Category Archives: Educational Advice

Go to the type of school that caters to your strengths

Recently I met an enterprising young man who was trying to sell to me fire extinguishers. He’s studying in a polytechnic and does sales part-time. He speaks very good English so I asked him about his educational background. He was … Continue reading

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It’s your fault that you failed.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Cassius, in Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141) : )

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A-Level Results: What to do if you get BAD or DEAD, i.e., the ‘middle class’

I guess I have to write a bit for this group of students, who will not be allowed to redo their a-levels in their former schools (unlike students who obtained SUC for their H2 subjects), yet they’d find it difficult … Continue reading

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Improvement in a student’s math result …

Daniel, one of A. Math tutees, showed me his class test result yesterday: 34/40. The test was on Indices and Surds, Wow, excellent, I said to him. Daniel is from the N(A) stream, and usually fails his Math tests. That … Continue reading

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Finance degree from SIM is still recognised …

Recently, I went to open a business account with a local established bank. I was served by a Business Banking Manager, a fresh graduate, who had worked for the bank for just 4 months! He had a finance degree from SIM. Ok, this … Continue reading

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Teaching Science to kids everyday…

Parents play a key role in getting children interested in Science. Science is a living subject that surrounds us everyday. There’s Science in the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room, in fact, everywhere. The following are some questions that children … Continue reading

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Teaching Math to kids everyday ….

I believe the human brain has a math processor that needs to be activated and nurtured regularly. Again, parents play an important role in making a child comfortable with numbers and calculations. The following are some concepts in daily life … Continue reading

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Should N-Level graduates opt for the direct poly route?

From 2013 onwards, top N-Level graduates can go to polytechnics without first having O-Level certificates, either by undergoing a one-year foundation course in the polys for the top 10%, or by doing a Higher Nitec course at the ITE for … Continue reading

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List of Top (Academically Very Good) Secondary Schools in Singapore …

This is just my informed opinion. [I] = Independent; [A] = Autonomous; [SAP] = Special Assistance Plan; [IP] = Integrated Programme. NAME OF SCHOOL (GCE O-LEVEL BAND IN 2010) [Type of School] Anderson Sec (1)[A] Anglican High (1)[A, SAP] Anglo-Chinese … Continue reading

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PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS (by Colin Goh & Joyceln Woo)

PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS: How living in New York has illuminated for us the difference between the Singaporean Dream and the Singaporean Plan By Colin Goh & Joyceln Woo Yen Yen Former lawyer turned writer/cartoonist Colin Goh and educator Joyceln … Continue reading

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