Working through test paper after test paper is not learning.
If you had asked me at the age of 9 or 10 what goals I had set, I would have probably told you that you were crazy, but as an adult, I can now appreciate how important it is to set goals.
Why should you set goals?
The easiest explanation is the analogy of the boat drifting at sea, letting the currents take it where they may. There is no planned route.
When do you set goals?
It is never too late to set goals. It does not matter if they are changed or even not met. The important thing is there is an end goal in mind so that you are working towards a target. This helps create focus and direction.
How do you set goals?
There is no one right way to set goals, but I would suggest you think about isolating particular areas or topics and then thinking about where you want to end up. For example, if it is maths, think about what you currently know and what knowledge level you want to achieve. Then look at the time frame in which you want to do this.
In my experience, the most successful method is the whole-parts-whole method:
Look at it as a whole, break down into bite size pieces and then piece the whole thing together at the end.
For example the CEM 11 Plus Exam:
Think of it as the exam, break down each topic area and the components within that. Then once the learning and revision have taken place, at that point practice the exam. In my opinion, there is no point in doing test after test if the subject knowledge is not cemented in.
Based on that can you answer the following questions?
- Where do you (or your child) need to get to/what do you want to achieve?
- Where are you currently on a scale of 1 to 10?
- What steps do you need to take to achieve 10? (This will probably consist of several different things).
- What are the component parts that will help you get there?
- How much time do you have to achieve this?
- Is it manageable in this time frame?
Look out for our next blog post which will provide a 5 step method on how to help your child achieve throughout their academic journey.
If you would like further information, then feel free to email me and I will gladly respond.