Style of Learning
Everything happens for a reason, so do SUCCESSFUL Students who do well in School.
Some good reasons are:
- PAYING FULL ATTENTION IN CLASS
- COMPLETING HOMEWORK ON TIME
- CONSISTENTLY CLARIFYING ANY EXISTING DOUBTS, LEAVING NO STONES UNTURNED
- HEALTHY LIFESTYLE & GOOD SLEEPING HABITS
- PLANNING AN EFFECTIVE REVISION SCHEDULE THAT HELPED THEM STAY FOCUSED
- Suitable Home Environment / Supportive Parents
3 Simple Reasons Why Students Are Not Performing Well in School
Students who did not do well would have their reasons too. While some students genuinely have special learning needs, most students are not maximising their effort due to:
Lack of Self-Confidence
- COMMON PROBLEM faced by MANY UNDERPERFORMING STUDENTS
- GREATEST BARRIER to LEARNING
- LOSE CONFIDENCE when they FAIL or DID VERY BADLY compared to their PEERS
- CRUCIAL to help LIFT their CONFIDENCE LEVEL before it ERODES FURTHER
- GO BACK to BASICS, let them try SIMPLER QUESTIONS, GAIN CONFIDENCE, MOVING ON to HARDER QUESTIONS only AFTER they have RECOVERED their CONFIDENCE
- WILL SNOWBALL into a BIGGER PROBLEM if NOTHING is DONE:
- LOSE FOCUS
- FEELS DISCOURAGED
- HATE STUDYING
- UNABLE to CONCENTRATE in CLASS
- WEAK UNDERSTANDING of CONCEPTS
- INSUFFICIENT PRACTICE
- SHY to SEEK HELP from FRIENDS or TEACHER
- HUGE MOUNTAIN of DOUBTS ACCUMULATED over TIME
- NEARING EXAMS, one becomes VERY STRESSED/BREATHLESS when faced with SO LITTLE TIME LEFT & SO MANY DOUBTS to CLARIFY
- MANY STUDENTS do NOT have the HABIT of CHECKING their WORK after COMPLETION
- GOOD HABITS need time to CULTIVATE
- BEST to CHECK ONLY after COMPLETING WHOLE PAPER so as to APPROACH EVERY QUESTION with a FRESH MIND
Reasons why Tuition is not working for some students
Tuition serves to PLUG the GAP between what was being taught in school & what the student really absorbed. How much the student genuinely absorbed depends on how attentive the child is in class.
Group Tuition / Tuition Centres
- Group Size TOO BIG
- SHY to RAISE QUESTIONS in lesson
- TEACHING PACE TOO FAST
- INFLEXIBLE TIMINGS
- DISTRACTING class environment
- Joining a group tuition TOO LATE, UNABLE to CATCH UP with the rest of students
- DIFFERENT TOPICS taught for DIFFERENT SCHOOLS (esp. Science)
- INCORRECT Tutor TURN UP for lesson instead (Assigned Tutor’s Friend or Younger Sibling with no experience)
- INEXPERIENCED, UNCOMMITTED Tutors
- Tutor did not probe further to assist shy child
- doing homework during lessons, NOT PREPARING BEFOREHAND
- INSUFFICIENT TIME for TOO MANY SUBJECTS
- TOO LATE, e.g 1-2 months before exams to cover 1 whole year of syllabus
- student have SPECIAL LEARNING NEEDS, tutor is NOT TRAINED to handle
- parent UNKNOWINGLY engaged a BLACKLISTED TUTOR
Tuition, however, will ONLY be EFFECTIVE if used in MODERATION & SUITABLE for your Child.
Group Tuition / Tuition Centres
- Lessons are made more FUN, INTERESTING & ENGAGING esp for Pri 1-4
- SUITABLE for AVERAGE / ABOVE AVERAGE Students who want to have a deeper understanding of concepts/topics
- More TARGETED at EACH INDIVIDUAL WEAKNESSES
- PLANNED based on Child’s LEARNING STYLE & ABILITY
- MORE COMFORTABLE LEARNING PACE
- LESS STRESSFUL, MORE COMFORTABLE environment to RAISE QUESTIONS
- ONE TUTOR, MULTIPLE SUBJECTS
- CONVENIENCE of your HOME, SAVE TIME on TRAVELLING
- SUITABLE for Children who are EASILY DISTRACTED
- FLEXIBLE TIMINGS
- MORE VALUE FOR MONEY
Primary 1 – 4
- Start EARLY!
- Build STRONG Foundation!
- LACK of UNDERSTANDING causes students to FALL BEHIND!
- Subject-Based Banding in Pri 4
- Group Tuition can make lessons more fun, interesting & engaging
- 1 to 1 Tuition more TARGETED at EACH STUDENT, lessons can be PLANNED based on their LEARNING STYLE & ABILITY.
A LESS STRESSFUL, MORE COMFORTABLE environment for them to RAISE QUESTIONS
- PREPARE them WELL for PSLE
- PSLE Results DETERMINE which Sec Sch & Stream they go to
i.e Express, NA, NT or IP
Secondary 1 & 2
- MANY SUBJECTS, LITTLE TIME FOR EACH
- Choose Subject Combination in Sec 2
- A Maths is very IMPORTANT if you wish to proceed to JC or take up Engineering Courses in Poly or Uni
- EASIER for students to promote into a BETTER stream.
i.e. NA to Express or NT to NA
Secondary 3 to 4/5
- >80% OF SYLLABUS is COVERED in Sec 3, most of the TOUGHER topics are usually TAUGHT EARLY in Sec 3
- MOST of the ‘A’ students start INTENSIVE REVISION before June
- Choose Poly, JC or other options
- Through-Train Pathways for NA students:
1 yr Poly Foundation Programme (ELMAB3 < 11) or
2yrs Direct Entry Scheme to Poly Programme at ITE (ELMAB3 <19 )
Junior College Year 1 & 2
- OVERWHELMING WORKLOAD, usually 30% in Year 1, remaining 70% in Year 2!
- Need CONSISTENT Revision & GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT!
- A Levels focus on APPLICATION of KNOWLEDGE, so have to STUDY, MEMORIZE & PRACTISE!
- TOP STUDENTS uses TOP STRATEGY & GOOD EXAM TECHNIQUES, a good tutor can help with that too!
Areas where Most students lose marks:
- Structured / Long-Answer Qns that are of higher weightage i.e. 3-5 marks
- Weak Understanding? (English not very strong)
- Careless Mistakes
- Unclear Handwriting?
- Model Drawing?
- Insufficient Time for the whole paper?
- Open-Ended Questions => most students lose marks here.
- Dunno how to apply concepts, but have the knowledge
- They should:
- Identify Topic/Concept
- Key Information
- Show thorough process
- Note key question words (State, Name, Describe, Explain)
- Weak in Vocab & Grammer – due to not reading enough
- Creative Writing – not enough content
- Comprehension – unable to understand passage, do not know on how to start and end, writing too much or too little, hand writing,
- Sections that are easier to score
Grammar, Grammar Cloze, Punctuation, Compre MCQ
Style of Learning
Kinesthetic Learners are good at using body or hand to learn they are a very hands on person, they move around and get physically involved with what they are learning, Some may be known as hyperactive, Easily distracted, Short Attention span, Have difficulty sitting still for extended periods of time.
|Kinesthetic Learners some are known as hyperactive|
|What they like to do||Some ways to help them|
|Uses body / hands to learn||Allow them to count on their fingers or use flashcards, magnetic letters or scrabble pieces to learn letters and words. using household red beans & green beans for child to count.|
|move around and get physically involved with what they are learning.||Get them to act out stories they like and participate yourself|
|Some may be known as hyperactive, Easily distracted, Short Attention span||While studying, take frequent breaks, but be sure to settle back down to work quickly. A reasonable schedule would be 15-25 minutes of study, 3-5 minutes of break time.
Take frequent breaks of 3-5min after every 20-25min of study. Be sure to settle back quickly.
|Show you things rather than telling you about them||When trying to memorise information, try closing your eyes and writing the information in the air or on a surface with your finger.|
|Love taking thing apart and putting them back together||Later, when you try to remember this information, close your eyes and try to see it with your mind’s eye and to hear it in your head.|
|Tap their pencil or foot while doing schoolwork||projects that require doing something; building, dancing, moving, acting|
|Letting them participate in science or maths lab|
Magnetic letters, Scrabble pieces, Abacus, Building block, Puzzles
Drama Class, Dance class, Sports,
Auditory Learners understands information best when they HEAR it, Enjoy listening to Music in their spare time, Are distracted by background noise, Have difficulty being quiet for extended periods of time.
|Are distracted by noise.||During lessons, ensure auditory learners are in a position to hear well.|
|Remembers what they hear and say.||Study with a friend/group so you can talk about the information and HEAR it, too.|
|Enjoy listening to Music in their spare time||Writing out a Sequence of steps to solve a problem, then reading the steps out load|
|Understands information best when they HEAR it.||Encouraging them to read out loud when they study, so they can hear the instruction|
|Have difficulty being quiet for extended periods of time.||.|
|Remember names of people they’ve met or heard about.|
Video, Music, Books on tape
Music class, Drama class, Show and tell
Visual Learners are very good at Memorize things by seeing them, they are very good at remember faces rather than names. they love to draw and look around. Best is to use pictures, Mind Map to teach. By using Color highlighter will help them to remember what they have read.
|Memorize things by seeing them on paper.||Drawing Symbols / Pictures. Highlight/ Circle words/sentences with different colours.|
|Creating a Picture in their head.||Writing/drawing while learning helps visual kids retain information as a way to develop these fine motor skills.|
|Enjoy Art, drawing, reading book & watching TV||Provide visual activities, including maps, videos, models, puzzles, matching activities, computers, and word searches|
|Read instructions rather than hearing them and may even watch your lips move as you speak.||Provide them written instructions and Post-it note on the wall so that they need to study or remember.|
|like to watch television or read book in their spare time.||Putting each letter on a card and have students arrange words.|
|Remember faces better than names.||to learn spelling, they may picture the way a word looks.|
Flash card, pictures, Puzzles, Mind Map, Maths Modeling , Newspapers, Video
Get me a P.E.R.F.E.C.T Tutor for my Child NOW!
I need a Tutor who can:
- TARGET my Child’s WEAKNESSES
- PLAN LESSONS based on my Child’s LEARNING STYLE & ABILITY
- provide a LESS STRESSFUL, MORE COMFORTABLE environment for my Child to RAISE QUESTIONS
- STAYS NEARER to ME, so that I can get a BETTER RATE!
- FEEDBACK to ME REGULARLY with regards to my Child’s PROGRES
- make my MONEY WORTH (able to see IMPROVEMENTS in my Child’s Results)