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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Science Quiz on Heat and Matter (Primary 3 and 4) . Top Scorer: Adam Wong. Keep it up!

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Parents,

This is last week Science Quiz. It’s a short quiz which aims to test certain basic concepts for the chapters.

As I only have several primary school students this year and I do not like to highlight who are the bottom few so my habit is only to disclose the one score the highest for this quiz.

Top Scorer: Adam Wong (Jiemin Primary School)

P4 Mathematics Daily Exercises on Angles

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BIG thanks to all my students for their presents!

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Its heart warming to receive this special one.

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I had been teaching this primary boy for a while. He used to score 20plus for his maths n science and my lessons with him never fail to exhaust most of my energy. He is quite hyper-active, asks a lot of general questions and has very short attention span.

I remembered scolding and punishing him for not paying attention during lesson a few times.

But I have faith that he will do much better this round. He is more confident as his results slowly picks up. His mum has been doing revision with him almost every night to reinforce what is taught in school. 🙂

His mum’s positive attitude has impacted me in a huge way. 🙂

Lower Secondary Electricity Questions (Calculate Voltage, Resistance and Current)

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Realise some of my students are still rather weak in the calculations portion of this chapter. Drew some questions on my whiteboard quickly and posted these questions. *apologies for the not-so high definition of the images. I don’t want to spend a lot of time drawings circuits using computer programs. 😉 *

To those students (Justin, Ifah, Celeste) who receive my mobile message on this post, please attempt these questions as homework. Will go through during lesson.

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HINT: Note what kind of circuits before calculations

Another good news from my upper secondary girl.

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I’m always happy to receive such sms from my students.

She is a very intelligent girl but sometimes she will doubt herself and tell me all the people in her class are so smart. She forgot she is in the same class. 🙂

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She did not do well for her e maths this round.  I hope she is not demotivated but thrive for better results this EOY exams! 🙂

Beautiful Sunday

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Although i rushed several tuition assignments last Sunday ( which i dont usually do as Sunday is the only get-together day with my husband), i enjoyed myself and i believe my students enjoyed the classes too.

I was exceptionally happy because one of the student whom had been giving me problems by not doing his homework or simply rushing through it without putting much thought, finally hand up his work NICELY and PROMPTLY.

Yes. I admit i feel like quitting so many times after a kid shows me attitude after being corrected. But I’m glad i did not.

Love the clip below. (Although its a advertisement for a learning center but it speaks a lot to me and reminded me those reasons why i did not give up.)

Yeah! Just receive another good news from one of my student on her CA results!

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Student name: Noor Arifah

Level: Secondary 2

School: Riverside Secondary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ifah is a quiet and gentle girl.

She always finish whatever homework i gave. * Wise girl * if not having tuition is just getting another person to nag at you for not finishing homework. :S

By the way, I am not the kind of tutor whom students can get away without doing or finishing my homework. And i dont give A LOT of homework unless the student seriously need practice.
If this is not the kind of tuition teacher you want, please tell me gently and i can recommend another tutor for you. Hee. I have a friend who runs a tuition agency.

 

Back to Ifah, Im looking forward to her great results for EOY examinations! 🙂

How to MEMORISE Science Definitions?

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Who will agree with me that science definitions are a common trait in secondary school science tests and examinations?

I usually do not have problem getting students to learn definitions by heart. Thats what alot of us did and we make sure we “kill” all those definitions questions which aim to award those who take time to study and get these definitions in their head. We call these questions – “sure-kill” questions.

I always thought memorising is the basic and foundation step in different areas of our life.

Dont talk about solving addition, number operations or algebra when we do not even how to write numbers. Basically we just memorise how 1 to 10 are written. Thus, after years of memorising and using of the memorised knowledge, we now know (at the speed of lightning) that 2+3 is equal to a number written this way “5”.

Can you imagine if you go to a doctor and after his diagnosis, he is busy flipping through his medical notes or books, trying to find which medicine to give you. This is because he didnt memorise which medicine works for what illness.  * Gosh!! *

(By the way, this is just a illustration i want to put across how basic memorising stuff are! I DO NOT THINK the above-mentioned doctor will ever be able to get his medical degree NOMATTER how intelligent he is. )

Now, lets set things right once and for all! Yes, i will expect Hannahtuition students to memorise some Science definitions! 🙂

Lets get down to the HOW.

Basically, memorising is a very personal thing. If you learn best in the toilet, please do so. Hehe.

Basically, i memorise by repetition. I will break up a long definition in a few parts and say it OUT to myself. First time, i say out looking at the words then i will cover the words and TEST myself. After a few times, i get it and i move on to the next time. After studying the chapter, i will test myself on the few definitions again. In secondary school, there are only A FEW definitions for each topic. So chill!

Because i so love you (yes, you!… Hannahtuition students. hee), i take time to research on some of the memorising techniques.

In summary, below are some of the methods,

– Grouping

Break down a definition into a few portions. Group the similar objects together to memorise.

I.e , for the definition of isotopes, remember that there are neutron, electron and proton in the defination. These are sub-atomic particles in atoms. So isotopes are atoms.
 
 

– Visual affect

Change the way the material is presented so that it’s more funny and unique.

I.e, for the definition of isotopes, imagine 2 atom nucleus. Both atom have the same number of protons. But these 2 atoms have different neutrons! The same number of protons keep jumping up to wave at you! Since the 2 atoms have the same proton number, they are the same element!!
 
 

– Repetition

Keep on repeating the definition. Dont only do it in your head. Write it out. Say it out.

– Impact

Usually, we remember certain stuffs vividly when the stuffs relates to certain events that cost a imprint in our memories. Try to make the imaginative story as real as possible.

Usually, my students will remember certain definitions very well after i ask them to stand up and come to the front to lead the class in remembering those definations. hee.

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Feel free to talk to me if you seriously want to improve your learning or remembering skills. We can explore together further.

Excuses for not memorising Science definitions will not be entertained. 🙂

Memorising acts on a certain muscle in our brain. 
Like any muscle, the more we use it, the stronger it become.

Primary 4 Mathematics Daily Exercises ( Fractions)

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This week is a little special. There is no GOLD exercises.

I replaced it with 2 SILVER exercises instead.

Some parents and students might already know this. I spoke to some parents after tuition on this decision last week.

I decided to drop the GOLD exercises as i want to build up the students’ foundation first.

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Re-blogged from previous entry. ;-) ( For new parents or parents who just started following this blog)

These questions are written by me and are grouped them in 3 levels based on difficulty.

Easy – Bronze Level

Intermediate – Silver Level

Challenging – Gold Level

My style:

(1) Attempt one question from each level daily.

If you notice, there is only 5 questions in each level. Yes, i know there are seven days in a week. :)  Meaning there is no daily exercises from me on weekend. I believe in rest and good time management. There will be other homework from assessment books and also homework from school.

So, students can do other homework on weekends, catch up on their rest ( like we adults do) and have some outdoor activity. :)

(2) Similar questions will be repeated if the student get the question wrong at the first exercise.

This is to enforce their understanding and build a good foundation.

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Lower Secondary – Some basic questions on COLOUR

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Some of my students are doing this chapter now.

Here are some of the basic questions on COLOUR.

Ifah, Jasmine, Jessie, Justin,

please complete this and hand up to me in this week lesson.

Some of you have already received the hardcopy from me. 🙂