Dear Parent

Mocks are Over: What’s Next?

There are plenty of bleary-eyed students who will quickly recover from examitis afternoon with the end of the G10 and G12 mock exams.

These students must now reflect on their approach and planning up to these mock exams, as well as their exam techniques and performance, as results are released.

The mock results will provide students (and their parents and teachers) a reasonable indication as to where they are at with their final exams about six weeks away. Importantly, all planning should be gearing up to maximum performance from six weeks until the end of the exam sessions.

I see three common challenges ahead for our exam candidates:

  • Final study plan: the mocks should have identified each student’s strengths and areas to work on more closely. Finalising a balanced study plan must be the first priority for all students who should work closely with their teachers to maximise the required support to achieve maximum performance. Ensure your planning is realistic and specific.
  • Exam techniques: students need to reflect on feedback and seek clarity if required to address specific exam techniques that prevented best results in the mocks. Was critical analysis an issue? Was poor time management in responding to some questions a problem? Was clear planning to answer any task something that requires practice? Was writing and holding a pen for a length of time something to overcome within six weeks? These aspects are just as important as study plans. If you misinterpret questions, your knowledge and understanding will not assist you. Do you need to see Aunty Sandra about exam stress and how to handle it better so that you can still produce your best performance?
  • Balance: cramming your studies, lack of sleep and poor eating habits over the coming six weeks do not work. Going into an exam tired, or unwell, will impact in a negative way. If students have remained consistent with their studies and use their time well, then the expected results will follow. Panicking and trying to revise entire courses over the next six weeks will be counter-productive. Manage your time. Prioritise. Use all assistance available. Be in the moment and not be distracted about your university offers. Get a minimum six hours of sleep each night, and not over 24 hours.

Ghanaian Sign Language

A sign language is a language which allows the users to communicate using the hands instead of sound- simultaneously combining hand shapes, orientation and movement of the hands, arms or body, and facial expression to fluidly express a speaker’s thought. The sign language remains nevertheless a fully- fledged language, with its own constructional method of sentences.

 

Spoken language Vs. Sign language

Spoken language Sign Language

Has own rules for  pronunciation, word order and complex grammar.

Example: I will go to school tomorrow.

Has “own rules” for pronunciation, word order and complex grammar.

Example, “School tomorrow me go’’ is grammatically correct in sign language.

Spoken languages vary from one country to the other.

Signs vary from country to country

Example, Ghanaian sign language, American sign language, British sign language, Spanish sign language, Chinese sign language etc.

Forms words by combining units of sounds using your mouth.

Forms words by combining units of shapes produced using the hand, called hand shapes.

The example below shows how “Truck” is spelt in Ghanaian sign language.

T      R     U       C        K

Reference

Dakaya, O. D. ( April 2012). Enabling Sign Language Instruction with Technology. Ghana

 

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