This is the third re-run this year of our very successful annual S1 Math Headstart programme for post-psle students (see tutor’s comments at end of page). It reflects the recognition of parents and students of the importance of Algebra in preparing for Secondary Math.

TO REGISTER, SMS <STUDENT NAME> , <S1AA> TO 97860411.

Level/Subject: **Sec 1 Arithmetic & Algebra (S1AA)**

Dates: Mon 29/12, Tue 30/12, and Wed 31/12 (three 3 hr sessions)

Time: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Location: **Blk 644, Bukit Batok Central, #01-68. S(650644).**

Our location is just a **3-min walk** from either the** Bukit Batok MRT station** or the **Bukit Batok Bus Interchange**. Buses that stop along the roads surrounding our location are numbers 157, 178, 66, 506, 173, 174, 176, 187, 985. Buses services which terminate at Bukit Batok Bus Interchange are 61, 77, 106, 173, 177, 189, 852, 941, 945, 947.

Target Group: Suitable for post-PSLE students who wish to learn more about Negative Numbers & Algebra, as well as basic Indices.

Purpose: To give post-PSLE students a **HEADSTART** in the **THREE MOST IMPORTANT TOPICS** of secondary Math – Arithmetic, Algebra and Indices, as students who do badly in Math in secondary school are usually those who have a poor **FOUNDATION** in these three topics.

Topics: (1) Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of Negative Numbers; (2) Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of Algebraic expressions; (3) Simplifying Algebraic fractions; (4) Basic Indices.

Focus: **CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING**

Format: Teaching + Worksheets + Discussions

Fee: Only $270 for all 3 sessions (inclusive of materials & refreshments)

Tutor: Mr Ilyasa (M.Ed., PGDE, B.Sc, Ex-MOE Teacher, Full-Time Tutor of PSLE, ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level Math and Physics since 2004).

Mr Ilyasa has been coaching students in * ‘A’ Level & IB Physics *and

*for more than 7 years, as well as*

**Mathematics***,*

**‘O’ Level & IP Physics**

**Additional Math, E.***and*

**Math***for more than 10 years. An alumnus of*

**PSLE Math****RI**and

**RJC**, Mr Ilyasa holds both a

**Master of Education**degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Credit from the

**National Institute of Education**, as well as a

**Bachelor of Science**degree from the

**National University of Singapore**.

TO REGISTER, SMS <STUDENT NAME> , <S1AA> TO 97860411.

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Tutor’s comments:

The students took quite some time to understand the concept of negative numbers as it is not covered at all in the primary math syllabus. They were intrigued by the techniques of adding, subtracting, multiplying and adding negative numbers, and using BODMAS (Order of Operations) to evaluate an expression that is a mixture of these. Things became more difficult when fractions came in, but simplifying algebraic expressions become much easier when students have mastered arithmetic involving negative numbers and brackets as well as powers or indices.

Rgds,

Ilyasa