Parents planning of a new condo in YIshun

Just last we, I talk about my dream university in Singapore. Yesterday, my parents were discussing about a possible plan to move to Singapore! Wow. Wow. Wow. Am I dreaming? Maybe, maybe not. I think my dream is probably coming true.

I have a relative living in Singapore and my parents visit them often. For me, I only know her as Auntie Jennifer. She is only see me during Chinese New Year period. Yea, that was then when I will make a trip down to Singapore for some visiting. Other than Auntie Jennifer, I also have my cousins over there who are a few years older than me and my sister. They are like our big brothers. I think they are working now, but I always like playing with them when we are young.

So like I said, my parents are thinking of moving over to Singapore, and also buying a condo there. I think a condo is really nice and beautiful. When my parents start to say the news of moving to Singapore, I quickly go and read more about the place. They say they want to stay at Yishun. I don’t know where Yishun is, but I know it is near my Auntie place. That is what my mother said. If we stay closer to them, we can visit them frequently.

Anyway, I found out that Yishun is at the north part of Singapore. When you look at the north, it is also near to the bridge that goes to Malaysia. I think to go Malaysia, the place is at Woodlands. But I think Yishun is not that far also. I’m not sure what my parents are buying, but I did tell them about this condo called North Park Residences.

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I think this is still a new condo and nothing have been built yet. It is more likely the introduction phase to get buyers interested. I do a search and I saw this website called www.northparkcondo.com.sg/ . This condo really look amazing. I’m not sure if my dad will agree with me, but this looks like my dream house also.

I check that it is near to Yishun MRT, so next time when I need to meet up with friends, I can just walk to the MRT station and take the train. I also see that it is near quite some good schools. I’m not sure what schools my sister will enter, but my dream university NUS is quite near I think. NUS you can take a bus down and reach quite fast.

Then there is also a shopping centre at Yishun. My own home town has no shopping centre. Last time I went Singapore to shop is at Orchard Road. I think the new one at Yishun may have less number of shopping centres, but it is good that I still have a shopping centre near my future house. If also possible, I will also want to have my violin lesson at home too. I will definitely love my new house!!

Okay. I cannot say so much, because I don’t know if my parents are going to choose this north park condo. They are still looking around, and of course this is my dream house. But if they choose other condos, I hope will be same as good!

The Universities I Hope I Can Enter

As you know I’m in high school now, there are sometimes I hope that with my hardwork, I can enter into good universities to study. Singapore has been my ideal place to live and study. The last time I went to Singapore is for a short holiday. The place is really beautiful and nice. The people are nice, and the place is clean too. The Singaporeans I ask for help are also friendly to us.

However, my trip is only 3 days, and the places I go are some attractions places. I didn’t have the chance to visit all the university. But if I have the chance, I will want to study in the Singapore university.

1. NUS – National University Singapore

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I heard this is the best university in Singapore. It is also the oldest in Singapore. I have one friend who did a short study exchange to NUS last time, and he says he like the place. The school is very high tech too. Even though some school buildings look old, but he says they look very technologi advanced when you enter.

I also like the NUS lecture hall and dorm room. My friend attended one of the hall games and he had so much fun. Wow. This is the number 1 university I want!!

 

2. NTU – Nanyang Technologi University

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NTU I heard is another top university in Singapore. My childhood friend left to Singapore to study when he is 16 years old, and now, she says she is studying in NTU. She is studying Mechanical Engineering there. I don’t actually know much about what she study, but when she return home, she always tell me good stuff about the school there. (I’m jealous sometimes.)

She also says she go running around NTU at night when she want to distress. I google NTU, and see some very artistic buildings in it. The school must be really different from other universities in the world.

 

3. SUTD – Singapore University of Technology and Design

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I like design! I saw the news that the SUTD is the next big university of Singapore. I don’t know if the school is already started, but I see many artistic images of SUTD. You see the picture I post above. Maybe the real life school is not that colourful. But it looks very future. The students there must be creative people about designing. If the school is already started, then I should see what courses they offered. So this is one of my dream schools there!

So this is my list of dream schools in Singapore. What about you? I guess you have to see what you want to study then you decide your school too. But for now, I will choose one of the 3 schools from here! I hope I can enter one of them. I will work hard to make sure my grades can go though to apply!

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Our First Violin Lesson At Home!

my violin lessonYes! Finally, we get to have a hobby! A few months back, my friend, Chow Sin invited me to his music concert. He is playing the violin in a orchestra. I supported him because he gave me free tickets, but after the concert, I’m quite interested in the violin. I waited for a few more months, and save money for my first violin and lesson.

And yes! I have my own violin now, and I just had my first violin lesson. So right here, let me share with you a bit of my process of finding a teacher and also the things I learn in the lesson.

A lot of people are confused about whether or not they should get their child for home based violin lessons Singapore. As a student learning violin at home with my private violin tutor Marcus, (a great violin teacher referred by Strings! Singapore) I would like to express my view on whether should a student go for private violin lessons or attend music schools. Of course, the other alternatives available are sending their kids to classes at another venue (community centers) or getting online instruction. But in my personal view, home violin lessons offer me and my parents the benefits that these methods do not.

Among all, one of the biggest benefits to getting violin lessons at home is that parents can observe the classes. This teaching method allows parents to observe lessons and provide their child support. Parents will be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their child, and see the progress of their child over time. They are also able to discuss with the tutor and make necessary changes in terms of teaching style.

Based on research, students who learn violin or other instruments for this case, from home often learn faster than those who attend classes. Simply because taking classroom based violin lessons can be tiring. This is because students will need to balance their home life, social life and studies with their music classes. The last thing a student needs is to have to spend another hour getting ready for lessons and commuting to and from their classes. Students who do this often forget a lot of what they have learned simply because they are too tired to focus properly. Research has suggested that practicing in the same location means that students retain more of the information that they have learned.

Parents will also find at-home classes beneficial. Having a lesson in the house will save parents a considerable amount of time and energy. Adults will no longer have to take their child to and from classes. Instead they can spend this time doing something they enjoy at home.

Kids who get violin lessons at home will also benefit from one on one teaching. Children who attend classes will find that their teacher divides their time between all the students in the class. This is something parents will not have to worry about with in-home lessons.

By having a one to one learning base, your children will also have the full attention span by the violin tutor. This is relatively important as it will form a habit and basic skills of playing violin are rather important.

The tutors can identify any mistakes when your children are practicing at all the time and your kids are able to correct problems quickly and ask for help when they are struggling. Students will also develop a friendly relationship with their tutor. This is beneficial as it will help tutors pick up on what musical pieces the child enjoys and which pieces they are having trouble with.

Many parents would agree that home based violin lessons are the best option for parents who want their child to succeed. These types of lessons allow kids to learn faster and more effectively than they would in a classroom environment. The one on one attention children get from their violin teacher will ensure that they learn the material efficiently. Lastly these classes are not as expensive as one may expect them to be.

Hence, now you know about my private tutor. If you may become interested in violin on day, do let me know! I will recommend my teacher to you.

How We Improve English (Our Study Tips)

learn englishIf you’ve read about our background, you will know that our first language is not English. But we have been learning English for quite sometime, and it is a important language to be said in many countries. Hence, we want to make effort to learn and improve our english.

So in this post, let us share with you what we have done to make sure that our English is improving everyday, and see enough progress. If you are also learning English, we hope these tips will help you and encourage you too!

1) Read more

When we arrive in Singapore not long ago, we are very happy that the people over here use quite a lot of English! Even when I go shopping or even ask people on the road for directions, they can tell me the direction correctly in English. So, to make sure we improve our English, we make sure to take something to read and learn to read out loud so that we know how to pronounce the words too.

When we are back home in our country, we also have english words to read. However, they are not as common as Singapore, where you can see english words english road signs, or english speaking people everywhere. But that’s not the excuse. We have the internet now, and I can learn it from there.

2) Practice Speaking

Reading is a small part of improving english only. Other than just reading, I have tried to speak in English. I tried to speak slower and clearer, so I can hear what I am saying, and also make sure the person listening is clear on my message. So, the more I speak, I realize that speaking English is not that difficult. I must dare to speak out so that I can learn.

Sometimes, people laugh at my english. I think it is my accent. I’m okay with that because I’m not born and speak english right away. I only learn English when I’m 15. However, I’m happy I Dare to speak to people in english to talk to them.

3) Write more

Yes. This is the reason why we want to create this website too. We want to have a place where we can write something good in English. So this blog is where we will practice our writing. I can tell you honestly our English is not perfect yet, so when you see errors, do let us know and we will correct them. We appreciate your help!

So, if you want to improve your writing too, you can write a book about your life, or you can start a blog like us. It is easy.  However, the challenge is to keep on writing and writing. You can make mistakes, but once you learn from it, you can become a better writer.

So here are some study tips from us. We try do encourage each other everyday by doing these actions, so it will become our habit one day. On the other hand, if you really need serious help in your English, you can also start with english tuition singapore. Singapore has some of the best tuition teachers in English, and the good thing is some can speak 2 languages.

That’s our tips on improving English for this post! We hope you read and apply it on your own learning.

Study tips for your maths final year examination (for all the Bs students out there!)

If you are looking for math tips to download and read it offline, you can simply save this page as a file and keep it in your desktop for future reading.

Many students are probably busy mugging for their final year paper. If you are one of them, Good. If you are not one of them, then probably you are taking a break from studying to go online, or you are looking for some tips before you carry on. Having been a math teacher for coming 3 years, I always see students struggle while doing well for maths.

Some students are good in math. These types of students, I don’t need to worry. They are just good. They are disciplined, they are attentive, and they have high expectations for themselves. There are another group of students, who no matter what, are always demotivated. Probably they hate maths, maybe they fear maths. For them, I always try my best to help them. So far, my success rate is 50-50. Some of them become motivated to learn math and score well for themselves.

But for this post, I want to help students who are on the borderline. They are the ones who can do well in math, but always fall short because of some marks. You know, those kind of students who ‘always have the potential’, but never fully relish their potential. They are always a few more marks to match the good students. These are the ones I want to help, because they are only a few marks away from disctinctions.

So how can these group of students improve their maths?

These B’s students know their stuffs. They did memorize. They did study every math chapter, and not skipping or picking topics to study. However, the reason they lose marks, is because of their carelessness! Almost 50% of the students who score Bs lose marks because of unnecessary mistakes. They could have earned those marks and got a distinction.

So the solution?

Slow down your writing when you are working your sums. People tend to write fast, and mistake simple numbers. When the number is 69, they can see it as 59. Because they want to complete it fast, or rushing for time, they don’t look properly when they proceed. Some type of questions may force you to re-do your working, so you know you made a mistake, because you cannot get a final answer.

However, some questions don’t have this advantage. You will simply do and do and do, and you only realize it is wrong when you get back your marks, or realized that you have a different answer from your classmates.

Will Math Tuition help the Bs Students?

Yes. they can attend as many math tuition in singapore as they can. The math tutors will definitely improve their grades. But they need to know that the performance on the actual exam day is important. It is like the atheletes who has the best coach to help him run 100m fast. Yes, the coach can help him, but the race on the final day is all based on him.

But I’m not here to discredit math tuition. I have seen how Math tuition has helped some of my F students. These students definitely need extra time and help. Jumping from F grade to a C grade is not easy. it is a big jump. Hence, I will always recommend tuition for those students who are struggling to do well in math.

Hence in summary:

Avoid careless mistakes by writing clearly or slow down your writing. Get a math tutor to help you to brush up your topics. You are just a few steps away from distinction. All the best to you students!

The Best File Sharing Programs Online

File sharing online is very common nowadays. It used to be the days where people have to burn CDs and pass to their friends simply to pass them a few photos. However today, we can simply upload a file, share it through a file-sharing site, and they can download on their end within minutes.

However, we have so many online file sharing sites nowadays, and how do we know what to use to share and download the files between our friends?

This is what we will share with you here.

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1. Dropbox

This is probably the most popular one in the world right now. I know I know. It only gives you 2Gb of Free Space, and you want more! You can get more Dropbox space by sharing it with more friends, and playing along some games in the signup phase. However, if you are really in need to space, then just sign up a paid plan.

Dropbox is popular because of its ease to use. You can sync it with your laptop, iPad, iPhone, and able to access it wherever you are, as long as you have an internet.  There was once I forgot to bring my identification card to my examination hall, and I was almost barred from taking the exam. Luckily, my Dropbox is sync to my iPhone and easily accessibile. Within 5 minutes, I’m able to produce my identification card (softcopy) to enter the exam hall.

2. SugarSync

This is another file sharing platform, however, I don’t use to share files with my friends using it. To me, it is more of a file Storage, where I just dump all my big files that I will hardly access. Like travel photos, videos, or big documents. The big advantage is that it does gives more space than Dropbox. However, it is not that user friendly. You will still prefer Dropbox after a while, because of its better UI.

So for SugarSync, just get a free account and store your old files will do!

3. China File Sharing

If we look away from the mainstream File Sharing market, you will realize that there are many other file sharing platforms you haven’t heard of! Either we are too obsessed with our current file sharing platform, or we are lazy to explore. But I can tell you, China Internet companies are on a rise!

TenCent, the company behind QQ, has its own File Sharing platform. If you are complaining that Dropbox only gives you 2Gb of free space upon signup, then please take a look here. WeiYun, the file sharing platform of TenCent, is giving 10TB worth of free space for new signups. You know how much 10TB is? That is probably the 500 new Dropbox ‘2gb’ free accounts!

The platforms explains in English or Chinese, hence, please don’t give the excuse that you shun away Chinese websites because of language barrier. 10Tb should be big enough to make you look not twice, but 10 times! There are a lot more File Sharing Sites in China, and they are competing to give out the most free Gbs to users upon sign ups. However, some of these sites are in pure Chinese. Unless you know how to read, the extra space given to you doesn’t make any sense, because you will have difficulty using it!

If you are really keen to explore Chinese file sharing sites, then go ahead and create a few accounts to try out!