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]]>It’s the end of the year, and you’ve just completed your final exams for Sec 3 recently, and are looking forward to a nice, long break before the start of Sec 4. Although you can certainly take a deserved break, it is impossible not to notice the rapidly looming O levels that will happen, in June for Mother Tongue, and October onwards for the rest of the subjects.

One key subject that many students fear and worry about is EMath.

EMath is often a problem for less than meticulous students, due to the large amount of opportunities for misconceptions and mistakes to crop up. In Paper 1, there are 25 short answer questions, spanning a large range of topics taught in both Sec 3 and Sec 4.

Hence, here is how to do well for Paper 1 for the EMath O level.

To do well in both papers, especially Paper 1 is a matter of pacing. To figure out your ideal pacing, use your past exams and practice papers to gauge your speed. If you’re always about five questions away from finishing the paper when time is up, adjust accordingly.

The same applies if you are always able to finish your Paper 1 with a lot of time remaining. This could potentially indicate that you’ve gone through the questions too quickly, and could possibly have missed out important details or made mistakes due to haste along the way. At the end of the day, it is best to find a good balance between too little and too much time taken to do the paper – an ideal balance is about ten minutes remaining, with you having a feeling of at least having given each question the amount of thought and scrutiny it deserves.

While in an ideal situation one would be able to have absolute mastery over each topic, that usually isn’t possible, or you wouldn’t be reading this article. If you are weak in very many topics, think about the format of Paper 1. As previously mentioned, EMath O level Paper 1 has 25 questions of various topics. Hence, if you are weak in everything, you will simply suffer great losses in every topic, which could very well lead to failing altogether. However, if you try to master one specific topic, you might have the bad luck of not having the topic come out at all, or for a measly two or three marks on that specific topic. A happy counter to this problem is to learn a bit about every topic, just enough that you can answer at least the easy or medium difficulty questions.

It’s best not to fret over the hard questions that require you to be really skilled in the topic, because there would have been a chance you would have been unable to understand them anyway. While you can’t grab for all the marks, grab for what you can.

If you have absolutely no idea why you are failing your Paper 1 or just can’t seem to improve despite your best efforts, it might be time to turn to your Math teacher or your EMath tutor. Teachers often have many years of experience, and may be able to tell you exactly what your problem scoring is, be it time management, careless mistakes or something you did not even know about.

If you are shy and do not want to trouble your teacher, the time is now. It is very important to start off Sec 4 on a good note, as Sec 4 is the most critical year for you, at this time in your life. However, if your teacher is the sort that does not sense the urgency of your impending O levels, it might be time to find yourself a well trusted, established EMath tutor, especially one that is experienced in helping to pull up poor grades with not much time left to the EMath O level.

You can ask your Math tutor for any personal tips or tricks they have up their sleeves, or what they think the potential pitfalls for this year may look like, based on past year trends. Some of them may even have things like spreadsheets they can show you that display the number of questions in each topic for the past EMath Paper ones. This can be good “insider info” that can help you plan your time management strategies.

Even if you have been having trouble with getting good grades for EMath, the best time to do something about it is right now. As the saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

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]]>It’s the end of the year, and you’ve just completed your final exams for Sec 3 recently, and are looking forward to a nice, long break before the start of Sec 4. Although you can certainly take a deserved break, it is impossible not to notice the rapidly looming O levels that will happen, in June for Mother Tongue, and October onwards for the rest of the subjects.

A key subject that many students fear and worry about is EMath.

EMath is often a problem for less than meticulous students, due to the large amount of opportunities for misconceptions and mistakes to crop up. In paper 1, there are 25 short answer questions, spanning a large range of topics taught in both sec 3 and sec 4. In paper 2, there will be 10 to 11 questions of varying marks and

lengths.

To do well in EMath Paper 1, pace yourself accordingly, using your past practice papers as a gauge for how much time you spend on each question.

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]]>Overtime, as I progressed to higher education, I finally understood why graphs are so beneficial. They are important when you need to support a certain theorem, or to display certain information that is the neatest and easiest for the audience to comprehend. The beauty of plotting graphs is that you can use it for any academic disciplines, be it mathematics, engineering, medicine or even social sciences. It is the best tool to use when I needed to present a project work, especially when I could substitute the lengthy explanation with simple presentation.

This highlights another main point. In the future, you will graduate from your respective schools, and enter into the corporate world. Most of the time there is a need for you to report to your higher-ups at specific intervals of time. The graphs that you disliked earlier as a student will now serve an integral purpose in your life. It will be your best friend to approach when you need to convey financial information or facilitate data analysis to your report.

Studying the nature of graphs is interesting. Different graphs can identify different information that an individual would like to represent. Some graphs can be used for data summary, for example your histograms and pie chart, which can display nominal values. They are also great at dividing into certain categories for better classification. Another classification would be functional graphs, which is a representation of mathematics in an algebraic expression. An example would be that a quadratic graph has a u-shape feature, an exponential graph having an asymptotic nature and so on. These are especially useful when you have to analyze the data findings of your profit and losses, or even measure your personal utility. The other kind of graphical representation would be regression graphs. This is the most practical of the graphs. It can be used to represent whether certain machinery is viable for use, or certain medicine is useful to help the patient recover. It can also be utilized in economics to see whether certain policies implemented is useful to a selection of samples, all these with just a simple task of collecting data findings, summarizing into data spreadsheet, and then graphing them out with computer software.

Take this opportunity to appreciate the wonders that graphs can bring into your life. In Bright Math, our tutors adopt the most creative approach to pique the interests of the students on this important topic. We strongly believe this will serve them well in the future and the best way right now, is to make learning graphs a fun and enjoyable experience.

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]]>Researchers found out that students learn better when they can discuss their thoughts together. Not exclusive to the best method that your child can cope. Perhaps your child does it best in a 1-1 scenario, however trying out mathematics tuition with a class size from (5-8 students) in total is a good starting reference. The number of students is manageable, each student gets sufficient time and attention for them to clarify and ask questions, especially pertaining to those schoolwork that they are struggling to cope with. At Bright Math, we tailor our math classes at that recommended size. Sometimes we would even schedule a 1-to-1 help for your child if there are indications that your child requires such help.

The next important consideration is to choose the tutors with great number of mentoring experience. Learn more about the tutors; understand their dedication and their expertise in the subject. For instance, our tutors at Bright Math are carefully selected. Each of them is accredited, with great background in qualifications. They are fully aware of the syllabus and will drill students towards acing the exams.

Another factor is to have background knowledge of the tuition centre’s materials that are offered. A dedicated tuition centre will always offer quality notes and assignments best tailored to challenge your child to be a better student. At Bright-Math, our tutors often prepare summary notes to best help your child remember mathematical rules and formulae. The math learning materials are broken down to different topics to disseminate proper concepts to your child. This can help them to understand better.

Lastly, it is crucial to look at the track record of the tuition centre. When your child enters into their first primary school, as a parent, you would rummage through selection booklet; even go through great lengths to ensure the child enters into the primary school with a great environment, with caring teachers and quality learning experience. Selecting a quality Math tuition centre is no different. At Bright-Math, we always provide information of our progress. The improvement in results of our students is the best credentials for your perusal. This is the indication of our ability to teach your child best and guide them to good grades. We are certain to bring the best out of your child!

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]]>Ministry of Education always reviews the syllabus every 5-6 years to maintain the relevance and quality of education for Singapore students. The recent changes are that the students will now face more questions that are similar to real life scenarios. Students will face more practical questions, and the teachers will be using more day-to-day realistic scenarios as examples to teach the students.

The focus has changed in recent times, and education is evolving. What used to be conceptual learning in the past seems irrelevant if the student do not know the application behind the skills they learn. The new changes help to promote competency. That is also the reason why the model of Singapore education system is sought after by western countries.

Students are also tasked with solving questions with the use of technology. There will be interactive online games to help students understand multiplications and divisions, and learn to structure mathematical models.

Some of the changes to the syllabus include the following:

- Primary 3 students are required to understand and construct parallel and perpendicular lines
- Primary 4 students will learn grid drawings, and shape orientations. Tessellations are removed from the course.
- Primary 5 students will learn multiplications of fractions to the whole numbers. Divisions of fractions will be taken out of the syllabus. 3D drawings will be introduced.

There are also changes to the mathematics papers. PSLE mathematics paper 1 will have more short answer questions, with PSLE mathematics paper 2 reducing the number of structural questions. Mathematics answers are also required to be standardized to the requirements of MOE.

As a parent, keeping up with all these changes may be an arduous task. Situations like helping your child to cope with the time management with the changes made to the exam papers, or what topics to emphasize more on, or even to teach your child to use certain software required by the school, are all top priority worries for every parent.

At Bright-Maths, our purpose is to help your child to better prepare for this new change. Since the news broke out in 2016, our personnel have been briefed, and have proactively restructured our lessons to the expectations of MOE. Our students have been taught on proper representations for the answers, from rates and percentages, to even units. We have tutors coming up with new short answer questions with various difficulties, to better help our students learn and tackle them. Our tutors have also put in emphasis on resolving other miscellaneous issues faced by the students, such as time management or inability to adapt to the changes of syllabus, etc.

Bright-Maths is ready for this new challenge. Let us work together and help your child ace PSLE.

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]]>Singapore approach to mathematics has drawn a lot of praises from countries overseas. The concept is to understand fundamentals in primary educations. Examples include timetables, addition, subtraction and model illustration. Local teachers found that illustrative learning boost student’s motivation and willingness to engage in lessons. This brings me to another more important point.

Students when they further studies to secondary education, often the first problem they deal with is calculus. It can be very daunting, when there are numerals and alphabets all mixed into an expression. In most schools, students are expected to understand the concepts fairly quickly, and use those methods to solve equations and problems.

When students experienced questions like the following:

*Mr Tan is 30 years older than his daughter. In 10 years time, his daughter will be 1/3 his age. His daughter is x years old now. What is x?*

Most students when first encountering such calculus questions would be baffled. The added pressure is when they have to complete it with minimal calculus understanding, it can be very difficult. However, such questions can be tackled with the model approach. The following solution is as follow:

*If the daughter is 1/3 his age, which means 2/3 would equal 30. So the daughter would be 15-10 = 5 years old now*

Evidently, both model and calculus can derive similar answers. Using the method of calculus, it may be complicated for students to form and algebraic equation out of the blue to solve for similar answers (the following below):

*(x+10) = 1/3(x+10+30)*

*x = 5*

However, when the students are able to picture a solution out using what they have learnt in primary schools, the rectangular blocks suddenly brings about a whole new spectrum of significance in their education. Calculus may be able to help you summarize an overview of a question, but the model helps you to identify for specific details. It is when a student learning how to construct pictorial representations, that they can use what they have learnt in primary schools such crafting skills to construct and solve for algebraic problems in the future.

Take this opportunity to allow your child to express themselves in mathematics. Get a good math tutor with Bright-Maths to solidify this foundation. It is important that a student learns and remembers well about the topics covered in primary school. It can be a building block to achieve so much more in the future.

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]]>The benefits of having a math tutor are of the following:

One of the reasons why your child suffers in school is because often the math teachers rush through the syllabus in order to finish it. One of the biggest benefits of having a math tutor is that the students are mentored at a pace where they can understand and absorb information better. They have more liberty of in learning things at their own discretion, and may even ask specific questions that are often neglected by school teachers

A classroom is usually packed with around 30 students. Sometimes, it is difficult for the school teachers to attend to every student who needs help. With a mathematics tutor, rest assured your child will not face their troubles alone. At Bright Maths, our tutors are available to answer questions that the students have, and most topics are revised over time to refresh learning. The classes are also tailored at a comfortable numbers, and the tutors will get to know your child’s individual learning style and adapt the teachings to suit them.

The schools usually have stringent curriculum to follow. Teachers often teach what is provided in the syllabus, and nothing beyond that. At Bright Maths, we often encourage students to learn in a more efficient way, different tricks to solve certain problems, and different methods to understand concepts and formulae better. This imparts better time management and organization skills to the students, all these attributes that will be useful for their everyday life.

Does your child feel lonely in school? Are they worried that nobody understands their problems? At Bright Maths, everyone is like family. Everyone can share their stories and we listen to every student’s troubles, even if they are not academic related. Our coordinator, Joel even offers good advice to help students overcome their hurdles. Sometimes the best way to learn is to solve all problems at heart’s content. That way, the student can focus much better.

Schools do not usually emphasize to students that creating goals and achieving objective is important. With the entire hectic schedule, school personnel do often overlook talents. At Bright Maths, we appreciate each and every student, and help them realize their potential. Setting goals for your child is our priority, and we will help achieve them together!

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]]>Everybody wants to be rich, own a private house and drive the nicest car. In order to be rich, you will need to secure a good career. Mathematics provides you all the necessary tools to be attractive to your potential hirer. An actuarial can draw a salary of $120,000 a year, a physicist a $130,000 a year, and so on. Mathematics provides you the best jobs offers!

Mathematics is such subject, that most courses have it as a prerequisite. The university gladly accepts students with interest in mathematics, and the students have a lot of course choices to select, from economics, to engineering, and even in biomedical studies. Furthermore, mathematics is such a neutral subject that it can be taken with other courses, for students interested in double degree courses, such as Mathematics and history, Mathematics and music, etc. Mathematics degree is not purely numerical. There are other fields of significance, and this widens the options for every student.

Students with great mathematics background will not be exhausted, even if they choose to not follow the technical path. Students are able to extrapolate those skills they learn in mathematics into other situations and areas of work. For instance, mathematics relies a lot on logical thinking, which can be useful for people in any situation that requires steadfast thinking, or even in jobs that saves lives such as a fireman. Other skills in mathematics teach a person about concepts and representation, which develops a person’s cognitive ability. Better thinkers make better forecasts. It can even be helpful when you decide to invest!

These are very wonderful traits to have. With mathematics, it makes you more attentive to calculations, be it from profit from your business, or calculating whether it is worth taking a risk in your investments, or even when you decide to settle your credit card bills. Math wires students with all the formula and concepts and that hones the student to be more careful, diligent and concise in everything they do, even to the minutest detail.

Notice that when we become better at mathematics, we become capable of finding many different shortcuts to calculate for mental sums. This reduces our reliance to calculators or tabulation programs, especially when we have no access to either at that point in time. With mathematics, we may even learn computer coding programs that enable us to create our favourite application, develop a game, and create different software to aid our convenience. That is the wonders that mathematics can bring into our lives.

Given all these benefits that mathematics can bring into your life, learn to embrace it with open arms. Any willing learner can master this subject. Alternatively, you can always seek a maths tutor for guidance. Bright-Maths have quality tutors and friendly peers that adds fun into learning!

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]]>I remember those days in school when I had to attend many different classes I would always let out a big loud sigh. Learning all about debit and credit in an accounting class, I thought to myself: “Who cares? If I am the boss I’d only care about profit!” Or during a history lesson, the teacher would be rambling about the Red Army in the Soviet Union, and I would be sitting on my seat daydreaming about asking the girl sitting next to me out on a valentine’s date. Or that episode in a chemistry class, the teacher would be going through the periodic table, and I would be slouching on my desk vexed about passing the next Chemistry exam. I am sure many other students find this relatable.

vexed about passing the next Chemistry Exam

Therefore, motivation is important. Your child needs support from people with comparable experiences. Update yourself on your child’s learning progress. Alternatively, you can encourage your child to participate in clubs, workshops or learning platforms that injects fun into learning and meet people with common interest. A good example will be our BrightCulture Community. We have a good network of interactive students and teachers. This will make learning process even more meaningful!

Procrastination can be a really good excuse whenever someone is tasked to do something. This can be applied to studying as well. Often we give ourselves a 5-10 minutes break from studying the next chapter, to get an ice-cream or to plug in our PS4 and do a big update, only to find ourselves gone missing from revision for the rest of the day. Being productive is a big headache.

Being productive is a big headache sometimes

The solution is time management. When children get engrossed in technology and entertainment, sometimes they neglect proper time management. Work with your child on the reasons of distraction. Organize a to-do–list and come up with interesting ideas, like games and occasional rewards for completion of assignments. They will learn that achieving anything is possible, and they are awesome and can probably rule the world.

The big problem of every school is about how they prioritize competition as the underlying foundation. Students are taught from young that acing an exam of a relevant subject is important. That is the rite of passage to enter into the University of your Choice. Although competition can be healthy for a student to aspire greater heights, the problem is that schools often neglect the creativity of the student.

Throwback to the days that you were taught by the school on how to tackle math problems the standardized way, like how you should solve divisions using drop down method, or to do cube root in a certain manner. And people wonder why you dislike math? Your child feels the same way as well.

Embrace their creative nature and allow them to put it to use during learning. Reassure them that there is no universal measure with success, feel free to think big. Likewise with BrightCulture, we nurture young talents. We provide math tuition focusing on teaching our students on how to solve problem sets creatively. Other subjects in physics and chemistry are taught in illustrative manner to bring the best out in every individual. Perhaps your child might just be the next Albert Einstein in the making?

We do find students occasionally sitting for an exam paper that they have poorly prepared for. When the results are released, they nervously collect the script, open it up like a lottery ticket, praying to god secretly hoping for a miracle grade. However, the grades are bad and as a result, they feel disappointed and dejected.

Feeling disappointed and dejected

This is concerning for every parent, especially if it is a recurrent issue. We need to understand what has gone wrong and learn how we can better provide support in such situations. Are they at this moment suffering from unhappiness, be it the school environment or issues with friendship? Do they not understand the materials provided and that they are unable to seek help from their respective teachers? Make that concise effort to sit down with your child individually and talk things out. A listening ear can provide reassurance to the child. Proactively attend parents meeting with the school to better learn about the school and advice them on how to improve. If your child feels troubled, always confide in Mr Joel Liu. He will guarantee to make your child smile in no time!

On one hand, constant revision is vital for good grades. That helps to refresh their memory and enhance learning ability. However students should not be studying all the time as that can be very unhealthy to the body. There should be ample rest and exercise and also time allocated for own activities. Studying hard does not mean good results, it is important to study smart.

It is good to adopt a softer approach and advice how they should try to maximize any available time they are comfortable with to revise. Learn about their career aspirations and let them know that you understand they may make different choices in the future, but with education as a foundation, they open more options in life to chase after their dreams. I have my 9 year old nephew telling me studying is a waste of time, that he aspires to be a businessman and create another gaming application like “Flappy bird”. Sometimes children can be so courageous and imaginative.

A huge reason why students need to study hard is to prepare to the final GSCE examinations. A good exam grade is required to secure a placing for higher education and this provides additional pressure to the students. You would notice that the school coursework cares only about preparing for the finals, but not on the student’s wellbeing and often that causes exam stress.

All other first world problems that students would not care about

For instance before the prelims, the teacher would always like to ask impossible questions such as explaining quantum physics, or reasons why the Earth should be round, and all other first world problems that students would not care about. They assume that the class should have fully understood everything. This would be demoralizing to the students who are having troubles coping with the subjects and make them second guess themselves. A student with low confidence would perform badly in exams.

As a parent, we can identify four main causes of your child’s anxiety, namely lifestyle issues, poor studying methods, feelings and information and work to improve it. This will better the condition, and help them drop the worry and better prepare for the exams. There are so many reasons for your child to be happy, and they deserve the very best. BrightCulture is committed to achieve the best out of the students.

The teachers in schools may not be able to cater to every student. Often they are required to rush through syllabus, or that the school does not have ample facilities or programs to help troubled students. Every one of the students has their unique way of expressing intelligence. Sometimes they only need a little guidance to help them deal with obstacles.

Bright Culture is dedicated to handle these difficulties that students encounter. The tuition teachers possess brilliant methods to impart concepts, and are capable of honing your child’s learning ability. They are also experts in delivering motivational speeches so that your child is never lonely when handling academic problems. BrightCulture treasures every student here, and many of the past students still keep in contact with teachers like Mr Joel Liu. Don’t miss this chance to engage with the community because we can build a meaningful lifetime of friendship together!

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