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Revision for A level Chemistry

Revision for A level Chemistry Students and parents (as well as teachers) are all getting nervous about the impending Prelims. Some parents are asking me why aren’t their children making progress in their studies even though they spent long hours revising and attending tuition. One of the main reason is that students have to reflect […]

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Lesson Structure

Recently i implemented a new lesson structure for the J2 classes, inspired by my Harvard teaching and learning course. It’s easily remembered by the acronyms ABCDE, inspired by my son’s fascination with alphabets. A for Aim – What’s the learning objective we’re trying to master today? B for Big Idea – What’s the underlying concept […]

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Posture for Learning

Did you know that there’s a posture for learning? I didn’t until quite someone pointed out the link between posture and our physiological state of mind.  A couple of examples: You get angry and your nostrils flare, face turns red and your fists clench.  Watching a scary movie and your heart beats faster, palms get […]

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Thinking about the “M” word

No, not money…Memory! 🙂 Many have argued that our system of education is antiquated because a good grade is usually dependent on memorizing large chunks of information.  Why do we need to remember so much information when we have unprecedented access to huge amounts of data to literally anything at our fingertips? I would say […]

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Reading and learning

Reading and Learning Recently i had a revelation on why students struggled with paper 3 i.e. free response questions, as compared with structured questions in paper 2. It has to do with the ability to read and glean useful information from words. This problem is especially stark for science students, because they tend to fall […]

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Meta Learning Part 2

Meta Learning Part 2 This post is a follow-up to Meta Learning post. Recently one of my students did not complete her homework, citing “no stamina”. I told her most likely it is due to mental fatigue, as she is using a lot of her mental energy to do the organic questions. This is commonly […]

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Book published!

H2 Chemistry Practical Guide book   This is one item on my bucket list i thought wouldn’t be fulfilled so soon. Hopefully this book will be of help to private candidates as they prepare for their practical paper. Current students might also like to get a copy to get more practices of the various topics. […]

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Meta Learning

Meta Learning I’ve recently completed my reading challenge for 2018, twelve book, in four months and a week. Realised that i’ve set too low a bar for myself. Walked right over it. Will be doubling the number of books to read for the rest of the year. Reading and learning are intricately linked, but reading […]

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A visit to National Junior College

Went for the choir performance at National JC last month. I must say i felt very proud of my student as she’s one of the four lead singers during the combined choir. Here’s a picture of her in action:   Choir performances always gives me the goosebumps…not in the bad sense. There’s something deeply moving […]

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Start-up phase It has been about one year since we started Mr Khemistry. Looking back in this 12 months, there’s plenty to give thanks for. Friends who have been there, done that. Thanks Irwin, for your encouragement, advice and all those chairs. Irwin runs a renowned GP tuition centre, Irwin’s Study at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. […]

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