Hi, I'm Ai Ling Ong. I enjoy coaching students who have challenges with understanding and scoring in 'O' Level A-Maths and E-Maths.
I develop Math strategies, sometimes ridiculous ideas to help students in understanding abstract concepts the fast and memorable way.
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SEAB has made the following changes to the 2014 Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Examination Timetable due to the change of date for Deepavali :

New date for O-Level Elementary Maths Paper 1 4016: **17 October 2014, 230pm - 430pm**

Source: http://www.seab.gov.sg/notification/ChangestoTimeTable.html

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For Secondary 4 or 5 school candidates (in Singapore) taking the O-Level Additional Maths this year, many are likely to have registered for the **new syllabus 4047. **

In this post, I would like to highlight the **main differences between the new (4047) and old (4038) syllabus**:

- Matrices, Factor formula are excluded from the new syllabus
- Intercept, Intersecting chord and Tangent-secant theorem are excluded from the new syllabus
**Sum and differences of cubes in Polynomials** are included in the new syllabus

In conclusion, since there are more exclusions than inclusions. We should be expecting **more application questions** which can be linked to everyday life applications in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering etc.

The keys to achieve distinction in O-Level Additional Maths are still:

- a solid foundation in basic concepts,
- well-equipped with application strategies,
- wide exposure to carefully selected application questions,
- good management of time for
** doing and checking**
- exam-smart strategies

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For many Secondary 3 A-Maths students, this topic called **Factor - Remainder theorem or Polynomials** is usually introduced in the first 3 months of the year.

In this topic, they are introduced to the method to find the **factors of a cubic equation** so that it can be solved. They also learnt when and how to use **Remainder theorem to find the remainder** when a dividend is divided by a divisor.

They also know to rewrite an expression into **function f(x)**.

In the following two videos, I use less than 6 minutes to bring across the concepts of Factor theorem and Remainder theorem.

I hope through these videos, you will have a better understanding of these two concepts.

Also, I have included a page which contains all the O-Level Maths videos I have produced since 2007.

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