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Listen to High Quality Free Webcasts Lectures by S’pore students!

Need a revision on your JC topics? Now you can visit openlectures.sg  to have access to high quality free webcasts on topics like JC Economics and JC Chemistry by A-level graduate tutors!

Free JC Chemistry webcasts

ConsultAtutor JC tutors: You could also refer to this resource for extra lesson reviews for your tutees as homework or before going through certain topics in tutorials.

Kudos to all the A-Level graduate tutors at openlectures.sg to put up such a good resource for all to share!

Pythagoras Theorem Explained

Ever wondered how Pythagoras Theorem, the so called 1st theorem of Elementary Mathematics is proven as such?

Here’s an interesting video and method which you can explain to your Secondary students!

Make your tutorials fun and interesting!

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Multiplication Tables in your fingers!

An interesting and alternative way to get answers to multiplication for Primary Maths!

Primary Maths tutors: Advice is to keep the answers in the head but it will be a great tool for checking though.

 

Fun with Fibonacci

For JC students learning Series in A’ Level maths, have some fun watching this video of how Fibonnaci numbers are observed in nature and how they are being “applied” in plants!

Tutors, show this to your students when you are teaching about Series to inject some fun into this seemingly boring topic!

Tutoring Guide Series: How to help a student who is lagging behind?

Drawing parallels from the famous illustration by Zhuge Liang, often recognised as the greatest and most accomplished strategist of his era during the Three Kingdoms period in China in novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms:

[A man has fallen into a terrible malady.

First the physician must administer hashish, then soothing drugs until his viscera shall be calmed into harmonious action.

When the sick man’s body shall have been reduced to quietude, then may he be given strong meats to strengthen him and powerful drugs to correct the disorder.

Thus the disease will be quite expelled, and the man restored to health.

If the physician does not wait till the humors and pulse are in harmony, but throws in his strong drugs too early, it will be difficult to restore the patient. ]

~ Zhuge Liang in Romance of the Three Kingdoms

A tutor can only effectively help a student who is lagging behind by first finding out the root cause of the student’s academic performance.

Each student holds a different lock and a personal tutor will have to find the key to the lock!

While it could be tempting to hasten the learning for the student in order to improve within a short time period, however the personal tutor or private tutor will have to understand that if the foundation is not laid and true understanding of the content is not attained, it will not be beneficial to the student as new content is being introduced.

Why?

This is because usually the content learnt in higher grades are based on the content learnt in lower grades and going up from one level to another e.g. (Primary 4 to Primary 5) would follow a T-shape trend for different topics- increase in breadth and also in depth.

So, help a student who is lagging behind by leveraging on what private tuition can best do- personalising and planning what is appropriate for the individual student. Prepare and customise lesson plans according to the student’s needs. Also, remember to explain and discuss with student and parent why your lesson plan will help the student.

Of course, to sum it all,  “administer” the right “medicine” for your student!

A Different Perspective to “Teaching”

“I cannot teach you.., only help you to explore yourself.” ~ Bruce Lee

“Think-Out-of-the-Box” Multiplication Method

Ever wonder that other than your calculator or the manual working method which you have learnt in Primary school, are there any other ways to do your simple multiplication sums?

Here’s one really interesting way to do it!

Have fun trying it out-the pictorial way of solving multiplication sums but we don’t recommend using it if not you will have a hard time solving 999 x 999!

Tutors and parents: Feel free to share this with your students or children as a fun exercise or as a way to wow them and show how fun Maths can be!

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Open Source Physics Simulations for O level and A level Physics!

AC Generator Model from Open Source Physics Simulations

If you are a passionate Physics tutor/educator and constantly imploring how to improve your delivery styles and methods, and to make usually static Physics  lessons come alive for your Sec 3, Sec 4 O’level Physics or JC1 or JC2 A’level Physics students, take a look at this interesting website with interactive applications developed and adopted in real life classroom teaching by Singapore Physics teachers!

Make lessons like vernier caliper reading, electricity, forces or kinematics come alive today and let tuition be much more interesting by adopting these applications in your curriculum planning for your tutees today!

Go to Open Source Physics Applications here or you can download them here.

Start making a difference today!

Changing Education Paradigms

Ever thought of WHY people are in this “rat race” in the modern world where they  “paper chase” and teach their kids to do so too in a never-ending cycle?

Arguable, it is entirely human nature to better oneself’s prospect and yes..purely of own personal choice sometimes in the spirit to excel.

But what if you are inhibited by the education system that places emphasis on some field that you entirely do not have the passion to excel in much less to say about the talent to do so?And you want to really pursue something you dream of?

Then its important to understand how to get around it and pursue your dreams by paving your own way. “If there is a will, there is a way!” But first, understand how people in your own society views education and whether YOU are stuck in that paradigm or in a NUTS- No U-Turn Syndrome.

Start thinking differently and see things in a different perspective!

This video by RSA Animate- Changing Education Paradigms might help to get you started off. If you are the inspirational type of tutor from ConsultAtutor or even a parent who wants to fire up the passion in your child, watch this.

2010 Exam Practice Papers from ConsultAtutor.com Resource Centre!

Practice makes perfect!

ConsultAtutor’s Resource Centre has been updated with the latest 2010 exam papers!

Check it out now and download the CA2 papers in advance to see which papers are suitable to be included in your lesson plan early for your child/tutee’s exam preparation in July. There are currently 2008 to 2010 exam papers from top schools like Nanyang Primary, Rosyth School, Maha Bodhi Primary School, Nan Hua Primary School, Henry Park Primary School and more.

All SA2 papers have restricted access till after CA2, however to aid all PSLE students to prepare for PSLE in October, all prelim papers have been made available for download and practice.

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