IB Math Visualized [Part 2]

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By Christopher Yu (Math and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) In the previous blog, I showed you three examples of visualizing a mathematical formula or theorem that you will come across in the IBDP Mathematics HL/SL curriculums. In this blog, I would like to continue the discussion and show you how visual thinking can help […]

The Importance of Reading Around a Subject

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    By Cara Forbes (English Literature and English Language tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Literature allows us to understand political changes, cultural movements and ideas that influenced particular cultures at a particular time. Reading around a subject provides us with a more enriched and deeper understanding of an author’s viewpoint. Context is imperative in determining […]

A link between Math and Life

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    By Leo Lam (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), Math and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Not many students would call Mathematics their favorite subject. After all, it encompasses various fields of studies, and students are exposed to a tremendous amount of knowledge in a restricted amount of time. So it does not surprise me when my […]

The US Constitution: Convention and Ratification

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    By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center)          Some understand Constitutional Ratification (1787-89) to be a cohesive act of groupthink and patriotic team play: a founding father sports huddle in which all those wigged and powdered gentlemen joined together and in unison chanted, “U-S-A!  U-S-A!  1, 2, […]

Understanding Logarithms

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By Evan Ma (Math and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The logarithmic function seems to confound many students studying the IB Math SL program. In order to understand it properly, let us define where , a strictly positive real number, is called the base and  is the power. For example, we all know the following by […]

Introduction to Free Fall

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By Pratik Choudhury (ACT, IGCSE/MYP Math & Physics Instructor at The Edge Learning Center) The topic of free fall is integral to all higher secondary physics curriculum. At the very least, the basic fundamentals associated with free fall are introduced to the students at junior higher secondary and more complicated scenarios involving free fall are usually […]

Understand the concepts in Math and Physics

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By Alfred Tang (Math & Physics Instructor at The Edge Learning Center) Math and physics have a reputation of being hard to understand.  Whenever I tell people that I am a physicist, their first response is always something like “physics is hard” or “I did not do well in physics”.  Similarly, the mere mention of […]

IB English – A Brief Introduction to Postcolonial Theory

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By Steve Leech (Test Prep (ACT/SAT/SSAT), English Literature, English Builder tutor at The Edge Learning Center)         In my experience, a major issue a lot of students have with literature is that they overthink it and get intimidated. To simplify, I often tell them to consider the idea of privilege: which people have social power, […]

5 Survival skills for tackling Physics exams

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By Tim Mok (Math and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center)  1. Memory and Learning  Students usually retain the large amount of content at the end of a lesson, as shown in Figure A. The amount of recall of the knowledge gradually reduces with time. This reduction is most likely due to the function of […]

IB Math Visualized

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By Christopher Yu (Math and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Have you ever experienced difficulties in memorizing or understanding a mathematical formula or theorem? Was it because staring at it for no matter how long still gave you no clues and did not impress you? If so, how about trying to “decipher” them visually? Sounds […]