Remember your first day at Primary 1? I do. It’s impossible for me to forget it due to my English teacher. You should also know that during my growing up years, Singapore was a far cry from the English-speaking, Anglocentric society it is today.
This March, our best-loved holiday programmes return to intrigue and delight. As always, these English programmes focus intensively on writing well, incorporating high-level ideas and techniques that real writers use to think creatively.
At Academia, we see the beauty in the language and, indeed, even the examination itself. The PSLE English paper is not just manageable but also a chance to showcase your language skills with the right kind of flourish that will help you achieve A*.
This year, we begin by casting a retrospective eye across the history of human civilisation. We argue that it is the drive for human perfection that animates and motivates the most successful societies.
If I had to use a single word to describe Dr Coomber, it would be “brilliant”. His sterling credentials and PhD from Oxford are testaments to his competence, but his capabilities go far beyond this — to his students, he’s known as a walking Google; a human repository of general knowledge and current affairs.
Our preparatory programmes are short weekly courses to help ease the transition into new educational systems and curricula. So you can focus on enjoying the experience of a new environment and have time to smell the roses.
Consider the fact that the end-of-year examinations are approaching and that if you haven’t started revising for examinations, it’s about time you got started. As chronic procrastinators often tell themselves: better late than never.
Contrary to popular belief, these schools aren’t looking for students who sailed through life collecting awards and prizes without encountering problems: they like applicants who succeeded despite significant obstacles in their way.
I always tried so hard to prove myself to the random adults assigned to me at various life stages, never quite knowing to whom I was really trying to prove something. Finally, I felt as though I knew who I was. Finally, I believed in myself.
Writing a great essay is absolutely essential to General Paper. However, it’s not as easy as it seems – many students get it wrong at the very start, and have already doomed themselves to a mediocre grade even before they have written their first word.