For the past few weeks, we’ve been caught up in preparing our Std. 5 students for the government scholarship exam. Here is a note from Arpita Karkarey madam on what we’ve all done as a team.
We strive to give our children as much exposure as we can. The earlier they start and the more they do, the better is the edge that they have over their peers when they grow up. Training the children in logic and preparing them for competitive exams thus becomes one of the things that we take very seriously.
In Std. 5 the government conducts the middle school scholarship examination and we have left no stone unturned in preparing our students for this exam.
The exposure that the children got in Walnut School has been more extensive than any school or even a professional coaching class dedicated to this activity could provide.
Concepts and thinking skills were taught to the children. Dealing with multiple choice questions has its own strategies too. Our students were taught those as well. They had very detailed concept oriented lectures in the school where they also practiced problem solving under the supervision of the teacher.
Once that was done in the school, they logged on to our WalE app at school and at home to do practice tests based on that concept. Normally practice books have about 20 odd questions for each concept. But on WalE, we have about 200 questions for each concept and each time you ask for a test, you get a different randomized test of 10 questions. After solving the test, they would check their scores and explanations would pop up for the particularly tricky or difficult questions.
The teacher was checking their activity and monitoring their performance and if any child was found not logging in and taking tests on holidays, they were sure to receive a call from the school to ask why!
We finished doing topic wise lectures and tests somewhere around the middle of January and since then till the week of the examination, the students sat for rounds of prelims.
21 rounds of prelims
2 papers in each round
That means our 9 year olds took 42 full length tests before the exam!
We start preparing our students for this right from Std. 3. Logic is one of the subjects that the students study as a part of their regular curriculum. That helps them understand how to understand a problem, break it down and consider multiple approaches to solving it. It will help them the most when they step out of schools.
Walnut School students will always stand out!
All this is possible because of a dedicated R&D team and enthusiastic teaching staff. We also have great students and cool parents.
So, here’s to Team Walnut! We really are awesome!