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Top Tips on How to Ace Your Oral Exam

SEAB syllabus: PSLE: AO1 read with good pronunciation, clear articulation and appropriate intonation in order to convey the information, ideas and feelings in a passage AO2 produce a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage AO3 express their personal opinions, ideas and experiences clearly and effectively in conversing with the examiner AO4 speak fluently and with […]

Stress Management, Not Stress Eradication

Recently, MOE announced measured changes to the PSLE scores. The traditional T score, a three digit aggregate, will give way to the new Achievement Level (AL) score in 2021. The move aims to eradicate competition and stress among students and parents. Whether the changes will be effective or not remains to be seen. Competition and […]

Can Games Like Pokemon Go Become A Major Distraction for Students?

Times have changed. Almost everyone has a mobile phone these days. Students have more reasons to be distracted, and research has shown that many students do, in fact, get distracted by their smart devices. Although most local schools ban the use of mobile phones during lessons, students do still bring them to school. And whenever […]

Real Life Accounts of Student Learning (PSLE & O Levels) - 8 Learning Points

Time flies and the year 2016 is coming to an end. Before the year comes to a close, I’d like to sum up some of the highs and lows of the year. Yes, results are important. But I think what will be beneficial for everyone is to learn what contributes to the success of the […]

Recommended Composition and Essay Writing Topics for Primary and Secondary

Here is a list of recommended composition / essay writing themes for primary and secondary level. I’ll be covering these themes during lessons. Hopefully, this will help parents narrow their focus when helping their children improve in their writing. Here is the PDF direct download link: Download Recommend Themes (PDF)

Published in Straits Times 6 Jan: A positive step towards an innovative work culture

I applaud the Government’s efforts to move away from paper qualifications when grouping civil servants (“Civil servants no longer grouped by education level”; Jan 5). Having excellent paper qualifications is no doubt important for it reflects the learning abilities and attitude of an individual. But grades cannot dictate an individual’s career path once he or […]

How to Boost the Confidence of Your Child - The Psychology of Learning

I was having a discussion with my wife over lunch and we were talking about why one of my students failed to improve after close to 6 months of tutoring. Having talked to the parents and child a little more, I discovered that the child had actually changed several tutors. The parents are running out […]

The Journey of Scoring As

When I take on new students, they usually belong to one of two groups. The first group of students are far from their primary objective, which means that they are mostly just borderline cases. The second group are the smart ones. They learn fast and can usually do well in their exams. I have taken […]

To Hire or Not to Hire a Private Tutor?

The topic of whether to hire a private tutor comes up over and over again. Articles about private tutoring appear in the news on a regular basis. I often find such articles to be both interesting and educational. Most of these articles tend to discuss about the reasons why parents enroll their children in private […]

Top 10 Factors For Academic Regression

Most parents just think about their child’s progression. Few think about regression. Regression means that the child’s performance, instead of improving, is getting from bad to worse. Here are a few factors that I have noticed from my own teaching experience. Complacency. The child was worried about his results because he had been failing his […]


This section lists interesting content such as high-tech projects. The content is carefully selected for its educational value. We started this section to encourage students to think creatively. With exposure to what is possible around the world, students will be eventually learn that their own creativity is only limited by their own imagination. Of course, […]