English Comprehension Skills

English Comprehension Skills

Acquire proficient writing skills for English Comprehension

The pursuit for academic success at the O Level English examinations involve the attainment of competent answering techniques in the Comprehension component, also known as Paper 2. At English Tuition Singapore, students will learn to read texts, process the given information and answer the questions carefully.

In this section, you can improve your comprehension answering techniques by browsing through the articles. Our learning resources feature a wide range of topics, like useful tips on handling comprehension questions and common errors that students make when tackling such questions.

How can I excel in English Comprehension?

An introductory guide to English Comprehension Skills

The following points will cover some of the essentials of English Comprehension that you should be aware of in order to manage the challenges of the examination questions. Our secondary English tuition classes will prepare you for the unexpected by featuring numerous class practices that are reviewed by tutors. We invite you to examine the points below to develop the mastery of English Comprehension.

Identify different formats of writing for comprehension

Foremost, before students even start writing, they should be familiar with different formats of comprehension questions to utilise relevant answering techniques and skillsets. Section A, B and C covers visual-text, narrative and non-narrative comprehension respectively, all of which our English classes will teach with an emphasis on efficiency-driven practices to enforce familiarity.  

Build up a positive habit of reading carefully and purposefully

Reading is a skill applicable not only in the English Language examinations, but also in daily life situations. Seemingly an easy skill, advanced reading requires much technicality from students in order to process and extract relevant information effectively and efficiently. Therefore, it is an essential skill that students should strive to refine throughout their journey.  

Recognise different types of comprehension questions

The third skill requires students to be effectively distinguish between narrative and non-narrative comprehension texts. This helps them to establish clear understanding of the different requirements of each question type. In narrative text, for instance, students are assessed on their ability to apply the method of inference to comprehend the underlying implications of certain dictions.  

Develop specific writing skills

Due to the complex nature of comprehension questions, it is critical for students to build up appropriate skills that are applicable to both general and question-specific cases. Students should grasp the skill of word substitution and paraphrasing to excel in inference questions and also the summary component. Such skill require students to able retain of essence of the idea while generating it in a different form.  

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