Mr Caleb Wong


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Mr Caleb Wong


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Mr Caleb Wong, Director

Mr Caleb Wong teaches chemistry tuition for secondary school (pure science and combined science).

Caleb espouses the values of hardwork and tenacity in achieving one's dreams. He believes that friendship with his students allows him to motivate and inspire them on a more personal level.

In addition to having taught at a top mainstream Secondary School, Caleb also has a heart for weaker students. He volunteered as a teacher for two years at Ling Kwan Youth Centre, tutoring at-risk youths.

Apart from teaching, he is well regarded by many of the youths as their friend and mentor

He has more than 10 years of teaching and tutoring experience for Upper Secondary Physics and Chemistry.

Caleb graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor in Engineering (Environmental) and was a recipient of the NTU Temasek Foundation Award.

Helping learners improve and get good grades

How does your education align with your teaching today?

I studied environmental engineering for my bachelor degree from Nanyang Technological University. With an engineering background, I train students to capture important details when presented with a set of data and approach the corresponding questions with systematic thinking. I ensure students understand underlying concepts and make sure they can apply these knowledge when answering questions.

What are the exam skills that you will focus on?

I take a lot of effort to help students understand the requirements and expectations of the exam setters and markers. These are three main components students are expected to display in the exams:

  1. Identifying the underlying concepts of the questions.
  2. Demonstrating application through the use of correct formulas and definitions.
  3. The ability to mention key words to show competency.

More than just grades

What is your subject useful for in the future economy?

The progress of science is improving and changing exponentially within the last 10-20 years. New discoveries were made, and some of them even debunked existing theories that were accepted by established institutes. Students might feel that what they are learning is probably outdated, but the essential laws of science and nature stood the test of time, and students should acquire these knowledge and with a good foundation, they can better manage higher learning or even make new discoveries!

How will I help students be ready for the future in my teaching?

Classes are always informed about the latest developments in the world and are encouraged to think how these technologies will disrupt and replace existing industries and hence helping them to make a more informed choice when it comes to their personal learning. Some students might initially feel that these seem like what they see in sci-fi movies, but after months of exposure, many of them do come back and ask: "Where do we go from here?"

Mr Desmond Hoo


Mr Desmond Hoo


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Mr Desmond Hoo, Director

Mr Hoo teaches English for Secondary School at Basecamp.

Desmond is a firm believer in progressive learning. He believes that learning is a continual process and it need not be onerous and dry. 

He brings in character development insights into the GCE 'O' Level English syllabus through games and hands-on illustration of writing concepts to keep lessons fun and engaging. His students enjoy his lessons as they learn more through experience rather than by rote.

Having started his career as an educator, Desmond was voted the Most Awesome teacher at an autism-focused school for two consecutive years in his ongoing 3-year special needs education tenure. Concurrently teaching at a leading learning centre in Singapore, Desmond gained extensive experience in teaching the MOE English syllabus (1128 & 1190) with valuable insights on global perspectives.

Desmond graduated with a 2nd Upper Honours eqv. in Communication Studies from SIM University, and was awarded the Vincent Khoo Kah Tat Award.

Helping learners improve and get good grades

How does your education align with your teaching today?

My tertiary training equipped me with the techniques to communicate new techniques of traditional concepts to students. There are a myriad of techniques out there which are good for students, but the clear delivery of the same might be found wanting. With a new status updates on social media platforms, or a new fad like the fidget spinner fighting for their attention daily, it is crucial that education keeps pace with directing their attention towards what matters in the long term. Instant gratification are often too short-sighted, which is a pain to ratify down the road. My education in Communications helped train my mind towards innovative teaching methods.

What are the exam skills that you will focus on?

Though we are in the business of future-proofing our students' education, we are also mindful how they need to be prepared for the existing exam formats and requirement. Thus, apart from exposing weekly to the current affairs and trends of the world, I use the same themes to cover all components of the Paper 1 (Writing), Paper 2 (Comprehension), and Paper 4 (Oral Communication). I will cover the answering techniques for all of the above, save Listening Comprehension.

More than just grades

What is your subject useful for in the future economy?

English is a language subject which will transcend all developments of the modern economy. In spite of the technological advancements, connectivity and communication becomes all the more crucial for their survival in the future. To understand how English plays a part in our education system in the future, we must first understand its place in the past. Communication has been a tool for survival since the Stone Age, where homosapiens communicate to achieve a certain goal together for greater success collectively. Likewise, English will remain a corner stone for all collaborations, be it in the virtual space or physical domain.

In fact, written communication will be ever more crucial when face-time lessens with the "shrinking" of the world through technology. Clear communication will be a much needed skill in the future economy.

How will I help students be ready for the future in my teaching?

The first 30 minutes of the lesson will be dedicated inform students of the latest trends of the week's theme. Students will watch videos, TED talks, and news reports of the development, and then discuss how this applies to their world today. This exercise forms a two-pronged benefit where student gets to be exposed to the current and future affairs; and practising the skill of putting thoughts/opinions to paper, forming sound argument through exposition.

The next 30 minutes will be the skill focus of the lesson, where students will learn how to apply the given concept (usually already covered in school) in the exams. This portion will help to concretise or gain relevance in what they have learnt in school. Honing this skill is important in their future careers where they have to constantly be kept abreast of new skills or learning in order to do their jobs more effectively. Such practices inculcate the spirit of learning.

The last hour of the lesson will be independent practice, having the opportunity to put what they have learnt in the last hour to actual exam components. In doing so, clarify with the right questions and understand that practice makes perfect, a piece of learning that you would know to be essential in our survival even today.

Mdm Cheok


Mdm Cheok


Mdm Cheok

Mdm Cheok teaches English for Secondary School at Basecamp.

Madam Cheok Soh Cheng has been teaching English in Primary and Secondary Schools and to adults for more than 40 years. She has taught English both as a first language & as a foreign language. 

Her passion is to help her learners build a repertoire of critical and useful vocabulary words. The new words are exposed to the learners three or four times to help them understand their comprehension passages and eventually minimise their struggle to paraphrase in the summary section. The ability to summarise effectively is a lifelong skill which needs to be mastered. 

She believes that the ability to edit one's own composition and/or a peer's composition is absolutely necessary. Hence it is not the quantity of essays written that is important. However it is the quality of essays produced by each learner and the much-needed individual consultation that is absolutely necessary to build confidence in writing. Ideally, an essay should have at least three drafts. 

To ensure that effective learning has taken place and to get her learners excited and motivated in class, Madam Cheok usually engages them in language games and fun-filled activities which involve repeated learning of vocabulary words, spelling, grammar and sentence structures. 

She is currently teaching in a Secondary Girls' School handling a Special Program dealing with the top 10 % and bottom 20 % of the Sec 3 and 4 scholars and local girls. She has passionately labelled her program as damage control and repair work. 

She taught in a Secondary School for 35 years and a Primary School for 5 years. She also has extensive experience coaching locals & foreigners under Workforce Development Authority’s (WDA) programs.

Ms Joy Li


Ms Joy Li


Ms Joy Li

Ms Li teaches English, Maths, and Science for Primary School at Basecamp.

Adopting contemporary teaching styles, Joy has been teaching locally for more than 6 years and is a current teacher in a renown SAP school in Singapore. Coupled with more than 12 years of private tutoring experience, she has taught the English, Mathematics and Science subjects to the primary level. Joy also teaches in sync with the new syllabus and formats of assessments.

Joy believes in maximizing the potential of every child she teaches. She aims to inculcate intrinsic motivation within her pupils, equipping them with the essential skills of life-long learning. Joy agrees that “Education is not just the learning of facts, but also the training of the mind to think.”

Joy is a MOE-trained teacher who holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (General) from NIE.

Mr Charles Yap


Mr Charles Yap


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Mr Charles Yap 叶老师

Mr Yap teaches Chinese for Primary School at Basecamp.

Effectively bilingual, Charles (叶老师) is not a conventional Chinese Language teacher. He understands the challenges faced by the Singaporean students, whom as second-language speakers, could not keep up with the demand of the native language-alike Chinese Language syllabus.

He has taught primary school Chinese at a prestigious SAP school and is currently teaching in a local primary school.

Charles will approach the language with the second-language mindset and teach essential language skills, using the contrastive linguistic method (English and Chinese). Charles's pedagogy focuses on essential grammar points, which aims at laying a solid foundation for writing and speaking in the language.

A MOE trained teacher, Charles holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Chinese Language, Primary School) from NIE. Apart from Chinese and English, he is fluent in Malay and German.

Ms Jiaqi Zhang


Ms Jiaqi Zhang


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Ms Jiaqi Zhang

Ms Zhang teaches Maths for Secondary School and Science for Secondary School at Basecamp.

A tutor who focuses on a solid grounding of concepts, Jiaqi incorporates conceptual learning into interesting examples of application in her math and science lessons. She believes that different students learn differently, and is ready to adapt to suit each student's learning method. 

As a former teaching Intern under MOE, Jiaqi taught math and science at a government secondary school. She also has more than three years of teaching experience, both in tuition centres and private tuition. 

Jiaqi is currently a holder of the Nanyang Scholarship under NTU and was previously from Dunman High.

Helping learners improve and get good grades

How does your education align with your teaching today?

Having graduated from the Integrated Programme in a top government school, I am very familiar with the current secondary school syllabus, and am capable of delivering clear and succinct lessons highly aligned to the curriculum. With my solid knowledge of Mathematics and Science, I am able to stimulate students and help them come up with different solutions and perspectives for problems.

What are the exam skills that you will focus on?

The key focus of my lessons will be on answering techniques which include breaking down the question accurately, phrasing the answer effectively, as well as pinpointing the keywords precisely. Many students face the problem of penning down a proper answer even though they know the content being tested. Hence, answering techniques are crucial in order to score, and will be the main focus of my in-class practices.

More than just grades

What is your subject useful for in the future economy?

In Singapore's knowledge-based economy, Mathematics and Science are extremely important for the future, based on current trends of economic development. These two subjects can be applied in major sectors of Singapore's economy, such as Research & Development, and banking and finance. 

How will I help students be ready for the future in my teaching?

A solid foundation of Mathematics and Science is crucial for the future of all students, no matter what field they choose to go into. Not only will the content knowledge be important, the skills I will impart to my students will also be helpful, such as the logical analysis skills gained in the solving of Math problems. Additionally, I will also be giving students many useful studying tips which would be very useful for their further education.
 

Mr Julian Lee


Mr Julian Lee


Mr Julian Lee

Mr Lee teaches Maths and Physics for Secondary School at Basecamp.

Julian’s primary goal has always been to elicit the latent potential in every student as he believes that everyone can excel when given the right guidance. He specializes in teaching Science and Mathematics for primary and secondary level.

He reckons that all students should be engaged and not just simply listening without understanding. With that in mind, he reminds himself to always talk WITH the students and not just to talk TO the students, encouraging them to voice out any difficulties that they encounter. His strong relevance and connectedness with students make him very different from others. 

Standing by the motto “Unafraid, What’s Ahead”, Julian recommends all students to put aside their fears and come forward to learn together.

Julian graduated from Nanyang Technological University with Bachelor's Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering. He is also an accredited engineer in the professional industry and has more than 10 years of private and class tutoring experience.

Ms June Khoo


Ms June Khoo


Ms June

Ms June teaches English and Maths for Primary School at Basecamp. 

 

Mdm Tao Ye


Mdm Tao Ye


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Mdm Tao Ye

Mdm Tao Ye teaches Chinese for Primary School at Basecamp.

What are the exam skills that you will focus on?

  • Students tend to be weak in compo(paragraph) writing and comprehension, so I definitely would want to look into these two areas for my students.
  • For Oral Exam, I would want to look whether my students are also weak in oral. Depending on the student's level, his/her school might already be starting on 2017 PSLE new oral format or still using old exam format for lower/mid primary.
  • Before I start to plan my lessons for my students, I would want to understand their weak areas first and to recognize their sources of weakness in the language:
    • his/her foundation is weak (recognizing Chinese characters, making sentences), or,
    • he cannnot express her ideas in Chinese (lack of vocabulary).

What is your subject useful for in the future economy?

  • As a language spoken by the Chinese in the world’s biggest and most dynamic market, Chinese will be an essential tool of communication with others, for both business and social settings.
  • While English is still the dominant international language across the world, in a globalised world, people from non-English speaking countries are now learning both English and Chinese, with most successful citizen in the global economy fluent in at least two languages.
  • When it comes to job competition in the global market, language skills, especially Chinese, will be crucial to success.

How will I help students be ready for the future in my teaching?

  • It is important to let my students understand that what one learns in school actually relates immediately and directly to real life.
  • Personally, I feel learning Chinese is for better communication with others, but at the same time we should deal with the fact that in school exams are still the main method to assess and stream students.
  • Some students can get good marks for exam but might still not be able to use CL effectively as a communication language, which means, what he learns is "dead", he cannot apply it in real life.
  • So comes to answering helping students be ready for the future, I would want to look into closing this gap, so that students learn not only to excel and score straight As in their exams but also to really apply it in life.

Ms Wenda


Ms Wenda


Ms Wenda

Ms Wenda teaches Maths for Secondary School at Basecamp.