Tips for PSLE   

For those of you parents out there who live in Singapore, where I used to live for the past 12 years, and have a child attending Primary School, you might know something called PSLE. Yes, PSLE, or Primary School Leaving Examination is a series of examinations your child has to take that would determine his (or her) Secondary School. Since the competitions to get into good schools are fierce, many parents and students alike treat it very seriously.  

I know that the exam results might mean your child’s future just by what is printed in the sheet itself. It may be terrifying, and even I was a little nervous when getting the results all the way from New Zealand since my parents have expectations! Although we knew that we would be moving to NZ a long time before the actual exam dates, my parents still wanted me to prepare early and get good results. So, thanks to my hard work and perseverance, I got a sweet, sweet 255. (By the way, I was exempted from mother tongue, making it harder for students like me to get high 250s and 260s as we have no mother tongue!) I have to say that this report card is even scarier than classified FBI documents! 

So if you want your child to pass the exams with flying colours, here are a few useful tips. 

1. Start studying months before the actual exams take place. 

Since PSLE is a test usually about everything from P1 all the way to P6, I suggest that you should ask your child to start training for whatever PSLE is going to throw at him early, especially if he is struggling. Whether it is Science Concepts or Math Problems, you need to make him both smart and fast as some of the tests not only require brains, but also speed! The recommended time to start training your child’s brain is in the P5 December Holidays. That was when I started my brain refresher since that was my mom’s planned schedule! Even a struggling mind would eventually become fit thanks to months of practice! 

As the months go by, you would start to see weaknesses in your child’s work, enabling you to act against them early by focusing on them until they are fixed so that during his actual paper, he would have no problem answering questions he previously had no idea about! 

2. Give your child some play time. 

You know what they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! Well, take it to heart. Of course, you don’t want to see your child suffering through sheets of exam papers! You should give him some play time at least once a day. You don’t want your child to feel sad while studying as that would reduce his morale to fight for good exam results. And indirectly, it might be your fault!

3. Reduce the use of Digital Gadgets. 

Well this might be a little hard, but still necessary! The digital age has given your child many new stuff to use, like the smartphone or a computer. Well, unlike playing downstairs with friends or exercising with family, these devices would usually have a bad effect on his concentration. Not only do they make him distracted, but they might affect his mood! 

So weeks before the PSLE period begins, I declined from playing computer games and reduced the use of my phone which in the end had a good effect throughout the exam period! Although your child might feel a sense of withdrawal, (I didn’t) he would eventually get over it.

4. Stop studying during the exam week itself! 

It won’t only make you stressed, but the fact that you don’t know an answer to a particular question would only reduce your morale! 

5. If you don’t know something, just ask!  

If your child has any burning question that are related to curriculum, make sure your child has no fear of just asking his teachers! I mean, what are the consequences of asking a question? Well, the worst that could happen is that your child happened to be not listening to the teacher, and the teacher would tell him the answer back and tell him to listen next time round, that’s all! 

Lastly, take it like a normal exam! 

Well, this is the most difficult to fulfil! By taking the exam as per normal, as if this is just another normal assessment, your child would have not be thinking about what his or her future might be after the exam and won’t be very scared of what would happen if he fails. You might think I’m nuts for this but by having that mindset, your child would be focusing more on getting the questions right as the fear for failing and going to a bad school had been suppressed.  

So there you have it, these are all my tips for making your child do well in the PSLE! ! 







School learning journey to Sengkang Floating Wetlands

As a new year goes on, and school continues as usual, I had a very short adventure on 1/26/16. On that exciting day, my class would be going to the Sengkang Floating Wetlands, a lake near our school. We were all eager as the minutes before that event came.

A few minutes before Math class ended, which is the first lesson of the day, we left our class to scurry back for our form class, 5-2, to prepare on what is yet to come. We hurried downstairs to the drop off point at level 1 to board our excursion bus in an orderly and quiet manner.

With the bus starting its engines, we wore our seatbelts and I started chatting with my friend who was seating next to me, Joshwa Tan, while the bus trip was ongoing towards our destination. I actually wanted to walk there as the distance was quite short. Soon, we arrived at the destination quickly. So, we alighted the bus and headed to a bridge which would finally lead to the Sengkang Riverside Park.


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With the cool breeze swooping through my body, I felt calm as we strolled briskly to the area where we would start exploring and doing our research on the differences between pond water and tap water and other learning concepts.

However, with some unbearable weather conditions coming up fast, we hurried to complete our pair work while a few other kids did research with our Science Teacher, Miss Sim.  Soon after, we had to delay our activities for a while as the drizzle poured. We all hoped the weather would not take a dismaying turn on us!

With the downpour just continued at a low rate, our teachers predicted that it would soon be raining cats and dogs with the pitch black clouds closing in. So our teachers told us that we would be spending the last three minutes in this open area as we spreaded out to collect our research from the respected areas.

Soon, the time has come and we sadly walked down the bridge to an enclosed shelter nearby to wait for the bus which would bring us back to our school.

Though an unfortunate turn of events just happened, I still at least had a relaxed morning despite the fact this learning journey was spoilt.

Prize-Giving Day

A few weeks ago was my Prize-Giving Day. I was invited to this special event since I got best in Maths. I was overjoyed when I heard the news in class. I worked very hard to achieve this. I was actually not the only one who got the best in Maths in our level. My classmate, Vishva, also got the same reward as we got the same total in Math overall. Some of my friends also got other rewards. Such as Tianhang, who got best in Mother Tongue.

The ceremony took place on Thursday, 19th of November, 2 days after the last day of school. I was excited as the days became nearer and nearer. We also did a rehearsal on the last day of school, just to get a feel of the surroundings and a whole lot more._DSC8247 Prize-Giving Day

On the day itself, I dressed up smartly in my school uniform and after my Mom added gel in my hair, I said bye to them and walked to school. My parents would later see me in the school’s theater at 10.15 a.m. I met with Tianhang just I was about to leave. We walked together and talked to each other so that we could forget that we were nervous. As time went by, we arrived a school quite early and I chatted with my friends once we settled down in the ISH. We chatted with some of other the other winners before the teachers came to check the attendance. Although some people were late, I guess all of the P4 winners were there, luckily. We walked out of the ISH and towards our school’s theater. We were all as silent as a church hill mouse as we did not want to make the teachers have a bad impression about us. We all waited nervously for our turns to get up the stage, receive our reward, and walk out of the theater.

When it was my turn, I walked up the stage slowly and bravely and received my prize with pride and a smile. This whole process was successful and I didn’t make myself an embarrassment in front of the school._DSC8236 Prize-Giving Day

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My reward was a $20 voucher. Others received other amounts of rewards, such as those who got the best in progress achievement received $10. After admiring our prizes for a short while, we headed back to the ISH to wait for our parents. When our parents were dismissed from the ceremony after 2 music performances as a farewell, they fetched me from there after we took some photos with our Maths teacher.

For a short celebration, we rode the MRT to the train station, Somerset to have a special lunch in a restaurant called Lawry’s. I ordered soup as my appitizer, beef for my entrée and brownies for dessert. The restaurant and everything about it was great. The food was scrumptious and appetizing from 1st sight. I felt very full that I couldn’t finish my dessert as the entrée was delicious! However, with the approval from my understanding parents, they said it was optional to finish it. So, I took the chance although it was also quite tasty.

For a reward from my parents, they bought a Sony Tablet to my surprise after lunch as my old one has always mechanical faults and quite slow. Actually, I knew that a long time age and that was when I gave my thanks. Just before we went home, we went to Times Bookstore to buy books as recommended by my teachers. The second I got home, I grabbed it and just slammed into the charging plug. It was the best gift I ever had.

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Aside from Best in Maths, I also received these awards this year:
Model Pupil in School
Certificate of Appreciation for being part of UNISON
Certificate of Participation from Sony Creative Science