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  • FAIRFIELD METHODIST SCHOOL (SECONDARY)

    INFORMATION SHEET FOR SEC 2 PARENTS 2016

    Strategies for different subjects

    SUBJECT STRATEGIES

    English 1. Reading Straits Times (hard copy or app) at home or on the bus/car to and from school/home to expand real world/current affairs knowledge so as to build content knowledge for essay writing and oral.

    2. Using online dictionary websites (www.dictionary.com, www.ldoceonline.com, www.thesaurus.com, www.dictionary.cambridge.org) to find out the meaning of certain difficult words used in news articles and books to widen range of vocabulary needed in essay writing, comprehension and oral.

    3. Talk to your child at home about an interesting news at home, and discuss it so that your child gets used to giving and explaining an opinion/ personal response about things around them.

    4. Tell your child about a book/ novel you have read and why you love it, so as to inspire your child to love reading

    5. Watch Channel 5 news from 9pm to 930pm everyday together with your children to get them into the habit of watching it. Get your child to read the subtitles beneath after listening to the accurate pronunciation of the newscasters, so as to train their listening and reading aloud skills, and broaden their knowledge of real world issues needed as examples in spoken interaction and essays.

    6. Be aware of how language is used well on webpages, in print/newspaper advertisements and flyers, and ask them what the purpose of the advertisement is, the effect the headline has on the reader, and why the reader uses certain words (persuasive language) to convey its purpose, so as to help your child to more effectively answer the visual text comprehension.

    Chinese B 1. Free Writing: Practise picture essay and email writing. Practise typing in Chinese, by typing out paragraphs in the textbooks.

    2. Spelling: Familiarize key vocabulary that are topic related by having parent to read out a list of words, and writing/typing them out.

    3. Listening & Speaking: Watch more Chinese short videos online, and practise simple conversation with parents or people in the community.

  • 4. Practice reading and listening to to Chinese, by listening to the Audio recordings in textbooks, posted on MC Online.

    5. Tune in to YES933 or Jia883, to cultivate the habit of listening to Mandarin

    Chinese (Express/NA)

    1. Essay Wr i t i ng ( Ar gument at i ve) : Br ai ns t or m t o come up wi t h essay out l i nes f or a r ange of essay ques t i ons . Us i ng t o dr af t t he essay out l i ne, and t o dr af t t he par agr aph. 2. Revise the different types of comprehension questions and the techniques for each type. Review Comprehension practices assigned throughout the Semester. Practice comprehension exercises regularly. 3. Practice reading and listening to to Chinese, by listening to the Audio recordings in textbooks, posted on MC Online. 4. Revise the additional vocabulary lists provided during each Unit, to ensure he or she can read and express those real-life ideas 5. Focus on mastering the text book and vocabulary. Spend more time on dictation and make sentences. 6. Tune in to YES933 or Jia883, to cultivate the habit of listening to Mandarin

    Higher Chinese

    1. Comprehension: Read to increase vocabulary, and increase reading speed. Reinforce vocabulary learning by completing the practice behind each passage.

    2. Speak more Mandarin and watch/listen Chinese programmes at home. Watch the Channel 8 news from 6.30pm to 7pm or 10pm to 10.30pm to train their listening and reading aloud skills, and broaden their knowledge on current issues. Also reading of Chinese newspaper at home. Tune in to YES933 or Jia883, to cultivate the habit of listening to Mandarin

    3. Revise the textbook passages at home for deeper analysis of the text and moral values behind the passage.

    4. To treat Higher Chinese as the first language. The classroom teaching is insufficient, the students need to spend more time outside of curriculum to do their own reading.

    Chinese (NT) 1. Revise the passages and vocabulary in the textbook to enable the students to increase their vocabulary bank and be able to recognise words.

    2. For the last section of paper 1, students need to write sms or email to a friend regarding an event. Students will need to

  • remember the format as teachers practise the exercises with them in class.

    3. Speak more Mandarin and watch Chinese programmes at home as the paper 2(Oral) makes up 50% of the total marks in N level.

    4. Be ready and co-operative in class and hand in assignments/homework on time.

    Literature General Advice

    1. Take notes during Literature lessons Any interesting things you might have noticed while reading the

    material or poem (such as a motif, or if you recognized an

    important theme)

    - Any words that you think would be good to include in future

    essays or exams

    - Information that you found on your own, and think might be

    good to know

    Quotes from literary critics analyses of the materials (Trust

    me, teachers and exam markers love when students can

    directly quote critics! It makes you sound more

    knowledgeable, will score you some extra points, and help

    validate the point youre trying to make!)

    - Important quotes from characters.

    - Lists of themes, motifs, characters, and literary devices

    used

    - Important background information on the author, poet or

    playwright (such as events in their life, where they lived,

    what was happening in the world at the time) and how that

    would've impacted their works.

    2. Ask questions in class when in doubt. If you didnt get a grade you expected on an essay, stay behind after class and ask the teacher about it.

    3. Prove and validate your point. Always back up what you write with textual evidence that is, give examples from the book or play that support your views.

    4. Apply the PEEL structure when crafting your response in paragraphs

  • [https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/susaiewoo75/using-peel-rb1]. POINTIs there a point of view that needs sharing?Is there an important piece of information that you can share in response to the question?Do you need to define a term?

    EVIDENCEWhat information do you have to support your point?Are there quotes that you can use to illustrate the point that you are making?Are there examples that you can include that show what you mean?

    EXPLANATIONWhat effect does this evidence have?How important is the information that you have shared?

    LINKWhat does this point and evidence have to do with the question?NOTE: The link should not be a rehash of the point. An attempt must be made to reword / reexpress the point to show the connection at least.

    -One of the reasons why-To begin with-Moving on to the next point..

    -For example..-This is shown in..-Such as..-We can see this in..

    -As a result of..-This means that..-This caused..

    -In conclusion..-This tells me that..-This helps to answer the question because..

    5. Study for exams. Dont leave studying until last minute; English

  • Literature is a very complex subject, with a lot of information to remember. Instead, start at least four weeks in advance; dedicate some time every day to revising and studying English Lit, and increase these as the day of the exam draws nearer.

    9 Classroom Plays

    1. Introduction to Drama [https://www.slideshare.net/secret/k4ahXkxmDkbPdX]

    2. About Stella Kon, the playwright [http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_428_2005-01-14.html]

    3. About Stella Kon, the playwright [https://www.tribute.sg/artist-profile-stella-kon]

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    1. Interview with John Boyne [http://youtu.be/f3KSMS-3Nk4] 2. Online guide on the book [http://www.gradesaver.com/the-boy-in-

    the-striped-pajamas]

    History 1. Comprehend the content and make notes to help you understand the topic[s].

    2. Be ready to listen to different perspectives and form your own views.

    3. Practice the skills taught to familiarise yourself with the different components presented ,especially for source-based questions.

    4. Make the best of the revision booklet (ROX) . This will help you know the expectations of questions and understand how to present your answers to meet the demands of the different questions. The Toolkit is a set of useful tips to help you with Source-based questions(SBQ).

    5. Arrange for consultation sessions with the teachers to clarify doubts. Come prepared to discuss your work for maximum benefit.

    Geography 1. Understand the content and make notes using mind-maps for example.

    2. Participate actively in class discussion and listen to different perspectives.

    3. Practice the skills taught to familiarise yourself with the different components presented for example basic techniques and GI questions.

    4. Make the most of the revision booklet (ROX) . This will help you know the expectations of questions and understand how to

  • present your answers to meet the demands of the different questions

    5. Arrange for consultation sessions with the teachers to clarify doubts. Come prepared to discuss your work for maximum benefit.

    Mathematics 1. Remember the formulae.. 2. Log in to Mathematics portal (www.ace-learning.com) to revise

    on topics as well as practice the question under Self-assessment (Drill and Practice) or Progressive Mastery Programme(PMP) module on topics.

    3. Do numerous practices on different topics from the Review Exercise of each topic or Revision Exercise A/B from the textbook.

    4. Arrange for consultation session with teacher to clarify doubts in the topic(s). Come prepared with questions which you do not know how to do.

    Science

    1. Look through learning objectives for every chapter to have an overview/big picture/theme of the topic.

    2. Memorise definitions of key terms and remember all formulae and units for questions with calculations

    3. Read textbook for general understanding but study in depth using teachers given notes or notes in Guide Books. Practise active reading by making mind maps.

    4. Active studying also involves thinking through content by applying critical thinking skills like compare and contrast, inferring, predicting, elaborating etc. Ask questions, probe deeper to ensure you understand the concepts.

    5. Look out for misconceptions and learn how to tackle these questions that test understanding. Refer to your teachers notes for help.

    6. Take note of how to use key scientific terms properly. 7. Write notes on small cards for quick and handy just-in-time

    reviews. 8. File up your notes to get yourself organised. Look through all

    past worksheets/test papers to learn from past mistakes. Review mistakes done in workbook and past test papers.

    9. Do all practice questions found at the end of every chapter and then go for more practice in assessment guide books.

    10. Familiarise with lab practical by reviewing practical worksheet. 11. Meet teachers for consultation to clarify doubts.

    Design and 1. Be diligent in completing your weekly assignments.

  • Technology 2. Commit to meeting the mini deadlines for project work.3. Meet teacher to ask opinion and feedback on their project work

    and make changes accordingly.4. Theory will be taught during practical and project work. Specific

    topic list will be given for revision for the common test.

    Computer Applications (NT only)

    1. Familiarize yourself with the skills required for Corel Draw, scratch, word processing and spreadsheet.

    2. Read the textbook for the theory component.

    Available resources for revision

    SUBJECT RESOURCES

    English 1. Sample Essays 2. English Language notes

    Chinese B 1. Workbook 2. MC online Portal

    Chinese 1. Sample Essays 2. Chinese Language notes 3. MC online 4.

    Literature 1. Literature Resource Book

    History & Geography 1. Revision booklet (ROX) 2. Past year school examination papers

    Mathematics 1. Mathematics portal (www.ace-learning.com.sg) 2. Past year papers given by teachers.

    Science 1. Science worksheets and tests 2. Teachers given notes 3. Past year test and exam papers 4. Online resources from MConline.

    Design and Technology 1. Follow the Project notes and instructions 2. Submit Weekly sketches 3. Adhere strictly to the project deadlines for each

    project

  • 4. Work on your project consistently and do not rush to complete your work only when the deadline is looming

    Computer Applications (NT only)

    1. MOE CPA website https://sites.google.com/a/moe.edu.sg/cpa7018/

    2. CPA ebook (https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=bW9lLmVkdS5zZ3xjcGE3MDE4fGd4OjExMTg1NDJjNTNkOWI2NjY)

    3. Scratch Software (Freeware) https://scratch.mit.edu/scratch_1.4/

    Suggested Template for Planning Revision

    Tips:

    1. Avoid doing heavy content subjects on the same day. Mix and match the different subjects for revision

    2. For more difficult topics, plan a longer time for revision

    3. Factor in different programmes and activities, Example: Tuition and Extended Curriculum

    Planning of time

    DATE TIME SUBJECT/TOPIC THINGS TO DO DONE

    1 June 4:00 to 6:00 PM

    English 1 Comprehension and 1 Planning for Free Writing

    Do 1 Comprehension Paper

    6:00 to 7:00 PM

    DINNER

    7:00 to 9:00 PM

    History

    Read and make notes for content

    9:00 to 11:00 PM

    Mathematics Algebra

    Do practices in Textbook

  • Checklist for Revision

    1. List down all the topics you need to cover for all the subjects.

    2. Put a tick and the date you completed revision on a topic.

    Subject Topic/Chapter Done Date Completed

    Mathematics Algebra

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