A man was appreciating the art at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. As he approached each painting, he would kneel down and look up at it. A curious visitor asked him why he was looking at the paintings from his knees. He replied, “I am an elementary school teacher and I will bring my students here tomorrow. I was wondering how my students would enjoy the paintings from a student’s eye level.”
What a powerful true story of a teacher who’s willing to go the distance for his students and the world of difference it makes. My life was changed by one such teacher who met me at ‘eye-level’. I was lousy in Math since primary school. I hated Math and barely scrapped passed PSLE with a C6 grade which I was never proud of. Thankfully, things turned around when I was assigned a really dedicated Mathematics Teacher in Sec. One who customised lessons according to our abilities and made Math come alive.
For the 1st time ever, Math lessons were fun and I actually enjoying doing Math homework! That year, I passed Math for the first time in my life with flying colours and later went on to score a B3 for GCE ‘O’ Level Math thereafter (not bad at all for someone with such a weak foundation in Pri. Sch!). I can’t help but wonder if I had received earlier interventions, maybe I might still have a chance at becoming a Math whiz. Which is why for our daughter, we are open to sending her for critical thinking Math classes at an early age, not because we are ‘kiasu’ parents but we want to stimulate her interest in this very important subject and stretch her capacity for creative problem-solving in Math.
Over the weekend, we were invited to tour the brand new Eye Level Learning Centre (Jurong West) tucked in the heart of bustling Jurong West extension (St. 92). Formally known as ‘Enopi’, Eye Level is a leading provider in supplementary education from Korea based on an educational principle that students would bloom if they learn at their own pace. Established 30 years ago, Eye Level now has 2.5million children enrolled in 22 countries worldwide.
|They meet you at ‘Eye’ Level…|
Prior to enrollment, all students will sit for a diagnostic test which will provide the instructors with insights into the student’s ability and learning needs. The results from the test will be used to place the student at the appropriate initial starting point to build the child’s confidence and enable her to take small achievable steps towards mastery.
|How Eye Level works…|
Eye Level (Jurong West) is the 14th branch to be opened in Singapore. Occupying the upper level on a row of shop houses, the centre is cosy, cheery and newly-renovated. They offer 4 programmes for children 3 to 14: English, Math, Play Math and Chinese.
|Bright and Welcoming Entrance…|
|Kids get to play, learn, achieve and be nurtured at Eye Level…|
|Self-directed Learning Cubicles…|
During our visit, Dana sat for written diagnostic tests in English and Math. The instructors were able to give us accurate feedback on areas which she was good in and areas which needed improvements. We like the fact that the instructors customize the curriculum by first seeking to understand each child’s abilities from their ‘eye-level’.
|Diagnostic Testing and Evaluation…|
|Having a trial at the Critical Thinking Math activity…|
The instructional materials used in the lessons are proprietary of Eye Level, developed in a way that allows children to make progress and proceed through the levels. They are also one of the few enrichment centers worldwide which offer a Critical Thinking Component in their Math Programme (which lays the important headstart for preparing students for those infamously tough heuristics questions in PSLE).
|The instructional materials are developed to cater to different stages of a student’s learning needs…|
|Eye Level is one of the few enrichment providers with a well-developed Critical Thinking Math Syllabus…|
In celebration of its grand opening, Eye Level (Jurong West) will be hosting a Great Learning Carnival at the open area in front of its center at Block 960 Jurong West St 92.
If you’re are interested to find out Eye Level’s Programmes, don’t miss this carnival. It promises to be a weekend of fun, learning and fabulous prizes (with goody bags and fantastic sure-win lucky dips like Boogie Boards, Samsung Galaxy Tabs etc.). Kids can also take part in an Art Competition!
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- Sign up for the The Great Learning Carnival online at http://www.eyeleveljw.com from now till 21 September 2014 to receive a Free Diagnostic Test and 1 FREE Trial Lesson (worth SGD68, limited to the first 100 registrations).
- In addition, the First 10 Readers to quote ‘Princess Dana Diaries‘ for course sign-ups will receive a bonus SGD20 Popular Voucher.
Check out Eye Level (Jurong West)‘s social media pages for updates:
Eye Level Learning Center (Jurong West)
Address: Blk 960, Jurong West St 92, #01-182 (Level 2), Singapore 640960.
Phone: 6686 2328
By MRT: Alight at Boon Lay MRT then take a Feeder Bus No. 241 from Boon Lay Interchange. Alight 6 stops later in front of Blk 962, Jurong West St.92.
By Car: Park at Multi-Storey Carpark next to Nanyang CC or at the URA Outdoor Carpark behind Blk 962.