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RIVR for Learning Chemistry

Random, Intermittent and Variable Reinforcement (RIVR) This is Strategy #5 RIVR from Dr Lee’s book ‘Internal Drive Theory’, if you haven’t read the first four strategies, click here. In this strategy, we look at using rewards to help influence the child/student’s behavior.  Firstly, we have to distinguish between ‘approval’ and ‘reinforcement’. Approval for the right […]

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Informational Feedback to Learn Chemistry

Informational Feedback to Learn Chemistry We’ve come to strategy #4 from Dr Lee’s book, Internal Drive Theory, Motivate Your Child to Want to Study. If you haven’t read the previous three strategies, start here. This ranking of feedback is based on my own personal opinion, not from the book. The idea is, we need to […]

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Study Process to Learn Chemistry

Study Processes to Learn Chemistry The next strategy listed by Dr Lee is called “Study Process”, if you haven’t read the prior two posts on the first two strategies, click here to start. It’s basically forming good study habits together with your child/students. I see it as an extension to the first strategy, ‘Structured Choices’. The […]

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Emotional Connection to Learn Chemistry

Emotional Connection to Learn Chemistry For her second strategy, Dr Lee spoke at length about an “Emotional Connection” between parent and child. This is what the teaching fraternity refers to as “Rapport”. (If you hadn’t read my post on the first strategy, click here) In layman’s terms, it means that ‘if your students likes you, they […]

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Structured Choices to Learn Chemistry

Using Structured Choices to Learn Chemistry I have been reading this book recently, by Dr Petunia Lee. The first strategy she mentioned is giving the child structured choices. This gives the impression that he or she is the one who made the decision, who chose to do whatever the action is. The trick here is […]

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VSEPR theory – main concept

Understanding the underlying concept This week as i was teaching chemical bonding to my student, i realised that she was struggling to learn VSEPR.  I asked her why did she find it difficult and her reply was it was hard to remember all the basic shapes and bond angles. And we haven’t even got to […]

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IP Chem tuition and Lifelong Learning

Public Service Announcement – Parking App (for carparks with no electronic gantry eliminates use of coupons) Met with a copier company salesperson last month after my IP chem tuition. They proposed to takeover my existing contract and provide me with a new copier.  So met their salesperson but their pricing wasn’t really competitive plus there […]

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Best JC Chemistry Teacher

The best JC chemistry teacher This is a continuation of a series of posts to remind myself of good teaching strategies that i can use to engage and hold students’ interest. This second idea from the book “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath talks about the curiosity gap, a gap which happens when […]

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JC Chemistry Tutor – Keeping Teaching Simple

JC Chemistry Tutor – Keeping Teaching Simple As a teacher who teaches chemistry at advanced level, it isn’t easy to simplify core chemistry ideas and deliver it to students with a lasting impact. With the advent of information technology, we are constantly seduced by the “bells and whistles”. Things which grabs students’ attention momentarily but […]

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