- Algebra: How do you teach algebra?
(Answer) As soon as you join me, I first check your algebra. If I find a problem, I will teach you the proper algebra technique with a separate Singaporean algebra textbook. Algebra is quite important in HSC maths. If your algebra is bad, you'll lose many marks even if you understand the topics because your working out and answers are all wrong! Please note that, in the HSC, working-out accounts for the majority of marks.
- Silly mistakes: I make many silly mistakes and do not know how to fix it.
(Answer) No worries. The reason why you're making many silly mistakes is because you don't know how to manage silly mistakes. Most students want to reduce silly mistakes but never make an organised effort to reduce them. But silly mistakes must be clearly flagged, tallied, analyzed, patterned then taught with proper techniques to reduce them. When you study with me, you will be taught this silly mistake management system.
- Memory: I seem to forget quite quickly. What should I do?
(Answer) No worries. I teach with unforgettable analogies, metaphors and models to help you understand the overall picture. Unlike other tutors who teach topics just once, I teach the same topic many rounds: (1) Theory (2) Drill (3) Past Paper 1 (4) Past Paper 2 (5) Past Paper 3 (6) Mock-up (7) Trial and HSC rounds. Also, the theory is revised for every question so that your memory is progressively strengthened.
- Problem-Solving: I cannot solve the problem-solving questions. Whenever I see those questions I just blank out.
(Answer) No worries. That is because you haven't learned how to analyze the question using techniques like schema, table or diagram. Once you know how to analyze the problem with these structured technique, you will feel that problem-solving questions are quite easy.
- Studying ahead: I'm not sure if I can study ahead of school progress.
(Answer) No worries. I always adjust the speed individually. I take care so that you can understands the topic fully and don't lose interest because it feels difficult. Also I wait until you have fully adapted to the current topic before moving onto the next topic.
- Online tutoring: Can I focus during online tutoring? How are you going to see what I'm doing?
(Answer) No worries. You and I will use a unique online-whiteboard system. You will soon realize that this is better than off-line tutoring.
- Medicine: I want to go to medicine but I don't know how to.
(Answer) No worries. Medicine entry is not just about getting a high ATAR. It involves many different kinds of preparation. I will guide you step by step on how to prepare for medicine including UCAT and interview preparation.