Month: December 2013

Reading may be awesome, but not all books are good for you

Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said. The new research, carried out at Emory University in the US, found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological […]

Tip #8: Nothing worth doing in life is easy

It is far too easy to be distracted from the important things in life, in the age of the internet. Feeling bad about not having done your holiday homework? Ah, perhaps you’ll do it after a few clickety trips to YouTube or Buzzfeed. Three hours later, you’re suitably entertained (because it’s that easy to be […]

Why I don’t teach “to the test” (especially at the O-Level)

“Teaching to the test” is the practice of teaching for the sole purpose of getting students to do well in standardised tests. For an English teacher, this would mean breaking down the O-level English paper into its parts, and drilling students like crazy in those component parts. For example, one could break down the questions in the […]

The Little India riots in Singapore reminded me of a good man

I was 14 years of age at the time, a sheltered, sweaty little boy who was just beginning to push the boundaries of exploring the little island of Singapore. I would take random buses with my friends, ending up in deserted-looking bus interchanges and having cokes in unfamiliar neighbourhoods. One of those sweaty days, I […]

If I were more spiritually generous, I’d fix the education system here. But right now, all I’m doing is exploiting the flaws in it to make money.

If I were more spiritually generous, I’d fix the education system here. But right now, all I’m doing is exploiting the flaws in it to make money. It is because parents have such intense fears of their children getting low grades that the tuition industry is so massive now. The problem starts with the fact […]

You’ve wasted your time in school, and now a major exam is coming. (Tip #7: English exam preparation, panic edition)

You’ve wasted your time in school, and now a major exam is coming. What to do for the dreaded English/GP papers? A little preamble One of my earliest tutoring ‘jobs’ (I wasn’t paid) came around when I was in the army. An acquaintance called me, out of the blue, clearly panicking about her upcoming General […]

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