April 3, 2018

1. Teaching is a 2-part job.

I do admit that school teachers are educated and have the knowledge necessary to teach their subject,  but in reality, teaching is a profession with 2 parts. Part 1 is knowledge and part 2 is teaching techniques. This is the part most school teachers don’t have even after NIE training and years of experience. Passing down the knowledge is a whole different s...

April 3, 2018

1. Time management

“Time stays long enough for those who use it.“ – Leonardo Da Vinci

Time is limited but is enough to study all the subjects, as long as you plan your time well.

  • Make a study plan, stay disciplined and force yourself to adhere to it

2. Study method

Study smart. There are different ways to study, ranging from mindmaps to flashcards. Your study method might be differen...

April 3, 2018

1. Firstly, yes!

It is super common, even amongst students who end up scoring A during A-Levels! There are many students that fail during Promos or Prelims even that score well in the A-Levels. It's what you do after you fail that makes the difference.

2. Don’t be discouraged over it for too long.

No need to feel demotivated or feel that it is the end of the world. A test is only a small...

April 3, 2018

If you're struggling in school, this is totally normal. Tuition can help you clear your questions and help you catch up! Here's why tuition can help improve your grades:

1. There’s a big jump between Secondary School and JC.

In JC, the learning style is very different from Secondary School and many people cannot get used to the lecture & tutorial style. Thus, they will fall behind withou...

April 3, 2018

There are many tuition centres in the market, and Sophia Education sets itself apart with a special approach. Ms Cheng has a unique teaching style that is different from other tuition centres, which has proven to be more effective as well with 78% of her A-Level students getting ‘A’, which is twice the national average. Call 9810 6666 to sign up for a Trial Lesson to see if Sophia Educ...

March 19, 2018

1. Know what topics are to be tested

Avoid entering the exam venue and realizing that you have been studying for the wrong subject or chapters

  • Ask your teachers

  • Read your exam timetable carefully

  • Take note of the list of tested subjects for that exam

2. Start revision early

Kick your bad habit of studying and cramming at the last minute. A good tutor is important as he/she...

March 19, 2018

Here’s some tips to make the best of JC lectures:

1. Know which chapter the lecture is about.

Your lecturer might tell you what the next lecture will be about, so make sure you know clearly!! Please do not walk into a lecture without knowing what it’s going to be about.

2. Get yourself familiar with the lecture notes before the lecture.

Even if you don’t understand, just finish reading and...

March 19, 2018

1. It is okay to fail!

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill

It is absolutely fine and even normal to get S and U in JC exams. Do not let your Secondary school mindset of getting As and Bs affect you. What matters the most is that you don’t give up and learn from your mistakes.

  • Review your exam papers thoroughly

  • Identi...

March 19, 2018

Many JC students start to get discouraged in school. These could include reasons such as:

  1. You try so hard, but the result does not reflect the effort put in.

  2. Teachers are discouraging and does not encourage and support students in the way they need to.

  3. Secondary and JC years make up a large percentage of a child's teenage years. It is normal for you to experience bumps in...

March 19, 2018

There are many kinds of JC tuition centres in Singapore that offer different kinds of services aimed to help you. Before signing up for tuition, you might have to think about which style of tuition will suit you the best. You can find out more by going for Trial Lesson, asking around, or reading forums about them.

Firstly, you have to consider what kind of problems you are facing. Many...

March 13, 2018

1. Understanding the requirements of the subject

The different JC Chemistry chapters require different aspect of understanding. Some topics focus on memorization (eg Organic Chem), while some topics focus on application of formulae (eg acid-base equilibrium). Ms Cheng will accurately identify and go through the respective features of the chapters with you, ensuring that you will complet...

March 8, 2018

1. Read the materials before going to class 

This method is known as the "Flipped Classroom" or "Class Reversed" concept and it is a growing trend to doing well, especially for JC Chemistry where it's effect can be seen twofold. It allows students to familiarise themselves with the concepts before classes so that everything is much easier to follow and they can instead use class time to...

March 8, 2018

1. Don’t skip too many steps at once

Avoid skipping too many steps at once when it comes to addition and subtraction. Students usually attempt to skip a few steps in problem solving by working it out mentally to save time. However, these mental calculations are not always accurate, which will lead to the wrong answer despite going through all the right steps.

2. Check calculations and RE...

March 8, 2018

What is the best time to study? It’s one of those endless debates among JC students; is it better to study at night or during the day? Each side has its own loyal advocates who will speak at length of the benefits of their preferred method to try and convince you of the benefits of their choice.

Everyone thinks they know what the best time to study is but the reality is that each p...

March 8, 2018

Firstly,  read the problem carefully and multiple times in order to try and understand what it wants and what topics are involved in the equation. This helps you narrow down the formulas that you can use. If you're still confused, try paraphrasing the problem.

Next, draw the problem out with the help of diagrams and models to help visualise the question and look for any patterns. Write...

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