Mr. Phang (Physics Tutor) explains that some Sec 1 students come to learn Sec 3 stuff
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
Ryan Chen (extreme right) supporting the RI team at the 2008 National Science Challenge Finals
Kang Zi Yang - National Science Challenge Champion
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.
Kang Zi Yang (seated 2nd from left) & Chen Hongjie (seated 2nd from right)
Kang Zi Yang (Raffles Institution) - top Singaporean student in the IPhO 2011
Chen Hong Jie (National Junior College)
Fiona Foo (left) Singapore Physics Olympiad Champion 2007 & Chen Hongjie (right) A*Star Talent Search Gold Medallist 2009
Fiona Foo (NUS High School) Overall Champion
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)
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
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 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
Ding TianYao, St Joseph's Institution International School, received 1 of 12 Gold Medals at the SJPO 2016 and also topped the General Round
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).
Teddy Ong (NUS High School) - First Secondary 2 Student (Youngest Ever) to Get a Gold Medal in the SJPO
Theordore Yoong (Hwa Chong Institution)
Ding Tianyao (SJI International School) - First Ever International School Student to Top the SJPO
Damien Wo (National Junior College)
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.
Muzammil Arif (Raffles Institution) 4th from right
Bertram Ang (Raffles Institution) left
Quek Keng Yong (Raffles Institution) left
Lim Zinn-E (Raffles Institution) left
'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.
Rohan Arya Varma (ACS Independent) for being the top physics student in ACSI
Jocelyn Ng (National Junior College)
Saravana S/O Ravindran (Raffles Junior College)
Benjamin Tay (Raffles Junior College)
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).
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!
The Integrated Programmes (IP) in Singapore is another pathway for academically strong students to take, encouraging them to enjoy great learning experiences. Under IP, students can have an integrated secondary to JC education, permitting them to proceed onto higher education without having to take the otherwise necessary national GCE ‘O Levels’ examinations. Without the daunting idea of having to take the national exams, students can focus on widening their academic and non-academic curriculum. By optimising their free time, students can not only explore other academic fields but also pursue their passion in areas like music. The IP programme is also suited for students that continually perform well in school and wish to get a head start in working towards getting a place in a local or overseas University. However, IP students will still have to undergo a series of school-based assessments to ensure that their progress is of the expected standard.
IP tuition is an excellent way to help students pursue academic levels that may be considered above their level. As a physics tutor known for his academic knowledge in Singapore, Mr Phang has helped numerous IP students by giving them tuition at the JC level, allowing them to grasp concepts before their peers in schools. With his help, students that are interested in physics can enjoy accelerated learning beyond what is commonly taught in schools, at a level that suits their academic prowess. To Mr Phang, students should be academically driven and are not deterred by simple labels. While specific concepts may differ according to the educational level, Mr Phang believes that students should start learning concepts that are more advanced as early as possible.
Many students that have decided to join a higher-level class, such as Secondary 1 or 2 students participating in the Secondary 3 or 4 classes, have benefitted from the learning experience. IP Physics tuition in Singapore will help to build the student’s interest and foundation in the subject, preparing them for future topics and concepts that are more challenging. With a passion for mastering physics concepts and a strong foundation in the subject, the student can continue to excel even as they head to University. At Mr Phang’s tuition classes, he does not discriminate based on age and encourages students to join classes that are at their academic level. Hence, it is not surprising to spot students that are a year or even two years younger than their peers in the tuition classes. If you refer to the examples on the page, younger students have performed even better than their older peers when given the opportunity to master challenging questions.
Those seeking for an IP Physics tutor in Singapore should contact Mr Phang today for more information regarding the classes. With his help, students can excel in the subject and fulfil their expectations.