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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My Personal Tuition Blog
23 March 2015
The Ministry of Education (MOE) told the media on Monday afternoon that flags at MOE schools flew at half-mast from the morning, as a mark of respect to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew after he died at 3.18am. He died at the Singapore General Hospital where he had been warded for severe pneumonia since Feb 5.
Teachers, staff and students from Government schools and post-secondary educational institutions (PSEIs), and MOE headquarters staff will participate in state events such as the Lying-in-State, Special Parliament Sitting and the State Funeral Service.
Mr Lee became Singapore’s first Prime Minister after the People’s Action Party (PAP) won the general elections on 30 May 1959 by an impressive margin of 43 out of 51 Legislative Assembly seats. He was sworn in on 03 June 1959, taking over from former Chief Minister Lim Yew Hock. With a new legislature in place, Singapore gained internal self-government from the British with jurisdiction over all matters except for defence and foreign affairs. Subsequently, Singapore joined the Federation of Malaya together with Sarawak and North Borneo on 16 September 1963. But Singapore’s conflicts with Malaysia proved too much to handle. Singapore finally left Malaysia and gained full sovereignty of 09 August 1965.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew held the post of Prime Minister until he was succeeded by Mr Goh Chok Tong on 28 November 1990. He had served as Prime Minister for a total of 31 years. Mr Lee was conferred the title of Senior Minister during Mr Goh’s reign, and then, he held the title of Minister Mentor from 12 August 2004 to 21 May 2011. Mr Lee stood for his final general election in 2011, and had a walkover in his constituency, Tanjong Pagar GRC. Currently, the other Members of Parliament (MPs) for Tanjong Pagar GRC are Indranee Thurai Rajah, Lily Neo, Chan Chun Sing and Chia Shi-Lu.
12 March 2015
- Waiver of national exam fees for Singapore Citizen students in Government-funded schools, vocational exam fees for Government-funded SPED schools and specialised schools and exam fees for Singapore Citizen students enrolled full-time in ITE and polytechnics from 2015.
- Increased transport subsidies for students on Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS): Students who travel to and from school via public transport will be provided S$120 in transport credits per annum. For students in primary school who take the school bus, the FAS will cover 50% of regular bus fare. The FAS for students in Government-funded SPED schools will be similarly enhanced to provide S$120 in transport credits per annum for those taking public transport.
- Raised income eligibility criteria for Edusave Merit Bursary: Income criterion for Edusave Merit Bursary raised to gross household income of not more than S$6,000 per month, up from S$5,000. The per capita household income criterion, meant to recognise that larger families often have larger financial needs, will also be raised to not more than S$1,500 per month, up from the current S$1,250 per month.
13 March 2015
Singaporean students are among the most hardworking in the world, according to a survey conducted on a sample of the country’s 15-year-olds by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Our kids clock 9.4 hours of homework a week, as compared to students in Shanghai, who spend 13.8 hours a week on homework, and those in Russia, who spend 9.7 hours. The global average was about five hours’ worth of homework each week.
Are our students spending too much time on homework? To be sure, a certain amount of time is needed for students to gain enough practice in order to reinforce their understanding of concepts and train them at applying the concepts to exam-style questions and novel problems.
But at what point does homework become excessive, possibly with diminishing returns? At what point do students feel so stressed and bogged down by homework that it becomes self-defeating, and hinders rather than helps learning? These are questions that must be asked.
There are too many studies, new study finds
11 March 2015
Science is drowning in studies, and it took a study to expose it.
In a paper entitled ‘Attention decay in science’, professors from universities in Finland and California conclude that “the exponential growth in the number of scientific papers makes it increasingly difficult for researchers to keep track of all the publications relevant to their work.
“Consequently,” they say, “the attention that can be devoted to individual papers, measured by their citation counts, is bound to decay rapidly.”
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”.
(Material obtained from CNA, 07 March 2015)
In his response to concerns raised by Members of Parliament (MPs) that parents were too obsessed with tuition, Education Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat said that Singapore needs to make the transformation from a “scarcity mentality” that focuses on a single pathway to success to an “abundance mentality” with multiple pathways.
“If we think there is one pathway to success, whether it’s school or at work … (we’ll) do everything we can to get on that pathway,” Mr Heng said. “For as long as there is only one path to success, the pressure will manifest itself as some point.”
On the other hand, having an “abundance mentality” will allow for an inventive, resourceful mindset to think about new ways of doing things and creating new pathways to success, said Mr Heng.
While changes in the economy have created jobs requiring specific skills and multiplied pathways, our thinking about education and pathways have not kept up with these changes, he added.
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!
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
News and Announcements
Summarized from ST
11 March 2015
SINGAPORE – A social science research council will be established later this year to facilitate research on the social sciences. The council will involve academics from local institutions and will also tap the expertise of social science researchers from abroad.
“As we progress and mature as a nation, the social sciences have become increasingly important. We are no longer a developing nation, struggling to survive and with its young population focused on just getting a job and making ends meet,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam. “But with progress and social transformation, comes new challenges. We must develop new ways to sustain a vibrant, fair and resilient society.”
He was speaking at a celebration dinner to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Teochew philanthropic foundation, the Ngee Ann Kongsi.
Summarized from ST
09 March 2015
SINGAPORE – More good-performing students from lower-income families will be eligible to apply for the Edusave Merit Bursary when the Education Ministry (MOE) expands its income criterion.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in Parliament on Friday during the MOE’s Committee of Supply debates that the ministry will raise the gross household income criterion to $6,000, up from the current $5,000.
Similarly, the per capita household income criterion will be raised from the current $1,250 per month to $1,500.
Summarized from ST
07 March 2015
SINGAPORE – In the second half of this year, Singaporeans can choose from a range of 200 bite-sized, modular courses offered by the universities and another 100 run by the five polytechnics.
Among the courses are digital forensics by Singapore Polytechnic and counselling and coaching by Republic Polytechnic. Nanyang Technological University will run a course on naval architecture and marine engineering, while SIM University will offer one on functional genomics, which is the study of genes and how they affect the working of the body.
Participants, aged 40 and above, will receive government subsidies that cover at least 90 per cent of the cost of courses funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE) at universities, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education.
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.
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
21 March 2015
A select group of engineering students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) will be able to study for a year in Oxford University from October this year.
NUS secured the year-long student exchange programme with Oxford last month after five years of discussions.
With this agreement, the faculty of engineering at NUS has become the only faculty in the world that has exchange programmes with both Oxford and the other renowned British institution, University of Cambridge.
The New York Times
18 March 2015
At Harvard, Bucknell, Emory and other schools around the US, there have been record numbers of applicants yearning for an elite degree. They’ll get word in the next few weeks. Most will be turned down.
All should hear and heed the stories of Peter Hart and Jenna Leahy.
Peter didn’t try for the Ivy League. That wasn’t the kind of student he’d been at New Trier High School, in an affluent Chicago suburb. A friend of Peter’s was ranked near the summit of their class; she set her sights on Yale – and ended up there. Peter was ranked in the top third, and aimed for the University of Michigan or maybe the special undergraduate business school at the University of Illinois. Both rejected him.
He went to Indiana University instead. Right away, he noticed a difference. At New Trier, a public school posh enough to pass for private, he’d always had a sense of himself as someone ordinary, at least in terms of his studies. At Indiana, though, the students in his freshman classes weren’t as showily gifted as the New Trier kids had been, and his self-image went through a transformation.
Summarized from ST
12 March 2015
National University of Singapore (NUS) has slipped three positions to be No. 24 in the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. But it regained its place as Asia’s second best university, after the University of Tokyo.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which fell from the 71st to 80th band in 2013 to the 91st to 100th band last year, stayed in the same placing. Only the top 50 schools are given a specific rank.
In response to the ranking, NUS provost Tan Eng Chye said: “We are heartened that NUS remains among the world’s top 25 universities and has improved its placing as second in Asia.”
Summarized from CNA
09 March 2015
SINGAPORE: The Republic is at a crossroads, given evolving demographics, the changing nature of the jobs market, and political developments elsewhere. We can choose to stay our current education path, or choose to be pioneers, “acting with boldness to embark on a major transformation”, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat. “Like our Pioneers before us, we have to ask anew: Where do we want to be in the future, where are we today, and how do we make the leap?” he asked.
Mr Heng said that in the past few years, Singapore has been making a shift toward an education that focuses on values and character, with new ways of learning and expanded applied pathways. The emphasis, he said, is about “learning in every domain, anytime, anywhere for a purposeful, fulfilling life”. “This is a path that no society has charted out fully yet. Charting this new territory will require us to once again be pioneers,” he said.
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.