The Monster’s Method
We have been ahead of the trend since 2006. This was way before the Education Minister started talking about the importance of knowledge over grades; way before creative thinking is valued over memory skills; way before society realised that we are churning out top graders who have little ability to think critically, and we have been cracking our heads for more than a decade to come up with a sure-win, short-cut method to thinking creatively and writing great stories.
We couldn’t come up with any.
However, we did come up with a very simple formula that guides how we train our students to be the best they can be. This may take some time (6 months to 2 years) to bear fruit, but once your child graduates from our course, they will be able to write independently and articulate their thoughts with conviction for the rest of their lives.
Step 1: Develop an Interest
Results are important, but what’s even more important is a sustained interest in acquiring knowledge. When children are motivated to learn, you won’t have to burst a blood vessel yelling: “Read!”
Very often the books that children enjoy reading and the stories that they are allowed to write are two differing topics. How can we expect our children to enjoy the process of learning if they feel that all the interesting knowledge they acquired is pointless? How do we tell our children that writing about dinosaurs will never amount to an ‘A’ or that all those hours spent pouring over Greek Mythology will never help them with the exams? And we wonder why our children become apathetic as they grow older.
Step 2: Refine the Ability to Imagine
Imagination is intangible and in a practical society like ours, that only means that such attributes are ranked lower on the priority list. Memorizing templates and filling in the blanks with bombastic words might get you quick results, but it isn’t doing anything to help your child exercise their creativity.
Remember a time when you thought the power of your child’s imagination was a cute thing? How all that quickly changed when they start attending school proper. In dire cases, kids stop thinking altogether and just wait to be told what to do. That won’t do for the Mubster child. Not on our watch! We have been trying to reverse the adverse effects of the get-results-quick method for the last decade.
Step 3: Master the Art of Writing
It’s easy to be envious of someone else’s achievements. The thing we hardly see is the amount of time and effort that went on behind the scenes for an individual to reach his goals. You hear people say that one should work smart, while we do agree with that adage, we can’t help but feel that there are still some things in life that cannot do without hard work; like mastering a new skill for instance.
Your child loves writing and has a powerful imagination. Only problem is…. Your child can’t express all those ideas down in words. The scrawling was endearing when they were in pre-school, but now you’re getting worried especially since PSLE isn’t all that far away. Learning the techniques of writing is relatively easy. Mastering the art, however, takes a lot of practice. Talent aside, the difference between a good writer and a mediocre one is the number of hours of practice that each had.