Preparing For O-Levels

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby janet88 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:52 am

schweppes wrote:
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.


if the boy is not able to cope in the express stream which is very demanding, it is not a bad idea to switch to Sec 4NA. I did think of PFP for my daughter, but a friend told me it is not a good idea because 1) there is no O level cert since the child gets to skip it 2) courses for PFP are rather limited.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby mathtuition88 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:36 pm

One tip for O-Levels is to construct a revision timetable that is realistic and well-planned. Make sure that every subject is covered, and devote more time to the weaker subjects.

For Math subjects (also applicable for Sciences like Physics, Chemistry), ensure that there is sufficient practice in terms of doing past year questions. In fact, reading the textbook should take up minimal time (around 5-10% of your revision), just so to get the basics so that you can proceed to do questions.

It is well-known among tutors and top students that reading the Math textbook is unproductive for O level Maths. Most of the understanding and improvement actually takes place when the student attempts real questions. Looking at the answer is only allowed after trying very hard.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby SuccessTutors » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:55 pm

Each time that my kids had to prepare for major exams, I'd let them do whatever they wanted. I wanted to be sure that they are able to relax. They know they need to get very good grades in order to get into the schools/universities of their choice, and I needed to know that their minds are fresh and they are emotionally calm. Worked well.

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when to repeat O Levels

Postby karenmok » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:41 pm

Hi,
Some kids repeat o-levels while others continue even with poor scores.
What are the benefits of repeating the o-level and which type of students do this?
Thanks, Karen

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Re: when to repeat O Levels

Postby iceywind88 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:00 pm

karenmok wrote:Hi,
Some kids repeat o-levels while others continue even with poor scores.
What are the benefits of repeating the o-level and which type of students do this?
Thanks, Karen

the benefits are obvious. basically they avoid the ITE route.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby mum422 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:02 pm

SuccessTutors wrote:Each time that my kids had to prepare for major exams, I'd let them do whatever they wanted. I wanted to be sure that they are able to relax. They know they need to get very good grades in order to get into the schools/universities of their choice, and I needed to know that their minds are fresh and they are emotionally calm. Worked well.

haha I tell that to my children, they will TOTALLY boh-chap. I definitely must push them until they move on their behinds.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby ThinkEnglish » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:19 pm

A few tried and tested strategies.
Study groups with like-minded peers who are intrinsically motivated to do well for the exams and are focused on revision.
Teachers are usually free for consultation in school in the afternoons, even during the study breaks. They can approach the teachers for help whenever needed.
Come up with a revision timetable with topics to focus on everyday. Include break times in between.
Complete past year national exam papers and other schools' prelim papers.
Eat well, sleep well, get enough exercise.

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby kitty2 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:40 am

Anyone can share how to do well or prepare well for o level elective Geo? My nephew is weak in it and kind of going to be burnt out ! :( . He didn't do well for prelim :(

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby jazzy817 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:59 am

hello. Can anyone advise me which scientific calculators are permitted for E-math and A-math? Tried to look up in MOE's website but can't find

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Re: Preparing For O-Levels

Postby slmkhoo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:17 am

jazzy817 wrote:hello. Can anyone advise me which scientific calculators are permitted for E-math and A-math? Tried to look up in MOE's website but can't find

It's on SEAB's website.
http://www.seab.gov.sg/content/calculat ... lators.pdf

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