The year 2016 is the year where I started to take in some cases of students who have financial problems. I took in 4 such students. Some are very hardworking and thrive under the tutoring environment but generally most gave me some sort of trouble, either disciplinary or particularly picky over calculation of fees. I am wondering why I should even embark on such things in the future, but we shall see. I do know that there is a substantial cost to me for such cases, because I had to work a lot of extra hours at below market rates, yet suffer some sort of trouble. It makes me not want to take up such cases in 2017.
Anyway, here's the results for year 2016:
Here's some comments on their performance:
1. For the N lvl students, I have a mixed class. Out of 3, only one made it to Olvls, so the other will have to go to ITE. They are very very weak in both math and science (failing pretty badly) and they came in pretty late. I think I started with them around April. With the N'lvl in Sept, I don't really have a lot of time to do what I need to do. But that's life - we don't always get to do what we want to. R always gets into trouble with authorities, and has huge disciplinary issues to the extent that he has to downgrade from express to N lvl because he had to be retained. He did better that I expect, scoring B4. I think I managed to make him care in bit about his results. M's results is quite disappointing, both to him and to me. I think he screwed up in the actual exams itself. It's a lesson he will have to learn. But I think I managed to give him hope and made him not give up on himself. S always did good, and I've no worries for him. I'm still coaching him for the harder O'lvl in 2017 this year.
2. T did badly for his overall, scoring 25 in L1R4, easily the worst of my batch of students. I think he didn't really try hard enough. He got B3 for the combined science that I taught him, but he said that's his best subjects already. Not sure if he can have much choice other than RP engineering, considered the main dumping ground for student in Singapore (my opinions).
3. D is a repeat student, and he managed to get much much better results this time round. He's a little stubborn and prefers to do things his own way. We used to have much more conflicts since I don't understand why he would want to do things his way especially when he don't have much results to show for. After compromising, we worked out our differences and things are better. He is very hardworking but does his work too slowly. Tends to panic in exams also. The usual remedy is to do time trials in front of me and let him get used to the stress of sitting in a timed practice, which is essentially what exams is all about. He managed an A2 for amath and B3 for combined science, good enough to qualify for JC.
Of all the 19 subjects, 52.6% is distinction (A1/A), 21.1% is B3 and 26.3% is B4. Nobody scored worse than B4 for the subjects I taught. Frankly, I have no wish for all students to get A1. They should get the results they deserve, based on the consistency of the effort. As a tutor, there's a limit to what I can do. Ultimately, I'm not the one sitting the exams for them. As in all the previous years of results release, some will be in tears of joy, some will be in tears of disappointment, but all of them will learn and take away something.
In the end, life is a lot more than just a letter grade for a 2 hr exam they took.