Educators suggest that children spend some time during the June holidays reading a variety of text types, from storybooks to newspapers to even comics.
This will help them to improve their writing style while picking up new words and phrases, which are useful in composition and comprehension. When children enjoy what they are reading, their language proficiency naturally improves. It is also a relaxing way to expose the child’s brain to different styles of writing and the various forms of sentence construction.
Aspire Hub’s Mr Seah says pupils should reduce an over-reliance on calculators by mastering mental sums. This will help them to increase the accuracy of calculation and achieve a higher score in Paper 1, where a calculator cannot be used.
When solving word problems, he encourages pupils to unpack the question by highlighting key information before choosing a method to solve the question. The key to success is to practise, it is not about doing lots of past year papers. Instead, the child needs to know which types of questions he or she needs more practice on and focus on them.
A shortcut is to look at past worksheets. Look at those questions which he or she got wrong, cover the solutions and redo the questions.
Using the correct scientific keywords or phrases when crafting the answer to open-ended questions is necessary to be awarded the full marks.
But MindChamps’ Mr Lim adds that the child will need to fully understand the concepts behind the topics he or she is studying to determine how best to apply it.
One way to do so would be through drawing connections among the different topics as well as trying out different questions. “Once a child can understand and master a concept, the application should come more easily,” he says.
Mr Ling suggests the child does targeted practice by going through past exam papers and picking out the mistakes made. To ensure he or she can recall and revise common mistakes, he or she should compile a list of his mistakes and challenging questions. The child can also write down common science answering techniques when answers are given by a teacher for easy revision before the exam.