Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there lived a boy. His name was Ruban...
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It wasn't that long ago and not so far away...
One faithful day in January 2014, concerned parents Ricky & Siva brought along their son, Ruban, who is in Primary 6, for a “Intensive Maths Revision Analysis” Session with us.
In the initial communication via email, they had briefly explained their situation of their son, Ruban. He had scored an 8/100 for his recent Pri 5 final exams and they were desperately concerned.
Now, when they came by that day, my first question to them as parents was "How can we help you and what do they hope to achieve?"
Ruban's mum, Ms Siva, who is a JC teacher herself, told us all they are hoping is for Ruban to attain 20 Marks. Some of you might be scratching your heads and wondering, "isn't that still a Fail grade?"
Now, Yes! It is a FAIL grade. But, 20 marks are where it makes the difference between Ruban retaking Primary 6 and going to a Secondary school.
Allow me to explain, anything < 20 marks for PLSE MATHS is considered a U grade which doesn't entitle the child to move on to Secondary school - not even Normal Technical I believe. That is what Ruban’s parents had shared with me.
Adding on to that, Ms Siva also told us that Ruban's Math teacher is in the midst of deciding if he should drop to take Foundation Level Maths instead. This would be determined by the tests to be taken during Jan & Feb 2014. We had up till March to prove that Ruban could improve and stay in Standard Level Maths.
Ruban's first lesson with us started on 25 January...
Fast forward 1 month…
Ruban came to class during the Mid of February informing us that he had taken a test in school and had score 38% for the test. He was delighted and encouraged! So were we!
Nearing the End of February, Ruban told us that he had taken another test in school and had gotten a 44% this time around. Again, an improvement!
Now, these are still Failing grades, but, I am not here to share with you A* & A’s because 80% of the student enrolment we do are students who REALLY need HELP…students who are failing from 8, 10, 15, 23, 44, 50…you get the idea.
So in less than one month, an improvement from 8/100 to 44/100 is a great improvement of 36 marks. More importantly, the students would feel encouraged and have their morale increased. This would internally drive them to work harder as they see themselves improve with each test/exam.
Good job Ruban! Give yourself a pat on the back for it!
Not forgetting our Lexis Team, the dedicated people who made it possible! ;D
I hope to replicate this success for your child too.
I look forward to meeting you soon!
Chief Trainer Marc