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A "Survival Guide" to Sec 1 Core Academic Subjects

Transitioning to Secondary 1 may sound daunting but it does not have to be. Join us in this enriching webinar series to understand key factors of building a strong foundation in Secondary education!

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Workshop Highlights

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Expert Perspectives

With years of experience in the school system and knowledge on the various academic pathways, our team of teachers will share their insight so students and parents can make informed decisions. 

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Comprehensive Coverage

This webinar will cover essential foundational must-knows for core academic subjects and bridge the gap between PSLE and Secondary 1 requirements. 

What you are paying for

Incredible value at an affordable price

Complimentary 

AY2023 MS P6 Students* & their Parents

Features:

9 hours of insightful sharing by our Academic Experts on key factors to aid in the transition from PSLE to Secondary 1. 

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Fees (with GST) 

54 SGD

Features:

9 hours of insightful sharing by our Academic Experts on key factors to aid in the transition from PSLE to Secondary 1. 

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Event Dates

Subjects
Maths
29 Nov 2023 (Wed)
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Science
1 Dec 2023 (Fri)
7.30pm – 9.30pm
English & Literature
3 Dec 2023 (Sun)
2.30pm – 5.30pm
Chinese/Higher Chinese
4 Dec 2023 (Mon)
7.30pm – 9.30pm

Topics

Maths
  • Core Foundational Skills needed for S1 Mathematics (IP/O-Level)
  • Fundamentals of key building-block topics like Algebra & Arithmetics (and their integration with other mathematical topics)
  • Effective problem-solving & presentation of solutions
  • Problems faced by students in Mathematics & how to mitigate/overcome them
Science
  • Overview of Lower Secondary Science
  • Differences between Primary Science & Lower Secondary Science
  • Tips & strategies in tackling Secondary 1 Science
  • Studying & building a strong foundation for Secondary Science
English & Literature
  • Why your A* in Primary English won't get you an A for Secondary English
  • Difficulties faced by students in Secondary English
    (Essay Writing, Varied Comprehension Types, Knowledge Accumulation, Language & Literary Devices)
  • Why students fail in Literature, and ways to handle this difficult subject
  • The importance of grammar & expanding your arsenal of words/phrases
  • The overarching reach of English and its implications for subjects like History, Geography & Social Studies
Chinese / Higher Chinese
  • Understanding the wide gap between S1 Chinese and Primary Chinese
    (中一华文和小学华文的巨大差异)
  • Knowing the difference between S1 Chinese and Higher Chinese
    (中一华文和高级华文有何不同)
  • Knowing the Focus and Methods of learning Sec 1 Chinese - including vocabulary, E-mail, transition from picture composition to situational narrative writing, reading comprehension
    (中一华文的学习重点和学习方法,涵盖字词、电邮、从看图作文过渡到情景记叙文、阅读理解)
  • The progression of Secondary Chinese in the next four years
    (中学华文未来四年的学习历程) 

Master teachers

Teacher
Steven Sim
English Master Teacher

A very experienced educator with over 3 decades of teaching experience, Steven is the Mind Stretcher Vice Principal (Academics), and Head of English (Secondary & JC). Prior to joining Mind Stretcher, he was the HOD of English, Literature & General Paper at various secondary schools and JCs, An animated & eloquent Master Teacher, Steven is highly regarded for his humorous and thought-provoking teaching style.

Teacher
Mrs Shum Hui
English Master Teacher

A highly-popular and extremely competent English Master Teacher, Mrs Shum is a familiar face at many Mind Stretcher English Workshops / Bootcamps, Her rich experience and creative teaching styles, coupled with her nurturing & effervescent personality, have inspired many primary and secondary school students over the years. To Mrs Shum, teaching is an act of greatest optimism, and rightly so!

Teacher
Lim Weilun
Maths Master Teacher

Wei Lun was one of RI's top students (with a perfect 10A1s) in his GCE O-Level cohort. A winner of the RI Academic Award & the Prime Minister’s Book Prize (for top-scoring in the English & Chinese O-Level Exams), he was awarded a government overseas scholarship to pursue his studies at Columbia University (Ivy League) & Cambridge University. Wei Lun is the Academic Team Lead at Mind Stretcher, and a very popular Master Teacher across a wide variety of academic domains.

Teacher
James Wong
Maths Master Teacher

James Wong, a Senior Teacher at Mind Stretcher, is inspired by the challenge of imparting his extensive knowledge of both the Science and Mathematics subjects to his students. Drawing on his experience as a university lecturer and his distinction as a PSC Scholar in his younger days, he passionately guides students in a strategic manner. James's enthusiasm for education stems from his desire to turn complicated ideas into manageable lessons that truly inspire his students.

Teacher
Kadir Muhyideen
Science Master Teacher

Kadir's wealth of teaching experience spans over 20 years, including a 12-year stint at RI (where he taught A-Level Physics) and over a decade at various other international schools & educational institutions, where he taught students various subjects for the IB, IGCSE and O-Level exams. Now as the Team Lead for Secondary Science at Mind Stretcher, Kadir continues to inspire students through his dedication and his passionate commitment to nurturing young minds.

Teacher
Chew Meng Yee
Science Master Teacher

Meng Yee, a proficient Writer & Editor of various science assessment books, has brought his expertise to Mind Stretcher as a curriculum Curator & Teacher. Proficient in the Science syllabus and well-versed in an array of teaching methodologies, he has become a very popular teacher, known for making complex science topics at both the primary & secondary school levels accessible and exciting. His teaching philosophy is aptly captured in his maxim: 'Translate knowledge into understanding, inspire curiosity into achievement.

Teacher
Albert Kang
Science Master Teacher

Albert, a dedicated Chemistry and Science teacher at Mind Stretcher, brings over 10 years of experience from teaching at secondary schools and working on education policies. He believes that learning is most effective when it builds on strengths and fuels the intrinsic curiosity we all have about the world in which we live. This philosophy manifests in his engaging classroom environment, where exploration and inquiry are encouraged. His teaching maxim captures his educational ethos: 'Build on strengths, ignite curiosity, uncover the wonders of learning.

Teacher
Liu Lu
Chinese Master Teacher

Liu Lu is the Primary Division Head at 学汇乐 (Xue Hui Le). A Master Teacher, she wields a deep knowledge of Chinese Language exam scoring strategies and is highly regarded for her lively and articulate teaching style. She endeavours to create a transformative learning experience for all students at 学汇乐 through her teaching maxim: 'Empower by knowledge & Enlighten by thought.'

Our testimonials

What our students & parents say about us

Mrs Shum is a very dedicated teacher. She has given me detailed feedback to improve my writing and her lessons are very engaging. I really appreciate the personalised feedback which helps me identify areas I should work on more. She goes the extra mile to share interesting facts every lesson which has helped expand my general knowledge in so many ways. With Mrs Shum's tips and MS Worksheets explaining how to master various components, I'm able to answer questions with greater confidence. Lastly, Mrs Shum cares deeply about our emotional well-being, and she always reminds us that trying our best is more important than the results.

Isabelle
I would like to thank the Chinese Language teacher very much for her effort, concern and encouragement for my child! He is very happy to be in her class and has enjoyed the Chinese Language lessons very much. He has tried his very best in the PSLE examination last year 2022 and his Chinese has improved. The constant encouragement from his Chinese Language teacher makes a difference and goes a long way!  Thank you Mr Kuek and all the teachers very much who has taught him and shared during the online bootcamp and the webinars! We really appreciate the effort, time, love and understanding put into preparation of the examination booklets and materials and staying behind after the online lessons to answer the students' questions! Wishing all the teachers and staff a very Happy blessed year 2023 ahead! 

Parents of U Hian
Dear Mrs Shum, thank you so much for all the guidance and support you’ve given me since i joined ms. Since i joined at a pretty late stage, i didn’t expect myself to acquire so much valuable knowledge that allowed me to learn English from a whole new perspective, as well as to perceive life in many different aspects. Thank you for always being so generous in sharing with us your personal experiences that engaged us during class, and making English such a fun subject for us explore the wonders of it! Thank you for taking the extra mile to further support me in English Literature as well, it really has been very useful!! It has truly been an eye-opening experience learning from you and I will remember these lessons as part of the unforgettable memories of learning in this subject❤️🥰

Rosanne
Mrs Shum is a caring teacher who is concerned about her students and their well-being. She has helped me improve in my English and has always been very caring towards me. She stresses on our mental health and has encouraged us a lot. Her teaching is amazing and i love how she shares interesting facts related to the topic we were studying and she exposed us to the basics of general paper too. To add, Mrs Shum gives specific feedback on our work which allowed us to know what we can improve on. The MS comprehension worksheets were also of great help as they allow me to know how to answer certain questions in a straightforward manner. Mrs Shum marks quite strictly which also further prepared me well for the O-levels where the marking is usually more lenient. As a result, I learnt how to do better and could gauge where i stand. Mrs Shum also made me realise that i was better in personal recount essays which allowed me to do well in the O-levels. Overall, MS worksheets were of great help and useful with specific tips and strategies. Thank you so much.

Sevvel Selvam
Hi Ms Mavis, I would like to thank you for the teaching. Your lessons are engaging and I can always focus on it. I still remember vividly your patience when answering all my questions. Even though I have a lot of questions, you still answer them using your best effort which I appreciate very much. You are a great teacher 👍 Thank you very much and wish you a great year ahead !

Tao Weiqi
Dear Mr Alvin, Just want to text you to say "Thank you for all you have done for all the kids! Elvyn scored AL6 for his 2022 PSLE!“ A special mention to Teacher Meili, Teacher Audrey, Teacher Ryan and 丁老师。Not only were they never annoyed by his endless questions and constant requests for ways to improve himself, they guided him and encouraged him to do more and better. We are so blessed to have met all of you! I had introduced friends to send their kids to MS and will surely help to promote MS in the future too!

Mother of Elvyn Ee
Thank you Mr Chew, your efforts have been reflected as her marks... She loves your class and in fact she keeps her fingers crossed for you to be her Science teacher for the whole of Secondary schooling... 😁

Parent of Zaheer Abbas Nashwa Shanum
Mr Praga. What a teacher. He teaches with sheer commitment and leads the class with honour and humility. He is like the human version of google but more interactive and helps us when we are struggling and praises us when we succeed. Helps us by making us write notes for every worksheet. He is so good at that I got a 20%grade improvement.

Pennabadi Rohith Reddy
Mr Praga, thank you for teaching me Science as I have improved tremendously after your teaching. It was always hard for me to score in Science and I could not get an A1 no matter how hard I tried. After attending your lessons, I managed to score full marks for my Science WA3 and it's all thanks to you. Besides that, you are very approachable and I am not afraid to ask you any questions I have, different from how I feel when asking questions to my school teachers. Moreover, you go the extra mile by making your own notes for us which are much shorter than the ones provided, making it easier for us to refer when attempting the questions. You are the only teacher that have done that for students throughout all my years in MS and I appreciate every bit of your effort. One more thing, I used to detest Science as I could never understand anything that was taught but after that short period when you taught me, I started to spark an interest in Science and it is now one of my favourite subjects. You are truly one of the best teachers that have taught me in MS and honestly the best Science teacher. I really hope you can teach me Science next year and I will continue to do my best. 🙂🙃

Clarissa Lim En Ning
Hi Teacher James, Badrul here. I am Rania's dad. I am not sure if Rania updated you but for her latest Science SA, she got 27.5/40. She was one of the top 5 in class. We see this as a positive improvement. Thank you Teacher James!

Parent of Mairania Salama Putri
Good evening Teacher Mavis this is Yuxuan's mom! He enjoys your lessons and finds them beneficial for his english, As a parent I would like to express my gratitude to you for being so responsible and patient with kids. Yuxuan is blessed to have you as his teacher.

Parent of Liu Yuxuan
The Secondary 1 English teacher is very nice. She gives us notes which are useful and helps us during last minute revision. We see an improvement in grades since joining!

Parent of Moe Thu Kha
Dear Teacher, Thank you so much for coaching Jencine through Secondary 1 English. She is coping well with Maths and Science but told me that she has been struggling with her English. Thank you for your help!

Parent of Ou Wen Ying Jencine
Hi Teacher James, Badrul here. I am Rania's dad. I am not sure if Rania updated you but for her latest Science SA, she got 27.5/40. She was one of the top 5 in class. We see this as a positive improvement. Thank you Teacher James!

Parent of Mairania Salama Putri
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FAQs

If my child has a question, what can he/she do?
  • During the session, you can pose the questions in the webinar "Q&A" box or chat and our teachers will reply to you. If the question is commonly asked, our teachers will address it 'live'.
  • There will also be intervals throughout the session (depending on time) that parents and students may be asked to raise their hands and ask questions 'live'.
  • At the end of each session, you can also stay around to ask questions.
Will there be any materials provided?
  • No, this event will not come with any materials. 
  • You may wish to keep a notebook around for taking down useful pointers shared by our Master Teachers and speakers.
I have recently completed Mind Stretcher's P6 weekly programmes, and I am not currently enrolled in any Sec 1 courses with you. Can I still register for this event as a Mind Stretcher student?

Other than our AY2023 MS P6 Students who have graduated from our programme(s), students who had attended our AY2023 P6 Bootcamp(s) and/or XHL short course(s) are entitled to complimentary access to selected post-PSLE edu-webinars and consultations, including:

a) Choosing Your Secondary School (IP/O-Level)
b) Secondary School Selection and Ranking Order Consultation
c) A 'Survival Guide' to Secondary 1 Core Academic Subjects

To ensure you receive the Zoom details, please use the same email address that you used for bootcamp and XHL course registration.

I did not participate in your P6 programmes. Can I register for this webinar?

If you have enrolled in our AY2024 Sec 1 weekly classes (excluding trial class registration) either at one of our Mind Stretcher centres or MS Online, you are eligible to sign up for this webinar at no cost.

Alternatively, if you're not our AY2024 MS student, you're more than welcome to participate in the webinar for just a fee.

If I'm unable to attend this webinar, will a recording of the session be provided?

A recorded version of this webinar session will be made available to all eligible registrants for a limited viewing period.

Can I cancel my registration if I change my mind?

No, all fees paid for any of our events are strictly non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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