It has been one hectic year. As 2015 draws to a close, a new year beckons, and I have been privileged to teach new titles. Not all the new texts are featured here. Some of them are completely new to me, i.e. I have not read them before and some I taught about 5 years or more ago. The trouble or rather the challenge (if I look at it positively) is that for lower sec and IP Lit, the texts change - new ones replaced erstwhile titles. Indeed even for "A" level Lit, the same reality applies and so poor the Lit tutor is always kept busy. So tutoring Lit has to involve more than just pecuniary motives; there must be an abiding passion for the subject, a dedication to helping students appreciate the subject and a strong desire for them to do their best for it. So call me and tell me what texts your child or you the student are doing for next year.
From RJC: "He is comfortable with your sessions. He is learning." Feedback from father of Year 1 student doing H2 Literature. From Dunman High: "He finds your explanations very clear." Feedback from mother of Year 2 student doing LA, History and Geography with me. From St Patrick Secondary: "He enjoys your sessions very much." Feedback from mother of Sec 3 student doing Literature with me. From Kent Ridge Secondary: "He is learning from you. He finds them useful." Feedback from mother of Sec 3 student doing Geography, History, Social Studies and English with me. From National Junior College: "Mdm Yu, you are many times better than my Lit teacher. My essays have improved tremendously. Thanks to you my grades are now up!" Feedback from student doing H2 Literature in her second year. From ACSI (IB): "He says you are the best Literature teacher he ever has!" Feedback from mother of Year 6 student doing Literature with me From ACSI (IB): "They(the sessions) are good and I regret not coming to you sooner." Feedback from Year 6 student doing Literature with me.
Teaching Literature and Language Arts is challenging and rewarding. It seems to get harder, not easier because MOE is now regularly reviewing the titles. In the past a tutor only needs to know two texts - a play and prose and he or she can teach any Literature student! Now I need to know close to 15 texts just to teach the 'O" and "N" level students! So if one is only in it for the money, then tutoring Lit is surely not the path to take! Too much effort and responsibilities! Hahaha! Tutoring Literature requires a lot of passion. When a tutor has the passion, she or he will put in the effort required which means reading and more reading, analysing the texts and researching on them. In addition, a committed tutor will make the session interesting and seek ways to engage students. As and when possible, the tutor will also impart approaches to reading texts - a skill that is worth a million dollars! I will be putting up feedback from my new students on Literature and Humanities.