1. As a teacher, how certain you are in improving student's performance?
Improvement of result always work both way, depends on the students and also the teacher. I can never guarantee result and I will never do that. I think all teachers who is honest enough, will also say the same thing. Even for a very good and consistent student, an unexpected circumstances may still happen on the exam day, i.e: students fall sick, students eat wrong food just before exam, calculator doesn't work or various technical problems may happen during exam day. It's too risky to guarantee performance while so many variables involved.
What I can tell and confirm is my track record. With 6 years experience and teaching more than 400 tuition students to date, I can confidently say that 90% of my students, whenever they have shown some effort in their study, definitely show grade improvement. What I do is to help them to simplify the concept, and pin point what is commonly tested and how they are graded in the school examination.
So why only 90% and not 100%? What happen to the remaining 10%? Well, they are normally those who really no motivation and don't really want to help themselves. Then it will be very hard for me, and I believe for any teacher to help also. There is no miracle in learning.
2. Is it true that 2 months or 3 months is "too rush" to prepare major examination like PSLE, O Level and A Level?
There is no standard duration of how long a preparation should be done before any major examination. The longer it is normally the better because you can take a breathe and slowly absorb and understand the concept. And you still have buffer time in case you have difficulties in understanding some topics.
I had experience of a student who try to study "everything" one month before exam and still receive excellent result, but of course he needs to do that in more painful way. It's possible, but more risky and it is not recommended. You never know how fast and how good your brain can absorb, so don't play around and force to strecth it up to the limit.
And it's nature that humans quickly absorb will quickly forget also. Even if you can "survive" at this moment, it may be a long struggling in higher level of your study.
3. Is continuous learning is important to maintain the result?
Only commercial teacher would say that and recommend some so called holiday program even after end of year examination. For the sake of maintaining the standard.
Personally I believe in the concepts of work hard and play hard. Although more students during holiday means more income for me, I do believe that the body of my students need rest, so do their brains. I like to recommend people to have a life with balance. Do your hobby and something you like. Holiday period, after final exam, is a time for you to relax and have fun.
If you really perform very badly and you need to revise some of the lesson you don't understand at all, of course you can do seek a help. But please, do it as minimum as possible so you can still give yourself time to relax and rest. In the end, remember that life is not only about school and study. And your happiness does not necessarily depends on your school grade.... =)
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