Grammar is the backbone of any good conversation, writing or speech and this fact is universally applicable for any language. The grammatical usage of a person speaks volumes about his/her education, upbringing, social class etc. Then why take chances? Let us sharpen our Grammar skills to improve our verbal and written communication.

Like any other language, English too has its own grammar rules. What one should ideally do is identify the thumb rule of the particular context and stick to it, making note of the exceptions, if any. The only way to improve your grammatical strength is to make a conscious effort to work on your grammar literally, every day.

Let us begin by looking at some of the basic errors we commit in the usage of English Grammar.

1.AGREEMENT OF THE VERB WITH THE SUBJECT:

The subject of a sentence is a NOUN- meaning a person, place or thing.

The VERB is usually an ACTION word that follows the noun- it tells us what the subject is doing, has done or going to do.

For example- Peter ate his breakfast.

Here, ‘Peter’ is the SUBJECT and ‘ate’ is the verb in past tense.

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

THE VERB SHOULD AGREE WITH THE SUBJECT IN NUMBER.

Look at this simple table- it tells you how the verb has to agree with the subject.

Verb- to be        tense- present

Verb- to write         tense – present

Rule: SINGULAR SUBJECT TAKES ON A SINGULAR VERB.

PLURAL SUBJECT TAKES ON A PLURAL VERB.

Example: I am /You are/She is walking

They are walking.

  1. AGREEMENT OF THE VERB WITH SUBJECT FOR COLLECTIVE NOUNS

A collective noun is a term used to define a group of persons or objects as a single word.

Example: Crowd- a group of people

Some collective nouns are listed under:

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

ANY COLLECTIVE NOUN IS TAKEN AS A SINGULAR OBJECT AND MUST BE FOLLOWED BY A SINGULAR VERB.

For Example: An army of soldiers is passing by.

A bouquet is presented to every dignitary of the function.

  1. CONFUSION IN THE NUMBER OF THE SUBJECT WHILE USING “OF”

Generally, users of English make the common mistake of confusing themselves over whether the subject is singular or plural when “of” is used.

Example:

A shoal of fish looks colourful as it passes by.

Here “shoal” is a collective noun referring to a group of fish.

People often get confused becomes of the use of “of” after the subject. When the subject is followed by an “of”, learners assume the subject to become plural.

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

CHECK whether A COLLECTIVE NOUN appears BEFORE THE “OF”. Then it is SINGULAR.

Incorrect usage: A shoal of fish look colourful as they pass by.

Correct usage: A shoal of fish looks colourful as it passes by.

  1.  CORRECT VERB USAGE FOR 2 SINGULAR OBJECTS LINKED WITH

“EITHER/OR” & “NEITHER/NOR”

Sentences using “either/or” and “neither /nor” cause some confusion among learners. They are often unsure of how to use the following verb here.

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

WHEN 2 SINGULAR OBJECTS ARE LINKED USING “EITHER/OR” OR “NEITHER /NOR”, THE VERB WILL BE IN SINGULAR.

Incorrect usage:  Neither Sammy nor her mother are going to the party.

Correct usage: Neither Sammy nor her mother is going to the party.

Incorrect usage:  Either Philip or his dad are leaving today.

Correct Usage: Either Philip or his dad is leaving today.

  1. CORRECT VERB USAGE FOR 2 PLURAL OBJECTS LINKED WITH

“EITHER/OR” & “NEITHER/NOR”

When plural objects are used with “either/or” or” neither/nor”.

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

WHEN 2 PLURAL OBJECTS ARE LINKED USING “EITHER/OR” OR    “NEITHER /NOR”, THE VERB WILL AGREE WITH THE NOUN/PRONOUN THAT PRECEDES IT.

For example,

Neither the dogs nor the cat eats the food. – Here the verb “eats” is in agreement with the singular noun “the cat”.

Neither the cat nor the dogs eat the food – Here the verb “eat” is in agreement with the plural noun “the dogs”.

Keep these thumb rules in mind while you use nouns and verbs and surely, you will never go wrong.

English Grammar is like Algebraic Theorems- there are rules like theorems with exceptions like corollaries.

Just master the rules of English Grammar by memorizing them and use them wherever necessary. Like Math, you will always get it right.

Let’s Practise has a lot of study sheets and exam papers to help your child with their grammar. We assist students from 1st to 9th standard and have worksheets for CBSE, SSC, IGCSE, and ICSE Boards. You can check out the information about ICSE Board here.

Just like the real world, the internet has some unsafe places. However, it is even easier to come upon this unsafe place by accident. On the web, there are no clear lines between what is okay and what isn’t. You have to rely on tools and communication so your child can surf the net in a safe manner. Here are eight tips for keeping your child safe online.  

Awareness

Pay attention to what your child sees and does on the internet. Not everything has to be physical to influence your child so you cannot afford to neglect the virtual realm. There are certain risks you take while being online, and children are more susceptible to these risks.  

The first thing that you should do as a parent acknowledges that the internet is not a very safe space for your child and that there are certain dangers that lurk in the shadowy corners. You have to be on alert and vigilant when it comes to child safety online.

Unfortunately, there are people who will try to exploit the innocence of your child, so be wary. The dark side of the internet is a pathway to many things some consider to be unnatural. Cybercrime, cyber bullying, and damaging online reputation are just some of these.

Research

You must get involved with your child’s cyber world. There’s just no way around it. Ignoring the problem or acting indifferent to it will not make the problem go away. In fact, things will only get worse. If you are knowledgeable of what your child sees, you can identify a conflict quicker. You can then step in quickly before the situation escalates.

Some websites may look child-friendly, using attractive colours and designs to lure kids in. Upon closer examination, you may find that the site is actually dangerous.  

Keep the computer in a location where it is easy to see. If it is hidden, you will not be able to monitor them easily or worse, they could be tempted to visit bad websites because of the secrecy. We do not want to scare you to the point where you outright ban the internet. We are just telling you to be aware of what is on the world wide web.

Create Rules

There should be set rules in your household regarding internet viewing. They don’t have to be a rigid schedule, but you should have limits, for example, one hour every weekday and two hours on weekends. You can even have a list of sites that they are allowed / not allowed to visit, to clear up any confusion.

Many children spend far too much time on their computer, which is not healthy. There is a whole world for your child to explore. Encourage them to go outside rather than stay cooped up inside with the computer. Enforcing these rules will go a long way in preventing internet addiction.

Educate Them

This isn’t just about you controlling what they see. They have to understand why you are doing this.

Teach them important online lessons, as given below:

  • Never reveal your name, address, school, picture, or phone number online.
  • Avoid opening email, attachments or messages from anyone you don’t know.
  • Do not respond to any inappropriate messages directed at you.
  • Never get together with adults you met online.

You can also add any other lessons as you see fit. Tell them that it is for their own safety, not because you want to spy on them or police them. Once they understand and accept that, they will be more open.

Also, tell them to logout of the computer and shut it down once they finish their internet session.  

Beware of Social Media

Social networking websites such as Facebook have content only suitable for those 13 and older. However, some children will lie about their age and register to create an account anyway. This could lead to harmful consequences. The anonymity of the internet provides a platform for people to threaten, intimidate, and harass without having their true identity outed.  

On websites such as Reddit and Tumblr, people create their own persona and are free to  They could be exposed to indecent images or comments. The internet is such a place where your child might stumble upon violence, hate speech, and other vulgar material unknowingly. Such forums should be closely monitored or avoided.

Block Harmful Sites

Parental controls offer you the ability to block websites. There are ways to block a website. That is not too difficult. If you feel a site is unsafe for your child and you don’t want them to view it, you can blacklist it on your computer.

There are plugins and software apps that you can download when it comes to blocking or restricting websites. Any website that explicitly states that the material contained is for 18+  should be blocked.   

Turning on ‘Safe Search’ in Google filters out offensive and inappropriate material. It’s not just the computer, but the tablets, and the mobile phones too. The internet never forgets, and once you post something online, even if you delete it, its presence will linger.

Protect Your Privacy

Privacy is of utmost concern. Your child may reveal identifying information about themselves without even realising it. This is obviously not their intention, but you should be extra careful about this.  

Your email is especially important as someone with access to your email can just click ‘forgot my password’ to gain access to your other accounts.

No matter how hard you try, some inappropriate things might still pop up. As such, tell them to come to you whenever they see something uncomfortable. You can then take appropriate action. Assure them that it is not their fault if they viewed something by accident so they won’t fear to get into trouble.

There is a staggering amount of information on the web, some great and some horrible. Even us adults need to be careful and mindful of what we put out there for public viewing with suspicious characters lurking about.

The bottom line is that who kids are on the internet is not who they are in the real world. However, you want them to be careful.

The Internet for Learning

The internet can be a great tool as long as you use it correctly. It doesn’t just have to be for fun and games.  Your child can use the information for help with homework and tests, or if they are curious about something. There are many educational sites as well that can help your child learn. One such website is Let’s Practise.

With Let’s Practise, you can get sample papers, worksheets, and tests for children from 3rd to 9th standard. You can find informational material for children studying in CBSE, ICSE, and SSC Boards.

To take advantage of all these educational information and more, write to us, call us, or let us reach you. Whatever you do, contact us now. We are the safest place on the internet!

Math is one subject that causes frustration for some students, yet others breeze through it. Being bad at math doesn’t necessarily mean that the child is poor at studies, but just that math is tough. This leaves many parents flummoxed and scratching their heads.

Why do children suffer from math anxiety? To answer this question, we should first discuss how math is different from other subjects.

How is Math Different?

We should start off by saying that math is not as difficult as some make it out to be. It just has to be learnt in a manner unique from the other subjects.

To solve a math problem, students need to have a good understanding of the logic involved behind the problem. This takes patience, persistence, and openness.   

For subjects like science and social studies, students can get away with memorising  facts, names, and dates to pass. They don’t even need to pick up a pen while learning. Not so with mathematics. Mathematics has a different cognitive process and learning by rote is next to impossible. One simply cannot memorise the answers to every sum.

While other subjects are just questions and answers (A and B), math requires you to explain how you derived the answer. Therefore, the student must also show the process of going from A to B and why they arrived at B.

Math is also foundation based, meaning that the higher standards build upon what was taught in the lower levels. The formulas and operations learnt at the beginning will be expanded upon in future standards. This makes math cumulative. While this isn’t that much of an issue with other subjects, it is crucial to math. If your child did not pay attention or do well in the lower levels, things will only get tougher and they will have a difficult time.

Why Students Dislike Math

Now, to get to the crux of the problem of why students hate math. There are many reasons for this, and for your child, it could be one of the below or a combination.

Some students consider math to be a boring subject because there are no tangibles and no context. You aren’t learning about animals, countries, or revolutions. You aren’t even studying actual people or places, so why bother?

Another factor is technology. Calculators and mobile phones have made calculations so easy that people are either too lazy or apathetic about doing math on paper. They are probably wondering when they will use these problems in real life and therefore develop an indifferent attitude. Children aren’t able to comprehend why math is important and it is not until they’re older that they finally realize the relevance.

The third problem is the amount of effort required to excel at math. You can’t master a concept by doing just one sum. It takes more time to master math than other subjects, and in this fast-paced world, students don’t want to spend that much time to learning. A child has to write down page after page after page to understand the material, and this is off-putting for many. This is because math has a different learning style than other subjects.

Math’s Learning Style

Math needs to be worked out. There is simply no way for a person to learn and improve in math than to write the problems out and solve them. Math demands application of your knowledge to come up with a solution.  The only portion of math worth memorizing is the formulas, which are useless unless you know when and where to apply them.

Some students tend to focus on getting the right solution that they neglect the process and calculations. It should be the inverse, as a correctly worked out problem should lead to the right answer. Even if they get it wrong, they still know how to approach the problem.

For subjects like math, visual videos will help. By watching other people solving problems of a similar stature, your child can learn how the process. Mathematics is a methodical process and requires more interactivity from the student. Visual stimuli will really help them learn.  

Advantages of Math

Your child may assume that they don’t need math since they will not pursue a degree for math in the future. However, math is intertwined with many other subjects. Economics, physics, accounting, engineering, statistics, computer science, and medical science all require mathematical knowledge. Learning the basics will give your child a platform in their search for a degree, no matter what it is.

Math is great for helping people solve problems in real life. It helps you be more methodical and plan better. To solve a math problem, as in real life, you have to analyse the situation, figure out the possible ways to approach it, work out the problem, and arrive at the solution.

Nearly everything in this world revolves around mathematics and numbers. Banks, hospitals, shopping malls, and automobile stores are just a handful of the places where people use math. Your child should be able to perform at least basic math as the one of the two most important parts of this civilised society – currency, requires mathematical knowledge to use.

The second important part, time is also measured in a mathematical basis. You have to make calculations in both regular time (12 hour clock) and military time (24 hour clock). It is even more important when figuring out the time in another country as the time zone changes. Buses, trains, planes, events, and offices all operate on a timed basis.

Overcoming Math Anxiety

So, you should now know why children find math difficult, but what’s the solution?

Math anxiety is more of a mental block than anything – the child believes that math is tough or irrelevant and therefore avoids it or does poorly in it.

You should abolish these thoughts from your child’s mind by spending time to tackle math problems. Fear of math can be reduced by parents taking a more active interest in their child’s education. Especially for something like math, parents should sit down with the child and help them write down problems and the solutions.

Start with simple sums to slowly build your child’s confidence and move on to bigger numbers and tougher problems. Try making sums relevant to your child. For example, if a sum says ‘Janani bought 12 apples’, replace ‘Janani’ with the name of your own child. Adding relevancy makes math more enjoyable because they now have real people to relate to.

You should change the way your child studies other subjects as well, placing more emphasis on learning rather than memorizing. If all they do is recall and recollect, they are no different than a robot. Make sure they are grasping the core concepts of the material, be it science, history, geography, or literature. This way, math won’t feel as strange to them. The essence of the subject matter is what will stay with them for life, not the dates and names.  

We have prepared revision sheets and question papers for students from 3rd to 9th standard. Our database has papers for CBSE, ICSE, and SSC. You can learn more about our involvement with math for SSC Board students here.

These question papers will be especially beneficial in math which requires children to write out solutions. Let’s Practise can help your child understand mathematical concepts and score well in it. Contact us now.

It’s been a couple of years since Let’s Practise launched its worksheet, practice tests and question bank services and thanks for all the encouragement and support. While we are quite confident that parents and teachers know how to make the best use of our platform, we take no chances. Due to insufficient time available to review the status with your child, marks and/or grades become the only way to monitor your child’s progress, which is not ideal.

What is Let’s Practise?

Let’s Practise is a group of parents and teachers coming together for a common cause. Our products emphasise utility and empowerment. We are teachers and parents so we know what’s running through your head when trying to help your child study. We want children to benefit from quality education which will help them succeed in school and in life.

We work like a question paper aggregator, setting up revision and assessment sheets from handpicked content. We leave out irrelevant or outdated information and include only what is necessary. The result is the perfect key to unlocking the treasure chest of your children’s education. To learn more the great team at Let’s Practise, check our about us page.

Now that you have an idea of what we do, here are five reasons why you should use Let’s Practise:

 

Prepared Worksheets

We understand that as a parent, you are very busy and may not have enough time on your hands to sit down with your child every day and tutor him or her. You have to understand the material first and that’s definitely not an easy process.

The big problem parents face with incorporating worksheets into their child’s learning is the time it takes to create the sheets. With Let’s Practise, you don’t need to worry about that. The Let’s Practise database contains over four lakh questions! These include revision questions and past exam papers. We cover the important topics, concepts, and terms that your child should study. There are sheets for Science, Math, Social Studies, English, and Hindi for students of all ages from 3rd to 9th standard.

Individual Experience

Most classrooms these days have between thirty and fifty children and it is easy for your child to get lost in the crowd. Teachers have to follow a tight schedule and it is tough for them to clarify every doubt, so certain questions are left unanswered. Not anymore because with Let’s Practise, you can give your child the one-on-one session that they need.

You should note that Let’s Practise is not meant to undermine the efforts of the class teacher in any way. Being teachers ourselves, we know that classrooms have their limitations and we work hard to overcome them. In fact, our review sheets complement the teacher’s notes and guidance. They are meant to be studied alongside the classroom teaching, not as a substitute.

Our study guides and worksheets help reinforce the knowledge taught in school. The Let’s Practise study sheets help simplify the material and include only what is important. This way, your child can stay ahead of the curve instead of lagging behind.

Better Understanding

One problem students face is they skim through the lower standards and often forget what was taught, causing them to struggle during the higher levels.

Let’s Practise can help create a strong foundation for your child that they can build upon. Once the student has a good understanding of the fundamentals, they can move on to the more complicated stuff.

It doesn’t matter if your child is currently studying in the ICSE, CBSE, IGCSE, or SSC Board, we have teaching materials for students from the third standard to ninth standard. There are multiple choice questions (MCQ), revision sheets, and question papers with solutions attached. By doing these worksheets, your child understands the basic concepts.

Practise Tests

The exam experience can be very scary for your child. A timed environment, no talking, their wits being the only resource, and instructors circling around like vultures. With the threat of dangerous consequences, if they fail, there is an immense pressure on the student to perform well. We want to help your child overcome that fear and become exam ready.

We at Let’s Practise carry practise tests for your child. Our Test Series Preparation plan has 20 papers with detailed solutions included. We have timed papers with marks so you can time your child and see how well he does at home. The truth is that no matter how much information your child memorises, they won’t be ready for the exam until they sit down and work out problems.

By continually training them and assessing their knowledge, you ensure that they will acquire experience and become battle-hardened. Eventually, they will gain the courage to face the daunting task and will be much more confident while taking the actual exam.

Increased Marks

We both share the same goal, to improve your son or daughter’s academic performance. We are teachers ourselves, so we have a better understanding of the school system’s inner workings. We are also more knowledgeable when it comes to teaching students for higher standards such as eighth and ninth. Some children just can’t wrap their head around what is taught in the classroom and need additional worksheets.

If this is the case and your child is struggling in a subject, a private course will help. You should definitely consider using services such as Let’s Practise to improve their marks.

If you have any doubts or queries that were unanswered in this articles, please take a look at our FAQs.

We have Welcome (Free), Moneysaver and Quickstart plans along with the aforementioned Test Series Prep plan. There is also a plan where you can pick whatever subject or subjects you need and only receive review papers as relevant. You can view all our pricing plans here and select the one that best fits your needs.

In conclusion, we are simple, reliable, and supportive. Why not give us a try?

The governing authority of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced sweeping changes across the board with regards to its moderation. Some of the rules are hard to follow and it has caused confusion among parents and students alike. If you are having trouble keeping up, don’t worry. Let’s Practise has got you covered.

Mandatory Board Exam

The first major change that the CBSE has made is turning the 10th Board Exams from an optional test into a compulsory affair. Recently, the CBSE Governing Body has made Class X Board Exams mandatory from 2018.

Back in 2011, CBSE did away with the policy, but now they have brought it back. It will no longer be up to the students if they want to take the exams.

According to the announcement made by the governing body, the exams would have a weightage of 80% with the remaining 20% for internal assessments. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar is in favour of this exam reform.  

The move has been met with mixed reactions from the student and parent community. Some feel that it will put additional pressure on the students. Public exams also give the semblance that all schools have the same facilities and quality staff, when we all know that is false.

On the other hand, teachers state that students didn’t even need to study much until 8th standard under the old rules. They say that some of the students just joined into 11th standard with barely any prior knowledge. This new rule hopes to fix that problem and to make sure children learn and study from the time they start 6th standard.

Two-Semester System

CBSE has created and will soon implement a two-semester system where schools will have two semesters from class VI onwards.

The new rule, which will take effect from this year (2017 – 2018), will be a uniform assessment scheme with half-yearly and annual exams. In addition to the exams, the schools will conduct two periodic tests of 10 marks each during every semester. In this instance, the half-yearly and annual exams will account for 80 marks.

Previously, schools were following the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) since 2009. Schools had two summative assessments (SA) at the end of the term and four formative assessments (FA), with two in each term. 40% of the FA was from continuous evaluation throughout the school year.   

The annual exam for 6th will have 10% of the first semester. For class seven, the amount is raised to 20%. There will also be grades for attendance, participation, teamwork, output, and PE.

Over 18,000 CBSE schools exist across the nation. With this new regulation, CBSE wishes to standardise all the schools so students will have an easier time if they switch from one school to another. Since report cards differed across schools, the students found it difficult to gain admission. Now CBSE is hoping to fix all of these problems.

The CBSE also made this rule to prepare the students for the Board Exams from the time they enter middle school. This was CBSE’s attempt at reorganising the assessment system, examination pattern, and report cards.

Three Language Formula

CBSE has introduced a three language formula, where students have to study at least two Indian languages along with the rest of their subjects. Before we go into further detail, let’s explain what languages schools offer under the CBSE syllabus. CBSE classifies its languages into three categories: Modern Indian, Classical Indian, and Foreign.

The modern Indian languages include Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Punjabi, and a few others.

Classical Indian languages include Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Oriya / Odia.

German, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, French, Portuguese, and Russian, are the foreign languages.

The board has made Hindi compulsory for everyone. This means that the three languages the student will learn are English, Hindi, and another Indian language, presumably the local one. In places where Hindi is commonly spoken, such as the north, the student may opt for Sanskrit.

Note that this will only apply from the 2020 school year onwards. This means that if your child is studying in 7th standard currently, you have nothing to worry about. Anything lower and these changes are applicable for you.

Also, this will mainly affect students studying a foreign language. Under this system, foreign languages like French and German would be an optional 4th language and count as an elective. The mediums of instruction are either Hindi or English, and students must take both of these languages by default. They can learn the foreign language vocationally, but this will not influence their marks.  

All the three languages would count as a subject and students would get tested on them during the Class X Board Exams.

If your child is in a place where Hindi isn’t the main language, they should probably take Hindi and their regional language (mother-tongue), along with first language English as their three language classes. Either way, Hindi and English are compulsory classes.

The formula was actually proposed back in 1968, with iterations in 1986 and 2005. Despite that, is only now that CBSE is taking efforts to implement it.

Schools were meant to follow this up to class VIII with the third language being discontinued after that, but now it has been extended to class X, and students must write a paper on their third language in their Board Exams. Thus, they must take six exams rather than five.

This rule has been met with a lot of opposition. Opponents argue that this rule would place a heavy burden on the students by making them study four languages. It also imposes two Indian languages on the student. Also, the reintroduction of this rule may mean that foreign languages get wiped out from the curriculum.   

Let’s Practise Can Keep You Up-to-Date

So, now you know the alterations that CBSE plans to make to its system over the next couple of years. The current three major rule-changes are intertwined, and some of these rules may affect your child more than others.

Let’s Practise can help your student stay updated with what’s going on with regards to their school. We are a group of parents and teachers dedicated to helping your child succeed, not just at school, but at life. Being parents ourselves, we know that teaching begins at home. We excel in making students from 3rd to 9th standard excel. Be sure to contact us. You can send us an email, call us, or better yet, select the best time for us to call you.