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Feb
09

How to Write a Composition: For Primary School Students

In Singapore, the primary school English syllabus requires students to write a composition.  But there is little guidance on how to do so.  Most of the advice given by adults is generic, like “Read more books…”  or “Write more compositions…” or “Use more good phrases…”  That kind of advice is hardly effective.  But don’t worry! […]

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Feb
09

How to Use Good Phrases for Composition Writing

This blog post will teach you how to use good phrases for composition writing.  It will also give you examples and ideas of Idioms, Similes, Metaphors or Personification that you can use in your compos. But first, here’s a Free Ebook – 80 Awesome Phrases to Wow your Teacher!   Do You Really need Good Phrases […]

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Jan
10

Free Test Papers (English Compositions)

Here are some free test papers  (English Compositions) for your child to practise before exams. We have selected common exam questions that are frequently tested in school.  Some of them were tested in the more recent PSLE exams. Not only are these topics very common, they are also some of the more challenging topics for primary […]

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Jun
29

PSLE English Composition Format and Marking Scheme

Not sure about the PSLE English Composition format? Not sure how your child’s compo is marked and graded? In this article, we will answer your burning questions!   Composition Format Students are given a topic with three pictures, each providing different interpretations of the said topic. Based on one, (two, or all )of the three […]

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Nov
29

How to use Proverbs in Your Composition

What are Proverbs? Proverbs are phrases that are commonly used and widely understood.  They can also be mantras that are passed down for generations.  Proverbs can be used to convey advice. Here’s a common proverb that you may have heard before: “Practice makes perfect.”   As children, we hear them from our  parents and teachers. And as we […]

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Nov
18

8 Common Grammar Mistakes: Primary School Compositions

Is your child’s compo score constantly dragged down by his or her language marks? Do you feel like even after all the model compo books you’ve made him read, your child doesn’t seem to improve? For this article we examine some common grammar mistakes made by students who have not grasped the concept behind these grammar rules. Not having […]

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Apr
21

9 Common Mistakes made in PSLE Composition Writing

Throughout my years teaching students in Singapore PSLE Composition Writing, I realised that there are several common mistakes made by my students.  If you are a parent guiding your child to take PSLE  this year,  be aware of some of the common mistakes.   1.  Cliched Intro Introductory paragraphs for compositions that use flowery phrases to describe the […]

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Mar
23

Model Compositions for Primary School Students in Singapore

Here’s a collection of Model Compositions written by Primary School students in Singapore.  (If you want the best of the best compositions,  scroll to the bottom of this page and tap on the image of the Model Compos ebook.) These compos are written by my students.  They are based on the latest school syllabus.  These students learnt […]

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Feb
18

What’s the Best Age to Start Learning English?

The best age to learn English or any language for that matter, may differ from individual to individual.  But in general, the optimal age that experts recommend is between 3-12 years old. Does that mean that students aged 13 and above, who have a poor grasp of English, will forever struggle with the language? That’s a […]

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Jan
16

Common PSLE Composition Topics : How to Handle Them?

Here are some PSLE composition topics and some ideas on how you can handle them. ( Based on the New Singapore Primary School English Syllabus!) ^^Play this Video above^^    New Syllabus PSLE Composition Topics – What to take note of For the new syllabus, your child is given 3 pictures for his compo.  He can choose to write using […]

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