Third Quarter examinations is usually held before the Christmas break in my youngest kid’s school. This year, it was scheduled on December 14, 15 and 16. December 17 will be their Christmas party. In this way, pupils and students will get to enjoy the Christmas break.
Are you also hands-on in tutoring your kids? Daily school homeworks and weekly quizzes may come easy with our kids but what about quarterly tests? Reviews during quarterly examinations really need time and effort because the lesson scopes usually are long and that they will be reviewing for 10 subjects in the elementary level. Math, Computer, Science, Civics (Sibika), EPP/HELE (Home Economics and Livelihood Education), MAPE (Music, Arts and PE), Reading, Language, Filipino and CLE/GMRC (Christian Living and Good manners and Right Conduct)
I did not have a hard time with quarterly reviews with my eldest son during his school days, but with my youngest son, well he always has plenty of alibis in order to skip his reviews. So, I keep on changing strategies to allure him to study. As I already mentioned in one of my previous posts, my youngest son is dealing with ADHD, he does not want repetition, has tantrums, forgetful and is easily distracted. Can you imagine how much patience do I need to handle him? It is not easy I tell you. Yahmir is an intelligent kid but he tends to forget and be careless.
Here are the ways on how I review him during quarterly exams
- I taught him to make a habit of highlighting the important words, phrases or sentences in his books in every lesson. It will be much easier for him to review once all important part of the lessons in the book are stressed with a textliner.
- I ask him to bring home his quiz notebooks a week before the exams, to look back on his quizzes, usually, some of what is given in the quizzes will also be included in the quarterly exams so as with seatworks, homeworks and lectures in the notebook.
- I give him a timetable to study; I see to it that the weekend before the exams, he would start on studying the subjects that needs memorization like Civics and Science. I let him start reviewing one week ahead to avoid cramming.
- The weekend before the examination week, is the time for me to sit down beside him and ask questions based on the pointers to review given by their subject teachers. I give emphasis on the lessons where he does not fully understand, explain and site examples based also on what I’ve read in his books and lectures. I also see to it that he spells the answers correctly.
So far, he is doing well. As he is already on the sixth grade, I am teaching him how to study on his own. I am happy that he is already getting used to it.