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The Ultimate Guide To Acing PSLE Mathematics Part 4

This is part 4 of the ultimate guide to preparing for PSLE Mathematics, gathered from the expertise and experiences of our teachers and parents. Since we are a video solutions on demand service to primary school math with more than 10,000 exam questions, we will be focusing on strategies and tips for primary school math. If your child is only in lower primary, or in primary 4 or primary 5, you have an even bigger advantage if you are reading this now.

For part 3, click The Ultimate Guide To Acing PSLE Mathematics Part 3

Be strong in the core topics

The core topics are fractions, decimals, ratio and percentage. And great students are a master on these topics. They understand that a percentage is also a ratio, a fraction and a decimal. They know that 75% is 3/4 which is also 3:4 and 0.75. Be strong in these.

The best students from our observation use ratio very frequently to solve questions. It is always easier to solve with ratio than with percentage techniques. Not sure? Watch our video solutions. We utilize the best and most time efficient strategies to solve questions so that our students can solve them in the fastest possible way and get it correct. That leaves them time to check their workings during the exam.

Exam clones

So after you have practiced on our site or on relevant assessment books and used the questions and progress tracking tools in www.singaporemathguru.com, we have to say that if your child can solve these exercises easily at this point, then solving questions in your exams will be a breeze. Because really, our questions are tough! Did you look at some of the questions in our database. You should!

We have cloned and adapted many of the toughest examination questions from top schools. In a sense, being able to master the questions from our primary 4,5 and 6 database of questions, which is by the way growing(If some of you have signed up for the free account, you will realize that we send these examination questions to your mailboxes. You can print these out and mull over it! 🙂 ), will be able to help your child solve these exam questions with ease. So please use the question database which we have provided for free so that it can help your child do the exam papers with ease.

Exam papers – Do it under timed conditions

If your child has done the above (read all the information above!), you can give him a test paper or 2 each week under timed conditions. The best students can complete paper 1 in 30 minutes and paper 2 in 1 hour 15 minutes. This is our observation as a group of teachers. That leaves them lots of time to do checking. Of course speed and accuracy is a habit. If you read Mastering Problem Sums, and you follow the tips prescribed in it diligently, then naturally, your child will be able to solve the questions fast and with accuracy. No question is too hard now. After all, tough questions are combinations of concepts. No big deal there!

Break the question up and solving becomes easy. A word on questions that involve a combination of concepts. We have too many questions which are actually clones of exam questions with mixed concepts, search our database using the search function. Every now and then, you will find a question that will stump you and your child. Alternatively, search these questions under our module section. We add new questions periodically.

Choosing the right tutor

Teachers can be expensive. Private tuition can be expensive. Typically, the better teachers will charge. Some teachers charge at $100 per hour. Some don’t charge too exorbitantly as well, at about $50 – $60 an hour. There is no fast and hard rule. The thing is that teachers these days are restricted by MOE as to the amount of time they can spend tutoring outside and hence can be expensive. Shameless plug here. You can use our database of 330 hours of pre-recorded tuition to help your child. The price is very economical.

Anyway, you really have to ask around for a good tutor. And the truth is that not all teachers can teach well. (We may just be flamed for this!) A tutor can also do the job at a lower rate. There are really good tutors around who know their stuff. Talk to people. It is a bit of a trial and error here.

A good teacher or tutor can make a difference. How to find out of the tutor is good? Well, ask the tutor what assessment book he uses. If the assessment books are recommended by us as well(Talk to us on facebook regarding this!), you know that the tutor at the very least knows which materials to use.  If you can’t find a tutor, a good one, talk to us as well. We will be glad to help ask around. (We are not a tuition agency by the way. This is out of goodwill. We are a group of teachers and educators.)

For part 3, click The Ultimate Guide To Acing PSLE Mathematics Part 3

We hope you found this guide useful! Let us know if you have any burning questions and we will write about it as well!