The MG Circular – March 2022


Stay healthy and positive: tips and tricks from yours truly

Stretch those mental muscles! Stretch!

We’ve got your back, no matter what happens

The world seems to throw another wrench in your plans every day. One day, you’re thinking of taking a much deserved short trip away with family over Easter, the next we’re all back to online school.

Yes…we feel the same

We want you to know that no matter what happens, we’ve got your back.

For example: We’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding whether school calendars will change, if exams will run, how coursework will be marked etc.

While we don’t have a crystal ball and can’t predict exactly what will happen, we can promise you that our team stays on top of all relevant educational news – if there is something we think will disrupt schools and exams, we will be some of the first people to know. And we promise to keep everyone updated.

At this moment, most international schools have announced they will not break for ‘summer’ over March. However, no schools have announced a suspension of exams and at present all coursework, including oral and practical assessments, will take place online.

In these times of chaos and uncertainty, we want to ensure all students that MG will continue to support you no matter what happens. And that’s not just in terms of academics. It’s ok to feel scared, worried and uncertain. Take a deep breath. Don’t stress. Relax.

Cheer up! We’re all in this together.

Teamwork makes the dream work

CAS Special: Staying healthy while online

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Spending so many hours a day online – school, tutoring, socialising, isn’t the best for one’s health (to no one’s surprise).

Luckily, for their CAS project, Steven and Eric, two of our final year Academic Coaching students, put together a video podcast on how to balance online school with physical and mental health.

The incredibly detailed and well researched video includes not only general tips but even walkthough tutorials of exercises to help relieve eye strain.


Now we know that most students hate CAS. It’s something so…superfluous and meaningless. A complete waste of time when you should be spending your time studying! You just want to get it over with as quickly as possible.

But that’s why we’re so proud of this one particular CAS project.

You see, this 21 minute video isn’t the whole project: it’s the grand finale.

The whole project was a social enterprise called ‘Game for Cause’ which raised awareness for the benefits of video gaming. Teachers at Eric and Steven’s school weren’t sure about it at first, considering the stigma against video games. But the two of them, avid gamers in themselves, decided to challenge that perception.

In total, they….

  1. Ran an instagram page (@gameforcause) with well researched posts on health benefits
  2. Promoted a healthy balance of video gaming with online learning
  3. Ran TWO charity League of Legends contests which partnered with international charity Child’s Play. All proceeds went to buying rehabilitation games for children’s hospitals worldwide.

It’s not a lot, but it’s honest work

Just goes to show that if you really want to do something good for the world, make a change for something you’re passionate about – just go for it.

Final Push Starts Now
A personal message from Angus

As they say, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and the fat lady hasn’t even walked on stage. But you know who else is fat? (Well not fat, but staying at home isn’t the best for staying slim), our own beloved Angus.

And as far as he’s concerned, it’s not over.

A motivational message from everyone’s favourite Angus Yam

To all our students:

You’ve worked very hard, but it doesn’t really matter unless you get your predicted grades and get into University. There’s no guarantee you’ll have the marks you were predicted if you don’t work hard for this final stretch.

Do you know how many days there are left till the exams? Less than 60 days.

If you’ve still got coursework to finish off, like your IAs and Core Essays, do them quickly and get them out of the way. They’re worth a large chunk of your final grade, so it’ll give you a buffer in case you mess up in your exams.

After double down on exam drills. If you don’t do it yourself, we’ll make you.

Do the past paper questions I give you. Do the essays we ask you to. Follow what the markscheme says and make sure you’re using the right wording to get top marks.

There’s still enough time to boost your grades!


This month’s spotlight is our multi-passionate psychology and business tutor Belinda Ma. Those of you have had Belinda would know that she never sits still. As soon as class is over, she’s already on another important call for one of her millions of start-ups.

Belinda promises she doesn’t use her psych knowledge to read your mind.
But then explain the thoughtful glare.

Instead of focusing on textbook knowledge, Belinda’s classes focus more on equipping students skills applicable in the real world so that you can all develop a critical mindset that let’s you run your own stuff in the future.

And that makes sense considering that Belinda’s done everything from social enterprises, to running cafes, working at fintech start-ups and multi-national corporations.

How in the world does Belinda do all that….well, worry no longer because the Jill-of-all-trades has agreed to give us her secrets (because MG students are the best students of the world of course).

“Listen up, I’ll only say this once”
~ not Belinda because she’s much nicer than that

1. Expand your network
Talk to people. share your ideas. You won’t know when they will connect you to the right person.

2. Secure some funding
From your parents is one way. But just to let you know…there’s a lot of free money out there. All you need to do is put your ideas into writing

3. Choose the right partner
It is always more fun to partner with friends and people who appear passionate. But to run a business, you need do-ers instead of just talk-ers.

1. Just talk about it. Take the first leap even when things are not completely ready. The first step is always the hardest. You can always keep modifying your model on the way. Big names start-up CEOs changes their idea once every few days anyways, so why bother to have every detail all set before starting. Just get started!

2. Waste time on unnecessary technical stuff. Ask for help when needed. You focus on what you do best.

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