Secondary School English Tuition

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How Do We Teach English Lessons at illum.e?

At illum.e, we are committed to providing a transformative learning experience that equips students with essential skills to excel in the English language. As such, secondary school English tuition lessons at illum.e are carefully designed to provide students with key insights and strategies to quickly solve their language errors and build on their skills to immediately push them forward to improve to the next grade until they attain their deserved 'A'. Our approach focuses on critical thinking, vocabulary development, effective text analysis, and thorough exam preparation.

With our dedicated tutors and proven strategies, students gain the confidence and knowledge needed to achieve success in English. Expect multiple 'a-ha' moments of understanding in each lesson — all our students find a single weekly lesson at illum.e more impactful than months of English lessons and practice elsewhere.

We foster critical thinking skills by guiding students through the process of analysing challenging texts. Our tutors encourage students to think critically, make insightful connections, and comprehend complex ideas. This prepares them for college-level work and enhances their overall comprehension and interpretation abilities.

A robust vocabulary is essential for effective communication. During our English tuition lessons, we employ diverse strategies to help secondary school students expand their vocabulary. Engaging exercises and regular vocabulary tests keep students motivated and interested in learning new words, enabling them to express their ideas clearly and confidently.

Understanding and analysing complex texts can be challenging for students. Therefore, at our O Level English tuition centre, our experienced teachers provide practical guidance on how to navigate and comprehend such materials. By equipping students with effective strategies, we instil in them the confidence to approach and master the difficult subject matter.

Mr Roger teaches a class at the Best English tuition Singapore
Teacher Alya giving close feedback during O Level English tuition

What Will a Typical illum.e English Tuition Lesson Look Like?

As an MOE-approved tuition centre, our expert and friendly trained tutors (who are award-winning and published writers) begin lessons by introducing the specific skill and strategy of the lesson to the students, demonstrating to them how it works in enhancing various parts of their language skills. Next, students will engage in a series of curated tasks and receive immediate feedback from our tutors to ensure they meet the criteria for success. Students will then be exposed to similar tasks of higher difficulty as well as complementary skills to grow their English Mastery.

Why Choose Secondary English Tuition by illum.e

Here at illum.e, our curriculum is carefully designed based on years of award-winning educational research. We know that English skills are not taught in a vacuum and thus lessons will always deliberately 'zoom in' to smaller, finer skills on a micro basis, and 'zoom out' to larger, macro picture skills to illuminate your child towards excellence. Our curriculum, as of 2020, has already adapted and prepared students for the new Examination Syllabus in 2023.

We believe that personalised feedback plays a crucial role in O Level English tuition as it allows tutors to identify areas for improvement and customise their teaching methods accordingly. Moreover, with personalised feedback from expert tutors, students can enhance their understanding and performance in their exams.

As such, we provide regular feedback to motivate students to take ownership of their learning while tutors offer in-depth analysis, helping them recognise weaknesses and empowering them to reach their desired level of proficiency. This fosters a positive tutor-student relationship and ensures progress towards achieving English language goals. Through our feedback, we also aim to boost students' confidence, helping them understand their mistakes and learn how to improve.

We are results proven, with 90% of our students achieving an A or a 3-4 grade improvement after joining our lessons. Any student who has been through the illum.e experience knows that English lessons here are the most impactful, insightful and illuminating compared to anywhere else. Not only that, lessons at illum.e enable your child's English to be understandable, scalable, and finally, fun again.

As students progress through secondary school, the National Examinations play a pivotal role in shaping their academic paths. As such, at illum.e, our tutors offer comprehensive exam preparation, covering key techniques and approaches. By doing so, we ensure that students are well-prepared to excel in their O Level English examinations, giving them a competitive edge.

At illum.e, we take pride in our in-house materials and practices, backed by our team of accomplished teachers who are published assessment book writers. Their expertise and insights are integrated into our curriculum, ensuring students receive top-notch resources and guidance. Our in-house materials are carefully crafted to provide comprehensive coverage of the subject matter, helping students develop a deep understanding of the topics and excel in their assessments. Additionally, we conduct in-house set mock examinations that closely simulate the actual exam conditions. These mock exams provide valuable practice and help students familiarise themselves with the exam format, allowing them to gain confidence and improve their performance. 

Students in class for O level English tuition

Our O Level English Tuition Curriculum

At illum.e, our secondary English tuition is designed to provide students with a comprehensive learning experience that aligns with the latest O Level syllabus and examination requirements. Our curriculum integrates targeted step-by-step scaffolded strategies, covering all EL paper types, to equip students with the necessary skills for success. From crucial comprehension and writing strategies to intensive grammar lessons and vocabulary development, our classes offer a well-rounded approach to English language mastery. Additionally, our curriculum includes key drills and examination-styled oral practices, ensuring students are well-prepared to excel in their O Level English examination in Singapore.

Paper 1: Situational & Continuous Writing

In preparation for Paper 1, we aim to equip students with the necessary language skills and written communication abilities to ace components like Editing, Situational Writing and Continuous Writing. Our curriculum teaches them to identify and correct grammatical errors in a given text, write a text based on a given situation, adapt their writing to suit the purpose, audience, and context and showcase their writing skills in various text types.

  • Key skills lectures and unique strategies on essential skills for writing well, such as how to describe vividly using 'Show not Tell' for specific writing scenarios within the literary genre inclusive of Situational Writing.
  • In-depth analysis of expositions and how to craft key foundational skills for discursive and argumentative writing to score and be ready for the demands of their English O Level paper.
  • Insightful coverage of all essay genres to enable students to tackle all approaches necessary, together with impactful highly-apt vocabulary words to ensure precision in connotation and increased language marks.
  • Unique and scaffolded strategies for different formats and aspects of situational writing to ensure authentic and well-thought-out essays which fit the demands of Purpose, Audience, Context and Culture.
  • Carefully curated sample model essays and paragraphs to allow students to capture learning points and apply them to writing.
  • Intensive application practices which reveal and enable students to connect the gaps between Reading and Writing different genres of writing.
  • Key and foundational grammar skills inclusive of resolutions of common grammar mistakes inculcated to master editing and to enhance writing skills, not taught anywhere else.
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Mr Roger gives close feedback for English lessons at the Best English tuition centre

Paper 2: Comprehension

In preparation for Paper 2, we aim to equip our secondary school English tuition students with reading comprehension skills and boost their ability to analyse and interpret texts. Our comprehensive curriculum will test their comprehension and understanding of visual elements and language techniques and teach them how to answer questions on comprehension, vocabulary, and the use of language for effect.

  • Specific step-by-step techniques with the most in-depth materials in the industry, with practices for varying question types to master how to answer comprehension questions, particularly more complex ones, successfully to write the most precise answers that attain full marks and to truly understand the passage.
  • The most comprehensive formulaic scaffolds for various language techniques seen in question types, inclusive of thinking frames and impactful writing application practices to cement understanding.

We go through the eight types of Quote and Explain (Provide details and explain) Questions, 16 Writers' Craft Techniques and six Unusual and Effective Questions, for example.

  • Thematised Reading Analysis in conjunction with Paper 1 practices (based on content themes and genres) to understand the reading-writing connection.
  • Key skills on how to read and annotate passages of varying genres succinctly and effectively to aid in the answering of comprehension questions and text-comprehension.
  • Inculcation of contextual clues and analysis of texts for flowcharts and complex vocabulary questions.

Paper 3: Listening Comprehension

In preparation for Paper 3, we help our students improve their listening skills and their ability to comprehend and respond to audio texts.

  • Targeted analysis of national examination papers and listening practices to ensure success in an increasingly difficult examination component.
  • In-House curated Transcripts of National Examination papers, with key practices and applications.
  • Scaffolds and key strategies to eliminate and select the best answers.
  • Listening tips and frameworks to score for the most difficult listening comprehension questions.
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Teaching assistant gives close feedback during English Class

Paper 4: Oral Communication

In preparation for Paper 4, we teach students how to fluently and effectively present their ideas and opinions, engaging the listener. We ensure that our secondary school English tuition students have the ability to communicate orally, express their thoughts clearly, and engage in meaningful discussions.

  • Intensively researched content notes on every topic for interesting and well-thought-out answers in oral examinations as well as writing.

We have 10 sets of specially curated and researched notes for students to provide insightful answers for all Oral Examination and Writing Topics in the O Level English examination.

  • Key and specific pronunciation, enunciation, word stress, fluency and pitch tips and strategies to perfect your Reading
  • Scaffolded thinking frames for well-thought analysis for spoken interaction, together with brainstorming tools and answering techniques.
  • Rigorous multiple one-on-one practice and drills, including free consultations before examinations to make sure your child is ready to face the examiners and overcome any oral examination challenges.

The illum.e English Programme from illum.e

Step by step strategies are provided in each tutorial, with emphasis on different skills and specific techniques to excel in English! This will enable you to chart your child's learning growth in English with mini-successes and expand their repertoire of skills as they gain enlightenment for EL excellence.

Join Our Secondary English Tuition Classes

The jump from primary to secondary school English, and even across levels can be rather steep and very daunting. Give your child the best chance of navigating this jump by joining illum.e today!

Our dedicated team of tutors is committed to helping your child develop the necessary skills for academic success. We provide rigorous and up-to-date content by thoroughly analysing school papers and National Examinations. Our specialised English tuition classes also cater to both IP and O/N Level programmes, focusing on comprehension skills, situational and continuous writing techniques, and oral presentation skills.

Hear what our secondary school students have to say and join our O Level English tuition classes in Singapore at illum.e today!

A list of the MOE syllabus can also be found on the MOE website, with downloadable 2020 syllabus located here. Alternatively, you may contact us for more details.

G1, G2 & G3 English Tuition from 2024

In 2024, Singapore's secondary education landscape will embrace a significant transformation with the introduction of Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB). This progressive system abolishes traditional streams and allows students to study subjects at G1, G2, and G3 levels, tailored to their learning abilities and interests. This shift promises a more personalised and enriching educational experience, enabling students to thrive in areas that match their strengths and aspirations.

At illum.e, we have proactively adapted to this paradigm shift. Understanding the nuances of the Full SBB system, we have meticulously refined our curriculum to offer comprehensive English tuition for secondary school students, now including specialised modules for G1, G2, and G3 English tuition. This strategic adaptation in our curriculum allows us to provide targeted and effective learning experiences, irrespective of every student’s learning pace and capabilities. We are committed to offering a bespoke educational journey, ensuring each student's potential is recognised and nurtured.

illum.e is not just an MOE-registered tuition centre; it's a hub where future-ready learners are groomed. With our expert tutors and a deep understanding of the new Full SBB system, we are set to guide every student in their journey towards academic excellence and personal growth in the ever-evolving educational landscape of Singapore. Choose illum.e for an enlightened approach to secondary school English tuition, where every child's educational needs are met with precision and passion.

How Much Does Secondary English Tuition Cost?

At illum.e, we understand the importance of providing accessible and affordable education. That's why we offer comprehensive secondary English tuition classes for both lower secondary and upper secondary students. Here are the rates for our secondary English tuition classes:

Lower secondary: $70 per two-hour session

Upper secondary: $80 per two-hour session

With our competitive rates, students can receive high-quality tuition tailored to their specific needs. To view our English tuition classes for secondary school students, including IP English tuition class schedules, and to learn more about our other programmes, visit our programme page.

Meet Our Qualified English Tutors

TIMOTHY JOSHUA CHIA-LEE

Curriculum Lead and Head Tutor

Timothy is an experienced educator and curriculum innovator with expertise in English and General Paper. He has received multiple awards for his outstanding contributions to education, including the MOE AST's Innovator Award for English Language and Literature. Timothy has also conducted research on English Language Writing and has been published in the ELIS Research Digest. He is certified by Research for Better Teaching and is a strong advocate of Differentiated Instruction. Moreover, as the curriculum director at Edimpact, Timothy develops workshops and modules to coach educators and improve pedagogy. Additionally, he has authored assessment books and serves as an educational consultant for Marshall Cavendish.

ROGER-ETIENNE

English Language Lead

Roger is a former MOE English teacher with extensive teaching experience since 2000. He is known for his ability to simplify the complexities of the English language and make it accessible to all students. He employs scaffolding and visible thinking strategies to help students understand and gain confidence in English. He strongly believes in the potential of every child to succeed, given the right opportunities and encouragement. Former students have praised him as their best teacher and have seen significant improvements in their grades. In addition to his teaching expertise, he is a skilled performer and applies his knowledge of oral communication to guide students in public speaking and articulation. He is also a published author of English assessment books with Marshall Cavendish.

ANDRE YEO

English Language Lead

Andre is a former MOE English Subject Head with eight years of teaching experience. He has played a crucial role in developing English syllabi and curriculum, particularly in preparing students for national examinations. He believes in the power of effective pedagogy and support to help students excel. As such, he tailors his lessons to match students' abilities and needs, fostering both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. With his mentorship, students gain confidence and achieve success in English. Having graduated from NUS with a background in Sociology, he incorporates diverse cultural perspectives into his teaching, fostering awareness of global issues.

DAVID LEE

IP and Humanities Lead

Introducing Dvid, an experienced MOE-trained teacher and former subject coordinator who believes in unlocking every child's potential for excellence. With a decade of experience, he has crafted engaging curricula that cater to diverse learning styles. David's teaching approach simplifies complex subjects, enabling all students to grasp the material and excel. Under his guidance, students gain confidence, often transforming from struggling to achieving distinctions.

KP CHUAH

Language and General Paper Specialist

Meet KP, an exceptional English teacher, trained at NIE. With over a decade of experience, KP has honed expertise in teaching English. Holding a Masters of Education from NIE and a prestigious CELTA Teaching Certificate from Cambridge, KP's dedication to students' growth is unwavering. Passionate about unleashing students' full potential, KP creates a nurturing learning environment where students thrive and achieve remarkable results.

YEO JIA QI

Language and GP Specialist, JC1 Lead

Meet Jia Qi, a dynamic educator with a unique blend of expertise in secondary school English. As an NTU graduate with a second major in Public Policy and Global Affairs, Jia Qi brings a comprehensive understanding of language and its connections to the world. With a Prime Minister's Book Prize for Bilingualism under his belt, Jia Qi excels in both English and Mandarin, enabling him to empower students to communicate effectively and appreciate the intricacies of language.

LIEW SHAN HAO

Language and GP Specialist, JC2 Lead

With a wealth of teaching experience spanning 8 years in MOE Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges, Shan Hao stands out as an exemplary educator. His academic achievements, including a double major in Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies from NUS, have made him a curriculum expert at illum.e. Shan Hao's profound understanding of secondary school English language makes him an invaluable asset to students seeking comprehensive knowledge and guidance in the subjects.

MS LIN

Language and Economics Teaching Specialist

Ms Lin is a well-travelled educator with a rich and diverse background. With teaching experiences in the USA and the United Kingdom, she is also a former MOE teacher in English Language and Junior College Economics with various schools. In her decades of experience, she has also taught many tertiary courses in Economics, and her multifaceted career spans TV journalism, banking, and education, reflecting her diverse skills and insights. Presently pursuing her doctoral studies, Ms Lin's approach to teaching is rooted in clear, succinct explanations and a firm belief that with time and effort, all goals are achievable.

Ms Lin is dedicated to inspiring her students to think globally and appreciate the nuances of different cultures and economies through the use of various real-world scenarios. Her personal experiences and academic background empower her to create an engaging and enlightening educational experience for her students.

Ms Lin's philosophy is centred on the idea that dedication and hard work can turn aspirations into realities. Her aim is to encourage her students to strive for excellence, not just academically but also in their personal growth and understanding of the world.

In her free time, Ms Lin enjoys the simple pleasures of life, such as sipping wine while reading a good book and watching windsurfers at the beach. This not only reflects her belief in a balanced life in working hard and playing hard, but also her appreciation for the beauty and tranquillity of nature.

DAEMON LEONG

Language and General Paper Specialist

Daemon, a recent NTU graduate with a B.A. (Honours, Highest Distinction) in English and now pursuing a Master of Arts by Research, brings a unique blend of expertise and enthusiasm to tutoring. With extensive experience in guiding students, she fosters a strong language comprehension foundation. Her true passion lies in nurturing students to articulate authentic opinions, enabling them to deliver insightful and well-crafted responses, not just in the classroom but also in real-life situations.

TEO YIN XUAN

English Language Specialist

Yin Xuan is a linguistics and multilingual studies major from NTU with a strong interest in the impact of languages on the brain. She has extensive experience mentoring students from various educational levels, including Primary, Secondary, and Junior College. Yin Xuan believes in creating a supportive and empowering classroom environment by building strong relationships with her students. She incorporates Ivan Hannel's 'A Pedagogy of Questioning' into her teaching to encourage effective questioning and develop students' understanding of broad patterns and strategies. She also designs dynamic and participatory lessons to engage learners of all types and foster an enjoyable learning experience.

Mr Mark

Secondary School Language Specialist

Mr Mark is an MOE-trained educator with over a decade of experience in the classroom. As subject coordinator across multiple levels and streams, he has internalised and developed outstanding pedagogical strategies, which are personalised according to student profiles. An award winning and inspirational teacher, Mr Mark has received multiple Outstanding Contribution Awards, Caring Teacher awards and many more from MOE. These are testament to his personal philosophy of excellence and his passion in striving to nurture every student to his or her utmost potential.

A firm believer that every child has the potential to succeed, Mark is an advocate of the growth mindset. His instructional strategies are guided by this mindset, and aims to provide the right support for his students and opportunities to challenge themselves to succeed. His lessons are thus always designed to be highly impactful and effective, including the regular and timely feedback his students receive in order for them to grow more every lesson.

Through regular interleaving of language skills, Mark’s students observe how certain techniques in one aspect of language can be applicable in another. These opportunities to reflect on their learning experiences contribute to a deeper understanding of how language shapes thoughts and behaviour.

Mrs Lee

IP English and General Paper Teaching Specialist

Mrs Lee is an experienced MOE-trained teacher who has over two decades of rich experience teaching and designing quality curriculum and assessment for English and General Paper. With teaching experiences in various secondary schools and junior colleges, Mrs Lee possesses the unique ability to stretch and help students of all backgrounds.

A firm believer in constructivist learning and in engaging students in real-world contexts, Mrs Lee ensures that students cultivate a keen interest in current affairs and to have a strong personal voice regarding various issues and perspectives to help them excel in English and General Paper. Mrs Lee is a firm believer of the arts industry in Singapore, and spends some of her free time supporting local artists.

Mr Jordan Han

Humanities and Language Specialist

Han, an alumnus of the prestigious Raffles Institution, is a distinguished tutor with a profound understanding of the Humanities. While he is currently furthering his academic pursuits in Sociology at the National University of Singapore, Han's educational journey is marked by notable academic achievements, including the Ministry of Education Humanities Scholarship and the prestigious NUS Global Merit Scholarship. These accolades reflect his intellectual rigour and dedication to academic excellence.

With half a decade of teaching experience, Han has developed a robust teaching methodology that emphasises logical and systematic thinking. His approach to education is grounded in fostering clarity and precision in writing, skills that are pivotal in mastering the complexities of the Humanities and English Language. Han's teaching style is not just about imparting knowledge; it's about cultivating an analytical mindset and a keen eye for detail in his students.

Han's expertise in Sociology and the Humanities, combined with his exemplary academic background, positions him as a tutor who brings both depth and breadth to his teaching. He is adept at simplifying complex concepts and theories, making them accessible and relatable to students. His ability to connect theoretical knowledge with real-world applications enhances the learning experience, making it both enriching and practical. In his role as a tutor, Han is not just a guide but a mentor who is dedicated to supporting and nurturing the academic journey of his students. He understands the unique challenges students face and tailors his teaching strategies to meet their individual needs, ensuring a personalised and effective learning experience.

As a passionate educator, Han's commitment extends beyond just academic success. He strives to inspire his students to develop a love for learning and to cultivate the critical thinking skills necessary for success in their academic and future endeavours.

ALLAN

IP English and General Paper Specialist

Meet Allan, a dedicated and compassionate law graduate from the UK. During his pursuit of legal knowledge, he selflessly dedicated his free time to teaching refugees for two years, aiding them in passing English exams to integrate into the UK workforce. This noble endeavour not only enriched their lives but also ignited his passion for teaching and making a positive impact on the world. Beyond this, Allan boasts prior experience in a government school and extends his care further by providing free voluntary tuition to children during his spare moments. With his remarkable commitment to education and humanity, Mr. Allan is sure to inspire and empower students to achieve greatness and contribute to a brighter future.

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The illum.e-minated minds

illum.e lessons were always very useful as the teachers would explain the notes in great detail, and makes us do many timed practices. My tutor is a super understanding teacher, and responds to all my questions by even going above and beyond to mark extra assignments and giving consultations. Illum.e’s notes are informative, well-explained and the lessons enable me to get immediate feedback to improve my answering techniques. I’m super grateful that teachers at illum.e are really of the best teachers out there!

Belle

HCI - A for GP A Levels

illum.e's notes provided were extremely helpful in helping me master the the basics of the English language, allowing me to try out even more advance skills to strive for even greater results. Furthermore, Mr Chia's unique views has inspired me greatly, allowing me to generate more content for my compositions, and his effective drills has allow me to experience a drastic improvement in my comprehensions. These two years have been a great experience. Thank you!

Jarold

Catholic High - A1 for English O Levels

Thanks to illum.e, I managed to score A1 for my language arts at IP Year 4. I would like to thank my teacher for being a very patient teacher and believing in us – my teacher’s guidance has really helped us to improve our English abilities and boost our confidence!

Lessons at illum.e have helped to boost my confidence and interest with regards to learning English. Before coming for lessons here, English was originally my worse subject and I struggled to score well all the time. 

Ashlee

NYGH - A For LA, IP4