Mrs Ong , Mother of Nathan Ong (Primary 6, Nanyang Primary School)

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.

Mrs Denise Wang, Mother of Jerome Wang (Primary 6, St. Joseph's Institution Junior)

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.

Kerensa Chong, Mother of Reyes Ho (Primary 6, St. Andrew's Junior School)

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.

 

Valerie Toh, Mother of Rex Chng (Primary 6, Chongfu School)

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.