Mr Gilbert Lee graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Merit in Economics and a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Economics. He also set the record for being the first undergraduate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree in two years. He was also awarded the Paul Sherwood Memorial Book Prize for being the best candidate in Economics in 1995/96. He then obtained his Master of Science degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom.
Upon graduation, he served at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as a Senior Tutor, teaching undergraduate courses from first year to third year, as well as serving as external marker for a Masters’ thesis from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). However, he discovered that his passion lie in teaching high school students because it gave him an avenue to develop the students’ character that the limited contact time at university prevented. As such, he left the university, giving up a full scholarship to pursue a Doctoral degree at the University of California at Berkeley.
Since then Mr Lee joined the Ministry of Education. Having received his Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (NIE), he served nine years at the National Junior College (NJC) where he taught H1, H2 and H3 Economics. During his service at NJC, Mr Lee was awarded numerous accolades including the Caring Teacher Award, the College Values Award for Scholarship with Creativity, as well as the Nanyang Technological University’s Certificate of Honour, presented by President S.R. Nathan, for inspirational mentorship of his student, Benny Quek, to academic excellence.
After almost a decade of service at NJC, Mr Lee was recruited by Dunman High School (DHS) to develop the instructional programme for Economics at the newly established Senior High section of DHS. In the capacity of Subject Head, Mr Lee led and trained the team of Economics teachers to deliver a very strong programme at DHS. In his brief year and a half, Mr Lee was awarded the Most Innovative Teaching Award, and was nominated as DHS’ entry for the President’s Award for Teachers in 2009. Many of his former students have graduated from or are studying at top universities internationally including the Harvard University, University of Chicago, Stanford University, LSE, Cambridge University, University of Warwick, and all the three local universities. Most of them are reading Economics.
Since 2010, Mr Lee has joined Learners’ Lodge Education Centre as a full time staff, serving as Senior Education Specialist, teaching Economics classes at both JC1 and JC2 levels. He also served part-time as a supervisor for NIE trainee Economics teachers during their practicum.
Mr Lee had also published a book in 2010, together with Associate Professor Anthony Chin, entitled “Getting it Right: A Case Study Guide for GCE ‘A’ Level Economics”. In 2011, Mr Lee published a new book entitled “A comprehensive guide to writing economics essay”. It is designed to provide economics students with an easy to use framework to develop essay writing skills needed to ace the essay paper.
Mr Gilbert Lee’s lessons are ever so interesting and informative, making it such enjoyment to learn Economics from him. I will go for his lessons feeling excited and come out accomplished. Concepts taught are seamlessly applied to a real-world context, and Economics as a subject appear so much less daunting and manageable. Thanks to the correct learning method and exam techniques taught by Mr Lee, my Economics improved from an S in JC1 to A in A levels. Thank you Learner’s Lodge and Mr Lee!
Lu Dong Yue, Dunman High School (2019)
Mr Gilbert Lee is a really passionate teacher and to me he is more like a form teacher than a tuition teacher. He cared for his students’ well-being and characters, not just the results. Despite his busy schedule, he is still willing to make time for 1-1 consultation whenever we need it and more than often he makes sure that we are learning and not simply memorising the contents, which makes learning economics a lot more enjoyable. Thank you, Mr Lee!
Chien Hung Yeh, Dunman High School (2019)
Mr Gilbert Lee truly showed me what a passionate teacher is like, and he allowed me to study economics as something that is relatable and easily understandable, rather than just a theory. I really appreciate all the extra time and effort he put in for us, and also always going to extra mile to help us understand every possible aspect. Thank you for not only allowing my economics to attain an A at Alevels, but also to appreciate economics as something far beyond a theoretical subject!
Clarice Liu, Nanyang Junior College (2018)
Exactly a year ago, I was struggling to stay afloat with my poor with Econs grades. From J1, I had never gone beyond a U grade in any of my major exams in school. Similar to every other student in the same situation, I began to have extremely low confidence in my ability to grasp the subject and dreaded studying for it. At that point, my decision to join Learner’s Lodge was honestly one of the best decisions I made in JC. Thankfully, Mr Lee made me see the relevance of Econs beyond the A-Levels. His lessons were always engaging and the anecdotes he gave allowed me to realise the importance of Econs in our daily lives and how we have been using it unconsciously. Mr Lee is truthfully the most passionate and dedicated tuition teacher I’ve been in my life. His willingness to share his knowledge, experience and wisdom beyond the subject to make us better people really inspired me. I am so grateful for his willingness to sacrifice his personal time to accommodate my numerous consultations and queries through whatsapp. Thank you, Mr Gilbert Lee, I couldn’t have done it without your constant guidance, support and belief in me.
Natalie Koh, Eunoia Junior College (2018)
Thank you, Mr Gilbert Lee, for always being very passionate and taking your time to clear my doubts. Your detailed lessons and one-to-one consults have really helped me to understand economics much better and learn more than what our school has taught. Also, thanks for showing how interesting economics as a subject can be!
Tan Dewei, Raffles Institution (2018)
Mr Gilbert Lee is not your usual Econs tutor. He really puts in the extra effort to ensure that his students not only do well for their exams, but also to fully understand the concepts and develop a strong interest for the subject. He dedicates even his personal time to helping his students whenever they require assistance, be it through text or consultations. With his mentoring, I was able to perform better than expected for my A levels, and learnt a great deal more than just “Econs” from Mr Lee.
Joash Ng, Raffles Institution (2018)
Thank you so much for your never-ending patience in helping me to understand the concepts (from the foundation to all the way through) and always motivating us, right up until the end. I’ve learnt so much from your classroom – not just an extensive amount of economics knowledge, but you’ve taught us so much about life as well, and have really shaped how I view things now. Thank you so much! ☻
Nurdina Aliyah, Temasek Junior College (2018)
Thanks Mr Gilbert Lee for making my A in Econs possible! The skills you taught us in class were really invaluable, and I feel that these skills are useful in so many situations. But above all that, I feel that you were more than just an Econs teacher. You taught us numerous life lessons as well, encouraging us to look past our failures and teaching us life skills that will stay with us forever. So thanks Mr Lee, for not just being an amazing Econs teacher, but for being such a caring, knowledgable and wonderful person!
Samuel Lim, Raffles Institution (2018)
To be constantly pondering over concepts and not taking them at face value, Mr Gilbert Lee engages students in lessons and forces us to be active learners. His breadth of knowledge and understanding sparked my interest in the subject and left me wanting to know more. Beyond content mastery, the exam skills he teaches guides his students down an easy path for exams.
Mr Lee treats his students as unique individuals and is dedicated to getting the best out of each of us. His many life lessons in class have stayed as guiding principles for me. More than anything, he taught me to believe in myself and I am grateful to him for building me academically and socially.
Corliss Lim Zi Hwee, Dunman High School (2018)
I’d say something about Mr Gilbert Lee’s ability to teach econs, but his reputation speaks for itself. In my opinion, however, my greatest takeaway from his class isn’t the A for econs on my cert. It’s the life lessons and insights Mr Lee shared, which enabled me to find joy in learning for the sake of learning, rather than just to take an exam. While I’ll probably forget most of what i learned in his classes, I believe I’ll never forget the lessons he taught me; and that’s what teaching is really about, isn’t it?
Pierre Russell Ho Jun, Meridian Junior College (2018)
Mr Gilbert Lee is honestly one of the most intellectual teachers I have come across so far. Having majored in economics and history, he is a well-learned man that is able to fluently and articulately convey himself to his students, as well as possessing a sense of humor that makes classes more lively. He teaches out of a genuine passion to educate his students and encourages the asking of questions, which aids in clarifying doubts. Additionally, he goes beyond his job scope by offering himself on whatsapp to answer questions and clarify concepts, which is honestly very admirable. Teaching is a calling and not everyone can teach, but Mr Lee is definitely one such individual who is very well suited to take up this calling.
Lee Keeron, Raffles Institution (2018)
An experienced, confident teacher is the best support a student can receive in the journey of taking the A Levels. Mr Gilbert Lee has managed to make Economics fun to learn through challenging traditional ideas, maintaining the academic rigour while not making the subject dry nor foreboding. Being under his guidance was definitely a key to achieving academic excellence in Econs, but more importantly, learning how to question status quo and understand an issue from all facets was a key takeaway that extended beyond even the subject itself and have helped many of us excel.
Lee Yi Shan, Dunman High School (2018)
Thank you, Mr Gilbert Lee, for always encouraging us to have an open and curious mind towards the world around us. His lessons and stories were often eye-opening and really helped to spark an interest in Econs above and beyond the syllabus. His wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as his ability to convey lessons in a clear and interesting manner, made learning the subject enjoyable. Under his guidance, we were prepared to confidently face the A level exams with the needed rigour in knowledge and skills, helping us to excel.
Shermaine Yeo Jie Rui, Dunman High School (2018)
Mr Gilbert Lee is an inspiring individual who always makes class fun and interesting. His lessons are never dull and besides teaching economics well, he imparts many important life values which benefit his students.