In our Learning Tip of the Week, we gave Spirit of Math
Schools students some handy tips for preparing for upcoming end-of-year
examinations. While it’s important for students to study hard for their exams,
there’s a lot teachers need to do to prepare for the big day as well!
While our end-of-year exams may seem like they’re far away,
they’ll be here before you know it. Get you are your students ready to ace
their exams with these tips and tricks.
• For Grade 5 and up, make sure your students don’t
assume that the exam will necessarily be multiple-choice. They should be prepared
to answer all types of different problems!
• Grade 9 and 10 exams:
Ensure that you remind your students that the exam will feature problem solving
questions from Cerebral Contortions in addition to Spirit of Math core content.
• Grade 6 exams:
Remind students there will be
two sections to the exam:
one where calculator use is
allowed; one where it is not allowed.
Organization is Critical
In studying for end-of-year exams, students will frequently consult their notes
from throughout the school year. When reviewing course materials, it is
essential that students can easily access necessary information. Make sure that
your students’ notes are in proper order so that they can move freely
throughout their curriculum material seamlessly.
Focus on Areas of
On your end, go over your notes and exam reviews yourself to determine what
concepts you should focus on as you get closer to examination day. Pay special
attention to specific areas with which you know your students may have
difficulties to strengthen their understanding of these potentially problematic
Supporting Weaker Students
You should also identify students who are in danger of failing the exam and be
sure that you and your assistant are especially attentive to them in the weeks
leading up to the exam. When it comes to students who are struggling with the
Spirit of Math curriculum, communication with their parents is key! If a
student is worried about possibly failing their exam, share the concern with
that student’s parents to collaborate and come up with a plan to get them adequately
prepared. With all hands in, a struggling student can be lifted to success.
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