JC Economics Tutor, Learners’ Lodge
Lieutenant-Colonel (NCC) Phay Teik Eng graduated from NUS in 1982 with B. Social Science (2nd Upper Hons) and Diploma in Education (Merit) the following year. He is a retired and tested Senior Education Teacher with over three decades of experience in Economics education and trainer of students’ leaders. He has joined the dynamic team at Learners’ Lodge at an exciting time in its expansion to meet the educational needs of Singaporeans.
He has taught at JJC, SRJC, ITE (for mature students), CJC and ACJC in his various roles as Senior Subject Teacher, Subject Head as well as Head of Department for Discipline and Pastoral Care. He was posted to the Education Programmes Division in MOE HQ in 1998 for an initial tour of 3 years and later extended by one year. He served as Commander of NCC (Air) and promoted to Head Training, HQ NCC responsible for developing and conducting leadership courses (both local and overseas) for secondary and tertiary students. He is one of the select few to be trained by the Ministry of Education as Emergency Behaviour Officer in 1999 to understand and meet the emotional needs of students in the time of emergency.
He firmly believes in the ability of students to excel in the subject and takes great pride in helping them do so through a variety of pedagogical approaches and confidence-building measures. His teaching has evolved to keep up with developments in the economics education landscape and the changing profile of students. He embraces changes and adapts his approach to reflect the learning habits of the new generation of students while always mindful of the requirements and expectations of the examination board. The beauty of his methods lies in their simplicity. He has shared with students the secrets to success, including the need to make their own exam-oriented notes and repeatedly warned them against rote learning.
He works hard at creating a learning environment that is fun and inviting to arouse the intellectual curiosity of the students. Only when they are curious would learning takes place. He fully believes in the need to focus not only on the cognitive aspect of learning but on other dimensions as well, especially the affective domain.
He has been credited in the national daily with helping students to overcome overwhelming odds to achieve the improbable. In recognition of his dedication and resourcefulness at helping youngsters achieve their potential, he has been recognised and invited to the Istana for a ‘tea’ party in 1994.
The Economics tutor in Learners’ Lodge is very knowledgeable about various economic concepts, even those that extend beyond the H2 economics syllabus. This has enabled me to further my understanding and connect the dots better during lessons, allowing me to have an elusive edge over others. He is consistent in clarifying any doubts that I have during the course of my JC journey and his timely response to my questions has been immensely helpful especially during crucial examination periods. I would like to thank him for being such an inspiring and encouraging economics tutor.
H2 Economics was always a hard subject for me to get used to, and there were so many times where I felt like giving up completely. But thanks to the unending patience of the Learners’ Lodge tutor with a student like me, I felt so much more at ease whenever I revised, knowing that I had a supportive tutor on my side. My C grade might not mean much compared to most of your students, but to me who kept getting S and U grades, and considered dropping to H1 but had pressed on with your determination — that grade, and your support, mean more than I can say.
I would like to thank the Economics Tutor from Learners’ Lodge for his constant guidance all the way from the start of my Economics journey as a clueless J1 student. From day 1, his explanations and notes have always been clear and concise. With plenty of model essays and notes, the plentiful resources available ensures that each student will be able to perform to his or her fullest potential. He also never fails to answer my queries quickly during exam periods, and give encouraging messages. He definitely played a vital role in my securing an A for my Economics in the A Levels.
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