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Unusual Times: Surviving HBL and WFH (Part 2 of 2)



Set Clear Boundaries

It is important to keep the work environment distinct from the home environment. Unless you are constantly heedful of the boundaries, it is easy to be distracted by household tasks that need to be done. If you are working from home, you might not be able to shift your attention completely away from the dirty dishes in the sink or the laundry piled up on the sofa that needs to be folded. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on the “out of sight, out of mind” tactic to re-focus back on work. One way to overcome this is to set up a separate workstation in a bedroom and shut out all distractions for specific blocks of time. It is of paramount importance to set ground rules with members of the household. For example, children need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during their parents’ working hours.


For children, there are computer games, Netflix and many other more interesting things at home that can potentially distract them from their studies. For Primary 6 students, it is vital to keep their home activities in check so as not to allow such distractions from wasting precious revision time. Other than following a routine, it is good to set targets for completing Singapore free test papers for Primary 5 as a revision for upper primary chapters. For example, parents can allow 30 minutes of screen time for every 10 problem sums completed. This serves as a motivation for children and can help them to achieve their revision aims while having sufficient time for relaxation. For timed practices on P6 test papers, parents can set up a table at the corner of the house away from noise and other disturbances. This replicates the exam room setting and helps to set the mood for a mock exam.


Take Regular Breaks

The importance of taking breaks cannot be undermined. Getting some fresh air and grabbing a healthy snack can help one to tackle the next chunk of tasks more readily. Giving your brain some time to recuperate can be as easy as listening to music or looking out the window. It might be tempting to work longer hours at a stretch. However, productivity level may drop with time. Hence, it is beneficial to take regular breaks. Taking a short break can also give you an opportunity to chat with your children on their progress. Students taking PSLE this year have to deal with a tremendous amount of stress. Taking regular breaks is important to prevent burn-outs. In addition, students can also try switching from the revision of one subject to the next periodically. For example, after practising the questions in an English test paper for an hour, a student can then switch to Science revision by attempting questions in a PSLE Science Paper.


Stay In Touch

In remote work life, isolation and loneliness are typical concerns. Socialising with colleagues, whether through video conferences or chat channels, can enable one to feel connected and motivated. The same goes for your children. Encourage them to call their friends once in a while to keep in touch and to motivate one another. During such times, some children may not have access to face-to-face tuition. When they encounter difficulties in their revision, it is always comforting to know that they have friends with whom they can discuss their work. For example, students may encounter tough Primary 6 Math questions Singapore during their revision. Some of these questions might involve advanced problem-solving techniques and require extensive explanations. In such situations, it is good for students to discuss the questions with their peers and then endeavour to conquer them.

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