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 our centre’s top 3 tips on how to interpret your child’s exam results, and what to do moving forwards!
1. Assessing exam scores
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
Get your child in the habit of self-reflecting on their results – and get them to actually write it out or discuss it with you. This will help them develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for their academic work.
Here are some questions for them to consider:
- Is your child satisfied with their grades? Does he/she think they could have done better?
- Does your child think they allocated themselves 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 your child do well this time that contributed to good or improved grades?
- What could your child do differently next time to boost their scores further?
From teachers’ feedback and your child’s reflections, guide them in creating an action plan for the holidays and new academic year, with concrete and achievable steps. This might mean strengthening their 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 head-start on next year’s curriculum to ease the learning curve once January comes around.
3. Enjoying a well-deserved break
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!
The Elucidation Advantage
Our curriculum at Elucidation Learning Centre is built around these principles. Students are sorted by ability into 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 +65.6464-0323. We can help your child work on his weaknesses this holiday, and give him or her a head-start for the new year!