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.
I came in at the start of JC2 with a D grade and within a year of working with Mr Aw, I improved greatly and managed to do well in my A-Levels examinations. Mr Aw Meng How has a very systematic way of teaching, he goes in-depth into every single question types for both comprehension and essay. This was especially important to me because I am able to focus on every single question type and master every single question type before proceeding to another. Mr Aw also has a lot of notes which makes content learning a lot easier. Most crucially, Mr Aw is always there for his students and never fails to go the extra mile to help his students with whatever they need. I was really surprised that Mr Aw was willing to spend up to 30 mins every week to go through my essays with me
1-1, despite the fact that he has so many students.
I highly recommend parents and students to work with Mr Aw. Given his profound understanding of GP and his level of commitment towards his students, as long as you listen to what he says and are willing to work hard, you definitely would be able to achieve your desired results!
Koh Jun Hou Marcus, Raffles Institution (2019)
I was not good at writing essays and answering comprehension questions in the past. My friend recommended me to go to Mr Aw’s class as his brother did well under him. After attending almost a year of GP tuition, I can see myself improving in writing essays with broader knowledge and more precise language. When answering comprehension questions, I can better identify the necessary points and discuss the language used. Under his guidance, my grades are better than what I have expected at the start of the year. Thank you, Mr Aw.
Wei Hong Peng, National Junior College (2018)
I do not read much and often face difficulties in GP papers. Mr Aw’s lessons help to expose me to various events around the world and broaden my perspective. The use of humour in his lessons always makes it very interesting and enjoyable. He has helped me to improve my grades and develop an interest in GP. Thank you for the all the help and support.
Andrew Tan, Hwa Chong Institution (2018)
The process of internalising the contents and acquiring the right techniques required in GP could have been an arduous one if I have not joined Mr Aw’s GP lessons.
Through his multi-faceted lessons and comprehensive notes, I was positively empowered with the right skills and knowledge to tackle the questions thrown to me in examinations. He shares his wealth of knowledge with us through his engaging lessons and comprehensive notes that has given us a cutting edge over our classmates in school.
Thank you, Mr Aw.
Tan Hong Ying, Raffles Institution (2018)
I would like to thank you for teaching me GP and other general knowledge. I seldom meet teachers who would make lessons so productive, engaging and informative. Thank you, Mr Aw!
Lee Wen Yang, Pioneer Junior College (2018)
I always felt that GP was a burden because I had no interest in this subject and I had no motivation to read and improve on my own. But I am very grateful to Mr Aw for making the GP lessons fun and enjoyable. I have gained more knowledge about the world as he exposes us to many things in a single lesson.
Pooja, National Junior College (2018)
Mr Aw is an extremely dedicated teacher who does not merely aim to help students improve their grades but also to aid students in the development of their language skills. At the same time, he constantly updates his notes to ensure that students are aware of current affairs and can provide relevant examples in their essays. Under his guidance, I managed to improve my grades from a D in J1 to an A in A levels. His focus on the development of language skills will be helpful not only to the GP paper, but also in my future workplace where the command of language is important.
Aloysius, Raffles Institution
It was great to see the ‘A’ on my result slip for GP. Thank you for all the fun lessons and all the motivational talk you have given us! I will always remember to possess ‘AQ’ (adversity quotient) when the going gets tough because life is not easy, but there will always be a way if we are willing to work hard for it. I hope that you will continue to inspire and motivate your students! Once again, thank you!
Felicia Soh, River Valley High School
Throughout my journey in JC, Mr Aw has been one of the best tutors I’ve ever met. The efforts he puts in his teaching by going the extra mile for his students is a testimonial to how dedicated he is towards teaching. He even spotted the theme for the GP comprehension passage for my year! However, what I feel matters the most is the way he motivates his students to strive for excellence and never giving up on anyone of us. I’m glad I chose to attend his class and I would like to once again thank him for all that he’s done.
Ryan Phua Jun Yuan, Nanyang Junior College
Before taking up General Paper tuition, I was confused with the subject. To me, it was a subject purely based on bombastic vocabulary and a whole lot of luck.
Through Mr Aw’s classes, I was made more aware of the requirements of General Paper. I also became more involved in exploring local and global news and thinking in multiple perspectives to construct logical and persuasive arguments. These are skills that I will bring with me to my future education and employment institutions.
Beyond the classroom, Mr Aw also encourages us to submit essays which he diligently grades and gives comments. His constructive feedback made me improve my essay writing skills by leaps and bounds.
Once again, I would like to thank Mr Aw and the Learner’s Lodge Team for the care and dedication. I am pleased to say that I successfully attained an ‘A’ in my General Paper which was unfathomable to me as a JC1 student. Thank you!