HELPING YOUR CHILD BUILD HIS/HER CONTENT KNOWLEDGE.
- April 21, 2022
- Posted by: Ushauri
- Category: Parents
The exams questions simply test the candidate’s knowledge of the syllabus contents. If your child walks into exam room with sufficient knowledge, they will have a better chance of acing their exams. In one of our earlier Bulletin, we mentioned that Skills are an important factor of exemplary performance in exam. One set of skills that your child requires is the Content Acquisition Skills.
Content acquisition skills as the name suggests, refer to a set of skills that help your child to gain knowledge in an efficient and effective manner. Without these skills a child is likely to go into an exam room with insufficient, distorted or poorly organized knowledge.
One of the most important content acquisition skills is the Reading and Comprehension skill. Reading is the process of extracting or constructing meaning from written or printed texts. Through reading, your child’s mind passes from understanding less to understanding more. Comprehension on the other hand refers to the process of understanding and interpreting what is read. To be able to accurately understand written material, your child should be able to (1) decode what they read; (2) make connections between what they read and what they already know; and (3) think deeply about what they have read.
As a parent of an exam preparing child you can support your child enhance their content acquisition using the following strategies.
- Encourage your child to keep reading his/her text books.
- Point out to your child that it’s important for him/her to read his/her handwritten notebooks, all the way to the exams.
- Encourage your child to active reading. This means engaging with the material by taking notes. Reading with one hand on the book and the other holding a pen will help them keep track of their reading and note the key concepts.
- Encourage your child to take note of all the key words, concepts, terminology and other important facts.
While Most students are advised to resort test papers, especially when exams are just around the corner, while this has it benefits, remember proper reading has benefits that outweigh those that test papers can accord your child.