Keeping a positive mindset in a stressful vocation

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Giving tuition is a calling. Sorry for sounding a tad self-important here but a tutor can and does make a big difference. Although not many will openly acknowledge it, having someone experienced and diligent to help with the one important presentation, the term essay, the class project or an assignment makes life less stressful for students. When the sessions are managed carefully, tuition can build up a child’s confidence and improve his or her abilities and skills, not to mention proficiency in the subject matter.Last but not least, tutors make a difference in exams, streaming and promotions to the next level. As much as tutors are often the unsung heroes and heroines, their contributions are significant. Here are some of the feedback received from my students (I will add on as the feedback comes in):

 

  • Mother of Peirce Secondary School Sec 4 student tutored in Lit this year:
    “Very beneficial. Can see she is improving.”
  • Mother of Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary High School Sec 1 student tutored in History, Geography and Lit:
    “He finds the sessions very helpful. As for Literature, he likes that you explain a lot more than his subject teacher.”
  • SJI Sec 4 student in Lit and English this year:
    “The sessions were good.”
  • Sec 2 ACSI student in Literature this year:
    “My boy said the lessons were beneficial. He understood what you’ve taught him.”
  • Mother of Dunman High year 2 IP student tutored in Lit, History and Geography this year:
    “Thanks for helping us? Glad that you took him in. He’s really looking forward to next year.”
  • Sec 4 ACSI student tutored in Lit, History and Social Studies. Was with me since Sec 2.
    “Her sessions are very good. She is very concise and thorough.”
  • Sec 3 CHIJ (St Nic) student tutored in Literature, English and Social Studies this year:
    “Very beneficial and helpful, especially in Literature which I improved quickly compared to my previous grades. My English comprehension’s score was 40 out of 50 and I am now passing my Social Studies.”
  • JC 1 student from Meridian Junior College being tutored in H2 Literature this year:
    “I have really enjoy the sessions so far because I’ve been enlightened to a lot of stuff in Hamlet that I have not been taught or personally thought of before,”

Some new Lit titles taught in 2015

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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.

Super good news to share!

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Most of my Lit students whether they are doing Elective Lit or Pure Lit have been doing well. Just found out another of my former student scored distinctions for English and Literature respectively at the ‘O’ levels last year. He is from Chung Cheng High (Main). I am happy because when he commenced sessions with me last year, it was already in the second semester and he was rather weak in both subjects. I just love “boasting” about my students’ good performance, just like some unabashed proud parent! Anyway he is doing H2 Lit now and has come to me for help. I am really happy because I get to do “The Warrior Woman” by Maxine Hong Kingston again as it is one of his texts for H2 paper! Incidentally he is one of the 4 students who have come back to me for help in H2 Lit!

At the same time most of my Sec 4 Lit students are already scoring A2s now for all the tests. So I am keeping my fingers crossed and working doubly hard to ensure that they will do well at the ‘O’ levels.

Admittedly tutoring Literature and English is not easy – some parents are not aware of the tears and anxieties that tutors have to contend with, Tutors have to work with the high expectations of parents which explain why i am weary about taking in students when the exams are only two to three weeks away.