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How To Choose Assessment Books For Your Child

What you need is the practical guide to picking out the assessment book that may just work for your child.

Given the number of students, the continual upgrading of the curriculum and the competitiveness of the system, assessment books are in high demand. Yes, the more the demand, the more the supply; and today, you have the most mind-boggling variety of assessment books to choose from. They all tout the most comprehensive coverage of the curriculum and the ability to provide your child with the best grade. It is implied in most, that soon after completing the book, your child will be the top of the class.

So, how do you choose? What is it you are looking for? What will work for your child.

“A good assessment book is one that adheres to the latest syllabus, meets the examination requirements and written at the appropriate difficulty level for that particular standard.”

Don’t start at the bookstore. You need to assess your child honestly before even leaving the house. Keep in mind that his abilities are going to be different in each subject, so spend time finding out what it is that he needs first.

  1. The Drills
    Your child understands the topic but seems to make a lot of careless mistakes. You need to get a book loaded with exercises in the same format as taught in school. Practice makes perfect.
  2. Focused Support
    If you can identify a single area of weakness (compositions, word problems or open-ended science questions) then you have the ideal information you need to buy the book that focuses on that weakness. A book focused on the compositions for instance.
  3. Concept Revision
    The assessment book with revision notes is perfect for the child who has some questions about the concepts and with so many in the class, hasn’t had these questions addressed. She can easily refer back to the correct notes while doing the work.
  4. Application and Critical Thinking
    Learn to apply the basic information to harder problems with challenging questions to practice a bit beyond what is taught in school. It will boost higher order thinking and critical thinking that is not covered in the classroom.
  5. The Testing
    Exam preparation is highly important and so you should make sure that your assessment book follows the format of the exam with accurate timing and questions.
  6. The Very Crucial and Overlooked – The Answers
    It really doesn’t help you to know that the answer to problem 27 is’ D’, if you don’t know how to get it. It is important to have detailed explanations in the answer key for the most difficult questions.  If a child can see where they made a mistake, there is a greater likelihood of not repeating it. 

Once you have a good understanding, head down to the bookstore to have a look around. Don’t rush and buy the first book you find and don’t buy more than your child has time for. There is a lot of homework to do and more work can reduce your child’s motivation and confidence. If learning is the desired result than be prudent and specific to find the best match on the market.

How do you select assessment books for your child? Leave us a comment down below.