English I: Last-minute Tips


On a reader’s request, here are some last minute (updated) tips to prepare for the grammar (and comprehension) portion of English I:

  • Go through a list of prepositions and prepositional phrases (you can find plenty of such lists on the internet, or in the textbooks prescribed here: https://icsehelpline101.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/textbook-textbook-which-to-choose/) and keep practicing these every night. They’ll help a lot while doing the “Fill in the blank” questions.
  • Practice grammar from previous years’ question papers (which you will find through this page: https://icsehelpline101.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/previous-years-icse-board-question-papers/) as this is your best source to brush up your grammar in the little time left before exams. Some questions related to changing the tense or speech are often repeated.
  • Practice vocabulary (go through the words whose meanings have been asked in the comprehension part of previous years’ papers) as these carry one-mark weightage and such a question is often asked
  • Practice précis writing (if you have enough time left) and make sure you read the question correctly. Is it asking for a summary of the entire passage? Or is it asking you to write what you think of a certain paragraph? Are you supposed to write in general or related to a specific aspect of the passage? Keep these things in mind.
  • Also, if you wish, you may make a rough table for précis writing on the following page and a fair one on the page you intend to write your final answer. This will make your table look neater.
  • Further, do make sure to number the rows and columns of the table for précis writing. I would suggest making a “20 rows x 5 columns” table so that your words are  evenly spaced out.
  • Go through a list of commonly misspelled English words (you can find plenty of such lists on the internet) to improve your writing
  • Go through a list of homophones, synonyms of commonly used words, etc. to help spice up your essays and enhance your vocabulary

 

Hope this helps! If you have suggestions, do let us know in the comments below.🙂
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36 thoughts on “English I: Last-minute Tips

  1. edge says:

    i wanted to know …how to write question numbers correctly in the answer sheet? because the left hand margine is very small and i dont know whether to write number outside or inside ????????

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi there!

      Were you the anonymous writer who sent us an email asking about a similar doubt? We replied to the email, but the address provided was an invalid one.

      Here’s the reply we sent:

      As you have mentioned, the LHS margins are quite narrow and it is possible that if you try to squeeze in the question/answer number, your handwriting may come across as illegible. To stay on the safer side, here’s a sample regarding how you should write your papers.

      *Also, please refer to our tips on How to Write Answers, How to Write Your Exam Paper, etc. which you will find on our blog if you search for the same in the search box or go through the dropdown list of Categories/Subjects, both of which you will find on the bottom and right side of the blog. We have included a lot many tips there which you may find useful.

      [The attachment cannot be displayed here. Hence, write your question number on the top of the page, in the center, in bold letters. We will upload the attachment as soon as possible.]

      Hope you find this useful! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

      Thanks for stopping by! Keep visiting.🙂

      P.S. Hope you’re our anonymous reader! If you are, glad we could contact you in time.🙂

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      • ICSE Helper says:

        Hi, again!

        It’s humbling to know we have such dedicated readers who don’t hesitate to express their gratitude. We are truly indebted to readers like you. Thank you for making the experience of writing this blog more enjoyable!🙂

        Good luck for your exams! May God bless you.🙂

        Stay connected!

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      • omkaresh says:

        Today i had icse eng 1 paper and i hope there is no strict corrections done ……and thanks for helping me again

        # I was wondering whether last years english stories and poems(2015) would appear again in 2016?
        last year 2015:
        Poems;inchcape rock and in the bazaars of hyderabad

        Stories/Prose;the bet and tiger in the tunnel
        we have totally ten poems and ten stories

        POETRY:(All poems to be studied)
        1) Where the mind is without fear –
        Rabindranath Tagore
        2) The Inchcape Rock – Robert Southey
        3) In The Bazaars of Hyderabad –
        Sarojini Naidu
        4) Small Pain in my chest – Michael
        Mack
        5) The Professor – Nissim Ezekiel
        6) Stopping by woods on a snowy
        evening – Robert Frost
        7) A Doctor’s journal entry for August
        6, 1945 – Vikram Seth
        8) If thou must love me….. (Sonnets from
        the PortugueseXIV)- Elizabeth
        Barrett Browning
        9) I believe – Brucellish K. Sangma
        10) A Psalm of Life – H. W Longfellow

        PROSE: At least one of the following:
        (i) Short Stories:(All Short Stories to be
        studied)
        1) India’s Heroes – Anonymous
        2) Journey by Night – Norah Burke
        3) Hunger – Nasira Sharma
        4) My Lost Dollar – Stephen Leacock
        5) God lives in the Panch – Munshi
        Premchand
        6) The Last Leaf – O’ Henry
        7) Kabuliwala – Rabindranath Tagore
        8) The Bet – Anton Chekov
        9) The Tiger in the Tunnel – Ruskin Bond
        10) Princess September- W. Somerset
        Maugham

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      • ICSE Helper says:

        Hi there!

        We really can’t say, as it is difficult to predict which questions/chapters/poems may come or not. We’d suggest that you prepare everything and not leave anything out.

        Hope this helps. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.🙂

        Good luck. Keep visiting!🙂

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Juhi,

      Hi! Thanks for visiting our blog.

      You may attempt your English I paper in any order you wish to, as this paper does not have any sections. In fact, I always tend to write my essays in the end. I follow the following pattern as it helps me manage my time well:
      1. Grammar
      2. Comprehension
      3. Letter, FIR, C.V., Testimonial, etc.
      4. Essay
      However, finish all subquestions before moving on to the next question.

      Please visit the following post for a detailed, similar tip:
      https://icsehelpline101.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/tip-of-the-day-8/

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Good luck! Stay connected.🙂

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      • ICSE Helper says:

        Juhi,

        Great minds think alike!😀 Jokes apart, follow the pattern which you are comfortable with.🙂

        Glad we could help! Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated!

        Good luck! Stay connected.🙂

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      • Sameer Khichindia says:

        Thank u …………………so much !!!!
        i was very nervous before getting confirmed abt this…………………i was thinking to write an email to u asking that ,but searching in these comments i got cleared my doubt ………………………………… ^_^ 🙂

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      • ICSE Helper says:

        Sameer,

        Hi! Thanks for stopping by.🙂

        It’s true, most of the times, our readers ask some amazing questions here in the comments section. We try to incorporate the really good, valid questions into future posts so that it’s easier for readers to find what they’re looking for. Come this summer vacation, we will be sifting through all comments and picking out ones which deserve special mention.🙂 Hope that will make the task easier for future readers of this blog!

        Also, glad you found what you were looking for in time for the examination! Hope your exam went well.

        Good luck for the rest! Stay connected.🙂

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Juhi,

      Hi there!

      Glad to know these tips helped!🙂 I’m sure you all did great, though! Let’s hope for the best for the remaining exams.

      Good luck! Keep visiting!🙂

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  2. Atanu Koley says:

    I m a student of ICSE school. I want to change board becose of shifting in mumbai. Ssc board need counter signature on Ttansfer CirCirtificate. From where can I get countersignature. Pls help me

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Atanu,

      Hi there! Thanks for visiting our blog. Unfortunately, we aren’t capable of addressing your problem. Please visit the official website of the Council, i.e. http://www.cisce.org, for more information. They are authorized to help you.

      Hope this helps! Keep visiting and good luck.🙂

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  3. Sanjana❤ says:

    Hey can you suggest me which authors “last 10 years solved ICSE papers” are the best ?I’ve heard my teachers saying that most of them have wrong answers .Do you know which has the right answers? Arundeep or Evergreen or other?

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Sanjana,

      Thank you for stopping by and welcome to our space!

      Your teachers are quite right. The said books by both publishers have their own shortcomings. There are numerous discrepancies and often, the English itself is not up to the mark. I would recommend you visit your local bookstore, go through the answers for English Literature in both books if you feel that will help, and then choose the best one. Again, both had mistakes/printing errors when I used them back in 2013 and I even sent several e-mails to the publishers highlighting these discrepancies. However, do go through the books once again and take the opinion of the store owner to see which one is more suited to your needs.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

      Keep visiting!🙂

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