Leading Humanities Tuition Centre in Singapore

Secondary school humanities tuition

Specialising in providing exceptional Humanities tuition in Singapore, we at illum.e provide a comprehensive curriculum that spans a diverse range of subjects.

All of our students, both past and present, agree on one thing - we can clarify a seemingly complex subject. We make it easy to understand what is required, and most importantly, how to score and reflect evaluative perspectives when tackling essays and questions requiring application.

After their first term with us, all of our students achieved at least a two-grade jump in their scores. Even more impressively, they began to enjoy and appreciate the Humanities just like us! We are not just a Humanities tuition centre, we offer a transformative educational experience that reshapes our students’ attitude towards learning for years to come.

We offer combined courses such as Geography and Social Studies, History and Social Studies, as well as standalone subjects like Pure Geography and Pure History. This allows us to cater to the various subject combinations studied by a majority of O Level students in Singapore, so every student can find the tuition programme best suited to their needs.

We are committed to fostering an environment of intellectual growth and curiosity, and our team of dedicated tutors is passionate about helping students unlock their full potential in the humanities. Our impactful lectures, delivered by our MOE-trained and knowledgeable tutors, cover a broad range of answering skills and techniques. These sessions are designed to equip students before they embark on targeted practice, receiving on-the-spot feedback tailored to their individual styles.

Our in-class assignments are further specifically curated to develop key strategies that can be applied in any school assessment. These strategies are supported by rigorous educational psychology to help improve students' learning.

If you are seeking meaningful and intellectual discourse that goes beyond what is typically provided in school, come experience our uniquely impactful lessons. We offer Combined Humanities tuition that is both engaging and enlightening, helping to develop our students’ critical thinking skills and awareness of larger social, cultural, and historical events from around the world. Expect to be illuminated!

Why Choose Humanities Tuition by illum.e

Choosing the right tuition centre for your child's Humanities education is a decision that should not be taken lightly. The right centre can ignite a passion for learning, provide the necessary resources and strategies for success, and ultimately, set your child on a path to academic excellence. At illum.e, we pride ourselves on being that centre.

Here are just a few reasons why our Humanities tuition is highly sought after:

  1. Results-Proven, Engaging Lessons: Our illum.e Humanities tuition lessons are not only proven to deliver results, but they are also insightful and engaging. We ensure that our students always gain more knowledge than the average student in other schools, setting them up for success in their Humanities tuition journey.
  2. MOE-Registered Tuition Centre: We are proud to be one of the few tuition centres in Singapore that are MOE-registered. This recognition is a testament to the high standards and quality of the education we provide, making us a top choice for Humanities tuition in Singapore.
  3. Success Stories: Several of our students from neighbourhood schools have not only scored distinctions at the O-levels, but also secured places at prestigious junior colleges and overseas universities, majoring in and studying the Humanities.
  4. Access to our Specialised In-House Resources: We provide our students with specialised in-house notes, infographics, and mindmaps for easier content absorption. Our easy memorisation techniques help students retain information effectively, making us a preferred Humanities tuition centre.
  5. Humanities-specific Skills Analysis and Techniques: We help our students master different Humanities question types through specific skills analysis and techniques. This targeted approach ensures that our students are well-prepared for any question that comes their way in their O level combined Humanities tuition.
  6. Targeted Practice for Top Answering Strategies: We offer targeted practice and application of questions and scenarios based on rigorous reviews of school and national examination papers. This practice ensures that our students are familiar with the examination format and can apply their knowledge effectively, making us a top choice for Humanities O level tuition.
students brainstorming during humanities tuition

Prepare for O Levels with Our Humanities Tuition

At illum.e, we understand the importance of Humanities in shaping well-rounded individuals. Our Humanities tuition programme is designed to help students excel in their O Levels, focusing on key subjects such as Combined Humanities, Pure Geography, and Pure History.

Combined Humanities

Combined Humanities is a crucial subject that encompasses various disciplines, which we cover through our Social Studies tuitionHistory tuition, and Geography tuition programmes. Our tuition programmes provide a comprehensive understanding of each of these areas, equipping students with the necessary skills to excel. 

Pure Geography

Geography is more than just the study of places. It's about understanding the complex interconnections between people, places, and environments. Our Pure Geography tuition programme is designed to help students grasp these concepts and apply them effectively in their examinations. 

Pure History

History is not just about the past. It's about understanding how past events have shaped our present and will influence our future. Our Pure History tuition programme helps students to develop critical thinking skills, enabling them to analyse historical events and their significance. 

G1, G2 & G3 Humanities Tuition from 2024

In 2024, Singapore's education system will see a transformative shift with the introduction of Full Subject-Based Banding (FSBB).

For Humanities, this means that students will now have the choice of pursuing G1, G2, or G3 level Humanities once they reach Secondary Two. The criteria for opting for a higher difficulty level in Humanities subjects will be contingent on students’ demonstrated aptitude and interest in these subjects during Secondary One.

  • G1 Humanities: This level will comprise Social Studies and one Humanities Exposure Module (HEM) in Geography, History, or Literature in English.
  • G2/3 Humanities: Students at this level will continue with Social Studies and have the flexibility to choose one elective from Geography, History, Literature in English, or Literature in Mother Tongue Languages (offered at G3 only).

At Ilum Education, we've been diligently preparing for the FSBB system. We understand the importance of these changes and are committed to providing the best possible support to our students. Our Humanities tuition curriculum has been carefully tailored to align with the new FSBB G1, G2 and G3 syllabus for Singapore schools.

Our experienced tutors are well-versed in the nuances of G1, G2, and G3 level Humanities, ensuring that students receive targeted guidance and instruction. Whether your child is diving into Social Studies or exploring elective Humanities subjects, our team is here to facilitate their learning journey.

To learn more about Full Subject-Based Banding and how Ilum Education can help your child succeed with the new FSBB system, visit our Full Subject-Based Banding page for detailed information.

How much does Humanities Tuition at illum.e Cost?

Investing in your child's education is one of the best decisions you can make. At illum.e, we offer affordable rates for our Humanities tuition programme.

For Lower Secondary, the cost is $80 per lesson, and for Upper Secondary, it's $90 per lesson. Each lesson lasts 2 hours, providing ample time for in-depth learning and practice.

We offer various time slots for Combined Humanities, Geography, and History lessons at our Jurong East Campus throughout the week. Check out our Combined Humanities class schedules to book your preferred tuition slot today.

Meet our Qualified Humanities Tutors

Mr. Timothy Joshua Chia-Lee

Curriculum Lead and Head Tutor

Our Humanities tuition centre is led by the esteemed Mr. Timothy Joshua Chia-Lee, who serves as both the Curriculum Lead and Head Tutor. A former MOE Subject Head of English, he is renowned for his innovative curriculum redesigns that incorporate 21st century learning methodologies and align with the latest English Syllabus 2020. With a wealth of experience in teaching and tutoring English and General Paper spanning several decades, Timothy has guided over 2500 students and educators towards both academic and holistic success.

Mr. David Lee

IP and Humanities Lead

MOE-trained teacher and former subject coordinator, Mr. David Lee, brings a decade of experience in designing and teaching engaging curricula. He excels in simplifying complex subjects, making them easy for all students to understand and score well in. Under his guidance, students frequently gain confidence and improve their grades, often leaping from failing to achieving distinctions.

Mr. Evan Han

Humanities Specialist

Mr. Evan Han, an MOE-trained teacher with over ten years of experience in Humanities tuition, specialises in History and Social Studies. His teaching journey has taken him to multiple schools across the east and west of Singapore. Recognised for his quality service to students and parents, he received the MOE Service Excellence Award. Mr. Han believes in making the classroom a fun place to enhance students' learning outcomes. He constantly innovates new methods to engage students and immerse them in the world of the Humanities.

Ms. Elizabeth Lin

English and Humanities Teaching and Curriculum Specialist

Ms. Elizabeth Lin is a distinguished English and Humanities tutor with a Master's in Teaching and eight years of experience in Singapore's top schools. She employs a student-centred approach, using various pedagogical tools to make learning engaging and meaningful. As a mentor for global student competitions, she equips students with skills to navigate a complex world. Her teaching extends beyond the tuition classroom, drawing on global cultures to broaden students' perspectives.

Hear From Our Students

I would like to extend my utmost and sincere gratitude to my Geography tutor, Mr David Lee, for being such a supportive figure throughout my upper secondary years.

Back in Secondary 3, when I was struggling to grasp several geographical concepts, Mr Lee was more than willing to have consultation sessions, slowly explaining the concepts in a simplified and digestible way. Even when it took several times for him to repeat the same concept, Mr Lee never once lost his cool and was always patient with me. Till date, I am amazed by how he is able to explain an initially daunting and complex theory in a coherent and logical manner. For that, I am very thankful for Mr Lee, for his endearing passion for teaching and making our Geography class fun. Mr Lee has also nurtured me to become a critical and bold thinker who constantly questions the world around us. His help and guidance has been invaluable in my receiving the MOE Humanities Scholarship and decision to enter the Raffles Humanities Programme.

All in all, Mr Lee has been nothing short of amazing. He has inspired me to consider a future career in teaching, and I hope he will continue to inspire many more generations of students at Illum.e to come.

secondary school humanities tuition

Mr Han is a very passionate teacher, especially in teaching humanities. His method of teaching allows one to easily understand difficult topics or concepts that are usually tested in exams. Mr Ivan Ann often takes the extra mile to help students that need extra help or that those who are lacking behind by providing helpful notes or special consultation catered to them specifically. Mr Ivan Ann is also very understanding as a teacher that students have differing learning speed, and is able to slow down to explain to the students. Mr Han also comes up with his own notes to help students to further understand what has been covered in simple words that summarises the topic on hand.

Secondary school humanities tuition

Mr Han is one of the most kind and inspiring teacher I have met. In lessons, he not only teaches within the History/SS syllabus, but also uses hilarious anecdotes and techniques to help students understand and remember what we learnt. By taking an active approach to cater to his students' understanding of the subject, each student will be engaged during lesson.

Beyond class, Mr Han also fruitfully gives motivational and practical advice when exams approaches, or major events like Results Day. He deeply cares for his students to do their best and guides them to a path forward for their further studies by giving 1-1 consultations, or advising the class on what he knows about either JC and Poly, and beyond.

Secondary school humanities tuition

In year 2019 and 2020, Mr Han who teaches History and Social Studies in N-Level and had guided my son and his peers. Mr Han has an enormous passion and is dedicated in nurturing young students who wished to excel in their academics. He is professional and has every best interests in his students at heart. A teacher who knows no boundaries, Mr Han goes all the way out guiding his N-Level students especially my son, scoring an A1 for his final N-level national exams in 2022. He is truly a committed educator.

student smiling during humanities tuition

Why Are illum.e's Humanities Lessons Highly Sought After?

Our illum.e history lessons are not only results-proven, but also insightful and engaging, ensuring that you will always take away more knowledge than the average student in other schools. 

We are also one of the few tuition centres in Singapore to achieve the distinction of being MOE-registered, a nod to the high standards and quality of the education we provide!

Several of our students from so-called neighbourhood schools have not only scored distinctions at the O-levels, but also went on to secure places at prestigious junior colleges and overseas universities... studying Humanities!

Read on to find out more about the specific skills and strategies we help you with.

Skills And Strategies You Need To Ace Humanities Exams

  • Specialised in-house notes, infographics and mindmaps for easier content absorption with easy memorisation techniques.
  • Specific skills analysis and techniques to help you master different Humanities question types.
  • Targeted practice and application of questions and scenarios based on rigorous reviews of school and national examination papers.
Mr David Lee giving close feedback during Humanities Tuition


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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!


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!


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. 


NYGH - A For LA, IP4