Derek Tan

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JC Biology
Funny, Chill, Engaging
My Experience/Achievements:
  • Curriculum planning officer, MOE Curriculum Planning and Development Division
  • Former Senior Teacher of Biology, Raffles Institution
  • Former Level Head of Biology, Nanyang Girls’ High School
  • Former Curriculum planning officer, MOE Curriculum Planning and Development Division
  • MOE Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Masters of Education in Curriculum and Teaching
  • Bachelor of Science from University of Melbourne, Top Student in Cohort
About Me:

I love interacting with young people! In the classroom, I’m your friendly, chill, bio teacher that facilitates learning rather than teaching. Which is why my lessons are always fun! They’re filled with anecdotal examples and stories from my past experiences as a teacher and examiner with MOE and Cambridge. Beyond the subject, mentoring has always been my passion - my personal goal is to be a mentor who makes a difference in the lives of my students! But just as much as they learn from me, I learn so much from my students too!

My students describe me as:

My students love my sense of humour, my chill and engaging lessons and the fact that I’m SI BEI EXPERIENCED! Time with me is always fun, and the best part - you come out acing your exams!

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What our students say

"Mr. Derek is not just a bio tuition teacher; he's a wonderful educator who transforms complex concepts into digestible knowledge effortlessly. His ability to break down the complex biological theories and processes into easily understandable segments is truly remarkable. With Mr. Derek, every lesson becomes an enlightening journey where understanding blossoms effortlessly.
Beyond his exceptional teaching prowess, Mr. Derek's kindness, patience, and understanding create a nurturing learning environment. He fosters an atmosphere where students (like me) feel comfortable asking questions and exploring their curiosities without hesitation. His genuine care for each student's progress shines through in every interaction, making learning with him an absolute pleasure.
I am immensely grateful for Mr. Derek's guidance and mentorship. Thanks to his dedication and expertise, my confidence in biology has soared. Without a doubt, Mr. Derek is not just a teacher but a beacon of inspiration and support for all his students.
If you're seeking a bio tuition teacher who goes above and beyond to ensure your success, look no further than Mr. Derek. With him, you're not just learning biology; you're embarking on a transformative educational journey that will leave a lasting impact."

- Riddhima, RI, Class of 2023

"Mr Tan is a very funny, light-hearted yet highly experienced and caring teacher. His lessons are always filled with the sounds of laughter, yet everyone goes off with new knowledge every lesson. Asking questions in class or even challenging answer keys are not taboo actions, but instead common occurrences that helped me understand the rationale behind certain answer keys and concepts.

One of my favourite parts of Mr Tan’s lessons were his topical summaries, which he would create live in class with us. These summaries helped me to develop a comprehensive understanding of each Biology topic – a great aid as I did not watch my Biology lectures and instead relied on Mr Tan’s summaries to learn the various topics.

Mr Tan is also a highly encouraging teacher, understanding the stresses of being in JC. He frequently checks in on each of his pupils to find out how they are coping with school, especially during the examination peak periods.

In summary, Mr Tan’s humour, experience and patience render him a highly effective teacher that is well-liked by most, if not all of his students. I am truly grateful to have had him as my Biology tutor, and owe my distinction in the A-levels to him."

- Student from RI, Class of 2023

"Mr Tan is a highly professional and experienced Biology tutor who never fails to keep his lessons engaging, yet enriching and fruitful. His wealth of experience in the field of Biology – both within and beyond JC syllabus – allowed him to shed much insight into the various topics, greatly assisting me in forming crucial intertopic linkages. This understanding of how each Biology topic is interconnected was a significant aid in tackling my Biology papers.

As a teacher, Mr Tan carries himself to a very high standard – always preparing for classes in advance and sharing lesson road maps. His lesson plans also caters to the needs and requests of the class – enabling us to address our weaker concepts in greater detail. He frequently champions for smart studying techniques, and shares much study and revision advice to aid in examination preparation. Mr Tan also does not shy away from being a teacher after classes end – he always responds to my clarifications and questions on WhatsApp.

Of the many classes I had attended in my life, Mr Tan’s classes undeniably had one of the best classroom environments. There was no coldness in the class, but rather a sense of comfort and patience that encouraged me to frequently raise my hand and seek clarifications. Such pleasant experiences in the classroom curated a highly conducive study environment, and motivated me to look forward to Mr Tan’s lessons even after a long day. Ultimately, I am confident that if not for Mr Tan’s patient and caring teaching, I would not have developed the passion and interest that I hold for Biology today, and definitely would not have attained an A in H2 Biology at the A-levels."

- Student from RI, Class of 2023

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