3 ways that your child may be shortchanged (and what you can do about it)

As a student, I didn’t like school. Learning was never fun for me and I just went through the motions because I knew that’s what my parents wanted me to do. However, I was blessed enough to score well enough for the PSLE to attend the top secondary girls’ school in Singapore. Most of my teachers[…]

5 Ways the IB Trumps the O’ and A’ Levels

Dear Parents, I’m sure that some of you have considered enrolling your children in an IB (International Baccalaureate) school or at least wanted to find out more about the IB programme. Having taught in both systems (the A’ Levels and the IB Diploma Programme), I would like to offer my humble perspective. The O’ and A’[…]

Noun, Verb or Adjective?

Breathe vs breath At Artistic Strategies Academy (ASA), students learn to dissect and discuss the English language – from its rules, regulations and even, its weirdness! This week, we will be diving into distinguishing between a noun, verb and an adjective. What exactly is the difference? Well, when we take a breath of fresh air,[…]

How to score in PSLE composition writing

Our founder, Claudine Fernandez shares tips from PSLE markers below on how to ace the Continuous Writing Section of English Paper 1 coming up in end-September. Vary your use of vocabulary and sentence structure. Show, not tell. There is no need for overly complex vocabulary; what is more important is to use the appropriate word[…]

The Importance of Visual Storytelling

What exactly is visual storytelling? Technically, it is the incorporation of visuals (pictures, photographs, paintings, images) in a story. We’d like to think of it more as a marriage of words and visuals when telling a story. What makes visual storytelling so impactful? Here are three reasons: 1. Increase understanding of the message When we[…]