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Mindmapping for Primary Maths & Science

To Empower my students to Gain a Successful Advantage by Learning Concepts that make Difficult Questions Easy.

Mind Mapping is a great technique that will improve our thinking skills and memory. Our brain has the ability to learn and remember large amounts of information, but only if these ideas are connected systematically and logically together. By mimicking how nature and our own brain works, ordinary people like all of us can be genius in a sense!

Many of my students’ first encounters with mind mapping are either in some expensive enrichment program or in a few special science lessons in their primary schools. However, when asked whether they apply it in their daily school work, they would probably say no. And why not? Simply because constructing a mind map on paper is just too time-consuming and troublesome. Sadly, just a few lessons are unlikely to make any significant long term impact.

Since 2010, I have been constructing MindMaps of the primary school syllabus for Maths and Science using a mindmapping program. After many refinements with feedbacks and valuable contributions from my students, it has been completed and available for all my lessons. Now my students can truly enjoyed the full benefits of MindMapping without spending too much time constructing them on their own.

The Mindmapping experience so far for many of my students is almost miraculous. Every lesson became alive in big screen with colours, graphics and sometimes videos. Difficult concepts became easier. Time spend on each topic was reduced by half, so in-depth discussion time doubled. Results within a few months improved significantly as they gained new-found interests in the topics they used to find boring. Join in my classes now to experience it yourself!

By Mr Oliver Chan
Primary Science & Maths Tutor
Kent Ridge Education (KRTC) @ Jurong

For more information, please refer to the tutor profile

New Semester Started

We are pleased to announce that our new academic year 2014 is start on 16 November 2013. You are entitle up to 25 % Early bird discount for all academic tuition.

For more information, please contact us via

Jurong West Branch (KRTC@JW)
Email : jurongwest@krtc.com.sg
Hotline : (+65) 6397 0444

Teacher, I learnt and I understood what you taught, but now I forgot everything!

Many students have given this reason, over the years, for not being serious with their studies until it’s closer to the exams period. Their reasoning is, if I’m going to forget everything, why study so hard now? Wouldn’t it be a waste of my effort?

I’d like to share from my experience, both as a teacher and a student, some facts to dispel this myth:

1.Some students are really just using this as an excuse :p

That’s the real reason why some students are not starting earlier. If that’s you, start being honest with yourself yeah 😉

2.Even if you forget everything, it was not a waste of effort!

If you put in the effort, you expect to see results. It makes total sense. And so you did – you put in good effort, listened in class, did your practices, asked a lot of questions, and you feel like you want to take the exam (for this topic) now! But of course, exam’s not until a couple of months down the road. Two weeks later, your friend asks you what you learnt two weeks ago – that topic that you were so good in – and you don’t even remember what the topic was! Finally when you remembered what the topic was, you could only vaguely remember what was in it. You go into panic mode – have I forgotten everything? Aarrghh!!!

Ok, wait, wait. Don’t panic. You need to recognise that other than that subject that you worked so hard in, you also have many other subjects, and you learn new things everyday. It’s normal to not be able to remember that topic two weeks ago, even though you were so good.

But, when it comes to tests and exams, you will realise that you take a much shorter time to revise than someone who has not gotten only weak understanding of the lesson back then. And so, you will progress much faster and better. That’s what will separate you from the rest, the A student from the others.

3.Boost your revision power with effective note-taking

When I was a student, I discovered that making my own notes, to summarise the contents of each topic was something that was very powerful when it came to revisions. Everyone communicates and use words differently, so how nice would it be, if you could have someone who thinks and talks exactly in the same way as you do, to teach you for the coming test or exam? Yes, it’s possible to have that person, and that person is YOU!

When you have a good set of notes done when you are learning, that’s what it would do for you. When it comes to revision, it would be as if the you from the past (who had understood thoroughly the topic) are teaching the you now (who has forgotten most of it), in the way that you would understand best.

So then, when it comes to lessons, listen really attentively and take notes. After the lesson, look through it and tidy it up (correct and reorganise as necessary). When doing practices, you might want to take down new discoveries or important areas that you tend to overlook, or common mistakes that you often make, that you might remind yourself later what to look out for.

So here you have, some simply yet effective ideas that will help you go a long way – not just where you are studying now, but for all your days as a student and beyond, whenever you are learning something new. So the next time you realise that you have forgotten what you’ve learnt, remember that you have had fun listening, learning, taking notes, and so you don’t have to panic yeah 😉

Article by : Mr. Ng Hai Wei
Secondary Mathematics Tutor
Kent Ridge Education


Christmas is coming! To enjoy the holiday season and have great fun, we would be organizing a fun trip to ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK at RWS Sentosa for all Students, family members and friends during the December School Holiday on Friday 20th December 2013.

The detail of this trip is as follows:

Time Activity
9.00 am Assemble at Kent Ridge
9.45 am Arrival at the RWS Sentosa
10.00 am Activity at Adventure Cove Waterpark
3.00 pm Departure
3.45 pm Arrival at Kent Ridge

The ticket prices for the admission to ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK (inclusive of transport) are as follows:
Child: $18 Adult: $26

All Students and their siblings or friends must have parental consent before they are permitted to participate in this Trip. Students who do not have a completed Parental Consent Form will not be allowed to participate.

All children below the age of 10 must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

For more information, please contact us via

Jurong West Branch (KRTC@JW)
Email : jurongwest@krtc.com.sg
Hotline : (+65) 6397 0444

PSLE English 2015

Changes To PSLE English Language – Implications and Perspective

The MOE announced recently changes to the assessment components in PSLE English as part of the overall review of the English curriculum and language instructional processes in schools. The changes are 1 year away to give schools, students and teachers ample time to gradually prepare and implement the new assessment modes in class.
The changes are not critically major and should be viewed as a refinement of learning outcomes and enhancing language teaching and testing in schools.

What It Means

One must remember that PSLE is a summative assessment of learning taken place over a total period of 6 years, so the acquiring of language competencies begin quite early in a student’s learning experience and not just a few months before. To be prepared and confident for PSLE, a student’s capacity and competence must be developed through a range of reading, oral, writing, thinking experiences and be equipped with the skills to use language as tools for various forms of expression of thoughts.

A good grounding in vocabulary and grammar is essential but a student’s performance will be just limited to the structures and forms of language rules. The student will not be able to perform at a higher level if he/she is not able to through language, generate ideas, interpret contextual clues, understand information relationships, identify causes and consequences and reframe facts through articulation and writing logically. And that is what PSLE aims to determine with the current and future changes in English assessment.

The Changes in 2015

Continuous Writing – instead of two questions with fixed scenarios for candidates to choose from to write a narrative, one topic is offered which can be approached from any one of several perspectives. To help candidates think about the different perspectives of the topic, visuals will be provided.

Comprehension – a new Visual Text Comprehension in Paper 2 in the form of multiple choice questions (MCQs). One such example would be questions based on a poster.
In Comprehension Open-ended section in Paper 2, the types of questions will now be varied and could include, for example, tables which candidates will fill in using information from the passage.

Oral/Conversation – will be replaced by the Stimulus-based Conversation component. Students will give their personal response to a visual stimulus that is thematically linked to the Reading Aloud passage. Students will then move on seamlessly to a discussion on a relevant topic.

Listening Comprehension
– will have more items with graphic representation compared to
the existing paper

Moving Forward

Students preparing for the changes in PSLE should not be unduly stressed or be worried. Early preparation, sustained practice and greater focus on the higher skills sets necessary for language mastery would ensure success at the end.
Competent students seek to understand the intricacies of the language and consistently reinforce learning and application in purposeful activities. I would urge students to concentrate on an English programme of sustained effort, focused practice and developing confidence in a positive learning experience. This will imbue the student with a repertoire of skills for success and construct effective mental models to tackle different levels of reading, listening, writing and speaking performance tasks however challenging at PSLE.

James Chow
English Tutor
Kent Ridge Tutors @ Jurong

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Jurong West Branch (KRTC@JW)
Email : jurongwest@krtc.com.sg
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