Mr Jia Xing Lee, a Geography, Science & IB Group 3 Tutor

Mr. Jia Xing Lee

S$ 40-60/hr
verified tutor

Background

I spent most of my life in Singapore, where having to grow up in a wide knowledge-interconnecting country set a good foundation for me to satisfy my thirst for knowledge. Subsequently, it stimulates my yearning to understand how our body works and compel me to study life sciences. During my undergraduate year (Major in Life Sciences, Specialisation in Biomedical Science; Minor in Geosciences) at National University of Singapore, I was working as a private home tutor. I have tutored eight students from secondary schools or junior colleges (from 2011 to 2014). As a private tutor, I could customise and accommodate my lesson plan to adapt to the learning style and pace of the individual student. Furthermore, I liked to motivate my students in their studies to work towards their future aspiration and the combined effort paid off when my students improved (Best grade improvement from "ungraded" to "B" for GCE “A” level examination within six months). Similarly, I also volunteered to mentor my undergraduate juniors in life science modules where all of them gave positive feedbacks and thus, encouraged me to go into a teaching career. Hence, I decided to become a full-time teaching assistant at National University of Singapore to teach life science modules to undergraduates (from 2015 to 2017). Currently, I am working towards becoming a professional teacher.

 

I have established two primary philosophies as a teacher for myself. Firstly, it is to encourage students to do the independent critical thinking and analytical reasoning to strengthen their problem-solving skills, which I have acquired as a student myself. Secondly, it is to customise and personalise the learning experiences of students, which I have picked up from my teaching experience.

 

Progressing through my undergraduate years enabled me to define learning as a personal growth process, and one has truly learned something when he or she could apply what they have acquired. Life science is an applied field where students constantly harness the knowledge and concepts learned from the modules, and employ them in research and other disciplines. I aim to nurture students to do an independent critical analysis to enhance their problem-solving skills, therefore emboldening them not just to memorise the typical solutions, but to think of a best-fitting solution for a problem. Thus, I adopt the student-centred learning approaches, where students and myself (as a teacher) play an equally active role in the learning process. I provide my students with engaging learning materials (i.e. articles, videos, etc.) which set their foundational knowledge and motivate them to be actively discovering more information. I also encourage students to participate in the learning process by prompting them with varied questions at every stage of the learning process to keep them engaged and also to help them in understanding their work, instead of following the protocol or the instructor’s direction blindly.

 

Engaging and motivating students present their challenges as different students required different pedagogical approaches, and a teacher needs to accommodate and adapt to the needs of the students. This is evidential in few of the more introverted students who need additional help but hesitant to ask for it. I find that it is effective to establish rapport with my students by getting to know my students, not just by their names, but by asking them about their aspirations and goals. I obtain most of the information subtly through my interactions with them. Having a good sense of humour is favourable as the best in a person shines in a more amicable environment. Students tend to learn more effectively from a friendly teacher who set up a comfortable environment conducive for learning. In this manner, I can know my students’ level of interest and perception they have for life sciences and approach them in different manners to individualise their learning experience.

 

A good teacher should have solid fundamental concepts as well as a broad knowledge beyond the discipline being taught. Thus, he or she can provide useful inter-disciplinary connections which make learning fascinating and thus engages the students. Good course materials with sufficient examples are also crucial. It is important to prepare lessons in advance and have the flexibility to adapt to the demands of the curriculum and students as the class proceeds. Additionally, technology is a very useful tool and should be utilised effectively. Audio-visual aids like using PowerPoint slides, providing handouts, showing video clips to emphasise important points, and using other software are effective learning tools with proven impacts.

 

The personal journey which I have taken as a teacher has extended beyond the class, into areas that I never thought before. I have opportunities to discuss with other teachers about their teaching philosophies, which has been insightful, informative and enlightening. My role as a teacher has brought teaching to the forefront of my career. The same qualities, which are significant to me as a teacher, are echoed in my role as a mentor to other teachers or teaching assistants. I am a teacher and a mentor, which is what I aim to create for my students.

 

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Education

  • school

    NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

    2011-2015

  • school

    SERANGOON JUNIOR COLLEGE

    2007-2008

  • school

    BOWEN SECONDARY SCHOOL

    2003-2006

Experience

  • school

    National University Of Singapore

    Teacher, 1 year

    2015-2017

  • N.a.

    Teacher, 3 years

    2011-2014

Availability

  • Mon
    11:00am to 10:00pm
  • Tue
    11:00am to 10:00pm
  • Wed
    11:00am to 10:00pm
  • Thu
    11:00am to 10:00pm
  • Fri
    11:00am to 10:00pm
  • Sat
    11:00am to 6:00pm
  • Sun
    11:00am to 6:00pm

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