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.



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.



Burning of the Amazon Rainforest brought on plantation owners, farmers and developers. Extract & Photo from "Why is the Amazon burning? Four reasons" by EarthSky Voices in EARTH | HUMAN WORLD | August 27, 2019

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.