Having all the knowledge in the world is of little benefit to a student if they are unable to demonstrate their understanding correctly when it comes time to complete assessment tasks. Assessment tasks include exams, essays, assignments and other evaluative tools that schools use which ultimately determine your child’s grades. One of the most common frustrations expressed by teachers is that it was not the student’s lack of understanding which let them down, but the poor way in which they represented that understanding in their assessment tasks.
For this reason, your tutor will focus heavily on building certain skills with your child that will ensure that their assessment marks reflect their understanding. This is especially critical around HSC time!
Your tutor will keep in regular contact with your child's school teachers to ensure that they are well prepared for upcoming exams and other assessment tasks. Your tutor will also use past exam papers to go through with your child and focus heavily on exam taking skills. Report writing, essay writing and short answer question assessment skills are also a focus especially for subjects outside of maths.
During assessment tasks, the questions asked are communicated by using a combination of words. Likewise, the responses to those questions must also be communicated by using a combination of words. Not only must the student interpret the question accurately, but they must be able to express their responses in a manner which appropriately fits with the question whilst demonstrating their understanding of it. Even if one word is slightly misinterpreted, it can mean all the difference between a pass and fail. Literacy Skills form the foundations of successful performance in any assessment task.
Regardless of how we feel about Information Technology (IT), computers are here to stay. Moreover, the ability to have good IT skills is becoming increasingly important for securing a successful place in the futures work force. Your tutor will integrate computer technology into your child’s tuition, regardless of the subject. The great part about this is that today’s generation generally enjoy playing computer games and using computer programs such as games, videos and interactive applications. If applied appropriately, using computer technology for educational purposes can make learning far more engaging and interesting than what it used to be back in the days when text books, pens and paper was all we had to learn with. All our tutors are well versed in IT related teaching tools and have access to the best software and websites. Moreover, we provide parents with loads of great internet based resources including links to educational sites which may assist with your child’s schooling
When the human brain is under any kind of stress or pressure, memory tends to shut down and become very ineffective. Many students often complain that one of the biggest hurdles they face at school is memorising information. This becomes especially problematic during exams and other times of increased pressure. One of the psychological tricks your tutors can help your child with is how to improve their memory, especially during exams.
The following is a fun example of a test your tutor may use with your child to teach them about the importance of reading questions carefully and interpereting what the question actually says, not what we may think it says
YOU HAVE 2 MINUTES TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING EXAM
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries.
No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
Harry S Truman
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