For the past twenty years, Mr. Kwan noticed two important characteristics that most Physics students have:
Students tend to use piecemeal approach when solving Physics calculation question. This piecemeal approach causes students to use many methods to solve different questions. This makes learning of Physics very tedious. Furthermore, students are unable to decide which method to employ when solving a new question. One of the key nature of Physics is to keep things as simple as possible. The solution to this first characteristic is to use a unified and consistent method to solve all Physics calculation questions. The beauty of approaching Physics this way is that student can learn less and yet solve more questions. And that’s how Physics is supposed to be!
When explaining Physics questions, many students tend to use difficult ways to understand or explain them. The appearance of a coin depends on how a person views the coin. One can see the head of a coin, or the tail of the coin, or even the side of the coin! But regardless of how we view a coin, a coin is still a coin. The same goes with Physics. We can view a phenomenon in different perspectives. To the Physicists, the best perspective is the one that is the simplest and yet able to explain the most number of phenomena. As a tutor, Mr. Kwan like his students to always understand and explain Physics problems in the simplest possible way.
How well a student perform in Physics depends on many factors. As a tutor, Mr. Kwan actively seek to understand his students. Through this understanding, Mr. Kwan decides which are the most important factors to work on. And this allows him to most effectively and efficiently guide his students to perform better in Physics.
Some examples of the factors are methods/concepts, question database, motivation/diligency, flexibility, and etc. Under most circumstances, the easiest factor to work on is methods/concepts and the most challenging factor to work on is motivation/diligency.
As a tutor with twenty years of experience, Mr. Kwan has a database with thousands of questions. These questions had been meticulously sorted into various categories. Having a wide knowledge of different questions is one of the very important skill that a good tutor must possess. This allow the tutor to choose the right questions for different students.
Will student be provided with notes?
Yes. All students will be provided with sets of effective and concise notes. They will also be provided with customized worksheets which they can practice on.
Does Mr. Kwan review his student homework or schoolwork?
Yes. For private one to one tuition, Mr. Kwan does review his student’s tuition homework, school homework, test papers, examination papers, and etc.
Mr. Kwan thinks that reviewing the student’s work is extremely important. The key advantage of private one-to-one tuition is that it allows the tutor to understand his student better, and one of the way to do so is to review their work.
I am getting a B grade for my Physics test. A-level examination is just a few months away. How can Mr. Kwan help me to obtain a distinction in Physics?
Since time is limited, the best way to improve is to work on areas that the student is weak in. The next logical question is how to identify these weak areas. There are three main ways to do that: (1) work on areas that most Physics students are generally weak in. This is assuming that the student fits into the general characteristics of most Physics students. (2) work on areas that the student feels he is weak in. The problem of this method is that student may not be fully aware of the areas that he is weak in. (3) having the tutor to review the student’s past test and examination papers. Then the tutor will analyze, decide, and discuss which are the areas the student should be working on.
In a classroom context or in a group tuition, the most practical solution is (1). However, in reality, the most effective solution is (3). In a private one to one tuition, Mr. Kwan uses method (3). After reviewing their test and examination papers, Mr. Kwan will create a customised worksheet to target on these weak areas. This will ensure that the student is using his limited time in the most effective and efficient manner.