Five ways you can assess how your child is doing in the virtual classroom

No matter the type of online education your child is receiving, you want to make sure that you can assess how they are doing. After all, you will not know if they need assistance or find the lessons too easy without assessment. Here are some ways that you can assess your child.

Talk to their teacher or wait for school reports

 The most obvious method of assessing your child would be to wait for a report from their teacher. The challenge with this is that most schools only issue reports a handful of times each school year. How do you know how your child is doing in between those reports?

You could ask your child’s teacher for their impression. This is actually a great method, but it still has its limitations. There is always the chance that the teacher is not completely subjective about your child’s abilities. They also may not have the time to give you as much detail as you would like. After all, the average teacher-to-student ratio in Singapore in primary schools in 2018 was 14.8 and it was 11.6 students in secondary schools. While these figures are somewhat low, it is still too many for teachers to feasibly spend an excessive amount of time evaluating your child.


Help them with homework and evaluate

Another option for assessing your child’s progress and glean e-learning insights is to help them with their homework. During this task, try to provide as little help as possible to your child. You can see how they solve problems and whether they struggle to do so. If your child does not want help with their homework, you could even ask them to show you how they complete a sample problem. This can help highlight some of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.


Track strengths and weaknesses

The best methods of assessing your child’s online education will be via objective e-learning insights, like those from the KooBits app for parents. These include assessments of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The system tracks your child’s learning development for you and gives you a concise report, with as much detail as you want.

This is a much better alternative than trying to discern strengths and weaknesses by helping them with their homework. After all, you likely do not have any teacher training that would help you discover these. You are also far from unbiased, so your personal desire for your child to succeed may cloud your judgement. Neither of those will be a concern with the KooBits app since the system automatically and objectively determines strengths and weaknesses.


Compare progress to the school syllabus

When assessing your child’s progress in their virtual school, most parents want to know how that progress compares to the school syllabus. This helps put the information in perspective and lets you know if your child is doing well or needs some extra assistance.

Conveniently, the KooBits app for parents also compares your child’s progress with the school syllabus. This saves you the task of having to ask the teacher and waiting for a response which we already mentioned. These e-learning insights can help you determine if you want your child to take more lessons or if they need the concepts explained in another way.


Compare progress to peers

In addition to comparing your child’s progress to the syllabus, the KooBits app for parents also benchmarks it against their peers. This can be an excellent way to see if your child is learning at the same pace as their peers, or whether they are learning faster or slower.


What to do with your assessments

Once you have e-learning insights on your child’s online education, put them to good use. If there is an area in which your child is weak, behind on the syllabus, or lagging behind peers, offer additional support. Try explaining the concept in another way or encouraging them to work harder on the relevant lessons.


In areas that are your child’s strengths, or if they are ahead of the syllabus or their peers, use this to encourage them to keep striving and learning. You do not want your child’s online education to bore them, but that is what will happen if they do not feel challenged. If they are far ahead of their peers, try giving them more advanced lessons to create a challenge or spark an interest.


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