Greetings to all students, parents, fellow educators and subscribers.
I hope everyone is doing fine and holding up well in this covid-19 pandemic environment.
Over here in Singapore where i am based, our government has taken the necessary measures and try to contain the situation. Not an easy task i must say. Every few days, there will be new measures and guidelines being introduced.
Lessons in Ministry of Education (MOE) schools have also been affected and many have turned to “online-based learning” which varies from school to school. Some have recorded lectures while others give students the printed out notes for self-studying. At the point of writing, only a few schools have proper live-streaming lectures (according to our students). Many students have also feedback to us that they are quite lost about some of the Chemistry topics since the pandemic started. As such, some students are already worried about their upcoming exams, which has been confirmed by Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore to go ahead as per planned, including the PSLE, GCE O-Level, GCE N-Level and GCE A-Level national examinations.
Recently, tuition centres and enrichment centres have also been suspended from physical lessons until 30th April 2020 (might be extended).
We are also quite sure that MOE schools will be closed and every students have to learn via “online-based learning at home” if the situation does not improve further in coming weeks. This is inevitable since the best way to contain the virus is to reduce interactions between people.
With the suspension of centre-based tuition lessons, Winners Education Centre Singapore (where i am teaching Chemistry for the last 16 years) have quickly moved all our Chemistry lessons to Online Live! Learning (OLL) TM system.
It has been a week since the transition and i am glad that lessons are as “usual” for all our Chemistry students in the Sec 3 and Sec 4 O-Level Pure Chemistry & IP Chemistry Tuition Classes as well as our JC 1 and JC 2 A-Level H2 Chemistry Tuition Classes.
In fact, we started OLLTM during the March holidays to test out the best approach so that our students continue to understand clearly with the change of teaching medium.
Some of our student’s parents have even commented that their child is learning Chemistry from me in a more focused manner since they are not distracted by their friends or peers. Personally, i have also noticed that our Chemistry students are asking me more questions during the online 2 hours class plus the complimentary 1 hour additional Q & A session, as compared to the physical lessons. I have also received a 5-fold increase in the number of questions being directed to my personal WhatsApp which i helped them to clarify their doubts within 1-2 days.
Personally, the transition from physical lessons in the tuition centre classrooms to online teaching is quite smooth and easy for me. As you may already know, i have been producing and sharing Chemistry Videos on YouTube for more than 10 years and have close to 4,000 subscribers at SimpleChemConcepts YouTube channel (O-Level Pure Chemistry & IP Chemistry Videos) and ALevelH2Chemistry YouTube channel (A-Level H2 Chemistry Videos).
Students, parents as well as educators have to embrace this change in teaching and learning. For us at Winners Education, we are committed to support all our students to continue learning effectively (with crystal clear understanding of Chemistry concepts & application skills).
In Winners Education, to allow our students to adapt to the ‘new’ way of learning, we work harder (even on our rest day now) by having an additional 1 hour Q & A Monday session, complimentary for all our current students. This session will allow students to be exposed to more answering techniques and at the same time clarify their doubts.
Our Online Live! Learning (OLL)TM system is designed to be very similar to our physical lesson where it involves:
- Whiteboard teaching of key concepts
- Exam-based questions discussions
- Ask any questions freely without restrictions
- YouTube Chemistry Videos + Chemistry Blog Posts as additional learning resources
- 24/7 WhatsApp Support for clarification of doubts, just like what many students are already doing
- Graded assignments are to be submitted via online for marking after each topic is completed to ensure consistency and improvement
Our online chemistry tuition lessons currently includes the following levels / syllabus:
- Sec 3 and 4 O-Level Pure Chemistry Online Tuition
- Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 IP Chemistry Online Tuition
- JC 1 and JC 2 A-Level H2 Chemistry Online Tuition
We are grateful that students and parents are embracing this change as we move along with the development of the Covid-19 situation.
We are certain that we will all emerge stronger 💪after this episode #SGunited #GLOBALunited
(Online Live!) Lessons as usual at Winners Education. If your child needs help with his GCE O-Level Pure Chemistry, IP Chemistry or GCE A-Level H2 Chemistry, call us today at 88290998 to join the rest of 90+ students to continue learning effectively and Pass Chemistry with Distinction🌈.
Do stay calm and continue learning Chemistry with interest and understanding……
To Your “A” in Chemistry,