A simple A4 poster to help remind a child what to do

Don’t Panic! Here are three simple sentences which I have found to have positive impact on a child’s mind-set

Don’t Guess

Sometimes when a child reads a question in a SAT test or 11+ entrance exam, they panic. Then their brain starts to close down. Then they start to guess, which is just about the worst possible thing to do.

It is hugely important to not panic and the first thing to remember to help stay cool in an exam is to not guess.

Break it Down

Often on first reading, a question is difficult to understand. That’s why it is very important to break it down. That’s exactly what the examiners want the child to do – to extract the numbers and relationships from the text of the question. If there are ten red apples and fifteen green, the child should write down 10R and 15G – in part to engage their brains in breaking down the question.

Often there’s an “Ah-ha!” moment, when after breaking the question down, a child suddenly realises what the question is asking. By the “Ah-ha!” often doesn’t happen unless the break-down comes first.

Work it Out

Once a child has all the required information they can begin to work out the answer. But this short sentence isn’t just about working it out, it’s about SHOWING that you’re working it out.

Remember that if a question in a paper is worth 3 marks, you can bet that at least one of those and possibly two is for showing your working out.

Free A4 Poster

Ok, I’m not a professional poster designer, but click on this link for a simple A4 poster to print at home (opens a PDF). Stick it to the wall next to where your child does their homework:

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Tutor Dragon Addition A4 Poster to Print at Home

Click on the image for a PDF of the Tutor Dragon Addition A4 sheet to print and stick up on your child’s wall

Why is this addition PDF useful?

This simple A4 PDF does not follow the normal pattern of 1×1=1, 2×1=2 etc.

Instead it uses a randomised approach which is a significantly better way for a child to improve numeracy.

Going from 3×8=24 to 9×6=54 works better than 5×6=30 and 6×6=36.

A child should be able to recite the times table in their heads faster and faster as they approach the age of 11 in preparedness to go to Secondary School.