frequently asked questions

What are your charges and payment procedures for tuition lessons at ACGPS?

ACGPS charges S$300.00 for 4 lessons, with each lesson duration set at 2-hours. Payment is made at the first session of each month.

Do you have either a deposit policy or administrative charges for students who sign up at ACGPS?

ACGPS does not observe a deposit policy where students pay a deposit which is subject to forfeit in the case of early withdrawal.

We believe strongly in the quality of our teaching and are confident that students who sign up with us will remain committed to attending our sessions until the completion of their major year-end examinations.

Do you practice a refund policy for lessons that are not attended or missed?

As a matter of policy, we do not refund lessons that are missed. We provide options for students to attend make-up sessions either in the same academic / working week or within the same academic month.

We do not refund lessons that have been paid for in full but which students may miss due to early withdrawal. The exception to this will be in unexpected circumstances which we will discuss and review with the student and family on a case-by-case basis.

So, if I miss out on lessons, what are some options for make-up sessions?

You can sign up for make-up sessions by attending lessons within the same academic week. 

Lessons in the same academic week run from Thursday to Sunday for JC2 classes and on Saturday and Sunday for JC1 classes.

ACGPS has synchronized lessons in the same academic week so that lesson materials, concepts and exercises are all equivalent.

For example, if you are in a Thursday, Friday or Saturday class and you miss out on a lesson, you can attend an equivalent lesson on any other day of the same academic / work-week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday).

For students who attend the classes on Sunday who foresee that they may miss lessons (maybe due to personal / family events), you can schedule your timing to attend an equivalent lesson on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

Some students may miss lessons within a week and are unable to attend an equivalent session in the same academic week.

For these students, ACGPS will set aside 2 slots in each month where students can attend missed lessons. The lesson materials, concepts and exercises for these sessions may be different from the week-end lessons but focus on relevant essay question discussions and practices.

The days and timings for these make-up sessions are as follows:
a.    JC1: the 2nd Tuesday of each month (6.00pm-8.00pm); and –
b.    JC2: the 3rd Tuesday of each month (6.00pm-8.00pm)

Some tuition centres practise loading up on extra lessons during the June, August and October months leading to the major year-end examinations. Do you have the same practice?

ACGPS does not practise this approach to our classes. We believe that loading up more lessons will incur unnecessary stress and financial burden on our students and their families.

In the months leading up to the major year-end examinations, ACGPS will arrange for students to drop by for free small group (2-5 students per group) consultation sessions on weekday afternoons and evenings.

What is your philosophy towards teaching General Paper?

ACGPS believes in the relevance of General Paper as both an academic subject and a life-skill.

Having spent 13 years teaching the subject and more than 20 years immersed in it since my days as a student, I believe that a good grounding in General Paper will prepare students well for the dynamic and uncertain social and work landscape of the future.

One of my core beliefs is that students may not have a good understanding of General Paper either in terms of skills for the various components or content knowledge. Sometimes, students may be missing in both skills and content knowledge for the subject.

The solution for these challenges center on making learning an efficient process. Some of the techniques I share with students involve the use of mnemonics and memory recollection techniques to help you generate ideas under the mentally and emotionally demanding conditions of the major examinations.

Other techniques involve pre-setting and pre-positioning key ideas and concepts during our tuition sessions which can then be readily applied for both the essay and Application Question (AQ) segments of the paper.

To facilitate effective examination preparation for the ‘A’ Levels, I write my own comprehension passages and set questions on them, modeling them closely on previous ‘A’ Level General Paper examinations.

Consistent practice remains a core component of my sessions and we usually infuse about 15-20mins of practice writing (either in the essay or comprehension components) for each session, followed by a review of answers.

I also utilize multi-media and digital resources, such as documentaries, TED talks and films based on real-world events to complement content development lessons in our sessions.