Studying, being a major part of many of our lives, consists of high ups and low downs. Through the decade plus of trudging through the education system before attaining my Bachelors Degree, I realised the one fundamental problem that hindered the progress of many students. That problem is Aim. The question isn't "How to do that?" but more of "What am I learning??" Kids are lost as to the purpose of doing Pure Mathematics or Pure Sciences etc. They have no idea where all these practicing and memorizing are leading towards.
I took kids ranging from A-levels/Intergrated Programme to Normal Technical/Academic syllabus and a couple of International Schools student. They all at certain point in time asked me the same question, "What am I learning?" It is a tough question to answer, one that has to be tailored for each individual. A wrong answer may cause the student to lose interest in a snap. Throughout the years, I realised one important fact: All students are smart. There is no student who is hopeless in his/her studies such that they are better off giving up and doing something else. Even when the kid is failing all his/her subjects 4 months prior to a major exam, all it takes is an angle and sheer commitment to place the individual back in the competition platform. My success stories don't resonate in the number of As my students get consistently. They do so at their own potential. But rather they are about the way I unlock the potential of each individual and see them soar through the grades.
I took my Masters of Science in 2012. During the course of study, I realised my grasp of knowledge and evaluation skills improved tremendously. I came to realised my tutoring these students helped in brushing up my fundamentals. Hence I developed a method of learning by teaching which I am using on all my students. It not only allows the student to evaluate and apply concepts better, it incorporates a Toastmaster's method of Think On Your Feet. The presentation skills of the student sees improvement, through my guidance, and the effect is far reaching as it is a soft skill ultimately. This also helps the student to find their Aim. What are they trying to explain? What message are they trying to send? The method has proven useful as I see significant improvements in my students' grades.
In 2014, I graduated with a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently still teaching as a part time tutor.