11 Apr 2014


How Incorporating Mind Games In O Level Additional Maths Tuition Helps Your Kid

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math mind gamesDislike for the subject may be attributed to various factors. First, there is a common perception that math is boring. Secondly, students believe that some careers do not require math knowledge. Third, the mathematical problems may disorient the learner. So as to deal with these issues, it is becoming necessary to include mind games as part of learning. Incorporating mind games in O level additional maths tuition is gaining a lot of popularity. Just like many of us, most of our kids also find the math subject challenging. Doing so adds value in the following ways:


When math is mentioned, majority of kids associate it with a long and boring lesson. This may be attributed to the use of plain numbers and figures and also having to memorize various symbols. The best way to add life to the subject is by making math lively and enjoyable. This may be done by including graphical images, colorful figures, and also a gaming feel to the subject. Most if not all kids are known to have a soft spot for games hence will appreciate the subject more.

Way of Life

Kids generally love to have fun. Sports and game challenges form a big part of their life. For instance, playing video games, puzzles, or filling crossword puzzles are some of the most liked activities. Unfortunately, due to its nature, math is always viewed as a complete opposite of something they love. It is seen as a “fun taker” instead of a “fun creator.” This negative view may be eradicated by teaching math following the same principle used in gaming.


Maths is very unique from other subjects. It is mostly one-sided whereby the tutor or teacher does most of the talking while the kids listen. Other subjects allow the kid to participate more. The difference usually lies in the language. Since math makes less use of language, it is perceived as being hard. In order to make maths tuition interactive, it is necessary to make the subject more engaging. This may entail the use of animations, work sheet generators, puzzles, and many other strategies.


Making mind games part and parcel of maths tuition ensures that the learning methods are more flexible. In addition, it also allows more pupils to participate. For instance, asking the kids to challenge each other in math content will be more effective than simply giving individual tests. The kid is also more likely to study on his own while believing he is enjoying his favorite game.

Saying that a student can be made to love math overnight would be a lie. However, he may be trained to appreciate the subject hence putting more effort in it. Besides standing a better chance of securing a good profession in future, he will be able to apply the skills learnt in day to day activities. In order to attain this, it is necessary to make the subject enjoyable, interactive, and also easy to learn. This is best achieved by incorporating mind games into the O Level Additional Maths Tuition.

Lauren Wong is one of the tutors at The Educationist – Singpore’s premier tuition centre. With years of experience and the highest and most relevant qualifications in engineering subjects like Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics, she was able to help hundreds of students improve from F9 to A1. The Educationist, after more than a decade of success in helping F9 students achieve “A1″s in Chemistry, Physics, A.Maths and E.Maths, is so confident of their unique and effective teaching techniques that they are offering all new students a FREE trial lesson!

Visit Lauren at www.theeducationist.sg or call her at 81-888-009 for more details and to sign up for a free consultation.

16 Jan 2014


Challenging the Australian national identity

by Matthew Kethel

PhD candidate Pamela Graham

PhD candidate and tutor Pamela Graham has just received one of Flinders University’s Best Student Research Paper Awards for her cultural analysis of the well-known 2008 anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia.

Compiled by award-winning author and memoirist Alice Pung, the anthology features personal accounts, essays, short stories and poetry on coming-of-age in modern-day Australia by more than 50 different Asian Australian contributors.

“I heard Alice Pung speak at the Adelaide Writers’ Week in 2012 and because I have an interest in Australian cultural identity I was interested in learning more about the book. A Fli

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15 Jan 2014


Brain Research: Three Principles for the 21st Century Classroom

by Luca Kibble

We are teaching kids to live on a planet we’ve never seen.”  – Mary Catherine Bateson

This quote is as true now as it has ever been, but how are we to do this?  By developing students’ abilities to think critically, creatively and empathically.  How do we manage that?  By embedding three qualities—connection, purpose, and mastery into our classrooms. 

Brain research has given us a few solid principles in the past decade.  One is the co

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10 Jan 2014


How to Become a Better Photographer in 2014

by Lachlan Dease

our weekly photography talk show which airs live each Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET, was back after our holiday break this week, and we did our 2nd annual show, where we give our viewers ideas on how to move forward in their photography in the coming year.

Last years episode was one of our best of the year, and this year we had the advantage of having a wonderful in-studio guest, landscape photographer Karen Hutton, and she was just fantastic. Lots of great insights and totally worth watch just for her tips and perspective. Best of all, its free and you can watch it right above (how about that awesome thumbnail up there, eh? Geesh!).

Heres wishing you a kick-butt weekend, and well see you back here on Monday.

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08 Jan 2014


Best Values in Private Universities 2014

by Matthew Kethel

Yale University was ranked No. 1 in the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2014 annual listing of the nation’s best values in private universities, followed by Princeton University in 2nd place and Rice University in 3rd place. Rice has consistently ranked among Kiplinger’s top five best-value schools. Also, Kiplinger noted that Rice’s six-to-one undergraduate student-faculty ratio is among the lowest for both liberal arts colleges and private universities.

Cornell University was ranked No. 15 on Kiplinger’s list of the best values in private universities for 2014, up from No. 18 last year. In addition, U.S. Full Post…

05 Jan 2014


Military-style discipline to raise standards in state schools

by Luca Kibble

Military-style discipline will be introduced into state schools under sweeping government plans to train more ex-soldiers as teachers and dramatically increase the number of cadet forces, it has emerged.

The Government is investing at least £19 million on programmes designed to develop an Armed Forces “ethos” in the state education system.

For the first time this month, former servicemen without university degrees will be able to take part in a new training programme designed to fast-track them into the classroom in around half the time taken by most other teachers.

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