Individual and Small Group Maths Tuition in Singapore

I am a private tutor in Singapore specializing in:

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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Handphone: 9724-0163 (Mr Ng)
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My Personal Tuition Blog

Addressing concerns about the reliance of Singaporean kids on private tuition

06 March 2015

On the 6th of March, the issue of private tuition was raised by several Members of Parliament (MPs), as the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of Education (MOE) began. MPs once again voiced concerns that Singaporean kids were relying too much on private tuition.

Mounbatten MP Lim Biow Chuan raised concerns of tuition becoming a “crutch” for students, making them “lose the skill of self-directed learning”.

Ms Denise Phua (Moulmein-Kallang GRC) noted the pervasiveness of the tuition industry, where even polytechnic students go for such extra classes. She said: “Many Singaporeans hold dear the mental model that for a good life, you will need good academic results to get into good schools so that you can get into a good university which is the passport to a good job, good salary, good spouse, hopefully good children and the cycle repeats.”

I would like to respond here to both these points. Firstly, I strongly believe in private tuition where the student has genuine difficulty understanding the concepts taught in school. Sometimes, it is hard for a student to understand the subject matter completely in a classroom environment, especially in schools that have large class sizes. A private tutor, or a one-to-one home tutor, may necessary in such cases to guide the student through the more difficult concepts and reinforce his or her understanding of the material.

In such cases, students are not using tuition as a “crutch” as MP Lim Biow Chuan has suggested. They are using tuition as a means of enhancing their own understanding and keeping up with the rest of the class. Far from “losing the skill of self-directed learning”, it is in fact the job of the private tutor to motivate the student and provide encouragement so that the student can eventually become an independent learner.

I understand that many people are becoming concerned that parents are exhibiting “kiasuism” and are urging their children to go for tuition to avoid “losing out” to others. In some cases, that is indeed true. Tuition should not be merely for its own sake. There should be a genuine need and a desire to improve oneself. Tuition should not cause extra stress and burden to the student. Instead, a good tutor should be able to ease a student’s burden by clarifying doubts and de-mystifying concepts so that the student has better confidence tackling his or her school work.

I believe many parents and students are able to differentiate between what constitutes genuine needs and what constitutes mere “kiasuism”.

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Minister of Education Heng Swee Keat on the release of 2014 GCE ‘A’ Level results

02 March 2015

Posting on Facebook as well, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat praised students for their “tenacity” in balancing their school work and extra-curricular activities. This was what he wrote:

My best wishes to all students who received your GCE A-Level exam results today. Juggling schoolwork with other interests in and outside of school is not easy, but many of you displayed tenacity and did your best. Whether the results are better or worse than what you have been expecting, do remember that this is one stage of your lifelong learning – keep learning!

I am pleased to read how our students are helping one another – like Tuan Ding Wei from Innova Junior College who volunteered to help his friends in Mathematics, or Muhammad Azfar B Thaha from Pioneer Junior College who shared his understanding of the more difficult concepts with his friends.

This spirit of helping one another to do well is commendable. Take a moment to thank those who have helped you come this far, be they your friends, teachers or parents. All the best for your next stage of learning!

My Approach to Private Tuition

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.

I applaud MOE’s move to release full past-year PSLE papers

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.

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Not all in bottom 20% income group eligible for MOE’s financial assistance plan

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

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News and Announcements

Freshmen to learn data skills at NUS

Summarized from ST
02 March 2015

National University of Singapore (NUS) students are already being taught how to use words to forward an argument through thinking and expression courses.

From this year, they will also be taught how to use numbers or statistical data to analyse and argue a point, through a new module in quantitative reasoning. It will be one of the general education requirements for all freshmen from this year.

Besides learning to analyse, interpret and use data to produce reliable results, students will also be exposed to how data is gathered and used in various contexts, such as in health and population. In medical research, for example, they will learn the difference in using data to prove correlation and causation.

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March 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Poly, ITE students cite ‘earn and learn’ as main draws of SkillsFuture scheme

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.”

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February 28, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Parents jump on brain-training wagon in bid to boost concentration and memory of children

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.

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February 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment

NUS moves up one spot in global MBA rankings; NTU slips two places

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.

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January 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

After the O levels: ITE rolling out more courses at higher levels

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.

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January 20, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Media Articles

Students relying too much on tuition: MPs

Summarized from Channel News Asia
06 March 2015

SINGAPORE — The perennial issue of students relying heavily on tuition was raised by several Members of Parliament today (March 6), as the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of Education (MOE) began.

Mounbatten MP Lim Biow Chuan raised concerns of tuition becoming a “crutch” for students, such that they have “lost the skill of self-directed learning”.

Ms Denise Phua (Moulmein-Kallang GRC) noted the pervasiveness of the tuition industry, where even polytechnic students go for such extra classes. She felt that the education landscape is shaped by a system where students are primarily promoted by academic scores and assigned to schools based on results from high-stake exams.

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March 6, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Best “A” level performance since 2006

Channel News Asia
02 March 2015

SINGAPORE – About 91.4 per cent of the 14,185 students who took last year’s GCE A-level examination scored at least three H2 passes, with a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry.

This year’s cohort scored the best results since the A-level curriculum was revised in 2006.

The results were slightly better than the previous highest score, which was set last year. Then, 91.1 per cent of the 13,936 students who sat for the examination in 2013 achieved at least three H2 passes.

March 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Survey figures show rise in salaries for fresh graduates entering job market

Credit: CNA
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.

February 28, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Home-grown international schools in demand from Singaporeans

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.

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February 21, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Coding and programming classes for students to smooth transition to Smart Nation

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.

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February 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment