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By some innate instinct, it led her from the lift to the roof of her block, where she stood face to face with an angsty student who had failed his mid-year exams.

And that was all it could remember.

The New Temple Gates

A week later in early June, it flitted through the mythical Temple Gates, across the faces of those passing through on their way to tuition.

The Tuition Centre at Weekends

Some of whom showed great determination.

Some of whom looked tired from a long journey (from as far away as JB).

Some of whom carried the confidence of a an entire cohort who had just failed their mids.

Some of whom looked severely weak and malnourished in terms of their subject foundation.

Some of whom had a look of hatred, as if some Chemist or Physicist or Mathematician (*gulp*) had just murdered a member of his family, especially those who were still seething from mid-year exam papers which contained topics that were not yet taught nor revised in school.

And that was all it could remember.

The following weeks passed in several flashes as it flitted from room to room, class to class.

Sweeping vista of the new Tuition Centre

It was ... umm ... intense. And there was (literally) pressure on certain days. Heh.

Intensive Tuition Notes June Intensive Tuition Attendance The Physics Topic of Pressure

There were the notes. There were the school papers. There were the intensive worksheets.

Intensive Tuition Notes

Some days were birthdays.

Celebrating Birthday at the Tuition Centre

For the rest of each day though, there was plenty of knowledge sharing. There was plenty of practice. And there was plenty of painstaking explanation/clarification/review/interaction that went on even after official hours to ensure that no one was left behind.

Intensive Tuition Worksheets

And should energy levels gave the slightest hint of dropping (no thanks to the World Cup), there was always the sweet aroma of 炖鸡汤 aka herbal chicken soup and other foodie goodies to perk spirits up.


Bruschetta Heaty Menu of the Day Custom Haiwaiian Pizza Enlightening Menu of the Day Baos!

And those were all it could remember.

And then came July, when it was on hand to witness the ...

... connections that had been made.

Too Good, Too Fun at the tuition centre

... friendships that had been made.

Tuition Utopia?

... Mathematical and Scientific love affairs that had been rekindled and confidence (some of which were deflated since PSLE) that have, in some ways, been restored.

Friends were made at the tuition centre

Most importantly, there was enlightenment, and that the "graffiti" from many vandalised mid-year report books had mostly been scrubbed clean.

Effective Chemistry tuition Long, long tuition testimonial No weakness in these intensive tuition sessions Best tuition teacher Enjoyed the tuition lessons Doubts cleared in this tuition Will recommend this tuition to others Super Good Tuition Notes! Super Good Food During Tuition Breaks!

And what it remembered the most this time were the joy of those who understood and passed for the first time ... and the smiles that were eventually lit from the vast, vast amount of heartware and 心思 that went into this June Holiday Intensive joss sticks sessons.

And so, as the resident moth at The Temple approaches the end of the latest cycle of its short life (an adult moth typically lives for only a few weeks), the flashbacks of its brief past give way to premonitions of what is to come ... just like how it saw Andy's dad winning bet coming

It sees a short Semester II. It sees end-of-year exams on the horizon. It sees endless upon endless prelims and mock exams for those taking O Levels.

It sees CCA performances and competition occupying students' times right up till the very end.

It sees the weary and the weak-minded succumb to earthly temptations during the September break.

It sees glimpses of school teachers struggle to finish the topics in time. It sees frantic glimpses of topics rushed and covered in a short time.

It sees countless compulsory night study sessions in schools.

It sees many suffer short-term memory loss, suddenly forgetting how to answer questions that they previously breezed through.

It sees utter chaos and a BIG MAD RUSH for many at the end.

And then, it sees horrid visions of culling, of those being forced to dropped their subjects when they failed to make the grade.

Apocalyptic Vision of Academic Hell

With that, the moth settles on a remote corner of The Temple, closes its wings and prepares for its inevitable reincarnation - its final, fading vision being that of lines upon lines of those facing up to their past academic deeds on Judgment Day ...

... and with its final breath, wishes that more will help banish these dark visions from its next life by conquering the most common ills in Semester II (as of 2014) through:

  • being well in the process of attaining consistency in your work i.e. no more excuses like these and these
  • being well in the process of clearing all your work/doubts/weaknesses in advance i.e. NOW
  • being aware that end-of-year exams are tested on EVERYTHING you've learnt so far i.e. SA1/Sec 1/2/3 topics

... in addition to what has always been said before.

And for those who need some extra help in your Maths and Science, The Temple has just opened up a few more chambers in anticipation of the annual rush of Semester II Last-Minute Buddha Foot Huggers :D

The new tuition centre annex

Follow our Semester II schedules for details and updates ;)


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An Act Of Vandalism

Tuition given in the topic of Miss Loi the Tutor from the tuition centre desk of Miss Loi at 10:02 pm (Singapore time)

At the ground floor of a housing estate block on a warm May night, she waited impatiently for the lift to arrive.

Humidity hung heavy in the air, creating a sombre mood that reminded her of students receiving their mid-year exam results during this period.

Just when she felt that her makeup was about to melt, the lift door opened. She gleefully stepped inside, only to sense that she was not alone.

Tropical Swallowtail Moth
Eeks! [source]

Looking up, she was stunned to see a gigantic moth staring back at her from the roof of the lift cabin.

At this moment, the door suddenly slammed shut and the lift ascended rapidly to gain an equivalent of 23 storeys worth of gravitational potential energy (her mass being totally negligible) to arrive at the top floor of her flat.

When the door opened again, a strange instinct beckoned her to follow the flitting moth out of the lift, towards the rooftop access trapdoor, which she was surprised to find unlocked.

Grateful that she could still somehow manage to squeeze through the gap at her age, she stood atop the dimly-lit roof area ... to be confronted by the shocking sight of unspeakable graffiti sprayed all across the surrounding walls.

Nervous Miss Loi Hey! Stop! What do you think you are doing?!

Her yell startled the hooded figure who was about to put the finishing touches to his latest "artwork" at the opposite end of the roof area.

Nervous Miss Loi You may be upset at something. But this is most definitely NOT the way to vent your frustration! Do you know the police will catch you faster than they can catch loan sharks these days, especially when it involves HDB rooftops?

For what felt like a long time, her words seemed to carry the persuasive weight of an electron as they faced each other tensely in the semi-darkness, with the hood keeping the culprit's identity firmly under wraps.

Hooded Youth I failed my mid-year exams.

Finally, the hood was pulled back to reveal a youthful face, with eyes glinting with immense sadness under the random lights from adjacent flats.

Hooded Youth I failed my exams. They said I was lazy. They said I was playful. They said I didn't study hard enough.

His voice began to tremble.

Hooded Youth (in tears) But they did not say why my teachers didn't revise certain topics that came out in the exam.
They did not say why my teachers never finish teaching certain topics that came out in FULL in the exam.
They did not say why some of their notes were incomplete or missing.
They did not say why they gave me the (wrong) impression that only this year's work would be tested.
They never taught me the techniques required to answer those structured questions in the exams.
They only knew how to minus our marks.

His finger tightened on the nozzle of his spray can.

Hooded Youth (in tears) They expect us to self-learn everything.
They think we are SUPERHUMANS!

Visibly agitated, he raised and waved his can high in the air.

Hooded Youth (angry) And now that I've failed my exams. My teachers are asking me to drop certain subjects.

Yesterday my Chemistry teacher even told me sarcastically "you ain't becoming a doctor, so might as well give it up!"

They only know how to blame me when I fail. I can't stand this anymore!


Inevitably, like a scene straight out of a Hong Kong Police Negotiator drama, she interjected just as he was about to press the nozzle to release a lethal spray of red mist on the poor wall.

Nervous Miss Loi 请你千万不要冲动! Please calm down! 凡事都可以商量!

Think about your loved ones before you do anything rash! How would they feel if they see your full name and handsome face plastered across all newspapers, even though you may be underaged?!

I understand your frustration. But please, please know that you are not alone ...

2014 June Holiday Intensive Sessions

2014 June Holiday intensive tuition revision classes

Each year in June, fellow students from all over Singapore, many whom are in a similar situation as yours, gather at my Temple for a month of June Holiday intensive small group sessions for Science and Mathematics.

In these intensive revision sessions, they'll channel all energy towards mastering their foundation and concepts so as to adequately prepare themselves for the second-half (for some, the penultimate leg) of the academic year, as well as banish the shadows of their mid-year exam grief and correct the sort of injustice you've felt.

The schedule, if you are interested, is here.

Upon her pleading, the spray can was lowered, and his voice softened.

Hooded Youth Will you really help me?

Will you teach me the topics my teachers didn't cover in time?
Will you give me complete notes?
Will you teach me the techniques to answer those twisty structured questions which I always don't understand?

Will you ask me to drop the subject at the end of the lesson?

Miss Loi with melting makeup Don't be silly! Of course we'll help you! Join us and we'll always be there whenever you need someone to talk to.

Now, Dear, would you please give me your spray can? The wall is innocent. My block is innocent!

As he slowly stepped away from the wall to pass her the spray can, there was one more thing on his troubled mind.

Hooded Youth But as you can see, much damage has already been done. These walls, like my report book, are filled with my red "artwork". Is it too late for me? Will the police catch me and shame me in the newspapers?

Miss Loi with melting makeup Not to worry. I'll make sure I clean up your report book and ensure it'll be free from such vandalism in the future ;)

As for these walls ...

*Picks up mobile phone and calls Mr Esa*

Note: While this story is obviously fictitious, the experiences of the youth vandal were collated from actual students.


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BREAKING NEWS: Mark These June Holiday Dates For Your 100% Guaranteed O Level 2014 Success!

Tuition given in the topic of Miss Loi the Tutor from the tuition centre desk of Miss Loi at 9:13 pm (Singapore time)
April Fools 2014 Punked!

Hey hey hey ... to all who have called to enquire about the June Holiday sessions with the 2014 O Level papers, please take a look at the date of this post.

Meanwhile do have a look at The Temple's upcoming REAL June Holiday intensive sessions which, Miss Loi promises, will 百分百100% be happening! ;)

Admittedly, Miss Loi hasn't been blogging much.

Rest assured though, that despite her rather low-profile presence online these few months, she's still working real hard behind the scenes to offer salvation to all O Level students in need (as has been the case for over 20 years) *wipes sweat off forehead*

And as a vindication of her efforts, she now has this in her possession:


Yes it is what you think it is. In the name of those who had sacrificed their livelihoods, these are the EXACT question papers that will appear in the upcoming O Levels this year.

While she can't reveal the details of the deeply shady Wikileak-ish operation that landed the O Level 2014 maths and science question papers in her hands, she can announce the following June Holiday joss sticks sessions:

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So visit The Temple this June, and get to practice these actual O Level 2014 question papers, go through your answers, and claim your confirm chop stamped A1 come next January!

P.S. With these being the most momentous joss sticks sessions ever to be conducted, Miss Loi truly, truly, truly expects seats to run out by the end of today - so you better contact her really fast before her entire Temple gets filled to the brim for this! See full schedule.


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Of The 2013 GCE O Level Results Aftermath - GVGT

Tuition given in the topic of Miss Loi the Tutor from the tuition centre desk of Miss Loi at 12:38 am (Singapore time)

Amidst deluge of calls and scheduling that typically follows a new semester, some students have been asking Miss Loi ""Hey how come this year got no O Level results video like this one to 'motivate' us?!".

So in order to give everyone some kind of 交代, here's a quick attempt of a video dedicated to The Temple's GCE O Level 2013 batch of students ...


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Of The GCE O Level 2013 Chemistry 5072 MCQ Paper 1 Suggested Answers & Solutions

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… continued from here.


12 Nov 2013

Finished In Front Of The Toilet

Exhausted from helping to prepare multiple answers to multiple papers (gosh this year's exam timetables are really MEH :( ), I once again slumped against my chair at The Temple in front of what is possibly the most beautiful, most ammonia (NH₃) pungent smell-free toilet you'll ever find in any tuition centre in Singapore :P

Twin Temple Toilets
The Temple's twin toilet - obsessively cleaned of *ahem* "organic compounds" to ensure a pleasant stay

It's been raining all morning, but thankfully the gloomy weather didn't translate into doom and gloom in today's O Level Chemistry MCQ paper.

The list of workings and explanations for each of the answers (where applicable) for the GCE O Level 2013 Chemistry Paper 1 MCQ have been compiled!

Latest versions:

  • 1.2: Added further explanations to:
    Q16 - Why Y is not oxidation due to unchanged oxidation state of elements in ethanoic acid.
    Q32 - Why nitrogen does not undergo a reaction in the blast furnace.
    Q36 - Note on cis-trans isomers *sigh*
  • 1.1: Q23 – corrected typo in explanation. Should be options A, B & C excluded.

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GCE O Level 2013 Chemistry 5072 Paper 1 solutions
2013 O-Level October/November Chemistry 5072 Paper 1 Suggested Solutions
Access it here if you're having trouble accessing it on Facebook using your state-of-the-art smartphone :(

Do they tally with yours? As usual, please, please leave a comment should you spot any mistake in the solution.