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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! 🙂

Balancing chemical equations

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Is this chemical equation balanced?

The above chemical equation took me quite a while to balance. 🙂

Balancing of equations is crucial because it will affect the calculations of mole, mass of reactants and volume of gas which is another chapter altogether.

Attention all hannahtuition Science students, please balance the following chemical equations after receiving my mobile msg.  You may either write on piece of paper OR copy and paste these equations with your answers on the comment below.

Have Fun! 🙂

1)      __SeCl6  + __O2     —->    ___SeO2  + __Cl2

2)      __(NH4)3PO4  + __Pb(NO3)4       —>                   __Pb3(PO4)4  + __NH4NO3

3)      __KOH + __H3PO4         —>                 __K3PO4  + __H2O

4)      __H3PO4   + ___HCl           —>           __PCl5  + __H2O

5)      __Ca3(PO4)2   + ___H2SO4         —>              __CaSO4  + __Ca(H2PO4)2

6)     ___H2SO + __MgCO3 —>              __MgSO4 + __CO2  + __H2O

7)      __NH4NO3           —>               __N2  + __O2  + __H2O

8)      __ V2O5   + ___HCl   —>                    __VOCl3  + __H2O

9)      __As   + ___NaOH     —>               __Na3AsO3  + __H2

10)      __(NH4)2CO3      —>                   __NH3  + __CO2  + __H2O

Raising fluent communicators.

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Although academic grades are important, they should not  be the sole “field” to sow our seeds in. Successful people are those who have confidence and self-belief to pursue  their dreams and determination to overcome harsh moments.

When I am in NTU, I still remembered distinctly that it has always been the foreigners (especially the caucasians)  who threw questions back at the lecturer or answered questions spontaneously (even when they do not  know the answer). Contrast this with the fact  that most Singaporeans just hope that they can disappear (or camouflage) into the background. ( Hee.. I  was one of them).

After I graduated and stepped into the working world, I realised that westerners and people with fluent English are perceived to be more  creative and dynamic. I personally agree they are much better communicators and they are able to formulate their ideas and sell them to their bosses, colleagues and clients.

Hence, I believe strongly that developing communication  skills in our children is as important as teaching them ABC. The basic  foundations for a fluent communicator are confidence in themselves to speak up  and to present their ideas within a group.

Take a look at how a 9 year  old summarises the bible in less than 10 mins confidently.

Frankly, I think some adults cannot do this as well as he did.

Although he did not get  some of the facts right (like Adam and Eve eating from the  tree of knowledge of good and evil instead of the tree of life) and, yes, I believe he memorised the speech but I think  he did an awesome job.

Our young children have  immeasurable potential.

Enjoy and start raising fearless kids!

Some of my students…

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I have asked some of my students to share with me a picture of themselves as i want to write something on them and also to build my students database. This shall be a database for me to monitor my tuition journey. Hopefully it will like a chest of success stories and photos to remember the characters’ faces. 🙂

Below, let me proudly present those who are fearless to share. The rest of my students are the typical shy Singapore children. 🙂

Nicholas Chong (North Vista Secondary School)

Nicholas is quite a cool dude for his age. He is not the act tough type which i feel is more cool than those attention-seeking teens who try to act cool or tough.

However, he surprise me at times with his last-minute changes. Duh.

He score distinction for his Mathematics, B for his Science and his English improve from average 50 in CA1 to 70 in SA2 in 2011. Kudos!

Nicholas continue to do well in 2012. Now, 3rd in his level. 🙂

Jasmine Chu ( Riverside Secondary School)

A fast learner. One special case where i have to request her mother to change our 2-hr session to 1.5hr because it will be quite boring for both of us to see her do practice for the last half an hour.

Jasmine strikes me by someone who is determined and knows what she wants.

She did very well (avg grade of 85) for both Mathematics and Science in 2011. Very proud of her!

Ng Shuan Lik ( Yishun Town Secondary School)

Shuan Lik is a very nice guy. His family too. I am so shocked and flattered when his family gave me a nice crystal jade mooncake set during the mooncake festival.

Shuan Lik is responsible and a nice student to coach. He can be quite cheeky at times. Ha.

He scored distinctions for Mathematics and Science for his SA2.

Jasmine Toh (Seng Kang Secondary School)

Jasmine is a cheerful girl. She speaks quite loudly when she gets excited at times. Haha. She achieved distinctions for both her Mathematics and Science from CA1 to SA2 in 2011. Jasmine top her class in 2012 SA1 and holds the second place in her level.

Good Job!

By the way, she is my cousin. 🙂

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… 🙂