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The Secrets are in their Genes
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"Too often, I was caught not paying attention in class, scribbling notes to fellow students or mimicking some teacher's strange mannerisms.”
Minister Mentor Mr. Lee Kuan Yew (The Singapore Story)

“The GP teacher could see me doing non-GP work under her nose.”
Dr. Lee Wei Ling (The Sunday Times June 13, 2010)

Integrated Programmes (I.P. / Through-Train)

Thank goodness for integrated programmes, generations of top school students who are brighter than their teachers, such as MM Lee & daughter, no longer need to be bored to death in school.

Many such students are thus able to accelerate their learning with a tutor much more befitting of their own stature - Sunday Times "SUPERTUTOR" / Shin Min Daily "TUTOR KING" (新明日报“补习天王”) Mr. Phang Yu Hon.

Frontline Programme

MediaCorp Channel 8 October 8, 2010

Mr. Phang (Physics Tutor) explains that some Sec 1 students come to learn Sec 3 stuff

Frontline Programme

MediaCorp Channel 5 October 8, 2010

Ryan Chen explains that he attended Mr. Phang's A-level physics tuition while he was in Sec 4 because physics was his favourite subject

National Science Challenge Finals 2008

MediaCorp Channel 5 October 9, 2008

Ryan Chen (extreme right) supporting the RI team at the 2008 National Science Challenge Finals

National Science Challenge Finals 2008

MediaCorp Channel 5. October 9, 2008

Kang Zi Yang - National Science Challenge Champion

Is the I.P. syllabus different or same as the mainstream syllabus that Mr. Phang is teaching?

I.P. students who entered via the academic route should be able to see that Newton's and Faraday's laws are the same whether in I.P. or mainstream physics.

Nevertheless, since students' learning attitudes are deeply influenced by their parents' (see example at the top of this page), Mr. Phang's tuition is suitable only for the two following types of I.P. students:

1. Those whose parents think that "physics concepts are the same in all syllabuses".

2. Those whose parents think that "secondary school physics concepts are the same as 'A' level concepts, so my Sec 3 kid shall start learning 'A' level physics now".

Such as these Sec 3 students in Mr. Phang's A-Level H3 Physics Tuition class. 

Super Students

with Super Tutor Phang Yu Hon

Kang Zi Yang (seated 2nd from left) & Chen Hongjie (seated 2nd from right)

Singapore Ranked First at International Physics Olympiad

Channel News Asia July 19, 2011

Kang Zi Yang (Raffles Institution) - top Singaporean student in the IPhO 2011

A*Star Talent Search 2009

Gold Awards (Physics)

Chen Hong Jie (National Junior College)

Super Students

with Super Tutor Phang Yu Hon

Fiona Foo (left) Singapore Physics Olympiad Champion 2007 & Chen Hongjie (right) A*Star Talent Search Gold Medallist 2009

Singapore Physics Olympiad Champion 2007

The Staits Times January 11, 2008

Fiona Foo (NUS High School) Overall Champion

More Super Students

Sec 3 Students attending Mr. Phang's H3 Physics Class

1. Wang Fanming RI (NMO Champion 2010); 2. Matthew Shi RI (SJPO Gold Medallist 2014/15); 3. Xavier Lim RI (SJPO Gold Medallist 2013); 4. Teddy Ong NUS High (SJPO Gold Medallist 2013/14/15); 5. Theodore Yoong HCI (SJPO Gold Medallist 2012)

Singapore Physics Olympiad 2015

Gold Medals Awarded to 8 Students

Teddy Ong and Matthew Shi were Year 4 students who took part in both the SPhO as well as the Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad (SJPO)

Teddy went on to become the top Singaporean student in the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) 2017

Teddy's Dad Good News SMS

Asian and International Physics Olympiad 2017

Update: Teddy Ong (NUS High School) won Gold at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 2017 - Singapore won 5 gold medals to rank 1st out of 82 participating countries

Matthew's Mum Good News SMS

Singapore Physics Olympiad (SPhO) 2015

Matthew Shi (Raffles Instituion) and Teddy Ong (NUS High School) were the only two Sec 4 students in Singapore to win Gold Medals at the SPhO 2015

Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad (SJPO) 2016

Listed in alphabetical order according to the name of students' school

Ding TianYao, St Joseph's Institution International School, received 1 of 12 Gold Medals at the SJPO 2016 and also topped the General Round

TianYao's Mum Good News SMS

Translation - "Mr. Phang, just received SJPO results, TianYao got Gold, too delighted, initially thought there was no chance as the second special round had lots of writing questions. After learning from you for 2 years, TianYao's interest in physics is becoming more and more intense."

Click here to see Tianyao's SJPO 2016 Top Prize Certificate

Singapore Young Physicists' Tournament (SYPT) 2017 Champion Team (Pan Liyu & Li Chang, Raffles Institution) 

In Sec 1 my friend (Li Chang) introduced me to Mr. Phang's tuition (A-Level H2 Physics). The topic was Waves and Superposition. I didn't know anything about the topic at all before the lesson, but after the comprehensive and easy to understand lecture by Mr. Phang, I was able to understand the concept really well !

Click here to see Liyu's Testimonial

Child Progidies

While most I.P. Sec 3 and 4 students still attend Mr. Phang's Sec 3 and 4 physics tuition classes respectively, more Sec 1/2/3/4 I.P. students are now attending Mr. Phang's Sec 3/4 and JC1/2 tuition classes.

What types of students are able to handle 'accelerated' higher level physics classes? After doing a survey amongst his students of their PSLE scores, Mr. Phang observed that these I.P. students fall into the following categories:

PSLE Score Above 275 (or any score if aiming for a medal in the Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad (SJPO))
+ 3 Levels, e.g. Sec 1 attend Sec 4 physics tuition; Sec 2 attend JC1; Sec 3 attend JC2/H3 (Optional).

PSLE Score Between 265 and 275 (or any score for G.E.P / All NUS High students/ Students aiming for Raffles Academy (Physics R.A.) & Hwa Chong Science & Math Talent Programme (SMTP))
+ 2 Levels, e.g. Sec 1 attend Sec 3 physics tuition; Sec 2 attend Sec 4; Sec 3 attend JC1; Sec 4 attend JC2/H3 (Optional).

PSLE Score Between 250 and 265 (with A* in Maths and Science)
+ 1 Level, e.g. Sec 2 attend Sec 3 physics tuition; Sec 3 attend Sec 4; Sec 4 attend JC1; JC1 attend JC2/H3 (Optional).

This could be seen from the examples below.

A Family with Four Children

Mr. Phang had a valued client with four very brilliant children. The two elder daughters studied at NUS High while the two younger sons RI.

In 2005, the eldest daughter was in Sec 3 when she attended Mr. Phang's JC1 tuition class. Despite being two years younger, she could solve physics problems ahead of other students in the tuition class except her classmate from NUS High, who also happened to the top physics student in Singapore in her cohort (Straits Times - NUS High Tops Physics Contest).

In 2006, the second daughter was also in Sec 3 when she attended Mr. Phang's JC1 tuition class, together with some of her school mates.

In 2006, the third child was in Sec 2 when he attended Mr. Phang's Sec 3 class (Photos). Despite being one year younger, he could solve physics problems ahead of all other students in the tuition class except his junior from RI, who also happened to be the top physics student in Singapore in his cohort (Channel News Asia - Singapore Ranked First At International Physics Olympiad).

In 2008, the youngest son was in Sec 2 when he started with Mr. Phang's Sec 3 class. Despite being one year younger, he could solve physics problems ahead of all other students in the tuition class except the younger brother of Hongjie (2010 LKY Maths & Science Award Winner).

Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad 2013

Gold Award

Teddy Ong (NUS High School) - First Secondary 2 Student (Youngest Ever) to Get a Gold Medal in the SJPO

Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad 2012

Gold Award

Theordore Yoong (Hwa Chong Institution)

Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad 2016

Gold Award cum Highest Score

Ding Tianyao (SJI International School) - First Ever International School Student to Top the SJPO

Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad 2015

Silver Award

Damien Wo (National Junior College)

The Secrets are in their Genes

The younger brother of Hongjie was a 'giant' in his own right - Olympiad Gold Medalist 2011.

What could be the secret behind an elder brother receiving one of ten LKY Awards (Pre-University) 2010 while the younger brother one of twenty Olympiad Gold Medals 2011?

Unlikely to be NJC's IP training since they both joined NJC after their "O" levels. Unlikely to be Mr. Phang's "super-tutoring", although Mr. Phang would very much like to believe so.

What distinguishes branded schools like NJC and branded tutors like Mr. Phang, from the hoi polloi, is always their esteemed students (past, present and future) rather than anything within the brands themselves.

International Young Physicists Tournament 2016

Singapore Team (Champion)

Muzammil Arif (Raffles Institution) 4th from right

President's Scholars 2006

The Straits Times August 11, 2006

Bertram Ang (Raffles Institution) left

CREATE Champion 2010

The Straits Times December 19, 2009

Quek Keng Yong (Raffles Institution) left

IDA Thinkers Challenge Champion 2015

The Straits Times December 16, 2015

Lim Zinn-E (Raffles Institution) left

'Acceleration 1.5'

'Acceleration 1.5' refers to a Sec 4 student from HCI who found Mr. Phang's JC1 tuition class easy to follow but the JC2 tuition class a little too tough to manage, after trying out classes at both levels.

In the end, he decided to stick with the JC1 tuition class.

The wonderful thing about the I.P. is that students do not need to take the 'O' levels so they can choose to learn at any pace they are comfortable with.

YDSP Academic Award

Physics

Rohan Arya Varma (ACS Independent) for being the top physics student in ACSI

Singapore Science & Engineering Fair 2010

Silver Award

Jocelyn Ng (National Junior College)

Institute of Physics Gold Award 2006

Awarded to the 10 Best Papers in the G.C.E. A-Level 2005 Examination

Saravana S/O Ravindran (Raffles Junior College)

Institute of Physics Gold Award 2007

Awarde to the 12 Best Papers in the G.C.E. A-Level 2006 Examination

Benjamin Tay (Raffles Junior College)

The 'Hot Knife'

Mr. Phang had another valued client who sent her two very brilliant children to his physics tuition classes.

The elder daughter attended Mr. Phang's Sec 4 tuition class in 2004. She was in the last batch of RGS students who took their G.C.E. 'O' levels, and graduated amongst the top of her cohort, appearing in the front page of the Straits Times. So did her younger brother for being the PSLE "first runner-up" in 2005 (that was before Singapore finally also succumbed to the tall poppy syndrome and implemented a media blackout on academic achievements).

Coincidentally, Mr. Phang was reading the front page of the Straits Times and thinking that the name of this boy looked familiar, when the phone rang.

He was entering RI in 2006 and his mother called to enquire about Mr. Phang's physics tuition class. Knowing the calibre of his elder sister, Mr. Phang suggested that he attend the Sec 3 physics tuition class.

Initially, both his mother and Mr. Phang were concerned whether a Sec 1 student who had just completed PSLE could cope with Sec 3 level knowledge. However, such concerns quickly proved unfounded as he regularly finished solving physics problems well ahead of the rest of the class, despite being two years younger.

When he was in Sec 4, he could cut through, like a hot knife through butter, top junior college questions, 'A' level special paper and even H3 physics (equivalent to university first year) questions. His team later made history as the first Singaporean champions at the International Physics Olympiad (Channel News Asia).

The 'Chainsaw'

Mr. Phang had a Sec 4 student from NUS High who attended his JC2 tuition class in 2006.

Whenever Mr. Phang asked the class a question which the JC students could not answer, she would readily provide the answer. She also had a photographic memory and could remember verbatim everything Mr. Phang had said, including the number of times Mr. Phang had repeated the same concept.

Despite being only in Sec 4, she could cut through 'A' level special paper and top junior college questions like a chainsaw through butter.

This student later went on to make history in Singapore's traditionally male-dominated physics competition landscape (Straits Times - NUS High Tops Physics Contest).

Quintuple Jump and Concurrent Acceleration

In 2013, 4 Sec 2 students (1 from NUS High and 3 from RI) attended Mr. Phang's JC2 H3 class. That was a 5-level jump as H3 is equivalent to university first-year physics! In 2014 & 2015, 2 Sec 2 RI and 1 Sec 3 RGS student attended Mr. Phang's Sec 4 and JC1 classes concurrently; while a Sec 4 NJC and Sec 4 HCI student attended Mr. Phang's JC1 & JC2 classes concurrently.



But the pièce de résistance was still a Nanyang Primary student who attended Mr. Phang's Sec 3 & 4 classes concurrently so that he could join Mr. Phang's JC1 physics tuition class when he entered RI in 2015 after his PSLE.


Mr. Phang's A-Level class students seem to be getting younger and younger!