Leading Up To Primary 6
1 SET A REGULAR STUDY TIME Once your child enters upper primary, set up a weekly revision routine so that he’s absorbing knowledge in “bite-sized” portions, and will reduce the amount of cramming he needs to do in Primary 6, says Alan Yip, founder of Mind Edge. “Do a weekly review to measure how much he has studied each week, which will lead to increased motivation.”
But be realistic about study time, says Anita Wilks, senior consultant from Lorna Whiston Schools. “An hour to one-and-a-half hours a day should be enough if your child works consistently. Any longer is unrealistic, unless the child is strongly motivated. Make ‘academic time’ fun when he is younger so he associates learning with feelings of satisfaction.”
“Let your child negotiate work time with you. Be willing to make reasonable compromises if there is a valid reason – this will encourage him to develop independent thinking,” Anita adds. 2 PLAN AHEAD Encourage your child not to leave his assignments until the night before they are due. Write down all tasks so he can check on his progress. For long-term projects, set aside dates for completing certain stages well before the actual completion date.