Kai Wen says
I have taught a JC2 arts student on GP, Lit, Econs and History with a focus on the former two subjects. from a C6 in GP she managed to get a B3 and attained a good improvement award from the school. She attained AAB for Lit, History, Econs and a B in GP.
Currently tutoring several other students mostly in English/GP.
Otherwise, my experience most is pretty informal, largely involving socratic dialogue with my peers and others regarding the general subjects of the humanities and social sciences. i like to take a multi-disciplinary approach, as well as simplifying obscure concepts by using quirky and apt analogies to explain. I supplement my tuition with anecdotes about life, fancy bits of general knowledge, and snippets of otherwise useful information.
For example, i like to quote Nietzsche with aplomb "Three varieties of thinkers. There are streaming, flowing, trickling mineral springs, and three corresponding varieties of thinkers. The layman values them by the volume of the water, the expert by the contents of the water - in other words, by the elements in them that are not water"
Ang Kai Wen is a very self-driven and motivated young man. Despite his tender age, he has proven himself to be mature in thought and is capable of giving quality tuition. Kai Wen’s personal aim is to take a step further and prove to himself that he has an edge over the rest. He is confident that his unique method of teaching would benefit his students and help them achieve better grades.
Kai Wen specializes in coaching English, General Paper, and other humanities subjects such as Literature, History, and Social Studies. During Kai Wen’s lessons, he encourages his students to think critically and take into account more possible concepts and theories before drawing any particular conclusion. As most of the subjects that he teaches involve essay writing, Kai Wen always sets aside discussion time with his students as this would generate more thoughts and ideas that would aid in essay writing.
Kai Wen also trains his students to think from other perspectives. He does not want his students’ thoughts to be confined to just a single viewpoint. This is especially important for General Paper, a subject that requires a lot of thinking and solid presentation of ideas. For this subject, Kai Wen will provide his students with relevant materials to widen their interdisciplinary knowledge. He also encourages students to share their opinions, and not just accept whatever he tells them. In fact, he loves it when students rebut his viewpoints as it shows him something – that his student is becoming more confident and improving under his guidance!
Kai Wen also understands that some students are genuinely weaker than the rest, and thus alternative methods will need to be adopted to get them moving. For these students, he manipulates things that the student are interested in and tries to relate them to the subject to make it more appealing. For instance, he would make use of games and movies to relate to the topic that he is teaching. This method will allow students to absorb knowledge sub-consciously and slowly, they will also start to develop more interest in the subject.
Kai Wen enjoys fencing, and is currently in the SMU Fencing Team. As a SMU Law student-to-be, Kai Wen’s strong grounding in History, Literature, and General Paper definitely puts him in an ideal position to provide proper guidance to his students.
- Interviewed by StarTutor (Cady, Weichao, Gavin), 18 April 2009
2006 GCE A
(Catholic Junior College
English Literature (A), English Literature S Paper (Merit), History (A), Economics (A), General Paper (A1)
Rising Fourth Year Student in SMU doing a double degree Bachelor of Laws & Social Sciences
Commitment LevelGiven that my workload as a double-degree student is immense, my time is rather limited when it comes to tuition.
As such, i will be focusing only on key subjects in which i feel most comfortable and am extremely confident in teaching, at a level which encourages more two-way participation rather than just one-way teaching, that is, JC Level. This will facilitate the learning process and ease some of the burden off me.
If there are more than one students interested, i would prefer group tuition especially for either History or Literature as group discourse and learning from multiple sources is GREATLY DESIRED for either subject, however this is purely optional.