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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby The Alternative Story » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:13 pm

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This 2017’s Nov/Dec Holiday Programme, we are launching our NEW INNOVATIVE FLASHCARDS METHOD to help your child learn compositions more effectively and efficiently!

Have you ever wondered how can your child learn faster, and retain what they have learnt for a longer period of time?

In our upcoming November/December Holiday Programme, we are launching our NEW INNOVATIVE FLASHCARDS METHOD to help your child learn compositions more effectively and efficiently!

Our P1 – P3 students can overcome the difficulty of learning compositions and our P4 – P6 students will learn more compositions in the same amount of time.

Flashcards? Why do we use flashcards? Do flashcards really work?
Academic studies (over 800 of them!) have proven that flashcards have been effective due to “spaced repetition”.

Here is how all our brains work when using flashcards:

1) Flashcards engage “active recall”.
The action of thinking of an answer by looking at one side of the flashcard (also known as active recall) is proven to create stronger neural connections for memory trace.

2) Flashcards utilise your metacognitive faculties.
Studies have shown that the most effective way of learning is through self-evaluation and realisation of what went wrong and how to get it correct the next time. This is metacognition. Applying metacognition when checking the answer on the other side of the flashcard reinforces the memories of our knowledge.

3) Flashcards aid in building confidence through repetition.
With repetition of information (especially using flashcards), you will be able to gain confidence through repetition.

In our Holiday Programme’s Creative Writing classes, we will break down the compositions phrases and story plot build-ups into simple picture flashcards for every child. We believe that every child will be able to pick up more phrases and remember the build-ups for a longer period of time for future applications.

For our P4 – P6 students, on top of effectively learning new phrases and story plot build-ups through flashcards, they will also learn a higher-level technique of application. Students will learn to apply one composition they have learnt to different topics and plots.

For PSLE, any topic and picture can be tested so students are required to know how to write any kind of composition. Given the limited time and the scope of compositions they need to know, the skill of application is extremely important and valuable for all students.

If you are interested, you can find out more about our 2017 Holiday Programme at thealternativestory.com/holiday or sign up today at thealternativestory.com/holidaysignup

There are only limited spaces available! See you there this holiday!

TAS

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby The Alternative Story » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:02 pm

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We have EXCITING NEWS!

Our newest branch will be opening at AMK Hub in mid-January 2018!

There will be new classes at AMK, Parkway and Clementi branches!
Visit thealternativestory.com for more details.

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby The Alternative Story » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:00 pm

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Check out our NEWEST branch at Ang Mo Kio Hub! For more information on our classes, click here: thealternativestory.com/class

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby The Alternative Story » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:26 pm

We have more NEW CLASSES launched! Check out our class schedules at https://thealternativestory.com/class/

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby The Alternative Story » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:09 am

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Holiday Programme May - June 2018

A. CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAMMES
* Each class will be implementing our innovative flashcards method to help your child learn compositions more effectively and efficiently.

With the revised PSLE syllabus being implemented for about 4 years now, composition topics tested and done in schools are increasingly varied. There are 3 main difficulties faced by students in composition writing based on this revised syllabus:

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With these challenges and demands of topics and plots tested, we hope that this Holiday Programme will offer your children greater exposure to approach different topics and scenarios. This would equip them with more ideas and techniques to effectively tackle the composition segment in their examinations.

1. CREATIVE WRITING + ORAL (Primary 1 - Primary 3)
The following topics will be covered in our Primary 1 - Primary 3 Creative Writing and Oral classes:

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Each student will receive four model compositions throughout our two-day
programme. We will also be covering other creative-writing techniques. They include:
• Varied sentence structure
• Good vocabulary
• Building tension

Part of the class will also be focused on teaching skills for the students’ Oral exams.

2. PURE CREATIVE WRITING (Primary 4 - Primary 6)
Each student will learn six different composition topics (four model compositions + two additional application worksheets). These application worksheets teach students how to apply the phrases and plots they have learnt across similar compositions. This is important because the new syllabus encourages students to think more in depth and bring in moral values into their stories. Because of that, the topics that can be tested on are much more varied and students can no longer just rely on memorising model compositions. Learning how to apply their phrases and plots allow for a wider range of topics a student can cover in their revision.

The following topics will be covered in our Primary 4 – Primary 6 Pure Creative Writing classes:

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B. PAPER 2 PROGRAMMES (Primary 5 - Primary 6)
Between levels, certain jumps may be more pronounced than others. This is especially true for the new Primary 5 and 6 students who will find that much more is required of them in their respective levels.

As such, we have planned special intensive classes to help students specifically for their Paper 2 component.

Segments such as Grammar and Synthesis will be broken down into specific topics, so that students will learn the respective techniques and rules necessary to answer the questions. Special ‘challenging’ questions will also be set, so as to give the students a foretaste of the challenge to come.

We will also be going through the Comprehension segment. Many times, students lack precision in their answers, or they fail to recognise the requirements of the questions. Sometimes, they simply struggle with the passage. We aim to show them that Comprehension, while seemingly abstract, can actually be broken down into concrete strategies and techniques.

Aside from Grammar, Synthesis and Comprehension Open-Ended, we will also be covering the following components:
• Comprehension Cloze
• Editing
• Visual Text

HOLIDAY PROGRAMME SCHEDULE
1. Every programme will run for TWO days only.
2. The maximum number of students per class is 12.
3. All class timings are from 9.30am-1.30pm (4hours). This includes a 30-minute lunch break for all students.

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ADMINISTRATION AND COST
A. COST


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# Prices listed are for one student and are subject to 7% GST.
* All Early Bird promotions are eligible only until 4th May 2018. To enjoy Early Bird Discount, all payments must be made by the 4th May 2018. An enquiry via email does not make one eligible for an early bird discount. A full registration is required for one to be eligible for the discount.
^ Students forming the group has to be 4 different students. Group discounts will be eligible across all levels, programmes and locations.

B. REGISTRATION
All registration can be made online via the following link: https://tinyurl.com/MayJuneHP2018

Registration will end on 23rd May 2018. Do note that our administrators will reply you with a confirmation email within THREE working days. You will receive an email to confirm your child’s registration.

C. PAYMENT
All payment should be made via Cash or NETS only at any of our branches. We will not be accepting any cheque payment / bank transfers.

Details of our branch addresses and operating hours can be found on our website at https://thealternativestory.com/branches/.

Payments must be made within one week upon receiving the confirmation email from our administrators. Otherwise, TAS reserves the right to release your slot to others on the waiting list. In order to enjoy Early Bird discounts, payment must be made by the 4th May 2018.

Note:
• No cheque payments will be accepted at our branches.
• Registrations beyond the registration date may also be given to you if slots are still
available. In such cases, payments must be made in Cash / NETS only within 3 working days.

D. LUNCH
Lunch will be provided from McDonalds for both days of the Holiday Programme.

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Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any special request or changes to the meal. Parents may choose to opt out of this lunch option and prepare their own meals from home. However, prices for our Holiday Programme will remain the same. Students will not be allowed to leave the centres to purchase food or drinks from nearby eateries.

E. STATIONERY

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F. TERMS & CONDITIONS
(i) No refunds will be given for any cancellation once payment has been made as a slot has already been reserved for you. However, materials used for the Holiday Programme will be provided for you. These materials can be collected from 28th May 2018 onwards at the respective branches according to our opening hours (stated on our website).

(ii) We highly recommend registered students to attend the full two-day course he/she has registered for to prevent a disruption in your child’s learning environment. However, a make-up class can be arranged depending on the availability of the slot. TAS will not be liable if any materials taught are repeated in the make-up class. Every class is taught at a pace suitable for the class.

For further enquiries, you may email us at info@thealternativestory.com.

Thank you
TAS

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby The Alternative Story » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:29 pm

Need an effective way to learn and remember vocabulary words?
In 2018, we launched the TAS Vocabulary Flashcards — an innovative way to help children enlarge their vocabulary bank and recall an ever-growing amount of vocabulary words!

CLICK HERE to watch the video to find out more!
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Our cards are currently available to TAS students only. For more information, call us at 66318496 or email support@thealternativestory.com.

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby The Alternative Story » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:30 pm

Dear Parents, our 2019 Class Schedule has been released!

1. Renewal & Registration Phases
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[b]2. Renewal & Registration Details[/b]
Phase 1(A)
• Renewal for Academic Year 2019 will only be confirmed upon full payment of 2019 Term 1 fees between 1 Oct 2018 - 14 Oct 2018.
• All parents / guardians must make payment in person at the front desk.
• Payment can be made in CASH or NETS only.
• GIRO payment will not be applicable for renewal for Academic Year 2019 as all parents will
be required to sign the Terms & Conditions for renewal at the front desk, i.e. No GIRO
deduction will be made for 2019 Term 1 fees.
• If payment is not received by 14 Oct 2018, TAS reserves the right to release the slot to the
next parent on the waiting list or disallow the student from attending any lesson(s) in the registered class(es) from the first lesson in 2019 Term 1.

Phase 1(B)
• Request for Transfer will only be confirmed with the following conditions: (i) If there are available slots in the class of choice; and
(ii) with full payment of 2019 Term 1 fees made between 15 Oct 2018 – 21 Oct 2018.
• All parents / guardians must make payment in person at the front desk.
• Payment can be made in CASH or NETS only.
• GIRO payment will not be applicable for renewal for Academic Year 2019 as all parents will
be required to sign the Terms & Conditions for renewal at the front desk, i.e. No GIRO
deduction will be made for 2019 Term 1 fees.
• If payment is not received by 21 Oct 2018, TAS reserves the right to release the slot to the
next parent on the waiting list or disallow the student from attending any lesson(s) in the registered class(es) from the first lesson in 2019 Term 1.

Phase 2
• New registration will only be confirmed with the following conditions: (i) If there are available slots in the class of choice; and
(ii) with payment of registration fee and deposit made; and
(iii) with full payment of 2019 Term 1 fees made.
• All parents / guardians must register and make payment in person at the front desk. • Payment can be made in CASH or NETS only.

3. Registration of Interest
For parents who wish to transfer your child to another class or sign up for another child who is not in TAS yet, you may start registering your interest via our front desks or phone call between 7 September 2018 - 30 September 2018 during operating hours. Our frontline staff will contact you once there is an available slot in the class of choice. 

*Please note that registration of interest is not a confirmation of slot in the class.

SCHEDULE DETAILS
Please visit https://thealternativestory.com/class if you are unable to see the attached pictures

Ang Mo Kio
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Bukit Timah / Clementi
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Parkway
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Classes with a (star) indication are new classes that will commence in 2018 Term 4 Week 7. The remaining classes listed in the schedule are Existing Classes. These classes are also available for sign up as long as they are not full yet.

For all other enquiries, you may reach us at support@thealternativestory.com or 6631 8496.

Thank you,
TAS

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby xueyan » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:46 am

Hi TAS

Why is there no weekend class for P5 Creative Writing in AMK?

Can you kindly open a class as it will be difficult for us who are not residing in AMK or nearby to join the CW on weekdays.

Thank you.

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby The Alternative Story » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:09 pm

xueyan wrote:Hi TAS

Why is there no weekend class for P5 Creative Writing in AMK?

Can you kindly open a class as it will be difficult for us who are not residing in AMK or nearby to join the CW on weekdays.

Thank you.


Hi xueyan,

Thank you for your interest in our classes. We are considering opening a P5CW class on Saturday but it is subject to the availability of classrooms and teachers. If you are interested you can PM us with your contact details and we'll keep you updated!

Thank you,
TAS

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Official Thread

Postby The Alternative Story » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:33 pm

Our 2018 November/December HOLIDAY PROGRAMME is launched!

For Upper Primary (2019) students, we are launching a NEWLY-REVISED framework for Composition Writing that includes the stages of Analysis, Application, Brainstorming and Creating.

On top of that, our TAS VOCABULARY FLASHCARDS will be available for sale to non-TAS parents and students, exclusively for this Holiday Programme and for a limited time only.

To find out more, click here: tinyurl.com/HPNovDec2018

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