Preparing For O-Levels

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby schweppes » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:12 am

karenmok wrote:This friend of mine was telling me about her son's performance. He is in sec 3 express. He fared poorly in year-end exams. Either he needs to repeat sec 3 express or move to sec 4 NA. She is very depressed and angry with son. How can I console her?


Some suggestions.

Option 1: He could progress to S4A and work very very hard to do well in the N level exams. If he meets the minimum criteria (I can't recall the cut-off; ask him/parent to check with sch), he can enter the Poly Foundation Program (PFP) which allows him to enter poly by going thru a bridging prog first and then carry on with poly education. He gets to skip O levels.

Option 2 : move on to S4A, decide whether to go thru PFP (if qualify), otherwise progress to S5A to do O levels. Can decide to go JC or poly after that depending on results.

Option 3: But if he wants to do A levels, then best to repeat S3E and then S4E to do O levels.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby Soe Ye » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:29 pm

Dear parents, any good Maths tutor recommend for O Level A Maths for my DD?
We are staying in Redhill area.
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby yyling78 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:43 pm

My daughter was Sec 3 in 2015 and she did very badly for her end of year exams in E and A maths even though she had home tuition. (E maths 52 and A maths 40) In 2016 I send her to Apt tuition centre in Upper Serangoon because my colleague recommended me. She said her son improved alot after going to that tuition centre. So I cancel the 1 on 1 home tuition and enroll her E math, A math and Chemistry.

Even though the location was not very convenient but because of the recommendation I decided to give it a try. Also when I called them, the teacher I spoke to was very helpful. The centre even have a policy that if my daughter didn't improve they will refund the tuition fees. I never heard of any other centre that is so confident that they can offer this. My daughter liked the teachers there and found the lessons very helpful.

This year 2017 when she got back her result, she got A2 for E maths and chemistry, B3 for A maths. It was a really good improvement. She and I were very happy with the results and she got into her first choice course in Temasak Poly. I highly recommend any parent to try out with Apt tuition. Although the price is not the cheapest, it is worth the money. Plus they offer the refund if there is no improvement which I think tells alot about the quality of the teaching and there is no harm trying. I have already recommended the tuition centre to a few friends and their children are in the centre and have given good reviews about it.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby matrix0405 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:08 pm

Please recommend a guide book for Core/Pure Geography O level.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby CatMoon » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:24 pm

matrix0405 wrote:Please recommend a guide book for Core/Pure Geography O level.


You can check out Wisemann Publishing's Comprehensive Guide for Geography

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Re: All About Preparing For O-Levels

Postby raspberrybunny63 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:24 am

Hi mramk
I have read your txt below and I am desperately hunting for a good Bio and Chem tutor for my girl sitting "O" level this year. I would be grateful if you could please let me know the tutor's contact. Thanks a million! :?:



worriedparent wrote:Hi, just thought i will provide a quick update. Thanks for all the replies made. My son is in Sec 4 this year, and he did reasonably ok for his Sec 3 FY last year. (A1 for E.Maths, A2 for A.Maths, Physics, and Chemistry). The improvement has been very significant, considering his grades in MY. Really appreciated your remarks.

xxjustakidxx wrote: Badly, as in how badly?


Badly as in D7 for both Maths, F9 for Physics, D7 for Chemistry.

tankee wrote: Results across the board should not & will not suddenly free fall.


I am still not sure why, but maybe he didn't quite know how to handle his upper sec work at the beginning. Maybe some other distractions too...


mramk wrote:
My son also did badly when he was in sec2. And the best decision I ever made was to hire tutors for him. After that, his attitude toward learning is more serious because he knows that I have to spend more for him. His O level result was excellent especially in Math. He credits his success toward the tutors. Now, he is in Poly and very motivated with his study.

Finding a good tutor is also very difficult. I would recommend full-time tutor, not part-time. And you need to monitor tutors as well, speak to them, ask this and that. If the tutors knows that you are watching their works, they would be more devoted.


I managed to get his a tutor as recommended by one of the parents here, and I agree that it made a big difference. I think my DS needs someone whom he can relate to, who had been through our academic system and did well.

I have hired part-time tutors before, but they were very disappointing. They have forgotten most of their work, and are not so dedicated.

Full-time tutors more $$, but in this day and time, it's worth it.


CoffeeCat wrote:It is definitely a plus if you can find someone who can teach all 4 subjects but the chances is not very high. It might be better to find tutors who specialize as they have more confidence and competence (relatively) in their subject of choice.



pinkapple wrote:not too early at all!!

get a tutor now!

think u might need two tutors.



maggielhy wrote:
I know of a full-time tutor who specialises in all 4 subjects. I don't suppose he will mind circulating his contact number. But I am not exactly sure if he is still available.

Can try calling 8368-2533.


Appreciated the contacts given. To find a tutor who can teach one subject properly is difficult, but this full-time tutor you have mentioned can teach all four subjects very well.


twilight wrote: Yeah one of my teachers said when she was in secondary, at the end of sec 3, her L1R5 was 43. So she knew she had to buck up and by prelim 2, it became 20+ and O level 13. So it's possible to lower your L1R5 within a year, provided you're willing to work hard.


My niece jumped from 50 points in Prelims to 15 points in O's last year. So it's definitely possible like u said.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby raspberrybunny63 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:24 pm

Hi,
Thank you so much for your recommendation. :thankyou:


yyling78 wrote:My daughter was Sec 3 in 2015 and she did very badly for her end of year exams in E and A maths even though she had home tuition. (E maths 52 and A maths 40) In 2016 I send her to Apt tuition centre in Upper Serangoon because my colleague recommended me. She said her son improved alot after going to that tuition centre. So I cancel the 1 on 1 home tuition and enroll her E math, A math and Chemistry.

Even though the location was not very convenient but because of the recommendation I decided to give it a try. Also when I called them, the teacher I spoke to was very helpful. The centre even have a policy that if my daughter didn't improve they will refund the tuition fees. I never heard of any other centre that is so confident that they can offer this. My daughter liked the teachers there and found the lessons very helpful.

This year 2017 when she got back her result, she got A2 for E maths and chemistry, B3 for A maths. It was a really good improvement. She and I were very happy with the results and she got into her first choice course in Temasak Poly. I highly recommend any parent to try out with Apt tuition. Although the price is not the cheapest, it is worth the money. Plus they offer the refund if there is no improvement which I think tells alot about the quality of the teaching and there is no harm trying. I have already recommended the tuition centre to a few friends and their children are in the centre and have given good reviews about it.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby raspberrybunny63 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:17 am

HI,
May I know what is the name of the Chem teacher that tutor your child in this tuition centre. Thanks!

yyling78 wrote:My daughter was Sec 3 in 2015 and she did very badly for her end of year exams in E and A maths even though she had home tuition. (E maths 52 and A maths 40) In 2016 I send her to Apt tuition centre in Upper Serangoon because my colleague recommended me. She said her son improved alot after going to that tuition centre. So I cancel the 1 on 1 home tuition and enroll her E math, A math and Chemistry.

Even though the location was not very convenient but because of the recommendation I decided to give it a try. Also when I called them, the teacher I spoke to was very helpful. The centre even have a policy that if my daughter didn't improve they will refund the tuition fees. I never heard of any other centre that is so confident that they can offer this. My daughter liked the teachers there and found the lessons very helpful.

This year 2017 when she got back her result, she got A2 for E maths and chemistry, B3 for A maths. It was a really good improvement. She and I were very happy with the results and she got into her first choice course in Temasak Poly. I highly recommend any parent to try out with Apt tuition. Although the price is not the cheapest, it is worth the money. Plus they offer the refund if there is no improvement which I think tells alot about the quality of the teaching and there is no harm trying. I have already recommended the tuition centre to a few friends and their children are in the centre and have given good reviews about it.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby yyling78 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:16 pm

The teacher's name is Clara. She teaches Bio and Chemistry. The math teacher's name is Gabriel. The name of the centre is Apt Tuitionlab.

raspberrybunny63 wrote:HI,
May I know what is the name of the Chem teacher that tutor your child in this tuition centre. Thanks!

yyling78 wrote:My daughter was Sec 3 in 2015 and she did very badly for her end of year exams in E and A maths even though she had home tuition. (E maths 52 and A maths 40) In 2016 I send her to Apt tuition centre in Upper Serangoon because my colleague recommended me. She said her son improved alot after going to that tuition centre. So I cancel the 1 on 1 home tuition and enroll her E math, A math and Chemistry.

Even though the location was not very convenient but because of the recommendation I decided to give it a try. Also when I called them, the teacher I spoke to was very helpful. The centre even have a policy that if my daughter didn't improve they will refund the tuition fees. I never heard of any other centre that is so confident that they can offer this. My daughter liked the teachers there and found the lessons very helpful.

This year 2017 when she got back her result, she got A2 for E maths and chemistry, B3 for A maths. It was a really good improvement. She and I were very happy with the results and she got into her first choice course in Temasak Poly. I highly recommend any parent to try out with Apt tuition. Although the price is not the cheapest, it is worth the money. Plus they offer the refund if there is no improvement which I think tells alot about the quality of the teaching and there is no harm trying. I have already recommended the tuition centre to a few friends and their children are in the centre and have given good reviews about it.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

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