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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

Wet X-mas in ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK

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

For more information, please contact us via

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

2013 Year End Holiday Intensive Phonics

Are you feeling bored in the holiday? Willing to learn new things in the holiday? Spend your precious holiday with us!

We are pleased to announce intensive phonics program in the coming holiday.

‘Read in a Week’ Phonics programme aims to teach young children to read and spell 4 times faster than our regular phonics programme. Thru this intensive holiday program, children can:

– Learn phonics 4 time faster than the regular program
– have better retention

Our services provider, Power Phonics & Literacy has been around for the past 15 years, and thousands of children have benefited from it. Teachers within the company have been trained with the same mission and philosophy: to teach children to be excellent readers and spellers. The teachers have vast experiences and training and specialize in teaching children with or without learning difficulties. Not only are they taught phonics, but they are also taught the skill of applying phonics. This results in them being able to read independently 1 or 2 years above their peers. These children then become enthusiastic readers and learners as they gain their confidence in reading.

Below is our holiday program in Jurong area:

Center Class Day Time Duration
Jurong West Phonics (N/K1/K2) Mon-Thur 2:00pm-3:30pm 16 Lessons
Jurong West Phonics (P1/P6) Mon-Thur 3:30pm-5:00pm 16 Lessons

for more detail, please refer to the Phonics page

for program in other branch, please visit http://www.phonicsread.com for more details.
For more information, please contact us via

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

Power Phonics & Literacy
Hotline : (+65) 6726 0300 / 90615789

KRTC/ Power Phonics & Literacy reserve the rights to amend the terms & conditions without any prior notification.

Children Day Special Promotion

Note :The promotion is no longer valid

KRTC & Power Phonics wishes all children a Happy Children’s Day! To celebrate with you , we are peased to announce a limited time special promotion

‘Read in a Week’ Phonics programme aims to teach young children to read and spell in the shortest time possible. The 3-in-1 programme allows children to learn phonics, reading and spelling. This includes:

– Reading 500 words in 6 days
– Able to read thousand of words independently
– Corrects reading and spelling difficulties

Our services provider, Power Phonics & Literacy has been around for the past 15 years, and thousands of children have benefited from it. Teachers within the company have been trained with the same mission and philosophy: to teach children to be excellent readers and spellers. The teachers have vast experiences and training and specialize in teaching children with or without learning difficulties. Not only are they taught phonics, but they are also taught the skill of applying phonics. This results in them being able to read independently 1 or 2 years above their peers. These children then become enthusiastic readers and learners as they gain their confidence in reading.

Other than Jurong West Branch, promotion also valid at the listed branches:
– KRTC @ Chua Chu Kang
– KRTC @ Haborfront
– KRTC @ Jurong East
– KRTC @ Jurong West
– KRTC @ Parkway
– KRTC @ SengKang
– KRTC @ Tampines
– KRTC @ Tiong Bahru
– KRTC @ Whitesands

for more detail, please refer to the Phonics page

For more information, please contact us via

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

Power Phonics & Literacy
Hotline : (+65) 6726 0300 / 90615789

KRTC/ Power Phonics & Literacy reserve the rights to amend the terms & conditions without any prior notification.

Message from an English Teacher

I started teaching in MOE schools and Junior Colleges over thirty years ago. I came from England where I had trained as a teacher and was sent to teach the Pre-U classes in Raffles Institution in 1979. I moved over to Raffles Junior College when it was formed in 1981. My last MOE posting was five years at National Junior College. I really enjoyed these JCs. I retired from Government service in 2000. Since then I have been teaching in private schools, International schools and in tuition centres.

The main difference between teaching in mainstream schools and tuition centres is, of course, the class sizes. In schools classes can be over 20 students, sometimes even larger. It would be far less than that in a tuition centre. AT KRTC Jurong West, my largest class is six. I have other classes of one, two and three students. Of course, the other difference is there are no school uniforms and normally no homework (though that varies because if a parent or a student requests homework I will set it and mark it). In the early days of MOE schools, there was no air conditioning in either the classrooms or staffroom. Some teachers actually smoked cigarettes in the staffroom. Can you believe that? We had ceiling fans in class, which, if they were old and worn out, could be very noisy. It could get insufferably hot in the afternoons. Now we take air conditioning for granted in our classrooms.

Students like to have fun while they are learning, so in my KRTC classes we have language games in the lessons as well as practising all the old grammar and MOE syllabus stuff.

I feel the best way to boost the students’ vocabulary base is not just to get them to read but to get them to be enthusiastic about reading. Every lesson we read an interesting young person’s novel in serial form. The students really enjoy this. We have just finished reading The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailier.

Each student has different strength and weaknesses and the monthly mock test helps me to identify what these are. Because the groups are small it is easy to explain to students what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. Once they realize where they are going wrong and work on putting things right, they can really boost there grades.

However, there is no magic wand that can be waved to improve a person’s English overnight. Because English is the working language of Singapore and the medium of instruction in education, most Singapore students have an excellent level of spoken English. Problems arise in written English. Common problems are verb tenses, prepositions, subject verb agreement, spelling, punctuation and essay writing skills.

How to put these problems right? First they need to be identified by the teacher who then tells the student where he or she is going wrong. The student needs to edit his or her work before handing it in for marking, with particular attention to look out for the type of mistake he or she is prone to make.

Like everything we do in life, practice makes perfect. The more we read and write the better we will become. Reading is an excellent way of learning correct English. I recommend students to go to the library, find an interesting story book and read it for twenty minutes before going to sleep. If the book turns out to be boring, take it back and change it. Reading before you sleep will relax you as well as help improve your English.

Peter Burgess Henry
Secondary English Tutor
Kent Ridge Education @ Jurong

2 Sessions of “Read in a Week Reading” Phonics Lessons for $24.90

Note :The promotion is no longer valid

There is a deal for our “Read in a weak” Phonics course provider at deal.com.sg from 28 Aug to 6 Sept

‘Read in a Week’ Phonics programme aims to teach young children to read and spell in the shortest time possible. The 3-in-1 programme allows children to learn phonics, reading and spelling. This includes:

– Sounds of individual letters A-Z
– Blending of these sounds including dipthongs and diagraphs
– How to apply phonics in reading/spelling

Our services provider, Power Phonics & Literacy has been around for the past 15 years, and thousands of children have benefited from it. Teachers within the company have been trained with the same mission and philosophy: to teach children to be excellent readers and spellers. The teachers have vast experiences and training and specialize in teaching children with or without learning difficulties. Not only are they taught phonics, but they are also taught the skill of applying phonics. This results in them being able to read independently 1 or 2 years above their peers. These children then become enthusiastic readers and learners as they gain their confidence in reading.

for more detail, please refer to the Phonics page

For more information, please contact us via

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

Digital Arts Deal at deal.com.sg

We are proud to work with Deal.com.sg to come out this Digital Art Workshop deal.

During the lesson, student will learn how to use state of the art software to reveal their creativity!

For example, Angry Bird

for more detail, please refer to the digital arts page

For more information, please contact us via

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

New Chinese + Music Creativity Class at Jurong West Branch

We are pleased to announce that a new Chinese + Music Creativity class is started in 7 June 2013 (Friday).

Branch :Jurong West
Lesson :Chinese + Music Creativity Class
Lesson level :8-18 years old
Lesson time : 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Fri)
Tutor :Mr Zhang Si’er

Zhang Si’er is a established songwriter in Asia who wrote for international artistes from Sony Music, Warner Music, Universal Music, HIM International, Ocean Butterflyies International etc. His works include (not limited to ) “林俊杰-豆浆油条”、“王心凌-当你”、“林俊杰-编号89757”、“张智成-末日之恋”

Thru this program, your child will discover passion for Chinese through creative writing in Chinese and learn guitar and sing popular songs with passion skill.

For more information, please contact us via

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

New Digital Arts Class started at Jurong East Branch

We are pleased to announce that a new Digital Arts class has been started in this Friday.

Branch : Jurong East (KRTC@JE)
Lesson : Digital Arts
Lesson level : 5-12 years old
Lesson time : 5:00pm – 6:30pm (Fri)
Tutor :Javen Lam

Through arts, Students gained self-confidence and self-esteem by exploring their identities through alternative medium. Research have shown that students who are at-risk of dropping out of school who have participated in arts programmes have gained a more positive attitude about themselves and their future.

For more information, please contact us via

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