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Testimonials from Benjamin, Yi Heng and Daitein (Maths Tuition)

Mr Leon’s class helps students truly understand math, instead of just ‘telling’ students: this is how it’s done, just follow it. His class is also very helpful for students who are weak in their basic foundation. Mr Leon is a rather fun guy who finds interesting ways to put across maths concepts through real life examples.

Benjamin Ng, Maris Stella High School

 

The math tuition class has provided me with sufficient practice every week. At the end of every topic, the class is given a topical test that re-caps on everything that was taught – I found this very useful. On top of that, the class is very entertaining and Teacher Leon always makes the new topics so easy to understand. All these factors and more have helped me pick up new information quickly and make revision extremely manageable. I personally feel the tuition is very effective and would highly recommend it! 👍👍

Teacher Leon is great at transferring knowledge to students as he is able to explain difficult concepts very well. He is also very engaging and often goes the extra mile to help us visualise diagrams better. For instance, he uses a 3D geometric set in class to help us visualise geometric shapes found in questions. Thank you, Teacher Leon for helping me get A1 for both maths! ✌️😁

Yuen Yi Heng, Maris Stella High School

 

I was never really interested in mathematics, but this tuition class has made me realise the scale and importance of mathematics. For me, it was very intriguing to learn the history of it and the origins of many of the formulas used in maths. It has made me appreciate those who can do and teach maths well. The tuition class was of a good size, nice physical environment and everyone in class was so motivated! 😆

Mr Leon paid equal attention to everyone in class, was very meticulous, clear in explanation, provided comprehensive notes, very polite, friendly and approachable. 😊

Kan Daitein, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

 

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Education: Bachelor of Arts (National University of Singapore)
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Teaching Experience: 9 years in secondary school (Lower Secondary English), 3 years in enrichment centre (Primary English and Creative Writing), 4 years as a private tutor (Primary English)

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Testimonials from Stella, Leonard, Joey and Xin Ying (English Tuition)

English Tuition Singapore GCE O-Level 2018 G3

I definitely learnt a lot from this class that was not taught in school. Although there was a lot of information to remember, Teacher Adeline made things really simple for us. For instance, a bombastic word or an important idea would appear in several model essays, not just one. This constant exposure really reinforced my learning and I didn’t have to make so much effort to memorise stuff. Teacher Adeline, thank you for being so helpful and approachable. Most of all, thank you for helping me get A1 for O-level! 😁

Stella Chua, Pasir Ris Secondary School

 

In sum, this tuition class has been extremely helpful. I picked up a lot of comprehension and writing techniques that were not taught in school. Teacher Adeline is also a very knowledgeable, responsible, dependable, helpful, engaging and humorous tutor who never fails to blow our minds away!

Leonard Goh, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School

 

This English tuition class has helped me tremendously as my English is definitely less broken now. Haha! 🤣 My vocabulary has also expanded and I no longer use the same words all the time. Teacher Adeline is one of the nicest teachers I have ever known and the best I can ever find! 😁

Joey Tai, Guangyang Secondary School

 

Teacher Adeline is a very funny and enthusiastic teacher. Her lessons are never boring and I love the way she teaches! 😁 Even though she has been feeling unwell, she tries her best to make every lesson fun and interesting. She is also very encouraging and she would never give up on us. I think her notes and ideas for composition and situational writing are really useful, and she makes it very easy for us to understand and remember the points with her clear explanation and funny stories. 😁

Kong Xin Ying, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

Testimonials from Cassandra, Venice, Charissa, Zhi Yi and Celest (Maths Tuition)

Maths Tuition Singapore Class 2018

Leon’s math tuition class has exceeded all my expectations! His lessons has allowed me to learn more about the origins of the concepts used in mathematics which is one of a kind from all the tuition classes I have attended – a class I look forward to every week. The most eye-opening lesson I learnt from Leon was the need to truly understand the concepts behind each formula and not memorise the formula or method steps blindly.

Leon’s class is the most engaging tuition class I have ever attended, including those from school. He is the reason why I look forward to his lessons every Friday – he makes class so enjoyable! 😁

Cassandra Mahia, CHIJ St. Joseph Convent

Note from Cassandra’s Mother – “Hi Leon, thanks for all your help!! Cassandra scored distinctions for both A Math and E Math. I couldn’t believe it! 🙀 Frankly, I was expecting a B only. 😉 Thank you very much!!!”

 

The tuition class has helped me to better understand the different mathematical concepts that I did not understand and the worksheets provided really helped me gain more experience with the topics that I was unsure of. Tuition was fun and I made a lot of new friends! 😬 Teacher Leon is a very patient and understanding teacher. He makes lessons very interesting. A very amazing teacher!👍👍😊

Venice Tan, Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)

 

Teacher Leon has helped me to understand difficult chapters like binomials through practices in the worksheets. His worksheets are helpful as they separate the chapter into different parts and enable me to have a better grasp on the different aspects of each chapter. The worksheets also include concise and useful notes and formulae to help me recall concepts faster. The class environment and small class size encourages deeper discussion and more time is allocated for each student.

Teacher Leon is a very engaging teacher who can explain difficult concepts by relating them to real life examples or by breaking them down into simpler parts. He also makes time to address our questions and is patient while explaining and clarifying our doubts.

Charissa Cheok, Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)

 

After joining Teacher Leon’s tuition class, I gained interest in mathematics and became comparable to my other level mates. The worksheets provided have different level of difficulties which guide me on how to improve one level at a time. Class is always very fun and interesting!✌️😁

Teacher Leon is very patient and understanding. When it comes close to exam period, he will give us more time to complete his homework assignments, as he is aware that we have many other subjects to focus on as well. He also ensures that every single one of us attempt, practise and understand all the important exam questions.

Lew Zhi Yi, Mayflower Secondary School

 

Teacher Leon has helped me with my weaker A math topics like integration and trigonometry. He has also helped clear many of my doubts in other topics. He uses fun facts about math to get us interested in the subject and is loud (not in a bad way 😬) and engaging which prevents me from sleeping.😜

Celest Sim, Xinmin Secondary School

Discursive / Argumentative Model Essay #4

What good shall I do this day cup

What are some of the values one can learn from the Values in Action Programme (VIA)?

In Singapore, it is compulsory for students of all levels to participate in the Values in Action Programme (VIA). The programme, which requires students to fulfil at least six hours of community work a year, was implemented with the aim of introducing youths to the notion of volunteerism and encouraging them to contribute back to society. As a student who has taken part in several VIA projects, I personally find the programme an educational one that cultivates many good values.

Firstly, VIA inculcates a sense of altruism in students. These days, many parents and educators use the carrot and stick approach to motivate the young to behave well or study hard. While the method has its merits, it also inevitably gives the wrong impression that a good deed should always be rewarded. Such self-serving mindset is unacceptable and can be corrected through VIA. As the programme requires students to volunteer their service for a good cause without expecting remuneration or other forms of reward, they learn to put the needs and happiness of others before their own. This fosters a sense of community spirit and teaches them to be selfless givers, not just takers.

Secondly, VIA nurtures students into caring and compassionate individuals. As Singapore is an affluent country, the majority of youths here lead a comfortable and somewhat sheltered life. Consequently, many are blissfully ignorant of the plight of the less fortunate. VIA awakes their social conscience and allow them to become aware of the problems that affect some people in society such as being poor or suffering from terrible illnesses. Through helping these less fortunate brethren, students will not only learn to show compassion, but also count their blessings and appreciate what they have in life. 

In addition, VIA instils the value of hard work into students. For instance, students participating in a flag day are given the responsibility to collect money in public places for charity. The task is a real test of their diligence and perseverance as they have to be on their feet for hours and overcome all kinds of weather conditions. To raise as much funds as possible, they also have to be bold and conquer their fear of rejection by actively approaching people for donation. Sometimes, they even have to explain what the charity is about and convince people to give generously. It is by no means an easy task but students can look back with great satisfaction that they have worked hard and carried out their duties to the best of their ability.

Apart from that, VIA teaches students the importance of good teamwork. Besides donation drives, the programme also involves students in other volunteer work such as visiting the homes of the underprivileged where they help to clean, paint and repair. These homes are usually in a state of dilapidation and a lot of work is required to improve their condition. Thankfully, many hands make light work and students will learn that with cooperative teamwork, they can get the job done swiftly and successfully. Through the experience, they will also learn to deal with different types of personalities and enhance their interpersonal and communication skills.

In a nutshell, VIA is an educational programme that develops students into caring and socially responsible individuals. Even though students are not financially rewarded, they will benefit from the programme in more ways than one and learn important values that money cannot buy through volunteering their time, effort and skills.

Secondary 2, 2018, English Tuition

Testimonials from Xynthea, Valerie, Celest, Danzel & Andre (English Tuition)

Ms Adeline, I got B3! It’s the first time I got a B for English! THANK YOU! 🤗 You are an awesome tutor who is able to teach and convey ideas in various ‘entertaining’ ways. Learning English and going for tuition has never been more enjoyable! 😄

Ong Xynthea, Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)

 

Hi teacher, I just got my results. I got an A2 for English! It’s better than what I expected, so thank you SO MUCH for your guidance in the past one year. 😊 Your lessons were very fun and interesting. Thanks for always cracking jokes and sharing meaningful stories, which made it so much easier to remember the points in the essays.

You are a very knowledgeable teacher who is always able to come up with interesting ways to explain a point. Thanks for identifying my weaknesses very clearly and helping me address them. Thanks for being such a caring teacher to all of us! 🤗

Valerie Tan, Evergreen Secondary School

 

This English tuition is very engaging, so I do not dread going for class every Sunday. Teacher Adeline is very funny and expressive. I like how well she plans her lessons and really appreciate the effort she puts into every lesson. 🤗

Celest Sim, Xinmin Secondary School

Note from Celest’s mother – “Hi Adeline, thank you so much for helping Celest score A2 for English. She also did very well for math (A1 for both A&E). She couldn’t have done it without you and Leon. Thank you so much for all your help and guidance! Please take care!”

 

Ms Adeline is a very intelligent and wise person. She has a good sense of humour and is very hardworking and passionate about teaching. Her class is very engaging and every lesson is beneficial to me. I am really glad to be able to learn from her. 😊

Danzel Thong, Edgefield Secondary School

 

A very informative and fun tuition class! 👍 Learnt a lot things, not just English but also general knowledge! It has definitely widened my perspectives on various issues. Teacher Adeline is also very nice and she always gives her best. Even when she was sick, she was still enthusiastic and engaging and always made us laugh! She’s also very sharp and practical. She knows our individual weaknesses very well and will teach us how reduce them.

Andre Neo, Compassvale Secondary School

English Grammar – Loss vs Lost

Both loss and lost have to do with losing. In this post, you will learn the difference between loss and lost.

When to use ‘loss’?

Loss is a noun (naming word) and is defined as the state of no longer having something or as much of something.

Examples:

  • I want to report the loss of a package (singular).
  • The closure of the factory will lead to a number of job losses (plural).

When to use ‘lost’?

Lost is the past tense and past participle of lose. To lose something is to misplace it or have it taken away by someone or something. Since lost is a verb (action word), you should expect to see it following a subject of some kind.

Examples:

  • I have lost my car keys.
  • Some families lost everything in the flood.

Lost is also an adjective that describes a noun.

Examples:

  • Your letter must have got lost in the post.
  • She is still looking for that lost cat.

 

Sponge ME, English Tuition (Singapore)

Testimonials from Yuan En, Harisha & Qing Qian (Maths Tuition)

Hi Teacher Leon, I would like to express my gratitude to you for helping me get distinctions for both A and E math! 😆

I think I told you before that math used to be my weakest subject when I was I primary school. I was always struggling with it and only managed to scrape a pass during exams. Nonetheless, things changed when I joined your math tuition in secondary 1. My results improved tremendously and I also began to find math a more enjoyable subject. 😊

Thanks a lot for being so patient with our class and going the extra mile to help us understand difficult math concepts! 😊 I am especially grateful that whenever I did not understand how to do a particular question (which happened quite often), you would explain things to me step-by-step and show me the different methods to tackle the question. It was because of your tuition class that I was able to consistently attain good grades for math from secondary 1 to 4! I wish you teach JC because you are the BEST MATH TUTOR!!!!!! All the best to you! 🤗

Zhuo Yuan En, Mayflower Secondary School

Note from Yuan En’s Mother – “Hi Leon, sorry for this long message. I told Yuan En that we should write you a glowing testimonial as that’s the least we could do! 😊 I’m so thankful that I signed her up for your maths tuition! 😆 As a typical parent, it’s my hope that my child does well in her studies, but more importantly, I want her to develop confidence. As Yuan En was always struggling with maths in primary school, confidence was something she severely lacked when it came to the subject. Instead, there was a lot of fear and resistance. Those were the days! 😓 Imagine my surprise when she told me in Sec 1 that she ‘kinda like math now’ after just one month in your class! 😱 It was even more SURPRISING and JAW-DROPPING that she improved in leaps and bounds and went on to top her cohort in math that year! 😱😱 WHAT A TRANSFORMATION! 👏👏 That achievement really boosted her confidence and I cannot thank you enough! 🙏 Yuan En and I will always have the greatest respect and admiration for you. 😊 Please continue with your good work and mould young minds!”

 

I only found math an interesting and fun subject after joining this tuition! 😆 Mr Leon is an inspiring and fun teacher and he’s the reason why I like math a lot! 🤗 Thanks for helping me improve so much, Mr Leon! I won’t forget your guidance. 😊

Chandiramohan Harisha, Christ Church Secondary School

 

Teacher Leon is a friendly and funny math tutor who makes lessons interesting and fun! When I first joined the class, I had a lot of CSM (careless stupid mistakes) and I didn’t quite understand what was going on in school. 😬 However, Teacher Leon clarified all my doubts and I was able to catch up very quickly. The lessons greatly increased my interest in math, as well as improved my grades. I got A1 for both A & E math! Yeah! ✌️

Lee Qing Qian, Chung Cheng High School (Main)

Gratitude from Jonas’ Mom (English Tuition)

For A Dear Teacher Adeline,

As a returning Singaporean who studied in an international school overseas for 13 years, we are anxious and wonder how is our son, Jonas going to keep up with the Singapore academic regime when he enters the local Secondary school.

We know our son Jonas has never been anywhere near the model student in terms of showing consistency in his learning attitude nor meeting his learning goals and grades. After joining Teacher Adeline’s classes in Secondary 2, the only constant in his learning attitude is that he enjoys going for her classes every week and never once complained about not going or requesting to drop out of class like he normally does! So thank you very, very much for your patience, time and creative teachings and interesting small group tuition classes for Jonas throughout these years Teacher Adeline! We got a pleasant surprise and are very pleased that he got an A2 for his English in his recent GCE O-levels for Year 2018! Overtime, with his piqued interests in comprehension and inferring skills, we believe this is the reason why he has also done well in his other English language subjects for Social Studies and History for O-levels, scoring another A2!

A shout-out to Teacher Adeline for taking time with your insights and inputs on Jonas’ personal write-ups, interview tips and preparation for the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE). After going through a few rounds of the aptitude tests, impromptu written tests and group interviews, Jonas was shortlisted and secured a letter of conditional offer with the polytechnic and choice of his course!

Jonas is blessed to have you as his English Tutor and his guiding angel! Now he’s got a decent O-levels certificate and is awaiting to kick-start his new beginnings in Poly for the April 2019 intake. Thank you for keeping and putting up with Jonas throughout his Secondary years! With utmost appreciation for your help, time and support. 😁

Best wishes and respectfully,
Mrs Goh (Jonas’ mom)
14 January 2019

Narrative Model Essay #2

Expectations

Standing on the edge of the rooftop, Benson had a melancholic look on his face; as if he did not care whether he lived or died. Overwhelmed with despair, he suddenly broke into a loud cry, “Stop it! Leave me alone, please!”

“Why? Feeling like a loser? Wait, you are! You’re pathetic!” the little voice in his head continued to spew vicious insults.

“No! I’m not a loser! I’m Benson, The Flying Fish! I’m the best!”

“The best? Then what happened today? You’ve failed everyone! You don’t deserve to live! You should die! DIE!”

A feeling of emptiness gripped Benson’s heart as floods of tears streamed down his face. He covered his ears with his hands to block off the sinister voice in his head but it only became louder, drowning his sanity.

Benson was a professional swimmer. By the age of 13, he had already won countless gold medals in various national swimming competitions. The Singapore Sports School saw his potential and recruited him with the aim to mould him into a world class swimmer. Benson knew how lucky he was to be given such a wonderful opportunity. His family, friends and coach had high hopes of him and he did not wish to let them down. Thus, he trained hard and long, spending up to 12 hours a day in the pool. His efforts finally paid off when he not only came in first but also broke the world record for the men’s 100-metre freestyle race at the Commonwealth Games.

Overnight, Benson became a sensation. He had exceeded all expectations and everyone loved him. The whole of Singapore celebrated his remarkable victory and he was aptly nicknamed “The Flying Fish” by the media. Everywhere Benson went, he was swamped by legions of ardent supporters. Everybody asked if he would break his own record. Unknown to them, their high expectations brought him tremendous stress. Soon, pressure built up and he was losing sleep and appetite. He also became depressed and kept to himself. His teammates would often see him alone in the changing room, facing the wall and talking to himself. However, not realising that these were the early signs of schizophrenia, they would leave him alone.

The long-awaited race finally arrived. It was the qualifying round for the Olympics Games and Benson had trained tirelessly for this moment. He desperately wanted to do Singapore proud and nothing must go wrong.

Benson stood on the plunge board, waiting for the referee to blow the whistle. Thousands of frightful thoughts flooded his mind and he was talking to himself again. Suddenly, he plunged into the pool. The spectators were flabbergasted. Lowering his head in mortification, Benson returned to his position. One more false start and he would be disqualified. Cold sweat trickled down his forehead as fear gripped him like a vice. He started to tremble violently, as if another person had entered his body. Once again, he dived into the pool before the whistle was heard. His family, friends and coach gasped in horror, unable to believe their eyes. A humiliated Benson emerged from the pool and immediately stormed out of the stadium. His loved ones chased after him and everyone ended up at the rooftop.

Benson was in a state of fluster. The voice in his head was making all kinds of nasty remarks about him and he could not shut it out.

“Look, you loser. Everyone is here to laugh at you! You’re the joke of the century!” the voice ridiculed him.

Benson turned around and looked at his loved ones. All of them were very concerned and anxiety was written all over their faces. Nevertheless, the troubled boy saw an entirely different picture. They were staring at him wide-eyed, trying to stifle their giggles.

“I’m sorry to fail all of you. I’m sorry for not living up to your expectations,” Benson spoke in a faint murmur, gulping back his tears.

Then, he spread his arms and threw himself off the building. A flicker of smile crossed his face as the voice in his head finally stopped.

Secondary 3, 2011, English Tuition

Gratitude from Valerie (Maths Tuition)

Hello Leon, thank you for teaching me A math & E math. I have really improved a lot from last year. Even though I joined the class at a later time, I have learnt a lot from you, such as strategies on how to tackle exam papers and improve on the topics I used to be weak in. I am able to brush up on my weak areas and also understand the topics even more (e.g. where each formulae came from) as your explanations are always very clear. 😊

Thank you for staying back to address my doubts. I really appreciate it. 😊 I hope we will still be able to keep in touch and please don’t forget me!!

Valerie Chng, Canberra Secondary School

Discursive / Argumentative Model Essay #3

“Money can’t buy happiness.” What are your views?

Can you imagine living without money in this day and age? Is it even possible to survive without money in today’s materialistic and cash-driven world? It has been said that money makes the world go round. Hence, it is no wonder that money has become the central focus of many people’s lives. Everyone seems to be working tirelessly for money. Even students are studying hard so that they can get a well-paid job and earn lots of money in future. Although I think money cannot buy happiness, it is something that we cannot live without.

It is clear that money cannot buy happiness as many people who work hard and long every day for money are often very unhappy. Most of them do not even have time to spend their hard-earned money due to heavy workload or long working hours. They have no time or energy for leisure activities and needless to say, their family and friends hardly get to see them too. This can make them feel lonely and depressed. Thus, working hard for money does not bring happiness but instead misery in this case.

Worse still, money is often the main culprit that ruins relationships. People frequently fight over money and this can become a very serious problem, whether it is between friends or family members. For instance, it is not uncommon to hear of family members fighting over inheritance or longtime business partners squabbling over money-related matters. In some cases, ugly lawsuits ensue and relationships are destroyed forever. What then is the point of having lots of money when there is no one to share it with?

However, from a different perspective, money can sometimes make one happy. For some, earning enough money to pay their monthly bills and put food on the table makes them happy. For others, it could be saving up enough money to buy things of their interests or go on a dream vacation. Having some savings instead of living pay cheque to pay cheque also gives one peace of mind. After all, a person cannot possibly be happy if he or she is constantly worrying about running into financial difficulties. Hence, money does buy happiness where one’s survival is concerned or when he wishes to satisfy his wants.

Mark Twain once said, “The lack of money is the root of all evil.” I agree with him as no one can survive without money in this day and age. Like it or not, money matters and one’s financial situation has a direct bearing on his happiness. That said, money does not guarantee contentment. Money often rears its ugly head and ruins relationships. One also has to make sacrifices such as lack of family time in the pursuit of wealth and material comforts. Therefore, to be happy, I think one must realise that there is more to happiness than money.

Secondary 3, 2017, English Tuition

Testimonials from Shao Xuan, Jernise & Ian (English Tuition)

This is a very fun and useful class. It’s the kind of tuition that will make a student look forward to going every week! 😊

Ee Shao Xuan, Zhonghua Secondary School

 

Teacher, I’m super appreciative that you took me in just four months before the O-level exams. Honestly, this English tuition has not only helped me a lot, but also instilled a love of learning in me. 😊 Your lessons are always very entertaining – impossible to fall asleep no matter how tired I am! 🤤 You’re so funny and I’ll definitely miss your jokes!! 😂😂 If you ever teach JC level, I’ll definitely sign up! These few months have been really enlightening and fun, so thank you very much! 🤗

Jernise Chai, Unity Secondary School

 

Hey cher!! I’m kinda bad at writing these type of stuff but anyway… thanks for teaching me for the last 4 years and putting up with me. 😊😊 You are one of the best tutors I ever had as you are funny, nice and kind (mostly 😂)! You also try your best to help us and really care for us, so THANK YOU!!! 😊

Ian Quek, Xinmin Secondary School