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Sixth Grade English Grammar Study Tips
By:Miranda Morley

From peer pressure to puberty and athletics to academics, sixth grade can be one of the most frustrating times in a student's life. To make matters worse, sixth grade grammar students go from writing stories and filling out vocabulary workbooks in elementary school to writing formal essays, giving speeches and understanding complex grammar rules. Luckily, grammar is like anything else -- practice makes perfect. If you study on you're own, you're likely to wow teachers and classmates with your skills.

Review Grammar Concepts
Using your grammar textbook and grammar websites like the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), review the grammar rule you are struggling with. Make sure to consult the description of the rule in writing and examples of the rule in practice. Use both your textbook and the web to see differently worded explanations and examples. One source's explanation of a grammar rule may be confusing while another is clear.

According to the University of Debrecen, you should practice a grammar concept after it's presented to you. The university notes that two kinds of exercises are important -- "controlled mechanical" and "(relatively) free communicative" -- meaning you should spend time practicing exercises online or in your book that ask you to supply an answer in a sentence or phrase. Check your answers in the back of the book or on the website to gauge your understanding. You also need to practice the concept so you can easily use it when you're writing school papers. To do this, try writing a story or paragraph on your own, and attempt to use the concept you've been struggling with. Then, ask your teacher, a parent or a friend who understands the concept to read it and check for grammar errors.

Proofreading your own papers is one of the best ways to use the grammar concepts you've been taught. Complete your papers as far in advance of the due date as you can. The Purdue OWL recommends that you leave time between the writing and proofreading process and that you give yourself enough time to catch all of your errors. Next, read your paper aloud with a pen in hand, and mark anything that sounds wrong or where you notice an error. According to the Purdue OWL, you can "personalize" your proofreading process by making a list of your common errors, talking with your teacher about how to fix them and then using the checklist each time you proofread.

According to the National Capital Language Research Center, some language teachers don't teach grammar because they "assume that students will absorb grammar rules as they hear, read and use the language in communication activities." If you use correct grammar when you speak but have trouble with grammar rules when you write, you need to read more. As you read, you'll begin to see how authors use verb tense, pronouns and punctuation, and you'll naturally adopt many of these rules, though you may struggle with a few. The best part about this study method is that you can read anything you want!

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