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Mrs Tan was feeling a lot of stress because her son's examination was approaching. This was his first major national examination and they both did not know what to expect. Tom's weakest subject was Chinese. So, for the past half a year, his mother had engaged a private tutor to give him supplementary lessons to brush up on his Chinese. Tom, on the other hand, was not showing any interest in the subject. He thought that the extra lessons would not be beneficial to his grades at all. Hence, he did not put in much effort into the lessons.

One day after Tom's Chinese lesson, his tutor spoke to Mrs Tan. She voiced her concern that Tom was displaying a callous attitude to his work. She complained of his haphazard work and his nonchalant attitude. She was worried that at this rate that he was going, he might even fail his Chinese examination. This piece of news was very shocking for Mrs Tan. She had no idea that the situation was deteriorating so badly. She told the tutor that she would have a word with Tom about it.

That evening, both Mr and Mrs Tan sat down with Tom and talked to him. They wanted to know why his attitude was so bad. They tried not to scold him but instead, talked to him reasonably. Initially, Tom refused to say anything. Then, he slowly revealed to them he did not understand his lessons. He said that the tutor's pace of lesson was too fast for him. Mrs Tan then advised him to speak up if that should happen again so that his tutor could slow down. In addition, Mrs Tan would let his tutor know that she needed to slow down her lessons a little.

After that heart-to-heart discussion with Tom, the situation improved. His tutor taught him at a pace that was comfortable to him and he in turn, would speak up and ask questions whenever he was in doubt.

By the time Tom sat for his examination, he was feeling more confident in the subject. When his results were released, he was relieved as he had improved tremendously in Chinese. Both his parents as well as his tutor were very proud of his achievements. It goes to show that with a little effort, all things are possible.

     
  1. According to paragraph one, why did Mrs Tan engage a tutor for Tom ?
       
    (A) Tom needed help in Chinese.
    (B) Tom was feeling very stressed.
    (C) Tom was not interested in Chinese.
    (D) Tom was not putting in much effort in his studies.
       
  2. Which one of the following pieces of information is not true ?
       
    (A) Tom's tutor was worried about his attitude.
    (B) Tom had been insensitive towards his tutor.
    (C) Tom did not put much effort in his Chinese lessons.
    (D) Tom's mother was initially unaware that Tom was indifferent in his remedial classes.
       
  3. What did Mrs Tan do after the tutor spoke to her ?
       
    (A) She refused to say anything.
    (B) She complained to her husband.
    (C) She scolded him for his bad attitude.
    (D) She and her husband had a talk with him.
       
  4. What does 'that' in paragraph three refer to ?
       
    (A) Tom speaking to his tutor
    (B) Tom refusing to say anything
    (C) Tom asking his tutor to slow down
    (D) Tom's tutor teaching at too fast a pace
       
  5. Why did Tom feel relieved ?
       
    (A) His efforts had paid off.
    (B) His results were released.
    (C) His parents were proud of him.
    (D) He had sat for his examination.
       
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  Answers : 1A   2B   3D   4D   5A
 
 
 
 

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