O Level Physics Tuition For Secondary 3 & 4
Master Key Concepts and Formulae
The Best O Level Physics Tuition For Upper Secondary Students
When you want your child to have the best chance of achieving academic excellence, providing learning opportunities outside normal school hours can be a huge help. In addition to this, you don’t want just anyone teaching them – you want the very best. Physics tuition for O-Level is just one of the programmes offered at AO Studies, in which sec 3 and 4 students are given the tools for examination success.
Our upper secondary Physics tuition programme aims to help students better appreciate the wonders of the physical world and why things happen the way they do. Many students struggle with Physics due to their inability to fully grasp the concepts and rely on memory work to help them; they need to realise that there is no shortcut to studying it. Simply memorising the formulas, laws and definitions just isn’t enough to fully grasp all of the concepts and master the subject.
- Why does an apple drop to the ground when released in the air?
- Why do two objects of the same size but different mass drop to the ground at the same time?
- Why does your fist feel pain when you punch a wall?
Students need to constantly search for answers to the different phenomena they experience in their daily lives in the many laws and formulas that they learn. In doing so, students will soon realise that they can not only explain many of the physical phenomena that happen in the world, but also predict how the world will function with alarming accuracy. The secret to providing the best Physics tuition is teaching sec 3 and 4 students how to properly understand it. Application of the concepts will come naturally once students are able to fully grasp the concepts and its context.
How our O-Level Physics lessons are conducted
In topical re-teaching classes at AO Studies, topical notes will be given to students and students will be reintroduced to the key concepts in each chapter as well as the common pitfalls or misconceptions that students will generally have. The approach to teaching generally follows an inquiry approach where students are encouraged to think about what they are learning instead of a didactic lecture. A basic tutorial will also be given towards the end of the lesson to assess the student’s understanding.
In topical tutorials, students will be given a specially designed tutorial that aims to consolidate the key Physics concepts in each chapter and also the common question types that students should expect from the topic.
Higher-order thinking question discussion
For higher-order thinking question discussion, students are exposed to higher order thinking questions that aim to challenge their Physics concepts and strengthen them. Students will be guided in the approach they should take when they see an unfamiliar question and guided in how they should think in order to identify an appropriate answer to the question.
What do we do in a typical O-Level Physics tuition class over the term:
Students will be exposed to a large breadth of higher-order thinking skills(HOTS) questions. These questions, designed to stimulate the students’ thinking and stretch their conceptual understanding, require the development of certain thinking skills and mindsets in order to tackle them with increasing success. Through the HOTS question discussions, students will learn to analyse the questions thoroughly; ask themselves the right questions; extract relevant knowledge; and derive the best explanation or answer to the question.
Time Practices/Examination Setting
In-class practices and timed trials will be conducted frequently, especially for key question types in each chapter. These practices will be assessed on the spot for instant feedback to the students on how they can improve their answers; help correct misconceptions; and strengthen their conceptual knowledge.
Examinations Skills & Strategies
In truth, the O Level examination is actually a competition among the cohort. The actual qualifying mark for each grade will be based on a percentage of the cohort. For instance, the top 10% of the cohort will score an A1 while the top 25% will score an A2. In short, as your child outperforms his peers, his/her chance of obtaining a higher grade significantly increases. Students will learn tips and tricks regarding examination skills and strategies to deal with each of the Physics papers that will pull him/her ahead from their peers.
Topical Re-teaching is done with the provision of topical key notes highlighting key terminologies. Areas that are commonly examinable are given special emphasis in order for our students to pay more attention to these areas. The use of commonly encountered phenomena as a context allows students to better understand the concept and how it is applied in the real world. Students will be given opportunities to explore other applications of the same concept through guided discovery. This will allow students to stretch their conceptual understanding and increase their application proficiency.
Why should you join our Physics O-Level tuition programme for Sec 3 and 4 students?
Inquiry Based lessons focusing on key mistakes and misconceptions
Inquiry based topical re-teaching allows students to realise for themselves the misconceptions and mistakes they are making and provides students with the motivation to pay more attention to these mistakes and learn to avoid them.
Focus on application and higher order thinking
Tutorials are specially designed to promote thinking and deep application of their knowledge. Students will be exposed to a large breadth of questions that will seemingly be very different from what they have learnt. However, at AO Studies, we will help the students draw links in these unfamiliar questions to their concepts and guide them to find the answers.
Examination Based Answering Techniques
In our tutorials, a strong emphasis is placed on proper answering techniques that will help students score the maximum number of marks in the exams. By clearly identifying the key words that students need to use for each concept used, and constantly reinforcing it in their tutorial answers, students will be trained to use accurate terminology to answer examination questions.
O Level Physics Syllabus
Key trends in recent examinations
Greater Emphasis on Knowledge Application
Plainly Recalling Knowledge in the Textbook
In recent years, the questioning style of the Physics O Level examination has started to change. In the past, upper secondary students could just practice and memorise the answers to the ten-year series and do relatively well in the O Level Physics exams. However, students who do this now will realise that the questions they practice in the ten-year series are vastly different from the questions they see in the O-Level exam.
This is because of the shift in the O Levels, now placing a greater emphasis on knowledge application rather than just plainly recalling knowledge in the textbook. Due to this shift, standard drill and practice methods to prepare for the exams are becoming increasingly obsolete. There has to be a shift towards helping students understand and apply the knowledge, something which is much harder to accomplish and requires a trained professional with many years of experience to execute.
In Secondary Three, my Physics grades were incredibly horrendous- it was all D7s and E8s; even a mere B4 felt like a distant dream. And as cliche as it might sound, my physics tuition teacher Joseph have really helped me in more ways than one. He’s patient, understanding and extremely friendly! He cares about all his students immensely and never fail to make friendly conversation with us.
I loved his class from the moment I started attending it– and I’ve learnt so much from him too; I have my A1 in O Level Physics to attest to that.
If there’s one thing I have gathered from my time with Joseph, it’s that he’s nothing short of an amazing teacher. Thank you so much! 🙂
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Mr Joseph (Chemistry and Physics teacher) has thought me Chemistry and Physics since sec 3 to sec 4. Before i joined his classes, I struggled atChemistry and Physics always only failing or just passing. Through the lessons, he uses really visual, interactive, interesting ways to teach his students that really makes Chemistry and Physics interesting. It’s no longer something read from a book but made into something with life and something i really enjoy learning. Most of all is that he is really caring, stays back for (free) consultations and even have specified learning techniques prepared for each of his students. Also he has really good advice for the choices we get to make in our student lives. For ‘O’ levels I have gotten A1 for Chemistry and A2 for Physics.
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Before i joined AO Studies, I was failing Physics and was usually scoring a C6 for my AMaths. However, after I joined the Physics and AMaths tuition at AO Studies, both my Physics and AMaths were an A2. I found their lessons easy to understand and they provide a variety of questions both easy and difficult and they would go through the questions that students got wrong. The tutors themselves are very friendly and kind and are able to make lessons lively and enjoyable for students. Personally, i would recommend going to AO Studies because the tutors there pay attention to each individual and they will do whatever they can to make you improve.
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