The importance of education and scoring well in PSLE and GCE O’ levels A* and A1, SG50

Tips, Hints, and Focus for the PSLE Examinations.

SEAB MOE Syllabus PSLE and GCE O’ levels Singapore for Primary and Secondary Schools is by far the main contributor to the social mobility of Singaporeans.

PSLE Student doing Mathematics MOE SEAB Syllabus Singapore in Tampines Tuition Centre Class
PSLE Student doing Mathematics MOE SEAB Syllabus Singapore in Tampines Tuition Centre Class

It is the first major exam that starts the path of development for a young individual by training, developing and constructing the psyche of the ultimate student and turning them into a complete Singaporean adult that is capable of competing in this 21st Century workforce.

With SG50, we have now witnessed the effectiveness of education in transforming us into a metropolitan first world country, one that only has human resource that drives this country.

We survived, and then thrived against all odds, whilst in the face of competition against many other resource-rich nations. All this did not come from just plain luck.

We have witnessed too, with the PSLE and streaming of students into secondary schools, how much their PSLE scores alter their outcomes when they grow up.

And I am sure we have to keep our education world class in years to come, even more so with the huge external forces from other markets within the burgeoning Asian region as well as pressures from the international market to keep up-to-date and solve every problem that we will face in the future.

We cannot be naive and think our problems can be solved with a normal, mediocre education, with a low-skilled and highly unmotivated work force. That is not the mark of a first world country. We need to have something special to keep competition at bay.

Dynamism is a highly valued characteristic our children should possess.

I shall loosely quote Gordon Ramsay, “You can’t run a “country” if you can’t even run your own bath.”

And hence, education, training, intelligence, creativity, innovation and persevering hardwork are the hallmarks of a successful country. We need to adopt the mentality that we are larger than what we are, that our world is not restricted to the red dot that makes Singapore a country. But rather, we are in a global community that requires global competitiveness and social skills. And that comes from a world class education.

We need a large canvas of intelligence and expertise, multitudes of captains of industries, pools of talents, and scores of highly skilled individuals to deal with the increasingly convoluted society and economy of the future. And that comes from a world class education.

We, as a nation, bear witness to social mobility, from our previous generations to current generations, and am sure, to our future generations, that doing well in education equates to better salaries, better standards of living and a stable economy. But this didn’t just happen to an individual, and the last 50 years, we have all moved up the social ladder as a collective community. And we have continued to be socially mobile. And that again, comes from a world class education.

As a nation, we have improved leaps and bounds, again, that didn’t just happen by plain luck. We have our PM Lee Kuan Yew to thank for that. But even more so, our society as a whole has taken those steps to rid ourselves of the third world status and decided that this should be the way to go, forwards. And that should always be the way to go, forwards.

All this leads to one conclusion, that of a student that does well in his/her education, will do well in life. That is a rule of thumb of any Singaporean student, and its the easiest and distinct way by far to move up the ladder and achieve success in life.

Let not detractors say that PSLE is getting too hard, for being soft only weakens our pool of talented future human resources. For in Singapore, strength comes from advancing together, and we have to be careful when a minority wants to re-invent the wheel and begs for an easy PSLE.

Let me quote some articles statistics that shows our education is working:

Forbes.com: Why Asian Nations Dominate Global Education Rankings-Not surprisingly, the top four countries overall – South Korea (No. 1), Japan (No. 2), Singapore (No. 3)….put an emphasis on their students developing basic skills….numeracy and literacy.

Straits Times: “Singapore takes third spot in global education rankings

Wikipedia.org: “Singapore’s education system has been described as “world-leading” and in 2010 was among those picked out for commendation by the former British Tory education secretary Michael Gove…As of 2012, both universities are ranked among the Top 50 in the world.”

Insing.com: Education minister pleased with Singapore’s PISA ranking “To do well, a student can’t get by with just memorisation; he must have real knowledge and the wits to apply that knowledge to unpredictable real-life problems. This is exactly what we want our students to learn in school — the real skills to think critically and creatively so they can succeed in the 21st Century,” said Heng Swee Kiat.

We do need changes to adapt to the ever changing world, and so our education shall be tweaked to allow such changes. But changing the whole system, on something that has worked well, is just suicidal and cataclysmic.

The problem with education is that the effects are not seen straight off, and only in 20 years time, and maybe another 5-10 years after that when the student graduates and starts climbing up their career and contributes to society. Only then will we feel the effect that will be shouldered by the next generation with a wrong education model.

We have come far from where we began 50 years ago, and our success has come from truly hard intelligent pragmatic work. The recipe for success did not come from being weak, or having a compromised education/society. We do have to be careful how any changes will alter our state, as if its for the better, no one complains; but for the worse, everyone pays, ultimately.

Generally, and critically, the higher the education of a Singaporean, the higher they climb up the social ladder. And that is fact. And that starts with the PSLE. And that, is one that parents should never waver in their child’s education.

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Punggol Female Tutors attending to Primary students when they find it difficult to understand. Explain when they need it, or if we find they can do it, we will make them think independently

MOE 2015 syllabus- developing a 21st Century Singaporean child (Part 2)

This is eduKate Singapore Tuition Centre’s Child Development Technology for our English, Maths and Science tutorial classes for primary and secondary tutorial classes.

In line with the MOE’s 2015 English Syllabus, we have been developing new structures to teach students to develop them into 21st Century individuals that are gregarious, intelligent and exceptional.

Below is a list that we keep in mind when we teach our students, and also for all parents that are looking to teach a child to be a successful Singaporean in the 21st Century.

Interpersonal Skills

To Interact, Being a Leader and Team Player gets the work done.

  • culturally aware of multi cultural Singapore
  • sensitive to society/political correctness
  • integrate with society
  • take responsibility
  • acknowledge one’s mistakes
  • ability to solve problems of all kinds
  • participate in a team as team member
  • conduct meetings
  • commitment to a promise
  • loyalty to family, friends, company and country
  • form a team and engage effectively
  • be a leader, motivate and give instructions
  • give/receive/appreciate criticism
  • manage time, objectives and resources
  •  negotiate and persuade effectively
  • compromise and agree on best options
  • speak clearly, concisely and logically

Science is FUN! – Transportation of Water in Plants

Have Science Tuition at our eduKateSG Punggol Tuition Centre.

This week in Science, we learn about the plant’s transport system and zoomed in on how water is transported from the roots to the other parts of the plant through the xylem tubes. To demonstrate this, we conducted a simple and fun activity that is easy to carry out at home as well.

Materials required:

  • Fresh white chrysanthemum or carnation
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic bottle

Procedure:

  1. Pour 1 cup of water into the plastic bottle and mix in 1/4 cup of food coloring.
  2. Trim the stalk of the flower using a pair of kitchen scissors at an angle such that the base is pointed and not flat. (Water absorption may be affected if the base is flat and the stalk sits at the bottom of the bottle.)
  3. Place the flower in the colored water and watch the petals change color!

after 45 minutes
after 45 minutes
after 1.5 hours

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  • MOE Curriculum Primary Science Tuition
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  • PSLE English Tuition Preparatory Course
  • PSLE Mathematics Tuition Preparatory Course
  • PSLE Science Tuition Preparatory Course
  • PSLE Intensive Tuition Mathematics Course
  • PSLE Intensive Intensive Science Course

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Singapore Studies and Education Statistics 2014

Here’s some perspective of our education in Singapore. All data obtained from http://www.singstat.gov.sg

Singapore literacy rate (for 15 years and above) is at 96.5% with males at 98.5% and females at 94.6%. However, there is no change for males literacy from previous years but females upped 0.2% from 94.4% previously.

Singaporeans with Secondary education or higher (for 25 years and above) has increased from 67.7% to 68.8% with males 71.8% and females 66%.

Our mean years of studying are 10.5 years with males at 11.0 years and females at 10.0 years.

Also interesting, our social indicators have improved with 20 doctors for every 10,000 population as compared to 19 doctors from the previous data.

by Wong Kin Leong eduKateSG

Pinevale Tampines

School Terms and Holidays 2015

Herein lies important dates for Singapore schools and our operating schedules for 2015. Parents take note that eduKate SG operates on all days except public holidays stated in SECTION 3.2 

(all information are subject to changes from MOE and is only intended to be used as a rough guideline. dated 4th Nov 2014)

extract from MOE website:

School Terms and Holidays For 2015

1.0) The school year for 2015 for all MOE primary and secondary schools will start from Friday, 2 January and end on Friday, 20 November 2015. This takes into account 40 weeks of curriculum time for teaching and learning before the start of the national examinations, and six weeks of school vacation at end of year for teachers and students.

1.1) School Calendar 2015

PRIMARY & SECONDARY
Semester I
Term I Fri 2 Jan – Fri 13 Mar
Term II Mon 23 Mar to Fri 29 May
Semester II
Term III Mon 29 Jun to Fri 4 Sep
Term IV Mon 14 Sep to Fri 20 Nov
JUNIOR COLLEGE (JC) Year 1 & Millennia Institute (MI) Year 1 MI Year 2 JC Year 2 & MI Year 3
Semester I
Term I Mon 2 Feb – Fri 13 Mar Mon 5 Jan – Fri 13 Mar
Term II Mon 23 Mar to Fri 29 May
Semester II
Term III Mon 29 Jun to Fri 4 Sep
Term IV Mon 14 Sep to Fri 20 Nov Mon 14 Sep to end of ‘A’-level exams

1.2) School Vacation 2015

2.0) The four vacation periods for schools, junior colleges and centralised institute for 2015 will be as follows:

PRI & SEC
Between Terms I & II Sat 14 Mar – Sun 22 Mar
Between Semesters I & II Sat 30 May – Sun 28 Jun
Between Terms III & IV Sat 5 Sep – Sun 13 Sep
At End of School Year Sat 21 Nov – Thu 31 Dec
JC Year 1,
MI Year 1 & MI Year 2
JC Year 2 &
MI Year 3
Between Terms I & II Sat 14 Mar – Sun 22 Mar
Between Semesters I & II Sat 30 May – Sun 28 Jun
Between Terms III & IV Sat 5 Sep – Sun 13 Sep
At End of School Year Sat 21 Nov – Thu 31 Dec End of ‘A’ Level exams – Thu 31 Dec

 

3.0) The scheduled school holidays and public holidays for 2015 will be as follows:

3.1) Scheduled School Holidays 2015

Youth Day Sun 5 Jul
(The following Monday, 6 Jul 2015 will be a scheduled school holiday)
Teachers’ Day Fri 4 Sept
Children’s Day
for primary schools and primary sections of full schools only)
Fri 9 Oct

3.2) Public Holidays 2015

Term I New Year’s Day Thu 1 Jan
Chinese New Year Thu 19 Feb
Fri 20 Feb
Term II Good Friday Fri 3 Apr
Labour Day Fri 1 May
Vesak Day Mon 1 Jun
Term III Hari Raya Puasa Fri 17 Jul
National Day *Sun 9 Aug
Term IV Hari Raya Haji Thu 24 Sep
Deepavali **Tue 10 Nov
Christmas Day Fri 25 Dec
*The next day, Mon 10 Aug 2015, will be a public holiday.
**Tentatively, Deepavali will fall on 10 November in 2015. This date will need to be reconfirmed against the Hindu Almanac when it is available. Should there be a change in date, the Ministry of Manpower will issue a media release to announce the change accordingly.

 

4) The school terms and holidays for 2015 is available on the MOE’s website atwww.moe.gov.sg/schools/terms-and-holidays/2015/

 

prepared by Wong Kin Leong

edukate SG

Tampines St 73

Singapore

Idioms and Phrases in the 21st Century

Modernise your writing with new phrases or idioms.

Time shifts language and adopts new words/phrases. As we continue into the 21st Century, usage of idioms have changed significantly in our society and time dictates certain idioms/phrases to be out of date and some that becomes fashionable.

Here’s a few fun ones:

  • take things easy
  • suck it up
  • keep in touch
  • speak of the devil
  • slip past
  • send me up the wall
  • you got me
  • hit it off
  • mixed up in
  • in summary

These phrases are definitely useful and fashionable right now, and gives a contemporary and modern feel to your writing. If your composition is written in a modern setting, keep the words trendy and fresh.

Or it depends on the characters that you use in your composition. When the person is older, he/she can take on an older vocabulary/phrase/idiom. But when the character is younger, then keep it trendy, like “Whoa! Nellie”.

So keep that in mind when you write your next composition. Certain phrases might sound archaic and eventhough it is contextually correct, it just gives a slightly musty feel to your writing, dusty covers and all.

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English Tuition with Yuet Ling doing Cloze Passages.

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Punggol Tuition Centre for English Math and Science

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Understanding Lag Time in Studies

In this article, I shall talk about the importance of lag time in performance management of students in the course of an academic year. This article talks about how students should manage their time when it comes to examination management. It is also a technology that parents can employ to improve their child’s performance if applied successfully. The studying technology prevalent is still time management and prioritising syllabus uptake but problems arise when we don’t factor in lag time and peak performance. It is a 2 dimensional approach in studying that does not factor in student’s lag time in skill mastery and fails to explain why students does not perform well in examinations.

Solution

Instead we shall now start thinking in the 3D form of logistical delivery of information to our brains and peak performance acquisition. Lag time, as defined in this case as the time between studying a new topic to the time when a student attains mastery of the topic, should be put into consideration for students to do well in their examinations. We know that a student learning a new topic will take some time to digest  the new material and eventually gain enough skills to score well. But this mastery requires the function of time and depending on students’ skills, the time required will be different as no two students are the same in attainment of skill mastery. It is a logistical task that needs to be tailored to individual students and one which requires us to know what is needed, when it is needed, and where it is needed.

Once we understand that lag time is important, we now need to introduce the mechanism of peak performance. Peak performance is  defined as the point in time when one reaches its peak in absolute performance. This also means that once the peak is reached, there will generally be followed by a reduction/degradation of the skill with the passing of time. The aim of a successful examination will be down to these factors.

  • knowledge of our lag time
  • when our peak performance occurs
  • time management factoring in the above
  • prioritising in accordance to achieve peak performance

So what have we learnt from our research:

1) Exams are a constant in the year. With the constant of examination time tables, lag time must be worked out and calculated to prevent a student from failing to attain the necessary skill set before the examination begins. Knowledge of oneself is the greatest liberty.  Students should know how much time is needed to attain mastery of skills. Also, this is when parents can step in and take this lag time into consideration. For a student who learns quick and have a good uptake of facts, this lag time will play a smaller role in the process of learning, but one who takes a fair amount of time to attain mastery, parents should play a bigger part in making sure their child manage their time well enough.

First, know when the exams and tests are in an academic year. Second, calculate how much time is needed to fully master, and commit to memory the skills acquired. Third, take this calculated time that you need, and work backwards from the dates of the exams to start planning revision of your topics according to when  you peak in your mastery. Factor in 2-3 extra weeks for delays in your schedule as a safety net. Also factor in the amount of subjects that is being attempted, time it to how the exams pan out. Study in accordance to what papers are chronologically arranged What you have will be a solid blue print to a successful examination.

2) Lag time decreases with a better memory Generally, students with better memory requires less lag time to master their syllabus. This is obvious as students who spends more effort memorising what they have learnt means that they do not have to spend so much time backtracking to relearn what they have forgotten.

3) Lag time decreases with better understanding There is studying by hard, or studying by smart. The latter being studying by understanding and comprehending, as opposed to the former of memorising questions and formulas. Studying by understanding generally gives clarity and a better fundamental grasp of the topic. And clarity in thought gives a better memory palace. Know how  the topic  works, digesting it and then memorizing and keeping it clear will usually means a recall of the topic will be easier.

4) Consistency wins. Mugging scares. Consistently studying and peaking will help a student learn how to reach peak performance. Do it, and do it again. Hone it till it becomes second nature and exams become a breeze. Mugging is scary because it leaves too little time to learn everything. It works, but there’s also a chance that it doesn’t. Why gamble when we can play it safe and buy insurance.

So there you go. Take into consideration lag time, and peak right on exam day. Success is just around the corner.

This week for English (Upper Primary level), we shall talk about Troy, the Trojan War, and Achilles, where the phrase “It is your achilles heel” comes to mean one’s weakness. Below is a Youtube video of The True Story of Troy from History Channel.