How I’ve helped my students get the dream grade they deserve
One of my students, Zhencong, consistently failed History Elective in Sec 3.
His mom emailed me when he was in Sec 4, saying:
So we worked together for 4 months, until he sat for his ‘O’ levels. How did he do?
You know what’s the most awesome thing?
The online coaching program Zhencong went through took him 30% to 50% less time per week than in-person tuition.
I believe every child has the ability to master Social Studies and History if they follow my system.
And you know what? This system works for all levels, whether your child is in a mainstream secondary school or in the Integrated Program (IP).
Meet one of my students, Bryan, who is in the Integrated Program.
He struggled with low scores in Social Studies, even though he had strong language skills and had put in hours to self-study. He is intelligent and eloquent, but was not getting the high scores he wanted for some reason.
After 4 months of us working together online, he managed to jump 4 grades from C6 to A2:
Karen provides both content input as well as hands-on practices on the answering techniques for both SBQs and essays. She leverages on technology to facilitate the submission of work and provide timely feedback. This flexibility is so useful to students who may have the need but yet find it difficult to commit to fixed time slots for additional classes.”
Mdm Ng, Bryan’s mum
SY, one of my ex-students, failed every History Elective and Social Studies test or exam throughout his Sec 3 year.
His mum emailed me at the end of the school year, sharing that they both felt lost. SY was also feeling rather depressed that his effort just did not seem to pay off.
But when I looked at SY’s exam and test papers, it was obvious that SY was hardworking, and it showed in his detailed answers. But they were just not hitting home runs–i.e. scoring high marks.
In fact, though his answers were factually accurate, they were awarded fail marks.
You can see why both SY and his mum felt so confused.
His mum was perceptive–she knew that the way to help him was to let him get consistent practice and specific feedback to transform his answers from fail to A.
But she was worried that he would not be disciplined to do it on his own. Plus, who would be able to give him the much needed feedback to help him improve his answers?
Thus, she asked me to coach her son.
Over the next year, SY spent about 30 minutes to 1 hr a week to complete online assignments and take part in online calls with me. All in all, he spent less time than if he was to use the typical tuition methods.
His results were astounding.
At the O levels, he got a perfect A1 for his Combined Humanities (Social Studies + History Elective).
Happy students, happy parents
“The lessons gave very precise tips and guides on how to properly dissect and answer questions for the exams, which helped save time and confusion when it came to the exams.
After each class practice, Mrs Goh would supply individual advice on how to improve when writing answers. The lessons really helped me gain confidence in the subject.”
2015 ‘O’ level student
“This class helped me improve my grades tremendously. I am a foreigner, and only entered the Singapore system at the Sec 3 level.
I got consistent F9 for a year and a half, but taking this class helped me pull my O level grade to B4 in half a year. I recommend this class to all students who are struggling in Social Studies.”
2015 ‘O’ level student
“I felt that [History] was easier, and more enjoyable. I strongly encourage you to try out the online coaching session especially for those who are having busy school schedules. It allows you to complete the assignment and the online coaching session at your convenience.
The online coaching programme is also more cost effective compared to the option of tuition center/home tuition.”
2016 Sec 2 student
“Karen provides both content input as well as hands-on practices on the answering techniques for both SBQs and essays.
She leverages on technology to facilitate the submission of work and provide timely feedback.
This flexibility is so useful to students who may have the need but yet find it difficult to commit to fixed time slots for additional classes.”
“Dear Ms Karen,
Just thought I’d drop you a quick update since my results are back. Fortunately, I’ve managed a 71 for my [End-of-Year] paper…a significant leap from my C6 at the start of the year.
As such, I’d like to sincerely thank you for all the help you’ve given me, including the knowledge and techniques imparted through the various practices. They have definitely helped me improve my ability tremendously…
Thank you for being able to coach me, despite having only a few months to work with. I really appreciate all the effort you’ve put in, reflected in the jump in my grades.”
Integrated Programme student
“I must thank you profusely for guiding Shivaane in her History and Social Studies without which she wouldn’t have done this well for her O levels.”
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