Physics Tuition - Moment 1

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Physics Tuition - Force 1

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Physics Tuition - Kinematics Graphs I

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Sketch the displacement, velocity and acceleration time graph of a ball dropped off at a height of 5m. The ball takes 1s to reach the ground. Assume no air resistance. (sketch for 4 seconds)

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Physics tuition – Making physics simple

Many of my students in my physics tuition classes find physics one of the most difficult subjects to learn. More often than not, the reason that they find the subject difficult is because there are a lot of laws and concepts to learn and grasp. Similarly for math, most students find that there are too many formulas and too confusing to learn. So here in this article, I will share one strategy that I teach my students on how to make a daunting task simpler to handle.

This strategy is very simple. The gist of this technique is to break up the problem or task in to smaller problems or task. This will make the initial problem at hand look simpler and less daunting to tackle. For example, if I were to ask you to clean your room, it will seem to be a very huge task and you will mentally feel that it’s going to be very difficult to do. This thought will actually limit you from trying to clean up the room. However, if I were to ask you to pack your table, this will seems like a smaller task which you feel that you can handle. As such, you will most probably go and pack your table. Similarly if I ask you to make your bed, pack your wardrobe, all these smaller task will seems simple enough to do and very likely you will do them. If you notice, by the time you finish all those small tasks, you would have completed cleaning up your room!

Applying the same logic to Physics, if you look at Physics as a whole, it’s going to be very intimidating. Lots of different topics with many different concepts and it sure look tough to learn and master them. This fear is one of the main reasons why students do not want to even start studying and learning physics. This fear will worsen if the student fails to catch up with what the teacher is teaching. Now, if you break up Physics and attack them one at a time, it’s going to be less daunting. You may be surprised that you actually know a lot more physics then you thought you knew.

For example, in ‘O’ level Physics, the topics can be divided in different smaller topics such as Newtonian Mechanics, Waves and Oscillations, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism and Modern Physics. You can start by mastering each of the smaller topics and eventually go on to mastering ‘O’ level Physics. Hopefully this technique I share with you here in my physics tuition blog can help you to see that ‘O’ level Physics is actually not as difficult and tough as it seems.


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Free 'O' Level Physics formula sheet !!!

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'O' Level Physics formula sheet
(Please refer to the link on the RIGHT under useful information)

A consolidation all the useful physics formula for your revision. Hope you all find it useful and good luck for your examinations!!!!

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How to improve your Physics – Peer tutoring

An effective way to help you improve your physics or in fact any other subjects is peer tutoring. Below is a saying on teaching which I believe dearly:

Tell me and I forget.
Show me and I remember.
Involve me and I understand.

These are the exact words which I lived by during my education. Actually, I am living by these words even now when I am out in the working world. Whenever I have the opportunity, I will always try to teach and share my knowledge with my fellow students or co-worker. Doing this has always to help me understand and learn more about what I am teaching. In fact being a physics tutor giving physics tuition has also strengthened my fundamentals in physics and allows me to understand more of what I may have missed in the past. Peer tutoring is a very good way to get students involve in learning so that they are not just passive learner receiving information. In this article I am going to going to share with you 8 benefits of peer tutoring.
  1. More attention given to students – peer tutoring is usually conducted on a one to one/two basis. This means that the student tutor can devote more attention and time to effectively assist the student that needs help.
  2. Ease of communication – it is not surprising that the student tutor will be able to understand and communicate with their fellow student better. This can help when they are trying to explain difficult concepts.
  3. Regular contact with positive peer model – the regular contact with the student tutor can be beneficial since the student can learn from the positive role model on their studying habits, practices as well as techniques.
  4. Stimulated to learn – the student may be stimulated to learn and excel in subjects so that they can be a student tutor and enjoy the process of teaching and being an active learner as well.
  5. Reinforcing concepts – Teaching will get you more involved and know much more about the subjects. This will undoubtedly reinforce your concepts and enable you to have a better understanding of the subjects. You will be an active learner and not just a passive one.
  6. Improve self confidence and communication skills – As you teach and share with your peers, you will unknowingly develop self confidence and communications skills. These are very useful traits to have as you go on to work.
  7. Rewarding and enjoyable – Being able to share knowledge and help your peers is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Active learning will also greatly increase your interest in a subject.
  8. Enhance problem solving and organization skills – Having the opportunity to teach your peers, you will be exposed to a variety of good and difficult questions. This will definitely improve your problem solving skills. Your organizational skills will also be trained as you organize your thoughts clearly to convey to your peers
I hoped that after sharing with you the benefits of peer tutoring, you can see that peer tutoring creates a win-win situation where both the student tutor and the student both benefit. I cannot stop preaching to my student during physics tuition classes that peer tutoring is an effective studying method to adopt and you all should not selfishly hide your knowledge from your peers and hope that you will perform better than them during examinations. I truly believe that by sharing and teaching what you know with peer tutoring, both you and your peers will benefit much more and can all do much better in examinations.

How to study effectively

Welcome to my blog on Physics tuition (A tutor's blog sharing effective studying and examination technique)

I have shared quite a few useful tips on examination and how to study effectively. They are pretty much scattered in this blog and i am sure some of you have difficulty looking for the useful information.

The following list of links are my suggestions on key posts on the above topic. I hope you will find them useful.

Examination tips
How to study for exam. It has a series of 8 posts and you can find the links in the post.

Studying technique
Improve your results in 4 simple steps
3 technique to better physics results 

Memory technique
10 steps to mind mapping
6 ways to improve your memory

Motivation
The Last Lecture
The secret to doing well in exam

I will add to this post as i post more useful tips on exam and studying.

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Singapore Education Summit 2010


June holiday is coming and for those of you parents who are looking for something meaningful to do with your childern, there will be a Singapore Education Summit 2010 at Singapore Expo on 5th & 6th June 2010 organized by Edvalue Pte Ltd.

I believe this is a good forum to help parents and students understand more about how important self motivation is in education and how to develop this sense of self motivation in the students. They will also introduce some studying techniques and skill that might beneficial for all of you students out there. I would encourage parents to bring their children along to this summit to understand more about your kids education.

For those of you who are interested, you can find out more about the Singapore Education Summit 2010 here.

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The secret to doing well in exams

I am so sorry it has been awhile since i have any posting.

Today in this article I am going to share with all of you, parents and students, the secret to doing well in exams. Well strictly speaking it’s not really a secret. It’s an important aspect of education that most people know but have often neglected. Actually, most schools in Singapore have also failed to realize this important aspect in the past. Recently, some schools have been trying to include this aspect of education into their curriculum. Curious on what it is? Well let me go right into it.

I believe that most of you have read a lot about studying techniques, tricks and tips to help you do well in exams. You may have also learned or heard about them from your teachers, parents and tuition teachers. In fact I have also advocated some good studying/exams tips and techniques to my student during my Singapore physics tuition lesson and in my physics tuition blog. All these knowledge are all good and informative. However, are all these information and knowledge useful to you? It will be if you put them into action. This information will remain as just information if you don’t take any action.

So what’s the secret to doing well in exam? The answer is simple. It is to take action. Not just any action, its action derived from self motivation! Yes this is the most important part of education; the motivation to study and excel. It is only with this motivation that can sustain the student action’s to study when they are faced with other temptation (like television, computers) or difficulties.

I can tell whether my students will score an A in their physics exam or not by seeing if they are motivated to learn. Most of the time during my physics tuition lesson, I will be trying to arouse interest in the students so that they will want to know more about the subjects and from there derive the motivation to learn. It does not matter if the student is clever or not. If he is clever, it will probably be easier for him to understand the things that are taught and it will be faster for him to learn. But for those that are not as clever, it will just take them more effort and longer to learn. But as long as they are motivated to learn and are genuinely interested to learn, they will definitely score well in exams.

So how do you fire up your kid’s interest to study and get them motivated? Or how do you as a student motivate yourself to study? What I can tell you for sure is that It is not easy. It requires constant coaching and reminding. I am not an expert in motivation but some of the common techniques I employ during my physics tuition include making the subjects interesting for my student to learn. Also I encourage them to set goals so that they have a clear target where they can get satisfaction from achieving it.

So this is the secret to doing well in exams. As long as you can motivate yourself to study, I am sure you will excel in whatever subjects you want to.

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The Last Lecture

I dedicated this post to the best lecture i have ever seen. And yes i have attended hundreds of lectures during my studies and i can say this is the most inspiring lecture i have ever heard. That is why i am here to share it with people who have not seen it yet. It is a bit long but i am sure most of you will sit through it. So sit back and enjoy this wonderful lecture.



My greatest thanks to Randy Pausch for this wonderful and inspiring delivery. Rest Well and God bless your family.

Added (March 28th 2010)
Just wanted to add some take away i have from this lecture.

1)Life is not about what you achieve in the end that matters. What's important is the journey you go through in achieving that goal. If you have seen this lecture, the greatest and most valuable lessons he learned comes from the dream he never really did achieve.

So don't focus on the failing part of that failed test or exams. Look and focus at the valuable lessons that you got out of it instead.

2)There's always a wall that stops you from achieving your dream. And this wall is good as it is a test to see how bad you really want to achieve that dream. It is good as well since it filter out those people that are not really serious so that you get less competitors.

Don't be discourage if you meet with some difficulties or problem as you are working towards your goal. They are merely there to test how bad you really want it.

3)If you give a person enough time, you will see their good side. I find this very true and i truly believe that if you devote enough time and patience in to every child, you will eventually see that they are capable.

This is a good point to take home for all parents and teachers. Give your child and students enough time and patience and you will be surprised what they are capable of.

Please leave me a comment and share with me on your thoughts and take home after seeing The Last Lecture as well.


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3 techniques to a better physics results.

Again I am going to share some simple studying techniques and methods that I have encouraged my physics tuition student to adopt. These are studying and revision techniques that can help you study more effectively and efficiently.
The 3 methods are as follows:

Revision - Always do constant revision. If you have the time, do it consistently, everyday if possible. If not, at the minimum I will tell my student to at least understand the previous topics taught before the lesson on the next topics begins. This is so that you can catch up with the lesson. You don’t want to sit in class and not understand anything that the teacher is saying because you are unsure about the previous topics. You will be wasting your time if that’s the case. Then you will be spending more time to catch up with the previous topics and the current topics. That will be more ineffective and inefficient right?

Marking down – Always mark down questions that you find challenging and you have difficulty doing. This can really help you saves a lot of time when it comes to revision. You can zoom right to the question that you find difficult and challenging and recap what you don’t quite understand the last time round. You can then quickly remember how to solve these problems. Usually you can learn a lot from questions that you have difficulty doing as they exposes the concepts that you are unclear of. So going straight to those questions can help you revise those concepts faster and easier.

Make notes – Always make notes as you are studying and revising. You can also start making your own notes as the teacher is teaching. Write down small notes to help you understand that concepts or topics. When you are revising and studying, you can reinforce these notes with more points to strengthen your understanding. Doing these not only helps you to understand and remember a concept more clearly, it also helps you to create your own study notes where you can get the main points on any topics quickly and efficiently.

The methods above may require some practice and getting used to. I would suggest trying it slowly for maybe one subject and get used to it first. When you get accustomed to these techniques, you can then adopt them for other subjects. The 3 methods above which I often inculcate in my physics tuition student may seem to be little things. But I am sure that they can help you to save time and study more effectively which means you will have more time for yourself.

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Physics Tuition - Moment 2

I am sure many of the students out there complained about physics being a boring subject. And i am sure that you all detest going for your physics classes or Physics Tuition. Well here's a video that i hope can change that.

After the revision on Moment in my previous post, here is an interesting video showing moment in practice.



I know this may look impossible and you must be thinking now that there is definitely some sort of camera trick involved. But if you know physics, you will realize that this is a beautiful trick making wonderful use of the center of gravity of the various objects and the principle of moment.

Personally, i feel that physics is the most interesting subjects as it deals with our everyday life. Everything and anything happening around us is physics. Well, I hoped that this video on physics tricks with moment can interest you people out there.


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Physics Tuition - Moment

Moment is one of the most interesting topics in my Physics tuition. Many students have difficulty understanding the calculations for moment. Well i have found a video which gives a good concepts on moment. This should serve as a good supplement for your physics class lessons. You can leave me a comment or email if you have any questions on this.



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A good tutor for physics tuition?

How can you find a good tutor for your physics tuition? Well here are some of the factors of a good tuition teacher.

1. A good physics tutor is able to explain complex and difficult physics concept in a simple way so that you can understand. If you are having trouble understanding what your physics tuition teacher is talking about, i am guessing that its time to change.

2. A good physics tutor should be able to help you "visualize" physics. Since physics is about physical phenomenon and what is common in our daily lives, it should be a lot easier for you to understand physics if you can visual it.

3. A good physics tutor should be able to point out what you are strong and weak in. He should be able to understand what method are more effective for you to learn. In additional to that, he should be able to motivate you to learn.

I am talking about physics tuition and tutors here but i am sure that it is more or less application to many science and math subjects.

To finish off, I have one last point to add if you have a good physics tutor. You have to look forward to physics tuition. If you are dragging your feet to go for tuition, then i would suggest you rethink if the tutor is right for you.

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Physic Tuition

If you have any physic questions you cannot answer please send me an email or leave a comment.

Any concepts that you are not clear with. Example: Whats moment, electromagnetism etc. Just send me an email or comment and i will try my best to explain to all of you.

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Improve your results in 4 simple steps

I am sure many students and of course parents would like their kids to improve on their current results. Today i am going to share some tips on how students can improve your results and how parents can help them in doing that in 4 simple steps.


First step to improving your results - Goal setting
Before you can improve your results, you have to know what improvement you want to see. If you don't have a target, you don't know what you are aiming for and how can you hit the target. It like shooting an arrow blind folded. Putting in alot of energy but not getting the outcome. Parents can work with their childern to come up with a reasonable goal to achieve. Remember, the goal must be reasonable. For example, if you are constantly getting C for physics test, try setting a goal for B in the next test.


Second step to improving your results - timeline setting
After you have set a goal or target to achieve, you have to set a timeline to achieve that. It can be the next class test, next exam or 2 months from now. Whatever the timeline is make sure it is reasonable for you to achieve that target you have set. Similarly, parents will have to be reasonable on the timeline and cannot expect their kids to improve their results overnight.


Third step to improving your results - Doing up a plan
With the target and time all sorted out. The next step will be come up with a plan to achieve the target in the timeline given. This plan will include how much time you will spend on that subjects and what are the things you will do to help you with achieving that target. For example, if say your target and timeline is to get a B in the next class test in a weeks time. Your plan will be something like:

Day 1: Spend 2 hours revising the test topics
Day 2: Spend 2 hours revising the test topics
Day 3: Spend 2 hours doing questions on that topics
Day 4: Spend 2 hours doing questions on that topics
Day 5: clear any doubts in school with teachers or classmate
Day 6: Spend 4 hours revising the test topics
Day 7 Spend 2 hours practicing on questions

The plan need to be as exact and detailed as possible so that you can follow exactly.
I would advice using a planner to help organizing that.


Fourth and the last step to improving your results - Excute
This is obviously the most crucial step as no changes will happen if there is no effort to make the changes happen. You can have a perfect target and timeline and beautifully organized planner, but without sticking to what's plan. All of that will be useless. Parents will be crucial in this stage to work with their kids and encourage them to stick to whats planned.


So here are 4 simple steps to improving your results . When i say "simple" i don't mean easy. These steps are definitely not east to do, especially the last step. However if you can do these with faith, i am sure you will see improvement in your results.

I strongly recommend using this strategy in planning for major exams. Spend some time in setting the goal, timeline and planning. Make sure you are convinced that they are reasonable so that you will stick to the plan.

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Physics Tuition...... O level Results

An update on my most challenging tuition yet. You can refer to my previous on Physics Tuition for details.

So the O level results has been out for quite awhile now. I have finally get an update from my students. He got a B3 for his O'level physics.. Not bad considering the amount of time i have left with him.

Well... thats why i love teaching. I love the satisfaction of helping students doing beyond their means and achieving the impossible.

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6 ways to improve your memory

Below are 6 ways to improve your memory.

I believe this is pretty important for many students. Having a great memory will definately make studying and revising for test and exam much more efortless. Unfortunately not all of you are blessed with good memory but there are ways to make it better. Here are 6 of them:

1. Exercise your mind
The more you use your brain, the better it will be . If you want to improve your memory, then use your brain as much as you can. That is why people who do their homework usually do better. This is because they uses their brain practicing the question and hence can remember better.

2. Play memory games
If you run out of homework to do, there are a lot of games out there that will help you exercise your memory. Log on to the internet and look for memory games that you can play. There is also the game board mastermind and Games of the Generals that will help you improve your memory and your logic skills.

3. Use visual tactics
Most people who have had to improve their memory have used visual tactics to help them remember things. For instance, if you want to remember newton's laws, all you have to do is visualize a ball rolling. If you don't push the ball, it will continue to move in a straight line. That's Newtown's first law. Thinking visually makes it way easier to keep the concept in your mind.

4. Say it over and over again.
Some people remember when they repeat it to themselves. Take note, don't mistake this for memorising. By repeating, i mean to use it as often as you can. For instance, the best way to remember new formula is to use is over and over again when you are doing your work. It will be easier to recall it the next time you want to use it. So the more you use it and repeatedly use it, the more you will be able to remember them as and when needed.

5. Group them
Another effective way to remember things easily is to group them. For instance, in remembering formulas, it will be easier to group them into topics and remember as a whole complete concept. In that way, you will have a better understanding of the formula and hence can remember them easier. This is why a mind map can help you understand as well as remember concepts and ideas. You can refer to 10 ways to create a mind map for more information on creating one.

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6. Eat right
There are foods that will help keep your brain healthy and thus improve your memory. Foods like peanuts, tofu and milk help keep the brain in tip top shape. The same goes with fish and meat that have proteins that help nourish the brain and keep it developing. In fact, these foods are especially important with children who are growing because their brain is just developing.

So here are 6 ways to help improve your memory. Hope it helps.

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