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 […]

IB History – The New Paper 1 Prescribed Subjects

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Hi everyone, my name is Jon and I teach history, English language, and English literature at The Edge in Mong Kok.  As you may or may not know, the IB is changing their history curriculum next year and is planning on introducing new prescribed subjects for Paper 1 (Route 2).  I wanted to give you […]

Literature Made Simple: A Lexical Approach to Long Sentences

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My name is Jasper, an English Language and Literature instructor at The Edge Learning Center. I receive quite a few emails from students, particularly those who have recently started doing literature courses, asking if I could explain the meaning of some ridiculously long sentence in literature. I was once also a literature student and, yes, […]

How To Read a Play: A Quick Peek at Blocking

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By Karin Chun Taite (English Literature at The Edge Learning Center) Dramatic texts (plays) appear frequently on Hong Kong schools’ IB curricula, most commonly on Paper 2 lists and as IOC texts, so it’s a good idea to get a handle on how to talk about their dramatic conventions. It is the eternal complaint of […]

IB English Blog Language/Literature v. Literature

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My name is Cara, and I’m an English Language and Literature tutor at The Edge Learning Center. Choosing your IB subjects can be daunting, grueling, and stressful. Choosing which English route to take can be equally intimidating. i. So, what are the two courses? The IB programme offers either Language and Literature (Lang/Lit) or just […]