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.

Jun Kai joined us at the start of 2022. He had a sound foun­da­tion in Chi­nese, but strug­gled to score sim­i­lar­ly to his peers with a sim­i­lar lan­guage abil­i­ty, leav­ing him frus­trat­ed.

As dread­ed by many stu­dents, one such com­po­nent he did not score well in was the Com­pre­hen­sion Open End­ed com­po­nent. While under­stand­ing Com­pre­hen­sion pas­sages was­n’t much of a trou­ble for Jun Kai, he found him­self strug­gling to secure high marks for the Com­pre­hen­sion Open-End­ed Ques­tions. He had been los­ing marks even though he knew the answers, because he strug­gled to craft his answers in a man­ner that could secure marks in the exam­i­na­tions, which often proved cost­ly.

At Think Teach Acad­e­my, we break down the Com­pre­hen­sion Open End­ed com­po­nent into bite-sized parts, guid­ing stu­dents through our step-by-step approach in read­ing and answer­ing ques­tions.

For Com­pre­hen­sion Open-End­ed, we taught Jun Kai how to first cat­e­gorise each ques­tion into one of the 11 Com­pre­hen­sion Open End­ed ques­tion types and then to apply answer­ing tech­niques tai­lored to each ques­tion type to secure max­i­mum marks. This struc­tured approach and the respec­tive tech­niques helped Jun Kai to for­mu­late his answers well with greater pre­ci­sion and accu­ra­cy.

Jun Kai was taught how to iden­ti­fy Com­pre­hen­sion ques­tion types by look­ing out for key­words. For exam­ple, for the Com­par­i­son 试比较 (shì bǐ jiào) ques­tion type, Jun Kai was taught how to look out for words like 不同 (bù tóng) 、不一样 (bù yí yàng) 、转变 (zhuǎn biàn) 、and 变化 (biàn huà) which explain dif­fer­ences and changes. After iden­ti­fy­ing the ques­tion types, he was taught to iden­ti­fy the sub­ject for com­par­i­son, which varies from the character’s emo­tion, reac­tions, thoughts, per­son­al­i­ty, atti­tude and more. By ana­lyz­ing the ques­tion require­ments well, Jun Kai was able to use a struc­tured approach to pro­vide accu­rate and rel­e­vant answers to dif­fer­ent Com­pre­hen­sion ques­tion types.

We are hap­py that Jun Kai man­aged to build up his con­fi­dence in tack­ling the Com­pre­hen­sion Open-End­ed Ques­tions, always striv­ing to achieve full marks for every ques­tion. His hard work paid off, and he showed impres­sive improve­ment, attain­ing a 78.5/90 marks from his pre­vi­ous 50.5/90 for his Paper 2. This got him a 2 AL jump from AL 6 to AL 4!

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