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Simply Her (Singapore) - - Relative Values - DALILA ALKAFF & NO­RAMI RO­HANA co-au­thors of English exam prac­tice pa­pers

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.

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