Tips and tricks

Secondary 1 Survival Tips

Congratulations on getting your PSLE results!  Now the next step is to head to the next stage of your life- into your secondary school years.

Change is never easy, but always exciting. Here are a few tips on how to tackle Secondary One years for all the 12-year olds out there.


Do we pay notice to childcare alerts?

Ring, ring, my phone ring and the childcare principal on the other side said "because one person got stomach flu, the outing this saturday has to be cancelled".  My first question is when is it postponed to and she can't tell me, just sometime in october.  My next question, which was spining in my head, but never reach my mouth, "why would one person's stomach flu has such a great effect?". And this happened on wednesday afternoon.


Things to Do This December Holiday

The end-of-year school holiday starts from Nov. 16. We decided to compile a list of items that you can do with your children in this one-and-half month.  


Six Comprehensive Tips to Ace the Oral Exams This Week (Part 2)

Yesterday, we gave you tips on how to prepare for the oral exams and how to look good for the examiner. Now, we will teach you how to face the teacher.

We will go into detail how you should tackle the three segments of oral with another three tips.

Don't be afraid of the oral examinations. It's very simple- just follow these steps. If you master them, you will outshine all your classmates.


Some Tips on Answering Science Open-Ended Questions

Dear Parents, have you come across these commonly given feedback on your child's answers in Science open-ended questions; "The answer is not to the point", "The concept is not present in the answer" "The answer is not structured well" ... Often, this is a result of your children understanding a concept or topic but being unable to express themselves to attain the marks they deserve.

Here are some tips that your child may find useful in helping them structure their answers. Please understand that these tips are not exhaustive and may not encompass all open-ended questions. Nevertheless, I have found it quite useful when helping children to structure their Science open-ended answers.

Here are some common sentence structures your child can adopt when answering open-ended questions. They can use the question stems and the context to help them identify the sentence structures.

‘What’ Questions are often questions that test your child on identifying the correct fact. The words that identify these questions are as follows.


Deal with your Child’s Careless Mistakes

Spotting careless mistakes in your child’s work is a common but frustrating occurrence for many parents, especially if these mistakes cost marks in an important assignment or during the examinations.

And I’m sure many parents have well-intentionally reminded their children to “Be more careful with your work” or “Remember to double-check after you finish” And yet, these reminders do not seem to work much effect.

Well, besides reminders and patience, we can adopt a more ACTIVE approach to nip this issue in the bud and empower the child to build the ability and keen-ness towards details and ‘subtle’ differences in his/her work.


Art of small talk vanishing from Facebook

The art of making small talk with strangers is fast disappearing as more and more people prefer to communicate through social networking site Facebook, reveals a new survey.

The survey carried out by organic tea brand Clipper revealed that two-thirds of Britons regularly talk to people on Facebook who they would never see in person.

A staggering 70 per cent of the 1,000 people polled said they thought the art of conversation was dying because of texting, email and social media.

A third would strike up a conversation with a stranger only if they were lost and needed directions, and just over half said they see the same people every day on the way to work, at lunch or walking the dog.

But four out of 10 said it would be "weird" to say hello, while others said they were shy or "could not think of anything to say", so ignored them.

The problem is particularly bad among those aged under 30, with 58 per cent saying they avoid talking to people they see often, but do not really know.


Give our Children the Skills for Learning

In a typical school environment, we often determine a child’s academic potential and achievement based on whether he can complete the assignments given, the quality of the answers given in class and the marks he managed to score for his examinations (this  is often the one most important determinant teachers and parents use to assess the ‘potential’ of a child).

However, this perspective of analysing a child’s potential to learn prevents us from truly understanding what a child is capable of. We are merely seeing and judging the child’s ability from a final grade or marks scored for a particular subject.