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How many branches do you have? 1

How far away is your branch closest to an MRT station? Less than 500m

Do you offer home-based or online teaching? Yes

How regularly do you conduct HFMD/fever monitoring of students? Every session

How regularly do you clean your place of instruction and equipment? Every week

Do your branches have clearly marked fire exits and SOP for evacuation? Yes

Do your branches have security cameras or guards continuously monitoring entrances and exits? All of them

Are your classrooms sound-proofed? None

Are your classrooms air-conditioned? All of them

Do you allow make-up classes? Anytime during the term

Are your customer-service officers trained with good product knowledge? Regularly training

What is the hourly rate for your most popular course? <$50

Do you offer any means for your customers to reduce their costs? No

Do you offer trial classes? 1 lesson

What is your policy for deposits? No refunds

Do you charge additional for materials on top of your service fees? No

Do students go through a placement test before being accepted? No

Are students trained based on their abilities? Weaker students given special assistance

How structured are your courses? Structured with proper framework

Is your curriculum aligned with MOE's syllabus/guidelines Fully aligned

Is your pedagogy endorsed by any body? No.

What is the teacher:student ratio? 1:5

What is the minimum qualification for your trainers? Degree/Professional Certification

Do you provide training for your teachers specific to their assignments? Regular re-training

Are your teachers certified by NIE? All

What is the experience of your least experienced teacher? >1 year

What is the average length of service of your teaching staff? >1 year

How often do you report to parents on the progress of students? Every lesson

Do you allow parents to sit in your classes? Ad hoc on parents' requests


by on Fri, 23/09/2016 9:44am

Primary English Tips | Creative Writing: Starting It Right

Creative writing: Starting it right

If you are thinking about the introduction or beginning of a composition when you read the title of this post, you are wrong.

Writing a composition begins from the point when you are reading the question. Only with understanding of the question requirements that we are on our way to success with the composition. With composition questions set in the new PSLE format in mind, here are some pointers on how to start your composition on the right foot:

1. Unpack the theme/topic.

If the topic is “A Mishap”, what does the word “Mishap” mean? Or “Making a Difference”, does it mean that something has changed? It will be helpful to make quick notes (Mishap –> unfortunate –> accident, OR difference –> no longer the same) on the topic so that you have a clear idea and will proceed to generate ideas that stay on topic.

2. Highlight the requirements of the question shown in the guiding questions.

Does the question ask for “you” to be a character in the story? (E.g. “What were you doing when the mishap took place?” vs “How did the mishap take place?” –> no character requirement)

3. Bearing the topic in mind, look at each picture and write down 3 to 5 words/ phrases about each picture. 

These words or phrases (e.g. soup pot, boiling hot, burnt, unattended stove) serve two functions: 
– It makes sure that the pupils are aware of what is provided to be used in the composition. 
– It helps pupils to make a link between the topic and the pictures as they brainstorm.

4. Decide on the idea and circle the picture(s) that you will be using in your story. 

(At least 1 picture needs to be used but if you would like to use more pictures and they are relevant to your your story, you may do so.) The first idea that comes to your head will probably be the first idea that goes into everyone’s head. Explore the other ideas that you have come up with so that your story has an edge over what others are writing.

5. With an idea of your story in mind, do a check to see if you are indeed staying on topic by answering the guiding questions and writing down the main point beside it.

These 5 things should happen as you read your question and should take no longer than 3 minutes. Following this, a brief planning of your story should take place and you will be ready to put your great ideas into words!