Monthly Archives: September 2014

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!