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Finding Success in Chinese Comprehension Open Ended Questions

Is your child struggling to score for Chinese Comprehension Open Ended Questions? Find out how our student, Jun Kai, managed to improve leaps and bounds for his Chinese exam in our latest blogpost.

Has MOE achieved its objective with the new PSLE scoring system?

The MOE introduced the new PSLE Scoring System based on Achievement Levels instead of an aggregate T-score. One year on, we discuss if this new system has benefited our children and the new challenges that have been brought to the table. We present this exciting debate, and ways to overcome these new challenges all in our latest blogpost.

5 Pointers to Help Your Child Tackle Editing This Year

School Teachers Confirm That Editing Was Badly Done This Year.  However, editing is not a difficult section and can be easily aced if approached in a systematic way. We are going to show you just what we mean.



Your child dislikes learning Chinese. Should you be worried as a parent?

We rack our brains on a daily basis to think of novel and ingenious ways to improve our Primary School Chinese programme. What this article is about is my personal sharing of the importance of Chinese in three areas of my past and present work, and how much I wish my Chinese was so much better than just “conversational.”

3 Tips to Set Your Child Up for PSLE Success in Science

Parents often wonder if they should teach their children in advance with the PSLE Science Syllabus. The next concern is often how much they should kick start their child’s learning in advance.

One Month before the PSLE – What Should Your Child Do?

Only a month is left between your child and the PSLE. How should you best prepare your child for the all-important exam? We give you tips and more in our most recent blogpost.

What Success looks like in the TTA family

At Think Teach, we want our students to achieve more than just academic success. We want to see growth. We want our students to develop confidence, drive and an overall positive attitude to learning and life.    

Why I quit my law career to start an education centre by co-founder Algene

While I was not the first lawyer to leave the legal profession and most definitely would not be the last, I still always get asked why I chose to turn my back on a noble profession and a lucrative career and whether I had ever regretted my decision.

September Holiday Programme 2022

Our long-awaited September Holiday Programme is back and will take place from Monday, 5 September to Friday, 9 September. Equip your child with exam-acing techniques through our effective Primary 1 - 6 English, Mathematics, Science and Chinese programmes.  In addition, with PSLE just right around the corner, we are also conducting Mock Examinations for all subjects for our Primary 6 students to gain confidence for PSLE.

The Last Lap of Intensive Preparation for PSLE

Want to ensure that your child is well-prepared to tackle the PSLE? Join us at Think Teach Academy as we embark on our final PSLE revision in our weekly classes.

How to Ignite Academic Interest in Young Students

Ever felt it a struggle to get your child interested in learning? Read on to find out the tips we have curated for igniting academic interest in young students!

The MUST-KNOW Chinese mandatory tone change rule Part 3

As mentioned in the previous 2 blog posts, each Chinese character has its own original tone, but when placed next to other characters, some of these original tones can change. This is commonly referred to as tone change (变调规则).

PSLE, the Carrot, and the Stick

How can you motivate your child to learn independently, and to be happy about their learning? We’re sure that as a parent, this is a big concern when it comes to preparing your child for the PSLE.

Assessment books are not the solution to achieving  PSLE success

Every year without fail we notice parents flocking to POPULAR, searching for and emptying out the shelves of assessment books. The look in their eyes betrays the ardent hope they have that these books somehow contain the secret key that unlocks PSLE success.

Copy & Paste to score FULL MARKS for Situational Writing

As most of us would be familiar, there are 2 kinds of Situational Writing – one is Informal and another is Formal.

Looking at the past 3 years, there is simply no way to predict which type of Situational Writing the PSLE would test. Fortunately, we have come up with a technique that can be used to masterfully answer both Formal and Informal Situational Writing.

3 tips to eliminate careless mistakes in Booklet A (MCQs)

Does hearing that more than 20 Science topics will be tested in your child’s PSLE scare you? As parents, I am sure you always wonder how your child can score an AL 1 for Science. This always seems so impossible and daunting!

3 Simple Steps to Solve Commonly Tested Rate and Work Done Problem Sums

Sometimes, we argue and we wonder who the faster or more efficient worker is.

Bobby might say, “I took 2 and a half hours to build nine tools in Roblox!” while Billy might rebut with, “I took 1 hour and 15 minutes to build four tools in Roblox!”

To find out who the more efficient worker is, and to prevent them from getting into an argument, we simply use the Rate Table to make a comparison. In order to make a fair comparison, we need to make the “time taken” the same for both of them.

The MUST-KNOW Chinese mandatory tone change rule Part 2

As mentioned in the previous blog post, each Chinese character has its own original tone, but when placed next to other characters, some of these original tones can change. This is commonly referred to as tone change (变调规则).  For a more detailed explanation, do check out our previous blog post!

Today, we will be explaining tone change for the word “一”.

Can Collective Nouns like Family, Class and Team take a plural verb?

Collective nouns are the names given to a group of people or things. Popular examples include ‘a swarm of bees’ and ‘a flock of birds’ while quirky and lesser known ones include ‘an embarrassment of pandas’ and ‘a memory of elephants.’

The Wonders of the Property of Air

In this blogpost, we will be discussing the topic of Matter, taught at the P4 level. Within this topic, it is important to know:

  1. The 3 States of Matter
  2. The properties of the 3 States of Matter
3 Simple Steps to Solve Commonly Tested Before-After Model-Drawing Problem Sums

If your child is great at following recipes, instruction manuals, and step-by-step guides, this before-after model-drawing question-type will be a piece of cake for them!

The MUST-KNOW Chinese mandatory tone change rule Part 1

Each Chinese character has its own original tone, but when placed next to other characters, some of these original tones can change. This is commonly referred to as tone change (变调规则),which is context dependent in Mandarin.

June Holiday Programme 2022

Think Teach Academy’s June Holiday Programme 20222 will take place during the 4-week school holiday period (1 June to 22 June 2022). This year, in addition to our usual Primary 3 - 6 English, Mathematics, Science and Chinese programmes, we will also be offering Primary 1 - 2 Headstart Programmes.

Be Sure to Know Your PAST PARTICIPLES

In Primary School English, we usually draw up a table of 3 columns. These columns will be headed by 3 forms of a word: present tense form, past tense form and past participle form.

Tackling Plant Reproduction in Science
In today’s Science blog, we will be sharing a P5 topic on Plant Reproduction. In this topic, it is crucial that students not only know how to label parts of a flower and the functions of each part but also have a deep understanding of what really goes on in a flower during reproduction.A concept that students must know in the topic of Plant Reproduction is identifying the correct cycle or sequence when plants undergo reproduction. A simple question would be:Q: Based on the following processes that occur in plant reproduction, which of the following is the correct sequence?A: PollinationB: Seed..
Elevate your Chinese Composition by avoiding confusion between「的」「地」「得」

Do you find these 3 Chinese words confusing?

Today, we will be explaining the 3 Chinese words that are commonly misunderstood and misused by students especially during Chinese Composition, greatly affecting their language score!

Follow 3 Simple Steps to solve Commonly Tested Equating Numerators Problem Sums

Ever wondered if you are richer, or if your friend is richer? Who has more, and who has less?

Well, if you know that a certain fraction of your assets is equal to a certain fraction of your friend’s assets, you can simply equate the numerators to find out who the richer one is between the both of you!

Your Child can Score 40/40 for Continuous Writing

Easy to pass, difficult to score. It's the section that separates the A from the A*s, or as we call it now, the AL1s from all the other Achievement Levels. In PSLE English, this all important component is called continuous writing. And it has long been a great foe to many a primary school tudent. But fret not, your Child can Score 40/40 for Continuous Writing with us! 

Do Not Confuse Elastic Potential Energy with Elastic Spring Force!

This article post will cover the following:


1) Concepts of Elastic Potential Energy & Elastic Spring Force
2) Analysis of a school’s exam question
3) Introduce TTA Answering Techniques to tackle the school exam question with ease!

Discover 4 Useful idioms for your next Chinese Composition and Oral

Today, we recommend students to use these 4 useful idioms to dazzle their way to top marks!

Solve 2 commonly tested P6 Number Pattern question types using TTA's Box and Arrow Technique


You either love it or you hate it. Yes, that’s right. We’re referring to the dreaded questions involving patterns.

This is a tricky topic as students might fail to see the pattern if they are put under pressure. Some students might not even have a framework in mind when they approach number pattern questions. Out of desperation, they resort to listing down every single step in a bid to derive an answer. Such a method is time-consuming and leaves much room for careless mistakes.

Would your child be able to work out the sum in a matter of minutes if the question is asking to complete the pattern for say, Figure 300? Fret not! We have broken down number pattern questions into two frequently tested question-types. Students simply have to figure out the difference in the pattern, and apply the box-and-arrow technique to get the answer. It is a handy tool that allows students to work out the pattern with as few steps as possible. Remember, the fewer the steps, the less room there is for error!

The Mind-Boggling Nature of SPECIAL NOUNS
What are Special Nouns?Broadly, there are 3 types of special nouns. 1.    PLURAL NOUNS WITHOUT ‘S’ Plural nouns without an ‘s’ are as the name suggests are nouns that are always plural even though there is no letter ‘s’ in the word. Common examples are cattle, police and people.Image from: https://www.vecteezy.com/free-vector/sheep-grazingLet’s take a look at this question by St Nicholas Girls’ School. 2016 SA2 P6 CHIJ St Nicholas  All the cattle ______ let out to gaze on the lush grass at dawn these days.    (1)    is ..
After the PSLE:  Choosing the Right Secondary School Path for Your Child
Dear Parents,Congratulations! With your child’s PSLE results on hand, he or she has officially graduated from primary school. The next step is to choose the right secondary school path that matches your child’s interest, aptitude and ambition.There are a host of considerations to ponder over. They include convenience (eg. distance from home), general reputation of the school, CCAs offered, SAP school, and of course the academic programme on offer. We will focus on the academic programme that your child may embark on for his or her secondary school studies.There are a number of paths your child..
December Holiday Headstart Programme
Dear Parents & Students,TTA has just grown bigger to serve you better! We now have a home in four regions in Singapore. Our learning centres are conveniently located in the following areas: King Albert Park Mall (Bukit Timah) Upper Thomson Road (Near Thomson Plaza)Siglap Centre (Siglap/East Coast) Stars of Kovan (Hougang/Kovan) For the first time, our popular December Holiday Headstarter Programme (DHP) will be offered online as well as at our four centre locations. Our DHP will be conducted between 29 Nov 2021 to 23 Dec 2021, covering English, Chinese, Mathematics and Science, and are sui..
3 Step Equate-Multiply-Solve framework to solve any Simultaneous & Substitution word problem!
Dear Students,Mastering the 3 Step Equate-Multiply-Solve (EMS) framework will help you solve challenging Simultaneous & Substitution word problems that are commonly tested at P5 & P6 Math examinations.In this video, we will be applying this framework on 8 word problems using the EMS framework.You may download the Simultaneous & Substitution worksheet via this link and attempt it fully before watching the video in this blogpost:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JfWyGJhmZs3-Q6cWKFCGDrHjTIigD9Dl/view?usp=sharingEnjoy!..
What are the common key features of Number x Value (NxV) Problem Sums?
Dearest P6 Students,Number x Value (NxV) Problem Sums have always been intimidating and many students are still not confident in identifying the key features of such problem sums.In this video, we will be going through 6 NxV problem sums and showing you how to identify the 3 common key features of NxV problem sums.​​​​​​​You may download the NxV worksheet via this link and attempt it fully before watching the video in this blogpost: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lJB1kG1udLT24kroZuRdUIGyuOHxGZxb/view?usp=sharingDo watch this video after attempting the worksheet:If you are up for th..
Dear Parent, Here’s another video of Teacher Algene making PSLE English simple and straightforward. This time the focus is on Word Transformation questions that always appear in Synthesis & Transformation. Be sure to watch this video to pick up some useful tips and tricks that will sure to help you study smarter and score higher! ..
Dear Parent, In this video, we introduce our much raved about writing structure and template to score full marks for Cells application questions.   Watch Part I here!..
Dear Parent, Watch this video for a step-by-step explanation on how you can use our Equate-Multiply-Solve approach to getting maximum marks for Whole Numbers (Substitution) Problem Sums! ..
Dear Parent, This video covers a recap of the crucial concepts in the topic of Magnets. We will also share how you can use our 3 Golden Rules to always score in Magnet questions. Try it in your next exam and see the difference! ..
Dear Parent, Rearrange & Form is our secret formula to getting you through those tricky area and perimeter questions in PSLE Math. Watch this video to learn our approach and grow more confident in answering Area and Perimeter questions! ..
Dear Parent, Water and Changes in State is an important topic in PSLE Science. It will appear in the MCQ and Application Question sections. We will even apply our templated writing structure to 2020’s PSLE Question to further guide you on how you too can apply our structure to scoring top marks! Watch this video to learn our 4-step answering template and structure that you can use to score maximum marks for application questions on this topic. ..
Dear Parent, LCM problem sums are always tested in school exams and the PSLE. Many students either struggle to solve them or use a long and confusing method. We want to change that! Watch this video to learn our easy-to-remember and easy-to-apply technique to tackling all kinds of LCM problem sums.   ..
Dear Parents, The nucleus is an important part found in an animal or plant cell. In this video, we would be focusing on one activity that the nucleus controls - Cell Division. Cell division serves 3 purposes: growth, reproduction as well as to repair and replace damaged cells. A solid understanding of Cell Division is required to tackle common exam questions on "Cell Division" in the topic of Cells. Watch Part 2 of our Cells video for our answering techniques and structures to getting PSLE Cells questions right! ..
Dear Parents, This video covers 2 parts of an important and commonly tested question under the Water Cycle topic. Learn and apply our answering structures and templates to similar questions under the Water Cycle and start scoring full marks! Try out our tips in your next exam and see the difference for yourself!  ..
Dear Parents, Watch this video for a real life application of the important PSLE Science topic: The Water Cycle. We also cover the important concepts you need to know to answer Water Cycle questions in your exams. ..
Dear Parents, In this video, we share some tips and one of our proven techniques to help PSLE students score higher for their Chinese Comprehension. Watch as we teach you how to break down comprehension questions into their question types, and guide you through step-by-step on how to apply our technique to getting top marks. ..
Dear Parents, This is a short video Masterclass to help you learn or revise what you need to know and do to score full marks for Informal Situational Writing. Learn and apply our 8 Golden Rules and you would find yourself always scoring! Try it out for your next exams and let us know how it goes! ..
Dear Parents, Reported Speech is commonly tested in Synthesis and Transformation. So it is important that you know how to answer the 4 different types of Reported Speech questions. In this video, we reveal some of our handy tricks and techniques that you can use to avoid making errors and always score full marks! Try them out in your next exam! ..
Dear Parents, To always score maximum marks for your Comprehension (T/F) questions, all you need to do is to follow this 2-step process.  (1) Identify the points the statement is making (2) If the statement is true, write out evidence from the passage that proves the point(s). If false, write it evidence from the passage that disproves the point(s). This is our little secret to always getting full marks for such questions. Go ahead and give it a try! ..
Dear Parents, Who says Comprehension Cloze can’t be taught? At Think Teach, we have identified that schools and the PSLE commonly test 3 clues in Comprehension Cloze. Here is a short video to find out what these clues are and learn how to identify them to score higher for your next Comprehension Cloze passage. ..
Dear Parents, Here is a short video learning the ins and outs of a storyline and adapting it to fit as many composition topics as your imagination allows using TTA’s signature One Storyline Approach. ..
Dear Parents, We are at it again! With the SA2 fast approaching, we have produced and uploaded yet another video on our YouTube channel. This video focuses on 5 Commonly Tested Grammar Questions that every P4 student must know! It's a short masterclass by Teacher Algene. Please do get your child to watch it! It will be beneficial, we promise :)  If you like to watch more of such videos, please visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel. You may also follow our Instagram page so that you will be informed every time we make a new video for students. We wish our young ones all the best ..
Exam Tips To Answer PSLE Science With Ease
Dear Parents, In this video, we would be touching on 5 open-ended questions that cover the following topics:                               Using these questions from the 2020 prelim papers, we would be revising the key concepts and highlighting areas you have to mindful of. Don’t worry, these questions are not challenging. Instead, this will increase your confidence and tackle the science open-ended questions with ease.                                    ..
Exam Tips To Strengthen PSLE Science Booklet B
Dear Parents, In this video, we would be touching on 5 open-ended questions that cover the following topics:                               These questions consists of the common errors made by students. We would highlight the errors that students tend to make and reasons why the answers are not awarded the full marks. Watch this video to understand how to tackle the various question types accurately.                                        ..
Exam Tips to Tackle PSLE Open-Ended Science Questions Like A Pro
Dear Parents, In this video, we would be touching on 5 open-ended questions that cover the following topics:                               These questions will further prepare you for the PSLE Science Exam. To achieve the A/A*, each question has to be answered with precision. Very often, the overall grade gets pulled down as students tend to miss out the keywords and key phrases in their answers. These 5 commonly tested topics would definitely be a good refresher for you!                                    ..
PSLE English Preparation - Rosyth 2018 Prelims
Dear Parents, Ahead of the PSLE English paper next week, Teacher Algene has selected 2018's Rosyth Prelim Paper as practice for you. In this video, he goes through the paper with you and explains why the answers are as such. We hope you find the video helpful and beneficial.  Think Teach Academy wishes all students the very best for their PSLE!                                                            ..
Using TTA’s writing structures for 10 PSLE Science Open Ended Questions
Dear Parents, The open ended questions have always been challenging for most students to score their full marks for each question type. Very often, they lose marks not because they do not understand the science concepts but because the question itself has not been fully explained.  In this video, we would be touching on 10 open-ended questions that are carefully handpicked by our team. These questions are taken from the 2020 prelim papers. Each question consists of the key concepts and the common errors made by students. We would be also highlight areas that students tends to miss out an..
How to use (BCA) method consistently for (FRP) Problem Sums
Dear Parents, Fractions-Ratio-Percentage (FRP) Problem Sums have always been daunting for students and many students still do not have a consistent approach to solving such questions.  In this video, we will be going through 8 FRP problem sums and showing you a systematic manner on how you can apply the BCA method consistently for any FRP problem sums using our 3Ps approach:                         You can download the worksheet via this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HszFc-PnVy-bGUwPJBONBR55GiR3F0Do/view?usp=sharing. Enjoy!                                 ..
6 PSLE Science Experiment Setup Open Ended Question Writing Structures that you must know!
In this video, we would be focusing on the Experimental Set-Up Questions mostly found in Booklet B of the Science examination paper. We would be sharing the answering techniques to tackle each of the 6 types of the experimental set-up questions:                                                                            ..
3 Ways you can Prevent Careless Mistakes For Math Problem Sums

A common trend observed by teachers at Think Teach Academy is that many students have lost marks due to careless mistakes, which often also means that students end up with scores that are not an accurate reflection of their ability. Here are some of the techniques to reduce careless mistakes made for Math carried out by our teachers at Think Teach Academy. 

Tips to Tackle Questions on Photosynthesis!

Today, I would be discussing an examination question that tests on one of the most important processes of life -  Photosynthesis!

Bacteria VS Virus

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Tips to Score for Questions on Gravity!

Tips on the topic of Gravity!

4 Steps to Master Questions on Fair Test Analysis!

In today’s blogpost, I would be discussing one of the most challenging “Experiment Type Question” that is often tested during examinations. 

4 Steps to Master Questions on Transport In Plants!

Today, I would be sharing with you a P5 question commonly tested on the topic of: Transport in Plants

Tips to Tackle Questions on Water Cycle!

We would be focusing on the topic of WATER CYCLE. This topic is heavily tested in examinations which is also related to the topic of Heat Energy. Unfortunately, many students are not able to tackle questions on water cycle accurately and are never awarded the full-marks. 

Tips to Score for Decimals!

We are going to be sharing tips to do well for Decimals! 

4 Steps to Solve Order of Operations Questions

We will be focusing on an Order of Operation question type that we see many students struggling with because they get confused with the many repeated numbers.

3 Steps to Solve Equating Numerator Questions

Over at Think Teach, we train our students to use fractions and ratio interchangeably and supplement their understanding with the ratio method.

2 Methods to Solve Confusing Before Change After Questions!

Methods to solve the same Before Change After Question.

Avoid Repeatedly Guessing and Checking your Answers Using the Assumption Method!

The above is a 5 step method, known as the Assumption Method, that can be used to solve such Guess and Check questions. The steps, Total, Extra, Difference/Sum, and Opposite, form the acronym TEDO, which we commonly use during our regular classes.

Techniques to Solve 3 Tricky Number Pattern Question Types!

Many students have always found number pattern questions difficult to solve. Here at TTA, we have broken down all the number pattern questions that can ever come out for the PSLE into 3 different question types.

Master Spelling by Using Word Association! (1)

Word association is something you can also do to help your child improve their Spelling! The more grounded and logical your word association is, the better they can remember.

Tips to Score Full Marks for This Question Type under Synthesis and Transformation!

We are going to be looking at a tricky question type under Synthesis & Transformation. This question type appears under the topic of Word Class/Parts of Speech.

Understanding Quantifiers: Less or Lesser?

We are going to be helping your child understand the difference between ‘less’ and ‘lesser’, which appears under the topic of Quantifiers in their syllabus. This is not a mistake that students alone make. Many adults are also unaware that there is an actual difference between ‘less’ and ‘lesser’.

Master Spelling by Using Word Association! (2)

Word association is something you can also do to help your child improve their Spelling! The more grounded and logical your word association is, the better they can remember.

Tips to Score for the Language Component in Continuous Writing

Language is 20 marks out of 40 marks for Continuous Writing. Hence, it is not just important to have good Content; your child needs to have a solid foundation in their Language as well.

Improve your Grammar MCQ Score by Mastering These 2 Tricky Question Tags!

We are going to be helping your child through some tricky Question Tag Grammar MCQs. Question Tags are those questions that have a positive part (+) and a negative part (-). Some of them can be quite tricky!

3 Topics For You to Master Synthesis and Transformation

We are going to be sharing tips to do well for Synthesis and Transformation!

Craft a Strong Resolution Paragraph in 3 Steps!

The Resolution paragraph is, arguably, the most important paragraph in the essay. Reason being, it is the last paragraph and so, it leaves a lasting impression on the examiner. Hence, students MUST impress with their Resolution paragraph. 

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