSLE

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Tips for improving in PSLE

Postby ruyu » Wed May 19, 2010 9:15 pm

Hi i would like to provide some tips to excel in PSLE although i am writing PSLE this year. Just want the younger generation to do well!

English: I am no english expert but some tips from Cheif Kiasu!

Instead of worrying about how you need to improve your English, why not just enjoy yourself reading the Straits Times and stories that you enjoy, and imagine yourself to be the editor? How would YOU have written those articles? After reading each article and think about how YOU can summarize the entire article in a one short paragraph, capturing the essence of the article.

If you do this religiously for 21 days, one article a day, I will guarantee you will start being able to do it unconsciously in under 5 mins per article. Continue for another 21 days and it will become an unconscious habit you can do in your mind. Continue for another 21 days and you will be able to handle any comprehension or essay writing thrown at you.

he was like scolding me :lol:


Math: one word PRACTISE! Practise makes perfect. Only thing do do for math. Try this book called the CHALLENGING MATHS PROBLEMS MADE EASY b Ammiel Wan Chee Hong. I personally recommend it!

Mother tongue: Not sure... i do nothing... :oops:


Science: Most ppl do very badly for science. But it is one of the easiest subjects. Watch science channels like Discovery , History and National Geographic channels. Also read alot of science books. I have one whole bookshelf of books just for science.But dont go pester your mother and fathers to buy for you guys then they come after me. Use what you have.
Instead of buying the science books for your level buy Primary Six ones. It has most of the science facts for the topic. I bought the PSLE Science Revision guide when i was P2. Th PSLE Science Revision guide is quite a good book , so a book i would adivice to buy regardless of what level.


Well thats all folks this is what i am currently doing for my PSLE prep. How it helps! If you guys want you may add on as comments especially for mt :oops:

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Postby livewith_vanilla » Wed May 19, 2010 9:29 pm

hey,i'm also taking my PSLE this year.

What i'm doing is the following:

English:
Prepare a vocabulary/grammar book.Take it with you to school or when you're studying.Make sure you have a dictionary too!Every time you chance upon a word you don't know about or your teacher asks you to write down the meaning of a word on your practice paper etc, find the meaning and write it down in your vocabulary book. Why? Cause there will not be time for you to do last minute vocabulary revision when you have over 20-30 practice papers.An exercise book will do the job.

Maths:
Understanding the different topics is one thing but solving the related questions is another.I feel that doing practices are not enough as many just mark and ignore the mistakes.What i'm doing is to challenge myself with challenging problems and solve them.Time yourself too,to know how much time you need to solve such questions and then you would be able to plan your time for PSLE maths.If you have a question on the concepts,ask your teachers.They won't bite.

Science:
Understand the concepts,know the scientific terms,and know how to apply the concept as an answer.In this part,sentence structure is very important.Another point is that when you do practices,ask yourself if you are the marker and when you read the answer,would you be asking questions?If yes,then you will have to review your answer.If no,then check if the answer's scientifically correct.I make concept maps,do colourful notes and use the red-pen method.The red pen method is to use a red pen to circle in big circles the important words in your notes.I also make powerpoints for easy references.

MT:
I would write out the characters frequently over and over again to make sure i memorised the strokes.There isn't much i do for MT though.

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Re: Tips for improving in PSLE

Postby xxjustakidxx » Wed May 19, 2010 9:44 pm

ruyu wrote:Hi i would like to provide some tips to excel in PSLE although i am writing PSLE this year. Just want the younger generation to do well!

English: I am no english expert but some tips from Cheif Kiasu!

Instead of worrying about how you need to improve your English, why not just enjoy yourself reading the Straits Times and stories that you enjoy, and imagine yourself to be the editor? How would YOU have written those articles? After reading each article and think about how YOU can summarize the entire article in a one short paragraph, capturing the essence of the article.

If you do this religiously for 21 days, one article a day, I will guarantee you will start being able to do it unconsciously in under 5 mins per article. Continue for another 21 days and it will become an unconscious habit you can do in your mind. Continue for another 21 days and you will be able to handle any comprehension or essay writing thrown at you.

he was like scolding me :lol:


Math: one word PRACTISE! Practise makes perfect. Only thing do do for math. Try this book called the CHALLENGING MATHS PROBLEMS MADE EASY b Ammiel Wan Chee Hong. I personally recommend it!

Mother tongue: Not sure... i do nothing... :oops:


Science: Most ppl do very badly for science. But it is one of the easiest subjects. Watch science channels like Discovery , History and National Geographic channels. Also read alot of science books. I have one whole bookshelf of books just for science.But dont go pester your mother and fathers to buy for you guys then they come after me. Use what you have.
Instead of buying the science books for your level buy Primary Six ones. It has most of the science facts for the topic. I bought the PSLE Science Revision guide when i was P2. Th PSLE Science Revision guide is quite a good book , so a book i would adivice to buy regardless of what level.


Well thats all folks this is what i am currently doing for my PSLE prep. How it helps! If you guys want you may add on as comments especially for mt :oops:


For science, I don't think watching Discovery etc is needed. The syllabus' different.

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Postby CoffeeCat » Wed May 19, 2010 9:46 pm

livewith_vanilla wrote:Maths:
Understanding the different topics is one thing but solving the related questions is another.I feel that doing practices are not enough as many just mark and ignore the mistakes.


Agreed. For parents who are able to supervise their children's work, i suggest getting the kids to redo the questions they got wrong from schoolwork or on tests. I found that kids often thought they know how to do the question after they copied the working from the board (and subsequently never revise) and i suspect most of them thought wrong.
Fastest way to tell if a mistake is careless or not.

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Postby livewith_vanilla » Wed May 19, 2010 9:53 pm

CoffeeCat wrote:
livewith_vanilla wrote:Maths:
Understanding the different topics is one thing but solving the related questions is another.I feel that doing practices are not enough as many just mark and ignore the mistakes.


Agreed. For parents who are able to supervise their children's work, i suggest getting the kids to redo the questions they got wrong from schoolwork or on tests. I found that kids often thought they know how to do the question after they copied the working from the board (and subsequently never revise) and i suspect most of them thought wrong.
Fastest way to tell if a mistake is careless or not.


I've seen many of my friends who just blindly copy and ignore the mistakes.Reasons being that we have loads to do and we are rushing against time.

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Postby ruyu » Wed May 19, 2010 10:15 pm

CoffeeCat wrote:
livewith_vanilla wrote:Maths:
Understanding the different topics is one thing but solving the related questions is another.I feel that doing practices are not enough as many just mark and ignore the mistakes.


Agreed. For parents who are able to supervise their children's work, i suggest getting the kids to redo the questions they got wrong from schoolwork or on tests. I found that kids often thought they know how to do the question after they copied the working from the board (and subsequently never revise) and i suspect most of them thought wrong.
Fastest way to tell if a mistake is careless or not.


agree

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Postby Joy » Fri May 21, 2010 9:27 am

thanks vanilla for the great tips in science.

May I check with you how to do well in mcq?At times i find redo it doesnt really help.Mcq is pretty tricky and sometime if think too indept also error , maybe less stress in doing a question is one way to go?thanks.

livewith_vanilla wrote:hey,i'm also taking my PSLE this year.

What i'm doing is the following:

English:
Prepare a vocabulary/grammar book.Take it with you to school or when you're studying.Make sure you have a dictionary too!Every time you chance upon a word you don't know about or your teacher asks you to write down the meaning of a word on your practice paper etc, find the meaning and write it down in your vocabulary book. Why? Cause there will not be time for you to do last minute vocabulary revision when you have over 20-30 practice papers.An exercise book will do the job.

Maths:
Understanding the different topics is one thing but solving the related questions is another.I feel that doing practices are not enough as many just mark and ignore the mistakes.What i'm doing is to challenge myself with challenging problems and solve them.Time yourself too,to know how much time you need to solve such questions and then you would be able to plan your time for PSLE maths.If you have a question on the concepts,ask your teachers.They won't bite.

Science:
Understand the concepts,know the scientific terms,and know how to apply the concept as an answer.In this part,sentence structure is very important.Another point is that when you do practices,ask yourself if you are the marker and when you read the answer,would you be asking questions?If yes,then you will have to review your answer.If no,then check if the answer's scientifically correct.I make concept maps,do colourful notes and use the red-pen method.The red pen method is to use a red pen to circle in big circles the important words in your notes.I also make powerpoints for easy references.

MT:
I would write out the characters frequently over and over again to make sure i memorised the strokes.There isn't much i do for MT though.

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Postby Brenda10 » Fri May 21, 2010 10:21 am

CoffeeCat wrote:
livewith_vanilla wrote:Maths:
Understanding the different topics is one thing but solving the related questions is another.I feel that doing practices are not enough as many just mark and ignore the mistakes.


Agreed. For parents who are able to supervise their children's work, i suggest getting the kids to redo the questions they got wrong from schoolwork or on tests. I found that kids often thought they know how to do the question after they copied the working from the board (and subsequently never revise) and i suspect most of them thought wrong.
Fastest way to tell if a mistake is careless or not.


Yes. This few days DD is revisiting on ratio questions again. We spent a few days to analysis and redo the questions. Finally now she is able to grasp the different approach to apply in different scenario better.

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Postby Lynn2 » Fri May 21, 2010 10:28 am

brenda10

Your girl is indeed very motivated.My girl engine switch off after exam.Ask her to do ratio, in the normal days she get it right, now, holidays mood, cannot even do....sigh...

Brenda10 wrote:
CoffeeCat wrote:
livewith_vanilla wrote:Maths:
Understanding the different topics is one thing but solving the related questions is another.I feel that doing practices are not enough as many just mark and ignore the mistakes.


Agreed. For parents who are able to supervise their children's work, i suggest getting the kids to redo the questions they got wrong from schoolwork or on tests. I found that kids often thought they know how to do the question after they copied the working from the board (and subsequently never revise) and i suspect most of them thought wrong.
Fastest way to tell if a mistake is careless or not.


Yes. This few days DD is revisiting on ratio questions again. We spent a few days to analysis and redo the questions. Finally now she is able to grasp the different approach to apply in different scenario better.

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Postby Brenda10 » Fri May 21, 2010 12:03 pm

Hi Lynn2

No choice. One of the P6 parents told us that “fraction” and “ratio” are the most crucial topics to grasp well otherwise the child would face bigger difficulties when the problem questions are getting more complicated later on. May be some P6 students can confirm the above.

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