Mr Andrew Tan, a Math, Science & IB Group 4 Tutor

Mr. Andrew Tan

S$ 50-70/hr
verified tutor

Background

Why get tuition the whole year round when you can have it for only 3 months?

 

What if a 3-month accelerated program can help inspire you to learn the key essentials of physics, chemistry, and math, so that you become better equipped not only to score good grades for your O-levels in these subjects, but also to be equipped analytically for higher level, science-and-math type subjects at the A-level, or in polytechnic, or yet even better still, for your use of better analytical thinking in all aspects of your future life, including career, decision making, and in managing household finances? Can whole-year tuition ever sustain your motivation to study just only for good grades? Or will it help you learn anything at all beyond outside of school, beyond to also generally lead you toward studying better in want of scoring As? As they say, whilst the intention can be strong, motivation is just skin deep, and certainly needs measured stimulations to make it lasting till the exams.

Do you want to build the thinker of a problem solver inside of you for your analytical subjects? You can now build self-confidence ironically at an accelerated pace, because it is the school system which wants you to believe that you need to go at your own pace, that it is ok to be slower than the rest, that school teachers will leave their weaker students to pursue tuition outside of class because they themselves got a lot of ground to cover. Well, I cover it here if they cannot cover the subject matter properly at ‘essential key’. In fact, quite on the contrary, weaker students can actually be spurred on to be just as performing in their subject grades, if not better than the strongly self-motivated achievers.

Why get tuition for only one subject when you can have it for the above three subjects for the price of one, and at twice per week?

Why choose super tutors to pay exorbitant fees for their credentialed pedigree and popularity alone? I hope it’s not for psychological justification. Indeed, why not choose to BE FUNCTIONAL about why you even really need tuition?

Students do not learn very well in school is because they cannot relate to what they are being taught. It is too academic and compartmentalized that what they have learnt is merely procedural knowledge. Here, I teach problem-solving thinking skills, so that students rebuild their foundations brick by brick. In fact, I help them unlearn what is not helping them to think in school – they have steps but lack imagination, an important ingredient which will make truly effective learning last. They should not memorize steps. Instead, they should memorize the big-picture ‘keys’. For example, when they drive around bends on roads in the future, they will think F=mv2/r, for it will come naturally, and instinctively as the better ‘common sense’.

I am not a trained teacher, ironically luckily so. But I can coach students on how to learn better when existing methods at the foundational level must be changed, imagined, made better, even acted out with our bodies. Though I have taught/tutored part-time on a one-to-one basis for five years about ten years ago, I can confidently say that my process of coaching is structured to be ‘more key’ than what are available out there. I focus on the PILLARS OF THOUGHT for higher-sec students: mechanics, electricity, mole concept, and mathematical functions. With these, they will know how to fish better grades for themselves by a newfound confidence, to catch up and go beyond the syllabus so as to pay better attention in class, finish their school homework/assignments faster than ever before, get quicker but more effective preparation done for their tests and exams, and yes ultimately, to score better grades.

I make no guarantees about getting As with a 3-month program. No tutor can. But I can confidently say that the 4 key pillars are sufficient to cover more than half of the pure physics syllabus, a third for pure chemistry, and the engine part of doing math as the analytical tool for any science subject that uses it.

At $640 per 8 2-hour sessions a month, and for 3 months, the program will see the equivalent of 24 2-hour school sessions covering these key pillars, and include heavy-duty practice of the 1001 MCQs for O-level physics and chemistry in the key-pillar topics.

For those who cannot afford tuition at so-called pedigree fees, $1,920 is surely a worthwhile investment to have your child go to “extra-stretch school” to learn the analytical-doing stuff, which cannot be studied for via syllabus. In fact, you get some A-level physics and math to stretch your child’s “good stress” limits.

Minimum class size is 8, maximum 16.

About me, Andrew J. Tan:

I am currently a financial-advisory entrepreneur who loves physics, and will always use physics until I die. I have a Masters in Communications Software Management from the University of Essex, a B. Eng (2nd-class lower honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NUS, and an NLP practitioner certification.

I came from CJC physics and chemistry stream, and did 3 pure O-level sciences (physics, chemistry and bio) in The Chinese High secondary school in 1982-83 (sec 3-4A). All my O-level and A-level sciences scored As and Bs.

While I may not have been hardworking to get all As back then in my younger years, or in my uni days, I can assure you that my early science influence from a self-taught, self-immersed environment has certainly inspired my financial advisory work to be the best in the field of applying scientific and mathematical heuristics toward my method-based, high-conviction equity positioning, rather than follow the run-of-the-mill, portfolio ‘best practices’. With this track record of growing finances for others, I say to students, start working hard early, but first you must understand that you can allow yourself to be inspired to want to think and be able to apply the best you can in your physics, your chemistry and your math, for both the exams as well as for developing the able-to-apply thinker inside of you in the longer run. Perhaps, this formula-tube program can be the last meaningful tuition you might ever need, because you can always depend on the developed thinker who will then be yourself.

Efficiency is the name of the game, but first, are you heading up the right path (i.e. being effective in understanding and gaining knowledge that you can apply to nail any homework/test/exam problem)?

For $40/hr, the following is the lesson plan for the 24 2-hr sessions of the formula-tube (accelerated) program, which occupy more than 1 work month of a school year in total, and where the real learning lab is to be found around your child’s immediate surroundings, by re-teaching his/her learning approach:

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Kinematics   & algebraic equations/functions

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Electricity   summary, MapnotesSM and mnemonics

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Dynamics,   forces and turning moments I

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Electricity   tutorial & group discussions

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Mass,   weight, density, pressure, work and energy

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Electricity   tutorial

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Projectile,   parabolic motion and quadratics

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Chemical   bonds, reactions and mole concept

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Dynamics,   forces and turning moments II

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Reactivity   series & reaction equilibrium

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Mechanics   summary, MapnotesSM and mnemonics

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Mole   concept summary, MapnotesSM and mnemonics

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Mechanics   tutorial & group discussions

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Mole   concept tutorial & group discussions

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Mechanics   tutorial

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Mole   concept tutorial

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Static   and current electricity (KCL & KVL)

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Relations,   functions in system thinking, & habits

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Practical   electricity

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Functions   summary, MapnotesSM and mnemonics

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Magnetics   and electromagnetism

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Mini TYS exam

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Electromagnetic   induction

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Exam results, SWOT & new study-buddies   celebration

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© Andrew J. Tan 2015                                                           

 

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Education

  • University of Essex

    1994-1995

  • school

    NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

    Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)

    1988-1992 VERIFIED

  • Mind Transformations

    Certified Practitioner of Neuro-LinguisticProgramming

    1988-1992 VERIFIED

Experience

  • Private Tutor

    Private Tutor, 21 years

    1995-Present

Availability

  • Wed
    6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Thu
    6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Sat
    9:00am to 11:00am
  • Sun
    9:00am to 11:00am

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