Our Educators

Timothy Gan
H2 Math

Fong Ching
O Level E. Math and A. Math

Sam Yap
O Level/ IP Level A.Math

tim gan

● Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical, Honours), NUS


● STEM trained by instructors from the USA (Research for Better Teaching)

● Teacher in charge of the Math Talent Management Programme

● Ex-MOE teacher (Ministry of Education)

● A decade worth of teaching experience, including both private and public practice.

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. 2 years ago, he was also asked to help students in IB Mathematics. 

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.

Because every misconception is addressed

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 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.

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. 

Sam Yap

● Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical, Honours), NUS

● A decade worth of teaching experience in private practice. 

● ASEAN scholar.

● Experienced in research and development in the engineering field. 

Mr. Sam is a Mechanical Engineer by training, actively applying his mathematical and physics knowledge for Research and Development in the Precision Engineering industry. In his decade of experience, he has designed and produced machines that are marketed globally today. Being an avid educator, over the years, Sam has tutored students in primary school Mathematics, secondary school Additional Mathematics and polytechnic Mechanical Engineering subjects.

In teaching, Sam’s philosophy is that students require the correct understanding of mathematical concepts through concise explanations, targeted practice with mathematical questions and most importantly timely feedback. He believes that every student with the right understanding can excel in Mathematics and achieve excellent grades in the O Level Examinations. Thus, he engages his students individually, keeping each student up to pace and ready to tackle harder problems.

At Tim Gan Math, structured guidance and practices are put in place to help students make effective use of their time. Lessons are used to first shore up the students’ foundations and conceptual understanding before moving on to more rigorous practice questions, higher-order thinking questions and conceptual tests.

Resources and questions are grouped according to increasing levels of difficulty, so that students at various proficiency levels can pace themselves within the same class. The group tuition environment also exposes the students to fair and healthy competition in their learning, which serves as a great motivating factor for students to strive harder and to learn from one another on how to avoid making common errors.

In the third quarter of the year, Sam administers mock tests to students which sums up the topics covered in the year. The emphasis of these tests is not the score, but rather for the students to apply their conceptual understanding of the topics, to understand their strengths and weaknesses better, and to condition themselves for the exam setting. Each test paper is then meticulously marked and reviewed in detail.