Experienced Trained Literature and Humanities Teacher

All 7 new texts for 2016 and 2017 onwards are now taught! Only place in SG that can provide this service for students!

I believe in giving more than my best to my students and have now completed reading all the new texts! Yes all seven of them!  What is more I am giving  unprecedented discounts to those who will be calling me for the first time for Lit and Humanities tuition for O- and N-level exams. The offer lasts till end of April. Hurry as places are limited! For a sample of the areas covered, I have chosen Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. In my sessions on the book, the areas covered are as follows:

  1. key insights on George Bernard Shaw, the playwright, activists and self-anointed saviour of society
  2. a brief outline of his colourful and eventful life, focusing on his creed and the various causes he championed and supported.
  3. a close insightful study of issues raised in the play such as the social divide, class conflict, transformation, the status of women, gender issues, etc
  4. theme tracking
  5. insightful and profound comments and interpretations of the play, plot, characterisation, themes and issues
  6. language and wordplay in the text and many others ( some of which are my trade secrets)

Last but not least I role-model a lot to show them how to analyse questions, and answer them. I do impart certain secret skills to give them that edge in the exams and of course for most of my students,  I teach them sentence skills and essay organisation as well because in the final analysis, Lit students need to write very well.

Seven titles added to O-level Literature in English

  • Joy Luck Club
  • Midwich Cuckoos
  • Road to Memphis
  • Julius Casear
  • Pygmalion
  • The Winslow Boy
  • Here and Beyond: 12 Stories

Really if one is in it strictly for the money, one would have given up by now. The texts are changed with alarming frequency. Every change of texts means new work for teachers and at least ten times more work for Lit tutors. This is because an ardent Lit tutor has to tutor all the titles! It is no wonder tutoring Lit is a place where angels fear to tread! Hahaha.

Some of them do not have convenient guides – no Sparknotes or Cliff Notes, the more reliable sources. Everything is done by the tutor from scratch. Even when there are guides, they are at best rudimentary and lack the depth of analysis that is required in the students’ answers.


Literature and Humanities tuition – expanding the titles and scope

lithistorygeogpicIn the last two years as well as 2016, twenty new titles will be added to the list of texts I am teaching for Literature. They include “A Christmas Carol”, “Emily of Emerald Hill”, “Wonder”, “Hamlet”, “I’m the King of the Castle”, “Boom”, ” The Tempest”, “24 Favourite One Act Plays”, “A Man for All Seasons”,  ”An Enemy of the People”, etc.

Many students are getting help in Geography, History and Social Studies from me. Even for IP Geography and History, schools are refreshing the syllabuses regularly.

Call 98761777 for more information.


Time for latest round of feedback

Time for latest round of feedback

Sec 4 express student from Geylang Methodist Girls:
“She has learnt a lot from you. She said you are a nice teacher too.”

Sec 4 express student from Edgefield Secondary (his younger brother who is in Sec 3 in 2015 will be attending sessions with me for English and Social Studies)
“Madam Yu is strict but I have learnt a lot from her.”

Sec 3 academic student from St Patrick’s Secondary (Pure Literature & Elect Geography):
“He finds it useful and wants to work to get better. He topped the class for Literature and his Geography has improved tremendously too”

Mother of Sec 4 express student from ACSI (Literature & Social Studies):
“He is enjoying lessons with you. We are very glad to have found you to help him with his Literature and Social Studies.”

Father of Sec 2 student from ACS International (IGCSE English and Literature)
“J has got a good result for English [including Literature]. Thank you for your guidance and patience to him. Very much appreciated.”

Mother of Sec 1 student from ACSI (History and Literature):
“He has definitely improved from 60% to 75%. He found it useful especially teaching him how to answer the History and Literature questions.”

Year 2 IP student from CHIJ St Nicholas (LA):
“The practices  I did in class were useful as they really helped my score in my exams. The pace was also just right and I can catch up easily.”


Reading fees and subject registration fees

Sometimes reading fees are charged for new texts and a small subject registration fees are charged per subject every semester. Title fees per text is also charged in lieu of new texts if the texts has been previously taught by me. All these fees are non-refundable regardless of whether the sessions are terminated by the tutor or the parent.

Incredible Offer for ACSI IP students from year 2 to 4.

Unbelievably low fees – only $40* for both the English and Literature papers. What is even more earth-shaking is that there are no registration fees or advance payment to be made. In addition, there is also no constant change of tutors. Help will be provided for all coursework, IOC/P* and projects.

Maximum class size is only 5, not 10. Guaranteed to be fun, enriching and most important of all – I will do my best to improve  your grades. I have helped most of my students score a 7. For the rest, they have moved up at least 2 grades – from 4 to 6.

The sessions will consist of:

  1. close and insightful reading of texts
  2. using appropriate theories such as structuralist, new criticism, cultural materialism, psychoanalytical, marxist and post-colonial approaches to read the texts.
  3. acquistion of an impressive literary vocabulary
  4. mastery of answering techniques

A trial sessions of one hour at half the cost, i.e. $20 is available. Call 98761777!

 *conditions apply. Call to find out now.

Special Offer for ‘O’ level Humanities Tuition – Social Studies, History, Geography and Literature in the West

Special Offer for ‘O’ level Humanities Tuition – Social Studies, History, Geography and Literature in the West

Free 45 minutes’ tuition for every 5 sessions. Sign up now. The new syllabi for these subjects are heavy and demanding. So sign up for help early.

Help is also available for lower sec Geography and History.  Call me now.


Book Studies Sessions for IB & A-levels

“You are the best Literature tutor I ever had.” – IB student from ACSI.

Special weekday sessions for following texts:

Great Gatsby Woman Warrior
Othello All My Sons
Twelfth Night The View from a Bridge
Duchess of Malfi Scarlet Letter
*Age of Innocence Macbeth
Remains of the Day A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Waterland A Street Car Named Desire
Mansfield Park Mrs Warren’s Profession
Jane Austen Lady Windermere’s Hat
*The Portrait of a Young Man as an Artist  Running in the Family

* Conditions apply

The sessions are held only on Tuesdays and Fridays. Guaranteed to be enjoyable, and useful.

Unbelievable offer for unseen prose and poetry for JC and IB students 98761777

Call us now to find out about the two-sessions  during the first week of December on the unseen section of the Lit paper now. At the 2 hour session we go through the following:

  • advanced poetic devices
  • introduction to popular literary and cultural theories
  • mapping literary and cultural theories onto poems and prose
  • organising and crafting well-organised essays with insights.
  • acquiring a literary vocabulary


The only venue for ‘A’ level literature book studies is getting even better – free consultations and value packages

The only venue for ‘A’ level literature book studies is getting even better – free consultations and value packages

Not only do we do book studies, we help you with your acquisition of a literary vocabulary, and writing in-depth essays.  and we look into answering and writing techniques.  Skills that will give you the marks you want. We believe in the power of individual attention, the efficacy of proper guidance and centrality of role-modelling by the tutor.

Our list of texts covered are almost exhaustive. Yet we are working to extend the list. We now add three more texts – “Silas Marner”, “The Scarlet Letter” and “Mansfield Park”.  Call us now at 98761777.

The new offer applies to  new first-time callers as from 17 May 2013, so call us now to find out about this unbeatable offer.

Our A-level Literature sessions have become bigger, better and more extensive. 

All JC packages come with complementary email/phone consultations

All JC packages come with complementary email/phone consultations

My JC Lit students can call me for consultation on the phone or via email in between sessions. There is no charge at all. JC Lit is demanding and sometimes a 2-hour session a week is not sufficient. Hence we give one free email/phone consultation every week.  This is an unbeatable offer and has helped our students tremendously. Call us now at 98761777 to find out more.

Customised tuition for IP students in Lang Arts and Humanities

Customised help for IP studentsThe IP syllabus varies from school to school, which is why there is a need for customised tuition. For IP students, one size does not fit all. Help is available for students from RI, Hwa Chong, Nanyang, SCGS, ACSI, TJC, etc. Call us now for a no-obligations chat to see how we can help your child flourish in the IP.

Pure History tuition in the new History syllabus: British Intervention in Malaya





Comprehensive tuition in British intervention in Malaya with numerous original sources (close to 100 taken from different types of sources – translated primary sources, secondary sources showing perceptions and interpretations from different parties such as individuals, authors, etc.

Students get to see different viewpoints of British intervention and rule in Malaya. They will learn to work with views not only of British and westerners, but also of the local people and the rulers and chiefs. 

History tuition: the new History Syllabus


IMG_1238[1]The new History syllabus traces the evolution of the contemporary world order (1870s – 1991). To understand the world today, we need to know the past. The revised syllabus combines concepts, content and thinking skills.

Unit 1 it is European Dominance and Expansion in the late 19th century

Study of Malaya (compulsory) plus either Indonesia and Vietname

Unit 2: The World in Crisis

Unit 3: Bi-polarity and the Cold War

Unit 4: Decolonisation and Emergence of Nation States

Study of Malaya (SBQ) and either   case study of Vietnam or Indonesia

Geography tuition: the new Geography syllabus tested in 2014

The new Geography and Social Studies Syllabus are covered

The new Geography and Social Studies Syllabus are covered


All the three themes – “Our Dynamic Planet”, “Our Changing World” and Geographical Skills and Investigations are covered. Real-time examples are provided as much as possible. In a nutshell, the topics covered in the sessions are:

Physical Geography – Our Dynamic Planet

Plate Tectonics
Weather and Climate Change

Human Geography -Our Changing World
Global Tourism

Food Resources
Health and Diseases

Geographical Skills and Investigations
Topographical Map Reading Skills

Geographical Data and Techniques
Geographical Investigations

In conclusion, the world does not contain infinite resources and as long as mankind continue to behave irresponsibly, the doomsday preppers are going to be proven right. Geography teaches us to be aware and perceptive of our fragile planet and linkages between the human and physical environment, and armed with these knowledge and insights, all of us should be imbued with a sense of responsibility for protecting our environment and planet. 


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