Receive Effective Academic Advantage For History and Geography

Mdm Yu’s History and Geography tuition otherwise known as Combined Humanities Tuition sessions are well-known for their effectiveness.  They are all-in-one sessions designed to save time, maximise learning and cost for parents and students. Her untiring and  extensive reading and research into topics in the syllabus and well-prepared teaching materials will ensure that there is depth and width of the content covered.

In a nutshell, History tuition sessions consist of the following:

  • Deep delving into relevant content: Helping students delve into historical events to gain valuable insights into consequences of human motivations and actions. We look at timeline, milestones, turning points, watershed events, main causes, supporting causes, and the different aspects – economic, social and political impact of events.
  • Reinforce content through information-gap activities, construct mindmaps and graphic organisers as well as model answers on selected questions as part of our scaffolding.
  • For the two essay questions, Mdm Yu will role-model answering techniques from unpacking the questions, coming up with the points, and organising and writing the answers.
  • For the source-based questions, Mdm Yu will guide students on how to read and interpret sources, annotate accurately and relevantly to come up with the answers.
  • We give useful examples and provide interesting anecdotes that spice up the lessons, adding a human dimension by bringing up individual and eye-witness accounts to enhance the sessions.

Mdm Yu appreciates that Geography can be technical with all the topics and sub-topics and types of questions tested. As a result Geography can be a challenge for beginning and relatively new learners. The concepts in Geography are many ranging from those related to space and place to the different types of causes and consequences in both human and physical geography. The numerous case studies form an essential part of the written answers for many Geography questions.

In a nutshell, Geography tuition sessions comprise the following:

  • Additional notes and practice questions are provided to highlight important issues and points of each topic. All efforts are directed to provide maps, diagrams and graphic organisers, photos some of which are in colour to engage students and help them remember better. We always relate as much as possible to current occurrences to improve and reinforce important concepts and points in both human and physical Geography.
  • Imparting techniques for all type of questions such as questions on geographical investigation, data-based questions, structured and LORMs questions.
  • Provision of practice questions to build answering techniques and reinforce better understanding of content.
  • Extensive scaffolding is carried out to help students acquire in-depth understanding of the content, remember what they have been taught and apply their acquired knowledge appropriately to answer the different types of questions.


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Choosing the Right JC Literature Tution: Factors to Consider

When it comes to excelling in Junior College (JC) literature studies, the right JC literature tutor can make a world of difference. Navigating the options may seem challenging, but understanding the essential factors to consider can streamline your decision-making process.

1. Expert JC Literature Tutors for Enhanced Learning

The cornerstone of effective tuition lies in the expertise of JC literature tutors. Seek out educators with a strong background in literature and a track record of guiding students toward success. Qualified tutors can provide deep insights into literary analysis and foster critical thinking skills.

2. Personalized Approach and Teaching Style

Every student has a unique learning style. Look for JC literature tuition that offers a personalized approach to teaching. Whether through interactive discussions, practical exercises, or one-on-one sessions, a tailored learning experience can greatly enhance comprehension and engagement.

3. Optimal Class Sizes for Individual Attention

Smaller class sizes are instrumental in receiving individual attention from JC literature tutors. This environment promotes active participation, enables thorough clarification of doubts, and encourages open discussions for a richer learning experience.

4. Comprehensive Curriculum for Holistic Learning

A well-rounded JC literature tuition program should cover a wide range of literary works, themes, and analysis techniques in alignment with JC requirements. Ensure the chosen tuition program offers a comprehensive curriculum that equips you with a thorough understanding of the subject.

5. Past Success Stories and Reviews

Look for JC literature tuition programs that showcase success stories from previous students. These testimonials provide insights into the effectiveness of the program. Additionally, online reviews and recommendations can help gauge the reputation and credibility of the tuition center.

6. Supplemental Resources and Support

Effective JC literature tuition goes beyond classroom sessions. Investigate whether the tuition program provides supplementary resources, practice materials, and ongoing support to reinforce learning outside of scheduled classes.

7. Location for Accessibility

Selecting a conveniently located JC literature tuition center can save you valuable time and reduce travel-related stress, ensuring that you can focus on your studies and other commitments.

By considering these factors you will be able to find an effective A-level Literature tutor such as Mdm Yu who has over 18 years of experience teaching in Singapore. She has helped many students improve and majority have scored As for their A-level H2 Literature. Her passion, diligence and knowledge will make a world of difference to you. You can consider looking for her by clicking here to what’sapp her here or click here to call 98761777.

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Over teaching for H2 Literature for JC Students

Over teaching is one of the method I use in my tuition lessons for all my subjects whether it is Literature, History, Geography and Social Studies. Over teaching in Humanities tuition lessons  does not mean that overwhelming students with facts and more facts, or for that matter with more notes on skills and techniques. Indeed this method has helped my students enjoy the sessions and do well.

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Happy when My Students Do well at the O levels

More than 80 percent of my students scored A2 and above with a few scoring B3, usually from a C5 or C6 from the mid-year or their prelims.

Some of the happy feedback I received just yesterday:

Mother of Sec 4 student (2019) from  CCHM
“Hi Teacher, a big thanks for your help and tremendous effort and worry for the boy.”

(The boy Jia Qing scored an A1 for Combined Humanities and A1 for Pure History)

Meera for St Margaret’s Secondary (sec 4 in 2019)
“Hi I got A1 for my English and Combined Humanities. Thank you. :)”

Jaryl from ACS Barker (sec 4 in 2019)
“I scored A2 for my Combined Humanities”

Mother of Kay Sim from Zheng Hua Sec (sec 4 in 2019)
“Dear Mdm Yu, thank you very much for your help with Kay Sim’s Combined Humanities. He has attained B3 for Combined Humanities.” (He managed only a C5 for his Prelims)


Only Place Tutoring 100 percent of A level Literature texts

I have added to the list of Literature texts for A level H1 & H2 Literature that I tutor – all the Renaissance poetry. Most delightful of the Renaissance poets is none other than the writer of “To His Coy Mistress” – Andrew Marvell. This is his most successful and most famous poem. I have read the poem way before I have heard of Andrew Marvell and I am sure many of us here have heard of the poem at one time or the other. It is quite a feat to enjoy his other poems because they cover both politics and religion and are usually metaphysical in nature. Marvell’s poems are often described as pastorals, but they contain a lot more energy revealing him to be a satirist and a critic and also a pragmatist and a realist. He lived during an extremely eventful even turbulent times – the long disturbance of civil war and political revolution that culminated in the execution of King Charles I, the strengthening of parliamentary system in England despite the restoration of the monarchy. His poetry does not allow us to forget the disturbing conditions that left their mark on his imaginative outlook.

Marvell was an avid traveller, a politician, a poet and tutor. His poems made him the spokesman of a civilised tradition. His poems are well defined by a a tightly disciplined organisation of the octosyllabic line. “To His Coy Mistress” combines three contrasting moods – lazy frivolity, terror and aggressive resolution in a highly compressed poem. His other famous poem – “An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return From Ireland” where despite being an earlier Royalist, acknowledges Cromwell as a man of destiny whose monumental destiny is to lead England into another era -“To ruin the great work of Time\And cast the Kingdom old\Into another mould”.

Thomas Middleton’s “Women Beware Women”  like Marvell and the other Renaissance writers such as Christopher Marlowe and Ben Johnson bring us back into an era that continues to resonate with the times and it is no wonder their appeal is timeless.


History Tutor on Understanding the Elective History Exam Format

O  & N level ELective History is extremely popular in school as students realise that there are common areas between History and Social Studies and  namely in the source-based questions.

Below the Elective History tutor gives an explanation of the format of the exam paper which will help students and parents have a clearer picture of the type of questions and marks allocated.

Topics Covered:

Part 1: The World in Crisis

Impact of World War I

  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Weakness of the League of Nation

Stalin’s Soviet Union*

  • His rise
  • His dictatorship

Hitler’s Germany*

  • His Rise
  • His Dictatorship

World War II in Europe

  • Causes for outbreak
  • Entry of USA

Defeat of Germany/End of World War II

  • Causes

World War II in the Asia Pacific

  • Japan’s rise
  • Cause of WWII in Asia Pacific

Japan’s Defeat in World War II

  • Causes

*Both are source-based case studies – i.e they are topic options for SBQ as well SEQ. The rest are only topic options for SEQs.

Part 2: Bipolarity & the Cold War

Cold War in Europe

  • Reasons

The Korean War*

  • Causes
  • Development
  • Outcome/Impact

The Cuban Missile Crisis*

  • Causes
  • Development
  • Outcome/Impact

The End of Cold War

  • Detente
    Collapse of Communism in Soviet Union
    End of Communism in Eastern Europe

Both are source-based case studies – i.e they are topic options for SBQ as well SEQ. The rest are only topic options for SEQs.

Note that there are therefore only 4 topics that are options for Source-based Case Studies but they are also topic options for SEQs. The rest in part 1 and 2 are only options for SEQs.

Exam Format
Duration: 1 hr 40 mins

Section A: Source-base Case Study (30 marks)

  • 5 SBQ

Section B: 2 Structured-Essay Questions (20 Marks)

  • Two questions set. Each Question has two sub-parts.
  • Choose one




Geography Tutor on the First Step to Doing Well in Elective Geography

Are you looking for better grades for O level and N level Geography? Or are you looking how to improve your child’s grades at the O and N level Geography exams?

So to do that, you have to first understand the Geography exam format and score system so that you be able to plan on how you can study and prepare better for the exam.  Below is an explanation of the format of the exam paper which will help students and parents have a clearer picture of the type of questions and marks allocated.

Topics Covered:

Physical Geography
Weather and Climate
Tectonic Plates
Human Geography

Exam Format:
Duration: 1 hr 40 mins
Total Score: 50 percent/50 marks

Section A: 13 marks

Topics Focus:
Geographical Investigation (Weather & Climate/Tourism)

  • 2 sets of short structured questions – with first set on Weather & Climate and the second set on Tourism
  • Note that the last question for each set is 5 marks and the rest are between 1 to 3 marks.

Section B: 12 marks

Topics Focus:
Weather & Climate

  • Please note the questions are mixed. For example question 3 could consists of Weather & Climate for 3a and Tourism for 3b. But for question 4, it is either Weather & Climate or Tourism.
  • The distribution of marks is always 4 for question a and 8 for question b for both  questions 3 and 4.

Section C: 25 marks

Topics Focus:
Plate Tectonics

  • The first question is usually on one topic – either Food or Plate Tectonics.
    The other question is a mixed question on both topics. But bear in mind that the last question for both sections which is 8 marks each will not be on the same topic, so if 5d is on food, then 6d would be on plate tectonics.
  • Section B: 12 marks
    For Section B, there will be 2 questions. You only choose ONE. One question will be purely on either weather & climate or purely on tourism. The other question will be a Mix of Both.

For more information, please contact Mdm Yu  at 98761777 for a trial Geography tuition session.



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Deforestation – an “evergreen” tragedy, an unceasing catastrophe

In my Geography tuition, we discuss environmental and sustainability issues. Current concerns are brought up regularly to  the best of my ability and discussed in my Geography tuition sessions.

Two and a half months ago, many of us read with horror about the gigantic blaze that has destroyed more than 9,600 sq km of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest or 906,000 hectares, a whopping 70 percent increase over the same tracking period last year. As a Geography tutor, it is distressful to read of such news.

Don’t blame global warming, climate change, these fires are the acts of humans. With close to 40,000 fires burning, they are started by farmers, plantation companies and developers. A quarter of the Amazon rainforests have disappeared for good and more of the forests will continue to disappear at an alarming rate.

For the Brazilian Amazon, infrastructure development means not just new dams to generate electricity but also “webs of waterways, rail lines, ports and roads” that will get products like soybeans, corn and beef to market, according to Walker, a professor from the University of Florida. The ambitious infrastructural plans pushed by the new government spells doom for the forests and forest tribes.

“Why the Amazon is burning: 4 reasons”  | August 27, 2019.
“People and the tropical rainforest ecosystem” GeoActive Online 232, 2000.






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Feminist Text – “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woof

Feminist literary theory is one popular lens to explore and interpret literary works. Literary theories are useful tools to help A level Literature students understand and interpret texts and produce insightful essays.  As a Literature tutor, I recommend that A level H1 and H2 Literature students familiarise themselves with the writings of leading feminist authors and theorists.  Four women come to mind when one thinks of feminist writers –  Mary Wolstonecraft, Virginia Woof, Gloria Steinem and Simone de Beauvoir.

But in this post I like to write a little about the seminal essay by Virginia Woof entitled “A Room of One’s Own”. This remarkable essay was delivered by Virginia Woof in 1929  to an all-female Cambridge college audience. Woof’s assertion about the reasons for the absymal lack of female authors and the short supply of works by female writers in the past and during her time centred on that the fact that no women could write because they have no “room of her own”. This personal room is the metaphor for the conditions that Woof strongly feels must be present for women to produce literary works.  The conditions are privacy, money and education. To Woof,  it is the conditions of everyday life that made it impossible for women to write literature. It is not intellectual inferiority, but rather a woman’s life that prevented her from writing.  A woman’s conditions – her duties to the family if she is married, her duties to her family (parents, siblings) if she is not married and her lack of education or her rudimentary education  if she is literate that hinders her.

Her seminal essay became a torchpoint for the feminist movement to intensify the fight for women’s emancipation. But fast forward to 21st century, the post-feminist era, when women are no longer barred from attending hight education, have  voting rights and head companies and lead countries as heads of state, the question that arises is how far have we arrived as fully emancipated individuals in control of our own destiny, driven by ambition and drive, able to attain our career goals and aspirations. Are we still tied to the apron, to the kitchen sink? More than anything is there a reversal or backtracking along the road of female emancipation. Do women really want to be emancipated? Do they really want to be at the top whether it is in politics, commerce, and the arts? But the reality that is worth celebrating is women now have a choice – if she wants to spend her time cooking away, raising a family, then she has the freedom to do so; if she wants to pursue a career in law, she is able to do. It is the importance of choice that makes all the difference.

Women have certainly come a long way. In schools we are reading works by Anita Desai, her daughter, Kieran Desai, Catherine Lim, Doris Lessings, Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Pearl S Buck, Arundhati Roy, JK Rowling, etc. And in many fields, women have reached the summit in their fields. Women now have very beautiful rooms of their own now, to borrow Woof’s metaphor.