How to Score an 'A' in Math :
Develop Strong Study & Homework Habits
Devote time to study and homework every day. You cannot study for Math the day before an exam/ test. You need time to Understand & Practise the Concepts learned in your math class.
If you Study & Practise on the same day that you had your Math class lesson, the information will be fresher in your mind. You'll also be able to stay on top of the work more easily.
Remember that there is only so much your Teacher/ Tutor can help you with. It is ultimately YOUR responsibility to learn the material, test yourself, and ensure that you understand it.
There is NO shortcut to excel in Math ! You must Do the Practice exercise problems at home. You may not have to turn them in, but Practice & Applications exercises can help you test your understanding of a Concept or a Formula.
There are few ways to “Learn Math”. For some people, learning math is just about memorizing the formulas and learning how to apply them. But the best Learning Strategy is to :
THINK & UNDERSTAND..! Don’t just memorize.
Due to Privacy concerns, it seems that nowadays parents are reluctant to show me their children's 'O' Level results, despite my assurances..
Therefore I have no choice but to take a screenshot of my smartphone to show you the best results obtained so far in this year 2020..
Mr Aung is the parent of my student, who is a lecturer in Temasek Polytechnic..
Simplify the Math concepts as much as possible for me to understand,
and go straight
to the point in my Practice questions..!".
Although I did not come from a top Secondary school in S'pore, but I'm so glad that after Mr Joe's coaching in Math since Sec 2, I perform consistently among the top 3 students in my class for almost all the school Math tests & exams..! However due to fact that I'm not so good in my other subjects, I will probably enrol in a Polytechnic first before considering University later on, but I'm still clueless in my future career plans.. Well, Joe also ask me to consider a few job roles in Digital Economy eg. e-Marketing, Web Designer, User Interface & Experience creator, Data Analytics.. including the emerging fields in IT industry. My father is currently a Director in the IT Depart. in a major bank in S'pore, and he also encouraged me to consider taking up Computer Science as a future career as there're many jobs..! Er.. But I'm not keen because I don't study Computing at all..! We also discussed the possible job roles in Healthcare as S'poreans are Ageing fast, though I'm not interested at all in being a Nurse..
Overall I'm really glad to have Mr Joe as a patient coach who will sometimes spend more than the required 2 hours in 1 session, especially before upcoming test & exam.. My parents say that we will hire him again for my sister who is now in Pri 6..
Riddhi is currently pursuing a course in a Polytechnic after her 'O' levels. If you wish, she say you may call her for a casual chat to verify any details above, provided it does not disrupt her study schedule.
the tuition is just about academic Math or Science alone, I will be
very bored.. Although Mr Joe (Ho) is trying to draw my attention back
Math in both Sec 3 & 4 all the time, but I always press him to
about other issues which I find to be interesting
standoff between North Korea & US, the 2011 Fukushima
meltdown after the Japanese tsunami, Climate Change as an
increasing risk to world conflicts, migration, water & food
When I was in Sec 4 last year, I was considering which subjects to major in College for my future career options.. We discussed at length about the great emerging trends in this Digital Age : Cloud Computing, Robotics, Data Analytics, CyberSecurity, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automation.. Joe say that there're many jobs in the IT industry.. As my Sec school does not have a Computing subject during my time, he encouraged me to take up a private Computer Programming course during the end of year holidays after my 'O' level exams..
Overall, I want to say Thank You to him for being an interesting and helpful coach, and not just another boring tuition teacher..!
Ban Hong Xiang is now in Pioneer Junior College. He took my advice to enrol in a private Computer coding program during his Dec holidays after 'O' level.
He is one of smartest students I've met in terms of General knowledge but he somewhat lacks discipline and is highly argumentative too. He will learn that in order to succeed in College, he will need a balance of both Discipline & Intelligence.. If you wish, Ban says you may call him for a casual chat to verify any details above, provided it does not disrupt his study schedule.
: "Simplify, simplify the A.Math concepts with shortcuts to
answers.. Please make it easy for me to understand and do,
otherwise I will give up this subject !".
Because my son Jonathan was in a medium top secondary school - Maris Stella High, he failed most of his school A.Math tests & exams almost throughout his whole year in Sec 3 ! I was so worried at first..
When Mr Ho took over to coach Jonathan, Jon was so demoralized that he considered giving up on A.Math altogether so as to focus on other subjects.. But Mr Ho strongly objected, saying that the exam papers from top schools in Singapore are usually set harder than the normal topical 'O' level exam standards, and so therefore should not be taken too seriously..
Amazingly in Jon's 'O' level results, he scored A2 in his E.Math and B3 in A.Math..! In fact, his E.math grade is the best among all his subjects !
As Jon did not do so well in the rest of his academic subjects.. after much discussion with Mr Ho, he advised him to opt for Polytechnic instead of going to an A-level (3-year) college, before considering any University option for further study after his graduation from Polytechnic..
Due to Jon's big weakness in A.Math, Mr Ho spent 3 hours in almost every session from Sec 3 June to his 'O' level in Sec 4..!
Thanks to Mr Ho for his great patience and guidance ! !
Mrs Tan (parent of Jonathan). Jon is currently pursuing a course in a Polytechnic.