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TESTIMONIALS

Have a look at what my past students have said......

Mr Yap had been helping me with my English and GP since I was in Sec 4. He is a great English/GP teacher who knows not only the techniques to answer exam questions, but also the content to provide for essays. In Mr Yap’s lessons, he provided me with a lot of content that helped enrich my essays. He was also extremely patient when helping me with all my problems that surfaced in my work. Mr Yap is a caring teacher who gives you guidance in GP, and a friend and a mentor who assists you in other areas. I really appreciate his help in my university application! GP is a subject that requires a lot of work on your part and good guidance from a great teacher. Mr Yap’s lessons can definitely help you get an A in GP, if you are willing to put in sufficient efforts and work hard together with him.

Shi Wen, National Junior College

Batch of 2017 | A for GP, GCE A Level

I joined Mr Yap’s class a few months before my O level examinations and I managed to jump 4 grades to achieve an A1 at the O levels. Mr Yap is an amazing teacher with so much heart and wants to help his students to improve and soar to greater heights. His marking is very detailed and this has helped me improve on the flaws in my writing, comprehension and other components of the English examination. He is probably one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever had with a plethora of tips and tricks up his sleeve and I am forever grateful for his guidance.

Wong Jake Han, Catholic High School

Batch of 2017 | A1 for English Language, GCE O Level

I had only attended Mr Yap's English class a few months before my O levels. At that time I was not doing well as I could not pass my paper 2. Although he only taught me for a few months, I had greatly benefited from it as just within a few months, I could see my grades jump from a fail to a pass to an A.

 

Mr Yap delivers his class in a manner that is very clear and organised. He explains concepts in way that is easy to understand, and often challenges us with tough comprehension passages to stretch us even further. 

 

Apart from being very good at teaching, Mr Yap is a very enthusiastic and passionate teacher who is willing to do more than what he is required to just to help his students. When Mr Yap taught me in sec 4, I used to submit thick stacks of prelim papers for him to mark. Initially, I thought that I would only get the papers back a few weeks later. However, the papers were always returned to me the week after. Despite the papers being returned so quickly, his marking was never once sloppy or with just 'ticks and crosses'. Being a very meticulous person, our papers were often filled with remarks and comments on what went wrong and what we should do to improve. 

 

It is because of Mr Yap that I could score an A2 for English. Thankyou Mr Yap!

Laura Goh, Zhenghua Secondary School

Batch of 2017 | A2 for English Language, GCE O Level

Literature and General Paper were two subjects I struggled tremendously in the two years of Junior College. In the case of literature, I had trouble understanding the comparative skills and the expression of ideas to be made in literary terms when engaging with the unseen portion of the syllabus. Whereas for the five texts, I had difficulty analyzing and deconstructing the questions asked. In my entire two years, the U and S grades were the common grades I would get for this subject, never going beyond an E grade. However, under the tutelage of Mr Yap, I managed to achieve a quality grade, a B grade, in English Literature in the A’levels. Mr Yap taught me the skills I needed to pass and do well in Literature, such as the comparative skills and deconstructing of questions. He also taught me how to make effective notes for a subject seemingly abstract and creative. This helped me revision nearing the A’levels. Furthermore, he went the extra mile to mark the multiple literature essays that I would write and scan to him. The constant feedback, revision and rewriting of essays proved useful as the question posed during the examinations was a similar question we encountered before. This boosted my confidence, despite the fact that I feared the worst and only expected a D grade for my A’levels English Literature paper. 

 

In addition, General Paper was another difficult subject to study for. I was terribly lacking in language, due to my poor grammar skills and lacking vocabulary. This was made worse with the lack of knowledge of real world issues. Thankfully, Mr Yap’s tips in GP aided me in boosting my content. This helped me to eventually achieve another quality grade, a B grade, in A’level General Paper. For this subject, I have never achieved anything more than an E grade in my school examinations and tests. However, under Mr Yap’s tutelage, I managed to increase my awareness of global affairs as well as improve my comprehension skills for paper 2. While in the past I hardly managed to complete the papers for my school examinations, the many practices that Mr Yap drilled me in has helped me answer the questions in the A’level examinations more effectively and efficiently.

 

In a nutshell, I am extremely grateful to Mr Yap for stretching me to my fullest potential in both English Literature and General Paper. Without him, my tremendous improvement in the A’level examinations would not have been made possible.

Ng Wei Qi, Wachel, Serangoon Junior College

Batch of 2017 | B for GP, B for H2 Literature, GCE A Level

I have been a consistently underachieving student in GP throughout 1.5 yrs in JC. Although I joined Mr Yap class 5 months before A Levels, nevertheless, I have greatly benefited from his lessons. Mr Yap’s unique step by step methodology in guidance and extra consultation outside of lessons have greatly improved my confidence in GP and allowed me to appreciate the beauty of GP. All in all, thank you Mr Yap!

Loo Guan Yee, Nanyang Junior College

Batch of 2017 | A for GP, GCE A Level

Mr Yap is an extremely dedicated teacher who obviously loves the subject he teaches. He has helped me immensely during my JC year, from the meticulously marked scripts filled with red inked insights, suggestions and encouragement to the vast amount of material he prepares for class. He focuses his attention on every student, offering 1-1 consultations to further guide them. He also puts his utmost faith in his students to do well. This has allowed me to gain confidence and go on to attain that wildly desired A. Thank you Mr Yap, for helping me so much for GP!

Oong Li Yin, National Junior College

Batch of 2017 | A for GP, GCE A Level

Since Secondary school, I did not harbour high hopes for GP due to my consistent bad English and GP grades. Mr Yap was a teacher who genuinely believed that his students will achieve their desired grade regardless of past results. Under him, I was able to feel motivated again to put in effort for the subject and the correct ways to tackle it. Within a short span of a few months, my GP grades improved significantly and I have grown to feel less intimidated during every GP exam. Thank you Mr Yap!

Ho Jia Yi, Hwa Chong Institution

Batch of 2017 | A for GP, GCE A Level

Being in Mr Yap's class for less than a year, my GP grades have improved tremendously from a D to an A. His lessons were interesting and they allowed me to explore the different current and future global issues. He was detailed in his marking and gave me constructive feedback to improve my essays and AQ. Furthermore, he was prompt in answering our text messages regarding GP and often went the extra mile to send us related articles. Certainly, his teaching approach is tailored to our different needs. Despite my having low confidence in my GP, he constantly motivates and encourages me not to give up. I am grateful to have him as my GP tutor and very thankful for this guidance.

Charmaine Teo Wen, Temasek Junior College

Batch of 2017 | A for GP, GCE A Level

Mr Yap is a great English tutor that I am privileged to have. What stands out the most about him is his vast General knowledge and strong command of the English language. However, his best quality is ensuring that his students keep learning. I was a C6-C5 student when he started tutoring me. Progressively, I learnt many skills and gained much knowledge from him during his lessons. In the end, I clinched an A2 for the 'O' levels.Mr Yap is a great English tutor that I am privileged to have. What stands out the most about him is his vast General knowledge and strong command of the English language. However, his best quality is ensuring that his students keep learning. I was a C6-C5 student when he started tutoring me. Progressively, I learnt many skills and gained much knowledge from him during his lessons. In the end, I clinched an A2 for the 'O' levels.

Mitchell Choo Zhi Qian, Mayflower Secondary School

Batch of 2017 | A2 for English Language, GCE O Level

Mr Yap is extremely patient and diligent in marking our assignments and answering our questions. Besides providing us with abundant resources ranging from current affairs, writing techniques, model essays to vocabulary and grammar practices, he also taught us how to use resources wisely to improve our writing and reading skills. I learned how to be precise and convincing in my writing, how to read efficiently and critically, and how to make my arguments coherent, insightful and cogent. These skills are definitely applicable even in other subjects like economics, and in daily practices such as reading news and conveying my opinions to others.

Mr Yap understands the essence of all GP topics in and out, and was able to help us see the links between different topics, which is essential for us to develop the breath and depth of our essays. He spoke with accuracy, sophistication and impact, wrote comments for us in concise yet very comprehensible language. In a nutshell, he made us explore and discover how GP can be a wonderland of interesting arguments, and influenced us to develop and sustain the interest in learning English. His guidance is definitely a cornerstone for my endeavours and achievements today.

Fang Yichun, Temasek Junior College

Batch of 2016 | A for GP, GCE A Level | Full Scholarship Recipient of Hong Kong University (HKU)

Mr Yap has been my tutor since I was in Secondary 3, till JC2. Throughout the four years, he has always been a caring and dedicated tutor. His lessons are always punctual, intriguing and thought-provoking. While he does not hesitate in making my work full of red ink, his constructive criticisms on my language and the methods I use to answer comprehensions have helped me develop a genuine appreciation for the English language and current affairs. Outside of classes, Mr Yap also frequently sends me readings and articles so that I am exposed to various arguments, ideas and concepts, and thus helping me write my essays better. So thank you Mr Yap, you are a wonderful GP teacher! 

Kimberly Sim, Dunman High School

Batch of 2016 | A for GP, GCE A Level

Mr Yap was my GP tuition teacher in the year 2015 when I was studying at Anderson Junior College as a 2nd year student.  I sought help from him to improve my GP grades when I did badly at mid-year examinations, having scored badly a grade of S.  I was weak at both paper 1 and paper 2 and was clueless on what to work on and had no idea on the how to score in GP.

 

He noticed that I had a rather weak foundation in essay writing skills and could not form basic argument paragraphs and rebuttals.  He went the extra mile to photocopy his students’ model essays to demonstrate the techniques needed in constructing argument paragraphs.  Additionally, he also looked for useful essay articles many different sources to give useful examples of case studies that I could use to apply to my paragraphs.  Moreover, he took time outside of my tuition session to answer many of my burning questions and mark additional essays from past year A-level exams.

 

He also taught me useful techniques on answering paper 2 comprehension questions and made me realize that you do not need to understand the text to answer the questions, but rather to know what the questions are looking for and how to answer them appropriately.  This was especially useful for students like me who have problems comprehending the text.  It was the small little details that he nitpicked on in those techniques that made me realize that it was rather easy to score in paper 2, contrary to popular beliefs that you are only meant to fail paper 2. 

 

It was because of Mr Yap that I managed to get an A for GP in the 2015 A level examinations.  He made me realize that GP is actually an enjoyable subject that is easy to excel in, provided you have both the right mindset and techniques in mind.  His endless dedication and patience in answering my questions is what that motivated me to change my mindset of not just being happy in passing GP but to excel in the subject.

Bryan Moh, Anderson Junior College

Batch of 2015 | A for GP, GCE A Level

Mr Yap was an incredible teacher for me and I genuinely wish to thank him for that. I will always appreciate how he encouraged my best work by pushing me to improve on my General Paper week in, week out. Mr Yap helped me express my own voice in essays, while maintaining an exam-oriented professionalism. His friendly demeanor never failed to lighten up the mood in class and his wide array of knowledge ensured that I always left class with something I had never known previously. Lastly, what makes him special is his refusal to give up on students and the belief he inspires in them. It was my greatest pleasure to be his student and I know that his future students are all in good hands.

Nigel Choo, Hwa Chong Institution

Batch of 2014 | A for GP, GCE A Level

I would like to thank Mr Yap for cultivating my interest in the English language. In class, he would often share interesting stories from the vast amount of books he had read as well as his insights on the current affairs around the world. In addition to his wealth of knowledge, he is adept in teaching students how to deal with GP. He taught me how to approach the subject, to always begin with the basics and develop an analytical and critical mind over world issues. I owe my good results in the A Level examinations to him and I would definitely recommend Mr Yap to anyone looking to improve on their GP and their critical thinking skills!

I would like to thank Mr Yap for cultivating my interest in the English language. In class, he would often share interesting stories from the vast amount of books he had read as well as his insights on the current affairs around the world. In addition to his wealth of knowledge, he is adept in teaching students how to deal with GP. He taught me how to approach the subject, to always begin with the basics and develop an analytical and critical mind over world issues. I owe my good results in the A Level examinations to him and I would definitely recommend Mr Yap to anyone looking to improve on their GP and their critical thinking skills!

Tan Pek Yan, Raffles Institution

Batch of 2014 | A for GP, GCE A Level

Mr Kelvin Yap was my form teacher and also my English teacher for 2 years in Secondary 3 and 4. It was truly a pleasure to have been taught by him as he is one of the most dedicated and competent teachers I have encountered in my schooling years. As an English teacher, Mr Yap consistently challenged his students to learn beyond the curriculum and what was “required”. He was passionate about helping students develop a keen understanding for current affairs and general knowledge, something which I feel is critical both academically and for personal development. As my form teacher, Mr Yap was not only caring, but even takes a personal interest in getting to know and help every individual in the class - something you don’t always expect from a teacher who has so many classes to teach and so many students to remember. I have learned much from Mr Yap and have also grown as a person under his guidance. I will always be grateful to him for his teachings.

Wee Zhi Jie, Raffles Institution

Batch of 2014 | GCE A Level

In the 2 years that I was in Mr Yap's class, there was never a dull day; Mr Yap often made his lessons engaging and interesting, causing me to develop a genuine interest for his lessons. They were never lacking content-wise, as Mr Yap always sought to push the class's potential by discussing relevant issues at hand and vastly expanding our pool of knowledge in the process. Mr Yap cares very much about one-to-one development as well, so as for me, I was never afraid to speak up and clarify my doubts. All in all, under his tutelage, I could only look back and say it was a holistic experience that I would very much want to go through again.

Joel Tang, Raffles Institution

Batch of 2014

It was a really memorable experience during my time in 3M/4M with you as my English teacher, so I thought I'd send in this email. I've never been proficient in my command of the English language. Perhaps its due to lesser exposure as compared to my mother tongue - Mandarin. As I moved on into Upper Secondary, the increased demand for comprehension and mastery of the language saw me severely lacking in the subject. But it was also during this period that I gradually picked up some of the habits I still maintain today. Following your recommendations, I started reading articles from The Atlantic and other similar publishers. They got me interested in multiple areas ranging from current affairs to simply enjoying the succinct and at times poetic use of language throughout the articles. This was one huge enabler for me during comprehension and essay writing. I actually improved significantly, from a bare pass during the first exam in Year 3 to a decent 75% for Year 4's final exams. But beyond just learning the language and words at face value, I think we were taught more on how we can transcend beyond words to read the emotions of the author, and how to effectively communicate our ideas across. Indeed, both are important skills that will accompany us for life. 

Lin Si Jie, Raffles Institution

Batch of 2014

Mr Yap has been my English/GP Tutor for more than six years. To me, he has been more like a kind friend than a tutor, offering me lots of help beyond lesson. We often spent time in class discussing latest news, events and movies, where I was always impressed by how knowledgeable he is. His insights on issues during our discussion were always food for thought and provided me new ways of looking at things.

Mr Yap is a hardworking tutor who demands the best not only from his students but also from himself. He is motivating and always has faith in me even when I first started my journey as a foreign student. The advice and exam tips he shared with me had been very helpful, which can be proven by my significant improvement in English (E8 to A2) and GP (E to B) grades.

It is my honour to have Mr Yap as my tutor, and I have every confidence that he will be a great tutor to any student who truly wishes to learn.

Wang Heng, Raffles Institution

B for GP, GCE A Level

My lessons with Mr. Yap were truly enjoyable and something I looked forward to every time. His passion for the English Language inspired me towards excellence. I attribute my high marks in Literature in JC and my eventual A for A-levels to him; he was always prepared for his lessons, well-read and would go the extra mile to mark and critically analyse my work. The lessons, in summary, were a culmination of fun discussions, creative idea-exchanging and always geared towards the examination. Mr. Yap’s lessons were instrumental to my love for the languages, and I thank him for that. Mr. Yap is one of the few tutors that I will never forget - the hard work he put in towards my learning showed genuine care and that’s a rarity.

Heershan Kaur, Victoria Junior College

Batch of 2013 | A for GP & A for H2 Literature, GCE A Level

In the minds of many, the ultimate aim of tuition is some game of “one-upmanship”; to get an A, or just to get 45/50 instead of 40/50 in one’s essay in some random class quiz; I cannot deny indulging in this. To this end, Mr. Yap’s approach is singularly unique: there is an element of style in his incisiveness; hand him an essay and he will gladly tear it apart, not because your essay is bad (it may even be good), but because you can do better: “A phrase you can use is Prima Facie, instead of …”. Respectfully, tuition is a two-way relationship and I feel that the ultimate benefit one reaps from tuition with Mr. Yap has to be commensurate with the amount of effort one puts in. I remember churning out essays weekly and Mr. Yap never turned them down. Passivity won’t benefit you as much as a concerted attempt to put in effort in the process. Finally, if there is one takeaway from Mr. Yap’s lessons it was to always strive for rigor in one’s writing and this has served me through college, in work and in life. And that is what I think really differentiates Mr. Yap’s lessons; the lesson is 2 hours long but the impact on your writing is forever.

Tay, Jeremy, Duke University Alumnus

A for GP, GCE A Level | A1 for English & A1 for Literature, GCE O Level

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