Project skills your child needs to excel

Project skills your child needs to excel
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As you are aware, MOE is removing mid-year exams and focusing more on self-directed learning and 21st-century competencies. 

Of course, this does not entirely mean knowing theory and doing practice is useless. While your child still needs these in order to do well for their final year exams and national exams, they also need to develop these project skills in order to excel in their tertiary education and ultimately their workplace.

Project work is prevalent beyond Secondary school education and in the workforce. So your child needs to know these skills no matter what. Read below to find out these 7 skills your child needs in this 21st century! 

Ability to research new information

Most of the time, your child would be learning new information through their textbooks. Unless they are curious about certain topics, they would go online and search for them themselves. Even then, your child may not know where to begin.

They might not know what keywords to search for and where they can search for the information. Is it YouTube? Is it Google? Is it on the National Library website? 

If your child finds the right keywords for their search (eg: on Google), they will click on the first or second link that they see. But would the information be 100% reliable? Would the information be 100% what they are looking for?

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Which brings us to our next point…

Ability to determine reliability of sources

Your child may not be able to differentiate between real and fake information like you do. Thus, it is important for them to know what is real and what is not so that they can learn better. 

So how can your child research properly so that they do not believe fake news? Watch our Science HOD, Mr Linus, give advice on online research in the video below!

Ability to make effective presentations 

When your child goes to tertiary education and beyond, they might be required to make presentations for their work. Therefore, your child needs to know how to make proper presentations in order to convey their work and findings clearly to everyone. 

Watch the video below for presentation tips for students! 

Ability to make speeches 

Along with making good presentations, your child also needs to speak well. These 2 skills go hand in hand. 

Speaking well is not only applicable in presentations, but also during interviews, meeting new people and talking to teammates and work colleagues. Moving forward from Secondary school, your child will definitely come across these situations where they need to speak well.

So why not start now when there is still a lot of time for them to improve and develop this skill! A common situation that requires your child to speak well is during English and Mother Tongue Oral exams.

Watch the video below to find out how your child can score in this segment and help them boost their language grades! The video was done by our very own English HOD, Ms Ho!

Ability to work with others

Your child may have done a couple of group work or pair work during Primary and Secondary school. Of course, this will progressively happen more when they are in tertiary education and in the workforce. 

This makes working with others a very much-needed skill for the future. Some teamwork skills that your child needs are: 

  • Communication
  • Time management 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Listening 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Collaboration 
  • Leadership

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Ability to make corrections after new evidence 

This skill not only applies to project work but also to your child’s personal work as well!

New evidence can be feedback given from teachers or peers. Many students tend to get feedback but they do not do the required corrections or changes. They might find it lazy, troublesome or will procrastinate until they forget. 

New evidence can also refer to a new theory, especially in Science where new findings are being made every day. So there might be changes or new developments in the current findings or theory. 

It’s important to make corrections so that your child can refer to it during their next test and improve and have a better final report (for project work). 

Ability to compare, analyse and write hypothesis 

Most project works require your child to have either or all of these 3 skills. Some questions in the Science paper also require that too! 

This skill develops your child to have critical thinking and craft the right answers. Watch the video below to find out how to solve experiment-based questions for PSLE Science. 

After your child masters these project skills, you can rest assured that your child is ready for the 21st-century workplace!

Guess what? You are in luck!

Instead of racking your brain to think of methods for your child to practise these skills at home, we can help you! 

In our Science classes, during non-exam periods, we encourage these skills. Where our students develop curiosity, find out answers and present their work in class. 

Watch the video below to learn how we make learning different for your child!

To find out if our way of conducting classes is suitable for your child, enrol for our free trial class by filling up the form above or WhatsApp message us your interest via 81816687

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