During Movement Control Order (MCO) period, parents are afraid of their children education because they are not allowed to go to school and tuition centre. Parents need to work from home, hence most of the parents choose to let their children having tuition online. This seems like a new normal for Malaysia education especially tuition centre, most of them are conducting class online now due to MCO, they cannot operate for now and have to keep business flow.
Let’s assume that once MCO is lifted, tuition centre can start to operate again, but what should parents do? Continue with online tuition or go back to offline tuition as usual? We concluded the advantages and disadvantage between these two types of tuition.
Disadvantages of online tuition
1. Parents need to prepare materials and someone must be at home with the children, difficult for working parents.
2. Students with low self-discipline are having difficulties in focusing and listening to teacher’s instruction.
3. Limited teaching style and suitable mainly for visual and auditory style learner.
4. Students get tired easily as they have to look at computer screen for long period.
Advantages of online tuition
1. Parent do not need to send their children out and fetch them back, save cost and time on travelling.
2. Parent do not need to worried about their children whether they will ‘ponteng’ the class or not.
3. Students cannot ‘chit-chat’ during class.
4. Most importantly, virus-free!
Disadvantages of offline tuition
1. Worrying of virus infection from other students.
2. Parents need to fetch their children to tuition centre.
3. Big classroom size as compared to online tuition.
Advantages of offline tuition
1. Face to face teaching, students learn better because no limitation on teaching style.
2. Better learning environment as compared to home, less ‘distractions’.
3. Students can focus better.
4. No class disruption such as internet problem.
5. Parents do not need to coach on their children and print materials.
Both online and offline tuition is good for students, so there is no right or wrong on which the parents choose. Still don’t know which to choose? We can solve your problem now!
Because in Blooms Learning Centre,
1. We offer 1 to 1 offline teaching, so no worry of virus infection and attention issue.
2. We sanitize our class before and after each session of class for offline tuition.
3. We also offer 1 to 1 online tuition and small group online tuition.
4. Worry about cost and fees? We offer 50% off tuition fees for students who join us!
Call us or register online now! We offer classes for IGCSE, SPM, UPSR, PT3 and Pre-school Level. We also have Signature Brain Training class. 50% off tuition fees is only limited to the first 25 students.
1. Stay calm. You are your child’s mirror, they imitate what you do and what you say, not immediate imitation but they keep in their mind and do it later on. If you always scold, shout and hit your child, then he or she will do it to you or others. Your negative emotion and words should not show to your child, they do what they see, so show more positive emotion and words to them.
2. Use positive words. As parents, we tend to use the word “no” “don’t do that” “cannot”, these are negative words which actually annoyed your children, that is why they don’t listen to parent especially when parent use negative words to them. If you want your child to stop doing something, tell them what to do instead, for example you want to stop your child from throwing things, instead of saying “ do not throw”, say “pass to mummy”. When you say, “do not throw”, they can only hear the word “throw”, so they will “throw” instead of “do not”.
3. Praise your child’s effort but not result. Parents are always encouraged to praise their child, but beware of “abusing” it. Praise your child if they try to do something, even if they failed or not doing it perfectly, you may use words such as “good job on sweeping the floor” “good try on riding the bicycle”, this will give them courage to do again. If you only praise them when they score full marks on exam or success on something, they will be scared of failure and dare not to try on something that they are not confident with.
4. Spend quality time with your child. We spend most of our time working and spend minimal time with our family. Therefore we should make “family time” a must-have activity on a constant basis. Spending quality time does not mean sitting in a room together but using phone separately. Watch a movie together, talk to each other about your day, go to park together, exercise, make breakfast or dinner together, you and your child will know each other better, it is advisable for you to start as early as possible, make it a habit then your child will spend time with you when you are old. Squeeze your time out even it is one hour a day only, prioritize your family.
5. Make your child be more responsible. Start with cleaning own stuffs, if your child dirty the floor, let them clean it, you can guide them by handing them a mop and say calmly “if I dirty the floor, I clean it, if you dirty the floor, you clean it”, if they refuse, you can lead them by doing it together and subsequently, get them to handle the task independently. Do not “bribe” your child and give them a concept like “if you do this, I give you this”. You are the best role model for your child, you must be responsible and respect your child before you want them to do the same.
6. Don’t label your child. We tend to label people unconsciously when we talk, especially our children, whether good or bad label can limit them to be who they are. If you always label your child as “naughty”, he or she will unconsciously think that “I am naughty and I will only do naughty thing” to fit the label. What if we praise our children “you are so good in study”, will it make them clever? Too bad this is not likely to happen, it will only make them feel that they only can study but not doing other thing better than study, and will make them afraid of making mistake in study. What if their talent is in sport? The “good in study” label will make them hide their talent and tried to fit into the “good in study” label, they will not be feeling happy and might even impose unnecessary burden on them in future. Everyone is born with certain talent, do not label your child too early, let them grow happily and you will notice their innate ability and talent.
“My child is very naughty” “my child spit on people” “my child hit others” “my child is shouting very loud” “my child don’t listen to me”, we often hear these complaint from parents and these are the common bad behaviors in children. Parents might feel annoying when their children do this over and over again even after punishment. First, we should identify the reason behind the bad behavior, then handle it appropriately and consistently, then the bad behavior will reduce. Here are some common reasons of bad behaviors in children and how to handle it:
Taking care of children is not easy but it is part of our responsibility, the way we handle them brings lifetime influence to children. In Blooms Learning Centre, we understand students’ emotion and reason behind every behavior, and this is how we create a good learning environment to our students in daycare, tuition class and brain training playgroup
1. Recognize your own study style. If you wanted to learn a new dishes, you will find it easier to remember the steps and how to cook through Youtube video, then you are probably a visual learner, choose a subject that you want to study, find the educational video or images online, then you will find it easier to remember; If you find it easier to remember by asking someone and get them to tell you the way, then you are probably a auditory learner, you need to talk or tell someone or maybe yourself the content that you wanted to remember for exam, or teaching other people may helps you because you are repeating to yourself when you are teaching others; If you find it easier to remember by doing it for a few times, then you are probably a kinesthetic learner, you have to move yourself or try to draw the important point for exam during your study; If you find it easier to remember by writing the recipe and the steps down on a paper, then you are probably a reading or writing learner, joint down the point, use highlighter to highlight will be a bonus for you to remember important point for exam.
2. Manage your time well. Make your time productive instead of study for whole day. Know your attention span and if you find it difficult to remember thing anymore, that means you need a break. For example, you should break for 15 minutes after every hour of study, you will find it more productive than you study for 3 hours without break. This is because our brain stay awake every time we rest, and you know hey there will be a break after I complete this page, so it is like a reward for yourself after study for one hour. Of course the duration of study and rest is all up to you, it is individually different, some people can concentrate longer but some can’t.
3. Consistent revision. Consistently having revision especially after school can help you to refresh what teacher taught in school and remember better than not doing it at all. Have you ever joint down notes in class and then after one month when you study your own note, you have no idea what are you writing? This is because you are not revising what you write consistently, you may be a fast learner and you understand every single thing teacher taught, but you cannot remember it at all during exam. This is why we should keep our brain active by doing revision after each class, if you don’t have the discipline to do it, get a tuition class. One thing good about tuition class is, the environment is better for study than at home, you have a lot of distraction at home like your tv, your phone and your bed, but what you have in tuition class is your tutor, your worksheet and your classmate.
Tuition class in Blooms Learning Centre provides the best learning environment and experienced tutor that can helps you in your examination and education. We have IGCSE, SPM, PT3, UPSR and Preschool syllabus. Fun, consistent and suitable way of learning is the best way to score better in exa
We often hear and see the term ‘brain training’ but what does it do actually? Brain training is also called cognitive training, it is like going to gym, exercise your brain but not your muscle. Why do we need brain training? Is like we need to go gym to keep us healthy and our muscle fit, we need brain training to keep our brain active and to prevent “rust”. Our brain is like a computer or machine, we need to keep using it and keep it active so that it wouldn’t slow down.
What is the benefits of brain training for children?
1. Improves memory, especially working memory. Working memory is like google, a search engine in your brain, for example remembering what you have seen or heard few second ago. One very simple exercise is remembering image in sequence, after brain training, children tend to remember new images in sequence better. Brain training can also helps in visual spatial memory, visual memory, auditory memory and etc.
2. Improves attention. Attention is one of the cognitive skills that most children are lack of, this will lead to poor performance at school, missing important details and not able to complete daily task effectively. Through play and learn way of brain training, it will be able to help children focus on a task better.
3. Improves processing speed. Processing speed is how fast a child do mental calculation or thinking, if a child’s processing speed is fast, it takes shorter time for a child to learn and respond to information.
Brain training may not have immediate result that we can see in their results or exam, but it will definitely helps in students’ study and education as well as their daily function in long term, it seems as a foundation for children to learn faster and effective in school. Brain training is like going to gym, it has to be consistent to get better results. In Blooms Learning Centre, we combine daycare with Signature Brain Training Playgroup so that children that come to us can get play and learn types of brain training while they are having daycare.
Almost every students attended tuition class before or after school, including preschool, primary, secondary, college and even university students. The syllabus including SPM, PT3, STPM, IGCSE, UPSR, but it is really necessary for students to attend tuition class? Does it really helps in their education and study?
Benefits of tuition class:
1. Students can learn better in tuition class because of the smaller class size as compared to school class size. Of course it depends on the tuition centre itself, some tuition centre have bigger class size compared to school. Students can focus better if the class size is small. In Blooms Learning Centre, our tuition class size is small, maximum is up to 8 students only, and for our Signature Brain Training Playgroup, class size is small and teaching is one to one.
2. Attending tuition class can do revision or practising of what school teachers taught or yet to teach syllabus. Students can learn effectively and remember better if they get to practise and do revision of what they have learn before.
3. Tuition class can help in students’ confidence level but it depends on the class size. Smaller class size can helps in their confidence level better than bigger class size, this is because some of the students are typically shy and refuse to raise their hand to ask questions or give opinions if the class has a lot of students. In Blooms Learning Centre, we provide small class size tuition to boost their confidence so that they would give their opinion, share their thought and ask questions during class. Tutors will be able to see and cultivate the potential within students.
4. Tuition class can functionally utilize student’s free time, especially for parents who are busy working. Not all students are self-driven in study at home during their free time, so it will be better for them to attend tuition class after school so that their time is utilized functionally.
In fact, learning process seems fun and effective when student attend tuition class in Blooms Learning Centre, because we emphasize on fun learning and input-output method. Our tutors will cater the way of teaching according to individual; using effective way of teaching which is not only teach but also discuss and ask students so that they can apply what they have learn.
Playgroup normally is for toddler or children from age 2 to 6. Some of us maybe thinking what are the purposes of sending our children to class at such a young age? Playgroup is not only about play, it is a learning group for children to explore and learn through play.
What is the benefit and why is playgroup important for children?
Memory is important in studying, if a student has a good memory, then he or she will learn better and faster. Before we learn how to improve memory, let’s see what and how many types of memory.
There are three main types of memory, first is sensory memory which involved five senses (hearing, smell, taste, touch, sight), for example when you see hot and boiling water, that will recall you how pain even though you are not touching it. There are 3 main types of sensory memory, which are visual memory or iconic memory, auditory memory or echoic memory, touch memory or haptic memory.
The other types of memory is short term memory or working memory, it is as what it called, short time of remembering and can store very less items at a time. Short term memory is the information that you remember in short term and small capacity, you may recall it fast but after long time, you will not be able to remember and recall it.
The last one is long term memory, which means the information that can be remember and recall after long time. There are three types of long term memory, procedural memory, semantic memory and episodic memory. Procedural memory is refers as the memory of motor skills such as how to drive a car. Semantic memory is memory of general knowledge for example function of traffic light. Episodic memory is responsible for storing the information of what we have experienced for example the first time that you get punished in school.
There are few ways to improve our memory and you may pick and try to improve yours!
Improving memory is important as it will helps in exam, work and daily life. Finding a tuition centre or learning centre that can helps to improve student’s memory in exam and study is also important.
Blooms Learning Centre in Mahkota Cheras provides quality tuition and helps to improving your child’s memory so that they can study better and do better in their exam and daily life.
We often heard that children with autism spectrum disorder is very difficult to handle and have a lot of behavioral issue, parents who have child with autism will have stressful day when comes to handling their child’s behavior at home or outside. The common behavior in autistic kids are crying loudly, shouting, not listening to instruction, aggressive to others or own self, throwing tantrum, behave inappropriately, self-stimming and throwing things.
What are the reason and function of the behavior? How to deal with it?
There is always a reason why autistic child having challenging behavior, it may looks like they are crying for no reason, hurting other with fun and throwing things as they like, but let’s think again, even normal people will have challenging behavior and there must be a reason why they behave like that, so do people with autism spectrum disorder. The following are some causes and how to reduce the behavior or how to deal with it.
What is ABC chart?
Parents can also learn and use ABC chart to keep track and record your child’s behavior. Through ABC chart, parents can observe and understand the pattern and function of your child’s behavior.
Antecedent refer to the event that happen before the behavior occur
Behavior refer to the action or the observed behavior of the child
Consequence refer to the event or response that happen after the behavior occur
Antecedent : Judy saw chocolate in supermarket, she wants to buy it but her mum don’t allow (tangible reinforcement)
Behavior : She cry and roll on the floor
Consequence : Mum buy for her to stop her crying
Antecedent : Mum is using phone and Eddie is ignored, he wants mum to talk to him (attention)
Behavior : He shout loudly while looking at mum
Consequence : Mum put down phone and scold him
Antecedent : Hannah is asked to do homework but she does not want to (escape/avoidance)
Behavior : She throw away the books
Consequence : She is asked to pick up and continue to do homework
Behavior occur because of few reasons, in Judy case, she wants tangible reinforcement so she try to cry and roll on floor, her mum buy for her because she wants to stop her from crying, but this make Judy learned that she can get something if she cry and roll on floor, hence the behavior will occur again because of the response given.
In Eddie case, he manages to get attention from mum when he shouts, so this behavior will tend to happen again if he wants attention from someone. While in Hannah case, she throw books away to try to escape from doing homework but she failed, hence her behavior of throwing books will decrease of the response given is consistent.
In conclusion, behavior will increase or decrease based on the response given (consequences) but not antecedent, for Judy case, we might be mistaken that chocolate is the one that make her cry and roll on floor, but actually the response that mum given is the one that make her do that again next time. The response that parents give on child’s behavior is very important, because it will increase desired behavior and decrease undesired behavior of a child.
More than half of autism child has other condition other than autism condition, therefore children who diagnosed with autism should also get further assessment to see whether they have any other comorbidities or not. Some of the comorbidities can be quite dangerous as it cause higher death rate. The following are some of the common condition that accompanies autism.
-Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that has some developmental issue like learning disabilities and cognitive delay. Some of them might have physical features such as long face, large ear, flat feet, unusually flexible finger, low muscle tone, enlarged testicle after puberty for male. They might have a range of mild to severe intellectual disabilities, attention deficit and hyperactive (ADHD), anxiety, sensory integration problem, speech delay and epilepsy or seizure.
-Tuberous sclerosis is a genetic condition that causes tumor to grow in different organ, such as brain, skin, eye, lung, heart and kidney. This condition causes seizure, developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, autism and skin abnormalities.
-Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can cause abnormality in brain activity such as seizure. The symptoms of seizure are varying among individual and according to types of seizure. Two main seizures are partial and generalized. Partial seizure is resulting from abnormality in one part of brain, two types of partial seizure are simple partial seizure and complex partial seizure. Symptoms of simple partial seizure are arm and leg stiff, sudden change of mood, difficulty in speaking, déjà vu, sensory hallucination, this type of seizure does not cause loss of consciousness. Symptoms of complex partial seizure are stare into space, perform repetitive movement, and this type of seizure may cause loss of consciousness. Generalized seizure involved all area of brain and there are 6 types of generalized seizure. Tonic seizure which cause muscle stiffness; clonic seizure which cause jerking movement; tonic-clonic seizure which may cause the patient to bite their tongue, loss of bowel control and loss of consciousness; atonic seizure which cause sudden collapse and loss of consciousness; myoclonic seizure which involve sudden rapid jerk on body part; absence seizure which cause stare off into space and become non-responsive to the environment.
-Gastrointestinal problems which include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gastroesophagael reflux and bowel inflammation. Autism children tends to have more gastrointestinal problem than typical children.
-Sleep problem which include night waking and irregular pattern on sleeping and waking.
Mental health condition
-Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the symptoms are difficulty in paying attention and following instruction, struggle in sitting still and wait for turn. There are 3 types of ADHD, inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive. Children with ADHD may have all or only one of the types. Inattentive refer to children who are easily distracted and find it very difficult to concentrate and focus on task, daydreaming and absent-minded. Hyperactive refer to children who are easily get bored and restless, difficulty in sitting still, climbing and jumping in inappropriately. Impulsive refer to children who are often interrupt, difficult in waiting, act before thinking, do thing without asking for permission.
-Anxiety will affect a person psychologically and physically as well, the symptoms are including difficulty in sleeping, depression, lose patience easily, pessimistic, frequent urinating, loose bowel movement, stomach upset, headache, dizziness and excessive thirst. If anxiety in autism left untreated, it may lead to aggression and self-injury in autistic child.