O Level Additional Mathematics and IP Mathematics Specialist

## Sam Yap

- Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore
- A decade worth of teaching experience in private practice.
- Principal Engineer specializing in Advanced Robotics, leading a team of engineers.

Mr. Sam started tutoring in 2006 and has since tutored students at the primary, secondary and polytechnic levels in Mathematics and Engineering subjects. Through his experience, he has developed a personal style of teaching built upon concise explanations, targeted practices and timely feedback. He firmly believes that every student has the potential to excel in Mathematics. This belief drives him to engage each of his students individually at their own pace to help them to improve. 80% of his students achieved a distinction in their O level examination.

Mr. Sam is a Principal Engineer at a precision engineering MNC, specializing in Advanced Robotics. He has designed and produced machines that are marketed globally today and currently leads a team of engineers. He actively applies his industry experience in the instruction of his students.

During every lesson, key concepts will be taught. Thereafter, these concepts are reinforced using structured guidance and practice questions. The practise questions are handpicked to expose students to a wide range of difficulty and question modes, preparing them for different examination scenarios. Finally, topical tests are administered to check their understanding and to correct any misconceptions at the earliest possible stage.

For students on the essential plan and above, Mr. Sam administers mock examinations to simulate examination conditions. These examinations are then marked and each student’s performance, as well as their strengths and weaknesses, are returned with a report.

O Level Elementary Mathematics Specialist

## Fong Ching

- Bachelor of Science (Education), NTU
- Ex-MOE teacher (Ministry of Education)
- A decade worth of teaching experience, including both private and public practice.

Fong Ching is an NIE trained teacher with 6 years of teaching experience. While teaching, she has worked with the Mathematics Curriculum Planning & Development Division (CPDD) to design lesson packages for both scaffolding Mathematics concepts for low progress learners and stretching higher ability students. Apart from that, Fong Ching was also a mentor for beginning teachers and interns.

Her students range from varying levels, allowing her to understand the difficulties that students face when learning Mathematics. Her knowledge of their struggles has allowed her to plan lessons and develop resources to cater to the students’ needs.

A Level H2 Mathematics Specialist

## Timothy Gan

- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical, Honours), NUS
- NIE, PGDE
- Currently pursuing Master of Science, Mathematics of Educators, NIE NTU
- STEM trained by instructors from the USA (Research for Better Teaching)
- Ex-MOE teacher (Ministry of Education)

In his 5 years as an MOE teacher in Singapore, Tim Gan believes strongly in keeping explanations simple and to involve layman terms during lessons to make it more relatable to students and reaffirm his students’ basic knowledge of O Level and A Level Mathematics. Thus, he is able to teach students of varying academic abilities and help them achieve their fullest potential. He has 9 years of tutoring experience in A Level Mathematics and O Level Mathematics. He also has experience in helping students with IB HL Mathematics syllabus.

During his time as an MOE teacher, Tim Gan was the overall teacher-in-charge of the Math Talent Management Programme in his school, a programme which provides students the opportunities to take part in various Mathematics competitions, namely, Singapore Mathematics Olympiad (SMO), Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO), Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) and UNSW Math Competition. Apart from that, Tim Gan was also given the role of mentorship for beginning teachers. Through years of his experience in teaching and fine-tuning of his practices, he was able to develop a strong pedagogy in teaching which enables him to push his students to their maximum potential. All the classes taught by Tim Gan were able to exceed their expected grades (expected MSG) predetermined by MOE.

Through his numerous years of teaching experience, he feels that the poor understanding of concepts is one of the key factors that severely hindered students from having consistent and effective practice with Mathematics questions. Therefore, he believes that everyone can excel in Mathematics, and excellent grades are possible to achieve in the O Level and A Level Examinations. As school curriculum can be demanding, what students need to excel in Mathematics is structured guidance and practices in place to help them make effective use of their time. Hence, he uses his lessons to first shore up his students’ foundations and conceptual understanding before moving on to more rigorous practice questions and conceptual tests.

He groups his resources and questions according to an increasing level of difficulty so that both weak and stronger students are able to pace themselves within the same class. Group tuition provides a competitive element towards learning, which is a great motivating factor for students to strive harder and learn from one another about how to avoid making common errors. Higher-order thinking questions will also be given at the end of each topic complemented with thorough explanations during lessons and also online, thereby allowing students to learn at their own pace.