What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

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What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

Postby leedd19 » Thu May 31, 2012 9:21 pm

Enrichment programmes are supposed to "enrich" our children with increased brainpower and motivation but why most of them are not effective?

Mindchamps, Mindedge and Adam Khoo are supposed to be good but why so expensive and yet still have negative feedback from parents? I don't understand why. I paid so much but yet no results!

Can anyone recommend one good holiday programme for my son? I don't know where else to look for. His motivational level is very "short lived" and he's still very lazy and keep saying he's no hoper in the coming PSLE!
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Re: What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

Postby verykiasu2010 » Thu May 31, 2012 11:42 pm

what's wrong ?

why are you so dependent on outside program to motivate your kid ?

why can't you motivate your own kid ?

probably you kid sees that you have no confidence, or no time, or not putting in effort to help him personally, surely he/she feels not up to it.....the more you push on the outside courses, the more inferior he feels. after a while, all courses sound similar in many aspects .... the child would feel sianz liao

have faith in your own child first

have faith in your own motivational effort first
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Re: What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

Postby Intermezzo » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:46 am

Agree with verykiasu2010..
you are a sahp.. you should be the one who knows your kids best ~ =)

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What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

Postby friendship » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:22 am

If the child is successful? parents take the credit leh.
If the child is not successful, start blaming the school, school teachers, tuition/enrichment centres, tuition teachers, student care teachers, endless....
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Re: What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

Postby phtthp » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:30 pm

actually i dun know what benefit Mindchamp truly offer

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Re: What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

Postby Lynn2010 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:15 pm

verykiasu2010 wrote:what's wrong ?

why are you so dependent on outside program to motivate your kid ?

why can't you motivate your own kid ?

probably you kid sees that you have no confidence, or no time, or not putting in effort to help him personally, surely he/she feels not up to it.....the more you push on the outside courses, the more inferior he feels. after a while, all courses sound similar in many aspects .... the child would feel sianz liao

have faith in your own child first

have faith in your own motivational effort first


I agree with verykisau2010. You are the best person to motivate your kid. They will go through some ups and downs with their lives and schools, throughout their growing up process. We cannot rely on external source all the time.

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Re: What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

Postby Han Seo » Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:52 am

Lynn2010 wrote:
verykiasu2010 wrote:what's wrong ?

why are you so dependent on outside program to motivate your kid ?

why can't you motivate your own kid ?

probably you kid sees that you have no confidence, or no time, or not putting in effort to help him personally, surely he/she feels not up to it.....the more you push on the outside courses, the more inferior he feels. after a while, all courses sound similar in many aspects .... the child would feel sianz liao

have faith in your own child first

have faith in your own motivational effort first


Intrinsic motivation is best cultivated when the child is young and malleable and the best people to mould the child are the caregivers. It starts in early childhood and parenting skills cannot be outsourced.

I agree with verykisau2010. You are the best person to motivate your kid. They will go through some ups and downs with their lives and schools, throughout their growing up process. We cannot rely on external source all the time.

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Re: What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

Postby alfretztay » Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:51 pm

leedd19 wrote:Enrichment programmes are supposed to "enrich" our children with increased brainpower and motivation but why most of them are not effective?

Mindchamps, Mindedge and Adam Khoo are supposed to be good but why so expensive and yet still have negative feedback from parents? I don't understand why. I paid so much but yet no results!

Can anyone recommend one good holiday programme for my son? I don't know where else to look for. His motivational level is very "short lived" and he's still very lazy and keep saying he's no hoper in the coming PSLE!


I believe that as students have different learning abilities, different kinds of educators required and methods of instruction tweaked in order to be effective.. The task is to find a good fit for them
. Questions nowadays stress more on thinking skills rather than just rote learning. Maths Olympiad questions can be spotted in examinations papers. Those who do not spend time to learn them are at a slight advantage but an "A" is still achievable if the child is willing to give his best at it.
I have successful helped a student who failed his school preliminary papers for Maths but scored an "A" for PSLE. Hence, if your child is willing to work at it, there is surely still hope for at least a pass!

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What's wrong with enrichment programs in the market?

Postby friendship » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:40 am

two good friends were attending Mindchamps talk with the son and the other one with the daughter. Both kids are sec 1. Once seated, the son listened attentively, the other lady's daughter was busy concentrating on her cellphone.

Is this Mindchamps fault? Teacher's fault? it is pbvious the attitude of the kids which the parents have to play a part in giving good example for the kids.
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