Testimonials

TESTIMONIALS

Read on testimonials of how Mr Koh’s Parachute Concept approach has helped students from different schools:

(interested parties can also request to chat with existing/ex-students or their parents)

Acknowledgement from class of 2016

Mr Koh is hands-down one of the nicest and most selfless teachers you’ll ever meet. He is the teacher who will respond to your text messages even late at night, because he knows how unsettling having unanswered questions can be. He will painstakingly go through our essay plans sent as images through whatsapp, even though we all know how tiring it is to read these things on the phone. He is exactly the type of teacher you would need right after your exams – he picks out your learning points and guides you on how to proceed from there. With Mr Koh, there is no stock memorisation of monotonous content so characteristic of our education system. Wherever possible, he creates parachute concepts that we become so familiar with, the content is naturally internalised within us. There is little more to say about Mr Koh’s parachute concepts, other than that they work like a wonder. Economics has really become so much clearer and understandable with Mr Koh’s help!
Engracia Loh (RI) – A in Econs
Ever since the first trial class I went for near the end of J1, Mr Koh's teaching pedagogy has already bought me over. Mr Koh doesn't focus purely on the teaching of economics content unlike most conventional teachers; instead, he focuses on the use of his parachute and balloon concepts that made econs a lot less daunting and content-heavy to study as it was before. Subconsciously, as he constantly repeated his useful acronyms and topic breakdowns in class, these slowly became etched in the back of my mind with every essay I write and every CSQ I attempt. I do believe this has proven useful as it drew closer and closer to As, as the use of Mr Koh's methods helped to cut down the time spent on econs, yet with higher productivity of learning. Lessons aside, Mr Koh is very approachable in and out of class, and it is always comforting to know that he will be encouraging you every step of the way. It is hard to find a teacher that truly cares 🙂
Seah Xin Yun (HCI) – A in Econs
I first joined Mr Koh after I got an E for my CT2 exams in August. As it was close to prelims period, I thought my econs could never be improved in time. I had always worked very hard for my economics, but with no results. However, Mr Koh took a subject that I once found extremely convoluted and overwhelming and broke it down to very simple 'parachute concepts' that made the entire syllabus easy to digest and understand. His tips on how to structure essays were my saving graces, and I became much better at strategising my answers for both essays and case studies. His lessons were informative and enjoyable -- I rarely lost focus during his lessons. More than this, Mr Koh is an extremely dedicated and caring teacher. He was willing to stay back for as long as it took in order to clarify all our doubts, and encouraged us to submit practice essays for him to mark. He was also encouraging and made an effort to know all his students personally, and continued being a source of guidance and support during and even after our A levels. Within 1 month, I improved to a B for my prelims. I can safely say that my only regret was not joining Mr Koh's classes earlier. I would recommend him to any student that is struggling in economics and needs guidance and direction.
Natalie Lim (RI) – B in Econs
Mr Koh is an inspiring teacher. I joined his class after scraping a C for my June CT in J1, and from being really quite nonchalant towards economics, I steadily became more interested in it, from how economic problems can be identified via distinct characteristics to how economic policies can have different impacts on the economy. I liked how he presented concepts and ideas in economics by grouping them into his parachute concepts. That made learning economics very organised and made it much easier and more interesting for me to learn, understand and even explain them to others. His lessons are engaging and to the point, and he identifies key concepts for each topic and conveys to us effectively. He always makes sure that we are clear on whatever he is teaching, and even though I sometimes lose focus in class, he will always pull my attention back to what is being taught. He always asks us to clarify any doubts with him so that when we write an essay, or answer any questions on economics, we will be well prepared. He even answers questions that are out of the syllabus, even it is just to satisfy my curiosity. As it drew closer to the A levels, he held intensive revision classes that would focus on key events and topics that the exam was likely to test, and I felt that those classes really gave me a lot of confidence when going into the papers as they acted as nice refreshers for the topics that were covered. Overall, I feel that Mr Koh is a very caring teacher who really wants his students to excel in whatever they do, and is very capable of ensuring that we can do so as well. I really enjoyed his lessons, and Mr Koh helped me enjoy economics as well.<br />
Jason Kit Thinagaran (RI) – A in Econs
I joined Mr Koh's tuition at the end of JC1, when I realized I couldn't depend on luck (of happening to memorize the right contents), to score well. I was lost in the contents of my lecture notes, and felt a need for a more targetted study approach. I started off with Mr Koh's holiday crash courses, which convinced me that Econs can be studied in a structured manner: Parachute concepts and application frameworks. I like how Mr Koh's frameworks are designed to let us ``work backwards`` from the types of questions tested in exams. When I saw that all the A-level and prelim questions could be categorized into these frameworks, it gave me a sense of relief - that mastering these frameworks would make me almost foolproof. Through Mr Koh's well-paced lessons, I began to see direct links between key contents, and their applications in commonly-tested questions. In TET, funny acronyms (created by Mr Koh) have always helped me to easily recall the frameworks I've learnt. My doubts were instantly cleared by referring to his comprehensive guidebook, which is very concise, or by Mr Koh's prompt responses (physically and virtually). Thank you, Mr Koh, for making the process very manageable!:)
Yong Kang Yee (RI) – A in Econs
Mr Koh has a unique style of teaching Economics that is surprising effective. The frameworks that he created can be used to solve most of the difficult questions in A levels(both essay and case study). The frameworks truly aid one in the thought process in answering such questions and ultimately coming up with an answer that is short yet succulent. I would recommend it to anyone who needs help urgently and needs a fresh perspective in studying for A level Economics.
Chan Yu Xuan (NJC) – A in Econs
Inspiring, supportive, dedicated and directed. The knowledge Mr Koh imparted went above and beyond my expectations: both in the clarity and accessibility of his methods, their efficacy in practice, and his superb lesson delivery. A lot of thought goes into curating his lesson plans, to fit the exact objectives of econs tuition - a place to refine content rather than deliver it; where we separate the wheat from the chaff to achieve focus in our essays. His lessons, too, were as much about learning as they were life-quenching - Mr Koh is an immeasurably kind and knowledgeable individual, and not once have I felt apprehensive in consulting him about economics, scholarships, good cafes, or even life advice. His lessons truly brightened up my Wednesday evenings 🙂
Tee Ming Zee (RI) – A in Econs
When I joined Mr Koh’s Economics tuition class, it was at the end of J1, after my promotional examinations, as I was not feeling confident about that subject. Mr Koh was kind enough to give my friend, Rachel, and I an introduction to his classes, explaining how the lessons usually go and the reasons behind his approach. I thought this was really useful as it allowed me to decide if my learning style went well with his teaching methods, before committing to his lessons. For me, the best part about Mr Koh’s lessons is the exposure to current economic activities happening around the world (which can be really useful for GP as well :D). After attending Mr Koh’s lessons, I could feel my confidence and interest in the subject growing gradually. Previously, I always felt that my essays do not really answer the question and case study questions were very difficult to score. However, under Mr Koh’s guidance, I learnt to better organize my content into suitable essay structures and thus, answering essay questions more effectively. In addition, Mr Koh’s constant encouragement for his students is also very heart-warming. I fondly remember staying back after lessons to ask questions and afterwards, we’ll even chat a little about how school life is. Mr Koh is a passionate and inspiring teacher whom I’m very grateful to have had met on my JC journey. With his guidance and your very own hard work, you would definitely be able to develop your interest as well as become more confident in Econs.
Lim Yu Lin (RI) – A in Econs
Being a relatively new and foreign subject, I struggled with understanding and applying economic concepts in J1. following my friend's recommendation, I signed up for Mr Koh's classes, and found it so engaging and effective. His attentiveness during lessons made sure that every single student understood what was going on, and by asking us questions, we had to actively think during his lessons and not just absorb. He is thoughtful of the students as well, providing appropriate breaks and giving us food to snack on 🙂 His methodologies are also highly effective and yet simple to remember and apply, and big topics could easily be covered using various parachute concepts to prevent any portion from being left out. Mr Koh is also a very dedicated teacher always contactable through text, replying to all my questions promptly and clearly. I'm glad I chose to attend Mr Koh's classes, Economics became a really enjoyable subject to study.
Chern Jing Yi (HCI) – A in Econs
Econs was a subject that I had initially given up hope on, since I had other subjects doing very badly and had no time to spare for Econs, which is more unpredictable than the Math and Sciences. However, I decided to join Mr Koh's classes in June of my J2 year when he opened a new Friday session. Still remembered how I was stunned when he asked me whether I was more confident in micro or macroeconomics - I had no idea what was the difference. Mr Koh is a really cheerful and eloquent teacher, and his parachute concepts packages all the content into frameworks that you can actually use to tackle all question types appearing in exams. These frameworks turns Econs into a much more predictable subject in that there are model frameworks to tackle various question types. This is critical since Econs is very content heavy and simply memorising content would get you nowhere, you would still be lost. Mr Koh is also a really dedicated teacher who genuinely enjoys what he does, providing us with consultations, snacks and out-of-textbook information about the global scene during breaks, which is eye-opening. Thanks to Mr Koh, I managed to get A for Econs in the A Levels despite the long streaks of S and Us throughout JC. Thank you Mr Koh!
Wu Licheng (HCI) – A in Econs
Mr Koh has been one of the most dedicated and understanding teachers whom I’ve had the privilege of meeting. His unwavering patience in class, willingness to go over explanations multiple times upon any request and the way he makes immense time and effort to give us personal feedback after each school examination has really moved me. With Mr Koh’s vast experience, resources and tested methodology, econs definitely has become a less daunting subject, which made a great difference to my confidence leading up to the A level examinations!
Lim Su Lyn (HCI) – A in Econs
I joined Mr Koh at the end of J1 and was struggling terribly with economics. I was unable to fully comprehend economic concepts and naturally i sought help and hence, joined Mr koh for lessons. The most appealing thing about Mr koh's teaching style that made learning economics less mundane and more condensed, were his frameworks and parachute concepts. For someone with trouble memorising and summarising topics, those were a lifesaver. His guidebook was like a bible for my economics journey and it was very useful for revision. His teaching style also allowed us to learn many real life examples where economic concepts were utilised and it made economics tuition more enjoyable. He also had a resource bank of youtube videos and flash cards which came in very handy for revision or a quick refresher. Economics for me was always something i lacked confidence in but Mr Koh was able to make learning simpler and his large variety of resources meant that i could refresh parachute concepts and frameworks at my own pace at home as well. Mr koh is also always willing to clarify doubts and when he is going through more sophisticated concepts he tends to explain slower for the benefit of the class. Thank you Mr koh for your hard work and helping me improve drastically in my economics!
Jeremiah Ong (HCI) – A in Econs
I never wanted tuition in my JC life but when my elder brother told me that Mr Koh confirm A then why not right? But seriously Mr Koh is damn zai. He makes econs much simpler by breaking it into ``parachute`` concepts. This helped me to understand the topics much better and even developed an interest for a previously thought to be boring subject. Mr Koh also teaches you how to answer the A lvl questions which is what most tutors in school or other centres miss out. This helped me to score better in school exams with the knowledge i had. Compared to my peers who knew about the subject but struggled to appropriately present their answers in the examinations. Mr Koh is also the most genuine tution teacher out there. He cares for your entire well-being including your other commitments such as your CCA and other subjects. He is always willing to provide favours and offers us super welfare like food and nice places to study. Classes are also super chill so i really didnt mind going for ``extra lesson`` after school. And with his 10++ years of experience, come on he writes the answer key to the tys that your school ask you to buy. I was very assured that my econs will do well, and if you listen to him you can do well too.
Joel Chin (NJC) – A in Econs
Mr Koh was a very passionate mentor whom i met in the middle of year 2. I was struggling with my econs in sch with only a few months left before A levels and I remember feeling extremely lost and desperate. Despite my circumstances, Mr Koh approached tutoring me with confidence that I could do well and had his lessons well planned and structured with solid concepts and frameworks. His strong belief in his teaching methods and frameworks as well as his passion for teaching makes Mr Koh a truly wonderful tutor and mentor.
Jacob Tay (NJC) – A in Econs
I only joined Mr Koh’s class in around late July/August but his effective and concise teaching method enabled me to absorb the essential know-hows in a short amount of time. I was consistently performing below average and even had to take a supplementary paper after my ‘S’ grade in promos. However, after merely two months with Mr Koh, I achieved my best grade in my preliminary examination, which was a ‘C’, then proceeded to secure an ‘A’ in the A’ levels. Thank you, Mr Koh for also always having the welfare of your students in mind, reminding us that there are more important things in life other than results.
Zhang Feng Fang (HCI) – A in Econs
Before I met Mr. Koh, I had studied Economics under a tuition teacher who taught through her force of personality rather than using a knowledge of content and exam-based skills. The result was a miserable introduction to Economics and a struggle through the exam papers, where I often emerged discouraged and frustrated. Within a few weeks of learning under Mr. Koh and his handy guidebook, I finally felt as though I had a measure of control over this wild subject –– I could not hope to tame it, but at least I could be an educated visitor in the safari. My grades climbed from an E in CT 2 to a C in Prelims, before finally a B in the A Levels. Most importantly, I emerged from the exam with a smile on my face and a newfound respect for the subject. That was no doubt founded on Mr. Koh’s steady guidance, his invaluable guidebook and his infinite patience for answering students’ numerous questions. I’m most grateful to Mr. Koh and will remember the hours I spent in his classroom with joy.
Liew Ai Xin (RI) – B in Econs
I'm sure many testimonials have highlighted Mr Koh's competency and passion as an economics tutor, which are easily observable from his thoughtful repackaging of this convoluted subject into a more intuitive one via his ingenious use of parachute concepts and frameworks. Had I joined his class in early J1, I would not have been misguided into thinking it was an easy subject judging by its content, because the difficult part of H2 econs is application. If you begin classes early, you would be able to acquire the necessary skills from a veteran (who is probably over-qualified) with ease and perhaps JC life would be a bit easier with his 一针见血 dissection of the subject.<br /> Beyond economics, Mr Koh is the kind of teacher you have the privilege to meet maybe once in a 50. Despite being loaded with achievements, he is confident yet not arrogant, pragmatic without being cynical. Most importantly, he is down-to-earth and grounds all his teachings in real life. He is not judgmental but seeks to see the best in every student, shit grades or not. He is a great mentor whose Neo-Confucian-esque wisdom and guidance will benefit his students for a long time. The best teachers are remembered for life, as his former student I am very grateful.
Chew Yun Qing (HCI) – B in Econs

Acknowledgement from class of 2015

Mr Koh is one of the teachers I will remember five years down the road. It's hard to find a teacher who is so dedicated to his work, that he skips proper meals and shares fries with his students while they bombard him with questions during consultations. He always has a listening ear, a spare tissue and a word of encouragement for students whenever they feel overwhelmed by the stress of running the A Level marathon. Besides providing emotional support, Mr Koh's concise and thorough outlines give students a bird's eye view of key economic concepts. More importantly, he teaches students how to apply these concepts and to tackle complicated questions by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable components. In many senses, Econs was hardly the only thing I learnt from Mr Koh. I admire Mr Koh for his resourcefulness, meticulousness and business acumen and his series of A Level guide books helped many of my friends, even those who were not under his personal tutelage. Mr Koh's interest in current affairs and deep knowledge of the Singapore economy also inspired me to read The Business Times. To my delight, I realized that economics was highly relevant to daily life and this really drove me to delve deeper and understand everything I could about the subject. He has given me invaluable advice with regards to scholarship and uni applications and he often shares touching personal anecdotes in class, reminding students that grades are simply a stepping stone to greater dreams.
Jessie Lim Jia Hui (HCI) – A in Econs
When I first joined Mr Koh’s class, I had zero idea on what Economics was all about. His weekly lessons and continuous guidance throughout my 2 years in JC were pivotal in enabling me to get a final ‘A’ grade in my ‘A’ levels. Never once shying away from questions, Mr Koh is patient, encouraging and fosters a healthy and conducive learning environment for his students. He does not rush through the content he aims to cover; rather, he tailors each lesson according to the students’ needs and ensures that a solid understanding has been achieved. He always comes to class well-researched and duly prepared—we could never rattle him with out-of-the-box questions! I truly admire his effort in making Economics more accessible to his students, and his continuous endeavor to make scoring in Economics an easy feat. Some unique offers from Mr Koh that I have benefitted from include his parachute concepts, essay frameworks and content summary mind-maps. It helps a lot that he has organized such a convoluted and messy subject (perhaps only in our heads!) into one that is more structured and far less daunting. I enter examination halls with greater confidence, knowing that I will be able to tackle the questions based on Mr Koh’s frameworks. His materials have been helpful beyond measure and I am grateful for the amount of hard work that has been poured into them. More than just a face we see every week, Mr Koh has always gone above and beyond as a mentor. From encouraging us with small treats in class, to promptly responding to our endless bombardment of questions over Whatsapp, to interspersing bite-sized life advices during lessons-she makes weekly Economics tuition, oddly, something to look forward. He is personable, humorous and wise and above all, he is able to connect to his students. I have Mr Koh to thank, for making my Economics learning journey a pleasant yet intellectually rigorous one, and I speak on behalf of my fellow classmates that Mr Koh is someone we respect and admire—a true role model and inspiration for all of us. I count every blessing that I managed to find an excellent mentor like Mr Koh and the sense of gratitude I have towards him goes beyond words. Thank you for everything, Mr Koh!
Phionna Teo (RI) – A in Econs
Economics may be a nightmare for some, and it certainly was for me for most of my JC life. Having felt rather lost despite attempts to make my own notes by summarising the school’s lecture notes, it was no wonder that I consistently scored an S or U. However, through Mr Koh’s lessons, my perception of Economics slowly shifted, and with it, my approach to how I studied for it, and wrote my essays. In Mr Koh’s lessons, he teaches the specific concepts that are tested for each topic, how to categorise essay questions, the essay structure for each type that would show the marker strong economic analysis instead of just a content spam, and much more. His consistent emphasis on important things to note such as context being key, as well as the humorous anecdotes and analogies he uses in his explanations are effective in helping his students understand and remember the concepts taught. Moreover, the guidebook he has written has proven to be exceptionally helpful in my understanding and learning of Economics. Mr Koh’s dedication to teaching is evinced through the cheerful manner in which he always conducts his lessons, but more than that, it is shown through how he always encourages his students to ask questions and book extra consults outside the lesson if they had further queries, how he encourages his students to submit essays- marking and returning them with many comments and constructive feedback, and how he reads every student’s exam script and meets them after to discuss how they can improve. Even though I was a slow learner and late bloomer, having only gotten my first A in an Economics essay at prelims, Mr Koh’s patience and constant encouragement to “lose a few battles but win the war” will not be forgotten. Ultimately, scoring an A for Economics in the A Level Exams would have been impossible if not for his help.
Beth Chan (HCI) - A in Econs
I began attending Mr Koh’s lessons in June of my J2 year, after struggling with macroeconomics. Within just the first few lessons, the subject felt so much more manageable! Mr Koh’s parachute concepts were very clear and easy to apply, allowing me to not only tackle a wide range of econs questions, but also structure my revision efficiently. The lessons are skill-focused, which was extremely useful in the months leading up to A levels as he covered tips ranging from time management to how to go about choosing questions- things that could make or break an exam, but are often overlooked. Mr Koh would always go the extra mile to help us with econs, staying back after lessons so that we could clarify any doubts and remaining contactable via whatsapp. The learning environment was very comfortable and we had plenty of opportunity to ask questions- basic ones or ones out of the syllabus, anything goes (-: Beyond academics, Mr Koh is one of the friendliest and most genuine people I’ve met- I really appreciate all the encouragement and candid life lessons that he gave my friends and me through the highs and lows of JC. Thank you Mr Koh! (-:
Chow Huiru (RI) – A in Econs
Mr Koh is probably the most dedicated, genuine and of course effective tuition teacher that is out there. It doesn't feel like he is teaching us purely as a job but rather really out of passion for both students and Economics. His classes make you feel confident about scoring for Economics and there is often this 'enlightening' feeling as information is distilled and explained. What I liked most, other than the interesting stories Mr Koh told us. He often taught us interesting things about Economics, for example, how you can use Economics to make money hahaha) , is how he makes studying for Economics so much easier with his parachute concepts and acronyms. Also, Mr Koh really cared for us and often gave us encouragement( sometimes in the form of Chinese sayings too!) and life lessons. Never regretted coming here!
Kesajil Lim Li En (ACJC) – A in Econs
As a science student, I am more inclined towards a structured based approach to studying, which served me well for all my academic subjects, except Economics. I struggled with the analytical questions that the subject demands, and despite numerous consultations, I felt that a different style of learning is required of Economics. That was when I was introduced to Mr Koh and his unique pedagogy of the Parachute Concepts. It marked a 180 degree turn not only in my Economics grades, but also in the way I viewed the subject. Basically, Mr Koh brought simplicity and structure to Economics, something that I thought was impossible with complexity and broad scope of the syllabus. His methodology gave me confidence to tackle any type of questions, which I believe is immensely important for the A Levels, especially when the papers get increasingly unpredictable. The small class size, together with the flexibility of changing classes, were special features of Mr Koh’s class which I find extremely useful, given the hectic schedules of many JC students. During class, he also shares his life stories and personal insights on how A Levels is but just a small hurdle in our lives. His lively and friendly demeanor never fails to lighten the atmosphere during lessons. Mr Koh is indeed a rarity in today’s tuition industry, with his dedication towards Economics, and the holistic mindset he seeks to inculcate in every student. Mr Koh is not only a tutor, but a friend, someone who takes the extra step to know you better as a person. This is what makes him stand out from the rest.
Jesse Tan (HCI) - A in Econs
I still remember my first lesson with Mr Koh. It was just my classmate, me and him. Since our class size was small, Mr Koh was able to customize lessons to cater our needs and at a suitable pace. That said, even as he slowly expanded his classes, he was still able to customize lessons to suit the needs of each class and ensured that we were all learning. I enjoyed his lessons very much because he was very structured and clear, introducing acronyms for us to easily remember Economics concepts. He made Economics seem so much easier and actually fun to learn. Apart from in-class help, he was always eager to help us out of class as well. Whenever I had problems, I would message him and he would get back to me as soon as he could, sometimes to the extent of sending a long email to explain my question. Thank you Mr Koh for the support and help you have given me. Without you, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do as well for Economics J.
Joey Tay (HCI) – A in Econs
Mr Koh’s tuition has definitely done wonders to my Econs grade as well as changing my perception of Econs as a subject. Mr Koh used to always say “Divide and Conquer”, and that was exactly how his lessons were structured- by breaking down huge complicating concepts into smaller, more digestible explanations. I really appreciated Mr Koh’s patience as I felt comfortable asking him “stupid” questions which really helped me strengthen my foundation. Thanks to Mr Koh, I managed to improve from a grade U from the middle of JC1 to a grade A in my A Levels!
Caryl Lei Shi Ying (SAJC) – A in Econs
Far from pure memory work, Economics is all about application. At TET, Mr Koh uses effective teaching techniques to develop students' ability to apply their knowledge. This goes way beyond what the school can provide, as school notes tend to only offer content. Mr Koh's lessons gave me deeper insight into what Economics was all about, and enabled me to access what was otherwise a very daunting area of study. Mr Koh is also always very understanding and patient when it comes to students asking questions, regardless of how silly they may be. I have really enjoyed Mr Koh's lessons for the past one and a half years, as he has not only been a great tutor, but also a great mentor and friend!
Rachel Ang Shu Yien (RI) – A in Econs
Mr Koh is an extremely dedicated and passionate teacher. Economics lessons with him are extremely interesting as he uses real-life examples as well as funny analogies to help us understand key concepts. Whenever we have queries, he is always quick to reply to the best of his abilities. Mr Koh has not only taught us how to do well for Economics, but has also taught us many life lessons and given us many words of encouragement that we will never forget. Once again, thank you Mr Koh!!
Tan Si Ning (NJC) – A in Econs
Mr Koh’s lessons are always engaging! I actually felt genuinely excited to attend his economics lessons every week (to the amusement of my peers) because I felt like I was learning not just to score, but to know more about how the real world works. Syllabus wise, Mr Koh is clear, incisive and teaches you what you need to know for the A levels in a swift and directed manner. His economics lessons were definitely an essential part of my A level journey, and his quirky didactic life lessons have certainly stuck with me as well! Thank you for your guidance Mr Koh!
Christine Saw (RI) – A in Econs
Mr Koh is more than just an ordinary economics tutor. Not only is he effective in his teaching pedagogies, he often went the extra mile to ensure the well-being of his students and sought to establish a personal relationship with them. Personally, Mr Koh provided me with valuable sound advice relating to internships and scholarships. Many times, he willingly sacrificed his break time between lessons to provide constructive feedback so as to improve our understanding of Economics and to help us develop into a better person. Mr Koh is definitely an effective economics tutor who can help you achieve your ‘A’ for Economics!
Tan Pey Shiuan (HCI) – A in Econs
I remember being one of Mr Koh's first few students for our batch when it was just my classmate, me and him. Despite expanding the class from just 2 people to more than 2 full classes per week, Mr Koh was always able to customize his lessons such that each and every individual could receive the attention and help they needed (or at least for me). Not only does his maintain an excellent teaching discipline but also tries to engage with us through random fun facts that has made learning and studying economics more enjoyable or less mundane. Not only is Mr Koh helpful in class but also out of class as whenever I encountered any problem, I would immediately text him. I remember abusing this so much so that I felt I was overwhelming him with questions and not only from me but from other students too. Despite that, Mr Koh still manages to reply as soon as he can in between his lessons or whenever he is able to check his phone. Mr Koh is a motivator and is one of the main reasons why I wanted to do well for Econs: to not disappoint the teacher that has put in so much effort for me. Without you, Mr Koh, I don't think I would have done as well as I did so thank you so much!
Timothy Chuah (HCI) - A in Econs
Mr Koh's Economics tuition had immensely facilitated my learning of the subject by providing a clear theme and characterization of each topic, to allow for the development of different approaches and content knowledge in answering various topical questions. For myself, I had struggled for quite a while in Economics because I lacked the ability to clearly express the required conceptual knowledge in my answers, despite having already memorised most of the content that would have been sufficient for a good grade. I also had a tendency to write out of topic given that I had no idea how to formulate my responses to address the key words and requirements of the questions. Mr Koh's tuition helped to give my relatively ``messy`` essays a clear, easy-to-apply structure specific to the requirements of the question, allowing me to not only answer essay questions well, but within a shorter time. His self-developed parachute concepts also identifies key concepts and ideas which need to be comprehensively covered to grasp the essence of individual topics like Market Structure and Demand and Supply. Mr Koh's lessons are very engaging and interesting, with Mr Koh being very passionate in teaching his students (even while outside lesson periods by responding to inquiries on Whatsapp and marking additional essays completed by his students). Thanks to Mr Koh's help and guidance, I managed to secure an ``A`` for Economics during the A levels despite my earlier struggles.
Shawn Chan Soon Han (HCI) - A in Econs
Before I attended Mr Melvin Koh's classes, I always struggled to find ways to memorise as well as apply the concepts I learnt. Though I could somewhat grasp the content, I never could understand which part of the content I should include in my essays. Mr Koh made Economics seem really easy. His essay structures made things significantly easier as I began to know what was required in each question, and would not waste time writing content that was not necessary. Moreover, his parachute concepts helped me a lot, as from looking at the parachute concepts I was able to zoom in on what I still needed to work on. Mr Koh also helped to link the concepts we learn to the questions we have to answer, which was extremely useful! On top of being very clear and precise when teaching, Mr Koh's classes never failed to be engaging and interactive. He would often give us tips on how to improve and would willingly answer any questions, making sure that everyone in the class are on the same page. I am incredibly grateful to him as i'm a person who tends to ask questions after class, but he would stay back and answer every single one of them! I would definitely recommend Mr Koh to be your Economics tutor and would like to thank him for everything he has done!(:
Chang Kai Wen (SRJC) – B in Econs
Economics is unlike any subject taught in Secondary school, and students may struggle to find a breakthrough. It is thus advisable that students find help as early as possible in order to excel in it. Mr Koh is a passionate Economics teacher who is able to ease students into this relatively new subject. He condenses the topics into parachute concepts, which allow students to gain a bigger picture of they are learning. Instead of telling students to regurgitate sample essays or notes, Mr Koh teaches ‘one-size-fits-all’ frameworks that allows students to address various question types appropriately. Students would find themselves armed with the right strategies to tackle each question with confidence, rather than dive blindly or fumble their way through them. Mr Koh certainly does espouse the belief of working smarter instead of merely working harder. If not for his guidance, I would have floundered in my A Level Economics paper. Thanks to his teaching, I was able to study with understanding, score an A for my economics paper, and most importantly, enjoy the learning process! Thank you, Mr Koh!
Andrew Cheong (HCI) – A in Econs
Mr Koh’s parachute concepts have helped me a great deal in understanding concepts and organsing my learning for H2 Econs. With overwhelming content that we were exposed to, the parachute concepts helped me pinpoint critical concepts and not lose track of the big picture. I was thus able to apply these concepts in exams and answer questions up to expectation. Also, Mr Koh even took time out of class to answer my doubts. He was helpful, patient and very familiar with the content. I am thankful to be able to receive reliable and timely help. With Mr Koh’s guidance along the way, I was able to build up confidence in Econs. He played an important role in my learning and I would not have achieved an A without his support!
Liu Yuxi (HCI) – A in Econs
While my results in economics hadn't exactly been horrible, I still struggled to do consistently well in the exams. Mr Koh's tuition has truly been great in helping me understand the demands of each question type and in summarising the various concepts, the latter being significant considering the unnecessarily thick notes that most JCs provide. His latest book summarises all these concepts really well and provides all that is needed for quick revision before the exams. Other subtle things such as tips on time management, understanding the question, and how to structure my essays were all covered by Mr Koh. He even helps students outside of class, answering any queries promptly via whatsapp. Highly recommended!
Nicholas Foong (RI) – A in Econs
Economics is a dynamic, fascinating subject with immense relevance to our daily lives. Mr Koh is one of the few teachers who does the subject justice. Mr Koh seamlessly connects related topics into a coherent big picture, which helps students develop an understanding that is more than skin deep. In particular, I benefited greatly from how he bridged all the macroeconomic topics together. Yet, beyond conceptual understanding, Mr Koh knows the importance of strategic examination techniques. He regularly invents acronyms to speed up revision, and introduces essay frameworks to deal with different kinds of questions. I vividly remember, too, his pre-exam counselling, where he would coach us to adopt the appropriate attitude towards the upcoming test. Finally, I must not neglect to mention that Mr Koh is a highly affable teacher! Over the two years, he has become a friend to many of us - he is generous in sharing his past experiences, and always patient to take questions, even if they are unrelated to Economics.
Jasmine Thng (HCI) – A in Econs
Mr Koh has really been one of the most helpful, caring and supportive teachers I've had in JC. His teaching style is highly effective as he organises the syllabus into very clear compartments such that everything seems much simpler and easier to internalise. He also makes his lessons interactive so that we are constantly thinking and are mentally active in class (and not stoning). He also encourages us to raise questions in class, and for those who are shyer, he also welcomes questions via email and whatsapp. Overall, I'm glad to have been taught by Mr Koh, he helped me get my A for Econs!
Clara Ng Chai Lin (HCI) - A in Econs
Mr. Koh is a teacher who is caring and willing to to go the extra mile to help his students excel in economics as well as to provide advice and guidance with regard to problems they face in academia and in life. His teaching style and curriculum is designed to be easily understood, extremely effective and easy to execute especially under pressure in the exam hall. At the same time, his teaching style is unrestrictive and open in terms of encouraging students to think beyond the syllabus requirements, especially in how to comprehensively break down and answer economic questions, and to constantly challenge their own grasp of, and ability to eloquently put forth economic arguments and analysis. Most importantly, Mr. Koh is a teacher that is able to motivate his students to work for better results as well as to inspire an interest in the subject he teaches.
David Boo Koh (HCI), A in Econs

Acknowledgement from class of 2014

Before joining Melvin's Econs tuition, I was constantly distraught over my grades in Econs and struggled to grasp the concepts without avail. I scored a U grade in my Econs for my J2 prelims and was losing hope as the A level examinations were just a month away. When my friend Benjamin Tan recommended me to join him at Melvin's tuition center and after showing me his website and qualifications, I did not hesitate and signed up immediately. Joining Melvin's tuition class was a decision that I would never have regretted. In a mere month, after learning all of Melvin's ingenious parachute concepts and essay approaching techniques, my understanding of the Economic concepts improved by leaps and bounds. With his vast knowledge in economics, Melvin has effectively broken down and organized the topics into his parachute concepts, making it very simple and easy to remember. After memorizing the parachute concepts and acronyms, approaching essay questions became a breeze and I was able to churn out well structured essays with ease by using Melvin's approach. Ultimately, both Benjamin Tan and I managed to attain a distinction in H2 Economics for the A levels, and I am really thankful to Melvin for helping me improve so much in just a month.</p> <p>Apart from his vast knowledge in economics and patience in teaching, Melvin is also a very outgoing and friendly mentor. Even after the A levels, I have still benefitted a lot from Melvin's mentorship through his financial literacy course and his career planning advice.
Daniel Tam, NYJC (2014) - (A in Econs)
Mr Melvin Koh, he may be one of the most genuine persons I have ever met. He goes the extra mile just to help his students do well. Well frankly, as a kid who didn’t fancy Economics from the start, failing my H2 throughout JC1 till mid-years in JC2 did not make me like it more. However, Mr Koh manage to make me love the subject. From the U grade in the JC2 mid-years to an A in the A’levels, tell me this man is not incredible. Something different about tuition under Mr Koh is that you as a student will feel totally comfortable with him. He treats you like his friend. Not only because he’s so nice, he genuinely wanted to help every student. Which tuition teacher will set up consultations FOC? Well Mr Koh did, and thanks to his hardwork answering questions through emails and texts everyday(even on the weekends), I am an A student in H2 economics.
Joshua Chin, NYJC (2014) - (A in Econs)
Taking H2 Economics during the A Levels isn’t exactly a walk in the park. The rush to complete 3 essays with limited time or the frenzy to apply those complex economic concepts to a newly introduced scenario in the CSQ makes Economics a subject that cannot be studied through rote memorisation. I’m grateful to have met Mr. Melvin Koh who is such an experienced and understanding teacher. Mr. Koh may not have formal teaching experience at public schools but it is this very trait that differentiates him from the typical Economics tutors at JCs. The average teacher resorts to analysing question trends and focusing on the “easy topics”. What distinguishes Mr. Koh is that his status as a trained economist with private sector experience allows him to identify topics, which are often ignored by students despite their relative simplicity. Often times, conventional wisdom is misleading as it results in students spotting and force fitting essays without considering the nuances of questions. Mr. Koh’s approach of favouring the conceptual understanding over “spamming” essays ensures that students are able to write an essay that addresses the question succintly and with depth as well. Mr. Koh jettisons conventional pedagogy for his own unique teaching philosophy, which prizes clarity and cohesiveness. Doing well in economics is<br /> not just about chucking down any concept you remember but also aiming for a complete answer that doesn’t leave out any key words or points. Mr. Koh’s parachute techniques have been extremely helpful in ensuring that candidates are able to hit all the right notes and within the time limit.</p> <p>More importantly, Mr. Koh is a kind and understanding teacher who is willing to go beyond the call of duty to listen and provide advice to his students whom are struggling with Economics. I personally recall seeking his help after I failed my Economics paper during the Prelims. I was amazed that he was willing to take the time to analyse my script despite the fact that I was not a regular student of his tuition classes (I had only attended his crash-course during the June holidays). It is the little things like this, which truly makes Mr. Koh one of the best tutors in the business.</p> <p>Thank you Mr. Koh, I would not have scored my A in Economics without you.
Kevin Tan, HCI (2014) - (A in Econs)
As a JC2 student in Nanyang Junior College, I was most worried for the A level Economics paper because no matter how much effort i put in, i always got the same result (A borderline pass or a fail). That is when i started to search online for economics tuition and i found Mr Koh's website. I immediately sent him an email with regard to attending his classes. Not only did i receive a prompt reply, i received a warm welcome to his lessons. His lessons were informative, easy to follow and highly relevant to the A level examinations. After a few lessons with Mr Koh, i began to understand and appreciate economic parachute concepts and started to develop an interest in the subject. The notes provided were also detailed and clarified most of the doubts i had. Within a few weeks of lessons, my results jumped from an S (in my mid-years) to a B (In my prelims) and eventually an A (In the A Levels examinations). That being said, questions and doubts regarding certain topics would always surface at unexpected times and i always found it hard to clarify these questions with my school tutors. That is when Mr Koh plays an integral part in my learning as he is almost always available via SMS or WhatsApp to address any questions that we might have. He is extremely open to any question and answers them in the most detailed manner, ensuring that we understand the concepts. He also sets aside time outside the classroom for group consultations to allow us to learn from others' mistakes and strengthen our understanding of certain topics.</p> <p>Most importantly, Mr Koh reminds us that while the A Levels Examinations are important, it is also essential for us to realise that life has much more to offer than just results alone. This somehow relaxes us (which is exactly what we need weeks before the major exam) and we can perform at optimum condition during the A levels.</p> <p>So much more can be said about Mr Koh's excellence as a tutor and i highly recommend Mr Koh to be your economics tutor!
Jeremy Teo, NYJC (2014) – (A in Econs)
Mr Koh is a dedicated and intelligent tutor who has in-depth knowledge of the current syllabus and the relevant tips and tricks to scoring an A for economics. With his barrage of parachute concepts, one can expect to grasp the theory component of economics easily. Further supplemented by his essay and CSQ answering techniques, the road to improving your grades becomes a breeze.
Tay Yu Jia, HCI (2014) - (A in Econs)
Melvin has improved my interest in economics by linking economic concepts to real-life examples, increasing my mental stamina and focus during econs lessons,resulting in more efficient and effective learning. He condensed key learning points of each topic into parachute concepts that wrap up an entire chapter's worth of content. Furthermore, the parachute concepts were made easier to memorize through the use of abbreviations. His essay writing techniques are straight forward as students simply had to follow a relevant template that required little memory work. Moreover, Melvin has not only caused a leap in my economics grades, but his techniques have allowed me to allocate more time for my other subjects.
Chiang Ming Zhe, YJC (2014) - (B in Econs)
Mr Koh is the one I have to thank for completely turning my Economics grade around, from a U during prelims to an A for A levels. His extensive knowledge of Economics is evident as he is able to fluidly clarify any doubts and is able to summarise and break down the syllabus into concise sections, making it seem less daunting to tackle and extremely clear. Instead of memorising notes word for word, Mr Koh encourages understanding the chapter before memorising the key points, allowing for greater learning and absorption. He also generously allows us access to his resources and notes, which were extremely useful when memorising and recapping the huge amount of content. Thank you, Mr Koh!
Viana Peng, NYJC (2014) - (A in Econs)
Mr Koh is an engaging and dedicated teacher who never fails to make his lessons interesting and easy to understand. He often goes the extra mile (including staying back after lessons) to patiently answer his students' queries and go through their essays which he has marked. His notes on parachute concepts are also clear, concise and effective, making them easy to absorb yet powerful when applied. They help to break down a question to its roots and act as a cheat-code to tackle nearly every type of question. His ten-year-series books on essay-writing and case studies have also helped me tremendously in understanding the structure and content required in answering a wide variety of questions, making me much more confident in answering techniques. I am truly grateful to Mr Koh for his guidance and support to help me achieve my 'A' for Econs!
Sean Ng, RI (2014) - (A in Econs)
The most distinct aspect of Melvin's teaching methods would be that he is always very focused on having strong understanding of his parachute concepts. Personally, before attending his lessons, I felt as if I was blindly memorising the content of economics, unable to piece information together and score in exams. Through his parachute concepts and consistent essay structures, it helped me see the links between many economics concepts.At the end of the day, I'm really thankful for his essay book and teaching that eventually made me see improvement in my school exams and ultimately achieve a distinction in H2 economics.
Benjamin Tan, NYJC (2014) - (A in Econs)
I started going for Econs tuition after my CT1 whereby my Econs grades were at rock bottom. I was really lost during Econs lessons in class as I did not really have a proper framework to tackle the various questions and I resorted to memorizing the notes wholesale. Only when Melvin introduced to me the parachute concepts did it become easier to draw links between the various topics and categorize questions in a systematic fashion that made it easier to tackle them. So for those who feel that they have no sense of direction for Econs, I strongly urge you to sign up!
Brenan Mah, VJC (2014) - (A in Econs)
Mr Koh's usage of parachute concepts has helped me see the big picture, which complements my school's approach of going through the details. Being a visual person, this mind map helps me to easily recall and pick out the relevant points to answer questions. He also makes Economics lessons entertaining and memorable through his frequent use of acronyms and analogies. By applying economic theories to current world events, Mr Koh helps us to relate to real life issues too.
Lim Say Hwee, SAJC (2014) - (A in Econs)
Mr Koh is an extremely patient and dedicated tutor who is always glad to offer help to his students. He has an in-depth knowledge of Economics and has a unique way of enabling his students to fully understand the concepts of this subject. Mr Koh's parachute concepts are clear and easy to grasp, which saves students the trouble to read through lengthy notes from reference books.Being a meticulous tutor, Mr Koh will suggest specific ways to improvise on parts of the students’ answers to Economics essays and will explain to them if they do not understand. He also shares news related to Economics during tuition, which I find very interesting and useful as examples. As such, I enjoyed the whole process of learning H2 Economics and appreciated all the economic concepts, developing great interest in this subject. I am really grateful for Mr Koh’s help throughout the 2 years of JC, bringing me from a sub-pass to a distinction in the A Level Examination! Thank you Mr Koh!!:)
Poo Jing Ling, JJC (2014) - (A in Econs)
I would like to thank Mr Koh for his patient and consistent guidance throughout my econs journey! Before joining thateconstutor, i had completely no idea how i should approach economics. However, through applying mr koh's parachute concepts, i found studying econs so much easier. Mr Koh's passionate and enthusiastic teaching also deepened my interest in the subject. On top of regular lessons, Mr Koh also makes time for 1 to 1 consults with weaker students and ensures no student is left behind!
Juniper Thang, ACJC (2014) - (B in Econs)
Mr Koh is an extremely dedicated teacher who is always happy to lend a helping hand if you need his help. Before I joined his class, Econs to me was a mere lump of information I had no idea how to structure or piece together for an essay, however, his methods have enabled me to store the information away in my brain such that they can be made use of easily during assignments. His exam combating skills are also A+ and he's always there to give you some encouragement in life, econs related or not. Thank you for all the effort that you put into teaching your students, Mr Koh 🙂
Tay Wan Xin, HCI (2014) – (A in Econs)
Mr Koh's lessons have always been productive and very useful to me. His very own well-thought and uniquely crafted parachute concepts which condensed the economics syllabus made it much easier to study. His passion for teaching and good knowledge of the subject assured me that it was possible for me to score a decent grade in the A Levels. Mr Koh also builds a rapport with his students with his frequent encouragement that motivated us to improve our grades.
Lee Rui Chen, ACJC (2014) - (A in Econs)
Mr Koh is a really patient and nice teacher 🙂 He never fails to give us the best notes and make time for consultations. Economics was a subject that I struggled with initially as it was an entirely new subject in Junior College. I am glad for the parachute concepts introduced that really made studying economics easier. It was no longer about memorizing essays but understanding the concepts that can be very interesting. I am grateful to Mr Koh for igniting the passion for economics in me and it has been my favourite subject ever since 🙂 Thank you Mr Koh!
Shalynn Yeo, NJC (2014) – (A in Econs)
Ever since I started to learn Econs in JC, every test and exam seemed impossible to pass. After going for Mr Koh's tuition, he helped me to see the various ways in which to interpret and dissect the questions thoroughly, especially for the essay component. He never fails to mark and return my essays and in doing so gave me valuable comments to improve. I'm really thankful for the lessons over the past two years! Thanks Mr Koh 😀
Sarah Ye, HCI (2014) – (A in Econs)
Initially, I was really hesitant about going for group tuition because my foundation was weak and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to catch up. I had straight Us since J1 and didn't understand most of what my school taught, but coming for Mr Koh's class really helped to break down what seemed to be difficult in the past, into bite-sized parachute concepts and I improved significantly soon after! Really grateful for Mr Koh's help in the few months before the A levels. Thank you Mr Koh 🙂
Alicia Chang, IJC (2014) – (B in Econs)

Acknowledgement from class of 2013

I would attribute my exceedingly positive experience with Melvin’s classes to three main factors: 1) Small class size + flexibility in switching classes - having tried many other tuition classes, I would consider the small size of Melvin’s classes to be one distinct advantage that his tuition service possesses. Besides the obvious, which is that each student will be given significantly more opportunities to clarify his/her doubts with regards to the syllabus, the classes in different slots are also fine-tuned to suit the needs of each specific group of students to maximise efficiency (e.g the Tuesday class, for example, may focus more on additional insights, whereas Saturday may target at clarifying fundamentals for the weaker students). The flexibility that Melvin provides his tutees in switching classes also benefitted me tremendously. As i was having trouble with certain topics such as Market Structure, I ensured that I attend the ‘clarification’ classes, and when it comes to topics that I was already familiar with, I would attend the classes that focus slightly more on insights. Besides, as a JC student with a busy schedule, the flexibility certainly helped me to attend classes every week. 2) Round-the-clock help - as a dedicated tutor, Melvin provided all his tutees with multiple modes of communication ranging from Email to Whatsapp, and from my experience, I never had to wait more than an hour to get a response to the burning Economics questions I had! Besides, the quality of the responses were also not compromised even though the consultations were outside lesson-time—Melvin has never hesitated to clarify or elaborate on his responses whenever I probed further. His in-depth knowledge of the subject matter also ensured the accuracy in his responses, which is much needed in an A-level subject such as Economics. 3) Guidance beyond Economics - one thing that struck me the most about Melvin is his willingness to guide students through the trying times of JC. Not only that I have received all the help I needed for Economics, I have also received invaluable advices to potential scholarships, university courses and even plausible career paths that I could adopt in the future. It is not difficult to observe that Melvin genuinely cares for all his tutees, and personally, even though our tutor-tutee relationship has officially ended as A-level drew to a close, I would never hesitate to ring him up to chitchat over a cup of coffee.
Alvin Leong, HCI (2013) - (A in Econs)
Melvin's lessons have been very useful. The parachute concepts he teaches are very effective in allowing my daughter see through what each question seeks to test. It also provides the right parameter which was of great support as she embarked on her revision. The framework he uses for essays are well planned and constructed such that my daughter is able to appreciate what each question requires. The knowledge he imparts each lesson is beyond mere text book knowledge. He stretches my daughter's mind to see that economic concepts learnt in the classroom can be applied in the real world. Grace has been much engaged and excited about economics as she sees the greater significance and value of economics. Melvin has been a very devoted teacher, committing much from the start to the end. He has painstakingly set up many channels of contact that allows the students to learn every and any where. He deliberately constructed a twitter account that features real time economics news which are highly relevant to what they are studying. Moreover, he never fails to mark and comment on each additional essay that Grace does on top of other workload that he has. Melvin actively seeks to customize to each students studying pace and preference through follow-up emails. This allows learning to take place throughout the weekday and Grace is grateful for his ability to respond quickly to her doubts through the emails. Melvin plays a role more than a teacher. He seeks to guide and offer much advice to his students for their post college studies. Grace has benefitted academically from the wealth of knowledge that Melvin imparts. She has shown improvements in her econs grade, achieving 97.4 percentile in ACJC for her prelims result. Truly Grace has been ever grateful for the economics tuition that Melvin offers.
Jenny Teo, Daughter in ACJC (2013) - (A in Econs)
I’m very glad to have approached Mr Koh and engaged him as Wai Khei’s tutor. Before Mr Koh, I have engaged many other Economic tutors but<br /> none were able to inspire and cultivate Wai Khei’s interest in Economics like how Mr Koh did. I felt at ease to leave Wai Khei in his hands because he has proven himself to be able to motivate and provide the best guidance to Wai Khei in all aspects. As a parent, I was really happy to see my daughter getting motivated and looking forward to learn and understand Economics, a subject that she used to avoid. The interactive style and discussion mode of his lesson have helped Wai Khei gain a wide variety of insights on issues pertaining to the relevant Economic topics. He introduced to Wai Khei a series of parachute concepts that allowed her to better grasp the syllabus. The versatile essay frameworks also equipped Wai Khei with the ability to strategically tackle every question that is put forth to her. His dedication and passion towards his job as a tutor is highly commendable. Not only did Mr Koh assist Wai Khei in the aspect of academics, he also willingly rendered his help to overcome her inferiority despite the pitfalls she faced. I sincerely appreciated Mr Koh’s presence for making such a positive influence over Wai Khei. He is indeed an outstanding & impressive tutor and I would say that he is one of the best tutors I have met. He certainly possess the competency in providing guidance to the students to achieve an ‘A’ grade just like how he did for my daughter. Thumbs up!
Jasline Tan, Daughter in DHS (2013) - (A in Econs)
Melvin is a very professional, knowledgeable and patient tutor. He is dedicated, supportive and has created a very strong interest in Economics for son, CT that he enjoyed learning. Melvin has gone the extra mile in preparing materials for him to help him. He is amazing beyond all expectations. Melvin gave the best advice and guidance to son and he has been a great mentor. I will certainly not hesitate to recommend Melvin to other students.
Sherine Goh, Son in PJC (2013) - (A in Econs)
Mr Koh is an outstanding teacher in terms of his teaching style as well as character. He sparked my interest for economics as soon as he took over the role as my tutor. Unlike typical Economics tutors, he has an interesting view towards learning and understanding economics that made learning more enjoyable and easier. Facing Economics questions has never been a dreadful thing to do under his guidance. The skills that he has imparted to me remained as an effective tool in dealing with all kinds of questions and it was really amazing as to how those skills really work. It is definitely an attestation to Mr Koh’s abilities and patience he had in him for a student like me, who had been getting a consistent ‘U’ grade for Economics, to leap up all the way to an eventual ‘A’ grade for A-level. Mr Koh ensures that all doubts are cleared before moving on and the teaching pace is comfortable. His teaching does not only revolve around boring theories and concepts but also on twitter! His tweets update his students about real-life situations that are related to Economics, giving us an upper hand by allowing us to understand beyond mere economic theories. Though he is a tutor, he goes beyond his scope of job and is always willing to share with me his life experiences as well as some philosophies he had which inspired me tremendously. The fact that he readily goes an extra mile to ensure the welfare of a student is taken care of is extremely admirable. I’m really thankful for the things that he has done for me thus far and he’s definitely a tutor I would recommend to those in need of an Economics tutor.
Leong Wai Khei, DHS 2013 - (A in Econs)
I was a student from Nanyang Jc. When I was in my Jc 2, I have gotten horrendous grades (low 30s) for my Econ mid year paper. As such, I was panicking over my grades. Through recommendation of my cousin in Sept, I managed to find Mr Koh. Mr Koh's knowledge in Econ is remarkable and his teaching methods are commendable. He could easily point out my weaker areas, and effectively target them with his effective teaching. His explanations and analysis are of great details which could be easily understood through the usage of relevant materials such as events occurring in different countries' economy. This has made learning Econs which has been deemed as an relatively ``dry`` subject much more appealing to me. Besides that, Mr Koh always makes sure I'm well prepared, by providing lots of learning materials such as methods to tackle different questions type and has gone the extra mile to consolidate all jc's question paper with answer scheme. This has made learning Econ a much easier task for me, as I could better improve my area of weakness even more effectively with both his guidance and self practice after tuition by practicing the papers he has given me. It has been even a greater blessing as Mr Koh is a very patient tutor which allows me to voice out my queries immediately without any fear of being a bother. He has also shown great pride in being a tutor by sacrificing his personal time just so that I can have extra lessons with him, even late at night and early in the morning. Just by having a 2 months crash course with him, my Econs grades have improved significantly from a low U in mid years to an A in A'levels. In fact, his tutoring has been of such great impact that I have developed strong interest in Econs and will be majoring in Econs as my degree in university. Hence, his teaching has not only made great improvement in just my grade but has also fostered my interest in Econs.
Yuvin Loo, NYJC (2013) - (A in Econs)
Mr Melvin is a really patient teacher. He’ll go through the concept, as many times as you need, even though he already has done it before, you just have to ask. He also trains us very well, by zero-ing in on questions he knows we will likely have problems with and training both our question analysis and content such that we are prepared by the time A levels come. He is also very encouraging, always giving us motivation with every school assessment we failed. I had gotten a U grade for Econs from J1 to Prelims in J2 and got an A for A levels. I have no doubt that it was due to Mr Melvin’s insightful way of teaching us content and tireless efforts to help us improve our skills, whether it is emailing us his resources or answering our questions over Whatsapp any time. I truly appreciate and feel very lucky to have had him with me as I did the A Levels.
Lidia Syahindah, AJC (2013) - (A in Econs)
Before going for Melvin's tuition, I had little confidence in Econs. However, everything changed after I went for the first lesson, as he patiently goes through the mistakes I made in my prelim paper. Bit by bit, he restores my confidence as he taught us the parachute concepts which can be applied to all questions. He tirelessly reviews the concepts that we forgot and encourages us to persevere to the very end. Thanks to Melvin, I improved miraculously from S for prelims, to A in A levels within a month! He is really an AWESOME tutor!!
Joyce Gee, AJC (2013) - (A in Econs)
When I first started under Mr Koh it was from a friend's recommendation. I remember it being after prelims where we only had a month or so to the A levels. Then, my Econs results were at best an E and there were many concepts I did not understand. Through his lessons, Mr Koh patiently went through different economic concepts and included his very useful frameworks. These frameworks were what helped me understand the various concepts better, and to allow me to pinpoint areas I lacked. In the one month I had lessons with him, I started understanding the concepts and methods to answer various essay questions, which is a very important skill in the A levels. Outside of class, Mr Koh encourages us to email him questions and he does his best to answer them. It has led to an A grade for my econs paper which I have never achieved in my 2 years in JC so I'm extremely thankful to him.
Celia Ang, ACJC (2013) - (A in Econs)
I started lessons with Mr Koh after my Mid Year Exams in JC2. In less than four months, thanks to Mr Koh, I actually topped the cohort during my Prelims!</p> <p>Mr Koh’s teaching style is extremely unique.He does not simply believe in memorising answers but rather delves deep into concepts. Although I enjoyed economics as a subject, I found it difficult to clearly structure my thoughts when writing essays. Mr Koh taught me various skills and techniques (like the parachute concept) and by the time it came to the ‘A’ levels, writing econs essays was a breeze! He also has in-depth knowledge of the type of questions asked and the topics tested in the A levels. Apart from the teaching, Mr Koh is easy to talk to and I had lots of discussions with him during lessons. All in all, he’s the perfect person to help you get an ‘A’ for econs.
Sadhika Billa, SRJC 2013 - (A in Econs)
Melvin is a professional in the field of Economics. His parachute concepts can be used widely to tackle many types of Economics questions, including unfamiliar ones that regularly surface in examinations. His ability to break down complex questions into parts and analyse them gives students a better understanding of the method to approach problems in Economics. He is also a very passionate and approachable tutor who I can clarify my doubts with over Whatsapp outside of tuition classes. He directs his attention to all his students, tailoring his teaching methods specifically to each student through his post-examination, one-to-one consultations. Under his mentorship, I was able to improve tremendously from an E to an A, which I cannot be more grateful for.
Zachary Lau, VJC 2013 - (A in Econs)
Having joined Mr Koh's tuition in the last quarter towards the A level examination, I've learnt the many skills that he has taught me to tackle every single economics question. I had scored straight U's for Economics throughout JC 2, but managed to grasp on to a B grade for my A level which is considered an incredible improvement to me. Mr Koh is a dedicated teacher that gives his full effort in class to make sure that the concepts are delivered to us. He also replies our questions through Whatsapp without fail. After my preliminary examinations, he meticulously reviewed my answer script to figure out what my flaws were and how I can improve them. He also suggested a timeline for me to study on the important topics that were most likely to appear during the A level and offered to check on every essay that I practiced writing. Mr Koh offers many insights about Economics which has helped me greatly in the A level examination. Mr Koh is always cheerful which makes me feel more comfortable to approach him to clarify my doubts. I am thankful towards my knowledgable and dedicated teacher, Mr Koh, in helping me through my struggle in Economics.
Ariel Wan, PJC 2013 - (B in Econs)
Melvin has not only helped me to improve my economics grade, but also made me see economics in a totally different light. With regards to the grades, Melvin would be able to answer any of my questions and adapt his notes to specifically meet my needs and address my weaknesses. It truly is amazing how he can create a perfect set of notes to suit a particular student. As a result of this, I always learnt something new after each lesson, gaining new insights that would help me write better economics essays. Furthermore, having lessons with Melvin has enlightened me, and made me extremely interested in economics. Occasionally, we would discuss real world examples and how we could apply the concepts we learn to these real life situations. I have indeed learnt that economics is a powerful tool that shapes the world around us. Lastly, I am just really thankful to have had Melvin as a teacher. He is patient and would always ensure I fully understand a concept before moving on to the next one. His sui generis system of teaching is unparalleled and effective, and students under his tutelage will soon find themselves destroying economics exams.
Alex, RJC 2013 - (A in Econs)
Melvin has truly been an outstanding economics tutor, one of the many wonderful teachers who has the ability to capture the minds and hearts of students. Melvin always ensures that his lessons are well tailored such that it has direct relevance to the exam requirements. This boost our confidence and ability in handling a variety of questions. Moreover, Melvin has wisely constructed frameworks that help students tackle that fear of dissecting and writing essay questions. Furthermore, to aid in our learning, Melvin makes use of parachute concepts to nail down the key essentials that are critical for economic theme. This has been so useful in guiding us as we do both the case studies and essays as the fundamental economics concept Melvin teaches can be widely applied. This has made studying economics more pleasurable and we study with greater understanding. Additionally, Melvin constantly draws our attention to real life economic scene. This is not only refreshing it also provides great academic benefits as we are well exposed to the types of case study Cambridge or our school could possibly set. As a student, studying could get rather frustrating when doubts in mind cannot be cleared. Thankfully, Melvin provides a 'helpline' to all his students. We are able to what's app or email Melvin the doubts we have as and when we are plagued with questions. As Melvin replies promptly, this greatly facilitates our studying and it also helps us study at our own pace. Melvin is a very dedicated teacher, he not only marks our extra pieces of assignments, he even encourages us to do more that it may be to our benefit. For that, I would always be grateful for his extra effort. Melvin goes beyond his call as a teacher and is always seen to offer a friendly piece of advice to his students. Be it studying tips or further education guidance, Melvin is always there to lend a ear and offer a piece of advice. For all that Melvin has kindly helped me with, I will remain ever thankful.
Grace, CJC 2013 - (A in Econs)
Melvin's clear and simple teaching style has made Econs a lot more manageable and easy to understand for me. More importantly, he has been a very helpful and approachable teacher, answering all my doubts and questions even outside of lessons and round the clock, even despite his busy schedule. He also goes the extra mile in preparing materials, catering to each of his students' needs and making sure everyone benefits equally from his lessons.
Shaun Lim, RI 2013 - (A in Econs)