Ms Sim’s unique teaching approach in her JC Chemistry tuition classes is summarized below. This unique approach has been refined through years of tutoring experience and is designed to help students gain most from each lesson.
Private Home Tuition
For private home tuition, the approach can be described in three phases: pre lesson, during lesson and post lesson.
Pre lesson – Before the first lesson is conducted, Ms Sim will find out from the student on the topics they need help on which will determine the focus of the first lesson. She will also review previous common test or exam to diagnose the issue faced by the student by looking at the three areas: a) Application and Bookwork, b) Weakest component across the three key components which comprise Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry and c) Weakest topic.
During lesson – During the lesson, topics are taught through the use of summary notes to convey the key concepts and highlight the frequently made mistakes by the students. Students are also asked questions to test on their understanding and application. Consultation is also provided to address the queries that the student has.
Post lesson – Questions are assigned to the student via email. Queries by students are answered and explained by Ms Sim via whatsapp to help them in between the lessons.
For group tuition, the approach can be described in three phases: pre lesson, during lesson and post lesson.
Pre lesson – Before the first lesson, Ms Sim finds out from students to determine topics they need help on and factor that in the lesson agenda. She reviews previous common test or exam to diagnose issues faced by student by looking at 3 areas: a) Application and Bookwork, b) Weakest component across the three key components (Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry) and c) Weakest topic. In line with our belief in serving the individual needs of each student, the weekly lesson agenda is sent to students in advance via whatsapp to prepare them for the lesson and also details the specific areas to follow up on by each student to address their individual needs.
During lesson – Each lesson has two components:
Teaching of content – Key concepts in the topics covered in the syllabus are taught to equip students with the fundamental understanding of the topics. An overview of the topic is provided through the use of summary notes. Students then apply what they learned by working on questions to reinforce key concepts that were taught.
Consultation and coaching – Personalised attention is provided to address the needs of each student. During the one to one time, Ms Sim will go to each student to provide consultation and help them clarify questions that they have problems with. Alternatively, students can also use the time for coaching on the particular topic that they need help on.