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.