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Q. I have heard a lot about Making Sense. What makes Making Sense the best Chemistry and Science tuition in Singapore?

Led by Mr. William Lin, Making Sense has grown into the largest Chemistry tuition in Singapore since our humble beginning in 2011, with over 800 students in our programme yearly.

A proven teaching pedagogy, excellent materials, and a team of nurturing tutors distinguish us from other tuition centres. When our tutors explain concepts, we do so with laser-sharp precision.

When we explain how to solve questions, we guide our students and navigate the question together, helping them develop a proper thinking process. We teach them the fastest question-solving methods, the most useful exam tips and tricks, and the sneakiest pitfalls.

As such, Making Sense students are very strong in their understanding of the content and their ability to adapt to tackle challenging questions.

In addition, we provide both structured classes and Personalised Learning (PL) for students with different learning needs. These combination of excellent teaching team, materials and customisation is perfect for students with different calibre. 

Q. What programs and levels do you offer?

We offer high quality and premium tuition services for secondary science (sec 1 to sec 4) and Chemistry tuition for A Level (JC 1 & JC2). All levels come with a choice of either structured classes or Personalised Learning (PL)

Q. What is the difference between structured lessons and personalised learning (PL)?

In a structured lesson, students can expect to learn in a traditional classroom setting. Structured lessons are for students who prefer learning systematically through our tried-and-tested pedagogy. Tutors will adhere to a fixed lesson plan of teaching, then reviewing students’ understanding through practices. Students in structured lessons may also book free 1-to-1 consultation sessions with us, should they require additional guidance.

Personalised learning (PL) classes are perfect for students who require greater individual attention and will to like learn and grow at their own pace. In a PL class, the tutor devotes his full attention to a small number of students, one at a time, such that students individual needs and concerns are addressed. Tutors are also able to pinpoint weaknesses and provide personalised analyses and feedback to students.

Structured classes and PL classes caters to different demographics of students. You may find out more details here or speak with our friendly enrollment specialist.

Q. Do you follow a topic sequence according to any particular school?

Generally speaking, we will follow the scheme of work by the majority of schools. In the A level Chemistry syllabus, we are fortunate that most schools adopt a similar scheme of work. In the secondary level, we offer different tracks for various schools (eg RGS, HCI, NYGH, RI track). Should a student’s sequence of topics be different, we can either arrange for extra consultation sessions with the tutors or conduct Personalised Learning (PL) for students to cater to his/her individual needs.

Q. What is the usual class size?

Our structured lesson class sizes will vary all the time as students are always doing make-up in another class. We expect weekday classes to be smaller than weekend classes. There is no need to be concerned about the class being too big and students getting distracted, as our lessons have been primed to be captivating even to larger groups. Even in a larger class setting, our tutors will constantly walk around the class, inspect students’ workings, and have chats with them to check their progress.

Personalised learning classes are much smaller, up to a maximum of 6 students per class. This is to ensure that each student receives the individual attention that they need for maximum learning.

Q. Can I ask questions in class?

Students are free to ask questions during lessons. Students are also encouraged to stay back after the lesson for clarification of any doubts they may have. For students who are either shy or are unable to ask questions during class, they are welcome to seek our tutors at other times in the centre or via WhatsApp. We also offer free 1-to-1 consultation sessions for booking.

Q. Are students allowed to make-up for missed classes?

Yes! We offer multiple time slots for the same level within the same week. The lessons are repeated and exactly the same. No stress when you cannot make it for your usual slot, there is always a make-up class available for you. Video-recorded lessons are also available for viewing for students who miss the entire week of lessons.

Q. I joined the tuition late. Is there any way I can catch up on the previous topics?

Yes! We always have new students coming in who may need help for previous chapters. You can choose from either of the following:

  • Attend Personalised Learning (PL) where our tutors can customise lesson for you to help you bridge the gap on the previous chapters and address your immediate needs. 
  • Sign up for signature bootcamp during school holiday to readdress all the major chapters that were previously taught. Boot camps consolidate all the earlier taught chapters and focus on exposure to challenging questions. These sessions are extremely effective to stretch students beyond their comfort zone to secure distinctions. 
Q. Do you help students with their practical papers?

Yes, experiment based lessons will be strategically taught when nearing national practical examination. It is worthwhile to note that very little marks in practical exams are attributed to experimental accuracy. (Accuracy score contributes only 1% of the overall O level / A level grade). To score well for practical papers, students are required to posses critical theory knowledge about the nature of the experiments, data processing, planning, time management and graphical presentation. Our lessons prepare students to be competent in tackling these aspects.

Q. Can I attend a trial class?

Yes, you are encouraged to attend our trial lesson at this page. Trial fees are prorated according to a regular lesson. If you are referred by a current or graduated Making Sense student, trial fees would be waived.