Interesting article with some points to ponder. One quote seems true: “Force-feeding children to learn during their holidays might cause them to develop a resistance to it. This is why some children have low resiliency levels and they eventually don’t want to study.”
Self-motivation is very important for learning, otherwise the child may go for the tuition classes but end up daydreaming during lesson. Check out some motivational books which can motivate your child and improve English at the same time: https://mathtuition88.com/2014/11/16/motivational-books-for-the-student-educational/
Jack, 12, in his own words
We would always go on holidays in June and December, for as long as I can remember.
But in May, when I asked Mummy where we were going in June, I heard the bad news.
She said she was worried and stressed because I had done badly for my term one papers, getting only Bs and Cs.
“We’re not going anywhere,” she said. “You have to study.”
I feel her decision is unfair because I know how to manage my time.
She wants me to get in the school of her choice through Direct School Admission (DSA) – that is why she insisted that I must still continue with my piano and wushu lessons on Sundays.
I used to have tuition only for Mother Tongue and Maths. Now, plus all that, I have to go for intensive study sessions for Mother Tongue, Maths and English.
But Mummy does not know that having different teachers makes it more confusing for me.
I cannot focus and they both tell me different things, so I don’t know how to answer the questions best.
I wish we could travel as a family. I’m sad that we are not travelling this time.
Travelling could have been a fun time for me to recharge and then I can focus on the BIG PSLE.
I know Mummy has my welfare and well-being in mind, but it is also hard to pretend that I do not mind.
Just yesterday, I asked if I can have one day free before the holidays are over to go to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) and she said very angrily: “NO.”
She said that I do not know how to prioritise my needs. I feel she is unfair.
She keeps telling me it is “just for a few months”. But June is just one month, and it is the holidays.
Anyway, I hope I can get into DSA so my suffering can be lessened and Mummy will take me on a holiday after PSLE.
She told me I have to set a good example for Mei Mei (Mandarin for sister).
I hope I can.