I was an English lecturer to foreign students in Kaplan for the past two years while tutoring upper secondary school students in English and Humanities. Prior to my lecturing stint, I was a full-time tutor for 5 years, and a part-time tutor since I was 18.
I am curious about educational methods and research, so I try to adapt these methods for each individual student. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all.
Past successful cases were a student who came to me within a month of his O level English papers and jumping three grades from C6 to B3, another Secondary 3N student had a turnaround of four grades from D7 to B3 (has since graduated and gone on to Canada for further studies.). An O-level student went from C6 in English, Literature and Social Studies to A2 in Secondary 3. Another student with slight learning disabilities went from C6 to A2 in English and F9 to C5 in Social Studies and History.
Lawrenz has 6 years of tutoring experience and currently an undergraduate with UniSIM, pursuing his degree in Bachelor of Science in Finance. Other than being a student, Lawrenz is also a Certified Master Life Coach and a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Using what he has learnt as a life coach and a NLP trainer, he has helped many of his tutees not only to achieve better academic results, but also motivate them for the betterment of themselves. He specializes in English and History.
Lawrenz is a dedicated tutor who tailors makes his teaching method based on the learning styles of each individual tutee. He employs a simple Visual-Audio-Kinesthetic (VAK) test to find out whether the student learns best through pictures, sounds or by hands-on work. Lawrenz will then adapt his teaching methods to the student, ensuring that they are able to absorb what they are taught to the best of their capabilities. Lawrenz is also well equipped with the skill set on how to solve questions in critical thinking subjects such as History, being well versed in thought flow and problem-based learning.
Other than being an effective tutor, Lawrenz is also very amiable and believes in building a good rapport with his students. He encourages a two way channel through feedback with parents, ensuring that he is doing his best for their child. Lawrenz is seen as a valuable mentor to many of his students as he is keen to impart to his students lifelong skills that help them academically and their personal well being.
Lawrenz is an academic coach who believes that learning is synonymous with life, where both are fraught with challenges. He seeks to be that extra boost to surmount a challenge, that positive reminder of a milestone achievement and most gratifying of it all, to be that smile of encouragement and pat on the back when the fruits are ripe to be savoured.
- Interviewed by StarTutor (Arthur, Jerry, Weichao), 4 July 2010
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
1998 GCE O
(Siglap Secondary School
English Language (B3), History (C6), Mathematics (C5), Science (Phy/Chem) (C6), Art (C6), Principles of Accounts (B3), Chinese Language (B4), Chinese Language (Oral/Aural) (Merit)
Professional Development - British Council Teaching Awards How to be an effective tutor, Know it - Teach it Text Types, Know it - Teach it Grammar , Know it - Teach it Pronunciation, Know it - Teach it Young Learners.
Commitment LevelI am looking for students who are doing their major examinations this year and desperately need help. The commitment for next year will be negotiated depending on the student's commitment and attitude.