Preparing for the End of Year Exams

Term three is ending and the dreaded end-of-year examination is closing in. While most students do not view examinations with glee, there are probably two group of students that are close to panicking now – the PSLE and the ‘N’/’O’ Levels students.

How can students approach these major examinations calmly? Read More…

Open-Ended Comprehension – Part 1

In the previous article, we discussed Comprehension Cloze. In this edition, we are going to discuss the Open-Ended Comprehension component of the exams.

These two sections are actually very closely related to each other. It is no surprise that a student weak in one will find doing the other difficult as well. Like Comprehension Cloze, it assesses the overall English skill level. Read More…

Comprehension Cloze – Part 1

In the previous two weeks, we shared some tips on how your child can do well for continuous writing in Paper 1.

Now we will turn our attention to Paper 2. We will concentrate on two sections that many students find difficulty in – Comprehension Cloze and Open-ended Comprehension. We will discuss Comprehension Cloze first and move on the Open-ended Comprehension in next weeks article. Read More…

Final PSLE Preparation Tips

You will realise that our tips, while focusing on a section of the English paper, actually targets multiple assessment objectives of the PSLE English paper. Many people do not see it this way, but Paper 1 and Paper 2 are actually opposites of each other.

Paper 1 focuses on construction – writing words and linking them to create ideas to write essays. On the other hand, Paper 2 focuses on de-construction – breaking down the writing to get a deeper understanding of the author’s ideas and intention. This is why whatever tips we provide, are inevitably linked to each other. Read More…