A-Math Tuition: O-Level Math Specialist
Proven methods to achieve A1 for Secondary School O-Level
O Level Math Subjects for Secondary 3 & 4
Additional Math (A-Math)
A-Math furthers the objective of an appreciation of the abstract nature and power of mathematics.
Topics we will cover:
Elementary Math (E-Math)
E-Math aims to build confidence and interest in the subject, and teach students the critical thinking skills needed to solve problems.
Topics we will cover:
What Can You Expect from Our Secondary Math Tuition Classes?
Class Structure
We offer O-Level math Secondary tuition in Singapore, with various group sizes:
Resources Provided
When you enrol for upper sec math tuition at eipimath, you benefit from our customised quality resources to assist in your learning:
Additional Support
Teaching Style
Our Strengths and Track Record
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) ABOUT OUR UPPER SECONDARY MATH TUITION IN SINGAPORE
These are our tuition rates for Secondary School level math:
Group Size | O-Level / IP Total 4 lessons (6 hours) | O-Level / IP Total 5 lessons (7.5 hours) |
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One-to-one | $720 | $900 |
Group | $360 | $450 |
Each A-Math and E-Math tuition class is 1.5-hours long.
The number of tuition classes each week depends on whether it's the exam period:
Non-exam period | Exam period |
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Once a week | Up to twice a week |
One advantage of engaging a private tutor is that you can find a schedule that meets your needs.
Here are our weekly timeslots:
Day | Time |
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Mon - Fri | 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM |
Sat | 9:00 AM 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM |
Sun | Please enquire. |
We conduct one-to-one and group lessons, and we have a physical class as well as online lessons. Here are the different venues for our math tuition centres in Singapore:
Group Size | Locations |
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• One-to-one • Group | Beauty World MRT Exit C, beside Bt Timah Market |
• Group | Beauty World Centre, 588177 |
• Online Lesson | Held over Zoom |
We specialize in the following subjects for our Sec 3 Math tuition and Sec 4 Math Tuition classes:
Level | Subject |
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Secondary School O-Level, Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level | • Additional Mathematics (A-Math) • Elementary Mathematics (E-Math) |
The Additional Mathematics curriculum is organised into Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus. These topics help to build a strong foundation in algebraic manipulation and mathematical reasoning which are crucial for H2 Math in JC and HL Math in IB. For a start, E-Math aims to build confidence and interest in the subject, and teach students the critical thinking skills needed to solve problems. A-Math furthers the objective of an appreciation of the abstract nature and power of mathematics.
Going from lower secondary to upper secondary math, there is a considerable spike in difficulty. It is typical for students to fail their first few tests in Sec 3, and scoring F9 in the final exam is not unheard of. To help your child understand the rigour of the Additional Mathematics syllabus, contact us for a trial lesson. We can prepare students for Sec 3 with A-Math tuition classes, one-to-one or in a small group.
Topic Group | Topics |
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Algebra | • Quadratic functions • Equations and inequalities • Surds • Polynomials and partial fractions • Binomial expansions • Exponential and logarithmic functions |
Geometry Trigonometry | • Trigonometric functions, identities and equations • Coordinate geometry in two dimensions • Proofs in plane geometry |
Calculus | • Differentiation • Integration • Kinematics |
A-Math as a subject requirement is a tricky business. We begin with facts: A-Math is not a compulsory O-level subject. It is also not a pre-requisite for all Polytechnic courses, but is required for some university courses when you apply with a diploma. For H2 Math in JC and HL Math in IB, A-Math is a pre-requisite.
University | Courses | Application with | Application with |
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NUS | • Computer Science courses | • B3 grade in A-Math | • Pass in H2 Math / F-Math / Computing / Physics • OR good pass in H1 Math |
• Computer Engineering | • B4 grade in A-Math | • Pass in H2 Math / F-Math | |
• Business Analytics | • A2 in E-Math • OR B3 in A-Math | • Pass in H2 Math / F-Math | |
• Information Security • Information Systems | • A2 in E-Math • OR B4 in A-Math | • Pass in H2 Math / F-Math / Computing / Physics • OR good pass in H1 Math | |
NTU | • Accountancy • Business | • C5 in A-Math | • Pass in H1 Math • OR pass in O-Level A-Math |
• Economics • Psychology | • Good grade in O-Level A-Math | • Pass in H1 Math • OR pass in O-Level A-Math | |
• Maritime Studies | • Not stated | • Pass in H1 Math • OR pass in O-Level A-Math | |
• Sport Science and Management | • A-Math preferred | • Pass in H1 Math • OR pass in O-Level A-Math | |
SMU | • Computer Science | • Good pass in A-Math | • Good pass in H2 Math / F-Math / Physics • OR good pass in H1 Math • OR good pass in O-Level A-Math |
• Economics | • Good pass in A-Math | • Good pass in H2 Math / F-Math • OR good pass in O-Level A-Math |
In all the cases above, you can bypass the A-Math requirement by taking relevant qualifying tests. Ironically though, if you can pass the qualifying tests, you would have been better off taking A-Math at the onset.
It should be clear as day that A-Math affords wider options in tertiary education, even if not for the valuable knowledge in the subject itself. Students intent on applying to Polytechnics (all of which have no A-Math requirement) should be duly aware that A-Math may resurface as a pre-requisite in their university applications.
You might have been advised to focus on one subject (E-Math) rather than two (E-Math and A-Math). This wrongly assumes that every student will do better for E-Math, and we have seen counterexamples of students scoring higher for A-Math instead. It is delusional to believe that handling two math subjects is a walk in the park, but equally unwise to prematurely deny ourselves the flexibility of using two math subjects for L1R5 and ELR2B2.
Evidently, it takes expertise beyond the O-Level to give qualified advice. Acting on short-sighted hearsay, you may win the battle but lose the war. If you need help with your decision to take A-Math, contact us for an Additional Mathematics tuition trial with an O-Level maths tutor.
In terms of content, A-Math is more difficult than E-Math. The fact that E-Math is a pre-requisite for A-Math is indicative of the rigour.
Firstly, the A-Math syllabus assumes knowledge of E-Math. Topics such as Equations and Inequalities, Linear and Quadratic Functions, Indices and Exponential Functions, Trigonometry and Coordinate Geometry are common to both A-Math and E-Math. While Trigonometry is introduced in E-Math, it is restricted to acute and obtuse triangles. A-Math expands on the topic using the Unit Circle definition of Trigonometric functions, which rapidly scales up the difficulty. For Geometry, E-Math involves straightforward use of the Circle properties, but A-Math requires detailed proofs in Plane Geometry.
Vectors, Probability and Statistics are topics exclusive to E-Math, but Calculus (comprising Differentiation, Integration and Kinematics) is a major component of A-Math only. In comparison, modest algebraic skills will suffice for E-Math because it has a different focus on “Problems in Real-World Context” which include everyday life problems (travel, transportation, navigation), personal and household finance (simple and compound interest, instalments, utility bills, money exchange). On the other hand, A-Math necessitates a mastery of Algebra, which is the building block for Surds, Partial Fractions, Binomial Expansion, and Logarithms.
With such a rigorous syllabus, it's no wonder that school teachers may not have the opportunity to coach everyone personally, leaving some Advanced Math students in the lurch. That's why a tutor can be necessary for some students. Being able to go through the math examination paper and individually study math questions can help students gain an understanding of the key concepts behind A-Maths.
Having an A-Math tutor will not trivialise the uphill task of mastering this subject, but having someone to catch you when you fall will certainly help students!
Apart from Secondary 3 and Secondary 4 tuition, we also offer A-Level math tuition and IB Math tuition.