English Usage Tips

VOCABULARY

 

  • “Fewer” refers to items you can count individually

Incorrect: There are less pupils attending today.

Correct:  There are fewer pupils attending today.

 

  • “Less” refers to a commodity, such as sand or water, that you can’t count individually

Incorrect: My sister eats fewer rice than I do at dinner.

Correct:  My sister eats less rice than I do at dinner.

 

 

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For some grammar and punctuation tips, click the following links below:

Writing Tips

EXPOSITORY WRITING

 

Tip #1

Understand the different types of expository essays

  • Definition essays explain the meaning of a word, term, or concept.
  • Classification essays break down a subject or idea into categories and groups.
  • Compare & Contrast essays describe the similarities and differences between two or more people, places, or things.
  • Cause & Effect essays delve into the reasons that cause something and then discuss its results or effects.
  • “How to” essays explain a procedure, step-by-step process, or how to do something.

 

 

 

Tip #2

Ask yourself questions when proofreading and revising

  • Does my essay give an unbiased analysis that unfolds logically?
  • Are my facts and examples relevant?
  • Do I use effective transitions between sentences and paragraphs?
  • Does my conclusion communicate the value and meaning of the thesis and key supporting ideas?

If your essay is still missing the mark, take another look at your thesis statement. A solid thesis statement leads to a solid essay.

 

 

 

For more writing tips on the various types of compositions students will have to write in either primary or secondary school, click on the following links below:

Primary School

Secondary School

Oral Tips

PRONUNCIATION

 

Commonly mispronounced words in Singapore:

 

Word Correct Pronunciation Incorrect Pronunciation
almond Ah-mond ELL-mond
composition com-po-SI-tion COMPO-si-tion
excel ex-CEL EX-cel
nonchalant NON-sha-lant non-CHA-lant
poem PO-em po-YEM
the (before a vowel) THEE THUH, DUH
the (before a consonant) THUH DUH
vehicle VE-hi-cle ve-HE-cle

 

 

For more pronunciation tips, click here.

 

For help on the various oral components that get tested in primary school, click on the following links below:

Maths Tips

PRIMARY MATHS HACKS

 

Watch out for these tricky elements that can appear in your child’s Maths questions! Take extra care not to fall into these traps.

 

MATHS HACK #1

John had 12 lollipops. He shared them with 3 friends. How many lollipops does each person have?

Key word: Share (so John is included)

Incorrect: 12 ÷ 3 = 4

Correct: 12 ÷ 4 = 3

 

 

 

MATHS HACK #2

The total age of John and Ken is 18 years. What is the total age of John and Ken 5 years later?

Correct: 18 + 5  + 5  = 28

Key point: Add the number of years twice because there are 2 people. Add 3 times if there are 3 people.

 

 

 

MATHS HACK #3

The distance between two trees is 8m. 5 trees are arranged in a straight line along the road. What is the distance between the first tree and the last tree?

Key point: Use your hand to identify the number of gaps between trees. The number of gaps in always 1 less than the number of points.

Correct: 4 gaps x 8m = 32m

 

 

 

For our previous post on PSLE Maths tips, click here

 

Click the following links for step-by-step video tutorials on how to solve these word problem concepts:

P6 PSLE Oral Programme (5-8 Aug)

Boost your child’s confidence in taking the PSLE oral exam. Hone vocal delivery skills through exercises, build vocabulary and practice tips on how to prepare for the Stimulus-based conversation.

 

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P3/P4 Maths Parent Workshop (3 Aug)

Ever wondered how you can best help or encourage your child with Maths?

Join us at our hands-on workshop and learn from our Head of Mathematics, Mrs Edna Wong, a former HOD with more than 15 years of primary school teaching experience.

Pick up tips and tricks and gain exposure to skills and strategies which you can immediately apply to help your child solve word problems.

 

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Holiday Programmes June 2019 | MA & EL

Engage your child over this June holiday with our Maths and English programmes! Join us for something fun but with an academic focus.

 

Primary 3

Maths Camp (17-19 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Master model drawing, develop mathematical reasoning and learn foolproof concepts that will save you time.

Creative Writing Camp (24-26 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Become a better writer through experiential learning. Visit various places and translate the experience onto paper in the classroom.

 

Primary 4

Maths Camp (17-19 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Solidify your understanding of foundational word problem topics and learn to apply critical concepts vital for your exams.

Creative Writing Camp (24-28 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Hone your visualisation skills and descriptive writing skills through the use of various drama activities like role play.

 

Primary 5

Maths Camp (10-12 Jun or 17-19 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Excel in applying must-know concepts and in solving commonly-tested question types that many pupils struggle with.

Creative Writing Camp (17-21 Jun or 24-28 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • With elements of peer presentation and peer teaching, learn from actual pupil writing samples to improve on content.

 

Primary 6

Maths Camp (10-14 Jun or 17-21 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Gain a competitive edge for the PSLE by mastering key Mathematical concepts and practicing with actual past PSLE questions.

Creative Writing Camp (17-21 Jun or 24-28 Jun, 9.30am-11.30am)

  • Raise your content score by improving on story flow and logic. Analyse writing samples and learn to rectify content errors.

Paper 2 Camp (17-21 Jun or 24-28 Jun, 12.15pm-2.15pm)

  • Gear up for the PSLE by focusing on Reading Comprehension, Editing, Cloze Passage and Synthesis & Transformation.

 

 

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2019 June Holiday Camp Schedule

 

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English Usage Tips: Grammar

GRAMMAR: CONTRACTIONS

 

  • “They’re” is short for “they are”.

Incorrect: Their going to be home soon.

Correct:  They’re going to be home soon.

 

  • “Their” is the possessive form of “they” and indicates something belonging to someone.

Incorrect: Can we borrow they’re car?

Correct: Can we borrow their car?

 

  • “Thererefers to a particular place that is not where you are. We also use “there” to show something exists.

Incorrect: Their is a new shop next door.

Correct: There is a new shop next door.

 

Succeed in the Maths PSLE

Ever wondered why your child is unable to apply the Maths concepts learnt to his/her exam paper? It is because not all students are able to bridge the gap between what is taught in schools and what is tested in the exams themselves. It is often higher-order, non-routine problem sums which students have difficulty with.

At this hands-on workshop, pick up tips and tricks and gain exposure to skills and strategies which you can immediately apply to help your child solve word problems.

 

Click on the flyer below for workshop details.

 

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

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