A word on assessments

IGS Head of Academic Care Margaret Borger suggests students break assessment tasks into smaller parts and set goals.

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope the term has begun well for everyone. You may have noticed that your children are starting to receive assessment tasks for this term.

Assessment periods can pose challenges for many students as they seek to meet the competing demands of homework and assessments across many subject areas.

Students are asked to read and understand a task, break it down into manageable parts, set goals for each section and consolidate all of the information into a meaningful response. This requires sophisticated coordination of many skills.

While teachers provide detailed instruction and assistance with breaking down questions, and planning for successful completion of assessments, I know that our students will sometimes ask their parents for assistance as well. We are often asked how parents can help their children at home.

There is a great deal of information available online regarding study skills. One such source is Elevate Education. They offer, free of charge, a series of parent webinars and resources which will aid in time management, study skills and preparation for assessments and exams. 

As always, should you have any concerns about your child’s learning, please feel free to contact me or your child’s teachers.

Margaret Borger
Head of Academic Care