Quick Thoughts on EOY Exam

Quick thoughts by the class after checking the scripts on 28 October 2011 (Friday) on
- What I've done well?
- What I could have done better?

Some of you commented that you have done well in Algebra-related questions, though more would agree on arithmetic questions. On the whole, the class' effort put in to the algebra-related topics is commendable. A few also added that you could do better if your train of thoughts are more explicitly articulated in the questions, especially the working.

In actual fact, from the result analysis, the teachers are able to identify areas that you did or did not do well. For those who only listed the topics you did well or did not do well should think deeper on "why" you did well and not so in those topics. That would be helpful when you embark in the next academic year's learning. Whick are the areas you think more effort and attention are needed?
  • Time management is one exam skills that some of you pointed out, that needs to be improved on. Recall how many of you remember to scan the questions before penning down your answers for the first question? Did you notice that the questions are not always from the "easy to difficult" order?
  • Attention to details is another area highlighted by some, being careless and losing marks unnecessary. For instance, did you read the instruction to that says "4-digit number"? did you indicate the correct units?
  • Clear explanation is one area that many did not demonstrate in your working during the exam. While you are able to explain your thoughts clearly in the viva voce performance task, you did not transfer the same approach in writing out your answers. Many did not bother to explain how you 'assemble' the string of numbers to form an arithmetic expression or alegbraic equation. Expressions and equations have no meaning unless you provide the context to the reader/ marker to guide their thoughts and understand what you mean.
While some of you pointed out that you have not put in enough effort, good to think about the "why" and how you could overcome? Could that been your attitude towards learning? or are there distractions that you have to overcome to refocus?

On the other hand, some of you have demonstrated very good learning attitude especially in Term 4. It's commendable effort even though you might not have performed spectacularly well this time. Keep up with the good effort :)

Hope that these feedback would be helpful in your future attempts.

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