Copy & Paste to score FULL MARKS for Situational Writing

As most of us would be familiar, there are 2 kinds of Situational Writing – one is Informal and another is Formal.

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Looking at the past 3 years, there is simply no way to predict which type of Situational Writing the PSLE would test. Fortunately, we have come up with a technique that can be used to masterfully answer both Formal and Informal Situational Writing.

This technique is known as our Copy & Paste technique and has been used by our students to great success!


Let us show you how Situational Writing is taught at Think Teach using our now very highly raved about Copy & Paste technique. For this purpose, we will use the Situational Writing question from 2019 PSLE.


What you see here is the 2019 PSLE question. First and foremost, your child will be asked to of course have a close read of the entire task sheet.

Once that is done, the next step is to pay attention to our 8 Golden Rules of Situational Writing.


1. The first rule is to identify who you are. In this case, you are Jane.


2. The second rule is to identify who you are writing to. In this case, it will be to your cousin, Linda.


3. The third rule is to determine the mode of writing and whether this is an Informal or Formal situation. In this case, the mode is an email and since you are writing to your cousin, a family member, it will be an informal situation.


4. The fourth rule is to identify the purpose of the letter/email. The purpose can always be found in the task box and this purpose will form your purpose statement in your email.


5. The fifth rule is to label the bullet points and match the points to the information in the question


6. The sixth rule is to ensure you include the purpose of your writing in your email and not to miss out on any of the bullet point information


7. & 8. The final 2 rules are to ensure you keep your writing short, sweet and to the point. This is not Continuous Writing so you do not have to write with flair. Keep it simple and simply answer the bullet points.

Now, to make sure your child does not leave out any points, he or she will be asked to match the bullet points in the task sheet to the information provided in the question. Below is an example of how we would like it done.

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Once the above steps are completed, your child is ready to write. We have prepared a model for you and we will be analysing it here for you to show you how easy it is to use our Copy and Paste technique to scoring full marks for any piece of Situational Writing.

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As an overall impression, you would notice that the model above is simple, short and to the point. This is the gold standard and is what we would want your child to do. Doing this saves your child precious time, time that he/she can use for Continuous Writing. This would also ensure your child does not make unnecessary language mistakes.

Let’s go into an in-depth analysis of the model now and I will show you why we would like for your child to write it in this manner.


We start off by ensuring we are writing to the right person. Here, it is to Linda so we write “Dear Linda”. After that, leave a line and start your writing, you do not have to leave two-finger spacing when you start.

For informal Situational Writing, please remember to greet the person with a question. A simple “How are you” is enough. You do not need to add any fluff. After your greeting, you must proceed to write your purpose statement. Your purpose statement can be found in the task box and you only need to COPY & PASTE it. After you are done with that, we move on to ensure you include all 5 bullet points in your writing.  In doing this, I want you to include 5 points as if the bullet points are questions and you are answering them directly.


What do I mean? Simple! Let me show you:


1. The first bullet point is “Title of the movie”. All you have to do is answer the bullet point and write “The title of the movie is Dragon Island”. Keep your sentence short and end it with a full stop.


2. The second bullet point is “Where the movie will be shown”. Again, just answer the bullet point and write “The movie will be shown at Diamond Cinema”.


3. The third bullet point is “the date of the movie”. Answer by writing “The date of the movie is 4 October 2019”.


4. The fourth bullet point is “Why you can longer watch the movie with your uncle”. Answer by writing “I can no longer watch the movie with Uncle Tim because his company needs him to travel overseas during the same week as the movie”.


5. The final bullet point is “2 details to encourage Linda to watch the movie”. Answer by saying that “Dragon Island is an action movie and you like action movies. Also, the movie is on Uncle Tim”.


Now, was that not easy? All your child has to do is COPY & PASTE the information in the question. Please remember to remind your child to keep every sentence short so his/her writing is clear and he/she avoids making grammatical or punctuational errors.


Finally, to end your writing, end off by writing what you hope Linda would do. Here, you hope she would join you to watch Dragon Island.

And since this is an informal piece and since you are writing to a friend, you can sign off with a widely applicable “Cheers”. Unlike Formal Situational Writing, please do not include your surname and there is no need to say thank you!

This wraps up our Copy & Paste technique. I hope you see how easy and straightforward it is. At Think Teach, we take great pride in devising smart techniques that students can use to score big in examinations.

We welcome you to join our classes to learn more of our techniques and witness first-hand the improvement your child will make under our tutelage!


Posted by Algene Tan