SATs| TOP 5 TIPS to Prepare for SATs
Updated: Feb 5, 2021
Is your child in Key Stage 2? By their final year in primary school they will be expected to sit formal tests, known as the SATs. Click here to find out more about the SATs. At Tech Tutors, we have come up with a list of ways you can support your child to prepare for these exams.
There are a number of things you can do to help your child prepare for the SATs, and here are our top 5 tips:
SATs Tip 1: Focus on the gaps in your child’s knowledge
Talk to your child’s teacher and find out the areas they need to improve. This will enable you and their tutor to allocate time to teaching the topics that they are struggling with the most. It is important that children have a solid foundation from which they can build their knowledge further.
SATs Tip 2: Learn from your mistakes
It is important for children to understand that mistakes are not bad, they are a tool to help us learn and grow. It is important for them to see you make mistakes too. Our tutors will occasionally make mistakes with their spellings or mathematical working and wait for the students to spot them. We then model changing the answer, with support from the student, so it is correct.
SATs Tip 3: Boost your child’s confidence
We often hear children say, “I can’t do this,” or “I am no good at this”. It is important to build your child’s confidence in the areas they are finding difficult. Praise them for their achievements and encourage them not to give up if they find something difficult. Rephrase, “I can’t do this” to “I can’t do this YET”. Remember learning is a journey after all.
SATs Tip 4: Make learning exciting
Children learn best when they are engaged and want to learn. To keep your children motivated, try to break their revision up with the use of online educational games. The online world is one that children love, so why not make the most of this and get them practising their maths and English online?
SATs Tip 5: Develop their exam technique
The SATs will be one of your child’s first experiences of a formal test or exam so it is important that you spend some time teaching them exam technique.
For any questions that have multiple answers in the SATs paper, only one of them is going to be correct and this is why you should remind your child to eliminate any answers they know to be wrong.
Remind them to underline the key parts of the question. In English, encourage them to look carefully at the question words: what, where, when and why. In Maths encourage your children to follow RUCSAC. They need to read the question twice, underline any key words or numbers, choose the calculation, solve using a written method, write the answer and check their working out.
Look at the number of marks the question has been allocated. In English, this will give you an indication of how much you are expected to write. In Maths, it will give you an indication whether or not you need to show your working out.
Rushing often leads to careless mistakes, so encourage your children to take their time in tests. When building up to the SATs, plan opportunities for your child to complete activities or tests under timed conditions. If they are finding a question difficult, let them know that it is OK to move onto the next question. Once they finish the test, they should go back and attempt any questions they have missed and then check their answers.
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