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 learners and stretching higher ability students. Apart from that, Fong Ching was also a mentor for beginning teachers and interns. She mentored a group of young teachers and help them to improve their teaching pedagogies and practices.
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 student’s needs.
Students love her lessons as she is a very approachable teacher and also motherly in nature. She cares for her students’ well-being and will make time to meet students outside lesson time for consultation.
In her two years of being a private tutor, Yih Lynn has helped several students improve their understanding of Mathematics. She believes in building up a strong foundation through practice and starting with the basic questions for each topic. Having been a student under Mr Gan previously, she too strongly believes in breaking down challenging concepts to aid her student’s learning.
Her knowledge of mathematics and ability to help her students can be seen from her results, where she has attained A1 for both her E Math and A Math, as well as an A for H2 Mathematics. Hence, she has sufficient experiential knowledge to help her students.
Currently an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, Yih Lynn is able to relate to her students easily and provide encouragement and support in their studies.
Being an ex student at Tim Gan Math, Ariel was able to experience the detailed explanation of concepts under the tutoring of Ms Fong and Mr Gan. She believes what sets this centre apart is the constant explanation of how certain formulas and concepts come about which allow one to understand Math much easier. This has allowed her to build a strong foundation in Mathematics as well as an interest in it that she hopes to relay to her students.
Furthermore, as a recent graduate of the O and A levels, Ariel is familiar with both the syllabus and the challenges that students may come across in preparation for their examinations. Thus she desires to provide her students with good advice that she found useful to herself. As someone who loves getting to know new people, she hopes to bring encouragement and joy to her students while teaching them Mathematics.
At the Tim Gan Math Learning Centre, we are proud to have Mr. Chen as a dedicated mathematics tutor. Currently advancing his expertise with a second master’s degree in ‘Master of Science, Mathematics for Educators’ from NIE, Mr. Chen also boasts a ‘Teaching Certificate in Mathematics (Senior High)’ from the People’s Republic of China.
Rather than promoting rote learning, Mr. Chen emphasizes understanding mathematical methods in problem-solving. His patient and uplifting teaching approach stems from a firm belief that every student can excel in mathematics with the right guidance.
An alumnus of King’s College London, Mr. Chen holds a ‘Master of Science, Mobile and Personal Communications’. His foundational background in Engineering equips him with a rich understanding of mathematical problem-solving and its pragmatic applications. This dual background allows Mr. Chen to enrich his teachings by showcasing the tangible real-world applications of mathematics, ensuring students perceive the subject as more than just static formulas. With Mr. Chen, mathematics comes alive!
Ms Janice is not only responsible but also very reliable as she takes her job seriously, ensuring that each session is productive and focused. One of her strengths is being on-task, which means she stays focused on the specific learning goals during every lesson. This ensures that time is well spent and that progress is made consistently.
Moreover, Ms Janice has a knack for delivering interesting lessons. She understands that engaging students is crucial for effective learning. By incorporating various teaching methods and interactive activities, she keeps her students motivated and eager to learn.
In addition to these qualities, Ms Janice also excels in building a good rapport with her students. She establishes a comfortable and supportive environment where students feel encouraged to ask questions and actively participate in discussions. This positive connection fosters effective communication and enables a better understanding of complex math concepts!
Joel is our Core Curriculum Developer whose passion for mathematics and extensive background in education make him a valuable asset in the field. His educational journey began as a Secondary School Teacher, where he not only taught mathematics but also led math Olympiad training sessions, showcasing his dedication to excellence in math education. Transitioning to the primary level, he introduced innovative teaching methods, including ICT integration, to make math engaging for young learners.
Joel’s teaching approach is marked by his outgoing and encouraging personality, creating lively and interactive classrooms where students feel comfortable asking questions and actively participating in the learning process. He holds a Mathematics degree from the National University of Singapore, and the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Data Analytics, enhancing his analytical skills and bridging the gap between traditional math and the evolving world of data and technology.
As the Core Curriculum Developer, Joel is committed to shaping and enhancing math education. He creates engaging materials and innovative teaching strategies, empowering students to excel in math while enjoying the learning process.
In his role, Joel crafts challenging exercises and practice questions for various math programs, aligning them with curriculum standards. He also creates clear, step-by-step video solutions that simplify complex math problems. Joel’s deep mathematical knowledge, and commitment to making math enjoyable and accessible for students of all levels is evident in his work, and his expertise enriches the educational landscape.
Joel, our Core Math Curriculum Specialist, possesses a deep passion for mathematics, backed by an impressive educational track record. Starting his career as a Secondary School Math Teacher, he distinguished himself by conducting math Olympiad training sessions, a testament to his commitment to math excellence. Later, as a Primary School Teacher, he introduced contemporary teaching methods, seamlessly integrating ICT to captivate young minds.
With an engaging and positive demeanor, Joel’s teaching style fosters an interactive classroom environment where students are inspired to participate and ask questions freely. A graduate in mathematics from the National University of Singapore, he’s currently advancing his knowledge with a Master’s in Data Analytics. This pursuit enhances his proficiency, merging traditional mathematics with the dynamic realm of data and technology.
In his capacity as a Core Math Curriculum Specialist, Joel’s mission is to elevate math education. He designs captivating materials and forward-thinking teaching approaches that not only promote academic excellence but also make learning math a joyous experience. He meticulously designs intricate exercises for diverse math programs, ensuring alignment with curriculum standards. Additionally, he breaks down intricate math problems with clear, concise video explanations.
Joel’s profound mathematical acumen and dedication to fostering a love for math in students are evident in his endeavors. His expertise is a valuable addition to our educational domain. We’re thrilled to have Joel on board and eagerly anticipate the transformative influence he will bring to 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.