Sec 3 is a challenging transition year for students. From sec 2 to sec 3, they will have new classmates, new teachers, new subjects, and possibly new commitments in their CCAs. All of these happen while they only have less than 2 years left to prepare for their O Levels or IP year 4 exams, which will determine their eligibility for JC or other pathways.
When it comes to the Math subject, things are not easy too! Sec 3 is not a major exam year, but it’s not a time to risk falling behind as it will affect one’s progress in Sec 4. As tutors, we see many students looking for Sec 3 Math tuition and IP Math Tuition, because they finally get to a point where they realise they cannot keep up with their own effort.
Below are the most common struggles we see amongst Sec 3 and 4 students, and how our tutors help students overcome them!
New subject: Additional Math
For O Level students, they may take up Additional Math in Sec 3 and 4. Additional Math introduces new concepts that students would not have learnt in Sec 1 and 2, so some students may find it quite challenging to understand the new content. Schools with the Integrated Programme also have their own versions of ‘A’ Math, like having 2 math subjects instead of just 1.
For students who struggle with understanding the new topics in A math, our tutors will spend more time explaining the concepts to them – a luxury that most teachers in school cannot afford. We will also provide more practices when we notice students having trouble with a particular topic.
We find that the trouble is often with ‘visualising’ the concepts, because many of the new topics such as trigonometry are very abstract in nature. So, we will teach them technique on how to visualise, understand, and tackle related problems. With enough exposure, most students will be able to get familiar and master those topics in time for their exams.