A Level PHYSICS Tuition
@ the cafe
Managing A-level Grades In e Cafe
JC A-Level H2/H1 and IB HL/SL PHYSICS students
from SINGAPORE TOP JC
2011 Nov/Dec Post Promo Workshop
Please call coordinator @ 8201-3684 on general enquiries.
Read what the students say @ www.ThePhysicsCafe.com
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“Mr Sim’s notes are excellent as he is able to present the main concepts in a topic in a clear, concise and compartmentalised way that does not breed confusion like the way some of the lecture notes do… His ability of using familiar examples from everyday life to explain obscure physics concepts (like semiconductors and quantum physics) are especially effectively and memorable.”
“I feel that the notes you gave to us is superb, so much so that many from other classes have asked for it too. It is concise and to-the-point, cutting short all the ‘long stories’ in the lecture notes. It is easily comprehensible and very systematic, making it very clear for the reader to know exactly what is going on..."
"...All in all, I feel that you are one of the best physics teachers I have encountered so far, as you genuinely cared for us and have tried to stimulate our interest in the subject. Without you, I guess my concepts will still be muzzled up. You helped to clarify and clear all the misconceptions that I previously had. I would like to sincerely thank you for being such a dedicated teacher."
“…Mr Sim’s notes are concise and comprehensive. He never fails to break down a chapter into different key concepts and ideas, making it easier for us to understand. Even a particularly difficult chapter will seem manageable and much less intimidating. He would even classify questions into different types where you would use the same type of calculations for. This simplifies things and makes it easier to tackle questions in an exam. I particularly like his idea of using a “SOP” to solve questions..”.
“…I personally found the summary notes prepared by Mr Sim most useful, as I often felt suddenly enlightened by his brief yet in-depth analysis, and these notes serve as a wonderful guide for my revision as they helped me to clear and organize my thoughts…”
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From principal tutor:
Many students complaint that the teachers are lousy, notes are not concise; the irony is that some complaint that the notes are too detailed. Some complaint that exams are too hard, some complaint that they are too easy, some feel that it’s too hard because it’s too easy.
There are things in life you may not agree. But the least you can do is to accept them. Regarding teachers, some are better than others. That's the way it goes in life. Regarding notes, every student has difference preference to the exact kind of notes they hope to receive. The solution is to customise and write your own notes.
There are two parts to my lesson – concepts explanation and problem solving.
I will prefer to first go over the physics concepts and I always give numerical examples to support the concepts -- in a way that's problem solving -- and I show demonstrations to further support the concept, because seeing, obviously, is believing. I try to make you see through the dumb equations and admittedly my methods are sometimes somewhat different from the other teachers. I try to inspire you and at times I try to make you wonder and think.
And I want to keep it that way. The second part of my lesson is problem solving. I think that concepts explanation and problem solving are complementary. The difference between the two is that I will take 80% of the responsibility to ensure that you understand the concepts, but you must take 80% of the responsibility to master problem solving. How do you do it? You must digest the extra questions that I will be giving you. It's very important that you make the homework part of your culture, that you study the solutions.
Believe me, they are truly excellent solutions, not cut and dry.
They give you a lot of background.
If you digest those solutions, then the concepts will sink in.
How do you know if you are improving? How do you know if you are on the right track? I will test you! You will have a 30 minutes short test after every topics. You will soon realise that for all the hard work you and your teachers put in, you only have 30 minutes to perform. You will soon learn to perform under stress, under exam conditions. I wil make sure you improve. When I give my test review, I will highlight the concepts. You will discover your weakness and improve. One day, you will realise that every little problem I am giving you is extremely simple.
Conceptually, they were not so simple.
But from a math point of view, they are trivial.
I have made it sound so easy, but when you are trying to do it, it’s going to be crazy. However you are not alone. The initial part is always difficult, but it can only be easier soon, sooner than you can realise.