Staying Ahead of the Curve


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In Singapore’s world-class education system, being the cream of the crop takes more than just plain hard work. Conversely, not scoring well doesn’t mean your child is less intelligent, only that they’re probably unaware of the tips and tricks on how to study effectively.

We looked into the success strategies of this tuition centre that has more than 50% of their students scoring above 250 at the PSLE. Here’s how you can upgrade your kid’s results to Sheldon-level genius:


1. More practice in honing  problem-solving skills


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The circular puzzle, sequel to the mind-boggling “Cheryl’s birthday” question, is testament to the fact that education is shifting to testing students on problem-solving skills.

Memorising the entire syllabus can get your kid decent grades, but that’s only going to get them so far — it’s honing the analytic skills, identifying keywords, and linking it to the correct heuristics that’s going to make them the problem-solvers of tomorrow.


2. Adopt key exam techniques to level up during exams


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Now that we’ve identified the questionable effectiveness of wholesale regurgitation, it’s time to set our sights on attaining the kind of intelligence Sherlock Holmes wields, minus the sociopathy.

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Hands-on activities help students to better understand what they’re learning. Having them make their own circuit boards and periscopes takes away the dread associated with studying and fills them instead with natural curiosity.

An emphasis on skills that’ll last a lifetime helps these students learn independently in their later years. The caring teachers also teach children how to manage their time during the exam so that they’ll score those 100s.


3. Access exclusive notes to keep track of new content and concepts


As the primary school syllabus gets progressively more challenging to sift out the cream of the crop, making sure that your kid has everything he or she needs to perform the best in school can be daunting, especially if you aren’t familiar with the syllabus.

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While students can make their own summaries of notes, The Learning Lab provides their students with additional material like practice papers to expose students to a variety of question types, complete with common pitfalls to make sure that they’re always ahead of the bell curve.

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On top of that, question analysis and mind-mapping make sure that your child, like Sherlock, is able to identify the problem and recall and connect concepts to boost that grade up to an A*.


4. Learning in a collaborative and engaging environment


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While the common misconception is that private tuition is always more effective than group tuition, group tuition actually develops confidence, provides more opportunities to collaborate, and gives your child a more solid foundation for sustained individual learning. Group tuition also encourages the and the articulation and refinement of ideas.

Coupled with the stringently-selected pool of teachers to bring out the best in each child, this collaborative style of learning is bound to secure those distinctions.


Gearing up for exams


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Getting your kids the best education programme is a priority, and when our babies are stress-free and having fun, we’re happy too. Unlike other tuition centres, only the brightest, most passionate teachers are selected to challenge the children to form their own opinions about the world and discuss it in class.

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When the exam period draws near, teachers actively spend more time to brush up on topics and skills that the students are weaker at, and of course, the faster their confusion and mistakes are corrected, the better they perform in exams.

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The Learning Lab holds workshops as part of their core programme to reinforce important skills and concepts. Each workshop targets a specific component, like composition (P3 – P6), which focuses on plot development, use of logic, efficient use of language and rhetorical devices that your little one can use not just in composition, but in future essay writing.

Education beyond the curriculum is also something that this centre prides itself on. Analysing  current affairs with easy-to-digest notes and graphics that are exclusively concocted within The Learning Lab inspire and develop an intrinsic curiosity in your children that you can’t get anywhere else.

If you’re still unsure, you can attend Experience Day, where you and your child get to test the waters at The Learning Lab. Sign up for $40 here.

Enrolling your child in classes that start by 15 June 2017 gets you a free welcome pack of classroom essentials. Bring along your child’s exam paper to the first class, too, because the teachers will be conducting consultations for the mistakes they made in their paper.

Register for Term 3 primary level classes here.

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