Composition Skills to Learn from Home Tuition
The Need for English Tutors
English is a bridging language among the different ethnic groups in Singapore who speak different Mother Tongue languages. As such, the majority of students in Singapore can converse and communicate in the English language quite adequately. However, only a handful of students have actually grasped the language effortlessly, and can speak and write it quite articulately. Due to this, many parents turn to home tuition to give their children the added edge in the English language. Many good English home tutors can be hired from experienced and reputable tuition agencies like Family Tutor. These agencies are trained at assessing parents’ requirements, and assigning suitable tutors to meet their needs.
Useful Composition Skills for Students
After a home tutor has been assigned to a student, he or she will be tasked to provide relevant and interactive tuition to the student. One of the key areas that most tutors will focus on is composition, since many students are rather weak in that area. Let’s look at some of the composition skills tutors will usually impart to students.
The first thing any student should do is to peruse through the composition question cautiously, and deconstruct it, to find out exactly what needs to be addressed, and how it can be done in the most optimal way. Next, students need to pay very close attention to the pictures provided in the question. Do a simple but thorough analysis of the pictures, and see how it can be linked back to the composition question. Then, students must construct a simple mental idea on how they are going to craft their composition content based on the question and pictures they saw earlier.
Once students have a rough idea of what they are going to write about, they should not immediately write the composition. Instead, they need to come up with a simple plan on the contents of the composition. This is to avoid writer’s block, and to be able to craft a cohesive and interesting story along the way.
During the planning process, students can use suitable aids such as mind-maps, pointers, concept maps and tables, to consolidate the facts and come up with a rough skeleton, before they start writing the actual composition. They can briefly describe the characters involved, surroundings in which the story takes place, dilemma the character(s) faces, possible outcomes to the dilemma, and climactic ending.
Next, they can determine how to start their composition in the most gripping and interesting way. This may involve using speeches, talking about the past, intricately describing the environments, a simple but effective question, and many more ways. Once the introduction is covered, students can determine the content of the composition’s body, which should at the very minimum cover at least three paragraphs or more. Finally, students should decide how to conclude their story, usually with a typical happy ending, a resolution to the dilemma posed earlier in the planning, and suitable lessons to learn from the story. Of course, apart from just planning and writing an interesting composition, students must ensure that it is free of grammatical errors and is written legibly.