The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is the first education milestone for children in Singapore, and it is often a source of pressure and stress for parents and students alike. Sometimes parents might be even more affected by the upcoming PSLE than their child, simply because parents understand the weight of this examination – while the child may not.
So, it can be tough managing your own expectations as a parent, while also supporting your child in a way that can help them maximise their potential but not overly stress them out. Different parents will have different beliefs and approaches, ranging from the “Tiger Mom” to the “hands-off” parent. But if you are one of those who are still not too sure about what you can do, we offer some advice – especially if you are a first time parent of a PSLE-taking child!
1. Demonstrate time management and planning
Children at age 11 or 12 may not yet be independent enough to keep track of all the important dates like school exams or the PSLE exams. As a parent, it is good practice to stay on top of these key timelines and help your child plan their time in the lead up to each event.
Spend some time filling in a calendar with your child and showing them how to plan their time for revision. For example, you can allocate one chapter of one subject for each day, or one practice paper each day. Check in often to see if your child can follow the plan or if it needs to be adjusted, and provide affirmations or rewards accordingly.