Individual and Small Group Maths Tuition in Singapore
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Mathematics and Statistics -- for University level, Junior College H2+H1, Integrated Programme (IP), International Baccalaureate (IB).
Chemistry and Physics -- for Junior College H2+H1, Integrated Programme (IP).
I am a full-time tutor conducting individual home tuition and small group tuition at affordable rates. My students have benefited from private (one to one) home tuition. They have gained confidence tackling the difficult concepts presented to them, and have benefited from the personalized attention that one to one tuition provides them.
Academic Qualifications and Private Tutoring Experience
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2011, National University of Singapore.
B.Sc. First Class Honours in Mathematics, 2002, National University of Singapore.
Grade Point Average (GPA): 4.9 out of 5.0. Placed on Dean's List for 4 Semesters. Served as student mentor at Special Programme in Science (SPS) for several semesters.
Extensive experience since 2002 tutoring Junior College H2+H1 and Integrated Programme Mathematics, as well as Secondary School Elementary maths and Additional maths.
Experience since 2009 tutoring University Level Mathematics and Statistics -- including Calculus of Several Variables, Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, Probability, Discrete Mathematics, Engineering Calculus, Business Statistics.
Experience since 2009 tutoring Junior College, Integrated Programme, and Secondary School Chemistry and Physics.
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My Personal Tuition Blog
The Singapore government and various Members of Parliament have voiced concerns about private tuition. Many have highlighted the stresses and pressures students are facing at school and have wondered if we are pushing our students too hard.
I believe that having private tuition is a personal choice that the student and parent must decide on their own. My students have benefited from private (one to one) home tuition. They have gained confidence tackling the difficult concepts presented to them, and have benefited from the personalized attention that one to one tuition provides them.
At school or at tuition centres, it is difficult to give each and every student such individualized, personal attention. That is where home tutors like myself come in. I strongly believe that well-qualified tutors like myself have a role to play in helping students strengthen their academic foundations and achieve better grades.
My aim is to make the learning experience a pleasant and enriching experience for all my students.
06 Feb 2015
I applaud the latest move by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to release full past-year PSLE papers. This means that P6 students will be able review the actual questions set in the PSLE exams in the context a complete examination paper. This will definitely help them better prepare for their PSLE as it will assist students in examination time management.
Currently, past year PSLE questions are published but categorised according to topics for maths and science, and item types for English and mother tongue languages.
Publishing exam papers in full “will allow parents to have a clearer picture of the overall expectation of the PSLE”, Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) chief executive Tan Lay Choo said on Friday.
Taken from The Online Citizen, dated 03 January 2015
Not all households in the bottom 20% income group are eligible for MOE’s financial assistance plan for needy Singaporeans.
The Ministry of Education recently shared a financial assistance plan which needy Singaporean students could apply for if they are studying in government and government-aided schools. The eligibility criteria for the financial assistance plan is:
- Gross household income of not more than $2,500; or
- Household per capita income of $625
Maris Stella High School released a very nice teachers’ day video this year. It is a fun and hilarious video featuring cheesy Hong Kong movie opening credits as well as Stephen Chow Kung Fu fighting.
But what I really like about this video is that it ends with a very meaningful and thought-provoking message.
The teacher (played by Ms Tao Yi Jun) provides a famous quote by legendary martial arts actor Bruce Lee: “A teacher is never a giver of truth, but pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.”
News and Announcements
Summarized from ST
27 Feb 2015
The monthly pay and job rotation are the main reasons that polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students would sign up for a new programme that gives them work experience as they study for advanced qualifications.
The new Earn and Learn initiative is among the Government’s series of measures to help workers develop industry-relevant skills. Under the new scheme, participants will be paid around $2,000 a month while being rotated among various roles in their chosen fields.
Sakae Holdings chairman Douglas Foo, 45, who was part of a committee that proposed the scheme, said: “If the students were to go out and find jobs on their own, they may have to prove their commitment to the job before their employers are willing to invest in training them. But under the new scheme, companies are committed to grooming their employees.”
Summarized from ST
09 February 2015
Parents are now sending their children for brain training, hoping to improve their concentration and memory skills.
Ms Jacqueline Neo, co-founder of Happy Train, said parents are more resourceful and many share their experiences on blogs. Aiming to train motor and processing skills, for instance, the centres use methods such as listening exercises and puzzles, as well as physical activities like catching balls. At Happy Train, children go through “right-brain training” to speed up information processing skills.
Ms Cheryl Chia, founder of BrainFit Studio, said getting distracted is a common problem. To combat this, children learn to focus and follow instructions. BrainFit has three branches here, two of which were set up in the last five years. Each branch takes in 200 pupils every year.
Summarized from ST
26 Jan 2015
SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore (NUS) has moved up one spot in a global ranking of Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes, while the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) slipped two places.
In the latest Financial Times’ (FT) Global MBA Ranking released on Monday, NUS, which managed 32nd spot in 2014, placed 31st.
NTU, which came in 38th last year, dropped to 40th place.
Summarized from the Straits Times
14 January 2015
RAIL infrastructure enhancements – including the expansion of the rail network and major upgrades to existing lines – have signalled the need for technicians to maintain the train system here.
To meet the growing demand, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will offer a two-year Higher Nitec course in rapid transit engineering this April. It is one of three new Higher Nitec courses ITE is introducing this year, which can be taken by those who have a related Nitec certificate or who scored at least E8 in three relevant O-level subjects.
The pioneer cohort of 40 students will attend classes at the ITE College West in Choa Chu Kang. They will be trained in the maintenance of rail communications equipment, such as train intercoms and closed circuit television cameras, and signalling systems that help trains run more frequently, among others.
Summarized from TODAY Online
13 January 2015
SINGAPORE — The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) has launched four new applied degree programmes of its own, as it prepares for its largest intake this year — 2,080.
In anticipation of industry demand for professionals in selected sectors, the university, which caters mostly to diploma-holders, will offer degree programmes in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Information and Communications Technology (Information Security), Hospitality Business, and Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services) — the last includes a masters degree programme.
In addition, it is jointly offering a Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) degree programme with DigiPen Institute of Technology.
27 Feb 2015
SINGAPORE – The latest employment survey for university graduates shows that a degree pays off in terms of jobs and salaries.
The results of the survey which were released on Friday show that the median salaries for the class of 2014 rose to a new high of $3,200, up from $3,050 for the class of 2013.
A total of 10,126 out of 13,656 graduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) took part in the joint survey.
The median gross monthly pay for those who received full-time positions was $4,800, up from $4,500 in 2013.
Summarized from ST
17 February 2015
Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) (International), St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) International and Hwa Chong International School have expanded their facilities in recent years to take in more students. Yet, the demand for places, especially from Singaporeans, keeps growing, despite annual fees of more than $20,000.
The three schools are privately funded but are under the Ministry of Education. This means they follow the bilingual education policy, but can design their own curricula and set class sizes and fees. Fourth-year students take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education exam, similar to the O levels, and then study for the two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
When the Government gave the go-ahead in 2004 for ACS, SJI and Hwa Chong to open international arms, there were doubts on whether Singaporeans would want to enrol their children. Officials from the schools said the rapid growth is the result of the established brand names and different curricula, particularly the IB programme, which is becoming popular among parents.
Summarized from ST
09 February 2015
SINGAPORE – More than 19,000 pupils and students, from primary to tertiary levels, have benefited from an initiative launched in April 2014 that aimed to spark their interest in coding.
The Code@SG Movement, which is organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, wants to make coding something most people can do, and create a base of technology and software professionals.
The initiative offers enrichment classes teaching the basics of programming to young people, along with up to 63 courses offered to members of infocomm clubs, a co-curricular activity for those interested in honing their coding skills.
Summarized from The Straits Times
Monday, Jan 19, 2015
After 16 years as a deputy superintendent in the police force, Mr Colin Wong decided to make a mid-career switch to become a teacher, forgoing potential promotion opportunities and taking a 50 per cent pay cut.
“It was difficult leaving the force and my colleagues. But I felt that at this juncture of my life, I would like to use my experience to teach and give back to society,” said Mr Wong, who took up a full-time postgraduate diploma in education (primary) course a year ago.
One of the rising number of professionals who have made a mid-career switch to teaching, he graduated yesterday from the National Institute of Education (NIE) with the Justice Choor Singh Book Prize for outstanding performance.
Summarized from CNA
12 January 2015
SINGAPORE – A total of 30,964 candidates sat the GCE O-Level examinations in 2014 and 99.9 per cent were awarded certificates, said the Education Ministry.
The Straits Times said this year’s cohort have the best results in a decade, while Channel NewsAsia said the results were at a 20-year high.
The results were released on Monday and saw 83.3 per cent of the candidates scoring five or more passes and 95.9 per cent receiving three or more passes.