S1 Grade Accelerator Programme™
Nurturing Your Child To Be An Inquisitive Learner
Secondary 1 Regular Class
Become Proficient In Tackling Secondary 1 Science Questions!
Discover the proven examination strategies & answering techniques used by over 7,836 students to score A/A*s in Science! (AND how your child can do it too… with the right guidance!)
What Your Child Will Learn
The S1 Grade Accelerator Programme (S1 GAP™) is a weekly, 2-hour session where your child will discover proven learning strategies to apply the Science concepts he/she has learnt at school on examination questions effectively and accurately.
During this 2-hour weekly class, we’ll work closely with your child to improve his/her thought processes and answering techniques to tackle Science questions.
Understand Various Question Trends & Question Types
The S1 GAP™ curriculum was formulated based on our academic team’s analysis of hundreds of past year lower Secondary examination papers.
In order to master the Secondary 1 Science syllabus fast, your child need to know all of the common question types that examination setters love to test and the approach behind tackling these questions.
We will teach your child how to think and what exactly to look out for in each question so that your child can process questions much quicker than others.
With a lot of more content to digest at a Secondary level, we also help to crytallise key Science concepts quickly, so your child is able to understand and apply what he/she has learnt in our class.
Step-by-Step Guides To Tackle Questions, Keywords & Answering Techniques
Not only will our Secondary Science Specialists guide your child through the step-by-step process of tackling Secondary 1 Science questions, we’ll also provide your child with beautifully-illustrated notes and targeted exercises that are all designed to help students learn Science easier, better and faster.
These valuable learning resources will help to shorten the learning curve tremendously. You and your child can expect to save lots of valuable time and frustration trying to figure out what examination setters are looking out for.
Your child can also expect to gain more confidence in tackling examination questions as we review them together in class on a weekly basis.
Learn To Be More Careful & Sidestep Conceptual Traps
It is very easy for students to misread or misunderstand a question if they do not have a strong understanding of the Science concepts tested.
Our Secondary Science specialists will help to identify potential misconceptions that students often face and discuss them during the regular class.
With regular exposure to past year examination questions, your child is likely to become more aware of such conceptual traps.
S1 Grade Accelerator Programme™
- Level Eligibility: Secondary 1
- Session(s): Weekly
- Total Duration: 2 hours/ session
- Tuition Fee:
- S$90/session* (term billing)
- $60 one-time registration fee
About Your Child’s Instructors
Your child will be taught by one of these instructors from our Secondary Science Specialist team.
Mr. Kenneth Mak
Mr. Kenneth Mak is the co-founder & PSLE Science Specialist of The Pique Lab. When it comes to primary school Science, he is the go-to guy!
With more than 7 years of teaching experience, he has experimented with plenty of studying strategies, keywords & template answers. He knows what works for the student and what doesn’t. Using the proven techniques from our Complete Concept Integration™ program, he has helped more than 80% of his students clinch As and A*s during the PSLE Science examination.
Seasoned by experience, he is known among parents for building rapport with his students & helping them achieve tremendous academic results in the shortest period of time.
Ms. Lim Zi Ai
Over the past 10 years, she has worked with students from a wide spectrum of backgrounds – from the extremely weak to the highly gifted. This is accompanied by an impressive track record of having 80% of her students score As and A*s in the PSLE Science examination.
As a Psychology graduate from the National University of Singapore, she actively seeks to use child psychology techniques to get her students to be intrinsically motivated to learn Science. Her secret lies in helping the child rediscover their interest for learning through her wide arsenal of humorous and inspiring teaching methods.
Every Child Is Supported In Every Step of The Way
We have in-class exercises, homework & topical assessments periodically in our weekly sessions to track your child’s learning progression. This helps us keep a pulse on your child’s abilities as we work towards the A.
Examination-Centric Science Notes
Highly Targeted In-Class Exercises
Homework for Self-Practice
Diagnostic Tests for Progress Tracking
Joining Us In The Middle Of The Term? We’ve Got You Covered.
In most cases, joining a group tuition class in the midst of the academic year often mean that content that was taught previously is unlikely to be covered again in detail.
This is because the teacher has to manage the learning progression of every student in the class. Therefore, it will not be appropriate to cover the exact same content in-depth again for a student who has just joined the group class.
To help your child with getting up to speed on the Secondary 1 topics that were taught previously, you may consider helping your child bridge the gap with our S1 Complete Concept Integration™ Science Courses (Chemistry & Physics).
What We Cover During The S1 CCI Science Courses
These S1 CCI™ Science Courses create an opportunity for us to work with your child outside of the S1 Grade Accelerator Programme™ so that your child can catch up on the material that was covered previously.
TOPICS COVERED BETWEEN JAN – MID MAR
- Session 1: Scientific Endeavour
- Session 2: Classification of Materials
- Session 3: Physical Quantities & Measurement
- Session 4: Density
TOPICS COVERED BETWEEN MID MAR – MAY
- Session 1: Elements, Compounds & Mixtures
- Session 2: Solutions & Suspensions
- Session 3: Separation Techniques
- Session 4: Particulate Nature of Matter
SCIENTIFIC ENDEAVOUR (PHYSICS)
PHYSICAL QUANTITY & MEASUREMENTS (PHYSICS)
PHYSICAL QUANTITIES & MEASUREMENTS (PHYSICS)
CLASSIFICATION OF MATERIALS (PHYSICS)
ELEMENTS, COMPOUNDS, MIXTURES (CHEMISTRY)
SOLUTIONS & SUSPENSIONS (CHEMISTRY)
SOLUTIONS & SUSPENSIONS (CHEMISTRY)
SEPARATION TECHNIQUES (CHEMISTRY)
SEPARATION TECHNIQUES (CHEMISTRY)
PARTICULATE NATURE OF MATTER (CHEMISTRY)
CLASSIFICATION OF LIVING THINGS (BIOLOGY)
CELLS, LEVEL OF ORGANISATION & SPECIALISED CELLS (BIOLOGY)
ATOMS, MOLECULES & IONS (CHEMISTRY)
Pick Your Preferred Learning Arrangement
Digital & Hybrid Lessons Are Available For This Course
Permanent Digital Class
Your child will join a permanent digital class where lessons are conducted live via Zoom every week based on the scheduled day and time.
Your child’s teacher will engage the students in the virtual classroom using the web camera and microphone.
Lesson handouts will be reviewed together in real-time and important parts of the worksheet will also be annotated on your child’s screen.
Hybrid Class (Onsite/Digital)
Your child will be assigned to a specific learning group where he/she will alternate between attending onsite lessons at the Centre and digital lessons* every week.
Aside from using the same set of learning materials, your child can also expect to see the exact same content on his/her screen or the whiteboard.
*We also permit students to attend hybrid classes exclusively via Zoom until all strict social distancing measures have been lifted.
Pick your preferred class based on the available dates & time and preferred learning arrangement (digital/hybrid).
Once we have received your child’s registration, we’ll confirm the lesson details with you via WhatsApp.
Install Zoom on your child’s learning device if you have not done so.
One Day Prior To The Lesson:
You will receive the virtual classroom credentials and what to prepare for the class via WhatsApp.
You will receive a reminder via WhatsApp on where your child should report (digital/onsite) and what to prepare for the class.
On The Day Of The Lesson:
Your child should log into the virtual classroom 5 minutes before the lesson, with his/her handouts and stationery.
If your child is scheduled to attend onsite lessons at our Centre, please arrive 15 minutes before the class to complete the temperature screening and SafeEntry admission procedures.
Who Should Attend This Programme?
Any student who wants to score As for Science, but is reluctant to revise using the traditional DRILLING method.
Your child is the kind of student who wants to outperform his/ her peers & study the SMART way, like many other high performing students.
You probably have invested thousands of dollars & months of time, but it’s just not working out.
Your child isn’t exactly progressing much & you’re looking for a change in environment.
Existing high performing students who want to strengthen their thought process & refine their answers to perfection!
Your child has been consistently scoring low As, but struggle to get a breakthrough to the high As, no matter how hard he/she has tried.
Don’t Just Take Our Word For It.
Hear What Parents Have To Say About Their Kids’ Experience With Us.
Great & Useful Techniques!
“My son always encountered problems fully understanding experimental questions, or was not able to get the full marks even though he thought he had fully answered.
After attending the Experimental Techniques Masterclass, breaking down and analysing the questions seemed very straight forward and he is able to answer fully to the question’s requirements. The techniques taught by Derrick were really great and useful! Thanks to Pique Lab for this class!”
Structured Very Clearly & Concisely!
“My twins and I definitely benefited from the Experimental Tehcniques Masterclass.
It was structured very clearly and concisely which is crucial for answering PSLE Science examination questions. Thanks to Kenneth who always makes it interesting so much so that my kids look forward to his lessons!
As a parent, the debrief was a bonus and to parents who are not sure if their kids should attend – I totally recommend it!”
Parents’ Briefing Is An Eye-opener!
“The answering techniques were very easy to understand and the tips made it very easy to help guide my son in his exam preparation.
Thankful for the parents briefing held after the Experimental Techniques Masterclass. It has given us an eye opener to what was being taught in the lesson and gives us a structure/know how on how to guide/ teach our children at home.”
S1 (IP/IB/Express) 2020 Grade Accelerator Programme™ Details
The following classes are currently full. If you are interested in any of these time slots, we can assist to place your child on the wait list after you register below.
If You’re Still On The Fence, Hear Us Out.
Over the past seven years, we’ve seen more than 2,633 students attend the Grade Accelerator Programme™, achieving phenomenal improvements in their understanding of the subject matter & more importantly, their results.
We’ve been getting these raving testimonials from happy parents weekly after their kids have benefitted immensely from our help. Click here to see what other parents have been saying about our programmes.
In case you’re wondering…
This is NOT one of those enrichment programs where students gain loads of theories and do nothing with them afterwards!
As your child will get to apply whatever they’ve learned directly on school examination questions whilst he/she is here, he/she will be trained on how to tackle Science questions in his/her school examination papers accurately & efficiently.
Not a month later… or even a week later, but immediately!
During the S1 Grade Accelerator Programme™, we’ll be revealing the exact same study strategies used by our top-performing students. These strategies have helped them save hours studying every day and yet allow them to score As during their school examinations time & time again!
So… if you are looking for:
1) A highly robust methodology to sharpen your child’s Science answering techniques, especially in their open-ended section (… such that he/she no longer loses marks unnecessarily due to missing links, key words or key phrases)
2) An engaging teacher with a strong proven track record (>80% As) (… trust me: teachers make or break the learning experience for students. Set them up with the right teacher & they’ll enjoy the learning process for life)
3) A comprehensive set of notes to tackle Science questions that high-performing students use to excel in their examinations (… you’d want your child to get his/her hands on these materials & start revising now. The best part: Your child doesn’t have to spend countless hours trying to study, because we’ve distilled the most important parts to take note!)
… then this course may just be perfect for your child.
Now, let’s be real. Is this going to be easy?
There is ALWAYS going to be a bit of discomfort, uncertainty and plenty of hard work when your child is trying to learn and apply our answering structures to tackle examination questions. That is normal & many of our students go through the same process all the time.
Once your child pushes past that discomfort, that’s when you will notice real growth in his/her learning. It will not be a walk in the park, but we have plenty of materials & close guidance to help your child improve his/her answering techniques!
We’ll see your child at our regular class!
Frequently Asked Questions
How are the fees computed for the S1 GAP™?
The Grade Accelerator™ Programme will be billed termly (i.e. every 3 months), in which you will be billed based on the number of lessons in each term. The fee of each lesson is $90 (nett – inclusive of GST). Each term, on average, works out to be approximately $1,080.
We have four terms in an academic year for Secondary 1 students & they are segmented as the following:
– Term 1: January, February & March
– Term 2: April, May & June
– Term 3: July, August & September
– Term 4: October & November
If you were to enrol your child in the middle of the term, the fees will be pro-rated accordingly.
My child is very weak. Do you have classes catered specially for my child as I am afraid he/she will not be able to catch up with the pace of the class ?
We do not segregate the classes based on their ability.
The key objective of the GAP™ classes is to introduce and expose students to the various forms of writing and the techniques involved in tackling Science questions.
As long as our students can understand what is being taught in class, they will do fine. In such situations, we will advise on the suitability of our classes after your child has attended a trial session.
My child does not like to do homework. Will your programme still be helpful?
If your child is unwilling to cooperate with us, our programme will not be effective for him/her.
Completing their homework is an essential aspect of the learning process as it provides us the feedback on whether your child is able to apply the techniques and structures of writing independently.
This enable us to identify students who “fall through the cracks”, allowing us to raise the challenges and difficulties faced by our students, prompting closer communication and cooperation between us and parents.
Do you have lessons during holidays?
Lessons for Secondary 1 students will take place from January till the last week of November.
Classes will still carry on during school holidays (i.e. March, June & September). However, if the lesson falls on a public holiday, there will be no class on that day.
The materials for that session will be given to students as homework & they will be reviewed together in class in the next session.
Do you offer make-up classes?
We allow three make-up lessons in a term [E.g. Jan – Mar (one term), Apr – Jun (one term), Jul – Sept (one term)]The make-up has to be carried out within the same week in any of our existing group classes if there are available slots.
Please check with your dedicated Community Manager if you would like to arrange a make-up lesson.
If your child is unable to attend the make-up lesson in any of our existing group classes (despite having available slots), the materials will be handed to him/her in the next lesson.
Do you offer trial lessons?
Yes, we do. We can arrange for a trial lesson at a concessionary fee of $90.
The purpose of the trial lesson is to allow your child to better understand the teaching pedagogy that is adopted at our centre without a long term commitment.
Can I start the S1 Science Programme without a trial lesson?
It is mandatory for prospective students to enroll for a trial lesson, prior to the commencement of lessons with The Pique Lab, unless your child has enrolled in any of our regular classes in 2019.
For us, we’re all about the best fit. There are two main qualifying criteria when we shortlist students for our regular classes: 1) Learning Attitude, 2) Learning Aptitude (Ability)
1) A student with a good learning attitude and aptitude will be the best fit for our Science programme. We’re best able to help him/her improve in the shortest period of time (In some cases, we’ve had students who saw their grades jumping from 70s to high 80s in less than 3 months)
2) A student with a good learning attitude and poor learning aptitude will eventually improve, so long as they put in the hard work to memorise, revise and apply what they learn. They’ll probably take a longer time to absorb the subject matter, but we’ve seen them improve once they’re equipped with the right skills to excel.
3) We’ve also worked with students with poor learning attitudes (i.e. lazy) and good learning aptitudes. Assuming that these students comfortable with the learning environment, we can try to work with them to overcome their learning challenges. However, a lot of effort is often required to get them to a state where they’re ready to learn and improve. Parents usually commit for one term to assess if our classes work for their kids. In certain cases, we’ve managed to inspire and motivate them to change for the better.
4) The regular classes are not suitable for students with poor learning attitudes and aptitudes. In most cases, these students tend to be disinterested in the subject matter and have problems trying to pay attention in class. (Read more below on these students can be helped)
We recognise that our primary school Science programmes are not a one-size-fits-all solution for every student. While we strive to provide the best learning environment for our students, we also understand that not every student will benefit fully from our programmes. As such, we’ve decided to put in place a behavioural assessment during the trial lesson to quickly assess if the student has a higher propensity of improvement under our guidance.
During the trial lesson, the teacher is able to observe the student’s performance and highlight any potential challenges so that parents can make an informed decision before committing to our regular classes. This is especially important as it is crucial for parents and teachers to align their expectations and work hand-in-hand to maximise a student’s potential.
On the contrary, if a student exhibits signs of inattentiveness, disruption and/or laziness, it’s not that he/she cannot be helped. Rather, a different learning approach should be adopted & it’s typically best administered through a private 1 to 1 arrangement, which we do not offer at our centre. As different students have different learning needs, our role as educators is to find one that best fits them, so they can spend their time meaningfully every week.
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Permanent Digital Classes (if stated):
Your child will join a digital class where lessons are conducted live via Zoom every week based on the scheduled day & time.
This learning arrangement will last till the end of the academic year (November 2021).
Hybrid Classes (default):
(A) Your child will be assigned to a specific learning group, where he/she will alternate between attending onsite lessons at the centre and digital lessons every week.
(B) Your child can also attend the hybrid class exclusively via Zoom until all strict social distancing measures in the classroom have been lifted by the ministries.
The transition from hybrid learning to full onsite classes will only take place once the ministries have given the green light to do so (i.e. all social distancing measures in the classroom no longer apply).
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