What is Sponge ME?
Verb: to receive into the mind and retain knowledge like a sponge
Synonym: absorb, soak up, imbibe, take in
Meet the Husband and Wife Team
Married couple, Leon and Adeline founded Sponge ME because they enjoy teaching and helping people. The two have been giving one-to-one and group tuition for more than a decade and count themselves lucky to have the best job in the world.
Leon specialises in Secondary Level Mathematics. He actually hated the subject in his younger days and often failed his A Math (his E Math was mediocre at best). Tuition did not go so well at first and he had to go through a few tutors to find the right one. One tutor apparently had smelly feet and poor Leon almost threw up his dinner! Thankfully, the next tutor was a perfect match and the two hit it off straight away. The tutor was very patient and did not berate Leon for being so clueless. Instead, he went back to basics and made Math fun for Leon. Eventually, Leon scored A1 for both his A and E Math.
As a tutor now, Leon is committed to making Math fun for his students as well. He believes that with the right learning attitude, everyone has the potential to ace Math.
Leon holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from UMIST (Manchester, UK), scoring 19 distinctions out of 20 subjects. He previously worked as a Senior Engineer and Head of Operations in the tech industry.
When he is not glued to his iPad, Leon spends time reading and whipping up new dishes in the kitchen to impress Adeline. The self-declared Master Chef is quite a pasta expert, or so he claims.
“People always say that Math is a very dry subject but I beg to differ. Math is not just a bunch of numbers. There’s a story behind every formula and equation. Once you get it, the stars will align!” – Leon
Adeline specialises in Secondary Level English. A former magazine writer and editor, she is effectively bilingual and excels in helping weak students do well for their O-Level exams. Her forte is composition writing although the detailed marking gives her a headache at times!
As a tutor, Adeline is committed to making every lesson an enjoyable and enriching experience for her students. She loves to crack jokes and poke fun at her own idiosyncrasies, so her classroom is always vibrating with laughter. Besides giving English tuition, Adeline also teaches personal grooming and social etiquette in secondary schools. Yes, she is quite the style guru too! Due to her frequent interaction with teenagers, she understands them well and hopes to influence them positively.
Adeline left for Melbourne, Australia after completing her secondary education in Singapore. She spent five amazing years there, earning a B.A. and M.A. in Communications from RMIT University (evidence that she didn’t just play).
A firm believer in lifelong learning, Adeline enjoys reading all kinds of stuff from history textbooks to trashy romance. She also loves to listen to music (especially jazz and oldies) and watch k-dramas (usually the really sad ones). When she is not doing the above, she is most likely competing with Leon for the title of Master Chef.
“I once asked a student to change the sentence ‘Huh, what you say?’ to proper English and his answer was ‘Huh, you say what?’ FAINT! Many kids these days seem to think that Singlish is English and my mission is to help them see the difference.” – Adeline