"It has been a pleasure of mine to have you for as tutor for the past few months leading up to the big A's."
It has been a pleasure of mine to have you for as tutor for the past few months leading up to the big A's. For all of my O-level years and up to J1, I had been surviving OK on my own without tuition but the U grade for Mid Year was a huge wake up call for me. It caused me to seek help out of sheer desperation. I took a leap of faith, with only the good words of students on Making Sense website to guide me on.
Thank you for staying true to all the good things that have been said about you. They said you know your stuff at a deep level. You do. They say you make every concept that much easier with your clear explanation. You do. They said you were passionate about the subject. I have never seen anyone deliver Chemistry lessons with more verve and dedication, I can only wonder at how you are able to repeat the same lesson throughout a week without losing that strength of enthusiasm on any day. And they said you make lame Chemistry jokes, that too you have proved true, which made me think at one point "What did I get myself into?" Haha! But looking back, your jokes, albeit "lame and nonsensical", made the stress of A Levels slightly more bearable, which is exactly what a good teacher should strive to do if he could :)
What I appreciate the most about you though, is how patient, how motivated you are in getting a difficult concept across when I didn't understand it yet, how you always make sure to respond to every question even though you're probably inundated with tons of them every day. I'm happy to congratulate you again on your receipt of the Prestige Award. It is no less a compliment to your talent, sustained hard work and integrity as it is to the selection committee's keen judgement in choosing Making Sense for an awarde. Thank you for giving your students the best, in word and in deed.
"Thank you for inspiring us, going beyond what a teacher normally does."
It's been such a whirlwind of a year, and I really don't know how to put all my feelings into words, as they will never do justice to the gratitude I have for being in your class.
Before attending your classes, Chemistry just felt like a black void of things I will never understand. Those school lectures I find so hard to stay awake and listen to, and the pile of tutorials that kept snowballing – it was almost impossible for me to even understand Chemistry, but all that changed after joining Making Sense. Thank you for making everything so easy and interesting to understanding and sharing with us all your lame yet funny stories during lessons to keep us awake after a long day at school. Thank you for the effort you've put into the notes and tutorials to make sure we understand what Chemistry is about rather than plain memorizing. Thank you for making study less painful and even interesting, while I can say for sure that I'm never touching Chemistry again, it is however a subject that I can look back on with fond memories. What I am most grateful for are your encouraging words and belief in us that we'll all do well. I wasn't doing well in school, and while all my tutors claim I will never be able to get an A for A Levels, you told me you believed that I would do it. Your words were definitely uplifting and I didn't feel like giving up on myself.
The day before the Chemistry A Level Paper, I started panicking, thinking what if I didn't do well? What if I wasted those one and a half years in your class on this one final paper? I was really worried, but I believed what you said – that we (students of Making Sense) are very well prepared are well ahead of the bell curve based on our efforts throughout the year, and I persevered. I am really glad to say I didn't waste those efforts and it was the best Chemistry paper I've ever done. It's nowhere near perfect, but I do hope my name will get to your A-list next year Thank you for inspiring us, going beyond what a teacher normally does. Keep doing what you do, you are doing a great job! Don't forget us, your 2014 batch! And thank you for everything! :)
"Lessons here are not a mere repetition of school lectures. I have learnt so much more at Making Sense. Each lesson never failed to surprise me with new snippets of information and knowledge. I always found Chemistry to be interesting, insightful and funny whenever you taught complex concepts to us. William really make Chemistry come alive!"
Thank you so much for having taught me since J1. I realized I'm one of the culprits for your "endless consultations", so sorry! But overall, I have learnt so much from you. Lessons with you is never a mere repetition of school lectures, each lesson never failed to surprise me with new snippets of information and knowledge I probably never would have acquired had I not joined your class. Moreover, thank you very much for igniting my passion for Chemistry, I always found Chemistry to be interesting, insightful and funny whenever you taught complex concepts to us. You really make Chemistry come alive!
William, you're the best chemistry teacher I had so far, with your short anecdotes and jokes, analogies for complex chemistry concepts and the endless patience you had while answering all my endless questions, I will never forget you!
"William has the ability to make Chemistry fun and interesting."
All credit goes to William for changing my perception of Chemistry. I still remember the days when I felt lost every lesson, unable to keep up with tutorials in school. Then, I started tuition with William. Chemistry went from being my greatest source of worry to the subject that I had the most confidence in.
His clear explanations and concise notes were a welcome departure from the ineffective mass lectures and unorganised handouts I was receiving in school. The painstakingly compiled tutorial questions given to us at the end of every topic reinforced our learning. William also made it a point to bring out the essential points for the various topics and caution us of the common mistakes, helping to strengthen our understanding of the concepts. I particularly like that he is highly approachable and possesses inexhaustible patience, never failing to attend to my endless queries and clearing any doubts I had.
William has the ability to make Chemistry fun and interesting, occasionally lightening up the atmosphere with a few of his jokes. I looked forward to every lesson and truly miss the weekly lessons. Thank you, William, for all that you have done for us. If anyone is struggling with and needs help in Chemistry, William is the one to approach. I have no doubt that he will be able to help you the way he helped us!
William has built for himself a good reputation amongst all the JCs in Singapore. I remember getting back my March Common Test results and fretting about my fate for the A' Levels later in the year. All around me, those who did well thanked William, while my friend told me to just "try it (tuition) out"
I've never once regretted signing up for Making Sense. Even though my results may not have been stellar, but for once in my 2 years of JC, I understand Chemistry concepts really clearly. The whole 'legend' about William being good at organic chemistry is not merely a myth – you just have to sit in at his lessons and experience it for yourself. Try out his ionic equilibrium crash course too – When the lesson was over, I had a "I can finally see it clearly now" moment !
To William: Thank you for being such a dedicated tuition teacher. I know that the going gets tough some times, but we are all really indebted to you and all that you have done for us. Press on and thanks once again!
"Making Sense offers an intense drilling exercise for all its students which really helped me benefit from the various challenging papers"
Chemistry has always been the bane of my existence and Organic Chemistry was a huge turnoff for me. However, after I attended the very first lesson at Making Sense, I learnt 2 things.
Firstly, I realized that William is indeed a super caring teacher, as he took the time off to teach me individually which made me feel comfortable for my first lesson. Next, he opened my eyes to the concept of Nucleophile attacking Electrophile which really helped me a lot when I approached Organic Chemistry questions. Furthermore, the notes that Making Sense offer is always concise and full of helpful guidelines, it also has good tips for tackling various questions.
I truly enjoy every lesson at Making Sense as there's always something new that I can take away. Lecture/Tutorial settings for lessons allow me to indirectly revisit various topics twice and to have a greater grasp of challenging questions. Also, towards the final weeks of Prelim examinations, Making Sense offers an intense drilling exercise for all its students which really helped me benefit from the various challenging papers that William provides us with.
In conclusion, Making Sense is worth every moment of my time and effort. William's guidance gave me better clarity and confidence despite my failing grades and Making Sense certainly does live up to its name of being the best Chemistry tuition in SG.
"You have been a very patient and dedicated teacher, the best I have had so far in my 18 years of education."
You have been a very patient and dedicated teacher, the best I have had so far in my 18 years of education. I can't imagine how much I really hated and did not understand Chemistry ever since i learnt it in Secondary School until it eventually became one of my favourite subject. Would really attribute this increased in passion to you, making Chemistry lessons so much more bearable and I actually looked forward to tuition every week to learn new stuff.
I like how you are always so encouraging, and even when my results are not good, you still make an effort to motivate me. I also admire how dedicated you are, having late nights to prepare for your lessons, finding questions for us to do. Really appreciate all these and even though doing 50 or even 100 questions per week is no joke, it is really through these practices that pulled me through.
I never used to believe the notion that 'Chem-is-try' because in the past, no matter how hard I try, my results are still the same, but it kinda changed when I started going for more of your lessons and I really hoped that on results day, I can be one of the miracle stories you have created. Cheers!
"His unique teaching methodology transformed my perception of chemistry as a dry and dull subject to a fascinating one."
In my opinion, what truly distinguished William's lessons apart from others was his passion for teaching and enrichment. Junior College Chemistry is no easy feat, but William imparted his knowledge in a manner that was lighthearted and inspirational. Often I found myself doing his tutorials instead of school homework because it felt much more effective and useful than the standard fare. His "know your basics" worksheets really trained my fundamentals, something I feel lacking in the fast pace of school academics and allowed me to tackle tougher questions in the examinations.
In a syllabus where much memory work was required, William taught us easy-to-remember techniques that were catchy and interesting, achieving productivity as well as some relaxing laughs. Such opportunities offered me a chance to recharge and absorb more from his lessons. Even long after class, he would stay back and help out with any questions from the students to improve their understanding.
Nearing the exams, he would ensure that the weaker students did practice outside of tuition and marked their work as a form of responsibility. Even though this meant extra workload, he still did it willingly, which was something that earned my utmost respect. His lesson is something I would highly recommend to any JC student struggling to cope with chemistry. His unique teaching methodology transformed my perception of chemistry as a dry and dull subject to a fascinating one
"If you find Chemistry daunting, look for William, it is that simple!"
William has been an exceptional educator guiding me for 1.5 years. During this 1.5 years, he has displayed patience and competence, distinguishing William from any of my teachers I have seen in my college years. To me, the one value that really makes him such a special teacher is his 100% commitment to his students. He has a few hundreds of students, yet he knows the strengths and weaknesses of almost all his students, replies to our messages without fail even late at night, stays back late to give us consultations- just a few things that makes William a born educator. That is not all, in terms of teaching, William is exceptional too. He just has that ability to make Chemistry seem simple, any of his past students can attest to that. Furthermore, his notes and questions given are of the highest quality. His materials always aptly prepare us for tough questions that schools and Cambridge like to ask.
On a whole, William is truly an asset to any JC kid taking Chemistry because he is able to make Chemistry so simple and also boosting students' confidence along the way. As his student for 1.5 years, and as a junior of numerous seniors who were taught by William, I would really recommend William to any JC kid as they will truly breeze through Chemistry. If you find Chemistry daunting, look for William, it is that simple!
"Your effort is very clear in the way you are so patient in addressing doubts."
Before I met you William, I had absolutely no interest whatsoever in Chemistry. I couldn't understand how people could actually do worksheets and understand anything related to Chemistry. I was genuinely, hopelessly, lost. After I joined your tuition, everything changed. The painfully concise notes that are easy to read and understand, long notes from school were immediately replaced by your tutorials and notes. Your effort is very clear in the way you are so patient in addressing doubts, explaining again when I didn't get it.
Apart from academics and all the technical things, you are really one of the best person I've ever met. You stayed back till late to hear me out and guided me through my journey. You are not a teacher, you are a mentor. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you, William. Not just for teaching me, or being nice to me or guiding me through the syllabus. But thank you for making me appreciate Chemistry. To end, I'll remember something you once said to me, "Life shouldn't suck. It's okay to not understand things but it's not okay to ignore your doubts."