Become an 'A*' student

We and our children are smarter than we think

Scientists say that the most difficult thing we have to do is to walk. There was no one to help us walk. All we had was our parents who encouraged us to stand up and walk again and again no matter how many times we had fallen, until we could walk steadily by ourselves.

The second most difficult thing we have to do is to talk. Do you know that we, as children, acquired a 1,000 word vocabulary by age three. We had done this by picking up the language we heard, in some cases two or more languages, and speaking them all with words and then full sentences. But rather mysteriously up to adulthood, we could only acquire another 500 to 1000 vocabulary!

Something unfortunate seems to have happened from three to adulthood; we seem to have lost the ability to do things naturally and confidently by ourselves.

This is because we were influenced by others to believe that we needed help to do things, that we could not do things successfully by ourselves.

This cannot be true since we learnt to walk and talk all by ourselves by age three!

That is why our students easily read and understand the explanations, examples and then do the exercises in our composition writing lessons received by email. Our teacher is there to encourage and guide them only if necessary.

Let your son or daughter prove to himself or herself that he or she can learn naturally and confidently by doing the free first lesson in the composition writing courses (P2-JC) which is downloadable from our primary, secondary and junior college webpages. Learn more about the courses there too.

Why children don't learn

There are two reasons why children don’t learn:

  1. They are not interested in the subject or they don’t like the subject
  2. They believe they can’t do it or they believe they have difficulty doing it.

Number 1 and number 2 usually come together, when there is one, there is usually the other.

The solution

Children need to be motivated to love a subject. This is because when they love a subject they want to do it, and do well in it; and believe they can do well in it.

In our composition writing courses, children are motivated to love writing in three ways:

  1. It’s fun and exciting to write because children learn to write the way famous authors like JK Rowling of the ‘Harry Potter’ series write.
  2. Children feel good about themselves and confident about their writing skills because their creativity, imagination and writing talents are brought out and developed.
  3. Children come to love writing because they are inspired by the enthusiasim and love of writing of the teacher, Mr Raja.

Have your child do our free first lesson in the courses and we’ll advise you on your child’s language ability and composition writing standard, without obligation. They can be downloaded from our homepage.

A guaranteed way to become fluent in the English Language

Reading is an easy way to become fluent in the English Language because when we read:

  1. We learn how to write sentences, how to punctuate and how to spell
  2. We pick up new vocabulary (we understand the meaning of the word in context)
  3. Our creativity and imagination are stimulated
  4. We develop thinking skills by reading and thinking over what we have read
  5. We gain new knowledge or more understanding of what we know, we also call this ‘studying’
  6. We can also be entertained

That is why in our composition writing courses, students gain all the above when they read the lessons and do the exercises/compositions.

The key to our children's success in school and life

Children who develop their language ability beyond functionality are usually successful 
in school, exams, in tertiary education and in life.

This is because with this single ability - the command of the language - our children easily:

  1. Do homework
  2. Read and study
  3. Understand teachers’ explanations
  4. Relate and communicate with others
  5. Write compositions and essays
  6. Sit for exams
  7. Love and enjoy the language for itself
  8. Think deeply
  9. Experience a higher quality of life and later
  10. Carve out a successful career in any area in Singapore or anywhere in the world

Our composition writing courses develop children’s writing talents and language abilities, 
which can be used throughout their school life and beyond.

Many adults are stuck at their jobs and feel frustrated because their language ability
is functional. They find it difficult to build a career or climb the corporate ladder.
They also find it difficult to develop their language abilities so late in life.

(But it’s never too late. For adults who want help to develop their business writing
talents and abilities from scratch, visit

So the best gift we can give our children is to help them master the language now.

Bringing our children up to a higher level of learning

There is a way of bringing our children up to a higher level of learning and living.

It is by developing their talents, knowledge and abilities.

In the case of composition writing, when children 
develop their talents, knowledge and abilities, they are likely to:

  1. Feel good about themselves and be happy
  2. Feel empowered and in control
  3. Be internally motivated; they want to succeed and know they can succeed
  4. Find writing compositions fun and exciting
  5. Love writing and are eager to do it
  6. Realise they are important because they are developing themselves
  7. Be confident to write on any composition title, even those they have not seen before
  8. Automatically remember what they learnt and apply it in every exam
  9. Receive continuous high scores throughout their school life

When children don’t develop their talents, knowledge and abilities in
reading/ learning composition writing, children are likely to:

  1. Not feel good about themselves and feel unhappy
  2. Feel weak, helpless and anxious; others (parents, teachers, tutors) are in control, not them
  3. Be externally motivated, they think they need outside guidance to succeed
  4. Find writing compositions dull, boring and monotonous
  5. Dislike writing and avoid it
  6. Realise they are not important, only passing exams are important
  7. Be afraid of new composition titles they have not done before. They resort to memorizing model compositions and keywords and phrases.
  8. Do not remember what they learnt after the exam, so they are unable to apply it in the next exam
  9. Receive uneven scores, sometimes better, sometimes worse, throughout their school life

Our children are like butterflies

Caterpillars turn into butterflies but first they have to 
struggle out of cocoons.

Some scientists felt sorry for the struggle of the caterpillars and 
decided to help one caterpillar by opening-up the cocoon for it.

What happened? The butterfly could not fly and died.

Scientists learnt that in the struggle to free themselves from the 
cocoons, butterflies make their wings strong so they could fly; 
otherwise their wings could not support them.

Our children are like butterflies; in order to grow to their full potential, 
they may need to face discomfort, so that they can ‘fly’.

It is natural for parents to want to protect their children from discomfort.

However, when it comes to developing children’s talents and abilities, 
children need to know that they can do it, even though they may experience 
some discomfort as they come of their ‘cocoons’. They feel strong and confident, 
when they do.

Our role as parents is to give support with encouraging words and by believing they can do it; this gives children 
the confidence they need to succeed.

How to score an 'A*' or 'A' in composition writing

What is tested in composition writing? These are tested:

  1. The writer's style of writing and language ability
  2. Reading and understanding the questions and answering them correctly
  3. Correct spelling, vocabulary and grammar
  4. Finally and most importantly the ability to do 1-3 successfully alone without a teacher/tutor present.

Let’s take each point in turn.

  1. The writer’s style of writing and language ability

Teachers give higher marks to writers when the style of writing
captures the teacher’s attention and makes him or her want to read
more. This is what we train our young writers to do.

Raja, the teacher, teaches your son/daughter to write the way writers
like JK Rowling of the ‘Harry Potter’ books write. It is fun and exciting
for writers to write and it is fun and exciting for teachers to read.

Raja is an award-winning published author of over 100 short stories.
He has adapted the fiction-writing method to composition writing and
teaches it to your young writer. He has also written over 60 English
educational supplementary books for Primary 1 to ‘A’ level.
Read some of his books at the National Library.

Language ability in spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar
improves by reading. Your young writer has to read the email lessons
in order to complete the exercises and compositions, so your young
writer's language ability improves.

Your young writer is also encouraged to read story books that he/she 
is interested in, and The Straits Times, in order to further improve in the

  1. Reading and understanding the questions and answering correctly

Reading and comprehension abilities need to be built-up slowly.
By reading our lessons, your young writer's reading and comprehension
improves. The more your young writer reads, the more, reading and
comprehension abilities improve. It is just like swimming, in order to
learn to swim, we need to swim, so in order to learn to read and
understand, we need to read, so we can learn to understand.

If your young writer is now avoiding reading, our courses will help him/her
develop his/her reading and comprehension abilities. If your young writer 
already is an excellent reader, our courses will improve his/her
reading and comprehension abilities even more.

  1. Correct spelling, vocabulary and grammar

Mr Raja, the teacher, trains your young writer to correct his or her own errors
by first giving hints on how to find the answers and then asking him/her to
make the corrections. In this way, your young writer remembers not to
make the same errors again, gaining valuable marks in the exams, which
he or she would have lost if he or she had made the errors. This means more
marking for Mr Raja but he is happy to do it because this make your young writer an
independent learner and exam taker.

  1. Doing 1-3 successfully alone without a teacher or tutor present

As your young writer has to do all the above by himself/herself (of course with guidance
from Raja the teacher, if necessary), your young writer becomes very confident
when sitting for the exams alone. This is because with every lesson and composition
he or she has done alone, he or she has slowly and surely built up the confidence to
take the exams alone.

This is how your young writer receives an ‘A*’ in composition writing.

We look forward with great pleasure to training your young writer to
receive an ‘A*’ in composition writing.

What are best interests of your son/daughter in composition writing?

The best interests of your son/daughter in composition writing are:

  1. Loving writing
  2. Being an independent reader/learner and exam-taker

Why is this so?

  1. When students love composition writing, they easily write on any topic and automatically score high marks in it
  2. When students become independent readers/learners and exam-takers, they automatically become confident in sitting for the exams alone, without a teacher/tutor present

Our email composition writing courses for P2-JC achieve both. Hundreds of our
students have scored “A*’s” and “A’s” in composition writing, so will
your son/daughter. We even have P2 children gaining “A*’s” and “A’s”.
Read parents’ and students’ testimonials.

Should you have any questions, please call me at 6581-0970 or
reply to this email, and I’ll be happy to answer them.

We look forward with great pleasure to helping your son/daughter achieve his/her best interests.

An easy way to learn words and phrases

The easiest way to learn words and phrases is by reading. When we read we pick up the words and phrases and how they are used in the correct context or correct way and store them in our memories. Then when we write, the correct word or phrase will pop into our minds, to fit exactly what we are writing. 

The harder way to learn words and phrases is by memorising them. This is because we are learning them without the context they are in, since we don't know the context or correct way they should be used, we misuse them.

Therefore, reading quality storybooks, non-fiction books and the Straits Times is an important way to pick up words and phrases in their correct context so that we can use them correctly when writing.

Learn how to study with these 2 books

We recommend these 2 books by Ron L Hubbard to overcome 3 barriers to learning.  One is for children 8-12 years old and the other is for teenagers. They are out of print and not available locally, but you can buy 2nd hand copies at Just click on the pictures to do so.

This is the book for children from ages 8-12 years of age.

This is the book for teenagers.

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