- A guaranteed way to become fluent in the English Language
- The key to our children's success in school and life
- Bringing our children up to a higher level of learning
- Our children are like butterflies
- How to score an 'A*' or 'A' in composition writing
- What are best interests of your son/daughter in composition writing?
- An easy way to learn words and phrases
- Learn how to study with these 2 books
- Why your son/daughter is gifted
- A sure way to score in a subject
- Free online books
- New Syllabus for P4 in 2013
- How does a child learn anything
- How to build a large vocabulary
- How to write high-scoring compositions
- Is your child 'really learning' or 'pretending to learn'
- Help your child spell
- Use 200 Words and Phrases Correctly
- Help your child read
Reading is an easy way to become fluent in the English Language because when we read:
- We learn how to write sentences, how to punctuate and how to spell
- We pick up new vocabulary (we understand the meaning of the word in context)
- Our creativity and imagination are stimulated
- We develop thinking skills by reading and thinking over what we have read
- We gain new knowledge or more understanding of what we know, we also call this ‘studying’
- 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.
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:
- Do homework
- Read and study
- Understand teachers’ explanations
- Relate and communicate with others
- Write compositions and essays
- Sit for exams
- Love and enjoy the language for itself
- Think deeply
- Experience a higher quality of life and later
- 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 http://www.trilifecom.com.)
So the best gift we can give our children is to help them master the language now.
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:
- Feel good about themselves and be happy
- Feel empowered and in control
- Be internally motivated; they want to succeed and know they can succeed
- Find writing compositions fun and exciting
- Love writing and are eager to do it
- Realise they are important because they are developing themselves
- Be confident to write on any composition title, even those they have not seen before
- Automatically remember what they learnt and apply it in every exam
- 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:
- Not feel good about themselves and feel unhappy
- Feel weak, helpless and anxious; others (parents, teachers, tutors) are in control, not them
- Be externally motivated, they think they need outside guidance to succeed
- Find writing compositions dull, boring and monotonous
- Dislike writing and avoid it
- Realise they are not important, only passing exams are important
- Be afraid of new composition titles they have not done before. They resort to memorizing model compositions and keywords and phrases.
- Do not remember what they learnt after the exam, so they are unable to apply it in the next exam
- Receive uneven scores, sometimes better, sometimes worse, throughout their school life
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.
What is tested in composition writing? These are tested:
- The writer's style of writing and language ability
- Reading and understanding the questions and answering them correctly
- Correct spelling, vocabulary and grammar
- Finally and most importantly the ability to do 1-3 successfully alone without a teacher/tutor present.
Let’s take each point in turn.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The best interests of your son/daughter in composition writing are:
- Loving writing
- Being an independent reader/learner and exam-taker
Why is this so?
- When students love composition writing, they easily write on any topic and automatically score high marks in it
- 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.
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.
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 Amazon.com. 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.
Our children are born geniuses. Scientists say so because the most difficult thing that we as human beings have to learn to do in our lives, is to walk and talk. Yet we, and our children have done it when we, and they, were toddlers!
We learnt to walk without any outside coaching, without any lessons or textbooks to read. We learnt to walk without any outside coaching, without any lessons or textbooks to read. When we fell, we got up and tried to walk again and again (with some encouragement from parents); we never gave up! Finally we succeeded, we could walk!
A study has shown that a child of three has a vocabulary of about 1,000 words. As children we learnt to talk and pick up the 1,000 word vocabulary by listening to parents and others all by ourselves, no one helped us.
But do you know that we add only 1,000 to 2,000 words to our vocabulary for the rest of our lives? Amazing isn't it that the older we get, we think we can't do new and different things! But we are geniuses as children! (Everything we do, starts from our thinking. The old saying is true 'If we think we can, we can. If we think we can't, we can't.')
Our belief in the genius of our children has paid off. Read about the hundreds of students since 1997 who have scored "A*'s" and "A's" in our email courses. So can your child or teenager. Believe in your son or daughter as we do and you'll see excellent results. They just need trusted expert guidance and we are here to provide that trusted expert guidance.
A sure way to score in composition and comprehension is
to understand the subjects.
A child understands a subject, when he or she can apply it.
In composition writing, a child understand how to write compositions,
when a child can write on any composition title brilliantly.
In comprehension, a child understands the subject, when a child knows
how to look for answers in the passage and how to answer fully,
and in his or her own words, when required.
In grammar, it is being able to apply the grammar rules in compositions and
This is learning, which results in higher scores; otherwise the child is not learning
If a child has to memorise model compositions, this means the child
does not know how to write brilliant compositions.
If a child cannot find the answers in comprehension passages
and answer fully, that means the child does not understand comprehension.
If a child does MCQs well, but makes a number of grammar errors in
compositions and comprehension answers; then the child does not know how
to apply grammar rules.
Our courses teach a step-by-step way of learning
how to write brilliant compositions every time;
how to answer comprehension questions fully;
and how to apply grammar rules in writing.
Download the trial lessons in the school links in the horizontal bar above and see how your child learns and how we mark the exercises.