A huge amount of content needs to be covered in PSLE and learning all the content will take a long time. However, your child can learn faster and more easily with these techniques.
1. Shorter study sessions
A study session broken down into multiple shorter segments with breaks in between has been shown to increase learning speeds of students. Once you’re done with one session, take a five to 10-minute break before you start another session. Brief, frequent learning sessions are much better than longer, infrequent ones, agrees Neil Starr, a course mentor at Western Governors University. The Pomodoro Technique, developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, is commonly used to help with time management. The optimal amount of time spent per segment may vary from person to person and requires you to experiment in order to find out what amount of time suits you best.
2. Take a nap
In order to retain the new content learnt for a longer period of time, sleep is necessary. According to new research published in Psychological Science, getting sleep in between study sessions can boost your recall up to six months later.
3. Mix it up
When drilling through practices, learning can be sped up by changing the types of questions you do or the concepts you go through. Higher-order questions which take a combination of basic concepts and new topics help the students to recall what they already know. A combination with new information they are learning becomes powerful as it strengthens their memory of the concepts. The findings suggest that reconsolidation–a process in which existing memories are recalled and modified with new knowledge–plays a key role in strengthening motor skills, writes Pablo A. Celnik, senior study author and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation.