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  • Earthcosmic2's Avatar
    59 posts since Nov '08
    • Hi,

      I am a working adult who wish to re-take A-Level after donkey years. Possible ? Anyone who is also an adult taking A-Level as private candidate ?

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    H2 Chemistry @ BedokFunland JC (near VJC & TJC)
    UltimaOnline's Avatar
    13,894 posts since May '05
    • Originally posted by Earthcosmic2:

      Hi,

      I am a working adult who wish to re-take A-Level after donkey years. Possible ? Anyone who is also an adult taking A-Level as private candidate ?


      Yes, I take the A levels every year as a private candidate, and I ORD'd many decades ago. Though starting this year, if I don't get enough sleep for that day, I may decide to sleep in and skip that paper. Of course, once you miss even 1 paper, you get an Absent grade for that subject, so no point taking the rest of the papers liao.

      But you're probably taking A levels because you want to use the A level certificate to apply for Uni. In which case, YOU CAN'T SKIP ANY PAPERS!!! Or your entire A level certificate is useless for applying to Uni!

      It's obviously too late for you now to apply for 2017 A levels, so you are thinking of applying for 2018 A levels? Be sure you check the various University courses' required A level subject combination, from the NUS, NTU, SMU, etc's websites.

      For instance, if you intend to apply for Medicine, you need H2 Chem + H2 Math and either H2 Bio or H2 Phys. Choose your A level subject combination carefully.

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    FireIce's Avatar
    264,487 posts since Dec '99
    • possible if u put in the effort and keep urself updated in the current syllabus and exam expectations 

  • Earthcosmic2's Avatar
    59 posts since Nov '08
    • Originally posted by FireIce:

      possible if u put in the effort and keep urself updated in the current syllabus and exam expectations 


      Hi, thanks. As I left school donkey years ago, I reckon the syllabus has been changed drastically ? I can't find any private school that is teaching A Level subjects except those tuition centres and quite embarressing to sit down with a bunch of so much younger than me students. lol. I am not daring enough. So my learning route will be self-learning type, if there are any available other options as supplement will be much appreciated.

    • Originally posted by UltimaOnline:


      Yes, I take the A levels every year as a private candidate, and I ORD'd many decades ago. Though starting this year, if I don't get enough sleep for that day, I may decide to sleep in and skip that paper. Of course, once you miss even 1 paper, you get an Absent grade for that subject, so no point taking the rest of the papers liao.

      But you're probably taking A levels because you want to use the A level certificate to apply for Uni. In which case, YOU CAN'T SKIP ANY PAPERS!!! Or your entire A level certificate is useless for applying to Uni!

      It's obviously too late for you now to apply for 2017 A levels, so you are thinking of applying for 2018 A levels? Be sure you check the various University courses' required A level subject combination, from the NUS, NTU, SMU, etc's websites.

      For instance, if you intend to apply for Medicine, you need H2 Chem + H2 Math and either H2 Bio or H2 Phys. Choose your A level subject combination carefully.


      Every year ? You mean ever since you ORD'd, you have been taking and re-taking A-Levels every year ? Sounds fun. lol. I want to re-take my A-Level is cos of interest in the subjects like Physics and Maths. Not sure whether I should take the whole combi or not or just the subjects I am passionate in. Sigh ....

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    H2 Chemistry @ BedokFunland JC (near VJC & TJC)
    UltimaOnline's Avatar
    13,894 posts since May '05
    • Originally posted by Earthcosmic2:


      Every year ? You mean ever since you ORD'd, you have been taking and re-taking A-Levels every year ? Sounds fun. lol. I want to re-take my A-Level is cos of interest in the subjects like Physics and Maths. Not sure whether I should take the whole combi or not or just the subjects I am passionate in. Sigh ....


      Every year since 2012. Leading by Example. I'm the only H2 Chemistry private tutor in Singapore who does this.

      http://infinity.usanethosting.com/Tuition/#A_Level_Results

      Since you're taking A levels out of interest, not out of necessity for University admission, then just take the subjects you're interested in and can self-study for.

      To self-study, you can use online resources such as OwlCove.sg (local), TickNinja (local), and of course, internationally acclaimed Khan Academy (international), by Salman Khan, the man who taught himself hundreds of subjects across all levels, and now teaches billions of people online for free.

      Edited by UltimaOnline 15 Aug `17, 5:29PM
  • Earthcosmic2's Avatar
    59 posts since Nov '08
    • Originally posted by UltimaOnline:


      Every year since 2012. Leading by Example. I'm the only H2 Chemistry private tutor in Singapore who does this.

      http://infinity.usanethosting.com/Tuition/#A_Level_Results

      Since you're taking A levels out of interest, not out of necessity for University admission, then just take the subjects you're interested in and can self-study for.

      To self-study, you can use online resources such as OwlCove.sg (local), TickNinja (local), and of course, internationally acclaimed Khan Academy (international), by Salman Khan, the man who taught himself hundreds of subjects across all levels, and now teach billions of people online for free.


      Wow ! Thanks for the info !

  • Queen of sgForums
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    FireIce's Avatar
    264,487 posts since Dec '99
    • Originally posted by Earthcosmic2:


      I can't find any private school that is teaching A Level subjects except those tuition centres and quite embarressing to sit down with a bunch of so much younger than me students. lol. I am not daring enough.

      dont have to worry

      if they are also there to get help for A level as private candidate, most of them should be mature anyway.

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    eagle's Avatar
    23,324 posts since Aug '01
    • Originally posted by UltimaOnline:


      Every year since 2012. Leading by Example. I'm the only H2 Chemistry private tutor in Singapore who does this.

      http://infinity.usanethosting.com/Tuition/#A_Level_Results

      Since you're taking A levels out of interest, not out of necessity for University admission, then just take the subjects you're interested in and can self-study for.

      To self-study, you can use online resources such as OwlCove.sg (local), TickNinja (local), and of course, internationally acclaimed Khan Academy (international), by Salman Khan, the man who taught himself hundreds of subjects across all levels, and now teaches billions of people online for free.

      I should say that OwlCove and TickNinja, being by past students for current students... has a very distinct disadvantage for the A Level as these students were only trained in the previous syllabus.

      The A level has just undergone a major syllabus change. While 80% of the previous syllabus still applies, 20% has changed. And this 20% matters. Studying outdated notes may make a student worse off.

      E.g. for Quantum Physics, the formula for uncertainty principle had a slight change. Students following the previous syllabus' formula will always get a wrong answer, even though the formula is technically correct.

      Students following the definitions of the previous syllabus for the topic of Gravitation will also find that they lose marks to one or two additional key words that have been added to the SEAB syllabus.

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    1,524 posts since Mar '08
    • Hi Earthcosmic2,

        Graphic calculator is necessary to solve H2 Maths questions. The new syllabus 9758 features substantial content being taken out of the previous syllabus 9740.

        Resources on H2 Maths are well-documented on my website: wenshih.wordpress.com

      Cheers,
      Wen Shih

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    9 posts since Oct '17
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