With PSLE in the next few months, you are probably stressing out about how to prepare for the various subjects… don’t worry, we got you!
Last time we shared the details, format and EVERYTHING YOU NEED to know about the 2021 PSLE Math paper. Today, we’ll be sharing how you can prepare for it.
Before you prepare for any paper, it is important to know the examination format, mode of assessments, syllabus and timetable so that you can strategise for your PSLE exam. Check out our last post on that if you haven’t here.
After you have all the details, you can now start preparing your papers accordingly!
1. REVISE ALL YOUR MATERIALS
First up, revise all your textbooks, school worksheets and any relevant materials based on your syllabus document. This is to ensure that you have a basic understanding of all the content taught and what would be tested.
You may be wondering, but how should I revise? The best way would be to cover all your workings and try out all the questions in your textbooks and worksheets again. This will help you to gauge how much you know and if you have fully understood how to tackle the questions. It is also effective as you will be actively retrieving information from your brain, testing yourself and practising active recall. If you’re short on time, you can review and reattempt those questions that you have previously made mistakes in, or focus on those questions that are more challenging.
If you are not familiar with certain concepts, look through your notes first, try out the examples then move on to the questions in your worksheets.
As you are going through your worksheets, remember to identify and note down topics you are less confident in as well as concepts that you find hard to grasp. You can then allocate more time to understanding those topics and concepts.
2. PRACTICE QUESTIONS BY TOPICS
Secondly, work on practice questions, like those in assessment books. Since most of these books are topic-based, it will help you to build your foundation and familiarity with various topics and concepts.
Focus on your weaknesses that were identified during your revision. Once you’re confident, you can move on to other topics to solidify what you have learnt.
Another way for you to practise and identify your topic of weaknesses is to try out our questions at Glean! We have targeted questions based on your syllabus, with some arranged by topics. We will also identify your weaker topics and concepts so that you can work more efficiently and effectively! (Stay tuned to that when we roll out our questions)
While attempting these questions, put in effort when answering all of them and not just do it for the sake of doing it. Practising without learning will not get you any progress.
3. ATTEMPT PRACTICE PAPERS
Next, attempt test papers, starting with past year papers from your school and then moving on to those from other schools. Doing practice papers is a good way to drill yourself with all the tested concepts while simulating the actual examination. This helps you to practise time management and train your composure. Avoid losing marks because you did not have enough time to finish the paper.
Therefore, as you do your papers, try timing yourself while doing it! This is a good way for you to estimate how much time you need for each section. To help you manage your time better, you can set checkpoints and allocate a certain amount of time that you should not exceed for each question or section. Don’t forget to set aside some time for you to check your work after finishing the paper!
You should also review each paper after you have completed them. This is important for you to learn from your mistakes and refrain from making the same errors again. To help with future revision, do note down the questions you got wrong so that you can review them at a later date.
4. MAKE A SUMMARY OR FORMULA SHEET
Before your exam, it will be helpful to make a formula sheet or a summary of the concepts that will be tested. You could make one without referring to the textbook or notes, to test your understanding and grasp of the concepts.
Doing so will give you an easy reference to all the mathematical concepts and formulas, without having to flip through your textbook or notes again. It will also be a great way to consolidate your understanding and allow you to do a quick revision right before your exam.
5. REVISE YOUR MISTAKES
Nearing your exam, try not to do more test papers. Instead, you should focus on existing resources, and go through all the mistakes that you have made in your worksheets and past papers earlier. Review them and test yourself again to see if you are able to answer the questions correctly.
The day before your exam, flip through your summary or formula sheet so that you have all the important information readily at your fingertips!
6. ASK FOR HELP OR CONSULTATION
If you have difficulty understanding any concepts or questions during your revision, you should always ask for help immediately. Do not be afraid to ask as this is the only way for you to learn and progress if you face roadblocks along the way. Asking questions and seeking help is an important part of learning.
If you follow our guide, there’s no doubt that you’ll be extremely prepared for your PSLE Math exam! With 4 months to your PSLE Math paper, it’s not too late and there is still time for you to do the necessary preparation before your exams. You can do it!