3 Little-Known Tips That Your Child Must Know To Score AL1-3 for PSLE English Compo (Part 3 of 3)

3 Little-Known Tips That Your Child Must Know To Score AL1-3 for PSLE English Compo (Part 3 of 3)

TIP 3: Do Not Turn The Essay Into An “Action Packed” Movie 

ACTIONS are important in an essay as they serve to capture the details of what took place, and serve to make the writing more realistic.

Most students are able to include actions in their writing – however, they tend to have too many actions, resulting in what we call the “action-packed” movie effect.

Consider the following writing:

We were at Orchard Cineleisure. Several of my friends and I were on our way to the café. We were going to celebrate as our examinations were over. Suddenly, I bumped into a teenager. He stared at me and shouted. Then, he stepped closer. I told him that I was not.

As you can see, such a writing style will hardly engage any readers. It is boring and it will be a miracle for any teacher or PSLE Marker to not fall asleep after reading the first few paragraphs.

The problem is that Writing is quite single-dimensional unlike movies where there are sounds, visuals and special effects to complement the actions.

So what your child needs to do is to help their readers & markers see the SCENES in their MIND by creating a MENTAL PICTURE.

Thankfully, there are 2 “Special Effects” which your child can apply in their writing too to add more dimensions or what we call ‘layers’ to their storyline.   

1. THOUGHTS and FEELINGS (emotions): PSLE markers love students who include Thoughts and Feelings into their writing because it proves to them that the student has carefully considered not only the actions of the characters but also how the actions will affect the characters – at the mental and emotional level.

  • I remember this incident vividly still, and I doubt I will forget it for a long time. 
  • I was wondering who this guy was and if I knew him
  • Before I could think of a reply…
  • I became indignant at the accusation  

2. SPEAKING PROCESSES (dialogues): Dialogues add flavour to your writing as they create an immersive experience for your readers. Your readers will feel as if they are really there at the scene!

  • “What do you think you are staring at?”
  • “I-I-I was not staring at you,” I stammered despite my best efforts to sound confident.

When your child has added these additional dimensions, the story will become much more interesting for the PSLE markers to read.

Adding these 2 special effects to the original writing:

I remember this incident vividly still, and I doubt I will forget it for a long time. We were at Orchard Cineleisure. Several of my friends and I were on our way to the café. We were going to celebrate as our examinations were over. 

Suddenly, I bumped into a teenager. He stared at me. I was wondering who this guy was and if I knew him. Before I could think of a reply, he stepped closer. 

“What do you think you are staring at?” he shouted in a gruff voice.

I became indignant at the accusation.

“I-I-I was not staring at you,” I stammered despite my best efforts to sound confident.

Now that you know this secret, here’s how you can boost your child’s writing skills in the shortest time possible in time for the next upcoming exams:

  • Gather a list of mental verbs which your child can use in his / her writing. You should be able to find a basic list of mental verbs by performing a Google Search.
  • Gather a full list of emotive words, phrases and expressions of different varying intensities which your child can use in their writing. The key emotions to pay attention to will be: Anger, Sadness, Fear and Happiness. 

This is just one of the many proven writing techniques that we impart to our students at EduEdge to help them jump 1-2 bands for their Paper 1 essays

There are many more advanced writing techniques which your child can master and apply to their writing to score Band 1!

 

About the Author

Teacher Edwin

During his time as a student, Edwin struggled with the English Language, and was often told by his teachers that he had to “feel the language” or “practise more”… even though he was already ploughing through tons of English Assessment books!

Which is why, more than anybody else, he understands the uphill challenges and frustrations your child feels when trying to master English!

This is what motivated him to develop the <Formula-Style> method of learning English to help students learn English in an easier and more effective way, just like solving Math or Science questions!

Together with the EduEdge Team of Language Specialists, this unique and proven method has successfully transformed the grades of more than 2,500+ students from over 150 schools across Singapore to date, with a 94.5% improvement rate and 72.1% achieving Bs and As for the Primary, Secondary and Junior College Levels!

3 Little-Known Tips That Your Child Must Know To Score AL1-3 for PSLE English Compo (Part 2 of 3)

3 Little-Known Tips That Your Child Must Know To Score AL1-3 for PSLE English Compo (Part 2 of 3)

This is the second article of a 3-part sharing series.

TIP 2: Memorising Essays Does Not Help 

For a start, model essays do help your child pick up the Organisation (or what we call the Paragraphing Structures) that is required for the Narrative / Recount styles of writing.

However, a BIG MISTAKE that many misguided parents often commit is to get their child memorise model essays of different themes for ideas.

There are two problems with such an approach:

Firstly, many of you may have noticed that the model essays in guidebooks often vary in terms of the writing quality. 

Guess what? – You are right! These essays are often written by different students with different writing standards. 

Now, let’s assume for a moment that these essays were all written by the same student and they are Band A essays.

This still serves little to help students because the benchmark may be too high for them. What happens in such a scenario is that students may end up even more confused or even demoralised.

The second problem is that when students memorise essays, the natural tendency for them is to regurgitate and “force” what they have memorised into their composition during exams.

BIG MISTAKE AGAIN because once a compo is written out of point or not answering the question, students will be heavily penalised with deduction of marks.

In any case, it is near impossible to try to spot the compo theme / topic that will be tested during the exam. 

Take the 2016 PSLE exams for instance. 

Students were tested on this idea of ‘Secret’, which is a theme which is largely unfamiliar to most students. 

That’s why we’ve heard of stories whereby some students, who normally score A / A* in English, fumbled and scored only a B in the end. While they may be exam-smart, they do not have a FULL understanding of how they should be approaching writing the right way.

Rather than memorise essays and “pray” that the right topic has been spotted, your child has much better luck when they have the Right Thinking Strategy so that they can tackle all writing topics easily.

That’s why at EduEdge, for students on our programme, we do not tell our students what to think, we guide them how to think using our unique methodology of learning English using formulas so that they develop their own thinking skills over time. 

So how can you help your child develop the Right Thinking Strategy?

There are many ways but we’ll share one way in this article.

When your child approaches any essay topic, they have to think in terms of a Problem and a Complication.

Every essay will involve a problem or complication which the characters in the story will seek to solve – this is what makes the essay engaging / interesting for your child’s teachers and PSLE Markers.

Here are some examples:

(1) Theme: Honesty / Integrity
Problem: A school friend visits me late at night.
Complication: He wants to borrow my school assignment to copy.

 

(2) Theme: Thrift / Love
Problem: A school friend visits me late at night.
Complication: He had to scrimp and save to buy the present.

 

A common mistake which many students make is to NOT give proper thought to how they should develop their Problem or Complication.

In other words, the Problem or Complication is solved too easily or simplistically.

Here’s an example:

A Simplistic Storyline without any proper thought
Davis and James were fighting in the toilet. The teacher came and asked them to make peace with each other. End of story.

 

A better approach is to further escalate the problem. Ask your child to ask questions to generate more ideas.

 

A More Sophisticated Storyline with proper thought
  • Why were Davis and James fighting?
    (reason – perhaps, rivalry at competition / sports meet) 
  • What happened before, during and after the fight?
    (sequence of events leading to the brawl)
  • How were they fighting?
    (e.g. Using a karate chop? Using a flying kick? Defending with a mop? Dodging the punch which was coming towards him?)
  • What were the injuries sustained?
    (e.g. One of the boys had a bloody cut on his forehead; the other had scraped his knees while he fell to the floor)
3 Little-Known Tips That Your Child Must Know To Score AL1-3 for PSLE English Compo (Part 1 of 3)

3 Little-Known Tips That Your Child Must Know To Score AL1-3 for PSLE English Compo (Part 1 of 3)

Paper 1 is an important paper component because it makes up 27.5% of the entire PSLE English Exam.

It has the potential to change a student’s grades by up to 1.5 bands – in other words, from Cs to Bs, and Bs to As.

However, many parents we’ve spoken to often have little knowledge as to how they can help their child excel in Paper 1 writing.

They shared with us that they’ve tried getting their child memorise essays and creative phrases, write essays regularly by practising on assessment books or attend weekly Creative Writing classes – 

Yet, they still see little or no improvements in their child’s writing scores despite their best efforts.

If this describes what your child is facing right now, you need to pay close attention to these little-known tips that we’re going to share with you so that your child can finally ACE their Paper 1 writing exams.

TIP 1: It Is Not Just About The CONTENT (Ideas) 

CONTENT is not king. 

Many students often assume that if they have good ideas, they will do very well in their compositions. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Grammar (or Language) has equal if not, more importance than Content.

Think about this: Have you ever wondered why the subject is called “English Language” and not just “English”? 

Well, the very fact that the subject is named as such already gives us a very clear indication of the importance of Language – but this is a fact that is often overlooked by many students.

If students have a poor grasp of their language, it does not matter how good their ideas are because they will still have difficulty communicating their ideas clearly.

And if their teachers and PSLE Markers cannot understand what is it that they are trying to convey, how then can they award a high mark?

Now that you know this important fact, how can you help your child?

If your child is currently scoring below 15 out of 20 for Language in Continuous Writing and below 6 out of 9 for Language in Situational Writing, then your child has to work on brushing up their Grammar.

Firstly, identify the Grammar Rules in which your child is committing errors. From our experience, students with borderline language scores will benefit greatly from strengthening their Verb Rules such as Subject-Verb Agreement, Tenses and Verb Formation patterns. 

For students who already do not have problems with their Verb Rules, they should strengthen their understanding of punctuation rules – notably the use of their full stops, commas and quotation marks – when and how to use them.

At the same time, they should pay close attention to their Sentence Structures – they must know how to write Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences so that they can add variety to their sentences without ‘sounding’ repetitive.

So how can your child improve his / her grammar?

Well, the most obvious method is to refer to a good Grammar guide. There are several quality titles out there in the market and they will get the job done.

An important point to note, however, is that Grammar is learnt through real application and not just through reading grammar guides or practising on grammar MCQs. 

We’ve seen diligent students working on Grammar MCQ practices after practices, but still haven’t seen improvements in their English grades.

A more effective method is to involve your child with Paragraph Exercises rather than Grammar MCQ practices or even full Essay exercises.

  • Have your child write a paragraph for a particular essay topic – make sure your child checks through her work after writing the paragraph – this habit of Proofreading is invaluable and will be a life skill in time to come
  • Each sentence should be carefully checked to ensure that no grammatical errors are committed.
    • When each sentence is right, the paragraph will be right.
    • When each paragraph is right, the whole essay will be right.

Remember: Content is nothing without good Grammar.

 

How to Avoid Costly, Careless Mistakes for P2 English Comprehension

How to Avoid Costly, Careless Mistakes for P2 English Comprehension

English Comprehension is the nightmare of all students – whether they are in Primary, Secondary or Junior College. 

This problem is exacerbated by the fact that there is a low reading rate amongst the general population (including students). Most people these days prefer online pursuits to reading books. 

According to a National Arts Council (NAC) survey released in 2016, 56 per cent of the general population had not read a literary book over the past one year between March 2014 to March 2015 (sample size: 1,015 Singaporeans and permanent residents).

From our experience, almost all (9 out of 10) students have a hard time trying to understand what they have read and how to go about answering comprehension questions.

That’s why it is not uncommon to hear of students struggling to pass Comprehension, and it gets worse as they move up the levels because the proportion of Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Questions increases correspondingly. 

HOT Questions are much more demanding as they require students to read within and between the lines to unpack the hidden meanings of the writer. In other words, students need to infer and not just merely copy and paste their answer from the passage. 

For Primary School students, Comprehension is an important component of Paper 2.

The Total marks for Paper 2 is 95 marks – of which: Visual Text Comprehension is 8 marks and Comprehension OE is 20 marks. 

This means that Comprehension makes up 28 out of 95 marks or close to 30% (one-third) of the entire paper.

Any student who is gunning for their Distinction (AL1-3) must therefore do well in the Comprehension component.

Having worked with thousands of students over the last 8 years, my Team and I have developed deep insights into the careless and costly mistakes which are often committed by students.

So if you are a concerned parent who wants to help your child do much better in Reading Comprehension, you must advise your child to avoid these careless and costly mistakes.

Careless Mistake 1: Jumping The Gun When Answering The Questions

One of the common mistakes which students make when answering Comprehension Questions is that they jump to their own conclusions without any basis for their conclusions.

What this means is they are not answering the question at all even when they think they are.

Let’s take a look at the following example:

Text
Sam did not dare to face his parents. He had let them down once more. Maybe he should not have played computer games the night before. Maybe he should have paid more attention to what his teacher was teaching in class
Question: Why do you think Sam did not dare to face his parents?
Answer (Wild Guess): He was playing computer games the night before when he should be doing his homework.
Teacher’s Comments: 

This answer (“he should be doing his homework”) is not accepted because there are no CLUES in the text which supports this idea. 

In other words, it is a WILD GUESS (“anyhow” guess) – the student gives an answer based on his own knowledge or perhaps personal experience (maybe the student often plays games when he should doing his homework) instead of an answer which is based on the CLUES given by the Writer in the text.

Given CLUES are: 

  • “did not dare to face” →  fear 
  • “let them down” → disappoint
  • “once more” → not the first time
  • “the night before” → perhaps the eve of a test or exam?
  • “should have paid more attention… in class” → distracted / unfocused when he should be learning 

Therefore, a LOGICAL ANSWER which is accepted will be:

  • His exam grades had fallen short of his parents’ expectation again. OR
  • He had probably failed his exams again.

Note: A Logical Answer is an answer which is supported by clues from the passage.

 

So now that you know this, how can you help your child?

When answering comprehension answers, your child needs to give an answer that is based on the clues given in the text and not based on their own knowledge, experiences or thinking.

Remind your child not to be too quick in giving an answer until he/she has read the text closely for all the given clues.

Careless Mistake 2: Giving Vague Answers

The second careless mistake which many students often commit is a ‘spin-off’ from the first mistake.

Let’s take a look at the following answer for the same question:

Text
Sam did not dare to face his parents. He had let them down once more. Maybe he should not have played computer games the night before. Maybe he should have paid more attention to what his teacher was teaching in class.
Question: Why do you think Sam did not dare to face his parents?
Answer (Vague): He had done something wrong
Teacher’s Comments: 

In this instance, the word “something” is vague and imprecise.

The “something” could mean different scenarios here to different people:

  • Maybe he broke his parents’ favourite vase?
  • Maybe he stole his parents’ money?
  • Perhaps he snuck out late at night when he was supposed to be asleep?

As you can see, there are a whole lot of possibilities here and that’s why such answers will not be accepted by the PSLE markers.

If your child is making such mistakes in his comprehension, advise him/her to:

  1. Eliminate the use of imprecise words from their answers (e.g. “someone”, “something”, “somewhere” and even the word “how”.)
  2. Be super specific when giving an answer – and that means to give an answer which is clear to the PSLE markers and gives no room for doubt or misinterpretations.

Careless Mistake 3: Not Knowing The Difference Between Literal v.s. Inference Questions

Comprehension Questions are not made equal.

Questions may be broadly categorised into Literal and Inferential levels.

  • Literal Level Questions: answers may be found directly from a careful reading of the text (passage) itself – such answers are often obvious because of the surface meanings.
  • Inferential Level Questions: clues may be found in the passage but not the answer itself – answer has to be inferred from the given clues because of hidden meanings. In other words, the answer will come from our mind (via logical guesses) but not directly from the passage

The problem we’ve noticed is that many students have not been taught to differentiate questions between the Literal and Inference levels. 

Many students do not know how to recognise different question types, and as a result, they simply answer comprehension questions as if they were all literal in nature.

As you can imagine, this “copy & paste” strategy, without any thinking strategy, will result in precious marks being lost for your child!

Let’s take another close look at the same question so that we know why this may be an area of concern:

Text
Sam did not dare to face his parents. He had let them down once more. Maybe he should not have played computer games the night before. Maybe he should have paid more attention to what his teacher was teaching in class.
Question: Why do you think Sam did not dare to face his parents?
Answer (Obvious): He had played computer games the night before. OR

Answer (Obvious): He did not pay attention to what his teacher was teaching in class.

Teacher’s Comments: 

The phrase “Why do you think…” already suggests to us that this question is Inference in nature and not Literal – not to be confused with the Literal “WHY” Question – the word “THINK” is a hint that students must give an answer from their MIND / THINKING.

Another phrasing which is commonly used for Inferential Level Question is “How do you know” – again, the word “know” suggests that the answer must come from our mind and not from the passage.

Therefore, both answers above will be marked as wrong because students have just ‘copied’ and ‘pasted’ an answer from the passage, when they are actually expected to come up with an answer from their mind.

 

Likewise, students should not make the question more difficult than it is when they are tackling a Literal Question where a direct answer is expected of them; they should not up the difficulty of the question to an Inference level by putting themselves through the whole thinking process of making a logical guess.

Parents, as you can see, it is highly important for your child to be able to identify the Question Level so that they can answer to the requirements/demands of the question.

All these mistakes are extremely costly and students will lose a lot of marks in the process!

So parents, if your child ever tells you that they were just being careless, you need to rationalise with them that there’s no such thing as a careless mistake – only a right answer or a wrong answer. A careless mistake results in a wrong answer. 

As the saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me”.

The next time your child receives his Comprehension test or exam paper from school, go through the questions carefully with them so that they can LEARN and GROW from their mistakes.

When your child starts cultivating a habit of avoiding these mistakes in his comprehension, it will save them precious marks – and these marks could mean the difference between a B from a C or an A from a B.

At EduEdge, all our students taught how to identify the different comprehension questions and how to answer them effectively

On top of that, all our students are equipped with a Comprehension ‘Cheat’ Sheet which helps them easily recognise the different Comprehension Levels! 

So if you would like to learn more about how we can support your child on their English mastery journey, chat with us on WhatsApp by clicking HERE.

 

About the Author

Teacher Edwin

During his time as a student, Edwin struggled with the English Language, and was often told by his teachers that he had to “feel the language” or “practise more”… even though he was already ploughing through tons of English Assessment books!

Which is why, more than anybody else, he understands the uphill challenges and frustrations your child feels when trying to master English!

This is what motivated him to develop the <Formula-Style> method of learning English to help students learn English in an easier and more effective way, just like solving Math or Science questions!

Together with the EduEdge Team of Language Specialists, this unique and proven method has successfully transformed the grades of more than 2,500+ students from over 150 schools across Singapore to date, with a 94.5% improvement rate and 72.1% achieving Bs and As for the Primary, Secondary and Junior College Levels!

Here are 3 Top Tips That Will Help Pull up your GP Grades

Here are 3 Top Tips That Will Help Pull up your GP Grades

Hey Students!

As you are fully aware, GP is characterised by a multitude of essay questions, but the essay themes generally remain the same.

So what you can do, as your game plan, is to pre-select themes/topics that you feel strongly about in terms of your viewpoints, and do further readings on these.

Focus on:

  • Expressing your opinions clearly
  • Learning how to use the right evidence to back up your points

And the alternative ways to improve on both these points are to –

i) Read Voraciously  

One way to improve your English skills is through immersion in the language. 

Familiarise yourself with good writing – look for academic-grade articles, opinion pieces and argumentative essays.

But if this somehow feels more like a chore, you can always opt to read actual books. 

It’s important to keep in mind that you’re writing an argumentative essay, so it’s best to stick to non-fiction. 

Research has shown sizeable evidence that readers 

  • Experience greater success academically than their non-reading counterparts
  • Experience greater success in the workforce 

So GP Students, it’s time now to inculcate good reading habits! You’re setting yourself up for success in GP and your career.

ii) Listen to Podcasts/ Speeches and Debates

Reading is just one way to immerse yourself in well-written pieces of work or books.  

Listening to podcasts with an argumentative slant and breaking down how such arguments are formed, duly supported and justified, can give you invaluable insights when planning your essays. 

Podcasts are ideated and built around a structure intended to primarily keep audiences engaged, which can translate to added points when adopted in your own writing.

If you want to seriously improve your language skills and take it one step further, you can partake in “shadowing” – speaking along with what you’re listening to. This also helps you to process what you’re listening to. 

iii) Exposure To Hand-picked Topics in Different Mediums

Immerse yourself in and develop a wide exposure to hand-picked topics.

It’s important to note that it’s only natural not to fully absorb articles and news that you aren’t particularly interested in. 

This boils down to how essential it is in choosing the right topics that you’re passionate about to focus on.

If you’re really keen on a particular topic, you’d willingly seek out related knowledge or information. 

And where content is concerned, even though very targeted, is infinite when you surf the Internet. 

Also, keep yourself updated with:

Newspaper articles

 

News articles are generally informative and well-written, with a lot of attention spent on the way such writing is structured and presented, all to keep the audience interested and engaged.

As there’s never a shortage of content in the news, use them to build context when you are writing your GP essays.

YouTube Videos

As you know, most Youtube videos are developed around meaningless content, with the aim of keeping the audience mindlessly entertained.

But if you were to look at such videos from a much deeper level through making a bee-line  specifically for informative videos, these are generally well-designed to present facts in an appealing and well-scripted manner. 

There are indeed invaluable learning points related to the way messages are conveyed and, at the same time, delivering relevant context for your next essay. 

Documentaries:

While YouTube videos are effective when you want to quickly watch a couple of short informative clips, documentaries, on the other hand, delve deeply into a specific topic.

Many students may wrongly assume that documentaries are dead boring. But in fact, there is a mind-boggling array of documentaries which are eye-openers – covering wide-ranging topics from migrant worker issues globally, to unearthing never-before-seen discoveries from the distant past.

One important consideration is the distinctive yet interesting and refreshing structures that the documentary adopts to present its information, as well as the varied perspectives it takes on the issue. 

Watching documentaries widens your world-view as well as gives you indispensable insights into how you can cleverly present information clearly and creativity for your GP.

GP Students, some of you may already know these different ways to study. You’ve tried and tested them, but they don’t seem to work for you and time is fast running out… 

At EduEdge, we have the answer and a surefire way to help you up your GP score! 

You will learn a more effective and smarter formula-style way to help you ace GP. 

We’ll teach you to break down GP, step-by-step, and apply formulas (just like studying Math and Science) and powerful structures. 

Using our unique “Formula-Style” method of teaching and learning English, our Language Specialists have helped 82.7% OF OUR STUDENTS ACHIEVED A / B FOR THEIR A-LEVEL GP!

As General Paper is a skills-based subject, the earlier you receive GP tuition support, the quicker you can acquire and develop your core GP skills!  

Because of this, we’d like to invite you to our complimentary 60-minute Diagnostic Consult & Assessment (DCA) (worth $158.00) with our GP Specialist where:

You can receive an in-depth, detailed analysis of your latest General Paper school exam papers

OR 

Sit for our GP Diagnostic Test which is specially designed to analyse your strengths and weaknesses with pinpoint accuracy.

(This step is important to know why you are losing marks and what problems / challenges you are currently facing – else you will just keep repeating the same mistakes…)

From this session, you will also learn more about how we help students improve with our unique method of studying GP using Formulas and how we are different from the other GP tuition centres / GP tutors out there.

At the end of the day, whether you choose to engage our professional services or not, it is entirely up to you. 

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Is Your Child Starting Their First Year Of Secondary School In 2023? Here Are 3 Super Tips To Help Your Child Transition Smoothly!

Is Your Child Starting Their First Year Of Secondary School In 2023? Here Are 3 Super Tips To Help Your Child Transition Smoothly!

Hey Parents!

Congrats to your child for progressing to the next stage of their education journey!

It’s been a tough year for you and your child, especially with all the stress from preparing for the PSLE national exams.

With Primary 6 finally over, some parents and students might feel they deserve a break from learning after working so hard.  

While a break is indeed needed, it will also be wise that it shouldn’t go beyond the start of Secondary 1. 

When your child embarks on their Secondary 1 journey, the right learning support will give them a strong head start. 

What you may not know is that most students suffer a sudden and drastic drop in their grades when they enter Secondary 1.

This is due to a number of reasons, such as:

1) Coping with more subjects (Now: 7 or 8 v.s. Previous: 4)

2) Different exam formats with more demanding marking requirements

3) New school environment

It just takes one or a combination of the above factors for students to witness a drastic drop in their grades from A to B or even C.

A relevant case study is that of student Chloe who scored an A* in her PSLE English but barely passed with a C6 when she was in Secondary 4!

While it’s very important to stem (stop) the free-fall of grades for all Secondary subjects, it’s doubly critical for English

Secondary English is an L1 compulsory subject – whatever English grade your child achieves for their GCEs, is computed in their overall L1R5 / L1B1 for eligibility into JC / Poly courses. 

A good (As / Bs) GCE English grade will equate to your child securing their desired JC / Poly choice so that they can then seamlessly progress and continue on the next phase of their education journey.    

Which is why we want to share 3 top tips to help your child seamlessly transition from Primary to Secondary.

1) Developing Independent Learning Skills

 

As your primary child progresses to Secondary School (and teenagehood), they’d need to take on greater responsibility for their own learning! 

With much longer hours spent in Secondary school, as well as a heavier workload, your child must come up with a game plan to effectively manage their own learning and efficiently handle the increased workload.  

Such skills are essential for all students – they help with developing your child’s independent learning competencies, so as to monitor, evaluate and reflect on their learning progress in school!

But we must be mindful that encouraging independent learning is not all about making your child do everything by themselves.

It’s instead about having your child understand and see where they are falling short or behind, what they need to start improving and reach out to available support structures, without delay. 

By doing so, it’ll help them speedily and successfully transition into Secondary school life.

2) Imparting time management strategies

Transitioning from Primary to Secondary school equates to an increased workload – be it from the added number of subjects (from 4 in Primary to almost double the number in Secondary) or the increased demands or unfamiliarity of the subject disciplines.

As time is limited to just 24 hours a day, your now Secondary school-going child needs to know how to effectively allocate their study, rest and play time. 

Your child will very soon realise that time management is a must if they don’t want to be lagging behind in their subjects. 

And that there’ll be negative consequences, if their homework is not submitted on time or if they fail to revise…  

Do start helping your child better manage their workload, rest and play time by encouraging them to start planning their own timetable and once it’s done, to stick to it.   

Time management skills are not just in helping your child better manage their school workload; such life skills are a must, to successfully self-manage all areas of their life, throughout their life.

3) Improving English Language competencies 

When your child starts Secondary school, the requirements and expectations for English change drastically! 

For one, Comprehension questions become much harder as they are less straightforward as compared to the Primary levels. All of a sudden, your child has to tackle many more Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Questions where meaning is indirect or hidden! 

Composition also requires your child to be much more exacting in their use of grammar, punctuation and language. 

And with the introduction of new formats and different essay types (Situational and Continuous Writing), it can prove to be really intimidating for most students.

To add on, the marking requirements have also changed.

This is why it is crucial for your child to keep up and not fall behind in English, as the gap may widen more and more, when your child moves from Lower to Upper Secondary.

Not to mention, there’s the inclusion of other new essay-based subjects, such as History, Geography, Social Studies and Literature – all of which will require your child to write long essay-type answers.

Without question, your child must be able to clearly express (grammar, punctuation and language) themselves in writing, in order to achieve high marks, not only in English essays.

Therefore, your Secondary-going child’s English competency will directly affect their understanding of other subjects, especially the language-based subjects, and how well they perform in these subjects.

You’ve come full circle in realising and acknowledging why Secondary English is ever so important and thus, given the recognition as an L1 subject. 

Your child has to build a super solid foundation and achieve language competency in order to do really well in English and their other language-based subjects. 

Parents, now that you’ve a heads-up on how English is a game changer and enabler, you’ll fully agree that it’s so important your child needs to get the right English support.

As English is a skills-based subject, the earlier your child starts English learning support, the quicker they can acquire and develop their core language skills!  

Because of this, we’d like to invite you and your child to our complimentary 60-minute Diagnostic Consult & Assessment (DCA) (worth $158.00) with our Language Specialist.

That is the first crucial step because our Teachers will need to know your child’s strengths and weaknesses before they can formulate a game plan for your child to improve in English.

From this session, you will also learn more about how we help students improve with our unique method of studying English using Formulas and how we are different from the other English tuition centres / English tutors out there.

At the end of the day, whether you choose to engage our professional services or not, it is entirely up to you. 

Sounds fair?

Click on the button below to schedule the DCA session for you and your child right now:

As the stakes are very high, you’d want to take immediate action and give your child a head start in English (and their language-based subjects) to avoid a huge drop in grades!