Where do I start? Is it the conducive environment? Or Ms Ang”s excellent teaching methodology? Or the quality of the materials she provides? I can go on and on about the my wonderful experience at Math Academy but I shall try my very best to keep this testimonial as short and concise as I can.
One of the first things you will realise upon stepping inside the tuition centre that there is only a maximum of six students per class. This is so unlike that of a typical tuition centre which have ten to even twenty students in a class! The benefits of these are not to be underestimated indeed. You will experience less distractions. Let”s be frank, in a tuition centre with a larger number of students, it is darn difficult to resist the urge to talk to your friends. Also, the small number of students allows Ms Ang to give her maximum attention to each and every student. No questions will go unanswered, no problems left unsolved. In fact, sometimes I felt that the tuition lessons were more akin to that of a private tuition instead of a group tuition.
Another aspect of the tuition center I enjoyed was the bowl of sweets that was on every table. Too tired to think properly? Simple, eat some sweets, let your sugar level rise and get your brain juices pumping.
The notes that Ms Ang give are fantastic to say the least. It is so simple to understand that you will not need to spend time figuring out the content of the notes (another reason to hate textbooks!). Hence you can spend less time thinking and more time doing something productive. Despite the simplicity of the notes, it is extremely thorough. In fact, sometimes the notes go beyond the scope of what is in the syllabus.
Time for me to talk about the main course; the core of the tuition centre, Ms Ang herself. Ms Ang is an extremely experienced and passionate tutor. The way she articulates even the most complex and intricate of math concepts allows a sotong person to fully and easily grasp these concepts. She can pinpoint your mistakes with pinpoint accuracy and more importantly, the root cause of these mistakes; things that even you are likely unaware of. She teaches you the shortest way to solve any math sum you throw at her. These shortcuts will put you at a huge advantage during your exams. But the thing that strikes me most is Ms Ang”s patience. You can ask her any question any number of times; even if the question is downright simple and seemingly stupid, and she will never lose her cool or get annoyed or frustrated. Take me for instance : There was one lesson where I kept asking her repeatedly one math concept that I failed to comprehend. Unfortunately, by the end of the lesson, I still did not understand it. After the lesson, I gathered up my courage and decided to whatsapp her about that very same math concept, expecting her to snap at me. But to my surprise, she explained it to me again, except in even greater details this time round. How many tutors actually deal with their students with such patience? Speaking about whatsapp, you can whatsapp Ms Ang your math queries and from my experience she will get back to you very promptly. Almost all tutors I”ve come across are different from her. They will only play the role of your tutor during tuition, and for the rest of the time, they play no part in your life. Ms Ang is so different in the sense that she plays the role of your tutor all the time, not just during your tuition lesson. I know after reading all these you must be thinking it”s all fun and games where you can just sit back and relax and let Ms Ang get your distinction for you. Unfortunately I feel both obliged and obligated to break the truth to you, which is that nothing could be further from the truth. There is alot of worksheets to be done; alot of self-practice on your part which you should carry out too. But fret not, Ms Ang is not a sadist who will leave you at the deep end of the pool to drown. She will slowly guide you from the shallow end of the pool to deeper and deeper waters. Before you know it, you will be able to dive to depths of the deepest ocean trenches on your own without any help.
There are so many more things that I could write about, so many more of my experiences that I want to share. But by now, I believe that I’ve already lost the attention of some. To sum it up, put it in your due share of effort, let Ms Ang work her magic, and hocus pocus, you will get the distinction which you so dreamed of.
Timothy Yap St Patrick’s School May 19, 2015
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