5 Steps to Improving Second Language Skills

Second languages are a cause of much frustration to parents. Unlike science or maths, there is little that can be memorised to pass language subjects. Even if a child commits rules of grammar to memory, this will not help with vocabulary, or the large number of exceptions that exist in any language. Here are some

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4 Simple Steps to Finishing Your Homework Faster

It’s a common complaint that Singaporean students have too much homework. But how is it that some children seem to have a lot of free time, while others don’t? The real reason lies in the process. Some students just have a better system:     1.    Get Approval on Essay Outlines BEFORE Starting When you’re

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5 Mind Stretching Activities to Warm Up for Lessons

70% of teaching success, it is said, occurs in the first 15 minutes of class. If a student comes in braced and “in the zone”, even the toughest subject are easy to digest. However, this is easier said than done. Most students are quite distracted when class starts, so are here some activities to help:

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3 Things Every Singaporean Parent Gets Wrong About Exams

“Exam” is the worst four letter word you can utter in Singapore. There’s no way to talk about it without starting some kind of argument. And that happens because most of us miss the point of exams entirely. Here’s how we’re confused:     1. We Think Poor Exam Scores are Always Caused by Lack

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6 Mental Study Traps that Cause Poor Results

Psychologists have identified “invisible scripts” in our mindset, which we use to inhibit ourselves. These mental traps cause a range of problems, from poor career advancement to bad school grades. Here are the most dangerous ones to get rid of:     1. I need to know what’s in the exam to start studying  

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This Simple Note Taking System Improves Exam Scores by Over 50%

In the 1950’s, Professor Walter Pauk, from Cornell University, realised something: most of his students, even at the University level, were terrible at taking notes. This exacted a toll during exams, when handfuls of scribbled notes proved to be poor study material. In response, he developed a note taking system that would end up improving

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What to Do in the Last 10 Minutes of an Exam

The last 10 minutes make all the difference in an exam. This is when you catch the mistakes that – sometimes – make the difference between passing and failing. Here’s what every student should be doing in the last 10 minutes of any exam:   Sweating the Small Stuff It’s quite possible for mediocre students

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4 Ways to Score Better in English Composition

4 Ways to Score Better in English Composition Composition writing is an oddity in exams. Few students fail composition, but at the same time few are capable doing well – the majority of students are always stuck at a B average. In this article, we look at some simple ways to reach that elusive A:

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How to Turn Your Child into a Skilled Reader

It is a common complaint that children don’t like to read. This is a natural consequence of the environment we live in – thanks to distractions like TV and video games, even adults find it hard to concentrate on books. With a few lifestyle changes however, you can help any child catch the reading bug:

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3 Simple Ways to Accelerate Your Child’s Learning Speed

Learning is a process that takes time – but sometimes, that’s a luxury our children don’t have. When you’re desperate, here are some tips on learning as fast as possible:   An Important Caveat: Mastery Versus Proficiency These methods will help students to develop proficiency in a subject, but not mastery. Most people can attain

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6 Warning Signs of a Bad Tutor

If picking a tutor is hard, changing one is even harder. No one likes to have “that conversation”, where a tutor gets fired. Unfortunately, bad tuition can be much worse than no tuition, if you let things drag on too long. Here are some warning signs to look for:     1. No Presentation of

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5 Easy Tricks to Help Your Child Pay Attention in Class

5 Easy Tricks to Help Your Child Pay Attention in Class Most problem students share the same issue – they find it hard to pay attention. It’s not their fault, because not everyone is inclined to sit still for hours and listen. In fact, studies even suggest that no one is designed by nature to

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The 3 Secrets Top Students Know that You Don’t!

Time to let you in on a dirty secret: top students aren’t always the brightest, or even the most hardworking. In fact, there are students out there right now who, despite having the brain capacity to be a surgeon, are racking up C minuses in Biology. It all boils down to technique, and here’s how

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5 Ways to Pick Presents for the Struggling Student!

You know the saying: don’t punish by deprivation – reward by motivation. But you have to be extra careful when picking gifts for struggling students . Get the wrong thing, and you might just be providing greater distraction. Or worse, you’ll be ending a negative message. Here are some good points to consider: 1. Pick

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The 5 Most Common English Mistakes of Singaporean Students

We’re going to be frank with you: English is one of the hardest languages to learn. It’s grammatical rules are quite arbitrary, there are long debates on what constitutes a “real” word, and the word “debt” only has a “b” in it for obscure Latin reasons. Even the experts thing it’s a mess. But address

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How to Pick the Right Tutor for Your Child

Let’s face it – tutors are a dime a dozen in Singapore. It’s a favourite side-income source, so you’re spoiled for choice. The downside is, there’s just too many to choose from – and even after you find one, it’s hard to evaluate whether they’re doing the job. Here are a few guidelines to help:

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One Simple Reason Your Child May Be Failing Exams

In the ’80s, two researchers from North Carolina State University concluded studies on various learning styles. Felder and Soloman identified a number of key factors determining academic success – but one of the most important of these was also the most subtle: the difference between global and sequential learners. Often, the structure of education systems

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The Benefits of Home Tuition

Parents often want to do good for their children. In Singapore, parents want the best for their children. This applies especially in the aspect of education. We cannot deny that education is a huge part of our lives. After all, Singapore being ranked 5th in the world for its education system, has produced on numerous

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