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Sunday, May 01, 2016

US Elections

Why are some candidates so popular despite being so controversial ?

While others who are more practical and hardworking do not receive much support.

Human emotions play a huge role.

An analogy would be :

Ever wondered why some movies are more popular than others?

Well, it is simply because some movies focus on the appropriate emotions or correct balance of emotions (eg anger, sadness, money related issues, love, happiness etc) that people can identify with in life. Movie goers feel connected. Of course, the actors/actresses need to have charisma too. All these leading to box office hits.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mentor

For people who are developing, be it students or adults, it is always beneficial if one is able to find an inspirational mentor.

In this way, the developing person can learn from the mentor and aspire to become as good or even better than him/her.

The path of most humans is almost the same (from being a child - teenager - youth - young adult - older adult - senior), so if you have a parent, teacher, older sibling, who has been there, done it, they can help you be as successful as them (minus some or most of the hiccups and the bumps along the way) because they can impart to you the good habits and tell you how to avoid the bad habits.

PS: I am no longer giving face to face tuition as I am now based overseas, however, I will still write posts occasionally, so you are most welcome to visit my blog. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

School Holidays

Relax and enjoy a well-deserved break during this holiday season. Fully re-charge your 'batteries' for a fresh start to the New Year.

Come the end of Dec, list your goals for the New Year and take small steps to achieve them.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Studies, Stress, Relaxation.

Some students may find that too much studying leads to stress. Well, it is true in a way, but too little studying brings about more stress, it may not materialise immediately, but in the long run, it most probably will. This is because too much idle time will most probably lead to boredom which may then lead to the development of bad habits. These bad habits will bring about more stress to a person in the long term.

So, the best way would be to strike a healthy balance between studies and relaxation. For full time students, the 80-20 rule may apply, as with most other things in life, the 80-20 rule seems rather reliable. That is, focus on your studies 80% of the time, and take time off to do the things you enjoy 20% of the time (eg playing sports, going out with friends, shopping etc).

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Enjoy What You Are Doing

If you enjoy what you are doing, be it studies or work, chances are, you will excel in it. Well, the reason is simple, when you enjoy something, you will put plenty of hours into it and sacrifice other things and not complain about it.

Imagine a hobby that you enjoy, you do not have to be pushed by your teacher or your boss to get things done, you will automatically spend time doing it and focus and concentrate on it. More often than not, positive results will follow.

Although it is easier said than done, if you can enjoy GP, the above will apply.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Current Affairs : Knowledge, Understanding, and Application.

Knowing what's happening around the world and understanding their implications can help in improving your GP score, but it is how you apply this knowledge to GP that matters most.

Mentioning a significant event that took place and talking about some of its details show the examiner that you have the knowledge and perhaps understanding, but it is how you apply it to the GP question (in a relevant and appropriate manner) that really proves to the examiner that you deserve to ace the GP exam.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Season's Greetings

A Belated Merry Christmas to Everyone and a Happy New Year 2014.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Never Satisfied

People are usually never satisfied with what we already have. We always focus on things which we do not currently have and struggle to get them. Once we finally get them, we are happy for awhile. After a period of time, we aim for something else and forget our previous achievements and the things that we have. 

As a student, you may be struggling with a certain subject at school and you try your very best to overcome the difficulties faced and strive for better grades. If you are currently scoring a C grade, improving to a B grade would be fantastic, but once you have that B grade, very soon, you'll realise that you are now after an A grade. For those who have a number of A grades, they will be aiming for more As or straight As otherwise they just will not be happy.

Take a step back and remind ourselves of what we have already achieved, and give ourselves a pat on the back. Count our blessings, and be happy and satisfied with what we have achieved and currently have. Set new goals for ourselves, and try our best to achieve them, but do not forget what we already have. In this way, we will feel happier and satisfied about many things. If you feel that this just does not work, then try this. Imagine being taken away of some things that you currently have, be it your PC, smartphone, or the ability to read or write proper sentences, or your favourite teacher, or pocket money, or a good friend, or a particular book or assessment or guide book which helps you alot during exam preparation etc. We would be sad without these things/people, and imagine having them back after 24 hours, we would be so happy that 'normal service has been resumed'. 

Friday, July 05, 2013

NUS Tutor

Due to work commitments overseas, I am not available for face to face tuition for now. If you would like me to recommend another tutor, I may be able to do so, please feel free to contact me for more details.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Favouritism

Favouritism happens everywhere in this world, be it at workplaces, in schools, even in families. As long as there are groups of people, there will always be favourites among the bosses, teachers, even parents.

This is a fact of life and can never be addressed no matter what people say and/or do to try to ensure that impartiality stays alive.

One would notice that people who do well in life are not necessarily the most hard-working or the most sincere or the most honest, but those who know how to play the favouritism card well. Sad but true.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Take Some Risks or Stay Within Comfort Zone?

Should we take some risks in life or stay within our comfort zones?

Well, guess the best answer to this question would be to strike a balance between the two.

Taking some risks would help us grow, learn new things, perhaps achieve some things in life, while staying within our comfort zones would also be good because we can get better and better at what we are already doing and have less stress.

However, it depends alot on the individual's personality. Some people would feel stressed out staying in their comfort zones doing the same things over and over again, while others would feel stressed when taking risks.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Running A Country: The Key Elements

The key elements or concerns of most countries are:

- The Economy

- Cost of Living

- Jobs

- Transportation System

- Infrastructure

- Education

- Healthcare

- Law and Order

- Social Welfare

- The Environment

- Border Protection. 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sports Excellence

Why do some sportsmen and / or teams excel more than others? Teams like Man Utd winning so many English Football League Titles? And Roger Federer who recently won his 17th Tennis Grand Slam Title?

Is it hard work that pays off? Or working smart? Or knowing when to close in on opportunities? Mental toughness etc?

Alot can be discussed about this topic.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

GP Tips, Advice, Topics, Guidance, Discussions etc.

For the benefit of readers, I would like to inform everyone that I am now based overseas, but will continue to offer free GP advice on this website/blog.

I used to be a full-time GP tuition teacher in Singapore and have had students from VJC, RJC, YJC, TPJC, JJC, SAJC, NYJC etc.

If you are a student taking the GCE A Level GP exams, then please feel free to bookmark/add this website/blog to your favourites and check back in every week or two for latest postings and updates.

Humans vs Animals

Some believe that humans are similar to animals in many ways.

Humans need to eat, so humans go to work to earn money, then use the money to buy food and other things deemed important to us. Animals hunt or graze to get food.

Humans guard their territories with force, just look at how some countries are so sensitive when neighbouring countries test fire missiles close to their borders. Or how people at work guard their territories (job positions) when they sense that someone else is a threat to them. Or how gangs guard their territories when rivals step into their areas. Animals are super sensitive when other animals come into their territories. They would physically fight them.

Humans procreate just like animals. Males fight with other Males to win over Females.

Humans do not fear others when they sense that they are bigger, larger, stronger, in a larger group etc. Animals react similarly.

The list goes on.

The difference is that in most civilised human societies, there is Law and Order. Laws are made in parliament, enforced and carried out by the country's courts and police force.

This is what makes humans different from animals. The fact is that there are consequences to actions taken. Therefore, humans think twice before taking action, animals do not.

In uncivilised societies, Law and Order does not exist, over there, one can witness the brutality of human behaviour. An example is the Somali Pirates, they attack, hijack, and kidnap people to either rob them or demand a ransom from their loved ones or countries.

PS: The above is from the perspective of the world and has no connection to religion. From the perspective of religion, humans are very different from animals.



Sunday, April 01, 2012

Answering The AQ

There are some techniques required for answering the AQ appropriately.

First, you have to understand the passage(s) well enough to form an opinion.

Second, you have to understand the AQ and what it is that it is actually asking.

Third, the AQ will usually ask you if you agree with the author(s) or do not agree? And with which author do you agree more (if there are 2 passages)? Answer the AQ according to steps (1) and (2) above, that is, your overall opinion of the passage(s) and what the AQ is actually asking you.

Fourth, Write with materials from the passage(s), in your own words, to support your opinion and which author you are in agreement with, also, write why you do not support the other author (not too much, but do write as well).

Fifth, besides using materials from the passage(s), use relevant current affairs/events (from news, newspapers etc) to show the marker that you have the necessary knowledge to be worthy of a good score for the AQ.

PS: I am based overseas now, but will continue giving free advice on this website/blog whenever I have the time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Free GP Advice

I will endeavour to provide free advice relating to GP on this blog. My purpose is to increase readership of my blog.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Weather Patterns Changing Drastically.

Winter in the northern hemisphere has started to see its severe effects late into winter, it's already Feb and this is when Europe feels its cold chill. The month of Mar should be Spring, so the real effects of winter are only being felt towards the end of the so-called winter season.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16883674

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Iraq, Libya, North Korea.

Some categorised the ex leaders of Iraq (SH), Libya (MG), North Korea (KJI) as dictators. Now that they are gone, are those countries and their citizens better off in terms of overall living standards?

There are a whole heap of issues to consider if one wants to answer this question. Firstly, one has to understand what 'dictator' and 'overall living standards' mean? Then, compare what the situations were before and what the situations are in the present day? Alot of knowledge about what has been happening since the 1980s, 90s to the present is needed to fully answer this question.