We have a New Home!

After moving across 5 different centres in the past 8 years, we finally have a place to call home! Our Bukit Timah centre will be shifting down from Level 3 to a sparking new unit at #B2-13. And to accommodate the growing number of student enquiries, we will also be opening a new Wed 5pm class starting from this week. Come visit us at our new centre soon!

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感恩: Our 2016 A-Level Results for General Paper (GP)

86.7%. That’s the amazing percentage of our students last year who scored a distinction for General Paper (GP) in the ‘A’-Level exams, which I am immensely grateful for, and humbled by. In the course of teaching these students over the last 2 years, I’ve witnessed some of them overcome very challenging family or health situations to excel in their studies, and it’s such a joy to see the fruit of their labour paying off. As I gave thanks to God for what can only be His grace in the lives of my students and on Irwin’s Study, He directed my heart to these verses in Genesis 39:2-4 –

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him.”

May the hand of the Lord be ever upon the work that He has given me to do, that I may glorify Him in my teaching and my centre!

I dedicate these exam results of my students (and the many more that are not listed here) to You, Lord, for all good things come from You. Congratulations students on your hard work!

  • Celine Koh (Meridian JC) – A
  • Haikal (Pioneer JC) – A
  • Emmalene Ng (Raffles Institution) – A
  • Shayna Tong (Victoria JC) – A
  • Loh Yao Chen (Victoria JC) – B
  • Ibrahim (Tampines JC) – A
  • Cheang Kai Wen (Serangoon JC) – A
  • Charlotte Phang (Dunman High) – A
  • Nicholas Goh (Tampines JC) -A
  • Hazel Chen (Anderson JC) – B
  • Darren Woo (private candidate) – A
  • Shawn Lim (Victoria JC) – A
  • Shanice Lee (Temasek JC) – A
  • Janice Chan (Hwa Chong) – B
  • Cheryl Low (Victoria JC) – A
  • Chin Jun Jiang (Tampines JC) – A
  • Yany Chan (Raffles Institution) – A
  • Tammy Lee (Victoria JC) – A
  • And many more! =)

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I was thinking of a Flea Market…

So, Irwin’s Study is moving / expanding to 2 new locations come 7 Dec 2015! Irwin’s Study was birthed at Tampines Street 43 some 6 years and 6 months ago, and moving out is always a little sentimental. As I packed up the place (and trust me, there’s a lot of things to pack after 6 years! =), I was wondering what I should do with the books, furniture, toys, decorations, maps, posters that have filled the centre with warmth and joy these past few years. So I thought of renting a booth at a local flea market, but as I searched online, I discovered that many flea markets these days do not allow people to sell pre-loved, secondhand items. =/ Then it struck me: why don’t I just use my existing centre as a pop-up flea market? So come this Sunday afternoon (6 Dec 2015), we will be holding our Moving-Out Sale! Here are the details:

Venue: Blk 474, Tampines Street 43, second floor above ‘Canadian Pizza’

Day: 6 Dec 2015 (Sunday)

Time: 2pm-6pm

Items on sale? Books (loads!), toys, chairs, bookshelves, stationery, posters, maps and many more!

So come along if you are free this Sunday afternoon and see what little treasures you can pick up 😉

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2015 GCE A-Levels General Paper (GP) Paper 1 Essay Questions

So here are the 12 essay questions for this year’s A-levels GP Paper 1:

  1. ‘There is no such thing as bad publicity.’ To what extent is this true?
  2. How far is it possible for one country to forgive another for its past actions?
  3. How effectively is public health promoted and managed in your country?
  4. ‘No cause is ever worth dying for’. Discuss.
  5. Consider the argument that the main purpose of television should be to educate rather than simply to entertain.
  6. In your society, how well are the demands of the economy and the environment balanced?
  7. ‘Parents have no right to impose their own values and beliefs on their children.’ Discuss.
  8. ‘Books serve little purpose in education as technological developments become more sophisticated’. How far do you agree?
  9. To what extent should the arts in your society focus on local rather than foreign talent?
  10. Should there be any controls over the production of energy when the need for it is so great?
  11. When a government’s finances for social welfare are limited, should they be directed towards the young or the old?
  12. ‘Human actions should be based on scientific fact, not religious faith’. How far do you agree with this statement?

In future posts, I will be sharing in greater detail my thoughts and approaches for some of these questions, so stay tuned! =)

In the meantime, which Question would you have chosen to answer and how would you have answered it? =P

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Well done, our O-level students!

Yesterday’s O-level results were a wonderful blessing for many of our students who took O-level classes with us last year, especially O-level English. Besides their hard work, diligent attitude and consistency, we are also immensely proud of our O-level tutors such as Ms Seriphina Seow, Mr Sng and Mrs Susan Tay, who have put in much effort to help our students achieve the grades they desire. Here’s a testimonial from one of our students for O-level English:

Ms Seow taught me English for O-levels for the whole of Secondary 4. I admire her meticulous teaching and marking of assignments and her in-depth analysis as it really did stretch my potential to constantly upgrade and improve myself when I write, be it for Paper 1 or 2. She is a truly dedicated teacher who cares a lot for her students, not just their academics but also their well-being. Ms Seow would always give us words of encouragement, especially when our exams neared. Her meaningful and in-depth answer to all our questions and doubts made sure we understood what we were learning before moving on. She also did oral practices with us when our O-level Oral was approaching, which was extremely useful and made us get into a comfortable mode of conversing since most of the time we would be writing except when we were answering questions. What stands out most about Ms Seow is her sincerity and strong love for teaching that strucks a chord within me and made me do well. Under her tutelage, I saw a gradual improvement in the way I wrote and spoke and was more confident during examinations. I remember on the last lesson before the O-Levels she gripped my hand firmly and told me with so much faith that I will do well and that she believes in me. I felt so touched! Thank you, Ms Seow! You’re an extraordinary English tutor! 

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