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Dr Chua L.C.

Mathematics Specialist

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Having taught a wide spectrum of students (Primary to Undergraduate) with varying motivations, aptitudes and abilities in Mathematics, I am versatile in meeting the needs of each of my students. I firmly believe in building confidence in students through having them experience small successes, while being cognisant of the academic requirements. Most importantly, I hope to inculcate joy in students, be it through overcoming their fear of Mathematics or being challenged to explore and delve deeper into this field.

 

Academic Background

  • PhD in Statistics, National University of Singapore

  • BSc in Mathematics, First Class Honours, National University of Singapore

  • Awarded the MOE Postgraduate Scholarship (PhD)

  • Recipient of the Tan Siak Kew Gold Medalist and Tan Teck Chwee Book Prize in Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore 

  • Awarded the PSC Local Merit Teaching Scholarship

Experience 

  • Former Research Specialist at Ministry of Education

  • Former HOD of Mathematics Department in secondary schools

  • Served as Gifted Education (GEP) Mathematics Specialist

  • Previously taught in Raffles Junior College

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Daniel Sia

Principal Tutor

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After teaching in a Junior College, and being rotated to two policy/research stints at MOE and MOF, I realise that teaching is my calling. I enjoy explaining concepts to students in a simple and easy-to-understand manner, and obtain much joy and satisfaction seeing them understand an idea they had difficulty grasping, or solve an intimidating problem. I'm committed to helping each of my students to improve and excel in their academic subjects, but more importantly, to develop longer-term skills and attitudes that will help them to succeed in the workplace of the future. More than just a tutor, I'm a mentor and a coach to my students. I sincerely hope that through our efforts at The Upgrade, our students will make better decisions in life.

Academic background

  • BSc in Mathematics and Economics, First Class Honours, London School of Economics

  • Master of Arts, Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences, Columbia University

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Distinction (with distinction grade in teaching practice), National Institute of Education

  • Data Science Specialisation Certificate, John Hopkins University

  • Awarded the MOE Education Merit Scholarship

Experience

  • Former MOE teacher & lecturer in Economics and Project Work

    • Coordinator of H1, H2 and H3 Economics Programme

    • Awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award (Individual)

  • Policy and research experience in Ministry of Education (HQ) and Ministry of Finance.

    • Understands the Government’s perspectives in many policy issues, especially those relating to social inequality and mobility.

    • Exposure to the Government’s budgeting and resource allocation process.

    • Familiar with Data Analytics and visualisation; emerged 1st runners-up at Data Arcade Tournament 2019.

  • Mentor with the Harvard Business School Club of Singapore Mentorship Programme 

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