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5 Ways I Become a Better Teacher

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in GP Tuition | 0 comments

5 Ways I Become a Better Teacher

Just the other day, I was reflecting on my career as a teacher and what I am thankful for. And one of the things the Lord laid upon my heart was to write down and share these 5 things that I know has made me a better teacher and will, I hope, continue to do so. Here are my 5 ‘E’s! =) 1. MENTAL Expansion Not surprisingly, the broadening of horizons, widening of perspectives and constant exploration of new knowledge have been an essential part of why I always enjoy teaching a subject like General Paper (GP). Because GP covers such a wide swathe of topics, issues, and themes, I am ‘forced’ to read voraciously and serendipitously — something I thoroughly enjoy. The wisdom found in books and articles is amazing; to share it with my students – priceless. 2. PHYSICAL Energy I didn’t use to think that teaching is a physical activity as one would classify sports or athletics training. Yet, I’ve come to discover that teaching does demand physical energy and stamina at a level that is exhilarating and at times, breath-taking (literally!). And I find that on those days that I go to the gym for my workout, while I’m usually beat at the end of the session, I have a renewed vigour to teach my classes thereafter. 3. EMOTIONAL Environment This aspect is crucial in ways that I didn’t immediately realise. I’m constantly grateful to my wife and family who give me the unconditional love and support to do the things that God has given me to do. And cradled in this emotional sanctuary, I know that I can teach better, because I teach and minister out of the emotional capacity that has been filled up in my life – time and time again. 4. SPIRITUAL Enablement This brings me to the next aspect, which is also surprising to me when I first became aware of it. As I listen to sermons, read Christian books and am mentored by my church leaders and elders, unknowingly I find my teaching improving in terms of worldview, concepts, content, and lesson delivery. It’s quite inexplicable but I know it’s because of the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, for which I am always in awe and always humbled. 5. SOCIAL Encouragement When I first left the teaching service, one of the things that I really missed the most was having colleagues to interact with, have lunch with, and bounce ideas off. In the early years when I set up Irwin’s Study, I discovered that business can indeed be a lonely enterprise. But from last year, God has been so good to bless me with like-minded (and I must say, like-hearted) fellow tutors who have been so fun, inspiring and crazy to journey with!...

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I’m Giving It Away

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in GP Tuition | 0 comments

I’m Giving It Away

Over the past 1-2 weeks, I’ve been so blessed and humbled to receive so many birthday and Teachers’ Day messages from my students, including former students who have already graduated, are now in the university or even working! On the opening night of the Intentional Disciplemaking Church (IDMC) Conference this year, Rev Edmund Chan made a profound statement that still reverberates in my spirit. He said that the meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away. Thank you Lord for giving me the gifts of your abundant grace and love. Now I’m giving them away.  ...

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Happy Birthday, Singapore! =)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in GP Tuition, Society | 0 comments

Happy Birthday, Singapore! =)

This year’s National Day is a special one for Irwin’s Study as we were interviewed by 8 Days & i-Weekly on our views of how to use General Paper (GP) to get 18-year-old students interested in Singapore issues. Check out our interviews in English and Mandarin below! =)...

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My first 3 GP books…published!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Books, Global Issues, GP Tuition | 0 comments

My first 3 GP books…published!

And after months of hard work writing, reading, editing, re-reading, re-editing, I’ve finally published my first 3 GP books! =) These are 3 volumes of GP Essays spread across various popular topics and themes in the GP examination, and here are how they look like: (I’m pretty chaffed with the book covers especially because I chose the designs =) And here is a sampler of some GP Essays that are found in these 3 volumes: The elimination of poverty is a realistic aim. Discuss. Does globalisation divide rather than unite the world? “Environmental concerns and economic goals cannot co-exist.” Do you agree? Can terrorism ever be justified? “A good government is one that is able to make unpopular decisions.” Discuss. To what extent do the new media promote democratic ideals? “Women will never enjoy the same rights as men.” Do you agree? Childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons. Have today’s children lost their childhood? Are the golden years a myth in Singapore? In an age where knowledge becomes obsolete so quickly, do schools still have a future? Consider the view that Man is more knowledgeable, but not necessarily wiser. Discuss the value of solitude. How far do you agree that travel is more than sight-seeing? “While science has made modern life better, it does not guarantee an easier life.” Discuss. Can prejudice ever be removed? “The arts are more than just a form of entertainment.” To what extent is this true? Is there any value in preserving dialects in your society? “The value of sports is overrated.” Comment. Are we giving too much attention to criminals and neglecting victims? So do look out for them at Popular bookshops and your school’s bookstores, and may you find them helpful for your GP resource preparation! =)...

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New GP Classes…& a Waiting List!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in GP Tuition | 0 comments

New GP Classes…& a Waiting List!

Wow! This is the first time ever that we have had to put interested new students on a waiting list to join our GP tuition classes! Am so heartened that many of the new students have been recommended by my former and current students who experienced a different way of learning GP and shared this with a friend. =) So come July 2016, here are our new class timings: BUKIT TIMAH SAT, 2pm-4pm (*FULL) SAT, 430pm-630pm (Filling Up Fast) TUE, 7pm-9pm (Available) WED, 7pm-9pm (Available) FRI, 5pm-7pm (*NEW!) TAMPINES SUN, 2pm-4pm (Filling Up Fast) THU, 730pm-930pm (Filling Up Fast) These will probably be all the GP classes available for the rest of this year, so do sign up early if you wish to improve your GP and have an enjoyable learning experience along the way =)...

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