How To Prepare For PSLE

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How To Prepare For PSLE

Postby cafelatte » Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:50 pm

Original Title: Asking 2009 PSLE moms & dads...

Since many PSLE mom&dad&children are hanging around here now, before holidays and secondary school days keep you busy, I would appreciate if you can share some tips and suggestions about the PSLE experience.

Anything +ve or -ve, pitfalls to avoid or some suggestions about revision pace/schedule, things to do or not to do ? I am not looking for tutors or tution centers that can do magic but just some advice from the been-there-done-that parents.

Hope to have some sharing in the spirit of kiasu-ism, our children will be in different cohorts anyway :lol:

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Re: Asking 2009 PSLE moms & dads...

Postby jitancat » Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:07 pm

cafelatte wrote:Since many PSLE mom&dad&children are hanging around here now, before holidays and secondary school days keep you busy, I would appreciate if you can share some tips and suggestions about the PSLE experience.

Anything +ve or -ve, pitfalls to avoid or some suggestions about revision pace/schedule, things to do or not to do ? I am not looking for tutors or tution centers that can do magic but just some advice from the been-there-done-that parents.

Hope to have some sharing in the spirit of kiasu-ism, our children will be in different cohorts anyway :lol:



Hi

This KiasuParents.com gives out many many infos for PSLE already BUT under different threads ....... just search around and read thru' - very very helpful. On Tuition centre etc.

Title like :-
PSLE 2010 Discussion
PSLE 2009 Results
... etc

Or simply do a google search with "Kiasu xxxxx " where xxxxx is your concern and relevant threads will be displayed.

Hope it helps.

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Postby cafelatte » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:20 pm

Thank you jitancat !!!

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Re: Asking 2009 PSLE moms & dads...

Postby DadOfGirl » Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:32 pm

cafelatte wrote:Since many PSLE mom&dad&children are hanging around here now, before holidays and secondary school days keep you busy, I would appreciate if you can share some tips and suggestions about the PSLE experience.

Anything +ve or -ve, pitfalls to avoid or some suggestions about revision pace/schedule, things to do or not to do ? I am not looking for tutors or tution centers that can do magic but just some advice from the been-there-done-that parents.

Hope to have some sharing in the spirit of kiasu-ism, our children will be in different cohorts anyway :lol:


Do everything possible to avoid 'B' in Maths.... Drop in T-Score is horrorndous!!! Not so bad , if language/Science goes to 'B'. Reason, i guess is everyone works very hard on MAths .

Somemore , next year maths will not be as tough.. so added motivation to secure A , evenif child is not so strong in Maths

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Postby cafelatte » Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:07 pm

DadOfGirl,

Thank you so much for the feedback ! I was looking for such post-mortem kind of reflections and feedback. It is quite hard to plough through 60-100 pages to find nuggets of information.

Noted about the Maths and thanks again ! :celebrate:

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Re: Asking 2009 PSLE moms & dads...

Postby James Ang » Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:36 pm

DadOfGirl wrote:
cafelatte wrote:Since many PSLE mom&dad&children are hanging around here now, before holidays and secondary school days keep you busy, I would appreciate if you can share some tips and suggestions about the PSLE experience.

Anything +ve or -ve, pitfalls to avoid or some suggestions about revision pace/schedule, things to do or not to do ? I am not looking for tutors or tution centers that can do magic but just some advice from the been-there-done-that parents.

Hope to have some sharing in the spirit of kiasu-ism, our children will be in different cohorts anyway :lol:


Do everything possible to avoid 'B' in Maths.... Drop in T-Score is horrorndous!!! Not so bad , if language/Science goes to 'B'. Reason, i guess is everyone works very hard on MAths .

Somemore , next year maths will not be as tough.. so added motivation to secure A , evenif child is not so strong in Maths


Why would next year's Maths not be as tough? Good preparation makes Maths easier to handle than leaving things to chance.

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Postby mathsparks » Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:37 pm

Luck plays a part too. If you're unlucky, as my son was, you'd get an oral picture that doesn't make sense. Is it common for primary school kids to have farewell parties for their teachers? NO! So how do they moderate? Did they add 1/2 marks to day2 kids?

Then there's possibility of papers leaked before hand. Refering to the controversy about the chinese compre paper..where some students have seen the paper before while mine hasn't. How does MOE know which kid has done that paper before? How to even moderate then?

So all your 9 years of going for chinese tuition is not gonna help you if you're luckless like mine. His T-score was pulled down by CL, definitely. Haiz.. if he had done the oral on day1 and done the compre before..It's unfair advantage that some kids have over others. :x :frustrated:

So, all the amount of preparation will throw your grades off, albeit slightly. Protest will get you nowhere...you'll only be told again and again that the grades WILL be moderated. So why so gan cheong.

Pardon my ranting, we're over the moon with his results, of course. But because of this, he may've just missed the chance to go back next yr to his primary school to collect his award.

I can see some arrows flying my way..saying I 不知足 but I just've to rant about it. Not fair. not fair. not fair. :torchme:

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Postby jedamum » Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:08 am

unfair paper aside, the only thing i am always worried about is unexpected events that happen just prior to the paper; eg kid fell sick or other worse stuff (touch wood touch wood); that will surely cause a lot of anguish....

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Postby mathsparks » Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:12 am

ya..heard 1 kid had diarhoea (?spelling) during science paper yet got an A*. some kids tend to get exam fever. The real kind. :!:

That's why it's so impt no midnight oil.

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Postby westmom » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:05 pm

jedamum wrote:unfair paper aside, the only thing i am always worried about is unexpected events that happen just prior to the paper; eg kid fell sick or other worse stuff (touch wood touch wood); that will surely cause a lot of anguish....


Yeah...better to avoid crowds near to PSLE . Have heard kids collapsing(gastric flu) or feeling terrible during crucial exam time. One very important tip, train your kid to do "big business" in the evening. Dont have to worry about "urge" during exam time especially when one is feeling so nervous!

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