Exam time is an anxious time for both parents and students. Students are worried about filling their heads with all that is in the books. Parents are worried about the performance of their wards in the exams.

Why do parents worry?

The main cause of worry for parents is how to maximize their child’s performance in the exams. Some parents may not be able to devote sufficient time to their children. They worry whether the child will be able to complete the allotted portion of the exam. They are also anxious whether the student has understood the concepts well. The other worry is whether the child will be able to answer questions both from the book and from other sources.

Why is testing required?

Children require constant guidance and monitoring to ensure that they study their entire exam portion and are able to answer the questions. To enable this, constant testing is required.

For testing students periodically, lots of question papers are required. Some parents think buying question banks or exam guides is the solution for this.

Why are exam guides and question banks not enough?

Buying an exam guide for your child does not make him study or even attempt the questions. Most of the time, the question banks lie on the shelf, accumulating dust.

Moreover, question banks have thousands of questions. Just looking at them makes your child develop exam fear.

Another fact that you must observe and analyze is whether the questions from the question bank are relevant to the current exam syllabus of the child.

All these are the deterrents in using exam guides.

What about coaching classes?

Whenever a child finds difficulty in his study portion, the immediate solution that jumps to a parent’s mind is admitting the child to a coaching class. Most often, this hardly works.

In coaching classes, children are herded like sheep and classes are taken for the entire lot. Each child might have a number of doubts. Some might not even have understood the concepts. Yet they just have to sit in the class and listen to a lecture. Individual attention is not possible in coaching classes.

Another drawback is that individual testing and monitoring is also not available in coaching classes. Test papers are given to all as assignments. Students tend to share the answers from the hard-working ones or download answers from the internet.

What about individual tutoring?

Yes, this might sound good as an alternative but this option is very expensive. Private tutors charge exorbitantly. They are also time conscious and spend more time in explaining concepts. They might also not have the relevant material or sources to test students.

What is the solution?

Here is where Letspractise comes in. Letspractise is an online platform created by parents and teachers for helping students understand concepts and prepare for the exams. It provides Practice material for CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE and SSC Boards from Standards from 1st to 9th. Question Papers, worksheets, Revision Sheets, Multiple Choice Online Assessments with detailed solutions prepared by qualified teachers and experts are available here. Letspractise has a database of over 4 Lakh questions customized as per the curriculum followed by schools.

Why Letspractise?

Letspractise has thoroughly researched the syllabi of students in various forums. It has accumulated questions from all sources – standard-wise. Then it has selected the relevant questions and formulated question papers that are appropriate for each class.

Extensive research, careful analysis and accurate focus are the strengths of Letspractise.

Why Letpractise is More Beneficial Than Tutors

Letspractise is definitely better than tutors. This is due to the following reasons.

  • Tutors lack the resources to prepare a series of question papers for the student.
  • Tutors may not be able to evaluate the student’s test instantly.
  • Familiarity of Letspractise with the current exam or syllabus trends.
  • Solving questions arising out of the school curriculum may be difficult for tutors.
  • Engaging a tutor is an expensive affair.

Letspractise has the following advantages over tutors.

  • It is a complete platform for all subjects.
  • Several types of board papers are available like CBSE, ICSE and SSC.
  • Revision papers and Assessment sheets help to monitor student’s performance on a daily basis.
  • It tests the student instantly, giving him an idea of his performance then and there.
  • Only questions relevant to his syllabus are put forth.
  • The questions are in tune with the latest exam trends.
  • Only the most likely questions are posed to students, after analyzing past question papers.
  • Several question paper sets are available.
  • Solutions are provided in detail
  • A chat forum helps the student to clarify doubts.
  • The cost of registering on Letspractise is very nominal.
  • A free trial is available to help parents and students gauge the quality of the tests.
  • Tests solutions are always available as a soft copy for quick reference.

Uniqueness of “Letspractise”

A host of online testing platforms is available nowadays. But the uniqueness of Letspractise is that  it is

  • Student-centric
  • Formulated by a team of teachers and parents
  • Budget-friendly
  • Focussed
  • User-friendly

So waste no more time and just get a free trial from Letspractise at the following link http://www.letspractise.com/website/#free

You will see a positive difference in the performance of your child when he uses Letspractise.

 

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.