Hear WHAT our parents and students HAVE TO SAY
I knew about TAS from their postings in Kiasu Parents Forum, and signed up after validating that my then K2 child benefited after a trial session. It has been almost 6 years since my child joined TAS.
I like that TAS covers almost all the entire English department – vocabulary, grammar, synthesis, comprehension and composition and try to do it in as great a detail as 2 hourly sessions can afford. It speaks volumes that in all these 6 years, it’s extremely rare for my child to finish on time. Oftentimes, we have to wait at least 15-30 minutes before class is dismissed. Kudos to the hardworking teachers who always gives extra time for each and every session – even where this cuts into their meal times.
TAS teachers make the lessons fun. I remember especially the ‘war games’ that was played and appreciated how the teacher modified and intervened whenever any child started becoming more ‘powerful’ with his arsenal. Besides English lessons, I hoped my child learnt life lessons in not oppressing the weaker ones. Lessons are never boring. During TAS, my child participates actively – a change from his usual quiet self.
I appreciate that TAS is willing to receive and work on feedback, and that they constantly innovate their teaching. When my child first started, the modus operandi was for children to memorise compositions by the paragraphs so they can reproduce these good phrases in the compos. After providing feedback to the teacher that this was causing him some distress, I noted that the dictation was cut down. Also, TAS started to change their direction such that children do not simply paste the same good phrases into their compos and gave the children tools with which to write their own. Instead of being left alone to come up with a creative compo, or ‘copy from the board’, my child now has an arsenal of phrases in which he can use comfortably as the scenario requires.
Most importantly, TAS has given my child a solid grounding in grammar and synthesis. He rarely loses marks in these sections and I attribute it to the firm foundations the teachers have built over the years. In addition, my child has always done well in compositions. Given any scenario, he is able to draw from the wealth of past compos TAS has shown to him, and on the good phrases to build a story that is his. Despite TAS not focusing on GEP syllabus, my child has done very well and is consistently amongst the top pupils for English in his GEP class.
Thank you for all these years and I hope that TAS grows from strength to strength nurturing and enabling children to do well in English.
My friend highly recommended TAS and she mentioned that her son enjoys the lessons and his results are good.
My son enjoyed the entire class dynamics and he would look forward every week to lessons. TAS brings the English language across to children in a way that engages them and motivating them to want to learn more. His teacher made the lessons very engaging and very interesting. He always said that he never felt time go by so fast in any class before.
Every lesson left him wanting to learn more and thus looking forward to each week. From the very first day he joined, his teacher had already captured his interest in learning the language and that to me is very important. Once the child is engaged and motivated to learn something, the rest is very easy.
His teacher is very patient, dedicated and truly passionate about teaching children, and that is why he has done so well in his English language. Jerome's understanding of the English language has grown in depth tremendously. Through TAS compositions, he has learned the art of writing meaningful and engaging stories for someone his tender age.
He started off with an A in writing to now an A* in his compositions. He was even chosen by his school to represent the school in the Young Writers Press competition this year and had his story published in their book. His main paper has also improved tremendously with a good sound knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
I would like to say a big “ THANK YOU” to Reyes' teacher for her unwavering support to my son and the rest of the class throughout the years he was with TAS.
Throughout these years, although his class ended at 9.30pm every Friday, he was always dismissed at 10pm or so and even later during the period leading towards PSLE.
We are very grateful for her dedication and Reyes is indeed very fortunate to be able to meet such a teacher like her.
Under her guidance, he has shown marked improvements in many areas of his English Language, especially so in his Creative Writing.
Reyes performed very well for his PSLE, exceeding his and our expectations. While we rejoiced his achievements, we also like to take this opportunity to commend his teacher for all her great efforts, dedication and guidance.
I would like to thank her again for playing such a significant role in his education journey.
I first joined TAS as there were many positive comments by parents that I have read in KSP forum of children who have made great improvements in their creative writing.
My son’s teacher is a very dedicated and caring tutor who is excellent in her delivery. Her lessons are very lively and often stretches a 2-hour lesson to 2.5 hours or longer. You would think the children are very tired after each lesson but they are often more energised and motivated than before. His teacher also helped Rex marked and guided him on some extra comprehension questions that he had done on his own. For this, we are thankful for the extra effort beyond the call of duty.
Rex also enjoys the lively lessons as games related to the subject were incorporated and he enjoyed the friendly competition with his peers in the class.
Before he started tuition at TAS, his English creative writing marks averages at 26/40 and his overall English score is 78/100. After attending TAS, he has gradually improved to 32/40 for creative writing and an overall score of 85/100.
I knew about TAS through my friends when they just started. I chose TAS as it was willing to give my boy the benefit of trying a higher level (than his school level) to nurture his passion in writing. The teacher had been amazing with him through his formative years. The encouragement from her and the teachers has been effective in spurring his passion despite his spelling errors.
I have now sent my girl Siobhan Lee to TAS and I am glad that the teacher at Clementi is very patient and nurturing. I am also pleased that it still allows children to borrow storybooks and I think that is a very good practice to truly encourage children to read. My girl, like her brother, loves the reward system and the friendly games. Thank you.
Father of Chu Jia Yi (Primary 4, 2016) &
Chu Jin Yu (Primary 2, 2016)
Red Swastika School
We discovered the curriculum is structured and relevant to kids' school work. Our girl enjoyed the classes and our boy made great improvement in his work. Introducing games in the lessons make learning more interesting and enjoyable. I believe their improvement is due to the responsible teachers who understand every kid is different and work on each differently.
They have gained more confidence on composition writing, grammar and comprehension segments. They have also achieved higher scores in their school work.
We would like to express our sincere thanks for the progress you had made with Chervonne over the period of a year. Her English grade jumped from B (P6 Prelims) to A* in PSLE which really impressed us. This achievement has increased her confidence and interest in doing well in English.
Finally, we appreciate the extra effort you put in each time before the examination with all the consolidated practice papers to prepare her for the examination and provide clear explanations for any doubts she has. This also gives us confidence to put my younger boy with you.
My teacher is very encouraging and motivating. Her lessons were very engaging and interesting. She has helped me achieve A* in my PSLE examinations and I really appreciate her help throughout this crucial year of PSLE.
I am really grateful to my teacher for helping me achieve such excellent results in the PSLE.
I look forward to the lessons as they were fun and informative. I had learnt creative phrases, learning how to write different story line. The synthesis training also gave me confidence to score in this section. My composition scores improved and I scored an A* for PSLE English.
Zhi Hong always look forward to attending TAS class. TAS teachers are very dedicated, approachable and responsible. He shows great interest in reading the recommended story books & enjoyed the way the lessons being conducted.
With the help of teachers, course materials and preparation, he managed to score A* for English in PSLE from a borderline A grade in school.
The techniques and methods that TAS uses really helped my child, Edison to remember things well and I really find it very effective. TAS customised their lessons by helping him to follow the materials even though he is slower.
The teacher got him to come earlier or stay later to help him catch up. Within 1.5 years, Edison improved from a C to A for PSLE!
My child first attended the Holiday Programme and enjoyed the class so much that he requested us to sign him up for the regular class. Classes are conducted in a fun and interactive way and I find the teacher is able to engage well with the students.
Because of the interesting lessons, my son enjoys going for lessons every week. Through the lessons, I noticed a great improvement in his writing skills. In addition to his list of vocabulary improving, his writing style showed that he is more creative and he is able to plan and formulate the plot in a clear and logical manner.