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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Tuition Results | 9:00 AM

Tuition Results #11 Term 4 2008
Final Year Exam Results 2008

I am very pleased with my students' results (at least those who have informed me so far)!  


English

Calvin Chan (S3Exp)
- B3 - 65.5% 
- above top class average (64.9%) and level average (approx 61.3%)


Edwin Chua (S3Exp)
- B4 - 64.5%
- above all other classes' individual average and level average (approx 61.3%)


Kwek Ming Sheng (S3 Exp)
- B4 - 62.2%
- above all other classes' individual average and level average (approx 61.3%)

Although the above 3 boys are scoring B grades for English, we need to look beyond the absolute marks and compare them against the class and level averages to get a more accurate assessment of their performance.  The fact that they had scored above their class/level average indicates that they are performing way better than most students in their class/level. 


Fong Geng (S3 NA)
U - 42.9% (MYE 2008) --> Grade 4 - 62.7% (FYE 2008)
Fong Geng has never passed any English test/examination since the beginning of 2008. 
improved by 2 grades or 19.8%.


Jaagmeet Singh (S3 NT)
U - Failed (Term 3 Common Test 2008) --> Grade 3 - 65.8% (FYE 2008)
improved by 3 grades.


Caleb Ong (S2 Express)
- B3 - 68% (Final Year Exam 2007) --> A2 - 70.0% (FYE 2008)
improved by 1 grade.


Samuel Tan (S1 NA)
U(ungraded) - 28.7% (Mid Year Exam 2008) 
--> Grade 5 - 51.2% (Final Year Exam 2008)
- improved by 22.7%.
- Samuel has never passed English since primary school. 



Keith (S1 Express)
- D7 - 49.6% (1st Combined 2008) --> C5 - 59.9% (2nd Combined 2008)
improved by 2 grades.


Xue Yu (S1 Express)
- C6 - 54.2% (MYE 2008) --> B3 - 66.7% (FYE 2008)
improved by 3 grades.


Chen Kwang (S1 Express)
- C5 - 59.2% (MYE 2008) --> A2 - 73.8% (FYE 2008)
improved by 3 grades.



Literature

Conelius Loo (S2 NA)
- 82% (A1)
- highest in level  

Thiru (S2 NA)
- A2


Still waiting for the results of other students to come in...  

Scroll down to view the results of my tuition students since 2006.

If you need help with English or English Literature, do drop me an email at stanleyah@hotmail.com or call me at 93388547.

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1) The English Conundrum
English, like other languages, is organic in nature. Yes, it is comparable to the growth of a plant or animal which takes a long time to show signs of change. It is unlike Mathematics or Science where memory work and intensive drill and practice can bring improvement in a matter of 2-4 weeks. In other words, one has to be patient to see improvement in English. Unless the student plays his/her part by putting in daily efforts to read widely (comparable to the daily watering of the plant), it usually takes months for improvements to take shape.

Two biggest hurdles exist for many students who wish to improve his/her English proficiency:

(i) Fail --> Pass
For students who wish to cross from the Failure to the Pass realm, mental and emotional barriers exist on top of their very weak foundation. Daily reading and regular review of past papers are absolutely necessary to grow their fragile language foundation.

(ii) B (60-69) ---> A (70>) grade
This is where tenacity comes into play. Besides close supervision, regular readings of advanced materials, knowledge of common themes and regular application of good writing techniques will plant the student firmly in the realm of the A(bsolute). Many students think that one cannot study for English - that is absolutely untrue.


How do teachers judge students' performance?
Because of the unique organic nature of languages leading to possibly slow progression, keep in mind the following 3 factors when assessing a student's performance. This is especially helpful to buffer the low morale of weak students.

How much improvement is considered acceptable?
From a teacher's perspective, any improvement is a good sign. A 2-grade jump from the previous is considered significant, especially for weak pupils.


How about that extremely low grade?
Apart from considering improvements made, we need to keep in mind that a low grade does not mean that all is doom and gloom. Compare the grade with the class and level average, if they are available. As long as the student's mark is above the class/level mark, his/her performance is considered acceptable.

How about maintaining the improvement?
The biggest challenge to any student who has just displayed significant improvement is to maintain that same grade in the next test. No one wants to be compared to a 1-hit wonder singer who is unable to maintain his/her record sales with the next hit/album. For that weak student, if no improvement is made but the grade is maintained, that is a positive sign itself.


2) About Me
I am a trained teacher for both primary and secondary school levels. Having taught in Singapore primary and secondary schools for the past 7 years and tutored for the past 12 years, I now freelance as a private tutor and part-time relief teacher in secondary schools.


Below are the results of my tuition students since 2006. If you need help with English or English Literature, do drop me an email at
stanleyah@hotmail.com or call me at 93388547.


Cheers!


Stanley Ho

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Tuition Results #10 Term 4 2008
English Preliminary Exam Results 2008

I'm truly thankful for my graduating students' Preliminary Examination results.

Isaac Cheong (S4Exp)
- C6 (55% - Common Test, Term 1 2008) --> A1 - 76.6% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 5 grades
-
3rd highest in class of 43

Ng Tai Jun (S4Exp)
C5 (56.2% - MYE 2007) --> B3 - 67.2.0% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 3 grades

Stanley Tiong (S4 Exp)
- E8 (44% - MYE 2007) --> B4 - 63.2% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 4 grades

Daryl Pung (S4 Exp)
- D7 (46% - MYE 2007) --> C5 - 59.5% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 2 grades

Atticus Yeo (S4 Exp)
- C6 (51.5% - MYE 2007) --> C5 - 55.7% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 1 grade

Isaac Choo (S4 Exp)
- C5/6 (2007) --> B3 - 66.6% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 2/3 grades

Sankar (5NA)
- D7 - 47.0% (FYE 2006) --> C5 - 58.1% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 2 grades

Paul Ng (5NA)
- D7 - 40.0% (Common Test, Term 3 2008) --> B4 - 64.9% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 3 grades


Ameer (5NA)
- C6 (52.5 - Common Test, Term 1 2008) --> B3 - 68.5% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 3 grades

- highest in class of 20
- 2nd highest in level

Aaron Ang (5NA)
- D7 (failed - Common Test, Term 1 2008) --> A2 - 72.4% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 5 grades
- highest in class of 37
- top in level

Note :
Some students scoring the weaker grades are dyslexic. Without naming them, they have made great improvements, in my opinion, given their struggle with language!


If you need help with English or English Literature, do drop me an email at stanleyah@hotmail.com or call me at 93388547.

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Tuition Results #9 Term 2 2008

Updated 22/5/2008
English Mid Year Exam Results 2008

My students improved leaps in their English!


Isaac Cheong (S4Exp)
- C6 (55% - Common Test, Term 1 ) --> A2 - 73.5% (Mid-Year Exam - MYE 2008)
- improved by 4 grades
- 3rd highest in class of 43

Ng Tai Jun (S4Exp)
C5 (56.2% - MYE 2007) --> A2 - 71.0% (MYE 2008)
- improved by 3 grades
- 5th highest in class of 40

Daryl Pung (S4 Exp)
- D7 (46% - MYE 2007) --> B4 - 61.3% (MYE 2008)
- improved by 3 grades

Atticus Yeo (S4 Exp)
- C6 (51.5% - MYE 2007) --> B3 - 66.2% (MYE 2008)
- improved by 3 grades
- 3rd highest in class of 36

Stanley Tiong (S4 Exp)
- E8 (44% - MYE 2007) --> B4 - 63.4% (MYE 2008)
- improved by 4 grades

Aaron Ang (5NA)
- D7 (failed - Common Test, Term 1) --> B4 - 61.0% (MYE 2008)
- improved by 3 grades

Ameer (5NA)
- C6 (52.5 - Common Test, Term 1) --> C5 - 58.8.0% (MYE 2008)
- improved by 1 grade

- 2nd highest in class

Feng Shi (4NA)
- D7 (failed - Common Test, Term 1) --> B4 - 62.2% (MYE 2008)
- NA student who sat for 4EXP paper 2008
- improved by 3 grades

Kwek Ming Sheng (3Exp)
- B4 (61 - Common Test, Term 1) --> B4 - 61.0% (MYE 2008)
- maintained

Edwin Chua (3Exp)
- C5 (55 - Common Test, Term 1) --> B4 - 64.3% (MYE 2008)
- improved by 1 grade

Lee Chi Han (1D)
- D7 (failed - Common Test, Term 1) --> C5 - 59% (MYE 2008)
- failed English since Primary School
- improved by 2 grades


Caleb (2D)
- B3 (68% - Final Year Exam 2007) --> A1 - 75.0% (MYE 2008)
- improved by 2 grades

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Tuition Results #8
Term 4 2007 Updated 18/12/2007

My English N Level students did well!
1) Sankar - A2
--> this is an incredible feat for him who has bordered between passing and failing all the while!

2) Ameer - A2
--> well done! I expect an A1 for your Os!

3) Keith Leng - B3
--> he could've gotten an A if he had been more regular and focused.

Thanks guys, for the early Christmas gift! :)

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Tuition Results #7
Term 4 2007 Updated 24/11/2007

English
1) Kelly Chan (P4) - 81/100 (Band 2)
Term 1 - 60+% --> Overall - 81%

= improved by almost 20%!

2) Keth Chan (P2) - 45/50, 90% (Band 1)
previous tests 65-75% --> Overall - 90%
= improved by almost 25%!

3) Isaac Choo (S3) - 64% (B4)
Term 3 - 55.5% (C5) --> SA2 - 64% (B4)

*more than half his class failed SA2.
= improved by 8.5%!

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Tuition Results #6
Term 4 2007 Updated 19/10/2007

*new/updated

English
1) Caleb Ong (S1) - 73/110 (B3)

- highest in class! (according to his English Teacher)

2) Pei Rong (S1) - 60.4%
Common Test 1 - 29.5/50 (C5) --> SA2 - 60.4% (B4 - rank top 10 in subject)
= improved by 1 grade!


3) Edwin Chua (S2) - 64%
CA1 - 60.5% (B4) --> Overall 64% (B4)
=
improved by 3.5%!

4) Calvin Chan (S2) - 69.5% (B3)
CA1 - 63.8% (B4) --> Mid Year 66.1% (B3) --> CT2 - 67.1% (B3) --> SA2 - 69.8% (B3)
= improved by 1 grade!

5) Ming Sheng (S2) - 61.4% (B4)
CA1 - 58% (C5) --> SA1 - 60% --> SA2 - 61.4%
= improved by 1 grade!

6) Nicole Li (S2), China student who joined a Singapore school in Term 3
Failed MOE entrance tests (Secondary 1 Express standard) twice
--> CA2 - 50.2 (C6) --> Overall - 51% (C6)
= improved by 2/3 grades and maintained! - an impressive feat for a foreign student!

7) Daryl (S3) - C6
MY2006 - D7, FY2006 - C6 - MY2007 - C6 --> SA2 2007 - C6
=
improved by 1 grade!

8)Tai Jun (S3) - B3
Common test 1 - D7 --> common test 2 - B3 --> SA2 - B3
= improved by 4 grades!

9) Feng Shi (S3) - 59.6% (C5)
Mid Year Exam 2006 (Fail) --> SA2 2006 (Pass!) --> SA2 2007 - 59.6/100 - C5 (met expectations of C grade for a foreign student)
= improved by 2 grades!

SA1 - Mid Year Examination Paper (1 & 2 combined)
SA2 - Final Year Examination Paper (1 & 2 combined)


Literature (SA2)
1) Caleb Ong (S1) - 76% (A1)


2) Pei Rong (S1) - ? (?)

3) Calvin Chan (S2) - 77% (A1)

4) Edwin Chua (S2) - 67% (B3)
CA1 - 56.8% (C5) --> CA2 - 64.2 (B4) --> SA2 - 67% (B3)

= improved by 2 grades!

5) Zachary Foo (S2) - 75% (A1)

CA1 - 60.4% (B4) --> SA1 61.0% (B4) --> CA2 - 70.4 (A2) --> SA2 - 75% (A1)
= improved by 3 grades!

6) Nicole Li (S2) - 74% (A1)
China student who joined a Singapore school in Term 3
CA2 - 53 (C6) --> SA2 74.0% (A2)
= improved by 4 grades!

I am still waiting for some students to give me their marks and some of the above to update me with their specific marks...
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Tuition Results #5
Term 3 2007 Updated 17/9/2007

*new/updated

Fabulous news!

S4 English Preliminary Examination Results
Leslie of 4ST scored A2, beating even those who used to get As in his class! When he came to me for help with English, he was just passing his common tests.
Mid Year 2007 - 54/100 (C6) --> Preliminary Exams 2007 - 70.09! (A2)
= improved by 4 grades!!

Lee Peng of 4SA scored B3, a 3 grade improvement from his Mid year!
Mid Year 2007 - 56.3/100 (C5) --> Preliminary Examination 2007 - B3
= improved by 3 grades!

Jingxi of 4S1 scored B3 - Mid Year 2007 - 57.8/100 (C5) --> Preliminary Exams 2007 - 67.6! (B3)
= improved by 2 grades!!

Well done dudes!

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Tuition Results #4
Term 3 2007 Updated 11/9/2007

*new/updated

1) Kelly (P5) - 40/50 --> A =
maintained A

2) Pei Rong (S1) - 48/50 = 96%
Common Test 1 - 29.5/50 (C5) --> CT2 - 96% (A1- highest in class and level!) =
improved by 4 grades!

3) Caleb Ong (S1) - 35.5/50 --> 71%
(to check extent of improvement)

4) Edwin Chua (S2)* - 65% (CA2)
CA1 - 60.5% (B4) --> CA2 - 65% (B3) =
improved by 1 grade!

5) Calvin Chan (S2) - 67.1%
Mid Year 66.1% --> CT2 - 67.1% = improved!

6) Nicole (S2) - 71%
from failed MOE entrance tests in early 2007 --> MY2007 - 51.4% (C6) --> Term 3 CA - 71% (A2) = improved by 5 grades!

7) Daryl Pung (S3) - 31/50
MY2006 - D7, FY2006 - C6 - MY2007 - C6 --> CA2 2007 - B4) =
improved by 3 grades!

8) Tai Jun (S3) - 34/50
common test 1 - D7 --> common test 2 - B3 = improved by 4 grades!

9) Feng Shi (S3) - 63/100
Mid Year Exam 2006 (Fail) --> SA2 2006 (Pass!) --> Mid Year Exam 2007 - SA2 & CA2 (B4) ------ E8/D7 --> B4 = improved by 3-4 grades!

10) Cleon (S3)* - 27/50 (CT2), 72/100 (CA2)
Term 1 CA1 - 42/100 (E8) --> SA1 - 54/100 (C6) --> Term 3 CT2 - 54/100, CA2 - 74 (A2) = improved by 6 grades!

11) Shaun Lai (S4) - B
Term 1 2007 - 43 (E8) --> Mid Year 2007 - 65.8 (B3) --> Preliminary Exams B3 = improvement by 5 grades maintained!

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Tuition Results #3
Mid Year Examinations 2007
Updates!
6) Kwek Ming Sheng (2Exp)
Term 1 2007 - 58 (C5) --> Mid Year Overall 2007 - 67.5 (B3)
--> improved by 2 grades!!!

An underdog is defined as a person, team etc that is weaker than the others, is always expected to be unsuccessful, and that is often treated badly.

This time round, the underdog students truly prevailed over their challenging circumstances!

1) Feng Shi (3NA)
Mid Year Exam 2006 (Fail) --> SA2 2006 (Pass!) --> Mid Year Exam 2007 - SA2 (63.1/100)!!!!!
- E8/D7 --> B4 = improved by 3-4 grades!

Keep in mind this Chinese student joined the Singapore school system only last year!

2) Nicole Li (2NA)
Like her compatriate, Feng Shi, she came from China and joined her Singapore school in the middle of Term 2. She came to me with only a Primary 3-4 standard of English and had a lot of difficulty understanding Primary school comprehension passages and stringing together proper sentences for her compositions. Having failed numerous entrance tests with the MOE and schools, passing the Secondary School English Paper was therefore an impossiblity.

Nevertheless, her SA2 results - 51.4/100!!!

3) Sankar (4NA)
Final Year 2006 - 47.0/100 (D7) --> Mid Year 2007 SA2 - 63.8/100 (B4)
--> improved by 3 grades!
We expected a C6/5 but Sankar delievered a miracle, beating more than 3/4 of his classmates and emerged top 10 in his class for English.

4) Kelly Chan (Primary 4)
She came to me in Term 1 scoring only 60odd% (C/B grade)
--> Mid Year 2007 - 60/80 = 75% = A grade!!
(note - highest in level = 64/100!)

5) Shaun Lai (4NA)
Term 1 2007 - 43 (E8) --> Mid Year 2007 - 65.8 (B3)
--> improved by 5 grades!!!

The rest of you (my students, that is) - remember to photocopy your result slip and bring them when I next see you!

More exciting updates later!!


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`O' Levels 2006 Tuition Results #2
Thank God again for great results and improvements once again!

(in name-alphabetical order)
Daniel Tay - A2 - up 5 grades since Prelim Exams 2006!!

Elvinder - B3 - improved by 4 grades since Mid Year Exam 2006!

Jeriel Goh - B3 - on target :)

Jonathan Neo - A1 - upped 7 grades since Mid Year Exam 2006!!!; the ONLY A1 grade in 5NA!)

Jun Liang - B3 - improved 5 grades since Mid Year Exam 2006!!

Konrad - PASS!!! - improved by 2 grades from E8 within 3 months (your struggle to pass English for the past few years is now history!! Well done!)

Maduan - B3 - improved by 3 grades in less than 2 months (WOW!!!) since Preliminary Examinations 2006!

Nicholas - B4 - improved by 2 grades since Mid Year Exam 2006!

Ryan - B4 - up 2 grades since Preliminary Examinations 2006!

Thanks guys for working hard and for bearing with my nagging. Your efforts certainly paid off!

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Tuition Results 2006 #1
Latest update:

My 2 PSLE kids just received their results recently.
Well done guys!


Name/Grade attained
Leonard - A
(I knew you could get the A!)
Sheng Ming - B (you've come a long way since making that pass! Scroll down to see how much he has improved!)

Check out my other tuition kids' amazing results (SCROLL DOWN).

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29 Oct 2006

12) Daryl (2Exp)
Mid Year (D7) Fail --> Final Year (C6) : Pass!
--> Improved by 1 grade

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26 Oct 2006

Hey hey hey! I recently compiled the English results of my tuition kids who had updated me with their exam results. Here's just some of the amazing scoup!

1) Jonathan (5NA)
Mid Year (E8 ) --> Term 3 Common Test (D7) --> Prelim (B3)
--> improved by 5 grades

2) Elvinder (4 Exp)
Mid Year Exam (48/100) --> Term 3 Common Test (25/50) --> Prelim (B4)
---> moved up by 3 grades

3) Ryan (4 Exp)
Mid Year Exam (53/100) --> Prelim (B3)
---> improved by 3 grades

4) Junliang (4 Exp)
Mid Year Exam (E8) --> Term 3 Common Test (C5) --> Prelim (B3)
--> jumped 5 grades

5) Poh Heng (1 Exp)
Mid Year Exam (D7/E8) --> Term 3 Common Test (22/40) --> Final Year Exam P1 (Pass) + P2 (30/50)
---> improved 2 - 3 grades

6) Alex (1 Exp)
1st Combined Marks, CA1 +SA1 (51.4%) --> 2nd Combined Marks ( 69.0%)
--> up 3 grades

7) Satya (1 Exp)
1st Combined Marks (67.1%) --> 2nd Combined Marks (71.3%)
--> improved 1 grade

8) Jack (1 Exp)
1st Combined Marks ( 69.3%) --> 2nd Combined Marks ( 70)
--> up 1 grade

9) Feng Shi (2N)
Mid Year Exam (Fail) --> SA2 (Pass!)
--> improved 1 grade
Note : This is a great achievement for a foreign student from China who just joined the Singapore school system at the beginning of this year!

Other Schools
10) Sheng Ming (Pri6)
PSLE Prelim1 P2 - 38.5/95 --> PSLE Prelim2 P2 - 64.5/95
--> a 27.40% improvement

Best Overall Achiever...so far
11) Daniel Tay (4Exp)
1st Preliminary Exams (D7) --> 2nd Prelim (B4) ---> 3rd Prelim (A1)
--> blazed up 6 grades

Well done guys! I'm really proud of you!

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