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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. 🙂


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! 🙂

Student has maths test the next day. My husband helped to video my explanation and posted it online so she can see.

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Jessie, its for you. 🙂

I hope this video cleared some of your doubts and you can “kill” the simultaneous equations questions tomorrow. 🙂

This is my first time doing something like this. I apologise for the poor lighting, loud volume as it was an impromptu video to explain to you before your test tomorrow. And i was without make-up. Gosh!! Hehe.

Thank God the camera is not in high resolution.

Think some portions of the video are quite shaky and some portions, i speak in bad grammer. Ooops. Hee. Also, the camera was very near and hence one can hear me speaking quite loudly and the pitch captured is slightly high. Hehe.

Apart from all these drama, i hope you saw my passion for mathematics and understood  the mathematics concept for solving simultaneous equations.. 🙂

(Click below for the video presentation)

Have fun in your mathematics test tomorrow! 🙂

Another milestone. Badge recognition for students.

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My husband asked me if i also participated in Singapore Science Centre “Are you a young Scientist?” program in primary school.

I certainly did as i love Science. And i managed to collect a lot of badges too.





My husband was crazy about those badges too and our discussion brought back fond memories and prompted me to do something for my students.

I usually give tests to my students randomly, especially after teaching them a new topic to ascertain their understanding.

Woke up early this morning and did this for one of my girl.

Hope this ‘badge’ motivate her as much as the young scientist badges did for me. 🙂

I believe there will be revised versions of badges along my tuition journey. I want to document this down. One day i shall look back at this original version and see how far i have progressed..   🙂

Moments that keep me going on

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After being used to acting cool and matured during my teenage years, I had kind of forgotten what it is like to be child-like. To dance walking down the stairs, play with bubbles when i feel like it, imagining funny movements i can do when i am bored. All forgotten until I started full-time tutoring again. 🙂
Hanging out with children is really a cool experience for me. I not only know what is FYI and TBC, I also now know what is CMI and ROFL. Haha.

They are imaginative and full of talents. They are not afraid to make mistakes and that is why some of them (I feel) are being seen as rebellious, when they do not do what other people expect them to do.

It often surprises me how much kids are willing to self-disclose and share their ideas too. One of the most important factors in attracting teens, or in fact anyone, is making them feel respected.
If you take teens seriously, they’ll take you seriously too.

I have a 13 year-old tuition boy who is pretty intelligent but not exactly wise (yet). He has some strange habits of rushing through his paper and thus he makes A LOT of careless mistakes. Also, he likes to feel the thrill of completing his homework in the shortest time possible before his lesson. Hence, most of the time in our first few tuitions, he will end up handing up a lot of slipshod work or un-attempted questions to me.

I am quite frustrated by these actions of course. Angry especially because i know this child got so much potential but due to his bad attitude towards work, his life (as a student) is so average and full of failures. 😦
I did try explaining to him but he has a bag full of excuses. So we wrote down rules for each other regarding tuition. Each time, he left an question un-attempted and simply draw some workings for any question, he will get a hard “kiss” on his palm by a plastic ruler. I got his parents’ permission for this and they are so happy that there is someone helping to discipline their child for them. I don’t understand why. But i thank God that they trust me.

Definitely, i do not use this method on all my kids. Some kids are rebellious and beyond the age of using force to draw boundaries for them. This child is not rebellious and each time, after he is punished, i told him i do not want to see Mr Ruler again. I told him he is still a very lovable person but I hate this attitude of his. Of course i never scold him if he fails to understand certain concepts after numerous times of explanation. I encourage him when he show the slightest effort of improving the quality of his work.

It seems that he understands. He achieved distinctions in both his Mathematics and Science after half a year of tuition. He told me something that touched me greatly. “Cher… i only pass my Mathematics once in primary school ( during p2) and i never know i can pass it again.”
I encouraged him further, ” You did not only pass, you ace it.” His face is so flattered, yet so full of confidence. I am so glad. I hope he can continuing to taste the joy of passing/ace-ing his examinations from now on.

Academic aside, now I’m trying to build some good habits in him like sending me to the door after tuition. He will forget sometimes and rush to his PC straight after tuition, expecting his mum to open the door for me. Another journey with great harvest awaits… 🙂