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Mid-year exams are no more. Here's how your child can adapt

Mid-year exams are no more. Here's how your child can adapt

In 2022, the Singapore Ministry of Education annouced that mid-year examinations will be abolished for primary and secondary levels this year, marking a significant shift in assessment methods and priorities within the Singapore education system.

This significant change may feel strange for parents and students alike. But as it's aimed at nurturing the overall well-being and growth of schoolchildren, it might be for the better, as discussed in one of our blog articles published last year.

Let's recap: How will the abolishment affect students?

The abolishment of mid-year exams can profoundly affect various aspects of their academic journey, such as reducing overall stress levels associated with a high-stakes assessment and improving mental health. This change also allows them to focus on holistic learning and personal growth, fostering a healthier and more balanced approach to education.

Moreover, the removal of mid-year exams may influence students' motivation to learn and study. With a shift in assessment methods, students are encouraged to view education as an ongoing process rather than a series of isolated exams. This continuous evaluation and feedback means that students can develop a deeper intrinsic motivation to engage with the subject matter, promoting a mindset of lifelong learning and fostering a genuine curiosity about topics beyond the scope of an exam syllabus.

How schools might be filling the gap

Although mid-year exams are now a thing of the past, teachers will likely employ various methods as substitutes. Some possible ones include:

  • Regular assignments and quizzes. Assignments and quizzes will be given throughout the year to assess student progress, identify struggling students, and provide additional support.

  • Classroom discussions and presentations. Teachers will utilize interactive discussions and presentations to evaluate student understanding and application of the material, identifying areas where further help may be needed.

  • Portfolios. Students will maintain portfolios documenting their work and achievements throughout the academic year, allowing teachers to track progress over time and assess overall learning.

  • Teacher observations. Teachers will observe students during class and other activities to assess their learning, interaction with the material, and identify areas where additional support may be required.

Parents will need to adapt, too

As parents, you play a crucial role in supporting your child's educational journey during this transition away from mid-year exams. Here are some ways you can help your child adjust to the change:

  • Talk to your child. Take the time to explain to your child why mid-year exams are being removed and what this means for their education. Reassure them that this change is designed to create a more balanced and holistic approach to learning. Emphasize that their success is not solely dependent on exams, but on continuous growth and development.

  • Help your child develop good study habits. Encourage your child to establish effective study habits, such as setting aside dedicated study time, organizing their materials, and utilizing helpful study techniques. These habits will benefit them in their ongoing assessments, whether they are assignments, quizzes, or other forms of evaluation.

  • Foster a positive attitude towards learning. Encourage your child to view education as a journey of exploration and discovery. Shift the focus from grades to the joy of learning itself. Support their interests and passions, and highlight the value of gaining knowledge and skills beyond exam-oriented subjects.

  • Create a supportive learning environment at home. Designate a quiet study area where your child can focus without distractions. Ensure they have access to necessary resources and materials. Be patient and understanding, offering assistance when needed. Encourage open communication and actively engage in discussions about their learning experiences.

By engaging in these practices, parents can help their children navigate this educational transition with confidence and resilience, fostering a positive mindset and nurturing a lifelong love for learning, especially without the need for mid-year examinations.

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