Acing Yours A's: Examination Preparation For Humanities Subjects

(This post by Mr Teoh Yichao first appeared here on Domain of Singapore Tutoring Experts on 2 June 2013.)

Quoted from one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims, William Arthur Ward, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” , the perfect teacher in my opinion, is one that could relate to me, could see from my point of view and impart me all the relevant skills that will aid me in the shortest amount of time. Being a student myself, I understand how important it is to have the right educator and I intend to be that beacon of knowledge for people who are currently taking the path that I had trudged through two years ago.

In this age where there's an avalanche of information the instant you open your internet browser, contextual knowledge and information needed for humanities subjects are both in abundance. Paired with school notes given by school teachers, a student should be scoring his or her A's in no time. Yet many students are still unable to get their long-solicited A's. Why? The answer is very simple. Time management.

In most instances, students mistake the number of points they provide for the number of marks awarded. Although essentially important, the number of points provided is worth nothing without a proper delivery and a powerful and concise conclusion. Yet many students are unable to provide the winning blow because they spent too much time on writing what they know, instead of writing what the marker should know.

Thus, what I view as most important for humanities subjects would be essential essay writing skills, efficient method of time management ( you have to show the markers what they should know in 3 hours from what you have learnt for 2 years), and many unique tricks ( interesting introductory paragraphs, short but effective topic statements etc. to differentiate yourself from thousands of candidates every year).

Every student would be able to obtain the arrow of knowledge with some hardwork and preparation, yet its the powerful bow of delivery that will launch this arrow towards your ultimate target of an A.

About The Author

A graduate of Hwa Chong Institution, Yichao has been tutoring younger ones in H1/H2 Geography and H1/H2 Literature since 2010. As of this current moment, he is pursuing further studies at the Faculty of Arts And Social Sciences in NUS.


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