Frequently Asked Questions:

01

Why did you choose "The Young Writer's Table"?

 

Every writer's process begins behind a table. For some writers, sitting behind the table becomes a sacred ritual; there's a fixed position for their mug of hot chocolate; their table lamp must be the right distance away from their computer (so that their keyboard is illuminated without too much glare). For others, their table comes in all forms, shapes and sizes; they scribble their notes on iPads that are propped on their laps; they doodle plot points on napkins on the metro in Paris. The Writer's Table is really a symbolic reference to the writing process and the discipline and dedication that comes with it. These learning values will be inculcated in all our students.

02

What is your method?

 

The learning ability of every child is different; some are able to grasp concepts better, others are able to memorise the meaning of words more efficiently. We do not believe that any one child is more capable than the other, even if their grades seem to suggest so. With this in mind, we begin by assessing a child's ability (based on work the child's done before and through discussion with the child's parents). We identify the areas where he needs the most help, whether it involves building a meaningful vocabulary or writing a more compelling narrative, and we design a unique curriculum that addresses the child's needs.

 

Although we use the Ministry of Education (MOE) syllabus as a guide, we do not confine ourselves to it. We will teach your child comprehension skills by reading extracts from Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gillman; we will teach them story structure by studying the plot in Finding Nemo. It is a question that students constantly ask, "How is what I'm learning relevant?" At The Young Writer's Table, the curriculum is aimed at encouraging your children to appreciate the relevance of their education.

 

Beyond our unique curriculum, students are also assigned a book to read as a supplement to curriculum. Our lower primary students are reading The BFG by Roald Dahl; our upper primary students are reading The Chrysalids by John Wyndham; our lower secondary students are reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides; our upper secondary students are reading David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfists and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell.

 

03

Where do you conduct your lessons?

 

Lessons are conducted in a classroom at Bishan (five minutes walk from Bishan MRT). You can view my classroom here. Please visit the Class Schedule page for more information.

 

More classes will be opened in July 2015.

04

How many students do you teach in a class? And for how long?

 

We will take as many as six students in a class, which usually lasts for 2 hours. We keep classes small so that we can provide personalised attention to each student. (It should be mentioned though that research done by educational economist Eric Hanushek has shown that class size has no bearing on a student's performance.) 

05

Do you guarantee my child will score well?
 
While I acknowledge there's an importance of doing well in an exam, it is not everything. My focus is on nurturing the learning ability of your child, to help your child inculcate a positive attitude towards education, to encourage your child to take pride in his work. In so doing, I guarantee that your child will write better, will enjoy learning more and will be a more confident person; to me, these life skills and values are more important than doing well in an examination.