The media was abuzz with the success story of Joseph Schooling, Singapore’s first Olympic gold medalist. So much have been learnt about how his parents discovered his talent at a young age as well as their faith and unwavering support for him.
Schooling’s story inspires a lot of parents because it highlights the importance of discovering a child’s true potential and planning the path to their success. One crucial parenting lesson learnt for all of us is to allow our children to discover and develop their talents. Parents should not just highlight how talented their children are, but make constructive efforts to nurture them and plan for their future.
Whether it’s a hidden talent, unique intelligence or gifted potential, how do we discover them? Some children may have displayed their talents, intelligence or potentials since young, but many of them remain unnoticed.
It’s no surprise because we, parents, are so geared up to making sure that our children have all the essentials covered, such as food, school, tuition and exam. When all these important jobs are done, we forget that what our children need from us is to discover their true potentials.
This sets me thinking, again and again. What is my son’s potential? How can I discover them? What is his dream? How I can help him to achieve his dream?
Recently, I discovered the KidSmart Programme, a 2-step approach to nurturing a child’s true potential, launched by UOB that works in this manner –
Step 1: Discover our children’s unique smarts by using the MIDAS™ tool
Step 2: Plan for their future with the holistic suite of financial solutions offered by UOB.
UOB is the only bank in Singapore to bring us the MIDAS™ (Multiple Intelligences Developmental Assessment Scales) – an aptitude assessment tool to help us discover the type of intelligence our children may have and gain a deeper appreciation of what our children’s capabilities may be.
There are eight types of smarts identified by MIDAS™ that cannot be measured through common IQ tests. The EIGHT types of smarts are: Word Smart, Body Smart, Logic Smart, Music Smart, Nature Smart, People Smart, Picture Smart and Self Smart.
If a person’s distinct smarts can be recognized, he or she can focus on developing that potential and go on to roles or careers that will allow him or her to thrive and succeed. Therefore, the MIDAS™ tool was developed to help us gain deeper understanding of our child’s smarts.
This is the first time I heard of MIDAS™ assessment tool. So I’m thrilled to find out more about it too. Now, let’s head to UOB website to try out the abridged version of MIDAS™ profile for free.
Before I go on to the test, I’d like to highlight to you that the MIDAS™ tool is not a test with absolute results. It’s up to you to decide if the results are a good description of your child’s skills and abilities. Remember, your child’s abilities will change and grow over time. And of course, they can retake the test in future to determine their new set of smarts.
Now, let’s click on “GET MIDAS™ PROFILE NOW” and get started. You’ll be brought to a screen where you need to do a quick registration before the test starts.
Next, you’ll be given 27 simple questions. Yikes! 27? I know what you’re thinking. It may sound a little overwhelming for your child, but trust me, the questions are very simple and it will not take more than 10 minutes to complete.
You may, of course, help your child to answer the questions based on your observations of him or her. The questions focus on their interests such as how keen they are to do science activities, sing a song, play an instrument, play sports, and also behavioral such as how they work in a group setting. For each question, you just need to select from a scale of five.
When I showed the test to Edison, he was quite enthusiastic to try it.
Yay, he completed it in just 7 minutes!
And so, what happened after the test? The results of the MIDAS™ profile is available instantly! You can download a pdf copy or send it to your email account. Here’s how Edison’s profile looks like:
As I’ve predicted, he has nature smart. He loves reading science books and keen to learn about plants and animals. But what caught me by surprise is that he’s a word smart too. Ha! This means he’s able to think in words and use them skillfully. I should encourage him to read and write more often to enhance his linguistic skills.
Personally, I find that the questions are easy to answer, and we enjoyed doing it. They are comprehensive and covers a range of skills, abilities and intellectual potential. I certainly agree that MIDAS™ can be a useful tool for children to gain insight into how they best learn, and for parents to discover interesting ways to motivate their children to learn.
There are more smarts to your child than you know. Thus, I strongly encourage you to try out the abridged version of MIDAS™ profile. It’s free after all! Just invest 10 minutes of your precious time and what you can get back is priceless. Hop over to UOB website to try it now!
If you’ve completed the abridged version, you’re also encouraged to go for the full version to get a richer interpretation of your child’s SMARTS, his or her potential career as well as education pathway. It’s also aligned with MOE holistic learning and avenue of growth and learning.
Cost of the full MIDAS™ questionnaire is $90, but now, UOB will be giving it out for free. The guide can be collected upon a chat with UOB bankers.
Under the full version, each type of smart has a main scale that can be further broken down into several sub-scales. And from there, we can understand how our children learn, enrichment activities that are suitable for them, and their future education options. An example of Logic Smart can be seen below:
The full MIDAS™ questionnaire contains over 90+ questions and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Edison (9 years old) managed to complete it with minimal supervision as the questions are easy to answer. For young children aged 8 and below, I’d advise you to read out the questions and complete the questionnaire with him.
Remember, your profile will only be as accurate as your responses. Therefore, please be patient and take your time to answer the questionnaire very carefully.
Here’s a sample of the full questionnaire:
MIDAS™ full profile gives a reasonable estimate of a person’s intellectual disposition in each of the following eight areas – Linguistic, LogicMath, Spatial, Musical, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalist. And under each intelligence, the profile further describes twenty-five kinds of skills associated with it.
Being a Logic Smart, one of the most effective learning strategies for Edison is re-organizing information into tables, graphs and charts. He can also learn smarter by analyzing and determining the logical association between ideas.
The MIDAS™ full profile helped me understand my son even more now. I gained a deeper understanding of his skills, abilities and learning styles that are suitable for him. It has also helped me to discuss with him on his subject choices, CCA and future career choices even though he is still in primary school.
The 21st century is a challenging and competitive age. It is far more important for parents to identify their children’s talents and strengths and build on them rather than overly focused on academic grades.
In the next 10 to 20 years, the future careers of our children will not be the traditional ones that we’re seeing now such as engineers, architects etc. There will be new careers for the next generation such as robotics engineer and biotechnologist.
Therefore, it’s important to focus on other smarts and go for enrichment courses that will equip our children with relevant skill sets that they are unable to gain from school alone.
Smart parenting is all about discovering and nurturing our children’s true potentials. Seize the opportunity to find out your child’s smarts with: 1) abridged version of the MIDAS™ profile available FREE on UOB website and 2) full MIDAS™ questionnaire by consulting the friendly UOB bankers.
What are you waiting for? Take that first step today and discover your child’s smarts!