Results and Reflection
2020 was a challenging year which forced students and educators to adopt changes to cope. The latest results (83% A/B; 6 in 10 scoring As) not only point to the strength of the students’ characters, but also to the potential that online tuition holds.
Mr Koh’s message to students
To all graduates, I’ve received many celebratory messages and I feel your happiness as well. At the same time, I know some of you are disappointed at not having met your goals. If you belong to the 2nd category, I just want you to know that incidents like this that chip away at your achievements now are not a sign of failure, but building blocks that give rise to a more resilient you. The Covid episode has shown us that there is no career that brings guaranteed success or red-carpet prestige.
As you still have a long road ahead of you, I hope you can be easier on yourself and allow yourself to stumble and falter. Sometimes, taking one step back from your aspirations is a step forward. It’s like planting rice. The farmer starts from the position furthest away (as far as his/her hand can reach) and inserts the stalks inwards one stalk at a time. It looks like you’re retracting but you’re filling in the gaps one step at a time. Every step is a learning process so make the best out of it. Even a less than impressive result can be spun into a good story (e.g. challenges u faced + how you fought back and made good over time) to showcase your strengths during the interview process. In short, you are young and you are endowed with a good foundation. You can go very far as long as you don’t let setbacks get you down. Hold your head high and continue to work hard. I am very proud of every one of you and I hope you will feel the same about yourself.
Since switching to online sessions in Mar 2020, we have not gone back to physical classes. Instead, we have two sessions every week (i.e. converting travelling time saved into extra sessions) and face-to-face consultation sessions on an individual or small-group basis. This arrangement has produced encouraging results. Feedback from the graduating batch highlighted the following:
- “I have attended both physical and online classes with Mr Koh, and to be honest, I have found the online zoom lessons to be more helpful in my learning. On zoom, I felt I had greater liberty to ask any questions on my mind and could participate more in classes also, which helped to reinforce the concepts, and correct any misconceptions I may have had. Since zoom has a private message function, I felt that i could ask him questions without feeling embarrassed. Furthermore, I am able to rewatch many of the recordings of the lessons to simply refresh my memory or reinforce certain concepts.” – Faith (HCI – A in Econs)
- “I started online lessons close towards the second half of my J2 year and immediately found classes extremely helpful with Mr Koh immediately sending previous lesson videos on topics I had most trouble in. With lessons being online, my learning for each week was not confined to the lesson agenda for the week as I could easily request videos about other topics or answering techniques previously discussed. With lessons being recorded, it made learning much more efficient as I could rewatch the lesson on my own time when I am less tired and more focused, and change the speed of the video to my liking.” – Natashmin (RI – A in Econs)
- “I appreciate your live online lessons so much (they’re convenient, engaging, and comfortable). Your YouTube videos also greatly help students who joined at any time to catch up with whatever they’ve missed out on. I regularly viewed your recorded videos from previous lessons to keep in touch with Econs, allowing me to review and recall what I’ve learnt.” – Li Xin (HCI – A in Econs)
- “Online classes were conducted very smoothly and it allowed me to save on the travelling time. I enjoyed the classes as we could ask questions easily without feeling so scared or shy.” – Andrea (HCI – A in Econs)
- “After shifting to online lessons, he allowed us to attend J1 classes to recap our J1 content and even provided double the lessons weekly nearer to A Levels without charging extra fees so that we were able to get more revision. Fearing that online lessons may affect our learning, he took the effort to open up consultation lessons for us to ask questions or review our work before giving us individualised comments and areas to work on.” – Jianhao (NJC – A in Econs)
- “Initially I was worried as it was my first time attending an online tuition but Mr Koh’s lessons were extremely effective and engaging, and online lessons were useful for me as I could replay lesson recordings to reinforce concepts.” – Audryn (NYJC – A in Econs)
- “Online lessons were advantageous as I was able to listen to the recordings again at my own pace, taking notes of important notes I might have missed out before. Thanks to Mr Koh’s lessons, my economics grade jumped from a C for MYE to an A for A levels.” – Timothy (NJC – A in Econs)
- “Even during Covid-19 restrictions when face-to-face lessons could no longer continue, Mr Koh’s online lessons still ensured that my learning was not compromised. His lessons remained engaging and I didn’t feel that I was missing out. Mr Koh always goes the extra mile, providing additional lessons to cover the ten-year series which proved to be extremely useful in preparing me for the A-level examinations.” – Jarell (HCI – A in Econs)
- “Attending his lessons onlines were really enjoyable, as he always manages to make the concepts interesting and easier to grasp, with his full fledged dictionary of creative synonyms and structures like abc322, which really made me understand the question requirements and made econs which was once a daunting subject for me , less terrifying and more manageable and fun .What I love the most is how I am able to learn econs effectively on my own at home , as Mr Koh always has concise and specific video resources to aid any misconceptions I have or to learn a new concept.” – Valerie (ASRJC – B in Econs)
- “Within the short time span to A levels, Melvin was able to guide my son to understand the key Econs theories and more importantly how to apply them to different problem scenarios. Melvin is a highly effective Econs teacher who has developed his own unique structured teaching method that enables his students not only to digest but apply what he teaches in an exam setting. I highly recommend Melvin for his holiday catch up and regular classes. A at A levels. Results speak for itself.” – Mr Yeo (Father of Kaelan from HCI – A in Econs)
- “Mr Koh is an extremely patient teacher who goes an extra mile to help his students, and is highly engaging despite only having online lessons, which are personally effective due to the ability to replay lessons.” – Jana (HCI – A in Econs)
- “The online lessons were beneficial for me as I could save on travelling time. This gave me more time to focus on other parts of my revision. I could also go through the recorded videos as many times as I needed to which allowed me to internalise difficult concepts more thoroughly.” – Clare (HCI – A in Econs)
Given the encouraging results our online classes have produced, we will be continuing with online classes for all students. The switch to online classes is also a good chance for students to hone their working-from-home ability as it is likely to be a key part of their work routine in future. However, some students e.g. those addicted to phone or computer gaming tend to be easily distracted and may not benefit as much from classes (unless they are extremely driven to work hard for their result).
Something new is coming your way in 2021
We switched to online tuition classes in 2020 in view of the Covid-19 disruptions. Results were highly encouraging. Students gave positive feedback on learning through our online platforms. Many found video recordings useful and were able to review recordings at their own pace. Students who were previously less vocal during physical classes were also observed to ask Mr Koh more questions through Zoom’s chat function or via WhatsApp during and after the session. This allowed their doubts to be promptly addressed.
More importantly, with time saved commuting to our centre for lessons, students were willing and able to commit to additional classes to prepare them for upcoming assessments. This allowed us more time to run through students’ queries and to drill and fine-tune answering techniques to help students stay ahead. We are of the view that these benefits remain tangible and significant even in a post-Covid environment. Hence, making additional weekly lessons (at no extra charge) a key feature of Mr Koh’s Economics tuition classes, we are offering pure online lessons in 2021. Click on the image above to find out more.
A new look but packed with more content and application techniques!
Mr Koh’s main H1/H2 Economics Guidebook is now published by Shing Lee. A brand new collaboration and a refreshed look! Visit https://sl-education.myshopify.com/ for details.
Economics tuition classes at TET Education have entered COVID-mode aka Classes-On-VIDeo-mode!
Weekly classes continue through live lesson screenings and pre-recorded sessions. Fees have been cut to help everyone tide through this difficult period but quality of teaching is still ups! Free trials, online and physical consultation can be arranged. Visit www.thateconstutor.com or contact Mr Koh at 9070-6248 for details.
Concept-specific tutorial videos, concept tests through flashcards (online and mobile app version) and our smart essay writing software are also available FOC to all students. Check out www.thateconsplanner.com for details.
Feb 2020: 2019 A Level Results (by cohort size)
HCI: 70% A; 27% B
RI: 69% A; 26% B
NJC: 75% A; 25% B
Other JCs: 50% A; 28% B
Congratulations to all students for completing another milestone! The road ahead is long, so true success is defined by your work ethics, integrity and perseverance. Hold your heads high and give your best!
Mr Koh’s latest Ten Year Series (7th year running) is out!
Final session with the J2s. All the best for As! (scroll to view)
2019 Prelim Revision Class for my J2s!
My latest article in Economics & Society on Nudging and Policy Intervention in Singapore – an annual publication by the Economic Society of Singapore. Glad to be part of the Editorial Team behind this ESS publication too! Click on image to read article or this link to view the full issue.
Feb 2019: A Level results are out! Congratulations to students who have done well. For students who have performed below expectations in their overall results, it is important to realise that things may not always go smoothly in life. Acceptance and moving ahead (thus demonstrating resiliency) is important. More importantly, have no doubt that the doors have not closed on you. Life is a long journey and you won’t truly know who will stay ahead until at least a few decades from now!
Overall – 92% A/B (>60% A)
Feb 2019: Mr Koh’s 2019 Economics TYS is available at Popular and school bookstores!
Oct 2018: Mr Koh’s presentation at the 2018 Singapore Writers Festival!
Oct 2018: All the best to the graduating classes of 2018 (click scroll buttons to see more)! See you back for our Financial Literacy Class!
Sep 2018: Mr Koh will be speaking at the upcoming Singapore Writers Festival and will present his latest children’s book (by Epigram) to an audience much younger than the one he usually faces. No demand and supply curves here but we promise lots of fun!
Feb 2018: A Level results are out! Congratulations to students who have done well. For students who have performed below expectations in their overall results, it is important to realise that things may not always go smoothly in life. Acceptance and moving ahead (thus demonstrating Resiliency) is important. More importantly, have no doubt that the doors have not closed on you. I (Mr Koh) am available to offer support or assistance in anyway I can.
RI/HCI – 72% A; 90% A/B
NJC – 87% A/B
Other JCs – 77% A/B
Jan 2018: Mr Koh’s latest Economics Ten Year Series (published by Shing Lee) is out! Available at all Popular bookstores/school bookshops.
Oct 2017: Mr Koh’s Economics Revision mobile apps are out! Containing key concept flashcards, note-taking functions and key videos of Mr Koh’s Parachute Concept Approaches, students should make use of them in the revision for major exams. Simply click on the Android or IoS (Apple) icons at the bottom of the page to access the download links.
Sep 2017: Intensive revision class with the J2s!
Aug 2017: My second article published in the Economics Society of Singapore bulletin
Jul 2017: Another successful book sale with my most able assistant – more than 300 copies sold!
Jun 2017: My first successful collaboration with two ex-students! Our first children’s book by Epigram.
Apr 2017: New book released – Masterclass in Economics! Look out for this in all major bookstores.
Apr 2017: 2nd edition of Mr Koh’s bestselling Economics Guidebook is out in Popular and school bookstores!