Tuition centres are like any other commercial services, and you want to understand exactly what kind of teacher, class, and syllabus you are signing up for. Use these six important questions to guide you in picking the best tuition centre.
Memory work is essential not only in the humanities subjects, but also in math and science, such as Physics. There are many Physics formulae that have to be memorized as a formula sheet is not provided in exams. There are also specific problem solving strategies that have to be remembered. Even though rote learning is increasingly being de-emphasized, all academic subjects still require a certain amount of memorization. A student who is good at recalling will find it easier to adapt his knowledge and use it creatively.
If you approach any Physics student revising to either catch up with the school syllabus or for their school exams and ask them what is the single most important thing that they will need to keep in mind to do well in their Physics exam, 8 out of 10 students will probably reply by stating that Physics formulae will come to mind.
Every student wants to get that highly coveted A1 for Physics. You might think that only the really smart ones are privileged enough to get A1s, or you may assume that you will need to do an insane amount of work before you have any hope of achieving that. But these assumptions are not necessarily true.
I have often been asked the question: How do you study Physics?
The trite answers, get as much practice as possible, and be consistent with your school work, are well known to everyone. I think when people ask me the question “How do you study Physics?”, what they really mean is what study strategy they should adopt so that they can improve their problem solving ability. In other words, the answer to this question requires specifics.
i) Create your own Physics study notes
The first tip I can give is to make notes on each topic, including a list of definitions, theorems and formulae, and also keep a careful record to key examples such as questions that come out often in exams, questions that need a specific approach, and questions that combine several different techniques and formulae in a novel way.
ii) Attempt all the questions in your Physics lesson tutorials
Be sure to do all the questions in all your tutorials, and do not give up until you have attempted them to the best of your ability. This includes what the teacher may label as challenging problems. Go at them until they have been cracked and do not give up until your free time has completely run out.
iii) Consistently put in time to study Physics
Physics skill takes years to improve. The thinking processes that take place in Physics, which include pattern recognition, or the ability to rapidly put together different formulae and techniques to solve a problem, can only be honed over a very long time. Hence, if you can foresee that you will require Physics in your further education, you have to start getting serious about Physics early. This applies whether you plan to specialize in Physics, or plan to study subjects like engineering, the physical sciences, or economics, that require a great deal of Physics.
iv) Understand the various study concepts
To become good in Physics, you have learn not just computational skills, but also proving skills. You have to learn how to derive formulae, and as you go further into Physics, how to prove theorems without referring to your textbooks.
v) Teach Physics to your peers
To improve your Physics, learn how to teach it. When you teach other people Physics, you are often surprised at the gaps in your own problem solving ability.
vi) Be inquisitive while studying Physics
To be good in Physics, you should enjoy learning in general and being open to acquiring knowledge from a wide variety of fields. Anything that enriches the mind will ultimately contribute to honing your Physics ability because Physics, at its heart, is a subject that requires a deep mental dexterity that will improve the more your mind seeks out all kinds of ideas, information, and skills.
Textbooks for our school children have become much better over the years. Nowadays, authors are adept at using pretty illustrations, mind maps, and clear language to convey Physics concepts. Many of our brighter students are even able to use MOE-approved textbooks for self-study before the teacher covers the material in class.
Schools and universities increasingly require their instructors to be equipped to conduct online classes, regardless whether it is for Physics or other subjects. These are list of essential materials and equipment you will need to have.
All parents who actively enroll their kids in private tuition (Physics or otherwise) would have pondered on this question at some point: “Should I send my child to a tuition centre where lessons are conducted in a class of 10 to 20 students, or would my child benefit more from the specialized attention afforded by individual or small group tuition?”
The Ministry of Education had announced in December 2020 that students from secondary schools and junior colleges will have one day of home based learning every fortnight. This move signified that home based learning will gradually become an integral part of the Singapore school curriculum.
These are some of the things I do to monitor the progress of my Physics students, and also help them gauge themselves. This has been religiously carried out to great effect as I found that my students are having an easier time for their revision and being more productive with studying in this way.
Everyone knows that Singapore is a highly competitive society and that from a young age, even kids face exam pressures and parents often feel compelled to compare notes to determine which schools are faring better and which teachers are outperforming their colleagues.
Parents and tutors have definitely encountered such a scenario where trial lessons are requested for their children before they decide to commit to further lessons. Most people think of the term “trial lesson” as meaning one of two things.
If you are a secondary two student in Singapore who is going to have to decide what subjects to take up when you progress on to your upper secondary education, you may be thinking if you should take up Physics as a Pure or Applied Science subject. It is fortunately not a compulsory subject so there is some leeway in that. Read More
One can only agree that being good at memorising will no doubt help in one’s Physics exams as some questions do rely on pure regurgitation of Physics concepts to get the marks. Such questions will include definitions and basic formulas that do not require much understanding of the subject itself. Read More
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