14 July 2005

Tuition Series (Part 4) - McDonalds @ YMCA

Ahh... Mickey D at YMCA, my regular hang out after school everyday of my Sec 4 year. Before I am being mistaken as one of those FarEast Kid or Centerpoint Kid or whatever they call them back then, I was there to study, OK! Mai siao siao hor!

Yes, you heard me. I was there to study and to give tuition and er... ok lah... I was also there to meet chicks lah. You happy now? :P

There was this bunch of us who are from different schools and we have this idea to meet everyday after school as part of our preparation for our O-Levels. We have people from MGS, SCGS, RGS, CHIJ, SJI and ourselves just to name a few. There were a few other schools that come and go but we were more or less the "Permanent Members". On top of the usual revision of our work together, we also have this exchange of each other's test/exam papers to have a bit "more practice". It was a good idea in the sense that whenever we get stuck with one of the paper's problem, we would always have the person from where the paper originated to provide the solution, since his/her teacher would have gone through it before hand.

I must say that papers from RGS and RI were generally more difficult and often even more challenging than the O -Levels 10-year series. Some would say that they were beyond the syllabus but I think it was a good idea to be constantly challenged. Come exam time, the actual paper would be a breeze. Wouldn't it?

I also recall doing a pre-lim paper from a certain Secondary School in the Springleaf area, I was shocked that the questions were so easy. So easy that one would have mistaken it for a Sec 2 exam paper, instead of one that is supposedly the Prelim paper for O-Level. At first, I asked myself if the actual O-Level was supposed to be that simple but a check with the 10-year series proved otherwise. With no disrespect to the school, it got me thinking that the students, of this school in question, would all drown at the O-Level exam if the proverbial baby-pool was as far as they had ever ventured.

Coming back Mickey-D, we also came up with the "subject station" idea, where each one of us, who would be the tutor for the day, would take up a table specialising in one particular subject. So whoever needed help in say, Chemistry , would go to the tutor who would be in charge of the "Chemistry station". My strengths were in A-Maths Physics and Biology and so I often find myself manning the "stations" of these 3 subjects and myself as a student seeking help in Chemistry. (and besides, the "Chem Princess" was from SCGS and really really chio... know also must pretend dunno. ~LOL )

To me, it was a excellent idea as we are all very motivated to excel even though they were for all the wrong reasons. We just didn't want to lao kwee in front of the girls and vice versa for the girls who would fight to be the "station mistress" and thus have the opportunity to be surrounded by guys at her table.

To everything, there were the pros and cons and while the advantage was that we were kept off the streets and our time was devoted to studying, we were also very distracted by the opposite sex at times. Still, I think on the overall, the pros outweigh the cons.

Well, I am happy to report that all of us did exceptionally well for our exams and we all got into our respective first choice of Junior College. We didn't keep in touch after that even when some of us ended up in the same JC. We got together from our separate origins and we knew it was time we leave on our separate paths. Come preparing for the A-Levels, nobody did the Mickey-D thing again and I found myself in the school's library spending 9 months to prepare for my exams.

Why so far ahead in time to prepare? Well, the truth to be told, I set up my own "AO/C-Math station" in the library giving tuition to a group of girls from the Arts/Commerce (and one from Science) faculty.

I guess old habits die hard! ~LOL
- Voxeros

1. akk left...
Thursday, 14 July 2005 12:43 pm
hehehe...i can see that among all the permanent members, got more girls' schools....

2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 14 July 2005 12:46 pm :: 
akk: Gee... I wonder why?.... ~LOL

3. a crunchy green apple left...
Thursday, 14 July 2005 1:39 pm ::
Hahaha, hey you brought back fond memories of studying for the Os and (urgh) As.

Unfortunately i didn't have as much fun as you studying with students from other schools. Still have stations somemore. Formidable!

Oh about being cheated by the tuition agency - after teaching this pri sch kid for a mth (and jus gotten my pathetic half-mth pay), i was told by the tuition agency that the Mother of the child wanted to terminate due to financial probs yada yada. I just took it as it is and i didn't bother to call up the parents. Then i rem that very week, her Mum was telling me how happy the kid was with me (she really was ok!haha) and how she wanted me to give her more maths hw blah blah.. It just didn't make sense.

Like someone who's very happy the day before went to commit suicide the nxt day? Ok bad example. Anyway i'm sure the agency used the same tactic to get its commission..
OH MY GOSH this is becoming a blog entry. See you jay! :)

4. ei|een left...
Thursday, 14 July 2005 3:35 pm
hmm. interesting "study tactics". haha.
anyway, i'm surprised that all of you all managed to get together. from what i know, most of the girls schools have "issues" with each other. heh.

5. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 14 July 2005 3:55 pm :: 
Crunchy Green Apple: I must admit the Stations are a novel idea. Must constantly choot pattern mah... or else how to keep the ladies coming back for more?

Ahh... finally you leave your URL... must go over kaypoh kaypoh liao... ~LOL

ei|een: The girls all ok one lah... especially when we are *cough* there to *cough cough* "keep" all the ladies *cough* "happy".

6. Jaschocolate left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 12:47 am
Hmmphz.. dirty old man liao.. but i cannot complain about sugar daddy... Sighz..

7. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 6:51 am ::
jaschocolate: DOM, your head lah! Wah liao... say me until like that. I was doing it in good faith OK? *sulk*

Down you go in the pecking order for the sugar daughter list. Down!

8. jaschocolate left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 9:46 am
sob sob.. you bully sweet young thing (ME!!).. sob sob

9. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 9:49 am :: 
jaschocolate: Where got bully? Oh alright... you win. *pat pat*. Better? sigh....

10. jaschocolate left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 10:24 pm
YEA!! happy... hee

11. vandice left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 12:29 am
Study station siah. Library some more. Cannot talk loudly so must whisper. Therefore must sit closer. Also can use 'eyes' to 'communicate' siboh? Steady la Jay. Champion tactic.

12. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 4:20 am ::
jaschocolate: ~LOL. Btw, I noticed you know Rouk? He's my junior in NS. Small world huh?

Vandice: Not to forget we also use our legs to tap each other under the table too. ~LOL

13. jaschocolate left...
Sunday, 17 July 2005 12:26 pm
Actually i know Ruok through the small world of blogging.. wahaha.. only met him once.

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