Understanding the Difficulties that Students Face


1. Poorly Organised Lesson Notes

The Problem

Notes are not well-organised to help students identify the important concepts required by the syllabus.

The Solution

I have developed a set of notes that has been re-edited over a decade such that it narrows down to the key concepts tested. The maximum amount of relevant contents and concepts will be delivered to students within the shortest time.


2. Poor Explanation of Concepts

THE PROBLEM

Students could not understand what is taught in their classroom.

THE SOLUTION

I can explain concepts in a clear and succinct manner, no matter how complicated, by breaking it down into bite size chewable bits, multiplied by 12 years of constant practice.


3. Overloading with Irrelevant Content

THE PROBLEM

Lesson materials are filled with extra content which are often very challenging and not within the syllabus requirements as stated by Cambridge here. Students do not have the time to filter out what is needed and not. Furthermore, they have no choice but to learn the extra content still because they are tested in the school’s internal examinations.

THE SOLUTION

Of course, I will also be coaching students on the extra contents commonly taught in schools. The crucial part is to realign students' focus back to the O-level syllabus and questioning style during the revision period in Secondary 4. Students will be revising with a unique set of questions compiled and created by myself. Through constant surveying and gathering feedback, I can affirmed that this unique revision package is a favourite among all my students. The last lap in preparation for the national examinations is a series of Mock Examinations. After taking the examination under real time condition, students will receive their marked scripted with detailed question-by-question analysis at the individual level. Questions in which students' answers are not up to the distinction mark are identified and the chapter re-teached. These cycle is repeated a few times in order to prepare students to get their distinction.


4. Little or no Feedback from School Teacher to Close Learning Gaps. Irrelevant Feedback Given

THE PROBLEM

Students’ work are not mark accurately and with no proper feedback. Review of assignments is done at the mass class level, not customized to individual student’s needs.  

THE SOLUTION

Read this article and you will find out that giving feedback to student’s work is an art and if done skillfully, promotes advancement towards learning goals, stimulates further thinking and reflection. On the other hand, feedback not done properly may actually inhibits growth, erode students' love for learning, and give them a sense of being incompetent and lousy.


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5. Questions in Tests and Exams does not match the ones in Daily Practice.

THE PROBLEM

Students are often taken aback by the difficult questions in their test and examinations. These questions focus heavily on application of physics principles and explanation of concepts.

THE SOLUTION

The practice questions I provide are carefully arranged into worksheets of 3 different levels. The Level 2 worksheets contains a wide range of examination questions that I collected over the years. They are classified and labelled, making it easy for students to compartmentalise them in their exam-ready minds. This will help to set the expectations and prepare the student to ace the exams. See Sample Learning Materials here.


6. Self-study Programme in the form of E-learning or Holiday Assignments often an Uphill Task.

THE PROBLEM

Physics is an abstract and difficult subject that requires time and proper guidance for concepts to sink in. Most students who underwent self-study cannot achieve a full understanding of the topic.

THE SOLUTION

You can expect the best academic coaching from me as I cover every chapter thoroughly and efficiently with all the materials I created and strategies developed.


Physics was always a dreadful subject for me, no matter how hard I tried to understand concepts from O Level assessment books, I ended up failing and even got recommended to drop to combined sciences. Later on,I joined Calvin’s physics tuition class and neither could I believe but my whole thought process changed and I managed to get an A2 for O Level Pure Physics, something I would not even have hoped for in the past!
— Nathaniel, A2 for O-level Physics St. Patrick's School