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Monday, September 12, 2022

Raising Students to have a Strong Foundation in Three Languages

This post is brought to you by Taylor’s International School.

Many Malaysian students have to learn several languages at school. How will they be able to master a few languages at the same time?

Taylor’s International School (TIS) prepares students for the future with a strong foundation in three languages, English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia. At TIS, these three languages are an integral part of the curriculum. We strongly believe language learning is very important as it brings huge benefits to both our students’ personal lives and career prospects. Learning different languages helps students appreciate different cultures. With better cultural and language awareness, students will have a sense of what it is to be a global citizen in an interconnected world.

Taylor's International School
TIS students have been consistently achieving IGCSE examination results of 90% to 100% for languages over the past six years.

How do our students master the three languages?

Below are the testimonials of top students in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin and their thoughts on learning these three languages at TIS.

Gan Eronn, a Year 11 student from TIS Kuala Lumpur and a top scorer for the IGCSE Malay language paper, shares how the unique teaching style at TIS has helped him to develop a deep interest and passion for the language.

“My teachers always emphasize the importance of understanding and applying critical thinking to lessons rather than just getting the answers. Not only will we be more efficient in our daily life by being able to communicate with other Malaysians, but knowing the National language well helps to build a deeper connection and love for our country,” says Eronn when it comes to the need of learning Bahasa Malaysia.

English is used as the main medium of instruction at TIS while Mandarin is given equally important focus. According to Year 11 student Shuen Tan Jia Xuan from TIS Puchong,

“Studying at TIS after transferring from a Chinese school has given me more opportunities to communicate in English and strengthen my written and listening skills. With my familiarity with both English and Mandarin, I am confident that I’ll have better job prospects in the future,” says Shuen Tan. 

Year 11 student Ainul Sabariah from TIS Puchong who scored a superb grade A* in Mandarin for IGCSE, believes that learning more than one language is a great asset.

“Learning a new language exposes and encourages an appreciation for the traditions and history of the people associated with that language and allows me to connect with a wide range of cultures,” she said.

Why does TIS focus on these three languages?

- Enhances employability and career options. Only speaking in one’s native language is no longer enough if you want to pursue a career with a global company. Speaking more than one language enhances employability and career options, as many companies specifically request for multilingual jobseekers.

- Improves executive functioning skills. It has been proven that learning two or more languages from an early age increases executive functioning skills. Students will be able to think more creatively, have better time management, improved memory as well as better organization overall when they learn to juggle the learning of several languages at the same time.

- Helps in the understanding and appreciation of other cultures. One important advantage of multilingualism is the ability to accept, understand and adapt to different cultures, countries and situations. Students will learn to appreciate other traditions and cultures better when they learn the language of different races.

- Better business opportunities in the future. At TIS, students’ study two of the most widely spoken languages in the World; English and Mandarin. China is the world’s second-largest economy and Malaysia’s largest trading partner. Hence, learning Mandarin gives our students enormous advantages for career and business opportunities in later life.

- Useful to learn our National language for better communication and for those who wish to practice law or medicine locally. While it is important to focus on English and Mandarin due to global trends and demand, one should not forget about Bahasa Malaysia. As the official language in Malaysia, it is widely used in all official communication and an important language to learn, especially for those who wish to practice law and medicine locally. It is also useful to be able to communicate with everyone in fluent Bahasa Malaysia as you go about your daily life. 

In raising our students for the world of tomorrow, TIS prepares its students to be outstanding learners for the recruitment market. At TIS, we build a strong foundation in three languages and our students have made us proud by consistently achieving outstanding IGCSE examination results of 90% to 100% for languages over the past five years.

If you are thinking of choosing an international school with an excellent language programme, call 03-9200 9898 (Kuala Lumpur campus) or 03-5879 5000 (Puchong campus) for more information and to have all your queries answered.

Making the Right Choice with Taylor's

Enquire with us today to get a FREE copy of TIS Essential Guide. We will share with you some insightful information why Taylor’s International School (TIS) should be your school of choice.

Taylor’s International School prepares students with a strong foundation in three languages to ensure they have a lingual dexterity in the ever-competitive global stage.
Disclaimer: All photos were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

When is Deepavali 2022 school holidays?


Deepavali public holiday this  year is on Monday, 24 October 2022
. In addition, schools have been given extra 2 days off for the Deepavali school festive holidays. Add 2 days of weekend and the total number of days off is 5 days as follows.

For schools in Kumpulan A which are schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, the extra 2 days off are on Sunday, 23 October 2022 and Tuesday, 25 October 2022. Since these states observe Friday and Saturday as a weekend. Therefore schools from Kumpulan A will have Deepavali 2022 School Holidays from Friday, 21 October 2022 until Tuesday, 25 October 2022. 

As for all other states which observe Saturday and Sunday as weekend ie Schools in Kumpulan B, the extra Deepavali School Festive holidays is Tuesday, 25 October 2022 and Wednesday, 26 October 2022. This means that schools  from Kumpulan B will have Deepavali 2022 School Holidays from Saturday, 22 October 2022 until Wednesday, 26 October 2022.

The exception is Sarawak. Since Deepavali is not a public holiday in Sarawak, schools are given the extra day off on Monday 24 October 2022, schools in Sarawak will therefore have Deepavali 2022 School Holidays from Saturday, 22 October 2022 until Monday, 24 October 2022.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

What you need to know about taking the ETS train ride to the north

The school holidays are coming and perhaps you are looking for a place to go for a couple of days. If you are planning to go to the North side of peninsular Malaysia, you can go there by train ie by ETS. Here's what you need to know before taking the ETS train to the north. This post is focussed on travelling to the North eg Ipoh, Padang Besar or Butterworth but naturally you can also travel to the South too, to Gemas, then hop on to another shuttle train from Gemas to JB Sentral and from there take a shuttle from JB Sentral to Woodlands, Singapore. Check here for list of KTM stations both North and South.

Buying Tickets

1. You can book your tickets online through the KITS (KTMB Integrated Ticketing System). You can also purchase your tickets over the counter or at kiosks at any KTMB station or via KTMB mobile app on Google Play or KTMB mobile app on Apple App store. If you purchase online or via mobile app, your ticket will be in digital format with a QR code which you can scan at the entrances when you arrive or leave a station.

Read the KITS Faq here

2. Make sure to book early as the trains can be quite full especially during peak season.

3.  Secondary students, college students or university students in Malaysia can apply for the KTM i-card to get rebates up to 40% from the adult ticket fare. The annual fee for the KTM i-card is RM33. You could save more than that for just one long distance trip, so it is worthwhile to apply.

Read the KTM i-card info here.

4. The trains travel up to 140km/h

Choosing Tickets

5. There are 6 coaches named coach A to coach F.  When embarking, you can easily wait at the front of your coach as you will find the floor clearly marked to identify the coaches waiting area. The stops at each station can be quite short, around half a minute to 2 to 3 minutes, so waiting at the right place will help you embark quickly.

Watch out for the markings on the floor to decide where you should wait for your coach on the platform.

6. There are several tickets you can choose from. Front facing (facing the same direction as the way the train is headed), back facing, window or aisle. There is also a table seat with front facing and back facing tickets facing the table. This is nice for a family travelling together. See the diagram below for the table setting.

When selecting seats, you will be shown seats that have been taken up including whether they have been taken up by a male or female passenger. Normal class coaches have 4 seats per row.

7. There are about 5 trains heading to the north daily with the last stop at Padang Besar.

8. You can purchase Silver, Gold, Platinum or Business Class tickets. 

9. Business class tickets are only available for long haul journeys. The price is higher but you get to enjoy a more spacious seating in a 2+1 configuration (3 seats per row. 2 seats on one side of the aisle and 1 seat on the other side). Business class tickets are on Coach A of a Platinum ride. The other normal coaches have 4 seats per row (2 seats on each side of the aisle ie 2+2 configuration). Leg space is wider and the chairs can recline up to 45 degrees on a business class ride. You can also charge  your devices using usb or 3-pin power outlets. Snacks and lunch is included in the fare.  Each seat has its own on screen with complimentary wi-fi for internet access.

The business class seats are on Coach A and have only 3 seats per row as shown.

You will receive snacks on a business ticket

Free onboard entertainment and lunch is served when travelling on business tickets

In addition to a power outlet, a USB port is provided in business class.

10. What is the difference between silver, gold and platinum? The number of stops and the time of the journey. Short distance routes have silver and gold only. The silver train has more stops and is usually at a not so popular time. 

Similarly, the gold and platinum seats in a longer route are differentiated by the number of stops. The gold train makes more stops and is usually at a not so popular time. 

The price difference between the silver and gold (for shorter route) or gold and platinum (for longer routes) are usually quite a lot although the actual time of the journey is not very much longer and at times even shorter despite making more stops! There is not much difference in facilities. eg. the silver or gold trains may not have usb chargers but they do have 3-pin power points for charging of devices. In the 5 daily trips there is usually only one trip for silver and one trip for gold so the take up rates is very high and fast. Book early if you wish to take these trains.

11. How long is the journey? The journey from KL Sentral to Padang Besar by ETS train is around 5 hours 30 minutes whereas the journey from KL Sentral to Ipoh is about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

12. According to this article, you can also get discounts by applying promo codes from now till Nov 30.

13. All trains have washroom and a food and beverage bistro.

14. KTM currently uses trains from South Korea (KTM Class 91) and China (KTM Class 93).

15. The temperature is kept at about 22 degrees. It can be a little bit cold but not freezing cold. 

Only silver and gold trains are used for shorter distances eg: KL Sentral to Ipoh

Gold and platinum seats are available for longer routes. Gold trains are cheaper because they make more stops. Book early to prevent disappointment. 

Miles and miles of padi fields make your ride peaceful and enjoyable further up North

The train is clean and cool with temperatures of about 22 degrees. It travels up to 140km/h.

Pros and Cons.
Travelling on a train is not so tiring as driving to your destination because you can relax and do your own thing during the journey. The downside is you will not have any transport once you arrive at your destination. It is ok if you have relatives waiting for you upon arrival. You can also call a grab or arrange for car rental for pickup and drop off at the railway station. Of course it will cost more to buy tickets and arrange for car rental compared to driving. However, it is nice to let someone else do the driving while you sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Idea: You can even go on a day trip from KL Sentral to Ipoh by ETS.

Take the morning train from KL Sentral to Ipoh at 8.47 and arrive at 11.28. Have an early lunch, jalan-jalan, early dinner and leave at 6.35 arriving in KL at 9.13pm. A round trip like that will cost around RM80/pax. 

KTM ETS Route Map for North and South of Peninsular Malaysia

KTM ETS Route Map

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Five benefits of primary English tuition

This post was brought to you by British Council Malaysia.

Lower Primary years are foundational to a child’s overall academic success. From Primary 1, children will begin to grow in confidence as readers, in speaking and writing, and in listening and comprehension. As they pass through each learning stage, they will progress at different paces, sometimes requiring additional support and attention to help them stay engaged. Here are some of the reasons why you might consider primary English tuition for your child.

Reasons to enrol in primary English tuition 

It improves all-round academic performance

Tuition in English can help your child make significant strides at school. Being able to read is key in all subjects, as is the ability to listen and communicate to teachers when they need help.

A good tutor will nurture your child’s holistic development as well as their language skills, encouraging them to take pride in their work and think creatively to solve problems. It goes without saying that children need to be challenged in order to progress in any area, but they also need to connect with learning as a positive and rewarding experience.

It is an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom

If your child is struggling with the transition to Lower Primary, it may be that some extra support away from the classroom environment could make all the difference. English tuition allows children to learn in smaller class sizes, providing them with access to more personalised teaching methods and individual attention. Some children may find a tuition centre a less daunting environment than a school, helping them to cope more easily with the step up in expectations.

It builds confidence

Primary English tuition can help tremendously in building a child’s confidence. They will become more able to express themselves verbally in front of their peers and adults, from reading aloud to presenting ideas, sharing their opinions, and asking questions. As they progress in English, this boost to their confidence will help them to thrive in social interactions as well as in their school work.

It prepares children for future success

Lower Primary lays the groundwork for the important school years ahead, preparing students for their first milestone exams and the demands of more challenging curriculums. Staying ahead academically will give them an early advantage, but moreover, with the right tuition your child can begin to develop essential 21st century skills like creative thinking, resilience, self-directed learning, and confident communication.

It provides peace of mind for parents

Every parent wants their child to do well at school and to enjoy their time there each day. English tuition can give you extra peace of mind, in the knowledge that your child is being fully supported to reach their potential.

At the British Council, we also motivate your child to engage in independent study via our learning hub which helps them build a love of learning English through personalised dashboard and built-in self-evaluation that helps them reflect on their learning journey. An online platform to facilitate learning before and after class, students are given the space to deepen their understanding of English. It improves their grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, and listening skills using engaging high-quality online learning resources designed by experts while class time is more focused on improving their English-speaking skills.

About The British Council in Malaysia

The British Council in Malaysia offers English courses for kids and teens. Students will focus on literature, helping them to grow as passionate readers and build on their written and communication skills through targeted individual and group practices.

Our highly qualified and passionate teachers provide a safe and engaging environment for your child to enjoy learning new concepts and express themselves freely, so they can progress through school with enhanced confidence and enthusiasm.

To find out more about our courses for kids and teens, visit our website or book a free consultation with our friendly consultant.


Friday, July 29, 2022

Kolej Matrikulasi: often overlooked path to public university

Some parents asked me about matriculation and that is why I am writing this post. In this post, I won't be talking about the details about how to apply. There are many good sites which explain this which I will link to at the end of this post. This post is meant for parents in secondary school who are planning the further education path for their kids in particularly the path to public universities in Malaysia. It is okay if your kids are still in Form 1 or 2, it is never too early to plan. I am also writing from the point of view of a non-bumi. For non-bumi who wish to go on the matriculation path, you need to instill in the kids the value of working hard because good results opens more doors for you. 

Pathways to Public Universities

There are a few paths to public universities:

  • STPM
  • Matriculation College
  • Assasi 
We all know about STPM. Assasi is the foundation course of a specific public university meaning it leads directly to the University you apply to. Matriculation is a foundation course of public universities in general so after you complete it, you still have to apply to a public university and course of your choice. It is also accepted elsewhere but we won't go into that in this post. This post focus only on public universities in Malaysia.

For more information on these and other pre-u courses, you can read this:
Know your pre-university programmes

FAQ, Application and List of Matriculation Colleges

This is the list of all the matriculation colleges in Malaysia. 

Application is easy and done online. It is based on 90% academic performance and 10% co-curricular activities. Read this post to find out which subjects will be taken into account for calculation of your academic performance: Everything you need to know about matriculation in Malaysia.

Here is the FAQ about Matriculation from the KPM (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia). This will give you more detailed information and a better idea.

Streaming in Matriculation Colleges

There are a few streams you can apply for namely:
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Accounting
  • Professional Accounting (for bumiputera only)
The course is either 2 semester or 4 semester. 4 semester course is for bumiputera only.

The 2 semester course is 10 months in duration and open to 10% non-bumiputera students.

If you are interested in this route, you should find out what are the subject requirements to get into the stream of your choice. Then aim to get A+ for the relevant subjects, not just A or A- but A+. Co-curricular activities is important too as it carries 10% weightage. If you do not get in the first round, appeal. There are some students who get in after 2nd or 3rd appeal because some students do not take up the offer either due to distance of the college offered to their home or they prefer to take up a scholarship offer at a private college instead.

Cost of Matriculation College

You only need to pay the registration fee. Example: The cost of the 2 semester science stream is RM12k. This is fully funded by the government. Accomodation is free of charge. This is a fully residential course so students are required to stay in the dorms within campus at all times except outing days on weekends where parents may also visit. The registration fee for the 2 semester science stream is RM599.60. You have to pay this fee after you receive an offer from the college. This fee actually covers the cost of lab coats, student cards, MUET exam fees etc. 

MUET or Malaysia University English Test is required for university admission in Malaysia. You will be required to sit for this test even as a student in a private college going to a private university. Some private universities do not cover the cost or program for MUET so you will have to study and sit for it privately though you may choose to do so at your college or university if it is one of the MUET test centers.

In addition, at the time of writing, if average of both parents income added together is less than RM10k, your child will receive an allowance of RM250/month for 10 months or the entire duration of the course.

Pros and Cons of Matriculation College

  • students will get to mix with other students of all races from all over Malaysia
  • students will learn to be independent and experience university life
  • students will learn soft skills and leadership skills as there is a lot of focus on co-curricular activities
  • the course is short and intensive and students need to be disciplined and manage their time well
  • you may not get the course or university you applied for after matriculation. once you receive an offer, you may not appeal for a change, only those who did not receive an offer may appeal
Additional Info

Once you receive an offer, you may not change the college location except for specific reasons eg. medical, sibling in the same college or switch from East to West Malaysia or vice versa. 

Why go this route? Apart from the obvious factor of cost, there is another reason. For very competitive or high demand courses in public universities, this route may give you a better chance of entry. However, note that you should aim to get a CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 4 or be a 4 flat student scoring perfect 4As. You should also aim to get 100% co-curricular activities marks as applicants for public universities are selected based on 90% consideration for academic performance and a 10% bonus for co-curriculum activities.

There will be core subjects and compulsory subjects. Compulsory subjects are not included in the calculation for 4 flat. Students are assessed based on a combination of class assignments and end of semester examinations. Medium of instruction is English for Math and Science subjects.

There is a myth that matriculation is easy and will not give you a good foundation. However, it is not exactly true. The course structure is just different that is all. It is intensive, so good time management is a must. It is fully residential, so students must learn to be independent. There will be a lot of co-curricular activities which will teach students soft skills and leadership skills. All in all, a good place for students to get a good experience to transition from high school to universities.

Recommended Reading
Below is a video of the various matriculation colleges in Malaysia.

Tip: You can search for  many videos about matriculation as most matriculation colleges have their own channel. There are also useful tips from matriculation students. In addition, you can find useful information from student bloggers or vloggers. They will give you very good insight from the students themselves. Here are some examples of what students have to say. These are from a few years back but I believe most of them are still relevant today.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

What to do in Kangar, Perlis in one day


Here is a quick record of what we did in Perlis in one day, in continuation to my previous post. We were in Perlis to register for the Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis 2022/2023 intake

We went by train a day earlier so it won't be so tiring.

We bought our tickets online from the KTM Integrated Ticketing System or KITS in short. It is very convenient and easy to make a booking. Just book online, they will send you the tickets by email with a QR code and you can use that to scan to check in and out of the station. There are about 5 trips to Arau, Perlis (where I was heading) daily. 4 of them are Platinum service and 1 gold. The difference between the platinum and gold are the gold makes more stops and is about 15 minutes slower. It takes about 5 and 1/2 hours whereas the platinum takes about 5 hours 15 minutes. The timing for the gold is also not a popular time. However, with just 15 minutes difference for about RM25 difference in fare and only 1 service a day, usually the gold is sold out first. 

The train ride has beautiful views of miles and miles of padi fields.

Since I went there by train, I had to rent a car. We booked our car from Brother Car Rental. Interesting experience because everything was done via whatsapp. I never got to meet any of the car rental service guys. I filled up a form stating the date and place of pickup and return, made payment online and the car was waiting for me at the pickup place and time with the keys inside and no one around. I paid a deposit during booking and paid the balance upon pickup. I returned the car in a similar fashion and my deposit was returned to me online after that.

Time for breakfast

We went to My House Restaurant for breakfast. It is like a hawker coffee shop with several stalls. They have char koay teow, bak kut teh (non-halal), pao, tim sum etc. 

The food was not bad and like its name suggest, the owners have taken care of it like a house. If you pay attention you will notice, plants and flowers decorating this house of food.

After fueling up with breakfast, our first stop was Taman Melati. Taman Melati consist of  a couple of lakes and a Chinese garden with lots of lotus. We didn't visit the other lakes, only made a quick stop at the Chinese style garden. 

Watch our video on Taman Melati, Perlis below

Next stop was the Cave of Darkness or Gua Kelam. Entrance fee is only RM1 per person for adult. Parking is RM2. You may find bats in the cave too. A short walk through the dark cave will lead you to a secret garden.

Next stop is the Timah Tasoh Dam. No fee is required here and you only need a few minutes to stop by to take some nice nature photographs. If you are lucky, you may even catch a bird in flight as I did.

Below is our video of the Timah Tasoh Dam, in Perlis.


All that walking and driving leaves one hungry. So its time for lunch. We stopped by at a restaurant called OK. The food was Ok too or more than Ok especially their fish curry and mantis prawn. The price was Ok too, not too pricey.

Then it was back to the room to rest until dinner time because we weren't actually there to play tourist. We were there for a purpose which is to register to the matriculation college in Perlis. A little bit of sight seeing on the side was a bonus. 

We had dinner at the Hai Thien Seafood Restaurant in Perlis. It is located right at the Jetty at Kuala Perlis. Very strategically located so I guess the price is also strategic... It is good to go in the evening to watch the beautiful sunset. I will be back because I missed it. I was stuck waiting for a seat in the restaurant. The food took a long time to come because it was full house and by the time I had finished eating, it was dark. Planning what time to come is important in this case.

We had the Thai Style steamed fish which had ample sauce and was nice. You can get a lot of Thai food here because of its proximity to Thailand. They recommended Ambra Juice in a jug costing RM19 per jug. Rather good and we had many refills each. There were four of us. 

Perlis has beautiful sunrise and sunsets. A beautiful and peaceful place to visit.

I still want to visit the Wang Kelian viewpoint, the floating market etc. Saved for the next round when we are less rushed for time.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis Registration 2022/2023 Intake

My son got offered a place at Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis. This post is a personal post to share what we as parents go through when accepting the offer. I won't touch too much about the process of applying for a place for Kolej Matrikulasi. That will be for another post.

Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis map

Should we accept the offer? This is a question that we asked ourselves immediately because it is far and we do not know much about it so we left the decision to our son. We realize that there are some who turn down the offer especially if the college is far away and since they already have scholarship offers in private colleges. Many non-bumis who get into matriculation colleges do so with good results so they would also be entitled to scholarship offers. 

My son decided to take up the offer so we only had one week to prepare. It was very rushed. We had to fill up lots and lots of documents. Below are some of the other things we had to prepare.

  • go to photo shop to take passport sized photos
  • go to Bank Rakyat to open bank account (different matriculation colleges require you to open different bank accounts. Some are BSN or Bank Islam etc)
  • go to school to get pengetua to certify documents and sign as witness to our signatures for the agreement
  • prepare photocopy payslips (if any) or income tax returns if self employed for example
  • prepare photocopy ic of student and parents, birthcert etc 
  • go to income tax office to get agreement stamped

On top of all these documentation, we had to go shopping for some formal clothes which is their required attire during lectures, shirts, slacks, tie. We also had to book train tickets, hotel accommodation and car rental as we were going there by train. The college is located in Arau, Perlis. There are about 4 to 5 ETS trains to Arau in a day. The journey is about 5 hours and 15 minutes long. The KTM train station is about 5 minutes away from the college. Convenient for students travelling to and from college.

We booked our car from Brother Car Rental. Interesting experience because everything was done via whatsapp. I never got to meet any of the car rental service guys. I filled up a form stating the date and place of pickup and return, made payment online and the car was waiting for me at the pickup place and time with the keys inside and no one around. I paid a deposit during booking and paid the balance upon pickup. I returned the car in a similar fashion and my deposit was returned to me online after that.

We had to do the rest of the shopping in Perlis. Since it was our first time in Perlis, we had totally no idea where to go to buy stuff. We saw several Mr DIY at Arau, where the college is located and Kangar (about 15 minutes drive away). However, the one we went to was closed on that Sunday. Eventually we found Giant hypermarket and The Store at Kangar, Perlis which is about 15 to 20 minutes drive away from Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis which was located in Arau, Perlis. There is also a smaller CMart in Arau which may be useful for students on an outing.

Everything done within a week. Phew! 

Below is a short video of our arrival on registration day at Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis 2022/2023 intake.


There are 6 dorms for girls and 3 for boys and they have 3 big cafeterias. Other facilities include the lecture rooms, library, a bakery, mini market, science lab, sports facilities etc and a nice lake too with beautiful sunrise and sunset. I am not sure why the sunrise and sunset here is especially breathtaking.  

Below is how the boys dorm look like. To give them privacy, I am not posting up photos. Instead, here is a layout of the room. (Please ignore the measurements). Basically the room is for max 8 students. There are 4 double bunk beds in a room or unit. The study area is in the centre of the room and there is a divider between the study area and the sleeping area. Currently there are 4 students to a room. Each student takes up a double bunk bed. 

Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis Boy's Dorm room layout

Next: What to do in Arau and Kangar, Perlis.

Benefit From 1-to-1 Tutoring Without Breaking The Bank



Ever wondered which type of learning or teaching method is most effective for your child? Group tuition, private tuition, online classes, self study?

Educationalist Benjamin S Bloom published a research paper in 1984 that showed that the average student performed around 98% better under one-to-one tutoring as compared to a classroom group setting. This tells us that all students can in fact succeed if they received high quality interactions with tutors and were simply taught the right way.

This research paper was titled “The 2 Sigma Problem” because though effective, not everyone can afford one-to-one tutoring.

Even today in Malaysia, the market rate for private tuition for Primary is around RM60/hour per subject while private tuition for Secondary can go up to RM85/hour per subject. Most private tutors also expect monthly payment upfront for each student they take on. Again, this is not a luxury that every household can afford.

Introducing AskBee - Reducing The Cost Of Personal Tutoring

AskBee is an app that helps primary and secondary school students learn better, by providing them with live, on-demand access to personal tutors at a reasonable cost.

Say goodbye to forking out hundreds of dollars for a single subject…

With personal or online tutoring, you would have to spend RM 400/month on a single subject. Now picture your child needing help for 3 subjects - that’s RM1,200/month per child!

Fret not because sessions on AskBee start from as low as just RM 9! Payment on AskBee works on a token basis. Each time your child places a request for a tutor, tokens will be credited from their account. The more tokens you purchase, the lower the cost of a session.

Another great thing about AskBee is that the tokens are not restricted to a single subject. So if your child is registering as a Primary 1 student, they’re free to use their tokens on all Primary 1 subjects available on the app.

Say goodbye to weekly or monthly tuition payments…

Forget about large upfront payments or having to commit to weekly or monthly payment schedules with your child’s tutor.

All tokens on AskBee are valid for 1 full year. Payment also works on a prepaid basis with no lock-in commitment!

Why not save yourself time and cost by reallocating just a portion of that tuition allowance into AskBee where tokens can be used on any subjects and are valid throughout the entire year.

Say goodbye to unnecessary travel time…

Don’t bother getting stuck in traffic on the way to the tutor’s house, or wasting precious time circling the block looking for parking around the tuition centre.

With on-demand access to live tutoring, sessions can take place anytime and anywhere. Your child simply has to whip out the app & get matched with an expert tutor who will help guide them through their homework or worksheet within 15 minutes.

With quick and effective sessions on AskBee for as low as RM9, everyone can now afford one-to-one tutoring. Help your child reach his or her full potential through one-on-one guidance from AskBee’s expert tutors.

“The app is so easy to use and all the tutors have been so helpful and friendly. I feel a lot more confident in my studies these days knowing that I have my favourite tutors on standby ready to help me whenever I need them. ”

(Ethan Yap, Standard 6)

This post was brought to you by AskBee. AskBee is an app that helps primary and secondary school students to learn better, by providing them with live, on-demand access to a personal tutor.

The app’s unique live video format enhances learning through face-to-face chat, different interactive modes and screen sharing functions.
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