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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

Testimonials from Yun Xin & Ethan (Maths Tuition)

This math tuition class has helped me gain more confidence in mathematics, something which I never thought would happen. 🤣🤣 Also, I can actually sit for my E math exam without studying much and still get a decent grade! 😬

Leon’s explanation of concepts was very detailed and it helped me a lot in my understanding of both A and E math. He is friendly, patient, passionate and he knows how to deliver the knowledge very well. Leon, thank you for helping get distinctions for both math papers! ✌️😁

Yuen Yun Xin, Nan Chiau High School

 

Both of the classes were really fun and interesting. For maths, I managed to get a deeper understanding of the concepts, thanks to Leon’s ability to explain things simply. As for English, Adeline provides plenty of viewpoints to write essays and helps me to improve my essays. Both teachers know the syllabuses very well and make lessons very engaging and are very friendly and supportive too. Leon and Adeline, thank you for helping me to get distinctions in both my maths and English!

Ethan Ong, Maris Stella High School

Testimonials from Valerie, Aidan, Lester & Bryan (English Tuition)

Hello Ms Adeline, thank you for tutoring me for about a year. I’m really thankful to meet a teacher like you. I really love your lessons because you always make us laugh and your explanations are also well understood. Thank you for staying back when I needed extra help for my EAE interview and English Oral Exam. 😊 Although our class is quite quiet and we might not be as responsive as other classes, you make the atmosphere less awkward. I really enjoy your lessons and will miss attending your class on Sundays. 😢 This is the first time in my secondary school life attending tuition classes and I’m glad Sharis’ mom recommended it to my parents. I hope we will be able to keep in touch and please don’t forget me! 😘

P.S. please ignore my grammatical errors. 😬

Valerie Chng, Canberra Secondary School

Note from Valerie’s Mother – “Hi Adeline, thank you so much for coaching Valerie and helping her improve her grade from C6 to B3. She has benefited a lot from you and she couldn’t have achieved it without you. You are a great teacher! 👏👏 Wishing you and family happiness always.”

 

Teacher Adeline is very funny, cheerful and enthusiastic. 👍 She enjoys teaching and her lessons are always interesting and engaging. Not only that, she always ensures that students in her class fully understand whatever she is teaching. She gives nothing but her utmost and will even spend more time with us to address our weaknesses. She also provides outstanding notes and excellent advice on how to prepare for exams. Without her help, I wouldn’t have been able to make a 3-grade improvement from C5 to A2 within 3 months! ✌️ THANKS, TEACHER ADELINE!!! 😊

Aidan Tan, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School

 

Teacher, thanks for the wonderful guidance! Although I joined your tuition late, I still managed to pull up two grades to get a B3! You are a very knowledgeable and caring tutor and I really gained a lot of knowledge through your teaching and lessons. You really know what you’re teaching! Without your help, I doubt I will be able to improve my English within such a short period of time. Thank you so much! 😊 Really appreciate it!

Lester Ang, Compassvale Secondary School

 

Teacher Adeline is a very cheerful and friendly tutor who has great mastery of the subject. Her classes are really enjoyable and every lesson is tailored to meet the needs of her students. All her notes and worksheets are full of substance and super useful too. Compared to my previous experiences in other tuition classes, this English tuition is really the best. 👍 It has boosted my confidence towards English even though I was in the class for only a year. Thanks, teacher Adeline!

Bryan Sia, Chung Cheng High School (Main)

The Family of Real Numbers – Integers

Enjoy this excerpt from Tutor Leon’s Secondary 1 Math tuition class. 😊

Tutor Leon: Can anyone tell me what real numbers are? Or… what type of numbers are considered real? Or… if you can’t explain it in words, you can give me examples of what real numbers are.

Student Ethan: I know, I know… they are not fake numbers! [Class giggles]

Tutor Leon: Haha… very funny, Ethan. But… it’s actually kinda true! “Fake numbers” do exist! [Bewildered look on everyone’s faces 😮  ]

Student Ethan: Huh!?!? Sure or not, Cher?

Tutor Leon: Well… put it this way – numbers that are NOT real do exist. However, we don’t call them fake numbers. They are called imaginary numbers. For now, you do NOT need to concern yourself with imaginary numbers as they are beyond your O-level syllabus. [Sigh of relief from the class] For secondary level mathematics, numbers that you deal with are ALL real. For now, just know that besides real numbers, imaginary numbers also exists. Ok?

The Entire Class: Ok!!

Tutor Leon: So… back to my original question, what are real numbers? [Class ponders… 🤔  ]

Tutor Leon: How about this. You can think of real numbers as a family of numbers, just like how your immediate and extended families are made up of various members like your father, mother, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, cousins, etc. So what are the different types of numbers that belong to the real number family? Megan, what do you think?

Student Megan: Err… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 … and so on?

Tutor Leon: Hmm… that’s not a bad start. Yes, real numbers include the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on. Can you tell me what is the largest number you can think of?

Student Riley: Gazillion!! Just kidding… hahaha… err… I think it’s called infinity? 😬

Tutor Leon: That’s a decent answer, Riley! You’re kinda right. There are an infinite number of real numbers. However, infinity is NOT an actual number, but rather the idea that something is endless. Meaning that real numbers go on and on forever and ever. Does that make sense? [Class nods in unison] Ok, so the next question is… does anyone know what the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on are called?

Student Riley: Cher, you mean numbers have names?

Tutor Leon: Sort of… just like how in science, in order to make sense of things around us, we categorise or classify different types of animals, plant life, etc. So the same applies to numbers, especially since there are an infinite number of them. To help us understand numbers better. Wouldn’t it make sense to categorise the different types of numbers?

Student Riley: Guess so… err… so what are the numbers called?

Tutor Leon: Good question! 😉  Numbers starting from 1 then 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on are called natural numbers.

Student Megan: Natural numbers? Why natural?

Tutor Leon: Another good question! Do you remember the time when you were much younger, as a toddler, when you were learning your ABC’s and of course learning how to count? [Class nods] Didn’t we all start counting from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 … [Class nods again] Exactly! It’s simply the most natural way for most of us to count numbers… hence natural numbers. Sometimes natural numbers are also known as counting numbers.

The Entire Class: Oorrrhh…

Tutor Leon: So imagine that the real number family started with natural numbers but was still not a complete family yet. More numbers were added to the real number family. Any idea what comes before 1?

The Entire Class: Zero!!

For more insights on the origins of the number 0, please read “History of Zero“.

Tutor Leon: Spot on! Yes, then the number 0 joined the family. However, since zero is NOT natural, we had to think of another category to call numbers from 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on. Can anyone tell me what these numbers are called?

Student Ethan: Artificial numbers!! Hahaha… [Class giggles]

Tutor Leon: That’s a little corny, Ethan. Come on, seriously, what are these numbers called?

Student Ethan: 😝

Student Megan: Whole numbers!

Tutor Leon: Bingo!!

Student Ethan: Wah… steady lah… 👍

Student Megan: 😏  Just guessing.

Tutor Leon: If it was a guess, it was an intelligent guess. Well done, Megan. With the number 0, the number family was finally made whole. In other words, numbers starting from 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on are called whole numbers. Is that it? Are there no other numbers in the real number family? Or perhaps are there other numbers smaller than zero? Hint… hint. 😉

Student Ethan: I know… I know… really… really… it’s negative numbers! Negative 1, negative 2, negative 3 and so on.

For more information on the origins of negative numbers, please read “History of Negative Numbers“.

Tutor Leon: Very good! That’s absolutely right! So… the question is: Are negative numbers natural?

The Entire Class: NO!!

Tutor Leon: Are negative numbers whole numbers?

Student Riley: Hell no!

Tutor Leon: So… what are numbers …-5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 … and so on categorised as?

Student Megan: I can’t quite remember… but I think it’s “inter” something.

Tutor Leon: You are very close. Anyone else wants to try?

Student Riley: In… ter… jar??

Tutor Leon: Good try… almost there! They are called… integers. I-n-t-e-g-e-r-s. In-te-gers.

Student Megan: Yah… yes… yes… integers!!

Tutor Leon: So now that we know a negative whole number is an integer. Is a positive whole number an integer?

The Entire Class: Yes!!

Tutor Leon: That’s right! Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on are ALL integers. How about zero? Is the number 0 an integer?

Student Ethan: Yes. Confirm! Zero is an integer.

Student Megan: I disagree! Zero is errr… errr… hmmm… actually I’m not sure. I don’t think zero is negative, or is it considered positive?

Tutor Leon: Awesome! I’m glad you guys are giving it more thought. Zero… is… an… integer! Yes, some do get confused as integers are often related to negative and positive numbers. How you can think about zero is that it is a special integer that is neither positive nor negative. Does that make a little more sense to you?

The Entire Class: Yesss!

Tutor Leon: Ok, great! Let’s summarise…

Tutor Leon then summarises with the diagram below and continues with a more in-depth Q&A session on real numbers with the math class.

To be continued…

Stay tuned for future blog posts on other real number family members, such as non-integers (i.e. fractions and decimals), rational/irrational numbers and last but not least, prime numbers.

Sponge ME, Maths Tuition (Singapore)

English Vocabulary – Top 5 Bizarre Terms by Students

1  Oftenly (instead of ‘often’)

  • Student’s sentence: People who smoke oftenly are more prone to lung cancer.
  • Get it right: People who smoke often are more prone to lung cancer. (‘Often’ and ‘frequently’ are synonyms, BUT unlike ‘frequently’, ‘often’ DOES NOT end with ‘ly’.)

2  Oning (instead of ‘switching on’ or ‘turning on’)

  • Student’s sentence: I was oning the TV when the phone rang. 
  • Get it right: I was switching on the TV when the phone rang. (‘On’ is NOT a verb! Use phrasal verbs like ‘switch on’ or ‘turn on’.)

3  Betterer (instead of ‘better’)

  • Student’s sentence: She is betterer at science than her sister.
  • Get it right: She is better at science than her sister. (There’s no such word as ‘betterer’. The correct comparative adjective is ‘better’.)

4  More worse (instead of ‘worse’)

  • Student’s sentence: My results are more worse this time.
  • Get it right: My results are worse this time. (‘Worse’ is a comparative adjective, so there’s NO NEED for ‘more’.)

5  Agreeded (instead of ‘agreed’)

  • Student’s sentence: Everyone agreeded that it was a good plan.
  • Get it right: Everyone agreed that it was a good plan. (‘Agreed’ is the past tense of ‘agree’. There’s no such word as ‘agreeded’.)

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Sponge ME, English Tuition (Singapore)