Basically to summarize the article above, the co-founder of Kiasuparents’ son scored a respectable 4As and 229 T-score for PSLE. However, as their set target was 250, he did not get the Nintendo DS that was part of the deal for achieving the target of 250. Probably the Nintendo is to play the most recently released Pokemon Sun/Moon. Poor kid! I remember that my highlight of finishing PSLE was to play Pokemon (close to 20 years ago). I still remembered I was playing the Blue version, starting as Bulbasaur.
Hence DSA becomes increasingly important as a backup plan to act as insurance in the event that something goes wrong in the PSLE. Check out some DSA/GAT/HAST posts here. It is always good to have a “Plan B”.
Also, if you suspect that the child’s school teacher is not that excellent in teaching, e.g. don’t know/emphasize the “keywords” which are necessary to get any marks at all in PSLE science, you may consider engaging a tutor as soon as possible. Check out the most recommended tuition agency in Singapore.
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, getting your body in shape often tops the list. But what about your brain?
If your left or right brain is feeling a little flabby, there’s a wide range of books, teaching programs, and even a Nintendo DS game, purporting to train your left and/or right brain. Indeed, if you Google “right brain training”, you’ll score 53,900,000 hits.
These products are based on the belief that the left and right hemispheres are polar opposites. The left brain is often characterised as your intelligent side: rational, logical and analytic. In contrast the right brain is stereotyped as the “touchy-feely” hemisphere, viewed as artistic, creative, and emotive.
Such left and right brain stereotypes have led theorists to suggest that people can be classified according to their “hemisphericity”. If you’re a logical, rational scientist, for instance, you’re left-brained. But creative types, from artists to writers, are right-brained.
Based on my teaching experience, I do find that left-handers (right-brained) students tend to be very creative and usually excel at arts and humanities. However, their math skills can be good too, especially with practice. This shows that the human brain is like a muscle, it gets better with practice and use.
Understanding the Myth of Left Brain and Right Brain Dominance
The Right Brain
According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities that are popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:
The Left Brain
The left-side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language and analytical thinking. The left-brain is often described as being better at:
Also, check out the above Youtube video to check if you are a right-brained or left-brained person!
The Right Brain vs Left Brain test … do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?
If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.
Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.
LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
words and language
present and past
math and science
knows object name
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
“big picture” oriented
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
knows object function
Right Brain Training Test
Take the test to see if you are right-brained or left-brained!
Any comments or websites about Right brain training to share? Leave your comments below!
Right Brain Training Video
Watch this free brain training video and follow the instructions to increase your brain power. This is an online “game” that really works to improve brain function. You can actually feel it work!
Brain Training can increase your brain power just like weight training can increase your strength. Use this exercise to work out your brain. Bookmark this video and come back and practice with variations on the basics as discussed in the video.
Tips on attempting Geometrical Proof questions (O Levels E Maths/A Maths)
1) Draw extended lines and additional lines. (using pencil)
Drawing extended lines, especially parallel lines, will enable you to see alternate angles much easier (look for the “Z” shape). Also, some of the more challenging questions can only be solved if you draw an extra line.
2) Use pencil to draw lines, not pen
Many students draw lines with pen on the diagram. If there is any error, it will be hard to remove it.
3) Rotate the page.
Sometimes, rotating the page around will give you a fresh impression of the question. This may help you “see” the way to answer the question.
4) Do not assume angles are right angles, or lines are straight, or lines are parallel unless the question says so, or you have proved it.
For a rigorous proof, we are not allowed to assume anything unless the question explicitly says so. Often, exam setters may set a trap regarding this, making the angle look like a right angle when it is not.
5) Look at the marks of the question
If it is a 1 mark question, look for a short way to solve the problem. If the method is too long, you may be on the wrong track.
6) Be familiar with the basic theorems
The basic theorems are your tools to solve the question! Being familiar with them will help you a lot in solving the problems.
Hope it helps! And all the best for your journey in learning Geometry! Hope you have fun.