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J2mum
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Post by J2mum » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:02 pm

MMM,
how are you kids doing in BC now? Which branch?

I have signed up my ger for BC at Tampines. I cant wait for her to start class and see result from the programme.

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Post by MMM » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:12 pm

Hi,

My kids are at Napier. Personally, I prefer the Napier branch due to the facilities. As they occupy the entire building as compared to a few units. My kids have gone to the Tampines branch before for the hols programme. But I suppose the teacher quality should still be the same.

They are still enjoying their lessons there and appear to be progressing well.

On the other hand, I suggest you go with a open mind iso a certain expectations to see immediate results. I personally don't think it's reasonable as eg. Rome is not build overnite.

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How is British Council

Post by moonee » Sat May 23, 2009 5:10 pm

[Moderator's note: Topics merged.]

My daughter is in P3 and is rather bad in compo/compre and grammar. I have considered sending her to British council. I have info on learning lab but have not tried as there is a long waiting list( I hear) Could someone advise whether british council is any good. :?

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Re: How is British Council

Post by jedamum » Sat May 23, 2009 7:06 pm

:torchme: moonee,
there are already some discussions on British Council.
do a search next time before posting, k :wink:.
TQ.

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Post by joconde » Mon May 25, 2009 11:59 am

For those with BC, anyone at upper primary level ? Can share exp and it's effectiveness ?

Right now my p5 son is with a specialised English tutor (group of 6). Has been with this tutor for one whole year already, and i dun see significant improvement in results. Result is more or less maintained the same, in fact this SA1 his results slipped, but i think much is due to his carelessness. But one thing for sure, the tuition has not helped much in his compo. In fact, i tried tutoring him in writing myself few mths back and was delighted to see improvement in his compo grades.

So now i've more or less decided to coach him myself on compo. (i think group coaching just doesn't work, as it doesn't focused on his weak area). But for other aspect i still prefer to 'outsource'. i'm looking for something that's result-oriented, geared towards exam prepareation. Is BC suitable ? i'm a bit concerned as i heard they dun mark their work. How does the student learn and understand their mistakes then ?

And BTW, am i making the right dcision to switch tutor when there's no result after one year ? He's enjoying the class, making friends, tutor is dedicated.... i just dunno what the problem is :-(


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Post by astroboy » Wed May 27, 2009 10:09 pm

Need some advice on traffic flow at Napier Road BC.

Understand there is no public car park at the campus. Do they have temp parking space so that parents can park their car and collect/send the kids to the class. My gal is small so need to hand hold her to the class.

How do parents who have young kids do it? Tks.

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Post by MMM » Wed May 27, 2009 10:41 pm

For young kids attending classes at Napier, parents are allowed to drive in to the school. Make sure you get a BC cal decal from the counter inorder to gain entry to the centre. There are traffic marshall to help and you can then drop the kids off at the main door. There are car parks in the centre but you are not allowed to park for more than 15 mins or else you will incur a hefty parking fee (think it's $10.50 if you exceed 15 mins).

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Post by astroboy » Thu May 28, 2009 5:08 pm

Tks for the good advice....will remember the $@## carpark charge.

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Post by PettyLittle » Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:29 am

Hi,

My P4's English grade has not been fantastic, despite being exposed to variety of enrichment classes since K1. He tried Jan & Elly; Lorna Whiston; Learning Lab....not to mention private tuition...worst still, his confidence level was also affected. Beginning of this year, we made another attempt, we signed him up with BC. Since then, we noticed the difference...

He actually enjoys the lessons..and to him, English has become an interesting subject...

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Post by joconde » Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:39 am

PettyLittle wrote:Hi,

My P4's English grade has not been fantastic, despite being exposed to variety of enrichment classes since K1. He tried Jan & Elly; Lorna Whiston; Learning Lab....not to mention private tuition...worst still, his confidence level was also affected. Beginning of this year, we made another attempt, we signed him up with BC. Since then, we noticed the difference...

He actually enjoys the lessons..and to him, English has become an interesting subject...


Hi PrettyLittle,

Wow, you've tried & tested so many tuition centres, and congrats on finally found a good one ! I wanna ask u, which branch do u go and do u know what exactly they do during lesson ? Is it like a typical eng tuition class : going thru worksheets on grammar, vocab, cloze, comphre, compo ?

So far your boy attended 6 mths, may i know what's the improvement in grade ? Which particular areas has he improved ? Grammar, synthesis, compo , ....??

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