Primary 1 (P1) Registration Exercise for Phase 1 started on 29 June 2022  and will close today 30 June 2022. As you should know by now, MOE has made some significant changes to this year’s registration, namely increasing vacancies in Phase 2C from 20 to 40 places in each primary school and merging Phase 2A. This means a total of 60 places (after including 20 places in set aside in Phase 2B for clan and parent volunteers) reserved places will be set aside in all schools at the start of the P1 Registration Exercise. In addition to these reserved places, one-third of any remaining vacancies at the end of Phase 2A will be allocated to Phase 2B, and two-thirds to Phase 2C. This will definitely shake things up for Primary 1 Registration this year!

Phase 1 is for those who have an older sibling at the school. Children who register under this phase are guaranteed a place at their school of choice. The pertinent question comes to mind for parents after the end of Phase 1 Registration would be “How many slots are left in popular primary schools after Phase 1?”

We take a look at the registration slots left in top ten popular primary schools in Singapore. Read on to find out:

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Ai Tong School 

Available vacancies in Phase 1

 

240

 

Number of Applicants

 

 

122 (51% vacancies taken up)

Anglo-Chinese School Junior 210 78 (37% vacancies taken up)
Catholic High Primary School  180 70 (39% vacancies taken up)
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School (Primary) 150 60 (40% vacancies taken up)
Henry Park Primary 240 122 (51% vacancies taken up)
Nan Hua Primary 180 97 (54% vacancies taken up)
Nanyang Primary 330 165 (50% vacancies taken up)
Raffles Girls’ Primary 210 89 (43% vacancies taken up)
St Joseph’s Institution Junior 180 73 (41% vacancies taken up)
Tao Nan Primary 300 163( 54% vacancies taken up)
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Important PSLE 2022 Dates: 

Primary School Leaving Examination Calendar

Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is a rite of passage for all students from mainstream primary schools in Singapore. It is an annual national examination that is taken by candidates at the end of their final year of primary school education. 

Each year, our team of tutors helps anxious parents prepare their children for PSLE. Mark these dates down and contact us to get a tutor today!  For those of you who are planning the well-deserved break after PSLE, you will be glad to know that we have included the PSLE Marking dates for 2022. Read on!

See below for important PSLE Examination Dates, you can also check out MOE website for the schedule. 

2022 PSLE EXAMINATION CALENDAR

PSLE Marking Dates

 

Mon, 17 October 2022 – Thu, 20 October 2022 
Oral Mon, 15 August – Tue, 16 August 2022
Listening Comprehension Fri, 16 September 2022 
Written Examination Thu, 29 September 2022 – Wed, 05 October 2022 
   

 

2022 PSLE ORAL EXAMINATION CALENDAR

Date Paper Time
15 August 2022 English Language

Foundation English Language

Chinese Language

Malay Language

Tamil Language

0800 – 1330 h
16 August 2022 English Language

Chinese Language

Malay Language

Tamil Language

Foundation Chinese Language

Foundation Malay Language

Foundation Tamil Language

Bengali Language

Gujarati Language

Hindi Language

Panjabi Language

Urdu Language

Foundation Bengali Language

Foundation Gujarati Language

Foundation Hindi Language

Foundation Panjabi Language

Foundation Urdu Language

0800 – 1330 h

2022 PSLE LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXAMINATION CALENDAR

     
Date Paper Time
16 September 2022 Chinese Language

Malay Language

Tamil Language

0900 – 0935 h *
Foundation Chinese Language

Foundation Malay Language

Foundation Tamil Language

0900 – 0940 h *
Bengali Language

Gujarati Language

Hindi Language

Panjabi Language

Urdu Language

Foundation Bengali Language

Foundation Gujarati Language

Foundation Hindi Language

Foundation Panjabi Language

Foundation Urdu Language

0900 – 0930 h *
English Language

Foundation English Language

1115 – 1150 h *

* Actual duration may differ slightly

 

2022 PSLE WRITTEN EXAMINATION CALENDAR

Date Paper Time Duration
29 September 2022 English Language Paper 1

English Language Paper 2

0815 – 0925 h

1030 – 1220 h

1 h 10 min

1 h 50 min

Foundation English Language Paper 1

Foundation English Language Paper 2

0815 – 0925 h

1030 – 1150 h

1 h 10 min

1 h 20 min

30 September 2022 Mathematics Paper 1

Mathematics Paper 2

0815 – 0915 h

1030 – 1200 h

1 h

1 h 30 min

Foundation Mathematics Paper 1

Foundation Mathematics Paper 2

0815 – 0915 h

1030 – 1130 h

1 h

1 h

3 October 2022 Chinese Language Paper 1

Malay Language Paper 1

Tamil Language Paper 1

Bengali Language Paper 1

Gujarati Language Paper 1

Hindi Language Paper 1

Panjabi Language Paper 1

Urdu Language Paper 1

0815 – 0905 h 50 min
Chinese Language Paper 2

Malay Language Paper 2

Tamil Language Paper 2

Bengali Language Paper 2

Gujarati Language Paper 2

Hindi Language Paper 2

Panjabi Language Paper 2

Urdu Language Paper 2

1015 – 1155 h 1 h 40 min
Foundation Chinese Language Paper 1

Foundation Malay Language Paper 1

Foundation Tamil Language Paper 1

0815 – 0855 h 40 min
4 October 2022 Science 0815 – 1000 h 1 h 45 min
Foundation Science 0815 – 0930 h 1 h 15 min
5 October 2022 Higher Chinese Language Paper 1

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Higher Malay Language Paper 1

Higher Tamil Language Paper 1

0815 – 0905 h 50 min
Higher Chinese Language Paper 2

Higher Malay Language Paper 2

Higher Tamil Language Paper 2

1015 – 1135 h 1 h 20 min

Click here to download PSLE papers,

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spers

When I was ten, my mother uprooted the whole family and brought us to Hong Kong. She has just gotten a job in HR at HSBC. The unsuspecting bright-eyed ten-year-old that I was hurrayed at that idea and immediately rejoiced at the prospect of a “long holiday”. This long vacation lasted five years and some time in late 2019 and early 2020, my mom made plans to bring my younger brother and I back to Singapore due to the spate of protests, unrest and the last trigger was obviously Covid. That was when I suddenly heard of the term ‘SPERS’ – the re-entry route to local schools just for Singaporeans. 

Through referrals from my mom’s colleagues in Singapore, we were introduced to The Learning Space and enrolled for their SPERS intensive programme focusing on English and Math. I had less than six months to finish the ENTIRE upper-sec syllabus and I truly had no idea where and how to start. Our family contemplated continuing with the IB syllabus that we were more familiar with in Hongkong but decided against it as it would limit our choices and stretch our budget. 

I remembered vividly that my mom made a few calls and some emails and before I knew it, I started my SPERS tuition online. To be frank, I resisted the idea of tuition. I mean come on, ask any pubescent teenager if they desire tuition, I think a majority will give a resounding NO! Now, looking back, I am so glad that I had tuition. Without which, I do not think I can ever qualify for a top JC like VJC. What I felt most grateful for was the fact that I didn’t have to do this on my own. I was lucky enough to get proper help and my tutors knew the SPERS syllabus at the back of their hand. I knew I could pass, I didn’t know that I actually aced it. 

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So till today, I am still grateful for my mom and her insistence of me getting professional tutoring for SPERS instead of just roping in my cousin in NUS (whom I appreciate) to coach me on weekends. It took a lot of stress away from us as a family. I also like to thank my grandma and grandpa for letting us stay at their place when we came back. Last but not least, I would also like to thank my tutors for their time and dedication. Without all these people, I don’t think I would be able to achieve such spectacular progress. 

Sincerely,

Elijah 

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This email comes from one of our students who has achieved their desired results through our SPERS online tuition programme. 

Get in touch with us today for an immediate SPERS placement diagnosis test and be paired with our team of highly qualified MOE Teachers and tutors today. 

For more information on SPERS and AEIS programme, whatspp us today. The application period for the 2022 SPERS-Sec will start in July 2022. Tests will be conducted in September or October 2022. These periods are tentative; details will be available on MOE website by end of April 2022.

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Returning Singaporeans who are unable to return to Singapore for the SPERS-Sec tests may participate in the supplementary placement exercise which will be announced at a later date. 

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Primary 1 Show and Tell: Free template for Show and Tell and important tips to Help Your Child Prepare

 

What will your children be learning for Primary 1 English? 

One of the key learning objective for Lower Primary English is to build a solid foundations in linguistics, primarily in three core areas:

  1. Reading comprehension
  2. Writing and speaking proficiently
  3. Core grammar fundamentals and vocabulary.

Your child will need to acquire basic comprehension skills, build a fortress of rich vocabulary and sound grammar.

In today’s blog, we will focus on what you can do to help your child ace the Primary 1 Show and Tell.

What is Show and Tell? 

In line with MOE’s direction to impart 21st Century Competencies to our students. Show and tell is a form of assessment and a requirement for all Primary 1 and Primary 2 children who do not have formal examinations.

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Show and Tell is akin to public speaking, where the school teachers will impart public speaking skills to the children based on different themes.

Most kindergartens in Singapore have already introduced to the concept of show and tell at preschool, when they are encouraged to bring an item from home and share or explain to the class why they chose that particular item, where they got it from and other relevant information. For instance, children at K1 and K2 levels will get Parent-and-Child assignments like “Recycling” where they will construct a project artwork with recycled products about their neighbourhood and present them in schools. 

 

What are the benefits of Show and Tell ?

  1. Increase the child’s confidence to speak up in a group setting.
  2. They will also learn to craft story-telling skills, as well as conceptual thinking to make the presentation cohesive. 
  3. Learn key social skills like learning to listen to others respectfully when others are presenting.

 

What is the weightage for Show and Tell?

For most schools, it is conducted as a weighted assignment and comprises about 25% of the Primary One English Language score.

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How can you help your child prepare for Primary One Show and Tell?

As teachers usually give ‘Show and Tell’ as a weighted assessment during Term 2 or Term 3, you can  talk to your children at the start of the term about Show and Tell. Take comfort that primary schools will generally provide a Show and Tell Primary 1 template for you to work with. Most Primary One students will be given two to four weeks advance preparation time. The school will also inform the parents and send instructions to parents on how to help prepare their children for the two-minute speech. 

How do schools conduct show and tell?

Different schools have different format. In Temasek Primary, it is termed as ‘Pick and Tell’ where children will pick a card with. a question or prompt. Based o n what they have chosen, the child will be given time to talk about the topic. The topics selected by school teachers follow the MOE parameters and are usually simple ones like “My favourite food”, “My Hobbies.” or “My family”. 

How will students be graded?

Students are graded on three areas: Content, Language and Presentation Skills. 

Content

Is it relevant? The teacher will be looking out for the ideas to the given topic and the organisation of the presentation like if the order of the sequence of events, if the student is about to share the content in a logical manner.

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Language

Pronunciation counts. Click here for a video on the most commonly mispronounced words in Singapore. This is where you will definitely need to aware of the possible pitfalls in mispronunciation.  The teacher will review if the student meets the level of Primary One English.  They will listen out for accurate pronunciation of words, correctly formed grammatical sentences and the usage of any high-level vocabulary words. 

Presentation skills

Watch the posture and body language. The teacher will be on a lookout to see if the student have good body language and eye contact. Make sure that your child is able to project his/her voice. 

Your child is not allowed to read from any notes or cue cards during the show and tell. Do note that you will need to have some form of practice and memorisation of lines.

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Final tips on scoring AL1 for that Show and Tell!

  • Let your child lead and support your child in preparing the material such as selecting the pictures or research on the topic. This will give your child better understanding of the subject and more confidence, not to mention, a sense of control over the final output.
  • Prepare a plan and arrange the sequence of the presentation.
  • Encourage your child to use his/her own words as much as possible.
  • Practise with your child. Prepare to record and video your child practicing so they can see  themselves in action. This will also highlight areas that he/she can improve on.
  • Remind your child to maintain eye contact, increase voice volume, enunciate words properly and add some appropriate gestures during the presentation.
  • Have fun and be encouraging 

 

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It is no secret that IB students in Singapore have been performing well above expectations for the last few years.

In the year 2021, over 50% of Singapore IB students (133 out of 238) are perfect scorers. This means that these students are getting a total of 45 points out of 45 points  with 42 points generated across the 6 subjects and 3 bonus points derived from Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.)

A survey by Crimson Education reveals that the acceptance rate of IB students into Ivy League universities is up to 18% higher than the total population acceptance rate. Although there are no officially published IBDP cut-off points for ivy league universities, there have been general feedback and academic reviews on how IB scores fare in the Harvard enrolment process. To stand a chance in getting into Ivy League Schools like Harvard, IBDP students must score at least 38 points and have an immaculate portfolio which reflects their leadership qualities, sporting achievements, together with a letter of recommendation (LOR).

Where Can I Study The IB in Singapore?

There are close to 30 schools in Singapore offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) from local schools like Singapore Sports School, SOTA, ACSI, SJI to International schools like Australia International School, Tanglin to United World College.

Even preschools like Etonhouse have started a full IB programme from IB Primary Years (PYP) to Middle Years (MYP) to IBDP. Students are now able to study the two-year pre-university course at Etonhouse in their Orchard Campus.

List of schools that offer the IBDP programmes in Singapore with Annual Tuition Fees* (Please contact the respective educational institutions to get the latest tuition fees)

ACS (International) Singapore

IBDP offered since: 2006

Annual tuition fees: $25,410 – $36,960

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

IBDP offered since: 2005

Annual tuition fees: $26,400

Australian International School, Singapore

IBDP offered since: 2010

Annual tuition fees: $42,852

Canadian International School (Lakeside Campus)

IBDP offered since: 2002

Annual tuition fees: $40,900

 

 

 

Chatsworth International School (Bukit Timah Campus)

IBDP offered since: 2004

Annual tuition fees: $32,788

 

Dover Court International School

IBDP offered since: 2017

Annual tuition fees: $33,855

 

Dulwich College (Singapore)

IBDP offered since: 2017

Annual tuition fees: $46,840

 

GEMS World Academy, Singapore

IBDP offered since: 2016

Annual tuition fees: $40,640

 

GESS

IBDP offered since: 2006

Annual tuition fees: $34,810

 

GIIS SMART Campus

IBDP offered since: 2005

Annual tuition fees: $18,945

 

Hillside World Academy

IBDP offered since: 2007

Annual tuition fees: $33,900

 

Hwa Chong International School (HCIS)

IBDP offered since: 2008

Annual tuition fees: $28,890

 

ISS International School Singapore (High School)

IBDP offered since: 2000

Annual tuition fees: $38,647

 

Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah

IBDP offered since: 2018

Annual tuition fees: N/A

 

Nexus International School (Singapore)

IBDP offered since: 2008

Annual tuition fees: $40,338

 

NPS International School

IBDP offered since: 2010

Annual tuition fees: $24,900

 

One World International School (OWIS)

IBDP offered since: 2019

Annual tuition fees: $20,136

 

Overseas Family School

IBDP offered since: 1994

Annual tuition fees: $41,000

 

School of The Arts Singapore (SOTA)

IBDP offered since: 2010

Annual tuition fees: $27,600 (international students)

 

Singapore Sports School (SSP)

IBDP offered since: 2013

Annual tuition fees: N/A

 

St Francis Methodist School

IBDP offered since: 2019

Annual tuition fees: $20,709

 

St Joseph’s Institution

IBDP offered since: 2008

Annual tuition fees: $26,400 (international students)

 

St. Joseph’s Institution International

IBDP offered since: 2007

 

Annual tuition fees: $34,058

Stamford American International School

IBDP offered since: 2014

Annual tuition fees: $42,590

 

Tanglin Trust School

IBDP offered since: 2009

Annual tuition fees: $41,067

 

United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), Dover Campus

IBDP offered since: 1977

Annual tuition fees: $40,125

United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), East Campus

IBDP offered since: 2012

Annual tuition fees: $40,125

 

Click here to see List of IB Schools in Singapore

At the Learning Space, our team of school teachers and tutors can guide you or your child in their journey towards IBDP excellence. We have a strong team of current IB tutors and MOE trained teachers who are ready to support your child in their learning journey. For tuition on Language Literature, Economics, Business Management to Chinese, get in touch with us today.

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“Should I choose JC over Poly?” is THE perennial question that all secondary students (or their parents) have to ask themselves.

Despite the pandemic, the 2021 batch of Sec Four and Sec Five students achieved the best O-level results in at least 30 years with close to 90% of the students attaining 5 or more passes. This is indeed impressive and reflects strongly the resilience of our students in Singapore.

According to the Ministry Of Education, over 50 percent of the 20,300 students who took O’levels in 2020, were posted to the five polytechnics. Another close to 40 percent of these O’levels holders were allocated slots in Junior Colleges and MI. Other 10 percent were posted to ITE. 

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In every cohort of graduating Secondary 4 and 5 students, there will always be some students who have long decided on a polytechnic education. More often than not, this group of students are aware of their career aspirations and are keen to go to poly to further their goals vocationally. They are almost certain of their career path and see poly as a natural stepping stone that provides key industrial insights to their future career. Typically, these students are motivated and have the blessings of their parents, and they would choose to go for Early Admissions Exercise (known as EAE or the DSA route to Poly) so as to secure their ideal course before the release of O’levels results. 

There exists another group (which arguably may make up the majority) where these Secondary Four students would hover on ambivalence, and would keep their options open till they receive their results. Like most typical sixteen and seventeen year olds, they are uncertain about their career path and see the O’level results as a push and determinant nudge towards their future. They adopt ‘see-how’ mindset and will only decide and take the final plunge when they received their results.

Whichever group you belong too, in today’s blog post, let’s look at the advantages of choosing JC over Poly vice versa. 

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Advantages of choosing JC  Disadvantages of choosing JC
1) Shorter duration – Two years over three years at a Polytechnic.  1) Potentially overwhelming workload – the JC Workload can be challenging and the pressure is on to perform above or within expectations within a span of less than two years for a high key national examination. 
2) A more direct route and better chance to enter local universities – With the current pandemic, it has become increasingly more appealing and competitive for students to stay in Singapore. Statistically, over 70 percent or more JC students get into Uni while 30% Poly students get into Uni (Local). There is admittedly more certainty to get into the local Universities when you go to JC.  2) No real change in the environment. The school rules continue, CCA remains similar and subjects available are still close to those offered in secondary. 
3) JC are more cost effective – It is cheaper (for Singaporeans especially). The cost of school fees for a non independent JC is less than $10 per month. School Fees for Polytechnic on the other hand is around $250 per month. Tuition grants are available for students. In addition to this, there is no need to factor in a ‘wardrobe budget’, in JC , you wear Uuniforms every day. Hurray for the budget and eco conscious. Another serious consideration that you need to have is that if you value a local University degree but have no budget to go overseas, JC is definitely a very attractive option. 3) Lack freedom, You feel ‘kiddie’ and a Fashionista nightmare – Unlike the Poly students, JC students can only wear their uniforms. Rules are stricter and you have your usual assembly and other familiar obligations. There are limited subjects to choose from and most are extensions from secondary school. 

 

4) It is similar to secondary school and you do not have to decide on your preferred course yet. A plus for students who have yet to decide on their career routes, JC would ‘buy more time’.  4) You will need to take another major national exams, the A’Levels in less than two years. You are stuck with subjects like GP which have gained the notoriety of being ‘hard to pass/score.’ Just as you are ‘recovering’ from O’Levels, you are ushered into another round of preparation for yet another National Exam. 

Choosing Poly or Jc is definitely a daunting task. Admittedly, It may seem more prestigious ‘to go on the ‘Junior College’ route, which is a path that leads to the studies of even more theoretical applications. However, it is pivotal to consider your own strengths and weaknesses before making the decisions. Do not choose a route because your best friend is choosing it. Talk to your seniors, parents or the school career counsellors, whatever your choice may be, our team of former and current MOE teacher tutors will be able to support you in your journey to academic excellence. Our online GP tuition starts from just $35 onwards. Get in touch with us today and let us support you in your academic endeavours with the best tutors in Singapore. 

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Cut Off Points for JC in 2022

 

The 2021 GCE O-Level results is scheduled to be released somewhere between Wednesday, 12 January and Friday, 14 January 2022. Some students are thinking of entering Polytechnics, others are hoping to go to Junior Colleges. For students who are thinking of entering Junior Colleges, it is important to know consider your options carefully. 

What should you do after you received your O’levels results?

Your form teachers will hand you a JAE (Joint Admissions Exercise) booklet and this booklet will provide more information on entry to JC, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics and ITEs. 

What is the admission criteria for Junior College?

To qualify for a Junior College, you need to have an aggregate of no more than 20. (L1R5) Your L1 can be English or Higher Language Mother Tongue (MTL) and you need to add a R1 (which can come from Any 1 of these subjects: Humanities, Higher Art, Higher Music, Malay (Special Programme), Chinese (Special Programme), Bahasa Indonesia, R2 will be a Math or Science subject and R3 can be another science subject or the subjects in R1, the R4 and R5 can be any O’levels subjects except Religious Knowledge. 

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Click here for link to JAE admissions website. 

So you got 20 and below for L1R5, now what?

The first question that pops in your head will be “What are the cut-off points for Junior Colleges in 2022?” This information has yet be to be released and vary from year to year. However, most students will take reference from the cut off points from the previous year as an indicator of their standing. This is a relatively good gauge because most JC maintain their “rankings” for the past few years, with exception of Eunoia Junior College. EJC whose cut off points in 2018 was 10, 11, on par with Temasek Junior College but in 2021, Eunoia Junior College’s cut off point shoot up to 7 (same as traditionally top colleges like Victoria Junior College and National Junior College). This is not surprising, given the fact that the dominant student base of EJC hails from IP schools like Catholic High, Singapore Chinese Girls and CHIJ St Nicholas Girls. 

What are the top 5 Junior Colleges in Singapore?

The top 5 or actually 6 junior colleges (three JCs share the same cut off points) in Singapore ranked according to their cut off points is presented below. The JC Cut Off Points in 2021 (according to MOE) for the top five junior colleges are all unsurprisingly below ten. They include:

  1. Hwa Chong Institution (Cut off Points for Science 4, Art 5)
  2. Raffles Institution (Cut off Points for Science 4, Art 5)
  3. Nanyang Junior College (Cut off Points for Science 6, Art 6)
  4. Eunoia Junior College, National Junior College (Cut off Points for Science 7, Art 8)
  5. Victoria Junior College (Cut off Points for Science 7, Art 8)

How do you choose a Junior College that suits you? 

We interviewed our students from different JCs and this is what they have to say.

1) CCA

“I was lucky enough to get my top choices. I was considering RI and HCI as my first choices, but I ended up choosing RI because of my CCA. Through the help of my seniors, I went for a CCA tryout session at RI and found out more their CCAs, training programme et cetera. I was also attracted by the “prestige” of the RI name.” said Zarmin, Year 5 student from RI 

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2) Family Influence

“My dad was from ACJC and he met my mother there. Naturally, it was their first choice for me since I was from ACS and all.” said Christopher Gomez, Graduate from ACJC. 

3) School Culture 

“I chose VJ over HCI even though I could qualify for both due to the school culture. I felt that for some reason, VJC’s performing arts culture beckons to me more and it helps that my friends were going there too. ” said Tan JY, who chose the drama elective programme in VJC.

It is paramount to note that the cut-off points do not reflect the quality of the JCs and their programmes. Going to top ranking colleges do not promise top A’Levels results. In fact, top colleges give students more independence and ‘free rein’ compared to the middle or lower ranking colleges. According to MOE and SEAB, “(they) encourage students to continue choosing JCs based on each school’s distinctive programmes, CCAs (co-curricular activities) and school culture – factors that can further develop their strengths and interests,”. 

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What happens if I cannot make it to the top 5 Junior Colleges?

Que será, será, whatever will be, will be. Fortunately, your choice of a Junior College will not define you. Going to a “lower tiered” junior college, going MI or taking A’levels as a private candidate, ultimately leads you to A’levels and your future depends on yourself. Take heart, the outrageously talented Asian Comedian from The Daily Show, Ronny Chieng was a graduate from Pioneer Secondary School and Pioneer Junior College. He eventually took a law degree in Australia and is currently working side by side with top comedians like Trevor Noah. Kid, The world is your oyster. 

Whatever JC you choose, the ultimate challenge of A’Levels awaits in less than two years. To help you prepare effectively for your A’levels, we are offering a one time trial of just $60 for all Year 5 or JC 1 students (Usual Price $90 per lesson valid till 30 June 2022) for our General Paper Online Tuition. You will gain access to our team of top JC Tutors and Lecturers, receive model essays and exclusive notes. Whatsapp or email us today. For existing secondary students who are keen to continue GP tuition with us, you will enjoy a special discount for our GP classes, watch out for our eDM in January 2022. 

Click here to find out more about H1, H2 and H3 subjects at A’Levels

 

 

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GRAMMAR QUIZ: 
Should you say “I am wearing an or a uniform.” ?

Read on for the answer below. 

When do you use An or A?
Simply put, you use ‘An’ when initials sound a e i o u. In uniform ‘u’ sounds like ‘you’ which starts with ‘y’ not ‘u’ sound like the one in an umbrella. Hence a uniform is correct.’
How can you improve on your Editing? 
In O’levels English Paper 1 (1128), Editing is a weighty section worth 10 marks. Many students are unable to score a good grade for this section because they may not be familiar with some key rules of grammar. Read on for some quick tips for editing and common preposition mistakes. 

To get professional help for English Tuition in Singapore, reach out to us and our team of tutors (MOE Trained Teachers, Full Time Tutors and University Undergrads) today. For a limited time, you can get a trial lesson for online Secondary English Tuition at just $40 onwards.  

Tips for Editing at O’Levels

(i) Prepositions of Time 

When do you use ‘In’ , ‘On’ and ‘At’ ?

In

  • Parts of days

Morning / Afternoon

E.g. It is 7am in the morning. 

  • Months

E.g. My birthday is in July

  • Years

E.g. I was born in the year 2005.

  • Centuries 

E.g. As we usher in the 21st Century …

On

  • Holidays that end with ‘day’

E.g. I was born on National Day.

  • Days of the week

E.g. I forgot that my homework was due on Monday. 

  • Days of the month 

E.g. Singapore’s National Day is on 9th August.

  • Dates 
At

  • Holidays without ‘day’ (Lunar New Year, Deepavali) 

E.g. I am always busy at Deepavali because I have many relatives to visit. 

  • Time (Midnight, Noon, 10am, 1pm) 

E.g.  I am going to meet my best friend for lunch at 1.30pm. 

Prepositions of Place >>  in, on, and at.

In

    • Neighbourhoods

    E.g. I live in Clementi 

    • Cities

    E.g. I work in London

    • Countries

    (China)

    E.g. My family lives in China 

On

    • Streets, Avenues

    E.g. I live on the Sixth Avenue 

    • Islands

    I live on Sentosa Island

    1. Large Vehicles or surfaces 

    E.g. Train, Bus, Ship

    E.g. I lost my wallet on the train 

At

    • Addresses

     

    E.g. I live at 210 Riverdale Street 

    1. Specific Location 

    E.g. I am at home now

For a limited time only, we are offering a special promotion for Secondary 1 to 5 O’levels Express Online Tuition at just $40 for one class (50% off). You will gain access to notes and coaching by our team of ex and current MOE Teachers. Whatsapp us or email us today.

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How do I get into a polytechnic after my N’Levels? What are my options?

Option 1. Apply to a Polytechnic via DPP

According to the Ministry of Education, N’level students can go for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP). This is one of the two Normal (Academic) through-train pathways that were launched in 2013. It enables Secondary 4 N(A) students who are interested to go to Polytechnic but may not be meeting their academic targets as yet, to be admitted directly into a 2-year Higher Nitec programme at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) without having to sit for the O-Level examinations or undergo a Nitec programme.

Students would then need to complete the course with the minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA, typically around 2.5 to qualify for Polytechnic Admission) so that they can be guaranteed a place in a polytechnic diploma course which in turn will be mapped to their Higher Nitec course.

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Who can apply ?

Secondary 4 N(A) students who have taken the most recent N-Level examinations as a school candidate. The DPP application starts right after receiving the N’levels results and will go on for around a week or so. Students can find out more by clicking this link. The posting results will typically be released after Christmas.

How do I know if I can go for DDP?

 According to MOE, Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who scored an aggregate of not more than 19 points in English language, mathematics and the best three subjects, and at least a Grade 5 for all subjects used in the computation of this five-subject score, can apply for the Direct Entry Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP). Students can also enter the PFP (Poly foundation Programme) which is a year long foundation programme conducted at polytechnics which serve to prepare students for entry to diploma courses. Students need to pass all the modules in the PFP programme to move on to a diploma course in polytechnic.  

 

Option 2: Continue to Secondary 5

Why should your child continue to promote to Sec 5? In 2021, over 79.2 per cent of the close to 9500 candidates were able to move on to Sec 5. Students who wish to go to Junior Colleges or Millennia Institute(three year Pre University course) will typically choose this route. 

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to Secondary 5?

 

Advantages of going Sec 5

  1. Students will still stand a chance to continue their aspirations of going to a Junior College or taking the A’Levels.
  2. Secondary 5 helps to buy time. It is the most direct route for students to pursue when they are still uncertain of their career options. Entering a polytechnic when you are not certain of what course you want can potentially result in three years of ‘hell and misery’, although for some, having a new social circle may mitigate this. 
Disadvantages of going Sec 5
1) You have to relearn the O’levels syllabus in just one year or less. Unless you have the help of a qualified tutor, it will be extremely challenging to take on the O’levels on your own. The syllabus are largely different and students have to re-learn many subjects. 
2) What if you fail the O’levels?
Some students who have gone on to Secondary 5, realised the leap in academic expectations and simply cannot manage the stress and subjects. Having just taken the N’levels last year and to pursue another major National Levels such as O-Levels so soon is a potentially tedious process, especially in this pandemic.

With the release of O-levels results, happening on 10 January 2022, more N’levels students and their O’levels counterparts will be facing this beckoning conundrum. Whether it’s polytechnic or to continue with Secondary 5, students are well advised to attend virtual open houses and go for career fairs in order to obtain an inkling of their career directions.

Our team of qualified tutors and MOE trained teachers are standing by to give students academic support and strategies. From now till 31 January, all O’levels and N’Levels 2021 candidates are eligible to sign up for our online English and Math tuition courses at just $40 (usual price $60) for a trial lesson. 
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