Mr Terence Chia graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mathematics and received a First Class Honours in Mathematics. He took up a Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship and was on Dean’s list for 6 out of 8 semesters.
Having received his Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (NIE), Mr Chia served at the National Junior College (NJC) where he taught Mathematics ‘C’, Further Mathematics, H2 & H3 A-level Mathematics and the Integrated Programme (IP). His extensive repertoire and exposure in preparing the various syllabus have allowed him to help students connect and relate the different mathematical concepts they encounter at each level. Mr Chia was awarded the College Values Award for Service with Honour for his dedication to the school.
While at NJC, he was in charge of coordinating the IP year 2 Mathematics programme where bridging the gap between the O and A level syllabus was the most crucial. It gave him a unique experience that most secondary school and JC Mathematics teachers lacked, making him an excellent teacher for students who faced difficulty when they entered JC.
Mr Chia is also well equipped to teach high performing students. His experience in teaching the Accelerated Mathematics Programme, where IP students were selected to be taught Mathematics at a faster pace and be exposed to more in depth and critical thinking skills, gave him the experience to bring high ability students to a level that is more in line with their potential.
Mr Chia’s lessons are always interesting. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, he would set problems sums that related to the other subjects that his students learn in school to enhance the overall learning experience. Through the use of games, Mr Chia can make the process of learning and master Mathematics, a fun activity for his students. These efforts culminated in an excellent track record of his students’ examination performance.
Since 2009, Mr Chia has joined Learners’ Lodge Education Centre as a full-time staff, serving as an Education Specialist, teaching Mathematics classes at both JC1 and JC2 levels.
Thank you so much, Mr Terence Chia, for helping me in my H2 Maths journey even though I only joined your tuition in the middle of J2 :”) I really enjoyed your maths lessons as you had a way of teaching maths that made maths make sense!! I really admire your attitude towards teaching and doing your utmost to help everyone succeed. I managed to go from an S at prelims to a C for As and I owe it to you as your words of encouragement towards the final stretch really helped me push forward :-)
Jothiga Baskaran, St. Andrew’s Junior College (2019)
Mr Terence Chia has been a great pillar of support for me through my Mathematics journey. More than a teacher, Mr Chia was a mentor who was willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we could understand and execute concepts through every topic. Mr Chia was a guiding light who made Mathematics seems so much easier, and so much more enjoyable for myself and for many of my peers. Thank you very much Mr Chia:)
Kervin Tsai, Raffles Institution (2019)
In JC 1, I found myself struggling greatly transitioning from secondary school to JC math. After the promotional exams, I felt that I had lost confidence to do well and catch up in math. This was when I decided to join Learner’s Lodge under Mr Terence Chia. I vividly remember having a hard time keeping up during the first few lessons, having joined late. But after confiding in Mr Chia about my concerns, he was extremely patient and devoted to helping me improve. He was always so open to clarifying my questions, and there were many times that I would go to lesson early or stay late to consult him on my queries.
Despite the rigor of JC math, Mr Chia never fails to weave fun into his lessons. He would invent his own math games, and occasionally we would use games to round up certain topics in a novel way, or just to lighten up the mood nearing exams.
Although I was only with Mr Chia for the span of a year, his teaching and guidance undoubtedly went a long way in helping me improve and restoring my confidence. His tips and tricks and exam strategies were also critical in helping me score well for exams. Though the progress was gradual, I am proud to see my hard work come to fruition, from an E during promotional exams to an A for A Levels. Yet, none of this would have been possible without Mr Chia’s constant encouragement and belief in his students’ potential. I would like to thank him for his unwavering support and for all the lessons he taught me in resilience!
Claire Zhai Huan Ting, Raffles Institution (2019)
Mr Terence Chia has been a brilliant teacher for the past 2 years. Beyond explaining every math concept in a concise and straightforward manner, he made lessons entertaining by interspersing practices with games and consistently checked in on whether we were coping with math and school life in general. The application was strongly emphasised with questions that ranged in difficulty levels, and we often revisited the topic summaries to reinforce what we were supposed to know. We were also provided with great resources to practice in our own time.
Whenever we needed help, Mr Chia was willing to go over our questions before or after lessons and clarify our doubts. Whether these encompassed basic conceptual errors or mistakes from our exams, he reassured us that we were capable of improving and overcoming whatever difficulties we were facing. Ultimately, he has been a patient, engaging and kind teacher, and a strong motivational presence for us. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do this without his guidance :)
Saniya Nangia, Raffles Institution (2019)
Math has always been a subject that I had little confidence in because no matter how much I practised, my efforts did not seem proportional to my results. As such, studying the subject and taking tests was rarely ever enjoyable. However, thanks to Mr Terence Chia’s excellent method of teaching, patience, and deep level of understanding of his students’ varying competencies and weaknesses, H2 Math has been extremely rewarding.
Mr Chia is a teacher who is very clear about the content he has to teach as well as how to teach it effectively. While the duration of two hours a week seems little in comparison to the multiple lectures and tutorials we get in school, Mr Chia is able to use that time in a productive manner to give us a strong foundational understanding of what the topic entails and also class time to allow us to do questions with and independent of his help. As we do our work, Mr Chia is also active in his teaching as he walks around the classroom surveying our work and pointing out whatever mistakes we have made. Even after class ends, Mr Chia stays back to answer any final queries students may have regarding the lesson’s content or questions from school tutorials. Before exams, Mr Chia is also sure to give us a comprehensive run-through of the topics being tested and grill us on some possible trick questions our school likes to pose or remind us of useful tips when it comes to our final revision at home. His advice has been exceedingly helpful and made revising Math systematic and effective.
As a teacher who values establishing a good rapport with his students, Mr Chia makes consistent efforts to get to know the class as a whole as well as on an individual level. His friendly and approachable demeanour makes it easy for students to approach him for help. While tuition from 7-9 PM after a full day of school can be perceived as off-putting, Mr Chia’s lessons have never been a dread for me and I have actually always looked forward them. Furthermore, to break up the monotony of classes, his lessons sometimes include game sessions where we play math-related games to test our knowledge on what we have learnt.
Thank you, Mr Chia, for all your help and support and encouragement over the last two years in your Math class! Thanks to you, I got an A for Math in my A-Levels! :-)
Jeanette Chye, Raffles Institution (2019)
Thank you, Mr Terence Chia, for your guidance and never giving up for me. Throughout my JC life, maths has never been my best. I have always been disheartened by getting U grade all the time. But after coming under Mr chia, my grades have improved and I am happy that I persevered to get an A for my A levels. Thank you for never giving up on me Mr Chia!!!
Lim Yao Yi, Nanyang Junior College (2018)
Mr Terence Chia has never failed to make his lessons clear and easily understandable. There was never a time when I went out of his class confused with even more questions than I had before.I used to always be intimidated my math as I felt there were too many ways of approach to a question. However, Mr Chia, being one of the most nurturing and patient teachers I’ve ever met, allowed me to always properly clarify my doubts which slowly built a proper framework of thinking when doing Math. He has helped me dispel my fear for the subject and sparked my love for it!
Darius Lee, St. Andrew’s Junior College (2018)
Personally, scoring at math was always a problem despite putting in numerous hours of work in practising questions on my own prior to examinations. In JC, taking H2 Math was extremely difficult and my grades always hovered around an S or D or E, and the A I have on my results slip is a testament to Mr Terence Chia’s clear explanations of concepts, apt choice of practice questions, approachable demeanour and his steady motivation throughout my final JC year. As a steady pillar of support, he has gone above and beyond planning, arranging and coordinating lessons to ensure that we are fully prepared for the As, and he always kept us fixated on our final A level examinations instead of being demoralised by disappointing results in school-based examinations. I am immensely thankful for his support and guidance, thank you so much Mr Chia!
Ng Wan Zhen Janice, Hwa Chong Institution (2018)
Mr Terence Chia is truly a teacher that cares for his students and never gives up on them. Despite having dismal grades in school, Mr Chia never once gave up on me and constantly encouraged me, offering to stay back after classes to answer my personal questions and being ever willing to entertain my queries on whatsapp, even at odd hours. Mr Chia is someone that is also very patient, never losing his temper or appearing to be irritated when simple concepts are misunderstood or consistently not grasped. Instead, he takes the effort to slowly run through the misunderstandings and tries his best to clarify all doubts, even at the expense of his own time. Thank you, Mr Chia, for getting me my A; it is as much yours as it is mine!
Lee Keeron, Raffles Institution (2018)
Hi Mr Terence Chia, I may have joined your class only in j2 but you are one of the best teachers I could ever ask for! Thanks for the amazing lessons and always taking time off after classes to help me when I was struggling. Not only that thanks for being such a caring teacher for lifting my morale and encouraging me every time I came back with poor results. I can’t probably thank you enough for all you have done for me. Hope to see u soon sir.
Mr Chia is a knowledgeable and an approachable teacher who is willing to go the extra mile to coach all his students. His passion for teaching mathematics is portrayed in his efforts to make all his lessons interesting. With his guidance and comprehensive notes, we are equipped with the right tools and knowledge to tackle the many challenging questions we face, allowing us to attain an advantage over the rest.
Jovan Law, Victoria Junior College
I always received subpar grades for Maths during my Junior College days. I had difficulty coping with several topics, mainly Statistics and Probability. Under Mr Chia’s teaching, I improved on my weaker topics and had come to like them better. I managed to pull from grades D and below to an A in ‘A’ levels. I came to enjoy learning Maths for Mr Chia incorporates fun in his classes by integrating games and quizzes into learning. Also, he is attentive and encouraging. Thank you. Please continue to guide and inspire others!
Kong Wai Yee, Victoria Junior College (2015)
Thank you, Mr Terence Chia, for your dedication to teaching me Mathematics! Couldn’t have done that well without your help! Am super thankful to have met you!
Ashley Tan Wan Qing, Serangoon Junior College (2017)
Thanks for always helping me with my math!! I always thought math was ImPoSsiBLe, but you made it so much easier for me!!