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Aug 2013

(With reference to The Straits Times – He went from jail to NUS law school)

A classic example of true determination…

Surrounded by dangerous and hardcore criminals, a maximum prison environment is certainly one of the worst places to STUDY.  Not to mention supportive or even conducive… 

But Darren was not to be beaten.  He prepared for the A levels not at top notch JC but on his own in his prison cell.  His grit earned him 4As and 1B and a place in NUS Law School.  Remarkable achievement!  Hope this article can be a motivation for us; if life throws you lemons, add some sugar and make it into lemonade!


Jul 2013 

Many of us may not be aware that we could be speaking “broken English” because it’s how we have been conversing and they ‘sound right’. 

In line with the “Speak Good English” movement, I have identified some very common grammar traps that many people; not only students but adults alike tend to fall into. 

May I invite you to have fun with the quiz, share with your friends perhaps, and test your level of proficiency!  Let’s strive towards the 3Cs of English – Communicate Correctly and Confidently!

Navigate here for the Quiz!


May 2013

It gives me great pleasure to announce my first book, “ENGLISH EDITING” to be released by end of this month in schools!

The English Editing is a recent component in the exams that challenges students to identify grammatical errors in seemingly correct sentences.  With the advent of text messaging and instant chats, students have disregarded the essence of grammar.  It is no surprise then, many students are stumped in this interesting and crucial exercise.

This book aims to assist pupils to spot common grammar mistakes and better prepare them to tackle the editing section in the exams.

Besides the school bookshops, you can also obtain a copy of this book from the Popular Bookstores island wide.


January 2013


I would like to start the New Year by addressing the importance of communication skills.  Much as we put emphasis on writing skills, the relevance of public speaking cannot be undermined.  Why?  Good writing skills can only get you this far in exams.  But it is speaking skill that stays with you in school, in society, at work; in short, for life

Public speaking is NOT only about addressing an audience per se.  Rather, I like to call it verbal skills.  This skill challenges you to express your thoughts coherently, articulate the words clearly and put your ideas across confidently.  And to do that, you need to write these points, ideas and thoughts.  Isn’t that writing?  So really, verbal skill is one step ahead of writing that we must not disregard.  From students trying to impress examiners in oral exams or university interviews to corporate leaders painting pictures of their vision to their teams and politicians attempting to convince voters; it’s all about SPEAKING up.  Think about it…

On this note, I would like to leave you with a video of a 9-year-old boy currently taking public speaking lessons from me.  This boy is certainly an unpolished gem…

Public Speaking – Jacob


November 2012 

I have been asked numerous times; after spending more than a decade in the corporate world, why teaching? Indeed, I had my fair share of triumphs in the world of business; clinching deals both big and small.

In the course of my career, it gave me joy whenever I could share my knowledge with colleagues. Even when I was in Management, mentoring a staff never failed to put a smile on my face.

Hence, now that I am coaching the young minds and helping adult learners, the satisfaction from being able to enlighten people is beyond words. Unlike the achievements that gave me pride which inevitably led to ego in the rat race, the sense of fulfillment in my teaching pursuit gave me motivation. Where there is passion, there isn’t a need for carrot…

Let me begin by sharing some interesting encounters since embarking on this journey…

Foreigners made up a sizeable pool of my students. They are wizards in numbers but when it comes to the English language, they are struggling. I always inspire them with a personal story few people knew about. When I entered school, I could not speak a single word of English. It didn’t help that the school was bent on excellence in the language. No kid wanted to be my friend and I was never liked by my teacher because of this inadequacy. I was spurred to do something. I pushed myself to use the language daily (however difficult then) and read as much as I possibly could. I persisted amidst the knocks and mockeries. Eventually I aced the language in the GCE exams and even became a debater in the international arena.

Very often, what seems impossible in the short term becomes very possible in the long term if you persist.