- Posted August 14, 2013 by
How Singaporean Maths Coach Helps Failing Students Score with Flying Colors
The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) occurs at the age of 12 and seemingly determines the future of a child as it tests his foundational knowledge. This affects the secondary school he is eligible for and perhaps even whether he has a chance to make it into a local university.
As Singapore tries to make a mark on the world map with its top notch education system, parents and students feel the heat of the competition and aim to be the best.
Students who are lagging behind from the rest of the class have little opportunity to recover, which explains why tuition centres saturate this island-city - to help students make the grade or risk not getting a chance at higher education.
Maths is one of the subjects that contribute to the total score at PSLE, which is also a difficult subject for many students.
Leading Maths Coach John Yeo explains that this is due to the mental burden that students tend to have. They fear or lose interest in the subject, leading to poor grades.
However, failing students can still make the pass. Yeo has even helped these students score As and Bs during the final exam.
What makes Yeo's style of teaching different from the rest?
He explains that before he dives into helping a child solve maths problems, he first tries to understand the child's attitude towards the subject.
By uncovering the reasons that affects the child's performance, usually mental obstacles, Yeo then helps the child to overcome these mindsets.
He positive learning approach involves encouraging the child, building his confidence and assuring the child of his ability to solve a math problem.
This psychological strategy has helped one of his students who used to score 30 marks during an exam - within 2 coaching sessions - eventually get a B and advance into a top school
Yeo also tries to tackle the problem by involving parents, imparting techniques and phrases to use to encourage their children to do well.
While the education system in Singapore does not seem to be merciful on students who are unable to keep up the pace, there are coaches like Yeo who help make a difference with the belief that every child should be given a chance to reach their fullest potential.