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Young pupils studying for SAT

SATS-Tips of the day

1. "Failure can be very motivating if it's looked on as a chance to improve next time," says Elizabeth Hartley Brewer. "We don't want our children to feel unloved or devastated by a bad mark, but it's healthy to feel disappointed or annoyed by one if you think you can do better
2. "Get your child to feel a sense of achievement for working hard, for making progress, for being an active member of a team, or purely for enjoying something." says Elizabeth Hartley Brewer. And encourage her to benchmark herself against her own past performance, not the performance of others.

3. "Tackle problem areas one step at a time," advises Elizabeth Hartley Brewer. "Discuss which subject she'd like to focus on, and get her to think of some simple steps for improving in that subject next term. The following term she can choose something else. Appreciate progress, not perfection."

4. 'chill-out' in a room with soft lighting and soothing smells.
5. A breath is a noun, what you take. Breathe is a verb, the action you do when taking a breath.
6. A gel, roller ball or fountain pen reduces the strain in the wrists/fingers as the ink flows more easily.
7. A good time for homework is after a short break when your child returns from school, get it out of the way early, leaving the rest of the evening free - who wants to start work at 7.00pm
8. A long word is a word that has more than one syllable (i.e., multisyllabic). A syllable is a word or part of a word that is spoken with a single sound of the voice. Using the Syllable-Building Strategy will help you spell long words such as democratic.
9. A minimum of 11 cubic metres working space per child is the ideal.
10. A mother of a six year old asthmatic child reports that a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil on either side of their pillow at night will clear their child’s sinuses so they do not cough or wheeze.
11. A simile is a figure of speech in which two quite unlike things are compared. A simile is often introduced by like or as. Examples are "happy as a clam," "as easy as pie," and "soft as sifted flour." It differs from a metaphor in that the comparison in a metaphor is a implicit: "Achilles is a lion," "She's a tiger," "He seems gruff but he's really just an old pussycat." The statement "that man is a fox" is a metaphor; but "that man is like a fox" is a simile.
12. A watch is useful in planning how to use time in the exam.
13. A whole number followed by hundred, thousand, etc., would be written as, for example, "one hundred," and not hyphenated. In a phrase like "one hundred and ten years," no hyphenation should be added.
14. Agree a routine for homework with your child. Life can become a constant 'nag' if you do not start this from the beginning.
15. Agree with your child that TV, other activities, phone-calls etc. will only be possible after homework is done.
16. Always check that your answer is sensible.
Do a rough estimate and then see if your answer is close.
Does the answer feel about right?
Check to see you have got the units correct and that you have written your answer in a correct way.
Check if you were asked to give the answer to a certain number of decimal places or significant figures. If so, first write down all the figures on your calculator, then write the answer, to the correct degree of accuracy, in the answer box.
17. Ambiguity may be introduced accidentally, confusing the readers and disrupting the flow of reading. If a sentence or paragraph jars upon reading, there is lurking ambiguity. It is particularly difficult to spot your own ambiguities, since authors tend to see what they mean rather than what they say.
18. An early-morning workout can blast the cobwebs away.
19. Bi- means "two," so bimonthly means "happening every two months" — but it also means "happening twice a month." Another word for the latter is semimonthly.
20. Breaking words down into sounds (Syllables) can help to improve your spelling.
E.g: 'valentine' = 'val - en - tine'.
21. Breathing deeply could be the single most effective way to stay calm. Everyone breathes, but a lot of us breathe the wrong way--shallow, fast, and high in the chest. This kind of
breathing is restrictive, it increases our anxious feelings,
and it fuels our body's negative stress reactions.
22. Do not forget to build in time for breaks and leisure.
23. DO NOT PANIC. Panic never solves anything, it just wastes time.
24. Do not try to do too much work each day. If you overdo it you won't take in the facts you're revising.
25. Do revision constantly. Use your homework file as your revision base.
26. Don't rely on electronic spellcheckers! They can miss errors—especially when you have used the wrong word but spelled it correctly. To prove it, we've taken a sentence and messed up all the words. And the spellchecker thinks it's fine.

"I might need some new shoes for gym," Harry told our Aunt Ann.
"Eye mite knead sum knew shoos four Jim," Hairy tolled hour Ant an.
27. Eggs, organic only help memory, concentration and emotional balance.
28. Exercise stimulates the cerebellum part of the brain, which is responsible for learning.
29. Figure out what time of day you can concentrate best, and what works into your schedule. Use that time every day to study. Try to make sure it is not too late in the evening.
30. Find a quiet place, away from distractions, with ample room to work. Once you've found it, study at the same place every time. It could be a desk in your bedroom, the kitchen table, or the local library. Laying down on your bed or sprawled across the living room rug are generally not good study places.
31. Find out where you make silly errors and plan techniques for helping you to prevent and correct them.
32. Flavour foods with sage to help memory.
33. Forming an acronym is a good strategy to use to remember information in any order that can be remembered. An acronym is a word that is formed from the first letter of each fact to be remembered. It can be a real word or a nonsense word you are able to pronounce.

34. Get some exercise. It's a fantastic stress buster. Go running, skateboarding, play a sport, or just take a walk around the block. You will feel more relaxed. If you're not sleeping very well exercise can make a real difference.

Be positive
Don't beat yourself up about things, instead be nice to yourself. Make a quick list of five things you've done that you are proud of. This will put you in a good mood and you will learn more.

Chill out
If you are starting to lose it, and feel that the studying is getting on top of you - take a bit of time to:

Breathe deeply.
Tell yourself how well you are doing.
Remind yourself that everything is going to turn out alright. Stand up straight and smile, you will feel a bit better straight away.
35. Get to know -Vocabulary is the hardest to cram for in the few months before the test. So, students should do whatever they can to steadily increase their vocabulary (as we saw in #1) and can help here, too. The Web site features a "word of the day", which they email to you, that is often an SAT word and always a word worth knowing. Students have about a thousand days until the SAT and even if they remember one in ten of the words, that's a hundred SAT words added from this step alone!
36. Grammar essentials have the biggest impact on our students' work and it's these we should be concentrating upon. They are (in order of importance):

Sentence variety: simple, compound, complex
Paragraph organisation
Direct / indirect speech
Descriptive detail (modification)
Topic sentences
37. Have you heard the expression "When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking?" This means that when there are two vowels in a row, the first usually has a long sound and the second is silent. That's why it's team, not taem; coat, not caot; and wait, not wiat. Remembering this rule will help you to put vowels in the right order.
38. Having good class notes will help you to be better prepared for tests.
39. He said/she said. Use those only when necessary to establish who's speaking. They distract the reader, pulling him out of the story and saying, "Hey look, you're reading a book." Ideally, within the context of the dialogue, we know who's talking just by the style or the ideas.
40. Here's another familiar spelling rule: "Silent e helps a vowel say its name." This means that when a word ends with a vowel followed by a consonant and then silent e, the vowel has a long sound. That's the difference between rate and rat, hide and hid, and cube and cub.
41. Homework is not just that which is assigned every night. A regular review of your notes should be a part of your homework plan. This takes just a few minutes each day, but will pay off considerably when it comes to test time.
42. How to spot if you're stressed
When exams get too much, the stress can show in your body.

You could be showing signs of stress if you're:

* feeling tired
* ache all over
* cry and feel sad
* have panic attacks
* have broken sleep
* suffer from stomach upsets
* have itchy skin rashes
* more likely to get colds and 'flu
43. If the word is followed by a clause, a group of words with both a subject and a verb, use as: He liked the restaurant, as any gourmet would. If no verb follows, choose like: He walks like a platypus.

44. If you are able (many readers are not), keep an eye out for missing periods, weird commas, closing quotes, opening quotes, etc.
45. If you are dreading a particular piece of homework/revision, or know it requires a lot of extra effort, do it first. Your brain will be fresh. Besides, you won't have to dwell on it while you are working on other homework.
46. If you are running out of time. Divide any time that's left equally between questions. It's easier to get marks for starting a question than finishing it. Two half-answered questions will get you more marks than one which is finished. Leave rough notes for unanswered questions. You might get some marks for the notes.

47. If you find that your homework covers work that has not been taught in class, speak to your parents.
48. If you find that your homework is taking too long, speak to your parents.
49. If your children have problems waking up in winter the junior bodylock is the answer. They wake you up naturally, with a gradual sunrise.
50. If your mind goes blank in an exam just sit back, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to calm yourself.

51. In classes, your teachers will talk about topics that you are studying. The information they provide will be important for you to know when you take tests. You must be able to take good written notes from what your teachers say.

52. In classes, your teachers will talk about topics that you are studying. The information they provide will be important for you to know when you take tests. You must be able to take good written notes from what your teachers say.
53. In general, though, memorizing rules isn't the most effective way to learn spelling. Most rules have exceptions—and besides, you are best at learning words that you have made an effort to understand. A good way to understand a word is to break it into syllables. Look for prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Practice each short part and then the whole word.
After you break apart a word, ask yourself: How is this word like other words I know? Spelling the word traditional may make you think of spelling functional and national. Finding patterns among words is one of the best ways to learn spelling.

54. In maths use the technique - Estimate, calculate and check to ensure you do not make silly mistakes.
55. In order to help your child through the CATS tests you need to:

Build confidence and understanding
Introduce new ideas and best practice
Develop analytical approaches to data
56. Include some raw vegetables in every meal. Many of the vitamins and minerals are in vegetables are lost through cooking, so raw food is as good as it gets.
57. It is important that you understand that you are not going to 'pass' or 'fail' the SATS tests - it will just show what you have learned and what they can do.
58. It is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from example. Fred Hoyle (1915 - 2001. So do not worry if you make mistakes. Try not to make the same ones twice.
59. It's also helpful to try making up a funny memory aids. For example, do you have trouble remembering which has two s's—desert (arid land) or dessert (a sweet treat)? Remember that with dessert, you'd like seconds. Similarly, do you have trouble remembering how to spell separate? Remember that there's a rat in the middle.
60. It's is a contraction of it is or it has.
61. Keep a 'spelling diary. List all the words that you spell wrong each week, in all subjects, not just English.
62. Keep all your homework supplies in one place, ready to be used. Keep them organised, and you won't need to waste your time searching for supplies.
63. Keep an eye on verb tenses. "He pulled the pin and throws the grenade" is not a good sentence.
64. Keep copies of your homework sheets and answers in subject order to aid revision.
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66. Learn multiplication tables throughly, remember formulae such as those for a circle, circumference C = 2ðr and area A = ðr².
67. Leave yourself enough time to thoroughly check your working answers.
68. Let's is a contraction for "let us."
69. Lie is what you do when you lie down on the bed lay is what you do to another object that you lay on the table.
70. Look through your exercise books with your parents and discuss what and how to improve.
71. Make a note of the dates of the SATS tests. Get your parents to make sure that holidays are not booked to clash.

72. Make sure that you are pronouncing words correctly. This can help you to avoid some common spelling errors, such as canidate instead of candidate, jewelery instead of jewellery, and libary instead of library.
73. Make sure you know the the eight 'parts of speech' or 'word classes' noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, ver, conjunction, preposition and interjection.
74. Make up a set of revision cards - with one main topic per card, each topic listing ideas or information for this topic. You can carry these cards with you and, if you choose, get them out and revise whilst a passenger in a car or on the bus or train, or when queuing somewhere.
75. Make your child aware of spelling strings like 'ck'. This will help them with spelling.
76. Marathon study sessions are the least productive way to study.
77. More, shorter sentences are better. Always. Don't ask a single sentence to do too much work or advance the action too much, because then you've got lots of words scattered about like "that" and "however" and "because" and "or" and "as" and "and" and "while," much like this rather pathetic excuse for a sentence right here.
78. Playing Rummikub helps develop mental stragetgies - "The fast-paced game of tile manipulation that challenges each player's wit against the other." Use the numbered tiles to collect "runs" and "groups" to accumulate the highest score.
79. Playing Scrabble will help you build up your vocabulary. Did you know you will have something in common with Mel Gibson, Sting, Keanu Reeves, Joan Collins And Queen Elizabeth II if you do?
80. Poor circulation could be robbing you of much needed sleep. Your temperature needs to drop slightly before you fall asleep, so your body dispels heat via your face, hands and feet. Poor circulation, which constricts the blood vessels in their hands and feet and prevents them from dispelling heat.
A hot bath before sleeping or a hand and foot
massage will increase your circulation.
81. Prepare a list of keywords for each topic covered, which can act as "triggers" for other ideas.
82. Professional musicians and Olympic athletes practice a
different a form of visualization: a mental rehearsal of what's about to happen. Instead of visualizing a relaxing scene, mentally rehearse the situation that's causing your stress.
83. Put together a list of words that you find difficult to spell. Go over your old papers and spelling exams to track down these troublemakers. Once you've got your list in hand, see if some of the tips above will help you.
84. Rachel, says her teacher gets her class to do yoga on the day of a test to help them calm down.
85. Read through your notes and repeat them to yourself again and again, it will eventually go in.
86. Reading the newspapers on a daily basis will help you with both your story writing and discussion essays
87. Remember continuous study is best. Cramming is no use.
88. Remember some words that sound the same have a 'c' and others have an 's' - the a noun always has the 'c' and the verb the 's. e.g My advice is to run a way.- noun and I advise you to run away- verb.
89. Remember the spelling of accommodation, - Cheerful Charlie and Mad Mary share accommodation (two 'cc' and two 'mm').
90. Remember the spelling of necessary - it is necessary for a shirt to have one collar and two sleeves (one 'c' and two 'ss')
91. Remember, always go through your work when you finish, you never know, that mark could mean the difference between a level 4 and a level 5!
92. Revise with a friend- if possible, exchange ideas during revision - this can be very helpful to both people in understanding topics and building confidence.
93. RQWQCQ is a good strategy to use when solving math word problems. Each of the letters in RQWQCQ stands for a step in the strategy.

Read the entire problem to learn what it is about. You may find it helpful to read the problem out loud, form a picture of the problem in your mind, or draw a picture of the problem.

Find the question to be answered in the problem. Often the question is directly stated. When it is not stated, you will have to identify the question to be answered.

Write the facts you need to answer the question. It is helpful to cross out any facts presented in the problem that are not needed to answer the question.Sometimes, all of facts presented in the problem are needed to answer the question.

Ask yourself “What computations must I do to answer the question??

Set up the problem on paper and do the computations. Check your computations for accuracy and make any needed corrections. Once you have done this, circle your answer.

Look at your answer and ask yourself: “Is my answer possible?? You may find that your answer is not possible because it does not fit with the facts presented in the problem. If this happens, go back through the steps of RQWQCQ until you arrive at an answer that is possible.

Use RQWQCQ to help you correctly solve math word problems.
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98. Should of, would of, could of. This one can make me throw things. It's wrong! What you mean is should have, would have, could have. Of is not a verb.
99. Some kind of diagrammatic representation of notes can be helpful.
100. Some words use all the vowels a,e,i,o and u in them.

The longest word with each vowel used once: subcontinental, countermanding.
The longest word with each vowel used once, including y: uncomplimentary.
The shortest word with each vowel used once: sequoia.
The shortest word with each vowel used once, including y: eukaryotic.
The word with each vowel used once in order: facetious
The word with each vowel used once in order, including y: facetiously
The word with each vowel used once in reverse order: subcontinental
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102. Stress busting tips
These are some top tips for dealing with stress:

1. Get plenty of sleep
Try to keep your sleep routine as regular as possible

2. Take a break
This is really important, you should give yourself plenty of short breaks as you revise, this keeps you fresher for longer, so you will learn more.

3. Time for yourself
Try to leave enough time in your revision for some fun. You will need to put your books down and do something you enjoy for a while if you want to stay in a good mood.

4. Be realistic
Don't try to do too much work each day. If you overdo it you won't take in the facts you're revising.

5. Eat properly
Make sure your diet includes plenty of fruit and veg. Drink juice or water, avoid too much tea or coffee.

6. Get some exercise
It's a fantastic stress buster. Go running, skateboarding, play a sport, or just take a walk around the block. You will feel more relaxed. If you're not sleeping very well exercise can make a real difference.

7. Be positive
Don't beat yourself up about things, instead be nice to yourself. Make a quick list of five things you've done that you are proud of. This will put you in a good mood and you will learn more.

8. Chill out
If you are starting to lose it, and feel that the studying is getting on top of you - take a bit of time to:

* Breathe deeply.
* Tell yourself how well you are doing.
* Remind yourself that everything is going to turn out alright.
* Stand up straight and smile, you will feel a bit better straight away.
103. Taking extra vitamins could help preserve memory. Vitamin C, beta carotene, iron, zinc, B12 and folic acid are linked to healthy brain function.
104. Talking about your own and other family members' mistakes and failures presents them as normal, learning experiences. They may be painful, but they are not shameful, and the important thing is not the failure itself, but taking responsibility for it and trying to find a way to improve it.

105. The antecedent is the word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers. In the sentence "Jim was the guy who painted their house," guy is the antecedent of who. Antecedent literally means going before (deriving from Latin antecedens, antecedent-, present participle of antecedere, "to go before," from ante-, "before" + cedere, "to go"). An antecedent thus typically goes before the pronoun.
106. The best method I have found to learn spellings is 'look, cover, write, check':-

Look at the word.
Cover it up.
Write it down.
Check if it is right.
Repeat this until you can confidently spell the word right.
107. The best way to tackle grammatical errors is to carefully proof-read. Calculate proof-reading time into all your work, especially in exams. Don't just scan a page. Carefully read each sentence back to yourself. If one does not sound right do something about it.
108. The computer screen should usually be 55-65cm away.
109. The computer screen should usually be 55-65cm away.
110. The difference in degree between "You may be right" and "You might be right" is slight but not insignificant: If I say you may be right about something, there is a higher degree of probability that you are right about it than if I say you might be right about something. "You think Einstein is the most brilliant physicist who ever lived? You may be right." versus "You think it's going to rain this afternoon even though the sun is shining this morning? Well, you might be right." May expresses likelihood while might expresses a stronger sense of doubt or a contrary-to-fact hypothetical: "We might have been able to go if Kyle hadn't been so slow."
111. The difference in the use of these words is between being able (can) and being allowed or permitted (may). Examples: Can you grow bananas in the desert?, May I please have a banana?

112. The letter 'u' can often confuse you when you are spelling a word. To help you to remember the spelling of such words, say them to yourself as they are spelt when you write them.
e.g oven is not spelt uven
113. The most common nutritional deficiency is iron. Tiredness,irritability and lack of concentration. Prevent it by having two helpings of lean red meat a week, or three dried apricots a day.
114. The old "rule" that you can't begin a sentence with a conjunction has actually gone by the wayside. Occasionally, especially in casual writing, you can begin a sentence with and or but. These words are mainly used to join elements within a sentence, but they have begun sentences since the tenth century. But, like anything in grammar, do it sparingly. Variety is the spice of writing, as it is of life!
115. The person marking your exam paper is bound to feel negative if your work is untidy and difficult to read.
116. The rule is: Use "an" before a word beginning with a vowel sound, however the word is spelled.
Hence you say an MBA, an hour, but a BA, a horologist. You say either an historical event or a historical event, according to whether you pronounce the h.
117. The rules of capitalisation are quite extensive and depend somewhat on the context in which the words are used. The basic rules are to capitalise:
The first word of a sentence
Names of the days of the week, months of the year
The pronoun I
Names, including initials, of individuals
Titles which precede names
All names of holidays (excluding any prepositions)
The first word and all nouns in a salutation
The first word in the complimentary closing of a letter
Family relationship names when they precede a name or are used in place of person's name, especially in direct address
All words in the names of specific organizations and agencies excluding prepositions, conjunctions, and articles
Names of languages
Names of definite sections of a country or the world
Names of nationalities
Names of religions and deities
Adjectives formed from names of geographical locations, languages, races, nationalities, and religions
The first word and all the words in titles of books, articles, works of art, etc. excluding short prepositions, conjunctions, and articles.
118. The SATS results together with the teacher assesments and sometimes CAT scores will be used to stream you in comprehensive schools.
119. The Science SATS tests cover the National Curriculum attainment targets: life processes and living things; materials and their properties and physical processes.

120. The top of the computer screen should be at eye level when sitting when sitting up straight.
121. The use of a "serial comma" (in a series such as "bread, butter, and beer") is a matter of taste. You can either leave it in or take it out ("bread, butter and beer" works just as well). But its absence can sometimes change the meaning, so read your sentence carefully. The Alt.Usage.English FAQ cites the example of an author who dedicated his novel thus: "To my parents, Ayn Rand and God." Clearly the author should not have omitted the serial comma in this case.

122. Their and your are possessive forms used as modifiers before nouns. They basically mean "belonging to them" and "belonging to you," respectively: "their problem," "your idea." You're is a contraction of "you are": "You're doing fine." And there is a word functioning in various parts of speech, but basically referring to a place: "Your umbrella is over there."
123. They're is a contraction for "they are," there is a place, their is possessive.
124. This may be the best-known spelling rule:

i before e, except after c
or when sounded like "ay"
as in neighbour and weigh
Here are some words that follow the rule:

IE words: believe, field, relief
CEI words: ceiling, deceit, receive
EI words: freight, reign, sleigh
Some exceptions: either, foreign, height, leisure, protein, weird

"CIEN words" are another exception to the rule. These include ancient, efficient, and science.

125. To get level 5 or above in mathematics, you should be able to:

Complete calculations correctly, clearly showing appropriate working;
Give reasons and explanations to back up your answers;
Use units correctly;
Use correct mathematical notation when setting out your work.
126. To get the best out of your day, studies suggest working or studying in the morning and putting off any physical exercise until mid to late afternoon.

127. To lay is to place something. It is always followed by an object, the thing being placed. To lie is to recline. For example: He lays the book down to eat. She lies quietly on the chaise.

128. Too means also, two is a number, to is a preposition.

129. Traditionally, students in typing classes have been taught to put two spaces between sentences. In typewritten texts, one space between words was fine, but two spaces seemed necessary to make the break apparent. To be strictly accurate, only one standard word space should be inserted between the end of one sentence and the start of the next. However, strict application of this rule in the world of automated composing systems can cause readability problems, because several factors affect how the spaces appear in the composed text. The issue of spacing between sentences should be decided for individual typing jobs, not applied across all projects as a standard. If readability won't suffer, only one space should appear between sentences; if readability is an issue, two spaces can be used. Whichever choice you make, ensure that it is implemented uniformly throughout the text.
130. Try and do your homework yourself before you seek help from siblings, parents amd friends. They will not be there when you take the tests.
131. Try not to stress too much. Remember that even though these tests are important, they are not the be all and end all. If you invest the time, you will be rewarded with a good result.
132. Try revising with a friend, test each other by asking questions and setting questions.
133. Try to ensure that homework is done on the night so that it does not build-up.
134. Turn overhead lighting off it refelects on the computer screen. Use uplighters and individual desk lamps such as the Lumie Desk Lamp to maintain ambient lighting levels.
135. Use Assesment for learning techniques. Get your child to edit her test with a green pen and mark things that she feels she could have done better.
136. Use pictures and diagrams as ways to remember things - think of cartoons or rhymes to memorise key points.
137. We could not survive without time. Catching a bus, attending lessons or watching a TV programme - they all rely on our understanding of time. You need to know how to measure time, and read timetables. Measure the time it takes for a regular family events to get on top of this topic.

138. When do you use I and me, he and him, etc. According to the rule, "you and I" is the object of the preposition "for," thus it should be "for you and me." The cheat involves pretending "you and" isn't there, and just instinctively knowing "for I" just doesn't sound right.
139. When it is an activity being described, use well, as in "He did well in the spelling bee." Well is an adverb in that instance, describing the verb. When it is a condition or a passive state being described, use good, as in "You're looking good tonight!". Good is an adjective in this instance, describing the noun.

With feel good/feel well, it is more complicated. In this case, the word well is being used an adjective meaning 'healthy' — so it is OK to say, "I feel well." You can say "I feel good" also, but it is more informal, borderline slangy.
140. When making a word possessive by adding an s, use an apostrophe. (The cat's bowl is empty.)
141. When reading a question highlight important words that tell you which kind of calculation it is likely to be. Look for words like Sum (addition) and Product (multiplication).

If you have to Calculate a length or angle you should not measure it or use a scale diagram.

142. When reading questions underline key words and phrases.
143. When using a keyboard, keep wrists and hands in line forearms.
144. When you get to a question that says Explain how the length of the rope effects the pull of gravity., or something like that, don't just put "The longer the rope, the greater the force" you should put both that and "The shorter the rope the lesser the force.
145. When you're on a calculator test, sometimes it's easier to work things out in your head rather than by using a calculator as this sometimes saves time and effort.
146. When you're on a calculator test, sometimes it's easier to work things out in your head rather than by using a calculator as this sometimes saves time and effort.
147. Whenever you read a sentence with the word "that," ask yourself if you can delete that word and still achieve clarity. If so, kill it.

The same can be said of all sentences. If you can delete a word without changing the meaning or sacrificing clarity, do it. "And then" is a phrase worth using your word processor's search feature to look for.
148. Who is a nominative pronoun (meaning it acts as a subject) and is used:

As the subject of a verb, as in "It was Paul who rescued the dog."
As the complement of a linking verb, as in "They know who you are."
Whom is an objective pronoun (meaning it serves as an object) and is used:

As the object of a verb, as in "Whom did you see?"
As the object of a preposition, as in "That is the group to whom the credit belongs."
Who and whom seem to cause more difficulty than other pronouns. Thus, when in doubt, substitute him and see if that sounds right. If him is OK, then whom is OK. For example: "You talked to whom? You talked to him." It would be incorrect to say "You talked to he," and few native English speakers would make that mistake.
149. Whole numbers twenty-one through ninety-nine are hyphenated, whether used alone or as part of a larger number.
150. Words that sound the same are called homophones - word pairs may sound the same, but have different meanings.
E.g: 'two' and 'to'.
151. Write down anything you need to remember. Writing information down helps retention.
152. Year 6 SATS tests are sent away for marking and are handed out as soon as they arrive back in school. The reports are accompanied by an additional sheet that states the test level and a teacher assessment. Both carry equal weighting.
153. You may be stressed if you are feeling tired or have broken sleep, suffer from stomach upsets and have itchy skin rashes.

154. You must revise each topic again and again. Don't just read them through once, it takes longer to sink in that just one reading and every time you read them more information will stick in your brain.

155. You need to be able to concentrate on your homework and nothing else. The TV should be off, other people's conversations should be in another room, music should be turned down, and phone calls should be taken after you've finished studying. Any other thoughts in your mind should also be set aside for a later time.
156. You wear clothes. When you put them on, you clothe yourself. They are made of cloth.
157. Your teacher's end of year report does count towards your placement in your comprehensive school so try and be involved in your lessons.
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The antecedent is the word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers. In the sentence "Jim was the guy who painted their house," guy is the antecedent of who. Antecedent literally means going before (deriving from Latin antecedens, antecedent-, present...
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