My experience with Math since secondary school can at best be described as a struggle – and not one which I was succeeding at. A firm believer that Math was all about drilling questions until familiarity, I pushed myself to complete as many practice questions as I could, hoping that with enough work I would understand the concepts that were so foreign to me and pull up my grades. It wasn’t until the beginning of my J2 year that I realized how many concepts I simply didn’t understand, and joined Jack's
lessons praying for at least a passing grade by the time ‘A’ levels came around.
Jack has done much more than that, and not merely in terms of improving my results. Lessons with Jack don’t feel like your regular tutorial lessons or lectures, where you sit and attempt to absorb as much content as you can. Jack engages the class with amusing anecdotes and stories about his experiences, and his passion for teaching and for the subject is so evident in his manner that it is contagious. Other teachers may boast of how their students have improved their failing grades in a subject, but what Jack does for his students goes above and beyond that – he inspires his students to want to learn more about Math, and to come to care about how much they understand about Math rather than simply doing the questions by rote.
Even beyond his ability to motivate the most unwilling of students, what has impressed me most about Jack is his dedication to all his students. Ask him any question during the week, and Jack is sure to explain until you feel completely confident of your understanding. As a teacher, Jack is exemplary both in his caliber and his commitment to teaching; he is, without a doubt, someone who will spark your interest, improve your results, and remain a mentor and friend beyond that.
Alisa Toh | Raffles Junior College