FAQs - Mega Minds
  • 9431 2396
  • contact@ourmegaminds.com
Frequently Asked Questions
  • General
  • English
  • Math
  • Science

What are your fees like?

The price for every 4 weekly lessons will be:

Primary 1-2: $125

Primary 3-4: $155

Primary 5-6: $199

There will be a one-off $30 registration fee for every student who enrols with us. A security deposit of one month course fee per subject is required and that will be used for the student’s last 4 lessons with us this year, or to offset the final 4 lessons during service of the 1 month notice upon withdrawal. Any outstanding balance will be refunded on the student’s last lesson with us.

What is your class make up policy?

We do not offer makeup class if in any event your child is unable to come down to the centre for class. However, with valid reason, we are able to let your child attend the class via zoom. This will only be temporary and will not be a permanent solution.

For any missed class, you will be given the worksheets and your child will bring it back during the next lesson to be marked and returned.

There will strictly be no refunds, pro-rate or makeup to other classes in the same week.

Do you offer trial classes?

Yes, our trial lessons are priced at $10 per trial per subject.

What is your class size?

Our classroom lessons are capped at a limit of 10 students, which is limited by the physical dimensions of the classroom.

Our online classes are capped at 20 to ensure sufficient student-teacher interaction for each student in the class.

We will close a class from new students once we hit the maximum number for any particular class.

Our P1-P3 classes typically have 5 or less students.

Do you have any discount?

Yes! There will be a 20% discount if you enrolled 3 or more subjects This discount is only applicable for under 1 student account.

Does your academy bill by terms or by months?

Our Academic Year is split into Academic Blocks of 4 weeks, each week spanning from Monday to Sunday. You may refer to our academic calendar under Our Programmes.

For illustration, B2L3 week means the second block of the academic year and the third week within this academic block.

The invoice for the weekly lessons of a particular block is sent to parents before the commencement of each academic block, on every Lesson 3 of each block.

Students will be allowed to attend classes for a particular block only when payment for that block's fees has been received. An official receipt for the fees paid will also be sent once payment of fees has been confirmed.

Where are you guys located?

We are located at 126 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-551 Singapore 310126.

Where are your teachers from and what is their teaching experience?

We have a diverse team of highly qualified teachers. Some of them are NIE-trained, some of them were previously from other well known centres. We also have university scholars and professionals with legal, accounting and finance backgrounds. More importantly, all of them are specialists in their respective fields, which means they have many years of experience focusing on that one subject they teach.

At Mega Minds, our teachers have to undergo and pass a rigorous in-house training programme at our parent company, Think Teach Academy before they are allowed to teach our students independently.

Do you give homework?

We typically do not plan for students to have homework in our weekly classes, as we believe in students coming to us with fresh minds and completing a productive study session that would otherwise take much longer if they were to cover the same content on their own, and then have the freed up time to have other pursuits. However, questions which students cannot complete during the class will be given as homework, or at the request of parents we can provide additional materials for students to complete at home.

How are our curriculum content and worksheets created?

All our materials are created by us. Our worksheets are structured by question types. These questions are either authored by our teachers or adapted from past year exam papers.

Will you teach in a way that conflicts with what students have already learnt in school or elsewhere?

All of our teachers are familiar with the PSLE marking scheme as a good number of our teachers were former PSLE markers.

While students are doing our materials in our classes, we typically do not give the final answer but believe in students crafting their own answers to the questions.

Thus if they are already applying well that they have learnt previously, our teachers are just on site to make sure that their way of answering the questions would be able to get marks in the exam.

At the same time, we will also be showing what we feel is the most efficient way to get the answer, and if they'd like to adopt it we leave it to them.

We'll never insist on doing any question in a single method that is forced down.

Are you open to taking in students with learning difficulties?

Yes, we have students with learning difficulties such as ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia and Dysgraphia that have joined our classes and done well.

We are able to manage such students to not only integrate with the other students in the class well, but tailor the lesson to suit them well, such as sitting them at the front of the class for additional individual attention, and adjusting lesson materials.

My schedule does not fit the classes you currently offer. Will you be opening new classes?

Yes, we will open new classes once our current set of classes are near capacity.

You may reach out to us via the enquiry form or whatapps us at 9431 2396 on which level, subject and time slot you are looking at so that we can take that into consideration when planning our new set of classes, subject to teacher and classroom availability.

How do you teach English? And what components will be taught?

We have two types of English classes.

The first is our Full English Programme (FEP) while the second is our Composition Writing Programme: Junior Creative Writing for P3 and P4 and Master Creative Writing for P5 and P6.

Our FEP covers every single component of the English subject (Papers 1, 2 and 4) except for listening comprehension. We show students how to break questions down into different question types and teach them our easy-to-remember tips and techniques to approach different questions. Our FEP also covers compositional writing where the emphasis is on writing techniques.

My child is in GEP P4, should he/she join JCW or MCW?

If your child is up for the challenge, we have a number of P4 GEP students attending our Master Creative Writing classes, joining the P5 and P6 students.

These classes are designed for students to ace their PSLE English compositions and so long as your child can keep up in the Master Writing Classes it should be highly beneficial in preparing them for their exams.

Can one storyline really answer any given composition topic?

Yes, we are confident it can, but your child will have to really master the Storylines and know how to flexibly use them to write compositions on any given topic. They will be exposed to a variety of Storylines that cover a comprehensive range of essay topics.

Our approach to composition is two prong: (1) Familiarisation of our flexible storylines, (2) Adaptation of our storylines to the given topic.

The copying part falls under (1). When our students copy out sample essays, we take the opportunity to show them the elements of a high scoring composition. We teach them vocabulary, grammar, essay flow, use of essay topic and sentence structure ingredients to do well

For (2), Once they are introduced to it, the challenge is for them to learn how to adapt our storylines to any given composition topic.

This way, no matter what topic comes out, our students will have a storyline in hand that will stand out from the crowd. They can cut time and stress out of having to think of one on the spot and during exam conditions.

My child is only weak in composition, do you have lessons just for that?

Yes, we do have Junior Creative Writing Classes for P3 and P4 and Master Creative Writing Classes for P5 and P6.

We do however strongly recommend your child to also join us for our Full English Programme. This would give your child a more holistic coverage of English.

How often do your classes cover composition OR what is the sequence of English classes like?

In addition to Paper 2 and Oral, our Full English Programme also covers writing techniques and practices for composition. There are 6 composition lessons and 2 composition mock assessments. These lessons are strategically spaced out to give your child some practice and guidance ahead of the SA1 and your child’s year end exams.

Should you wish for a more comprehensive and intensive coverage of composition, we would recommend your child also join us for our writing classes. Our Writing Classes focus on teaching and adapting storylines for content marks as well as beautiful descriptors and other writing techniques for language marks. Our writing classes are the ultimate form of exam preparation for a boost in compositional writing.

How do you teach vocabulary or comprehension cloze?

For vocabulary, if a child reads a lot, he or she will definitely be better at it. What we do to help those who do not read as much is to focus on the commonly tested vocabulary words. This is where our analysing of questions comes in. From analysing thousands of vocab questions, we know what the word trends are. We will then ensure our students know those words so that if the words come out, they will know how to answer.

For comprehension cloze, we teach them to identify the 8 common clues that schools and PSLE will test. We then focus on teaching students how to find the right word to put into the blank based on the identified clue.

How do you structure your lessons for the entire year for P6?

Our FEP programme has a strong focus on Paper 2 components throughout the year. As the SA1 and final year exam approach, we will include a deep coverage of Oral and writing techniques and strategies for Situational and Continuous Writing.

Our JCW and MCW focus on inspiring students with creative and flexible storylines and teaching students how to adapt these storylines to fit any given composition topic. JCW and MCW are split into blocks of 4 lessons where each block includes the introduction of a new storyline, writing techniques, and adaptation of the storyline to different topics.

How do you teach P6/P5 Math? And what components will be taught?

In our Math classes, we are very heavily focused on problem sums because we realised that students tend to need help the most in this section. Our curriculum team has spent many hours analysing exam papers so we know the trend that MOE is moving towards and which are the questions that are frequently tested.

We grouped our large question bank into question types and we teach students how to identify question types according to key words and then apply the correct method to solve the respective question types.

During a typical math lesson, the students are focused on being very good at a few question types and master the required methods to solve them. Through the use of well crafted questions, our pupils will be tuned to identify the key phrases that will lead them to form the conceptual understanding.

We also group similar question types together and train students how to differentiate one from the other.

How do you teach P3/P4 Math? And what components will be taught?

In our regular Math classes, we are heavily focused on building up students’ fundamentals and identifying key concepts in problem sums. Our curriculum team plans, structures and selects the questions based on considerations such as level of difficulty, variety of question types required to hone the conceptual understanding, thinking process and problem solving skills of our students.

We ensure all question-types are covered in our curriculum & our materials are designed to strengthen their conceptual knowledge and to bring their understanding to greater heights! We refer closely to past examination papers from the different schools to ensure that the problem sums are relevant and sufficiently challenging.

During a typical math lesson, the students are focused on being very good at a few question types and master the required methods to solve them. We also group similar question-types together and train students how to differentiate from one another.

Your child will learn how to recognise the questions, which approach (model-drawing or heuristic skills like guess and check) to use for different questions and how to use them to correctly solve the problems.

How do you help students check their answers and avoid careless mistakes?

Usually for students who finish the paper with not much time left, we’ll usually ask them to quickly make sure that they did not make any transfer error or arithmetic errors.

If he/she does gain sufficient time in hand for their exam, they can try doing the questions using a different method or by working backwards to see if they can get the same answer as a form of advanced checking.

This approach is usually coached to our high ability students. Capability wise the student may be able to pull this off, if they completes the paper with at least 30 mins left.

How do you design the P3/P4 Science Syllabus

Our approach to the P3/P4 Science Syllabus is to first get your child interested in each topic by introducing each topic through visuals such as videos and experiments to teach concepts in a way that piques the interest of our students.

To better understand the topic, we would be covering a series of Multiple Choice Questions that are sorted according to the different categories and difficulty levels where our teachers will get students to annotate the key concepts and keywords/phrases.

For most of our subsequent lessons, teachers would place more emphasis on the Open-Ended Questions in class. Over here at Mega Minds Academy, our team of Science teachers has come up with our own template structures and answering techniques to tackle commonly tested questions. These skills would be constantly practiced and applied throughout the next 3 years up till PSLE. Coloured topical summary revision notes for each topic would be given to students to better aid them in their concepts and tackling the open-ended questions.

My child's school's sequence is different from yours, how?

We strongly encourage your child to listen to the school teacher. Your child can clarify any doubts he or she might face with the teacher at MMA. We believe that your child would maximise his or her learning when the topic is taught again here. This would further reinforce your child’s understanding of the topic and refine his science concepts.

  • We follow the sequence of the textbook/most schools.
  • Focus on writing techniques in class that can be applied to any topics.
  • Covers life science topics first which are memory topics, followed by higher order thinking skills topics which requires understanding of concepts.
  • Teachers can give students notes and practices in advance. If students have any questions, they can check in with the teacher.

How do you teach Science? And what components will be taught?

The introduction of each topic would be taught based on our comprehensive notes which are designed to help your child tackle the exam-based questions effectively.

After learning the concepts, it is important that our students are able to recognise the various question types within each topic e.g. experimental questions and how to construct their answer accurately.

Our students would be equipped with our in-house writing structures to help them tackle the application questions in booklet B. These writing techniques have helped them greatly and are the key to improving Science.

In our regular science classes, we put more focus on covering inter-topical knowledge, where we show how the different topics are linked together. Practise questions are carefully selected based on the recent question trends our teachers have studied over the years.

At the start of each practice, there will be a series of 5-10 challenging MCQ questions to test the students’ understanding of the content of the lecture and identify question types. The main bulk of the science class in the later hour will typically comprise open ended science questions, where the questions are carefully curated from past PSLE exams and school exam papers, to make sure all 3 types of higher order thinking skills for PSLE are covered, such as making conclusions out of observed trends, tackling experimental comparison questions and also applying real-life scenario questions.

These higher order thinking skill questions are usually found to be challenging by many students and our curriculum is designed to exploit simple answering techniques to help students address these challenging questions.