SA1 is approaching... Tips & Reminders for Students

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SA1 is approaching... Tips & Reminders for Students

Postby mrswongtuition » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:44 am

I've posted this on my blog: http://thelittleonesinmylife.blogspot.com/
(might be easier to read it on the blog with the bold/italics)

For English:
- Ensure that they have a habit of underlining/highlighting clues & making annotations.
e.g. Every (singular) member in my family ___ to eat fish. We eat it everyday (present tense).
1. like
2. likes (singular, present tense)
3. liked
4. has liked
- Make it a habit to read through for hidden meanings (for vocab).
- Write down the words together with the alphabets so that you can read the passage as a whole (for grammar cloze).
- Read the passage carefully and determine if there are clues and draw arrows to link the clues back to the blanks (for compre cloze).
- Highlight where you got your answers from (graphic/compre MCQ/compre OE). Ensure that your answers are in full proper sentences with the correct tenses based on the question. Always check the question word to ensure that you are answering the question.
e.g. Why (reason) did (past tense) the boys run off when they saw the shadow?
Wrong: The boys saw the shadow and ran off to the nearest exit. (This is an ACTION, not a REASON).
Correct: The boys ran off when they saw the shadow as they were afraid that it might be a monster or a ghost.
- Synthesis & Transformation: Check the clauses carefully.
e.g. 'Unless' always has a positive & negative part.
Unless you complete your homework (POSITIVE), you will not (NEGATIVE) be allowed to watch television.
- Editing: Check the TENSES carefully. Also, to check your spelling, write it on a different page (in pencil) without looking at the wrong spelling given. Sometimes, the wrong spelling may confuse you and cloud your mind. Writing out the word again on another page might take away the false impression of the 'wrong' spelling.

For Maths:
- Calculation mistakes should always be avoided. Using logical thinking, if you are adding up numbers, the final answer should be larger than the original numbers.
- Break long questions into smaller parts. Read and understand what information is given in each sentence before reading the next sentence. Underline/circle key numbers and draw arrows to the names/objects if it helps. Else, you can rewrite the info on the side to help you.
e.g. Tony had 15% more 50c coins than 20c coins. If there were 6 more 50c coins than 20c coins, how much money did Tony have?
Rewriting the info given:
Tony
15% more 50c coins than 20c coins (100%)
50c coins -> 115%
20c coins -> 100%
6 more 50c coins than 20c coins
- Identify the technique needed to solve the problem (constant difference, etc). If in doubt, draw a simple model to compare the information given for a clearer picture.
- Always check to ensure:
(a) All questions have been attempted.
(b) Double check all calculations. *this is when mental calculation will come into good use
(c) Double check that all working has been shown clearly.

For Science:
- Read questions carefully.
- Underline/circle key words in the questions.
- Identify the topic it is related to so that you know what type of answers are expected.
- For MCQ: Always eliminate other answers even if you are sure that your answer is the best answer. Sometimes the meaning of the option could change with ONE word.
e.g.
(1) Most of the mammals give birth to young alive.
(2) All mammals give birth to young alive.
Option 2 is wrong as not ALL mammals give birth to young alive, there are exceptions like the platypus. So in this case, Option 1 is a better answer.
- For open-ended questions, ALWAYS WRITE IN COMPLETE SENTENCES even if the answer seems direct and simple.
e.g.
What energy is needed?
Answer: Heat
You should write your answer as: Heat energy is needed. Or: The energy that is needed is heat energy.

Hope that these tips and reminders will be helpful!!

Regards,
Mrs Wong

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Re: SA1 is approaching... Tips & Reminders for Students

Postby Leanne » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:05 am

Hello Mrswongtuition,

Thanks for the tips and remainders once again.

cheers
Leanne

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Postby Champion » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:43 am

:udawoman: :thankyou: Mrs Wong! These tips really comes in handy especially we are now counting down 3 weeks to SA1 Main Papers! :nailbite:

All the best to all KSP parents and children! :grphug:

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Re: SA1 is approaching... Tips & Reminders for Students

Postby tisha » Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:47 pm

mrswongtuition wrote:I've posted this on my blog: http://thelittleonesinmylife.blogspot.com/
(might be easier to read it on the blog with the bold/italics)
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Hope that these tips and reminders will be helpful!!

Regards,
Mrs Wong


Hiya MrsWong, Thanks a bunch for these very useful tips. :goodpost:

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Postby Chenonceau » Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:54 pm

:goodpost:

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Postby pixiedust » Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:02 pm

Thank you mrswongtuition ! Great tips !

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Postby MoonFlower » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:16 pm

:thankyou: Mrs Wong for sharing yr tips.

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Postby amylqf » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:46 pm

thank you for your insight

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Re: SA1 is approaching... Tips & Reminders for Students

Postby Rangie » Sat May 12, 2012 9:54 pm

These tips in this parenting website is also very relevant:

http://parenting-talk.blogspot.com/2012 ... -exam.html

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