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Maths

English

German

French

Suggestions for parents

Maths

1. Don't just start calculating with text tasks
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Read the text carefully, underline important things or write them out.
•   Think: What is given, what is asked?
•   Think the solution through correctly and precisely.
•   If something is not imaginable, a drawing or sketch often helps.
•   Separate the main and auxiliary calculations.
•   Check your intermediate results and check the final result.

2. Check simple knowledge and methods over and over again
•   Multiplication tables, basic arithmetic operations, formulas, abbreviations, constructions, mathematical terms

3. Create an error statistic for yourself
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Note the errors after a check and find out which error types occur most frequently with you
•   Try reducing these common errors by practicing.

4. Create a collection of difficult tasks for yourself
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Use a separate booklet or create a card index.
•   Perform a trial exam before an exam.

5. Create a rule booklet for yourself

•   Enter rules, formulas, and drawings with sample tasks.

6. Practice again and again in writing
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Practice the tasks step by step.
•   Reading and looking through is not enough. Also solve the tasks in writing.

7. Try to apply mathematics practically

•   This is also called "carrying mathematics into everyday life". Examples of this are calculating the area and volume of rooms, calculating interest, calculating the sales price without VAT, etc.

8. Design your school materials in a clear way
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Calculate and write cleanly and mark partial and final results (e.g. single or double underline).
•   Work through your lesson notes and exercise book entries again at home on the same day and write down questions to the teacher if there's something you don't understand.

German

1. Grammar: practice grammatical terms based on newspaper cuttings
•   Mark articles, nouns, prepositions, conjunctions etc. with different colours, as you might already know it from school.
•   Repeat this exercise often to get routine and feel safe before exams.

2. Essays: Practice at home
•   Write an essay at home before exam papers at school.
•   Check your essay the next day (with Duden!).

3. Dictations: Create your own cloze texts
•   Leave out the difficult words.
•   Fill in the gap text after a break (e.g. the next day).
•   Check your result.

4. Make learning cards/posters for your room
•   Write down what you need to learn with buzzwords.
•   Hang up the poster so that it is clearly visible.
•   Look at it again and again and think about it.
•   Change the learning poster when it is no longer up to date.

English and French

1. Learn vocabulary in writing
•   Write down the words so that you can learn in both directions (e.g. French-German and German-French).
•   Mark the words with colors, depending on how well you know them.
•   Repeat the difficult words more often than those you already know well.

2. Create card index cards
•   Write words, phrases or sentences in the foreign language on the front.
•   Write the translation on the back.
•   Use different colours for the two languages.

3. Memorize the forms of common verbs
•   Above all, having and being are important verbs.
•   Check your English or French book to see which verbs also occur frequently (e.g. do, walk, etc.).
•   Write down the conjugations and look at them often.

4. Practice your listening comprehension
•   Listen to a television or radio station in the foreign language (favourite series or even news) and try to understand as much as possible.
•   Listen to music or Ted Talks (online) in the foreign language.
•   Note what it's about

Parents

1. Show interest in the school work of your child
•   Listen to what the child says about the school and avoid "asking questions".
•   Look at the exercise books and talk to your child about the topics being covered.
•   Let them show you test exams and corrected (homework) tasks and talk to your child about mistakes and good task solutions.

2. Show your child that you think homework is important

3. Ensure a quiet workplace where your child can work regularly and undisturbed

4. Support your child in structuring his or her daily routine
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Introduce certain rituals (get up time, breakfast together without rush, fixed bedtime, play time, etc.).
•   Make sure that your child does his or her homework in a concentrated and speedy manner.
Do not sit next to the child all the time when he or she is doing his or her homework.

5. Support your child adequately with their homework
•   Only give tips and do not relieve the child of the work. Let them think and work for themselves.
•   If necessary, help the child to look up (dictionary).
•   Take oral homework seriously as well.

6. Praise your child for small successes
•   Praise spurs better than blame.
•   Make sure that your relationship with your child is not determined by his or her school performance.
•   Show that you perceive your child primarily as a person - regardless of his or her performance.

7. Foster your child's general knowledge and natural curiosity
•   Answer your child's questions.
•   Include school topics in everyday life, e.g. through committed discussions.
•   Encourage your child's hobbies.
•   Select gifts purposefully.