How to Ace PSLE Science
PSLE Science is arguably one of the toughest papers to score well in, considering that it's a highly technical subject that is only introduced in Primary 3. It also explains why Primary School Science tuition in Singapore is highly sought after. If Science is something that your child is struggling with, here are a few tips that could be helpful both in preparation for the exam, and doing well for the actual paper.
Perform Engaging Experiments at Home
Conducting simple but fun experiments at home is a great way to help your child nurture an interest in the subject, visualise different topics, and observe how some scientific concepts work in real life. This builds their confidence and understanding when tackling PSLE Science questions. There's even a whole catalogue of Science experiments that you and your child can perform together for an engaging and enriching experience. Here at LK Academy, we too believe in the importance of hands-on learning, and our Science tuition in Singapore is designed to give students the opportunity to witness Science at work in their everyday lives.
It allows students to visualize how scientic concepts are linked to experiments and how they can be applied to real life situations.
Read Questions Carefully
Under time constraints in a stressful environment like PSLE, it's easy for students to want to prioritise answering questions as quickly as possible for fear of not having enough time to answer every question. It doesn't help that PSLE Science questions are often rather lengthy too, as they need to be as detailed as possible. As a result, many students risk missing key details when they skim through questions, leading to more mistakes and loss of marks. Metacognition is a major part of LK Academy's Primary School Science tuition programme. Here at our Science tuition centre in Singapore, we impart invaluable time management skills and awareness of one's thought processes so that students will be able to remain calm under stressful situations whilst retaining clarity of thought.
Highlight Important Details
Developing a habit of highlighting key words in a question is important as it helps your child stay on track and focused on what exactly is required of them. It could be the nature of the question, such as "explain" or "compare", or specific scientific terms, or even particular words that could alter the question drastically if not paid attention to, such as "always", "never", and "some". It also helps to break down long questions into different segments so that your child will have an easier time figuring them out — the practice of doing so is called "chunking".
Adapt Answers to Different Questions
It's just as important to be familiar with the different kinds of questions in PSLE Science as it is to be familiar with the syllabus. For instance, questions that require you to "state", "name", or "list", for instance, are only asking for simple recall answers, so your child doesn't need to write an essay for those kinds of questions. Other open-ended questions, however, do require detailed explanations on how the answer is derived, so knowing how to distinguish these two kinds of questions will go a long way in helping your child save valuable time during the exam. At LK Academy, students enrolled in our Science tuition in Singapore will receive plenty of opportunities to apply these examination techniques in mock papers to condition their minds to anticipate these situations.
Use Scientific Language to Score More Marks
Knowing the correct answer to the question is one thing, but when it comes to PSLE Science, students are also tested on their ability to understand what certain scientific phenomena are called as part of their understanding of the syllabus. This is especially important in Section B of the paper, or the open-ended section. Your child will be required to know these scientific terms, and using them in their answers is required to score more marks. This is a fundamental part of LK Academy's Primary Science tuition in Singapore — to help students memorise important terms through fun and easy-to-understand activities and practices.
With the right professional help, every student has the potential to do well for PSLE Science, and here at LK Academy's Science tuition centre in Singapore, we strive to equip your child with the tools, knowledge and confidence to excel. For more information about our Primary Science tuition programme, please visit our website.