Mr. Aw Meng How
JC General Paper Tutor, Learners’ Lodge
Mr Aw Meng How brings with him a wealth of life experience from having worked in the publishing and editorial line, the architectural design sector, aviation industry, and in education. Equally impressive is his broad tertiary educational background beginning with a Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) with Honours (Second Upper), a Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies), a Graduate Diploma in psychology, a Specialist Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology and finally, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Merit from NIE. He was awarded the Singapore Teacher Union’s Book prize for being the top student in his NIE course. He also holds a certificate in Teaching Pupils with High Ability awarded by NIE. Before joining Learners’ Lodge, he was a Subject Head for Special Projects and Innovation in a government school.
His wealth of working experience and diverse educational background well place him to be able to engage in critical discourse from multiple perspectives. From the cultural, social, political, moral, to the scientific and economic spheres of human activities, Mr Aw will assist pupils taking the General Paper to understand and develop their responses to these issues of concern to us. He will also help students to achieve a mastery of the language required of various contexts including academic discourse.
With his background in psychology, he understands the developmental stages of students and together with his experience from having taught in a government school, he can address the diverse learning needs of students by designing and providing the necessary scaffolding to help struggling students. His training in teaching pupils with high ability, on the other hand, has equipped him with the pedagogical skills required for engaging high achievers with sufficiently challenging materials. His achievement in his NIE course attests to the excellent understanding of pedagogical principles and his commitment to the pursuit of excellence in teaching. Furthermore, he believes in continual pedagogical innovation – an ideal which he has carried with him since his days as a Subject Head for Special Projects and Innovation.
He writes the occasional English haikus, a number which has been published by the Mainichi Daily News.
My GP grades was always lacking in comparison to my other subjects and I initially had little interest in it. However, ever since I’ve joined the GP lessons, I have realised that the various topics are actually very thought provoking and eventually found myself vested in this subject. Thank you for helping me to improve me GP grades drastically (through compiling and creating digestible notes as well as the engaging and fun lessons).
As a student of Learners’ Lodge, I really feel that I was not able to achieve my excellent result without the tutor’s guidance. Before I started his tuition, General Paper seemed to be an intimidating and daunting subject, and it was apparent with my consistent poor GP score. Fortunately, I had received my friend’s recommendation to join his Gp class, and thus I took a leap of faith. During his lessons, he really took the time and patience to analyse our individual weaknesses and give constructive feedbacks to each of us. Thanks to him, I developed an ambition to improve my GP skills and knowledge. Today, I have obtained an A for my A Level GP.
While my time in Learners’ Lodge was quite short, I still benefitted greatly. The lessons covered a wide plethora of content, ranging from essay formats to content notes which my school teacher never taught. In fact, I found the classification of essay and paper 2 questions into different types especially helpful, allowing me to tackle each question effectively. My A in GP for A-levels couldn’t have been achieved without your guidance, thank you!
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