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"The strength of Singapore's education system is in the uniform standards at all schools. ST Oct 26, 2010"1
Ms. Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State for Education

"Every school is a good school. ST Mar 8, 2012"2
Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education

In order to make every school a good school, the MOE randomly distributes school teachers (and even principals. ST 16 Oct 2013)3 so that students are unable to choose their school teachers and principals.
"Research also showed that students unlucky enough to have a succession of poor teachers lagged behind. If the teacher is second-best, the students will still suffer. ST Jun 1, 2011"4
Prof. Lee Sing Kong, Director, National Institute of Education


Since the MOE is unable to provide students an edge by allowing them to choose the best teachers, who else is kind enough to provide students an edge?
"Parents' background the edge for students. ST Jan 25, 2011"5
Minister Mentor Mr. Lee Kuan Yew5

Thankfully private tutors are priced by market forces instead of being randomly distributed. Students are thus able to gain an edge with the best tutor instead of spending the whole day worrying about whether every teacher is really a good teacher.

Mr. Phang Yu Hon is one of Sunday Times' 5 "Most Sought-After Super Tutors. ST Jun 15, 2008"6 in Singapore, the only physics tutor among the five, and the first "本地补习天王. Shin Min Daily Sep 5, 2010"7 ('Tutor King' in the Chinese media) outside of Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

Despite intensifying competition from both foreign and local upstarts, Mr. Phang has remained the "Super Tutor in Demand. ST May 23, 2016"8 to the economic elite in Singapore because:

1. With a First-Class Honours ( awarded to only 121 of 5990 NUS graduates in 1991 ) and the 2nd Prize ( of 3 prizes in Electrical Engineering ) for his thesis, Mr. Phang has demonstrated subject mastery which very few tutors are able to match.

2. Unlike late bloomers, who tend to have atrocious linguistic skills, Mr. Phang's English was good enough to gain him admission to study at Raffles Institution.

3. Unlike mathematics, physics requires a substantial amount of writing for its verbal qualitative questions. In English.

The Sunday Times June 15, 2008 (SUPER TUTORS)
Tong Yee - GP Tutor; Celine Loi - Maths Tutor;
Phang Yu Hon - Physics Tutor; Laura Oh - Maths Tutor; Anthony Fok - Economics Tutor


The article above is real news and not the same as those advertisements used by other tutors to create "news" about themselves.

Source: The Sunday Times Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission

新明日报  September 5, 2010 (Local 'Tutor King')


The article above is real news and not the same as those advertisements used by other tutors to create "news" about themselves.

Source: Shin Min Daily News Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission

The Sunday Times November 9, 2014 (The Millionaire Tutor)


The article above is real news and not the same as those advertisements used by other tutors to create "news" about themselves.

Source: The Sunday Times Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission

A brief summary of Mr. Phang's academic credentials:

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours)
National University of Singapore (1991)


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(Innovation Award from NUS Faculty of Engineering* - 2nd Prize for Honours Project Thesis)

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(Technology Award from Singapore Science Centre - 3rd Prize for Inter-Varsity Science Project Competition)

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"O" Level at Raffles Institution (1982)

"A" Level at Raffles Junior College (1984)
renamed Raffles Institution

Research Engineer Defence Science Organisation National Laboratories (MINDEF).
Research work on the manipulation of electromagnetic waves using solid-state semiconductors (1991 to 1994)

Tutoring is a highly academic profession and tuition teachers are selected based on two criteria:

1. The tuition teacher's ability to teach (for that, please click on the "News" or "Testimonials" buttons on the left-hand panel).

2. The tuition teacher's academic pedigree (this appears to be of particular concern to branded school students, who desire teachers on par with themselves). Unfortunately, "pedigreed" teachers tend to be promoted to some senior non-teaching appointments because, unlike the tutoring profession, there is no million-dollar pay scale in the teaching profession for those doing real teaching work.

For point No. 2, you do not have to worry. Mr. Phang has an unblemished academic track record (see table above) capable of matching even the most "pedigreed" amongst students.


On an uneventful Saturday in 2010, while wrapping up his afternoon class, Mr. Phang has surprise visitors! Fiona Foo (Singapore Physics Olympiad Champion 2007 - back from the US on summer break) and Chen Hongjie (NJC's Top Student in Mathematics and Science - LKY Maths & Science Award 2010 - on army break) - Photo taken by NYGH top Sec 4 student in Physics 2010.

Besides a First-Class Honours Degree, Mr. Phang the Sunday Times Super Physics Tutor and his Equally-Super Students have achieved many other "Firsts".

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1999 (First Physics Tutor with a Website Displaying His Academic Certs and Prizes)
First physics tutor to register the one-word domain Physics.com.sg while everyone else was still sleeping, rather than physics-this and physics-that.
And strangely until today still one of very few tutors willing to display at least their degree, even if they have no academic-related prizes to show.

2007 (First Student to Break the Male Dominance in the Singapore Physics Olympiad SPhO)
The Straits Times January 11, 2008

CHAMPION: Fiona Foo, 17, was the overall winner.

THE National University of Singapore (NUS) High School has had a stellar first showing in the Singapore Physics Olympiad, bagging the crown as the overall school champion as well as producing the overall winner, 17-year-old Fiona Foo.

'There was no pressure to perform, getting the top prize was just icing on the cake,' said the only child of an accountant and a businessman, whose favourite topic was quantum information theory.

According to the Institute of Physics Singapore, which organised the competition, the top prize has traditionally been dominated by male students.

Source: The Straits Times Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission

2008 (First Physics "SUPER TUTOR" who is Not Self-Appointed)
First physics tutor to be featured on The Sunday Times headline's 5 "most sought-after" SUPER TUTORS.
The Sunday Times June 15, 2008


Source: The Sunday Times Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission

2009 (First Student to "Break" MOE's Rule that No Student Be Allowed to Take Two H3 Subjects in the Same Discipline)

Chen Hongjie (NJC) - Distinction in H3 Physics (Essentials of Modern Physics) and Distinction in H3 Physics (Research Project)

2010 (First "TUTOR KING" 补习天王 Outside of Hong Kong, Taiwan & China)  
First tutor south of Hong Kong to reach 补习天王 stature (新明日报 2010年9月5日), barely 3 years after this Hong Kong/ Taiwan-invented phrase (補習天王/ 補教天王 respectively) caught Wall Street's attention (The Wall Street Journal August 14, 2007 - In Hong Kong, Flashy Test Tutors Gain Icon Status).
新明日报 2010年9月5日


Source: Shin Min Daily News Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission

2011 (First Student in the Singapore Team to Break China's Stranglehold on the International Physics Olympiads IPhO)


 

 

 

Channel News Asia 19 July 2011

Singapore Ranked First at International Physics Olympiad

SINGAPORE: Singapore has been ranked first at the International Physics Olympiad.

The Singapore team received five gold medals and was placed first out of 84 countries at the event held in Bangkok, Thailand from July 10 to 18.

The Ministry of Education said this was an improvement over Singapore's 7th placing last year.

The other teams that received five gold medals were from China, Korea and Taiwan.

The Singapore gold medallists are Kang Zi Yang, Li Kewei, Lin Jiahuang and Lin Sen of Raffles Institution; and Tan Zong Xuan of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.


Kang Zi Yang - National Science Challenge 2008 Champion / International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 2011 Champion Team Representing Singapore cum Highest Individual Score / Lee Kuan Yew Mathematics and Science Award Winner 2010/2012

2013 (First Teaching Professional (Doing REAL Teaching Work) To Break the Million-Dollar Annual Income Barrier)
First physics tutor to enter the Singapore Book of Records (SBOR) as Singapore's Highest Earning Physics Tutor, all thanks to support from discerning parents who are accustomed to the having the power of choice for the best things in life.

2013 (First Student to Break the Age Barrier (Youngest Ever) to Win a Gold Medal in The Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad (SJPO))

2014 (First "MILLIONAIRE TUTOR" Who is Verified by the Press rather than the Stuff of Legends)

Source: The Sunday Times Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission

2014 (First LOCAL Neighbourhood School Student to Break into Top 60 in The Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad (SJPO))

Source: The Sunday Times Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission

2015 (First Physics Tutor Who Won an Individual Small & Medium Enterprise SME Prestige Award)

2016 (First International School Student to Win a Gold Medal in The Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad (SJPO))

Do discerning parents, who are accustomed to the power of choice for the very best, also choose the pioneer, thinker and market leader9 who is far ahead of the curve?

The Market has Spoken.

Mr. Phang can be contacted at Tel: 6275 6800 (No Tuition Agents Please).

1The Straits Times Oct 26, 2010 - Stress for pupils 'often comes from parents'.
2The Straits Times Mar 8, 2012 - 'Neighbourhood' or 'elite' should matter less in future: Heng.
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The Straits Times Oct 16, 2013 - Senior principals a boost for schools in heartland.
4The Straits Times Jun 1, 2011 - Secrets of a good teacher.
5The Straits Times Jan 25, 2011 - Parents' background the edge for students at top schools: MM.
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The Sunday Times Jun 15, 2008 - Super Tutors.
7Shin Min Daily News Sep 5, 2010 - 本地补习天王.
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The Straits Times May 23, 2016 - Super tutors in demand - each of them earns at least $1m a year.
9Raffles Institution - Nurturing the Thinker, Leader, Pioneer.

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