Recently, the parent of a new student shared how she feared for her daughter’s PSLE English result. Their family speaks mostly Mandarin at home and her daughter’s English has always been weak. She had engaged a home tutor but all the tutor did was to force her daughter to memorise model essays. At first, there was a bit of improvement, but since then, her daughter’s English results have plateaued. She confided that she regretted changing teachers so late.
All the tutor did was to force her daughter to memorise model essays…
Many parents face this problem. Despite their best efforts, their children’s English has not shown much improvement. Their children’s fundamentals remain weak, their expression mediocre and their vocabulary average. How can they be expected to score an A or A* in the PSLE? Especially since it’s so close to PSLE. There is obviously no time to re-teach all the English fundamentals or get them to read a bunch of books.
In addition to the classes her daughter is having with us, we shared some tips with her as well. Knowing that this is a common problem we are re-producing some of these tips for you in this series of articles. The strategies are designed to help all children, regardless of their ability. If you are a parent of a Primary Six student, we are sure the tips will prove helpful, even at this late juncture. If your child is younger, you can in fact use these strategies to better effect.
The strategies are designed to help all children, regardless of their ability.
So follow us over the next few weeks as we feature strategies for your children to optimise their English marks. The following are the topics we will cover all the way up to the PSLE English paper on the 27 September 2012.
Study Tip Topics
- Content in Continuous Writing
- Language and Organisation in Continuous Writing
- Comprehension Cloze
- Open-Ended Comprehension
- Final preparation tips
So remember to follow our feature series and visit us every week to check out our strategies.