Important English Tips for SA1 Exams

Meritnation|Aug 26th, 2015 10:48am

English is an integral part of school syllabus, and being a language subject, it sometimes puts one at a disadvantage from scoring point of view. However, it is also one subject, that proves very useful as well as can be applied to your daily life, both within and beyond school. Therefore, it is worth to put in some time and effort, both to score better and to help you in life. Here are some tips and tricks for students from class 6 to class 10 that will help score better in the examination.

english reading comprehensionREADING COMPREHENSION SECTION

The reading section contains one or two passages and a set of questions based on the passage. Students have to read the passage and answer the questions. So this section essentially checks the attentive reading skill of a student. Passages could be taken from the books, newspapers, journals or any other source and can be based on diverse topics. Hence, a voracious reader is at the benefiting end.

Command in English, as a subject, develops over a period of time. It is not a sudden process of memorisation. Hence, a habit of diverse reading can help students score better. When coping with the examination, time limitation becomes a student’s greatest adversary.

In order to strengthen the weak areas, students must keep in mind some tips and tricks:
> Special attention should be paid to words that are similar in meaning.
> An eye for detail is necessary in order to grasp the major points of the passage.
> Every passage conveys a hidden message or theme. Try finding that out. This will help you derive meaning of the text easily.

study tip for science meritnationMERITNATION TIP: Students may choose to read the questions first and then start reading the passage. This may help them look for specific points and key words while reading the passage. Consequently, the students will save time and extra effort.

Reading Section Resources by Class: Class 6 | Class 7 | Class 8 | Class 9 | Class 10



The writing section mainly has two or three sub parts. This section aims to check the student’s creative faculty of mind, with a key attention to format and style. This section comprises notice writing, report writing and an essay. In order to master this section, students must keep in mind following points:

> Pay attention to the format, that may carry marks
> Write short sentences
> Avoid writing in a passive voice
> Revise for clarity

study tip for science meritnationMERITNATION TIP: Try to include important key words in your writing. Key words are words that your examiner might be looking for, while evaluating your paper.

Writing Section Resources by Class: Class 6 | Class 7 | Class 8 | Class 9 | Class 10



The very basic tip to learn grammar is to break a sentence into a few intricate parts and try to explain them to yourself. Grammar primarily consists of conventions and rules, which could be mastered solely by practice. Students must learn grammar with an understanding good enough to explain it to others. This way they will retain more. Hence, group studies are a good idea here.

study tip for science meritnationMERITNATION TIP: A strong hold on vocabulary can help students score exceptionally well. Many students fail to comprehend a tricky question due to lack of understanding.

Grammar Section Resources by Class: Class 6 | Class 7 | Class 8 | Class 9 | Class 10


english literature for cbse and icse studentsLITERATURE

Students must read literature with a notion that literature is a way of life. Hence, there is a lot of scope for debate, perceptions and disagreements. There is a lot of scope for creative engagement with the text. To score well, an in-depth knowledge of the text is mandatory. At the same time, students must read a text with an open mind, curiosity and questioning.

The questions in literature section have two or more sub parts. One of them being objective (reference to context) and another being a subjective question (opinion based).

> To tackle the first part, students must have a thorough knowledge of their prescribed text. However, reference to context targets the sections of a textbook that are more important as compared to others. For example, a significant conversation between the important characters, a speech or a fight.

> While answering subjective questions, students should explore their creative writing skills abundantly, at the same time, validating their answers by referring to the specific text.

study tip for science meritnationMERITNATION TIP: A prior knowledge of the writer’s background may help students read the same text with a new perspective and answer the questions in a better way.

English Literature Resources by Class: Class 6 | Class 7 | Class 8 | Class 9 | Class 10


Please take a moment to spread these tips with your friends. After all, Knowledge is the only thing that grows when shared! 🙂


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  • 1. Deepa Mariam Ninan  |  October 11th, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    thank you meritnation..!

  • 2. Namrin Fazal  |  September 23rd, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Thanks alot meritnation team!it was really helpful =)

  • 3. gonsalves  |  August 30th, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Its very nice and knowledgeable for revising sa1 thanks a lot

  • 4. Damanpreet Kaur  |  August 6th, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for wonderful tips1!

  • 5. anushka  |  March 6th, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    important tips!!!

  • 6. Shloka  |  February 18th, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Thank you for such wonderful tips. These have helped a lot in my revision tests as well as in my examinations.

  • 7. Adithi  |  January 6th, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you very much for these wonderful tips. English is a subject which points out my weakness, especially when it comes to grammar. Please do give tips for other languages like Hindi and Sanskrit

  • 8. Somea  |  October 23rd, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Why CBSE does not give value for the students feienlg. How much the students have been struggled for two years. Not even CBSE bothered to answer when the Revluation XII 2011 results will be out as most of the students are waiting to join professional courses. Humble request for CBSE to answer the students. Please help the them in getting into professional carreer

  • 9. abhi  |  October 1st, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    gud tips
    but when can u change languages
    according to my syllabus

  • 10. aaisha  |  September 28th, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    thanks!! meritnation for sa1 tips hope is going to help in eXaM @-@


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