We often use conditionals (if-clauses) in our speech but did you know that there are four different conditionals in English? Extending from our previous post on conditionals, I will be exploring this question type that commonly appears in both Grammar and Synthesis with you! Do watch it if you are keen to find out more!Read More
Hello everyone! How are you? With the closure of school to mark the end of Term 1, I hope you are all enjoying this short break! Some of you will probably relish the opportunity to wake up a little later and also have the freedom to do what you want for a week :) I usually advise my students to play hard AND also work hard during this holiday. That is because once school reopens for Term 2, it won’t be long till they will have to sit for the Semestral Examination.
Unfortunately, my advice will elicit some groans from the class as I think that’s probably the last thing students want to hear at the start of their holidays! Nonetheless, I tell them that working hard doesn’t have to be sitting down and doing assessment books. Catching up on some reading counts too!Read More
The Primary Five year is in my opinion, one of the most challenging years in a child’s Primary school life. The start of the year for any Primary Five student is likely to be the start of a stressful time - intellectually, physically and emotionally. This is largely due to the fact that students will be introduced to a more challenging and demanding curriculum, with additional components, in the English language. It is thus not an understatement to say that there is a significant jump in the difficulty level of your child’s work when they start Primary Five.Read More
This simple authentic learning exercise that I am going to introduce will train your child to be more sensitive to looking for errors in text. An additional benefit would be that this heightened sensitivity to errors will aid your child in proofreading his / her writing too!Read More
Many of you would agree with me that writing is a lifelong process. Good writers do not remain contented with what they have and are constantly doing what they can to perfect their craft. There can never be too many interesting plots and captivating language for you to learn. With the additional free time you have now that the SA2 is over, practise the following tips to help you get better at writing.Read More
In terms of exam preparedness, in addition to content mastery, I personally believe that it is important for students to know how to self-check their work.
Often, when you hear the word ‘check’, what comes to mind? I’m sure this is a word that most students are familiar with. It is definitely not an understatement to say that it is a word that is constantly on the teacher’s lips, repeated countless times, before and after students attempt their work.Read More
While this component is only introduced in schools at Primary Five, but once you master what you need to have in your writing and show accuracy in your work, the 15 marks is actually pretty easy to bag! So let me share with you five things all students should pay attention to when they attempt a formal piece of writing.Read More
While we are all familiar with the past, present and future tenses, the little less known but equally important tense is the past participle.Read More
More importantly, your knowledge of prepositions can be tested in numerous sections in Paper 2 - Grammar MCQ, Vocabulary MCQ, Grammar Cloze, Comprehension Cloze and Editing. That’s more than half of the components in Paper 2!Read More