Month: January 2014

Stanley Fish — How to Write a Sentence (And How to Read One)

  This brilliant little book is really opening my mind up to new ways of writing, reading, and teaching — and I’m a graduate in English Literature who has supposedly spent a number of years thinking about the language. Well, if I’ve spent 10ish years thinking about the language, Professor Fish has spent…. well, he’s […]

Essay scoring tip: deliver ‘truth’

People who grade essays are human beings, and human beings will always have their own biases. Here’s something that works (I know because I tested it out in JC, and I topped my school in GP!) that is almost never taught — if your essay delivers some kind of earth-shattering ‘truth’, the marker feels the urge […]

Be warned: Web 2.0 does not promote sustained lines of thought

Straight from Wikipedia’s Web 2.0 entry: A Web 2.0 site may allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where people are limited to the passive viewing of content. Examples of Web 2.0 include social networking […]

You can hack anything

Yes, you can hack ANYTHING. I think most of us on the internet already know this, but we all could use a reminder. Sales pitch #1 Are you the type who’s perpetually unhappy and morose? Is the tone of your existence that disgusting yellow-brown of misery and pain? Are you sad? Well, luckily for you, there’s actually […]

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Cool things you can get for free without stepping away from your computer (that will help with school)

This one’s for the Singaporeans, and is lovingly dedicated to the National Library Board (Singapore). Cool things you can get for free without stepping away from your computer 1. Anything from the NLB’s eResources Step 1: Go to Step 2: Log in with your NRIC. Step 3: Go crazy! Right, the one brilliant thing that top English […]

Hey, Physics teachers! I found you peeps a video to teach wavelengths!

Because the length of that thingy determines the pitch of that thingy, right?     Are you looking for an English tutor? For one-on-one lessons or group lessons, please send an email to, or call/SMS/whatsapp 97700557 (Singapore only). I’m not always at my phone, so if I don’t pick up, please leave me an SMS […]

(WARNING: sappy ending) An attentive tuition teacher spots things that parents don’t

Sometimes, a tuition teacher (me) is faced with students who are, by and large, intelligent. However, they inexplicably end up doing worse on tests than his teachers and parents expect. When that happens, we have to look at the student’s life in totality, and not just concentrate on his academic performance. The things that hold students […]

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