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UpGrades - A home tutor specially for your child's needs

Postby Des Tan » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:40 am



Whether your child requires more motivation, or wants to be challenged with higher-order questions, we'll find a tutor just for your child.

Tutors are highly competent as our ranking includes syllabus questionnaires*, which are designed by specialists, and their qualifications are verified. Your child's safety is assured with handphone and email verification too!

You get to communicate directly with the tutor through UpGrades.sg so that you know who you are hiring. There are no agents who are anxious to close the deal and push you any tutor — you hire directly through our site!

Hire a UpGrades tutor today @ http://www.upgrades.sg!

*Applies for milestone years (e.g. PSLE, O Levels, A Levels) and mainstream topics (e.g. Physics, Maths, Economics)

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Re: UpGrades - A home tutor specially for your child's needs

Postby Des Tan » Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:08 pm

If you want to know how to help your child learn or how to hire the right tutor, check out our blog entries which are written by our education specialist! Bookmark it!
http://blog.upgrades.sg/

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Re: UpGrades - A home tutor specially for your child's needs

Postby Des Tan » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:32 pm

CHOICE OF SCHOOLS: SHOULD YOUR CHILD BE A BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND OR A SMALL FISH IN A BIG POND?
As this week is the release of PSLE, we decided to ask our UpGrades tutors: Based on the student’s PSLE score, should he/she choose a neighbourhood school which places him/her among the top in the school, or, get into a elite institution in which he/she will be average among his/her peers?


We have summarised their views into a simple blog post for easy reading. Enjoy! =)

BIG FISH, SMALL POND

One of the main benefits of being a big fish in a small pond is that students may gain greater self-confidence. The greater self-confidence may boost their personal aspirations and create positive feelings about themselves. Studies by the National Institute of Education have shown that for low ability students, their confidence was boosted when placed in a group with a similar ability level. The boost in their confidence created greater persistence in them and generated better academic results, as these students worked hard to maintain their competitive edge.

However, one of the main pitfalls of choosing to be a big fish in a small pond is the false sense of security, which could lead to lack of growth. It is dangerous, especially at a young age, to live with such a sense of superiority, without exposure to tougher competition. Some UpGrades tutors have remarked that a number of students do face this issue. This is especially common among those making the transition from ‘O’ Levels to ‘A’ Levels — they move from being top of their cohorts in Secondary School to having multiple failures during the examinations in a Junior College and being ranked near the bottom. They often become demoralised as they have been used to being at the “top” among their peers.

SMALL FISH, BIG POND

The key advantages when students choose to be a small fish in a big pond (elite school) are often the growth opportunities and the associated brand name. If your child is a keen towards learning from his/her peers, this situation can be a huge advantage. By surrounding himself/herself with intelligence, talent and knowledge greater than his/hers, he/she can then grow exponentially and will benefit from seeing through the perspective of others. A few UpGrades tutors remarked that the size of the fish remains the same regardless the size of the pond chosen; however, the presence of bigger fishes in a big pond may facilitate a greater possibility of growth.

The brand name and the networking connections of an elite school also cannot be underestimated as it can give a tremendous headstart. Overseas studies have shown that chances of getting some internships or job offers/interviews increase because of alumni associations. Many people still assume that a candidate is “better” because of the brand-name school connection. Almost everyone will ask you which school you had studied in, but not everyone will ask you what results you had gotten. However, it is important to note that whether you do well in the long run still depends on your skills, attitude and work performance.

One worry that our UpGrades tutors mentioned about being a small fish in a big pond is that the students’ confidence can be crushed. Consistently being bottom of the class can be emotionally-damaging and stressful. Popular author Malcolm Gladwell cited in his book that low-achieving students in elite schools can suffer ‘relative deprivation’ as their success are often compared to their peers and made to seem insignificant. Although these students might still be within the top one-third of an average school, their aspirations and dreams might become lost in the crowd by being in a big pond.

HOW DOES THIS TRANSLATE TO YOUR CHILD’S CHOICE OF SCHOOL?

As a parent, you need to realistically ask: Does my child often focus on improving himself upon his/her past performance and is he/she able to deal with intense competition? Does my child often compare his/her achievement to that of his/her peers?

Children who can have an outward focus towards learning from peers and an inward focus on improving himself/herself will greatly benefit from being a small fish in a big pond as his/her growth trajectory might be an exponential one. Otherwise, if your child requires great confidence and esteem building, being a big fish in a small pond will help to prevent any huge blow to their fragile confidence.

For parents who fear that their kids are under-challenged in a neighbourhood school, please don’t be afraid. You can challenge your child in different ways, such as encouraging him/her to join co-curricular activities that create greater exposure and interest, or to take part in the many competitions such as Robotics/Business/Science/Maths competitions offered by the schools. A holistic education will help your child open doors to many places in future!

Feel free to let us know your thoughts or any issues which you are facing! Our UpGrades tutors are ever so willing to share their opinions and learn from you too!

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Re: UpGrades - A home tutor specially for your child's needs

Postby alfretztay » Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:46 pm

Greetings to all parents and guardians,

I am Alfretz Tay, a full-time result-oriented educator with more than 10 years of experience in coaching mainly primary and lower secondary school students in EMS and EM respectively. In addition, I am also an MOE-registered trainer who have been conducting various enrichment courses, including Mathematics Olympiad and Mathematics enrichment classes, in more than fifty local schools since 2009.

I have just received this message from a parent : "Hello Mr Tay, Happy new year! Sorry we are so late to wish you! We are still in London - R... has performed really well and he is through to the final round of one of the top
Schools in the UK! I wanted to tell you as I know you will be so pleased and it's thanks to all your help! I will keep you posted. Best wishes, S..."

For PSLE 2015, one of my P6 students scored an "A" for Math while another attained a "B". The former had scored 85% and 84.5% for P6 SA1 and CA1 Math respectively while the latter had also passed his preliminary Math after his parents engaged me as his tutor end July. I also successfully aided one of my P5 students in passing her SA2 Math. Her parents have engaged me as her tutor after she failed her SA1. Another P5 student has scored 74 and 79.5 marks for SA2 Math and Science respectively while still another scored 75% for SA1 Math after scoring 74.5% for P4 SA2 last year.

In 2014, besides aiding 3 P4 students in achieving 85, 78 and 74.5 respectively for SA2 Math, I also assisted P5 students in Group 3 of a local school in attaining one silver, two bronzes and numerous honorable mention awards for the NMOS competition. For secondary level, one S1 student received an honourable mention certificate for SMO while another S1 student from another school achieved a gold award in SASMO. Out of the 1456 participants who took part, he was placed 34th position.

In 2013, I had successfully aided a P3 girl in passing both her SA2 and CA2 Math after she failed her SA1 Math. Also, one of my P6 students had consistently been passing his Math tests and examinations, attaining both an "A" for his preliminary as well as PSLE Math 2013, after his parents engaged me as his Math tutor. He had failed his SA1 Math in 2012 then.

For the PSLE 2012, one of my P6 students scored "A"s for EMS while another scored "B", "A" and "A*" for EMS respectively. A lower secondary student managed to score "A"s in both 2011(Sec 1) and 2012(Sec 2) for Maths too after engaging me as his tutor. He had attained a "B" in his PSLE Maths.

Currently, my rates are S$110 and S$130 for each one-to-one 1.5 and 2h lesson respectively. Also, in order to avoid any misunderstanding, I would collect the fee before I conduct each lesson. If you are still keen in engaging me as your child's tutor, please email your full address, preferred days and timings to alfretztay@gmail.com as well as the date and timing that you would like me to conduct the first lesson, quoting kiasuparents. Most importantly is that you could stop engaging me after any lesson if you find that I am not worth the rate that I charge. Thank you very much.

Warmest regards and have a wonderful week ahead,
Tay Shuh Teck, Alfretz
PS : Limited slots left.
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -- Henry Adams

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Re: UpGrades - A home tutor specially for your child's needs

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