Secondary School History

PSLE marks the graduation of Primary school students and their entry into Secondary schools as teenagers. Discuss all issues about Secondary schooling here.
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janet88
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Re: Secondary School History

Post by janet88 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:04 pm

Sweet Joy wrote: Hi, you might want to try Ace Your History. The writing frames are helpful. Though it is for O and N levels, it can be used for Sec 1 and 2 too. When my child was in Sec 2, the sections on inferring and comparing came in very handy and laid her foundation for the upper levels.
:slapshead: if only I asked earlier.

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Re: Secondary School History

Post by blur_elmo » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:45 am

o level history 2004 to 3013
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Re: Secondary School History

Post by easyh2history » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:10 pm

Hey there, former JC teacher here, and this is ONE of the possible conclusion styles that are taught.

Begin with what the question is asking:

For example: "In this essay, we have addressed the reasons why...".

Then address the views - you can categorize them into contrasting sides for clarity.

"On the one hand, it can be argued that (view 1) was... because..., and because..."
"On the other hand, it can also be argued that (view 2)... because... and because..."

Then state what your essay's stand is:

"This essay believes that (state chosen view), because...

(note: For this section, secondary school teachers often encourage "i believe", which I personally discourage, because it is written in the first person, and is therefore unsuitable at higher levels of academic writing. ALSO it creates a mind block in student that they can ONLY argue what they really believe in, rather than develop higher order skills of perspective, of understanding what OTHERS believe in.)

The reason to justify the stand can be as short or as long as you wish.

Longer justifications tend to try to state what others believe, before tearing it down.
Shorter ones just go straight to the point.

Regardless, if the question is on what is the most important factor, MOST justifications are along the line of
a) The factor had a greater impact.
b) The factor laid the foundations for further development.

Other questions require different justifications (for example was party X successful in accomplishing outcome Y).

These will usually depend on your criteria:
a) Absolute criteria: If it does not achieve X amount of outcome, it is a failure.
b) Relative criteria: If it improves, it is somewhat a success. If it gets worse, it is a failure.
Both are acceptable.

I hope that helps.

Not sure if your child is in JC now, but if you know anyone needing history tuition at JC level, feel free to drop me a PM.




faithfuldad123 wrote:Hi all,
I was wondering if anybody could provide an example of how to write the final paragraph for the "Judgment"/"Evaluation" type of SEQ questions (Eg "Stalin rose to power because of Trotsky's unpopularity in the Politburo. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?" Points: Trotsky's unpopularity in Politburo, non-disclosure of Lenin's testament and Stalin's own manipulation). My DS is unable to get it right for the life of him. His history teacher has told him to compare his points via short term/long term, extent of impact and root cause. Even though my DS has tried his best to follow this format, he still is unable to secure the final 2 marks.

The reason I am concerned about this is because my DS's SBQ skills are much weaker compared to his SEQ skills, and those 2 marks may mean the difference between an 'A' or a 'B' grade!

Your help is much appreciated! :imdrowning: :?:

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Re: Secondary School History

Post by easyh2history » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:22 pm

(Apologies for double posting)
Last edited by easyh2history on Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Secondary School History

Post by ilovelaksa » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:15 pm

missdizzle wrote: Honestly, sometimes all a sharp and hardworking student needs is that 1-2 sessions of going through his/her history answering techniques - I've seen students go from an F to A within 2 sessions and ..
I second this. And not only an A, possible to get a near-perfect score even.


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Re: Secondary School History

Post by rosemaryherb » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:13 pm

ilovelaksa wrote:
missdizzle wrote: Honestly, sometimes all a sharp and hardworking student needs is that 1-2 sessions of going through his/her history answering techniques - I've seen students go from an F to A within 2 sessions and ..
I second this. And not only an A, possible to get a near-perfect score even.
wow. didn't know technique can make so much difference!

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Re: Secondary School History

Post by missdizzle » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:56 am

For parents looking for tips on helping their kids to improve or just wanting to find out more about the current history syllabus, please feel free to DM me!

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Re: Secondary School History

Post by doratheexplorer » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:42 am

Hi need help, Can anyone please recommend me a history n social studies tutor for my Son of Sec 3. I stay in cck. Grp or private also can thank u so much

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Re: Secondary School History

Post by deardear07 » Fri May 10, 2019 10:51 am

Sweet Joy wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:40 pm
janet88 wrote:schools organizing learning journey aka excursions.
these excursions add an interesting touch to make learning more interesting instead of theory lessons.
unfortunately SBQs and essay questions really killed daughter's ability to do well. I am simply out of touch.
Hi, you might want to try Ace Your History. The writing frames are helpful. Though it is for O and N levels, it can be used for Sec 1 and 2 too. When my child was in Sec 2, the sections on inferring and comparing came in very handy and laid her foundation for the upper levels.
hi sweet joy, are you referring to this book? are the skills taught applicable for sec 2 and upwards? these are the basic skills right?
https://www.openschoolbag.com.sg/produc ... s-no-level

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Re: Secondary School History

Post by Forevermom » Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:47 pm

Can some kind expert suggest some testable / doable hypothesis for my DS graded assignment that is due today. The theme is on “change and continuity” . The subject he has chosen is “Traditional Street Cobblers”.

It’s a big assignment and he has been going round n round trying to gain consult and seek advice from teacher for past one month. Nothing concrete comes out of it. This is a Sec 2 project. He does not know how to draft a hypothesis. He has completed a face to face interview and a quantitative online survey. Teacher extended timeline to tomorrow but how to do when there’s no hypothesis statement. He is required to test the hypothesis.

I am helpless.

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