O-level Literature Tuition

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.


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.


Importance of consistency and continuity in tuition sessions

Having the same teacher/tutor is important. Regular changes of teachers and tutors are disconcerting because of the disruptive effects on the sessions and hence on the students. It takes time to build up rapport and for the tutor or teacher to earn the trust and confidence of the students, so having a succession of different tutors is a no-no for students. It also takes time for the teacher to help the students and to see results of that help.


English Literature tuition: Pearl S Buck’s “The Good Earth”

When I saw the title on the new Literature syllabus, I could not help but sigh. “Good Earth” – how many times have I read thee? Let me count the times. The first time was when I was in my teens and I have reread it a couple of times since. This is a controversial book, not least because it contains the views of China through the eyes of an American woman before World War II that had captured popular imagination back then. Many people, especially the West saw China through Buck’s eyes for close to half a century. In the words of Hillary Spurling, “The Good Earth opened a door between American and Chinese worlds that had been firmly closed.”