During the exam or practice tests, it’s inevitable that they’ll come across a question that they aren’t familar with. Instead of throwing in the towel and saying “I can’t answer this, I’m giving up,’ or ‘it’s too hard,’ encourage them to say ‘I’ll give it a go’.
Help them with the question, break it down and lead by example. Not only will this teach them to attempt every question, but it will also boost their problem-solving skills.
The biggest challenge we find with the younger children, is that they often tell their parents that they ‘don’t understand a question.’ We have found that 99% of the time, it is not that they do not understand the question, the problem is that they haven’t read the question carefully OR when they are reading the question, they’re not thinking about it – but reading for the sake of it. We call this ‘lazy reading.’ So it can be difficult when you’re helping your child, and they say they ‘don’t understand it’ – do they actually mean that or are they lazy reading. The technique to overcome this, is to ask them to read the question again if they don’t understand it. At Markitup, we make our students read a question about 3-4 times before the tutor steps in to help them. Over 60% of the time, we find the student is actually able to answer the question by themselves, after reading 2-3 times without our input! (Assuming