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Norami, 37, and Dalila, 38, noticed that there were no assessment books for the new O-level English syllabus in 2013. So they decided
to write their own. After all, Dalila had taught secondary-school
English for 14 years while Norami has been teaching early literacy for seven years. “We wrote the passages, designed and created
the stimulus, and crafted the questions
and answers. We tailored what we wrote to what students need to practise,” Norami explains. Here, they share tips on how to choose English and maths assessment books
for your young ones. 1 ZOOM IN ON THE PROBLEM
Focus your child’s revision on concepts he has yet to master. If he’s having issues with problem sums, buy assessment books that focus on these techniques so he can get more practice.
2 TAKE IT UP A NOTCH
Once your child has mastered the concepts, look for assessment books with a higher level of difficulty. For example, if your child is in Primary 3, buy English assessment books meant for Primary 4 students.
3 NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL BOOK
Remember, no one assessment book can meet all your child’s learning needs. Teach him to study smart instead of ploughing through a pile of books which may not add value to his learning journey.
4 LOOK FOR STEP-BY-STEP ANSWER GUIDES Such guides give you detailed worked examples and tell you what to do for each step – especially important in English or maths. Read it first to understand the concepts and how to answer the questions before getting your kids to try.
5 GOOD FONT SIZE AND CLEAR DIAGRAMS Choose books with relatively big fonts so your child doesn’t need to squint to read them.
From left: Norami Rohana and Dalila Alkaff
The 15-page books – one for lowersecondary students, the other for uppersecondary – expose kids to various questions they’ll need to answer to excel in English.