Achieving Subject Mastery And Honing Critical Thinking Skills
The Learning Lab’s Secondary tuition programmes meet the needs of students in both mainstream and IP schools. A strong emphasis on current affairs and critical thinking helps our secondary school students to make crucial links between what they learn in class and the wider world around them. Lesson materials aim to build on subject-specific content knowledge and exam-ready skills.
The secondary school landscape requires your child to master subject knowledge on deeper and broader scales. This means that learning excellence continues to drive performance excellence.
Your secondary child’s learning habits are essential to his or her performance at each examination. Understanding key success criteria for each component of the exam helps your child to understand what knowledge to apply and how to apply it. Such learning techniques drive performance excellence— these affect your child’s ability to succeed in school.
Being able to think deeply about the methods, techniques and processes of learning go a long way in helping your child exhibit resilience in continually acquiring and applying increasingly complex knowledge throughout secondary school.
Be able to solve problems by analysing facts, evidence and multiple perspectives
Develop independent thought that translates into precise, cogent and structured writing
Delve into complex topics by gaining a thorough understanding of key topics and components
Gloria Chua, TLL student from 2004 -2010
Recalling the lessons I've had in Paris 1 or New York 5, the most valuable one I gained was the sense that the world is my oyster. It is not just the names of the classrooms or the impeccable decor that encourage this sense. I took English from P4 to S4, and the fondest moments have been those where my teachers and I discussed the many happenings outside of the classroom. Be it my teacher's fondness for architectural marvels across the world as a window shedding light on the ebbs and flows of the global economy, or her entertaining stories of her childhood encouraging reflection on our own educations, I have learnt much more than just English itself. I am privileged to feel like I can now feel the pulse of this vast world, becoming an active participant in it, and in large part I have because TLL encouraged me to find this world beyond the classroom.
Clarence Cheong, TLL Student From 2004-2014
My journey at The Learning Lab through these 9 years has been particularly phenomenal - it has inspired and guided me in preparing solidly for the future. To find success in what you're striving towards, first find joy in it. To me, The Learning Lab's approach to education can be surmised as an irresistible combination of enriching material and passionate teachers. They were inspiring and knowledgeable, delivering a quality of education that I simply could not find elsewhere. Till this date, I still remember my visceral disappointment when I realized I would miss a Math lesson due to a family holiday, as my teacher had promised to apply geometry and spatial concepts to show us the unimaginable - how to create a hole on a piece of A4 paper large enough for us to walk through. It is hence this compelling combination that first showed me that learning could be fun, and filled me with palpable excitement whenever I learnt something new that stretched me beyond my peers. Whether it was the intensive exam preparations or the thorough content lectures, it has supported my academic growth and allowed me to achieve my personal bests.
Lu Hao, TLL Student From 2010-2013
The Learning Lab has provided me with treasured opportunities to excel and explore. Apart from its impeccable academic curriculum, its Future Leaders Program has brought me to the internationally acclaimed Harvard Model Congress thrice with my Learning Lab peers. On all three occasions, our team was conferred the distinguished award of excellence. This is a clear testimony to how adequately The Learning Lab prepares you for a worldly stage by bringing learning out of the classroom. Apart from the obvious takeaway of the awards, it has endowed me with better public speaking skills, the great experience of an overseas trip, and frankly a great lot of fun.
Your Secondary 1 child is navigating an entirely new academic and social landscape as compared with primary school. Curriculum for this level encompasses foundational skills and exposure to new examinable components. Secondary 1 students will be expected to think and write with greater sophistication across all subjects.
Programmes across English, Math and Science help Secondary 2 students to build a strong academic foundation in order to help them handle the rigour and complexity of upper secondary school materials. Students are constantly challenged to acquire and retain content knowledge whilst being exposed to lesson materials that pique their interest in each of the three major subjects.
The Learning Lab’s Secondary 3 programmes aim to expand students’ knowledge and encourage them to pursue personal interests in each of the subjects. At this level, your child will be encouraged to think more deeply about the concepts, topics and texts presented to him or her in class. Being able to assess and solve complex problems whether in English, Mathematics or Science is part of honing their critical thinking skills, which will benefit them as they move into upper secondary and pre-tertiary education.
For students on the ‘O’ Level track, this crucial examination year is about systematic revision and refinement of exam skills. If your child is from an IP school, the secondary 4 year is a time to prepare well for curriculum at the pre-tertiary level, which will require your child to dive deep into content mastery.