Selective School Exam Writing | Expert Tips

A lot of parents have kids who struggle with writing. This is because most of these parents go into writing with the wrong approach. Most kids are not taught or shown how to write properly. They also get taught vague formulas at schools where they focus on simple introduction, complicated body, and a simple conclusion. These vague formulas just focus on the least and don’t help them in terms of structuring and writing out the pieces.

There are also far too many coaching centers that are not competent in writing. Most teachers are great in terms of looking and understanding what good writing looks like. But unfortunately, they’re unable to teach it themselves. Just like sports, writing needs to be taught. It’s not just something to be fostered. It cannot be developed naturally especially if your child is from a migrant background, and especially if the child doesn’t have a very good, solid foundation in literacy.

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Common writing mistakes in Selective School Exam study

The other approach that I see many parents use is giving a whole bunch of topics with little guidance on expression. This is kind of the method that most big children’s colleges do, where every single week, they’ll give out a random exposition topic. And then the next week, they’ll give a narrative topic out. And this just goes on and on. At end of the day, the children get very little guidance on how to express themselves.

In writing, one has to paint the beauty and the horror of the scene in excruciating detail. Most kids don’t have this descriptive ability. They should develop figurative techniques and make their writing magical. The problem with most kids is that they’re limited by their expression. Their expression is limited by their vocabulary. Writing is all about vocab and how you express yourself by showing every single little element. To express yourself, you need to be able to cultivate beautiful imagery. If you’re unable to do so, you will not do well at all. Good writing should capture and illuminate the audience’s attention. You should be able to use personification too where you give human characteristics to inanimate objects. Unfortunately, nobody gets taught how to do personification.

Now you still need a balance when creating that image with the emotions on the character. You also need to balance that with the rest of the story because you can’t just write a whole big description without doing anything. You need the character, emotions, and the five senses, linking that to your complication in the middle. And then you need to come up with a resolution at the end.

Your introduction should be able to capture everybody’s imagination. All this can only develop through a technique called stacking. This is the use of a whole bunch of adjectives. For example, ‘here is Mr. Graham, the rusty steel.’ Again, we could have just put Mr. Graham, but we added the words the rusty steel. None of those words have been wasted. They all add to the sense that this train is really old.

In this example, ‘Midnight fell like a rich velvet blanket of black, swallowing up the day, draining the colors of gray.’ This description starts with a metaphor, which is in the words ‘swallowing up the day and draining the colors of gray.’ So instead of just saying, the sky turns black, we now have it being a velvet blanket of black swallowing, which is again another example of personification.

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In this description, ‘The night sky home with the dim light of stars beneath the crescent waxing moon, the exasperated sounds may have died as the light gloves from distant houses switch off sequentially, leaving me with nothing good, but straightens a blackness to cover my denuded skin and tormented soul. Was this a moment I was waiting for?’ This person has brought in more of the characterization where we have, ‘straight from sub blackness is being brought into cover Maya exposed and muted skin and my tormented soul.’ And so again, we’re putting in a rhetorical question just to build out and create a sense of intrigue as seen in the phrase, ‘Was this a moment I was waiting for?’

Personification makes a scene interesting by making the character come to life. If you’re unable to make the scene come to life, your story is going to be boring. Generally, you should also learn how to use the whole spectrum of figurative techniques correctly to capture the reader’s attention.

The problem with most kids is that they have not been exposed to a vast range of good stories, and so most of them talk about monsters like romances, and fairies. They have no emotional depth or imagery and usually, they build out the image in the author’s mind.

Some parents make their children memorize phrases from past writings only to get disappointed when they get a different question in the selective exam. It is ridiculously hard to predict what the question is going to be next year. And if you attempt to memorize a piece, it might not turn out relevant to the story you are required to write.

You can build maths the traditional way. But with writing, you need to seek the right training. Most kids have no writing formula and so they always write at the same level without improving. With flow, a lot of them cannot build a balanced piece. They need to master the use of imagery to spice up their writing to create this balance. Most schools don’t even allow kids to share writing ideas. How can a child learn if they can’t learn from each other? Creativity comes from bouncing ideas off each other. They need to be exposed to other people’s work so that they can learn and get inspired. This way, they will have a competitive spirit and want to do better.

At scholarly, we ensure that your kid is exposed to a learning environment that allows them to exchange ideas with other kids while learning from experienced teachers. If you would like to learn more about our method of writing or contact our team, you can go to scholarly

Sample writing assignment in our Selective School Test Program:

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