What our students say
In the recent GCE A level, I managed to get an A for GP. Joining TTT has not only helped me improve my grades, but also made me more enthusiastic about GP. This is because of how passionate the teachers at TTT are about teaching and sharing their knowledge. Mr Russell was especially helpful given his thorough understanding of my topics of interest such as politics and governance as well as international relations.
He was always willing to clarify any misconceptions I had and guide me in my understanding of even the most complex theories. I greatly appreciate how Mr Russell took the time to hold additional 1 to 1 consultations with me to clarify my doubts, on top of answering the numerous questions I had sent him through Whatsapp.
Moreover, Mr Russell taught us very crucial techniques and skills to tackle tricky questions in the GP paper that enabled me to feel more confident in my GP capabilities. This was something that was not really covered in school. I fondly remembered the drilling sessions on the different comprehension and essay drills which reinforced my foundations. I like how we had a good strategy for every single component of the paper, with step-by-step strategies to help us improve further.
My most memorable session would be how he explained how to introduce complex level essay structure at both the macro essay level and the micro paragraph level. It was fascinating learning different techniques to introduce complexity in the essay, and this is something that was definitely beyond what was covered at RI.
Besides that, TTT content notes are the absolute best. I love how they cover a variety of perspectives and offer numerous pieces of evidence which are not commonly used. Moreover, the notes also usually include very insightful evaluation of key points for each topic which allowed me to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the topic and in turn, write a more compelling and insightful GP essay.
I have absolutely no regrets joining TTT. Even though RI had a good syllabus, TTT’s notes and Mr. Russell’s lessons are really the best that one can possibly have. Lessons at TTT have constantly pushed me to be much better than my peers. I believe that anyone who has ever been a student of TTT would say the same.
I joined TTT at the beginning of JC2, and my understanding of GP as a subject has improved a lot since then. I used to hate GP as I did not know how to approach any of the question types for both essays and comprehension. However, under the guidance of Mr Russell, I have become more confident in addressing GP questions.
Mr Russell’s lectures on politics, national identity and globalisation were really informative, and they helped to deepen my understanding of these topics. The notes included many points and examples that can be used for essays, as well as some essays written by Mr Russell himself during his uni days! These were all very useful as references and exemplars that I used for my own essays and for studying.
Mr Russell also made his lessons more interesting by including his personal anecdotes, which made the points he was trying to make more memorable. I found this to be very effective, as this helped me to link examples together and remember them better.
Outside of the content lectures, many of the other lessons included completing both essay and comprehension practices on the spot, which were quite stressful under timed conditions, but prepared us better for school exams.
I would like to thank Mr Russell for his patience and guidance with essays especially! His comments on my work helped me to better understand and improve on my weaker areas. He also goes the extra mile to check on his students and make sure that they are managing well in school. At the A level, I managed to get an A grade for GP. I am grateful for all his help in the past year :)
As espoused by many of the students, the notes provided and curated by TTT are cream of the crop. The level of evaluation and nuance in each topic covered is essential for any student who is looking to score an A. TTT also went above and beyond by creating a telegram group which provided us with not just news articles on issues plaguing the world today, but also further evaluation and ways that we can intertwine newer and relevant information into our essays. This severely shortened the time needed for students to research for their own content, giving us ample time to focus on our shortcomings instead.
Victoria Junior College
In the ramp up for A levels, TTT provided us with multiple comprehension drills and practises, which focused on the plethora of questions types. TTT provided an easy to digest structure for us to score well for each question type. This certainly boosted my confidence when taking the paper as many of the question types Mr Russell had gone through before, such as Author’s Purpose questions, were encountered.
Mr Russell is the best GP teacher I have ever had (even considering the strength of the VJ GP department). His unwavering passion towards his craft can be clearly seen through his lessons and notes. I vividly remember after my first lesson, I was inspired by the evaluation and theories (such as Bentham’s Panopticon and Foucault’s Governmentality) he taught, and for the very first time, I realised that GP could actually be a fascinating subject. I immediately wrote an essay for Mr Russell to mark and comment. Whenever I have any queries after class, Mr Russell was always willing to stay back amidst his hectic schedule, ensuring that all my questions were answered. He also arranged additional consultations with me to provide feedback and comments on my practises.
The night before my A levels Paper, Mr Russell took the initiative to check up on me and even arranged an impromptu consultation to clear any of my lingering doubts. Even after the GP paper had ended, Mr Russell constantly checked up on me throughout my remaining papers and provided his own personal advice and moral support, despite not needing to do so.
Joining TTT was the best decision I ever made in my life. Under the guidance of Mr Russell, I was able to see huge jumps and improvements in myself, scoring an A grade for GP at the A level. Thank you for the wonderful memories!
TTT helped me look at current affairs and issues in a more critical way through its comprehensive and well crafted notes. The notes were extremely helpful as it helped me understand the basics of each topic before introducing complex arguments for and against each issue.
To tackle Paper 2, I found it very helpful when TTT broke down the different question types we would face and taught us the relevant skills needed to address each of them. This simplified Paper 2 greatly for me and made me more confident when attempting the paper.
For me, the most memorable lessons are those where we get to collaborate with others in class when working on essays as it allowed me to listen to different perspectives which I feel later improved the way I analysed different questions. Furthermore, despite it being a group tuition, I always felt that I was given enough support as the teachers and the teaching assistants always made sure to give us individual feedback on our work.
I would like to thank Mr Russell for always being very enthusiastic in class and for making lessons really fun and engaging. I appreciate how he encourages us to take our writing one step further by introducing theories and philosophy. He is clear when explaining complex concepts, always takes the time to address our concerns and ensures that no one is left behind.
Overall, my experience at TTT has been amazing and I am grateful for how it has not only helped me improve in GP but also learn to appreciate the subject as well. Thanks to TTT, I managed to get an A grade for A level GP.
Hwa Chong Institution
There are a few reasons I love TTT. The first being the convenient location, the second being the content notes given and last but most definitely not least, the teachers. The teachers in TTT are engaging, patient and witty. Apart from trying their best to engage us in class, they also strive to provide a holistic education to us by scattering in random facts that always leave the class entertained and interested to learn more. The notes are always up to date with a wide range of examples for all topics.
The notes are categorised based on bigger topics such as environment, politics, ethics, etc so that we can refer to them with ease instead of having to sort them out by ourselves. I can confidently say that the notes are better than most notes given by schools and you will receive help specifically tailored to your learning style with teachers being there for you. This certainly has helped to quicken my personal learning process as I take quite a lot of time classifying notes by topics so I can decide which are the most useful for me.
During lessons, we learn how to use a multi-layered approach to generate complex arguments which helps to add flair to our writing and also shows maturity in our thinking. I am also exposed to different philosophies and ethics which has helped me to look at things from different perspectives instead of just one. For both essays and comprehension, the various evaluative tools taught by the teachers has also helped me score significantly higher marks.
Mr Russell is an erudite teacher who has lots of enthusiasm in his teaching. He always makes lessons interesting and fun. In school, I always struggled with paying attention and would sometimes fall asleep but at TTT, Mr Russell constantly leaves us paying rapt attention with his funny jokes and various videos that help deepen our understanding. He also provides us with personalised feedback on our work as well and helps us better tackle the struggles we may face in school.
Overall, I highly recommend TTT due to their well designed notes and knowledgeable tutors which has helped to improve my grades by leaps and bounds. Thanks to TTT, I managed to get an A for A level GP.
After joining TTT, I became more confident about General Paper as a subject.
The notes provided by the teachers at TTT are wide-ranging in terms of topics and examples that go beyond the notes provided by the school as well as other tuition centres. Unlike school notes which dumps a huge pile of articles on students, TTT compiles useful and relevant examples for each topic.
Apart from the examples, the notes also help students link these examples to the wider topic and help them see the issue from multiple perspectives allowing students to see the bigger picture. Another key feature of the notes that has been very useful in my A level journey is the list of essay questions which includes questions from past A levels and other JCs. For comprehension, the teachers will go through various comprehension skills and allocate class time to mark and go through each question in-depth with students to ensure that all students are able to understand the contents of the lesson.
The teachers at TTT are more than willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help students clarify misconceptions and mark additional work. During these consultations, the teachers will explain each comment in great detail to ensure that students are made aware of any areas of improvement. Through these consults, I was able to understand the thought process behind writing a GP essay and saw my grades improve, especially for essay writing. During the pandemic, the teachers at TTT were able to quickly adapt to a different way of teaching such that each student was still able to learn effectively during each class such as by splitting students into groups to facilitate the exchange of ideas for essay questions which allows students of different JCs to learn from each other.
Personally, I feel that Mr Russell cares deeply for each student and is always very friendly and open to consults. During lessons, he is able to clearly articulate the content in the notes and link these ideas to allow students to have a better understanding of the material. Even for complex concepts, Mr Russell is able to break them down such that it is easier for students to digest the content. When it comes to marking essays and comprehension questions, Mr Russell clearly explains the requirements of the questions so that students are clear in terms of what to look out for.
I would like to thank TTT and their teachers for making GP less intimidating and more interesting as over the course of this journey, I have grown to appreciate GP in all of its complexity and grew more fond of the subject.
National Junior College
Studying at The Thought Tailor’s Novena branch has enabled me to grasp various complex and intangible ideas required to ace GP. This has helped me increase my confidence to score well in GP.
Personally, I found that the most unique and helpful aspect of lessons was the provision of categorised essay questions accompanied by detailed and extensive researched notes that helped to broaden my knowledge and interest in the various topics. Before exams, I tended to rely on TTT’s notes because of how much more comprehensive they were. There were numerous examples, points and even theories and insights from top professors and philosophers. Lessons wise, I believe that the lessons at TTT are very well balanced in tackling both paper 1 and 2 concepts and skills. They deconstructed the syllabus and used a step-by-step approach to cover all skills thoroughly, and this ensures that students are sufficiently prepared for both papers before their examinations.
However, all these alone would not have been able to help me improve my GP grades. The improvements I have achieved were only possible due to the expertise of and excellent teaching from Mr Russell. He is not only able to simplify and quantify many abstract topics for students but also help them to conceptualise and apply these crucial concepts. Mr Russell shines exceptionally in his 1 on 1 consults. He helped me to quickly identify and correct my mistakes. More than that, Mr Russell also went the extra mile to double check my corrected errors to ensure that I genuinely had a complete understanding of my mistakes. Thank you TTT for the wonderful experience!
Eunoia Junior College
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at TTT because lessons were very fun and engaging. Mr Russell would often crack jokes or share his personal experiences on things when running through complex topics in order to make these topics more comprehensible. Additionally, I really appreciate how the teachers would adapt the pace of their lessons according to the needs of their students. I found this very important as I always felt comfortable during lessons, unlike in most lessons in school.
Apart from that, TTT provides amazing notes. The notes contain very detailed examples with comprehensive formatting, which is often accompanied by clear explanations by the teachers in class. The notes also include detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to tackle particular comprehension question types or essay question types which allowed me to fully understand how to meet the requirements of the questions. This helped me to gain a lot more confidence during examinations. After just a short period of time at TTT, I already saw visible improvement in my grades. My favourite lesson at TTT was the lesson on ethics because of how it allowed me to develop much more complex and thoughtful responses for paper 1 and AQ.
Furthermore, despite the COVID-19 restrictions forcing classes to shift online, I found that TTT adapted very well to the situation. The quality of classes remained on par with when they were in person which I really admire TTT for. Moreover, lessons were all smoothly carried out.
All in all, I would like to sincerely thank Mr Russell for being so supportive and encouraging. I believe that TTT has built a very conducive learning environment that really helped with my learning and instilled a passion for GP within me.
Nanyang Junior College
I really enjoyed my time at TTT due to how high quality the lessons as well as teachers were. During lessons, I found that the teachers could explain the concepts very well. This points towards the capabilities of the teachers as their explanations were highly comprehensible, even for the most complex topics. I believe another factor that contributes to the quality of the lessons would be the low student to teacher ratio. In a class of about 20, there would be 2-3 teachers going around all the time, checking our understanding of things and helping to clarify our doubts.
Personally, I struggled a lot with writing clear and concise paragraphs. I found that there would often be holes in my elaboration. However, after submitting an essay to be marked, Mr Russell was able to quickly pick this up. He then held a 1 to 1 consult with me to teach me exactly how to craft clear and comprehensive paragraphs that maximised information I could put in. I sincerely doubt I would have been able to see such a quick improvement in my GP grades if Mr Russell had not picked up on my mistake when he did. Moreover, I also learnt how to write counterarguments that provided an alternative point of view without overriding the overall stand.
Paper 2 wise, I often struggled with meeting the question requirements and tended to end up beating around the bus with my answers. Thus, I really liked the set of materials that went through comprehension question types. They helped me to identify questions and effectively scope my answers accordingly. Consequently, I was able to have a clearer frame of mind when answering comprehension questions which were reflected in the increase in the number of my correct answers during exams.
Apart from all that, the next biggest thing I loved about TTT was the notes. The notes were highly comprehensive that thoroughly explained current affairs and clearly taught me how to write in a clear, concise and engaging manner.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Russell for his passion and enthusiasm for teaching. I definitely appreciate how he always sought to explain concepts in a fun and engaging manner. For instance, during lectures, he would use his own personal experiences to make difficult concepts easier to digest.
Personally, I recommended TTT to many of my friends which eventually caused more than half of my classmates at NYJC to also be my classmates at TTT, and everyone had nothing but positive reviews to give about their time spent at TTT. Learning at TTT was truly very fruitful and enjoyable, and I would highly recommend TTT for GP tuition!
TTT has provided me with amazing learning materials for GP containing really fascinating information to expand my knowledge. Each lesson material given is prepared comprehensively by the teachers. Through the different resources, I was able to learn many unique examples that piqued my interest in various topics. At TTT, the teachers are extremely enthusiastic and passionate about their jobs.
For instance, they would help students break down essay questions in a step-by-step manner, guiding students every step of the way. The teachers also provided us with numerous avenues for creative writing. A key form of help they provided was aiding us in understanding the intention of evaluation and the different ways in achieving levels of evaluation to bring greater depth to essays. The teachers aim to constantly expose students to different dimensions of the English Language so that we may incorporate multi-layered arguments as well as ethics and philosophies into our writing. Their devotion and passion motivated me to explore more on my own. Staying true to their mission, TTT really ensures that they tailor the thoughts of students rather than force students to memorise the behemoth amount of information that is being imparted to us. The teachers also plan out engaging lessons, including interesting videos of relevant events and discussions to help us to fully understand the examples that we were introduced to.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers at TTT for being so caring, approachable and accommodating. In particular, I would like to thank my teacher, Mr Russell, for his guidance. Mr Russell, with his keen understanding of GP, had offered me a lot of insightful feedback and advice that really helped me feel more confident in GP. Thank you for the highly fruitful and memorable experience TTT!
Hwa Chong Institution
I used to be a former student of Mr Russell in school. After entering Hwa Chong Institution for JC, I continued to attend his GP classes.
Mr Russell taught me the various answering techniques and strategies necessary to tackle GP. I especially appreciated how he had categorised the different question types and components, and provided a step-by-step method to approach the question. It made it very easy for me to understand the various factors and components involved.
Furthermore, the resources and materials provided are very comprehensive and in-depth. The notes provided by TTT are better than all the notes provided by other schools, where news articles are just being dumped onto students. In contrast, TTT notes are filled with evaluative details, making my revision extremely simple and easy. The plethora of revision drills and essay plans improved and reinforced my foundation for GP.
In particular, I really enjoyed the lectures and tutorials for Arts and Culture. Different theories, such as Kant’s Aesthetics, were being taught to us in an engaging manner. Mr Russell’s ever-engaging and interactive lessons made the 2 hours always seem way too short. Even after the lesson, Mr Russell is always available to answer my queries and doubts.
I am grateful for the assistance and help Mr Russell has shown me throughout the years. I would highly recommend TTT for anyone to score that coveted A grade.
Temasek Junior College
Over the time I have spent with The Thought Tailor, I have learnt many different skills to tackle comprehension and essay questions as well as a variety of content to help me in my essay. I found the skills that TTT teaches especially helpful as my school either did not teach us such skills or simply briefed them during class. Consequently, prior to joining TTT, I knew next to nothing about the skills needed to score well for GP.
Besides that, the notes provided by TTT are highly comprehensive and precise which makes it easy for me to digest and apply what has been taught in class to my assignments and tests in school. I enjoyed learning different topics such as arts and culture, democracy, national identity, science and ethics, media and global hunger, and I like how the notes provided not just examples, but a broad range of examples across different contexts. There are also theories and philosophy which helped me to develop a rich understanding of each issue. Also, the teachers at TTT have been very approachable and patient in answering my questions, and have made me more confident in studying GP.
Despite the short amount of time spent with TTT, I have seen much improvement in my grades. Thank you TTT!
Nanyang Junior College
Whilst being Mr Russell's tutee, I've learned a myriad of different topics and argumentative viewpoints that really broadened my way of thinking, and hence improved my 'general knowledge’, which I believe is what most students would lack. At TTT, Mr. Russell covered different topics like media, politics, international relations, terrorism, science and technology as well as arts and culture, which helped me to develop a good understanding of different topics, giving me the ability to comfortably answer different questions that appeared in the exams.
Apart from helping to arm me with valuable viewpoints and ideas to crystallise my argument, as well as to sharpen the debates in essays, Mr Russell also helps to provide many tips and tricks that are handy for students to ace the examination, that is often not taught by your typical tuition centres. For instance, he broke down every single question type that could potentially come out during comprehension exams and provided me with highly comprehensive techniques to meet their question requirements. I find that this was something that really helped me to learn in a strategic and efficient manner.
Lastly, Mr Russell is also a very enthusiastic teacher that would readily be available to aid students in whichever way possible, be it consults, or WhatsApp help. Before exams, I would spam him with a variety of different questions and he would always do his very best to reply as soon as possible. Through his very detailed responses to clarify my doubts, I could also see exactly how well Mr Russell had comprehended the GP syllabus. My time at TTT has been very memorable and fruitful. I would highly recommend anyone looking for GP tuition to join TTT.
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
TTT teachers are one of the best. They are highly dedicated in what they do, providing excellent guidance with detailed customised feedback on how we can improve on our comprehension and essay responses and even answering our queries on online platforms such as Whatsapp or Zoom.
Before joining, I felt that I had reached a plateau in my preparation for GP. However, I began to level up just after a few months with TTT. Just 4 months at TTT had helped me secure my A for A levels! TTT delves into a range of topics and the teachers are constantly curating and refining their thought-provoking lectures based on changing events. The teachers also provide well-organised notes which are packed with evaluative tools and answering techniques to tackle various comprehension question types as well as essay-writing. Furthermore, their content-rich lectures also keep us abreast of current affairs, and teach us the strategies to weave such knowledge into our essay-writing to enhance it. TTT teachers are also passionate and the lessons are nothing short of depth such that we can set aside time for improving our writing skills.
I would like to thank Mr Russell for investing their energy into GP. TTT has been a great source of motivation for me in the lead-up to As.
I absolutely love TTT! I love the fact that the teachers provide excellent content notes that enable us to develop complex, multi-layered analysis, for various key topics including Global Hunger, Poverty, Science and Technology, Environment, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy and many more. The content lectures were certainly a tour de force.
Learning at TTT has been an absolute joy, one that I can't find anywhere else, not in the centres that i joined previously, and so much so that I have never skipped any classes.
I also adore the fact that the teachers provide personalised drills for essay writing, and there are frequent writing experiment classes, that are carried out on both Zoom and at the centre, to help us apply skills including how to write good hooks or an effective introduction. This is something that we do not really get to try in school, and I think it certainly helps me to work towards eliminating some of my bad habits in writing.
One thing that I found really interesting was that the teachers were also extremely competitive, and they helped me to be able to match the competition that I face in school. I learnt a lot from Mr. Russell and I am grateful that he has shared some of the study and essay writing strategies which enabled him to beat his peers when he was a student at the University of Cambridge. It was really fun exploring literary writing techniques for hook writing, and this enabled me to have the je ne sais quoi in my writing compared to my peers.
Learning at TTT has definitely been a privilege for me and I doubt I would have been able to jump from a C during MYE to an A for promos had I not joined TTT. Thank you.
Hwa Chong Institution
I have attended some other GP tuitions during my JC time and I can safely say that the tutors in TTT have definitely impacted my learning the most.
Mr Russell has always been extremely enthusiastic about teaching. He provided us with avenues for creative writing that might not be so prevalent in schools. He also taught us how to apply varying levels of evaluation in our essays to give us extra depth of analysis.
During content building lessons, he would show us interesting videos of relevant events such as the Syrian war which allowed us to fully understand the examples that we could use to effectively bring out our point in essays. He also structured his lessons in a way to maximise the use of the limited lesson time so that we could learn the most within that 2 hours. His comprehension lessons were impeccable as we were all clear about the requirements and how we were supposed to answer in order to obtain the maximum mark.
Honestly, my only regret was not knowing about TTT earlier in JC1. Nonetheless, I genuinely do greatly appreciate TTT for helping me jump from a S during J1 CA1 to a B for prelims. My time at TTT has been very memorable and fun. I would definitely recommend joining TTT to anyone looking for GP tuition.
National Junior College
Being with The Thought Tailor for 2 years, I have seen a significant improvement in my language skills. I was able to go from a B during my JC1 WA to an A during promos, and then to an A for A level GP. This is a result of the comprehensive lectures coupled with the individual essay practices that help us to identify our previous pitfalls and ways to better our writing skills by addressing them.
There were also numerous useful content lectures on topics such science and technology, global hunger and poverty. Moreover, I was also taught various evaluative techniques that I used to help me to achieve an A for my JC1 promo essay! For Paper 2, we are taught the different types of questions so that we can answer them effectively. With a holistic approach to both content and language skills, The Thought Tailor has helped me tremendously.
Mr Russell is very engaging and never fails to make even the most boring topics interesting through personal anecdotes and humour. He also provided excellent analytical insight that enabled me to develop my critical thinking ability. Languages have always been my weakest subjects and hence coming into JC, I was intimidated by GP. However, The Thought Tailor has managed to make GP not only less daunting but even fun. Thank you, TTT!
River Valley High School
Be it comprehension or essays, Mr Russell is highly competent in delivering answering and evaluating techniques. Having attended another GP tuition (which mainly stresses on putting all the eggs in one basket - Paper 2), I marvel at how TTT is able to provide extensive lessons that cover almost all aspects and topics in GP.
Zooming into essays, TTT supplies comprehensive and reader-friendly notes for various topics like Global Hunger, Poverty, Science and Technology, Politics and Governance, etc. What’s effective is that these notes provide topic sentences and versatile concrete examples that can answer various essay questions, with a bit of thinking and tweaking.
With a more solid understanding of various topics, such lessons have sharpened my evaluative skills where I am better able to discuss the question on a more macro level. Also, they hone my meta-thinking ability by showing me ways to question the question and thus craft a more evaluative essay.
Along the same vein, when it comes to preparing us to handle Paper 2, TTT provides plenty of drills for different question types, ranging from language use to in your own words types of questions. Practices on summary taught me concise writing and deepened my lexicon bank. What I love most would be time focused on honing AQ skills as I was able to work with buddies. Through that, I was able to explore and apply relatable Singapore knowledge in intriguing contexts of the passage and evaluate them further.
Overall, I find TTT’s learning style highly productive and manageable as teachers have always scheduled a smooth switch from focusing on essays to comprehension, and vice versa.
TTT’s content lessons delved deep into world issues and provided valuable insight into current affairs and the human condition. It is not merely a GP lesson; it provides diverse and insightful perspectives into the working of our world, and develops a greater maturity of thought to prepare us for the complexities and nuances of our modern world.
It was a memorable experience covering the different topics and lectures including more notably, democracy, national security and national identity. The lecture content included interesting theories and examples which allowed students to develop a more thorough understanding of our everyday realities. I fondly remembered the engaging lectures in which we covered interesting concepts such as Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon, Ernest Gellner’s functionalist understanding of nationalism, as well as the different branches of ethics and how to apply these political and moral philosophies in essay writing.
Learning at TTT was a truly enjoyable experience and I would recommend the centre to anyone who is truly interested in learning about current affairs and the human condition.
Nanyang Junior College
Being originally apprehensive due to the fact that the location of the centre was at the far west (but I heard that they have a new branch in Bugis! YAY!), I reluctantly decided to join TTT with my friend, to see what the hype was all about. I heard that the centre was one of the most popular centres for GP, but the location was rather far. However, I soon realised that the weekly 1 hour trip is definitely worth it and till today, I never regretted joining TTT and attending lessons with Mr. Russell.
Lessons at the centre were extremely engaging and comprehensive, covering not just a range of skills for comprehension, AQ or essay writing, but also in terms of equipping me with relevant content especially in the area of science and tech, religion, poverty, media and politics. What I really enjoyed most was that Mr. Russell put in a lot of emphasis on making sure that we are able to pick up the skills taught, especially in terms of identifying essay/comprehension question types, how to present the right answers and how to enhance the complexity of arguments in essay writing.
Mr Russell is an extremely capable teacher, and I really like that he was able to make the content interesting by injecting humour into his teaching style. This made the content lectures rather interesting and memorable. He used a number of personal anecdotes to introduce witty remarks and observations, and he also often connects some of his thoughts to that of the key theorists and philosophy that we cover in class. The lessons at TTT are amazing and I even grew to enjoy the subject, which made me even more attentive in class at NYJC.
I am very thankful for the one year under Mr. Russell’s tutelage. My one and only regret is not knowing about TTT in J1. If I had known about the centre earlier, I would have definitely done the full two years at TTT.
Classes with Mr Russell are always enjoyable. During lessons, Mr Russell would always bring fresh insights that have never crossed my mind during my self-study sessions. This not only included useful points and examples for GP topics, but also interesting perspectives and political philosophy which he picked up from his time at Cambridge, which made the analytical process even more interesting.
Saint Andrew’s Junior College
Besides, he is also very patient and passionate about his teaching, and he would always make an effort to be available to students whenever help is required. He pushes my intellectual limit and inspires me to take an interest in the subject. With his help, I am able to understand complex essay questions and I gained more confidence in my essay writing.
Besides the excellent lessons, the notes provided were also very informative and well organised according to the A Level format and syllabus requirements. Each key topic was taught in detail, with Mr. Russell covering not just the relevant content but also strategies on how to modify the content to suit different questions within a particular topic.
Also, the content of the notes given are very detailed and include a multitude of relevant examples, allowing me to provide a wide variety of information when revising for exams. I really appreciate how TTT teaches GP in a fun and exciting manner and I have undeniably grown fond of this subject even if it is one that I struggle with.
National Junior College
I am really grateful to have been part of TTT’s family. Having found this caring team online, I signed up immediately, after hearing good reviews about their teaching. True to those words, the teachers in TTT, especially Mr Russell, have indeed been my helping hands in GP, from the beginning. Although COVID took a turn and I managed to only attend 2 face to face lessons at Novena centre, I really liked the aesthetic greenery ambience of the classroom, where I get to sit along with about 20 other peers and enjoy lessons together.
The teachers, including student mentors, engage us directly by giving personalised feedback during class and gladly entertain our inquisitive questions after class as well or even take them offline via WhatsApp. Once classes shifted online, there were in fact more opportunities for us to do group work in Google Docs. We have topic-based lectures, such as Science and Technology, Environment, Media which interested me the most, since I could see how much relevance they had and the massive impact they had on society. During lectures, the teachers will bring in personal examples and relevant video materials, articles to broaden our outlook on the particular topic.
The content-rich notes meticulously curated by them are the highlight of my learning in TTT as not only do they save my time finding my own evidence and case studies, but also enrich me with various perspectives and analytical frameworks. I was able to see some examples overlap across topics – like Global Hunger and Environment where I realised it is all in the writer’s ability to tweak and apply them wisely according to context, which is an added benefit since it cuts down on our memory work. During tutorial lessons, we work on unpacking essay questions and brainstorming outlines together in mini-breakout rooms. Collaborating in Google Docs in real time enhanced our learning process as we share our individual opinions and ideas and also get immediate feedback from mentors to improve the quality of our work. Here in TTT, we also learn as a class, as teachers will then consolidate all our common mistakes and address them together.
Mr Russell is definitely a one-of-a-kind teacher as he inspires me to keep learning and to think out of the box. Along with other teachers, he taught us how to unpack different styles of essay questions (eg, Given Context, Comparison), how to layer our arguments to bring complexity, how to weave in theories in essays, etc. He personally guided me in giving good quality answers for comprehension practices and never failed to hype the mood during lessons. I am very thankful to have passionate teachers like Mr Russell to support me in my GP journey and most importantly believing in me.
Hwa Chong Institution
During my time at TTT, Mr Russell taught me a lot of writing skills, answering techniques as well as information on different topics. All these helped make GP so much easier to grasp. Moreover, the way Mr Russell explained topics made lessons very interesting and it allowed me to absorb and understand the information faster. He has also shared many tips on how to score when dealing with a variety of GP questions. This really provided me with a solid guide on what each question’s requirements were, thereby allowing me to score.
The resources provided at TTT are very concise and are categorized in a way such that it is very easy to access any particular information I want. Their resources also make it easy for students to link different topics together using similar examples. This allowed me to come up with many points for my essay as well as AQ. On top of the notes provided, the teachers often send us videos related to the topic we are discussing to allow us to have a deeper understanding about it. Class discussions and practices helped to boost my confidence in writing as Mr Russell often provided very constructive and helpful feedback.
Seeing the amount of effort that Mr Russell put into teaching us and ensuring that we understand all his lessons pushed me to work harder and put in more effort into GP. I really want to thank Mr Russell for making GP so much easier to handle and for constantly encouraging me to work harder.
Nanyang Junior College
The lessons provided by TTT are meticulously well-planned and structured, with an adequate mix of individual and group work. Students would never be shortchanged and are always ensured the full 2 hours duration. I love the TTT monthly content lectures as learning about current affairs is much more interesting to me, since I do not have the good habit of catching up with the news.
These lectures helped me gain new insights and understand better about things that I previously found too complicated to read up on my own such as politics. Furthermore, TTT has multiple centres at different locations to choose from, making it very convenient and accessible.
The notes curated by TTT are informative and well-written, containing a wide range of subtopics to address multi-layered complex essay questions. The comprehensive lecture notes for the major topics (eg. environment, arts, science and tech, social media, Singapore) are up to date and in-depth, containing useful essay examples to show proper elaboration and expansion of examples. The examples provided are succinct, making it easy to apply during the stressful limited exam time conditions.
Personally, the Arts and Culture notes have helped me tremendously for my A levels Paper 1, as there was a question solely focusing on the usefulness of arts today. Almost all the material in that particular set of notes was applicable and I could apply all that I have learnt appropriately. I could also easily recall all the relevant examples provided in the notes. Thanks to the notes provided by TTT, I have the utmost confidence in Paper 1.
In terms of paper 2, the model answers provided were beneficial in helping me brush up my writing ability and tackling different SAQ question types. During individual SAQ practice, Mr Russell would go the extra mile to individually mark and address each students' mistakes, making sure we understand where we are lacking and what to look out for in the various question types.
Mr Russell is an excellent teacher where his articulation and breaking down of complex ideas has made learning GP much more enjoyable. He is extremely well-versed in the subject field of GP, and is constantly attentive to different student’s weaknesses. Despite the intensity of his lessons, he would occasionally share relevant videos or his own personal stories, allowing the classroom environment in the centre to be neither stifling nor boring, a welcome change compared to the usual lesson in school.
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
TTT has helped me tremendously throughout the 2 years of my JC life. I used to dread English or General Paper as I just could not seem to do well for the subject despite putting in significant effort or hard work. I also used to think that the subject was very boring and that there was not much to learn in the subject. However, my perceptions changed completely once I joined TTT.
During lessons, the teachers constantly exposed my class to different dimensions of the English Language that I did not know existed such as multi-layered arguments as well as ethics and philosophies. With their passion and zeal, I was able to enhance my writing and comprehension skills more effectively which made learning so much more enjoyable.
Every lesson material given by TTT is prepared thoroughly by the teachers who are always mindful of how to make our learning more effective. Through the different notes and worksheets, I had ample practices and was able to improve my skills quickly. TTT also has standard strategies such as evaluative tools for the different components in essay-writing and comprehension. Those strategies were constantly emphasised by the teachers throughout the year which made learning much more impactful.
I am deeply grateful to Mr Russell for all the help he has dedicated to my friends and I. He would always take the time to check our work even when we submitted them late at night. Even when I did additional practices outside of the lessons, he would never reject my request for his help. Outside of lessons, he would also occasionally send my class useful and relevant articles to aid in our learning to push my class to expand our horizons. During lessons, he also put in the effort to interact with my class so that he would be able to know us personally.
I would absolutely recommend TTT to everyone, even those who are already securing an A or B in GP. TTT can definitely push you further to guarantee your success. Personally, I went from a S during J1 Promos to a B for A levels. TTT is an experience that I would never forget and I hope that more students will get the opportunity to experience this wonderful TTT journey themselves. Do come and join the TTT family today!
I joined TTT nearing my finals and it’s a decision that I will never regret!
The concise notes that the teachers prepare are straight to the point and are also well ranged such that they can be applied to various other topics easily. The notes also included thought-provoking theories and quotes that were very useful as they helped my essay to stand out from the rest. Lessons were always something that I would look forward to as the guidance the teachers give us is almost one-to-one as they would give us personalised feedback based on the answer that we had submitted.
Even though my classes were all held online, the lessons were very well executed by Mr Russell and often there were also other teachers on call to guide us through the lesson.
Mr Russell is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. His style of conducting lessons made GP a subject that I was truly passionate about. Even when I would feel demoralised, Mr Russell would always encourage me and give me tips on how I can change my approach so that I can apply those skills while doing other papers. Just like Math and Science, I began to improve as I slowly started to see a pattern in GP and began to remember and apply the templated approach that he taught me during lessons.
My favourite part of lesson time would be the group tasks where we had to generate layers for an essay question. This really improved my brainstorming capabilities as I had to quickly think on the spot to generate points and examples for my group. Interacting with other students also helped me to feel more comfortable making mistakes. Feedback from other students during the group sessions also helped me to realise how I can change my style of thinking so that I can better approach my essay questions during exams.
A big thank you to TTT and Mr Russell for making me feel like scoring in GP is definitely possible!
compared to the usual lesson in school.
Catholic Junior College
Mr. Russell is someone who taught me how to strategise and prepare for the subject, and he would encourage me to continually strive for perfection even though I was already doing quite well. He was my tutor in secondary school, and I did very well for my O levels, clinching an A1 and top 3 in my cohort, and hence I decided that continuing with his classes was a very logical option to pursue.
His GP classes are very interesting. Besides the usual step-by-step comprehension drill strategies that I have already fondly grown accustomed to since the time when I took up his O level lessons, I think that what really sets TTT apart from other centres or schools in general would be the content notes. The content notes are very well-researched, covering not just points, examples, but also key arguments and broad-based analysis. His lessons were interesting, and he would often use different analytical lenses to evaluate issues, which means that I always received the best guidance and analytical insights that I could possibly have.
Thanks to TTT, I managed to do well for the General Paper examination. I even managed to clinch the top 5 percent in my cohort for General Paper.
Anderson-Serangoon Junior College
The tutors at TTT are approachable and evidently knowledgeable about the topics they teach. They often include interesting real-life stories in between discussions. Prior to joining The Thought Tailor, I had weak essay structures and used minimal advanced vocabulary in my writings.
After using the notes given and following the step-by-step instructions on how to answer different types of questions, I became more confident in my grasp of General Paper.
Mr Russell was extremely effective and engaging in his teaching methods and definitely cared about all his students, always finding ways to better improve and update on the content and making sure that the students understood the key tensions and issues for each topic. Even outside of lesson timings, Mr Russell would encourage students to practice writing short paragraphs using the various techniques taught, and read through each student’s essays before giving valuable feedback and comments for students to improve on. The consistent writing practices have indeed aided me in my preparation for As and I’m truly grateful for them!
National Junior College
Before joining TTT, my approach to preparing for GP was often using examples that were either too generic, vague, or too specific to a particular subtopic that more often than not, did not come out for exams. This meant that I was usually left trying to ‘wing’ it through exams due to lack of content because my preparation was all over the place. TTT’s notes are extremely comprehensive, straightforward, and provide a clear direction, a stark contrast to the multitude of reading packages I’ve read in the past.
They are written and organised in a concise manner that provides students with a plethora of relevant, interesting examples that don’t feel like content to memorise simply for the sake of regurgitation during exams. The time and effort saved on using the notes curated by TTT rather than spending time googling for examples blindly have definitely helped me tremendously.
During lessons, Mr Russell would often guide us through the various ‘drills’, lectures and essay outlines. From the material alone, you can really see the amount of effort that TTT puts in to analyse the trends and different styles of questions in order to help their students. In particular, I really like how Mr Russell takes the time to break down certain essays written by students. He points out the flaws or strong points as well as analyses them from a new, more interesting, and unconventional point of view, which has allowed me to broaden my perspectives and see the bigger picture.
Mr Russell is extremely robust during teaching, constantly cracking jokes to keep our attention on him which I really admire because although I’m not a teacher, I am sure it must be very difficult to constantly teach with enthusiasm, especially when the students may be very lethargic after having gone through a long day of school. Mr Russell also often incorporates his experiences and stories when introducing or explaining the content during lectures. This made lessons more interesting, engaging, and also, strangely enough, helped me to remember a lot of the content in addition to making lessons enjoyable!
Regardless of the result, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Mr Russell for his undying passion and dedication. He was always very willing to extend his help and also constantly pushed us to think bigger and better. Joining TTT has been extremely beneficial for me personally and I definitely recommend TTT to those who need help with GP! :)
Nanyang Junior College
Although I joined TTT rather late in J2, it was really nice of the centre to open up a new class to accommodate myself and my school classmates. The lectures conducted were in my opinion very unique as unlike many GP lessons taught elsewhere, a lot of the content taught was based on philosophical ideals and theory, leaving us with a strong foundation to evaluate our content which sets us apart from other candidates.
I really enjoyed learning about the theories behind governance and politics as I feel it made understanding the current and past political landscape much easier and allowed me to take on more deeper macro perspectives.
Before I joined TTT, I used to dread attending GP classes as I used to not be able to understand or even apply the concepts being taught in school. However, through Mr Russell’s engaging and meticulous planned out lessons, I was able to unleash my potential and strive for the coveted A in GP. Mr Russell is a phenomenal teacher where he has allowed us to understand these harder-to-digest complex philosophical concepts easily. This was especially helpful because most students find such concepts hard to grasp and foreign. I found the concepts that Mr Russell taught to be highly applicable to my GP essays, where I was able to apply different philosophers from Locke to Hobbes to improve the complexity of my essays. The revision drills before A-Levels were extremely helpful in my preparation for A Levels as the notes and practises being rolled out were more than sufficient. I even managed to get an A grade for A level GP.
TTT is more than just a GP centre - it is a place where we are able to strive for excellence, with our friends made alongside. Thank you for the wonderful memories!!! :)
TTT is an amazing centre, and the teachers are my pillars of strength in my quest to perfect my skills and content knowledge for General Paper. Unlike the reading materials given in school and elsewhere, the materials provided at TTT are concise, informative and easy to apply, and I find that it has afforded me more time to focus on strengthening my argumentative and application of evaluative strategies, rather than just engage in a trivial search for examples to back up my points.
Hwa Chong Institution
I enjoy the content lessons, especially the ones on politics, philosophy and science and technology and I think Mr. Russell provides excellent and interesting examples and perspectives which I can apply in my essay.
Mr Russell is really patient when he teaches us. He is also really encouraging and will always motivates us to keep trying harder whenever we face setbacks or problems. Even when we feel less motivated or worried, he will do his very best to encourage us to practice more and try again until we master the concept. Mr Russell is also a very funny person. He often makes jokes to lighten the atmosphere in order to make our lessons more engaging. This creates an intense, but lively and fun experience. Truly, GP is never boring when you are learning it at TTT!
I would like to thank the teachers for their patience, passion and effort in guiding us through this GP journey. Whenever we have examinations or tests, the teachers are more than willing to offer extra consultation sessions to clear our doubts and misunderstandings. Even though this takes up their extra time, they always put in a lot of effort to find time to help us so that we can achieve the best results. Thanks to TTT, I was able to jump from an S during J1 WA to a B from my promos.
Yishun Innova Junior College
Joining TTT has truly been a unique experience for me. The teachers are able to provide valuable insights on a plethora of topics and their patience to constantly help us improve has been endless. I really like that the lessons are well structured. There would be a specific goal set each lesson, which is always achieved at the end of the lesson, making classes meaningful and productive.
Mr. Russell is very passionate and always keen on improving each student’s method of writing to make us stand out and get an upper edge against every other student in the nation. His essay crafting techniques - including sophisticated structures and highly-complex analysis are definitely one of a kind and not taught in schools, making it so unique and effective.
Despite having to attend some lessons on Zoom meeting, the lessons were still very effective. We used Google Documents to type out our essays for homework or classwork and they would provide comments on how it can be crafted better, which provided me with the help and encouragement I needed. The content videos that were shown helped me to gain a better understanding of the topics at hand, making me gain more interest in them.
I am very grateful for the teachers at TTT, for helping me achieve an A for the A Level Examinations. Prior to joining TTT, I was not very keen on studying GP as a subject as I felt that it was a very boring subject, but I was taken aback by how the teachers were able to make me change my opinion of GP. The teachers also make an effort to know us personally to cater to our needs more effectively, which has helped me in my improvement. I would like to thank the teachers as well as my friends for making each lesson enjoyable. I would most definitely recommend TTT to everyone as the experience and insights that you can gain here are one of a kind.
River Valley High School
In JC, GP has always been my weakest subject. It has always been a struggle to study for a GP and to do well for it. I have tried other GP tuition during JC1 but I don’t see any improvements. However, during JC2, I decided to join TTT to give it a try as A Levels was nearing. I believe this was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
At TTT, the notes provided are precise and easy to understand. The lessons are also very engaging and structured. I can confidently say that I managed to learn something after every lesson, whether in terms of skills or content.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mr Russell for his patient guidance and constant support. He made the lessons much more interesting by adding his own personal experiences and stories to engage the class. He also played videos to better explain certain concepts. He helped me look through my essay writing and comprehension answering skills and suggested very detailed and relevant improvements to them. His emphasis on certain tips and tricks when writing essays and answering comprehension questions have really helped me to improve. I really like the step-by-step instructions provided and the use of a clear strategy helped me to see my learning journey in a more macro manner. Once again, thank you very much Mr Russell!
Nanyang Junior College
Mr. Russell is a dedicated teacher. He has left a strong impression on me as he was always passionate in teaching us. He also made sure to fulfil all our learning needs nearing A Levels and allowed us to consult him, some even at ungodly hours.
I love the fact that the notes were very informative and filled with many examples to choose from, allowing me to understand the topics in detail. My favourite set of materials is the one on Arts & Culture. It has removed my initial apprehension in terms of doing questions regarding Arts & Culture and allowed me to undertake another topic to study for A Levels. It has helped me in my studies as prior to the lesson, it was difficult for me to research on this particular topic online.
The lessons are always packed with many learning points, whether it is content or answering techniques. My favourite lesson was on politics and governance. Mr. Russell conducted the lecture and it was taught in a very organised manner. Mr. Russell even brought up his own personal experiences which made it even more interesting. I really enjoyed the theories, points and examples on democracy and I felt that Mr. Russell and his team had put in a lot of effort to write the notes.
Thank you TTT for giving me a comprehensive strategy and structure to help me with my learning. I really enjoyed the lessons at TTT and I am sure this was the same sentiment that many of my classmates had. The fact that more than half of my class attended GP lessons at TTT is a testament to the excellent GP lessons that we had. Thanks to TTT, I managed to score an A for A level GP. Thank you.
Mr Russell is a caring teacher who is very keen to transfer his knowledge and skills to his students. He patiently guides us to work on our weaknesses while strengthening our strengths so as to ensure faster improvements. He also takes extra steps to help us by providing online consultations and even arranging crash courses to better prepare us for examinations.
St Andrew's Junior College
Apart from just teaching, Mr Russell also looks out for our well-being and constantly encourages us to strive for better performance.
Lessons are prepared and modified to fit the needs of students from varying schools, such as SAJC, RI, RVHS, HCI, ACJC, ASRJC and JPJC. Unlike how content is taught in most schools where students are given an overwhelming amount of news articles and sample essays to read, TTT teachers provide well-structured notes that are concise and simple to understand, as well as rich, informative videos to further assist in our learning. The step-by-step strategies and complex evaluative framework (e.g. GER model) taught are also easy to apply, especially after we practise them during lessons.
I would like to thank Mr Russell for investing his time and effort into creating high-quality notes and step-by-step exam approaches which are very beneficial for my learning. I greatly appreciate his care for all his students as well as his passion for teaching. This is clearly evident from how he constantly improves materials and teaching techniques so as to ensure that we learn effectively.
Like most of my classmates, I believe that TTT is the best GP centre in Singapore, and I believe that every student will definitely learn something that can help them trigger further growth in terms of both skills and content mastery.
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
The teachers at TTT are really some of the most funny and genuine people, who are very passionate in their job! They always contextualise lessons to real life, making it a lot more fun and relatable as compared to the dry lessons in school.
Their step by step strategies to break down essay questions and short answers questions in comprehension really helped me tremendously in being able to analyse questions more accurately and answer with precision, which was something that I had previously struggled with in school. Given that this is the very first language-based tuition I’ve attended (and I attended only in the second half in J2), it was honestly a very eye-opening experience to learn that GP is actually so much more interesting than what I thought it to be! I used to think that language based subjects never really required studying but after attending classes, I found myself to have an edge over my classmates in school as I started to see improvements in my overall score, namely my comprehension papers as in the past I had only managed to barely pass. I genuinely doubt that I would have been able to secure an A for A levels if I had not joined TTT. I would like to thank the teachers for letting me enrol even though I joined much later than the majority, but still taking the time to check my progress and to see how I’m doing. They also reply to my queries, which helps me to better progress with my revision towards the A Levels!
(P.S. I had friends come up to me and tell me that they regret not quitting their respective GP tuition centres after seeing TTT’s super comprehensive notes... so I don’t think you should look any further HAHAHA)
Nanyang Junior College
At TTT, I received a lot of assistance from the teachers. The teachers were extremely patient and friendly, helping us whenever we needed help, whether with comprehension or essay skills. This allowed me to work on my weaknesses and issues, enabling me to pick up the skills quickly. In addition, the lessons were structured and well-planned, to provide effective lessons to maximise out learning.
The comprehension lessons provided were easy to follow, and it included a breakdown of the skills tested, as well as the strategies to tackle them effectively. Mr. Russell also covered not only the various skills for comprehension and essay writing, but also content for various topics like art and culture, media, politics, environment and science and technology. The notes had very detailed points and examples and this allowed me to expand my knowledge bank quickly and efficiently. After some lessons, I found that I was able to write clearer essays with good points and examples.
In the period that I took up lessons at TTT, I have seen improvement for myself, especially in terms of my understanding of the skills needed to do well for GP. I enjoyed my experience at TTT.
Jurong Pioneer Junior College
Learning at TTT has been a joy. The teachers here are passionate in what they do and they always go the extra mile to ensure that we receive all the guidance we need. Any questions we have are always promptly answered, and it is easy to set up consultations if we have any further queries. Lessons are never dull as the teachers are humorous and they make the learning environment extremely comfortable.
The content notes provided by TTT are fantastic, as they are the fruit of labour of the countless hours spent by the teachers, meticulously compiling all the best examples we can use for different topics. This enables us to craft complex, multi-layered essays that are supported with robust arguments, which sets us apart from our peers. The teachers also equip us with various writing techniques, such as how to write captivating hooks, impactful conclusions, and ways to structure our essays effectively. This allows us to level up our writing skills, and make our essays fun and interesting.
I would like to personally extend my gratitude to Mr Russell, who has been a splendid mentor thus far. Thank you Mr Russell for always believing in me and pushing me to unlock my fullest potential, as well as sharing different writing strategies with us to help add that extra spice into our writing. I am extremely happy that i managed to get an A grade for A level GP!
River Valley High School
Unlike normal GP lessons, TTT's lessons give students a deeper understanding of global issues and local current affairs that allows us to apply it in our essays and comprehension. I enjoy the content lessons the most as the teachers give a detailed explanation and evaluation as to why global events happen.
The notes given are very helpful as they have a lot of examples and information that we can use in our essays. They are also very concise, making the notes very convenient to use. Lastly and most importantly, the teachers at TTT are very caring and understanding. Other than just teaching us skills and knowledge, they ask us about our school life and ensure that we are doing well.
I would like to thank the teachers for spending additional time outside of lessons to look through our work and give feedback relentlessly so that we can keep improving on our skills and accuracy. I also greatly appreciate how approachable the teachers are which makes asking questions very comfortable. Furthermore, instead of just giving us the model answers, they will guide us slowly on how to get the answer and improve our understanding. Learning at TTT was very memorable due to how structured and engaging it was. I would definitely strongly recommend TTT to anyone currently looking for GP tuition.
Nanyang Junior College
Joining TTT has helped me tremendously in my preparation for the A level GP examinations as they have provided me with very concise and content-rich notes on various popular topics such as science and technology, media, international relations and many more. The notes have definitely helped me to study for GP more effectively, especially focusing on the more popular topics and helping me to gain knowledge on topics that I usually would avoid choosing due to lack of content knowledge.
Lessons here are well-paced and while we had most of our lessons online it was just as engaging and enjoyable. I think that the micro writing exercises during lessons have helped me to develop better writing skills in essays and the group discussions we had where we generated ideas on various essay questions has helped me to increase my confidence in my writing and development of paragraphs.
Mr Russell has also helped make lessons more enjoyable by sharing his experiences of studying at Cambridge and I thoroughly enjoyed all his stories as well as the moral and ethics theory lessons he gave us which taught me how to improve on the depth of my essay as well to incorporate these concepts into my writing. Mr Russell also taught us how to incorporate more complex analysis and how to write a more multi-layered essay which has helped to improve my thought process in my writing. Overall I am grateful for the time I had at TTT and for the teachers' efforts in helping us in improving our GP.
Hwa Chong Institution
TTT notes were really concise and well organised which made studying for content a lot faster and easier. I love the fact that there was a good mixture of topics covered such as politics, the environment, media, science and technology, global hunger as well as arts and culture. The notes not only provided good points to use in essay writing, but also a range of examples from different geographical contexts that enabled me to use a range of examples for my essays.
I also like that the notes provided also covered more complex theories and skills that were not covered in school.
I also appreciate all the help provided by the teachers at TTT. They gave regular practices, which allowed me to practice different skills including comprehension question types and also essay questions and question types, and also provided prompt replies whenever I had doubts and questions about my essays and comprehension. This enabled me to clear my doubts easily. Thank you also for the speedy review of my work!
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
TTT provides students with engaging lessons and detailed lesson materials to help us improve our essay and comprehension. Personally, the lessons I appreciate the most are the ones that teach the answering techniques needed to tackle the different types of comprehension questions the most since I always struggle with it.
Mr Russell is a very friendly teacher and he often tells stories in class to make lessons more interesting.
As I joined the centre during covid restrictions, my lessons were purely via zoom. Even with this handicap of not being able to meet students physically, the teachers were able to adapt their lessons well to ensure we understood the material being taught. Group discussions were frequently conducted and encouraged as well. This enabled lessons to be more engaging and fun.
Nanyang Junior College
Personally, what I liked most about the centre is their comprehensive notes. Within each topic, content and examples were well organised and elaborated. It helped to cement our foundation in every topic which we then use to brainstorm evaluation points after each lesson. This method of teaching helped me as a student with little prior knowledge in current affairs. I delved deeper into the topics I found interest in and improved my overall awareness of global issues. All of this really helped me to better appreciate GP as a subject.
My teacher, Mr Russell, taught us multiple approaches to target a question to suit our strengths. He is always happy to hold one-on-one consultations even if it is late at night. Moreover, these consultations with Mr Russell helped me the most in understanding question types and the different approaches I should use, allowing me to do my best in every GP examination. I really appreciate Mr Russell’s dedication and passion towards helping me. I doubt I would have been able to have such a meaningful and fruitful GP tuition experience anywhere else, and would highly recommend all students looking for GP tuition to join TTT.
He is also willing to spend extra time to finish up the lesson for the day even if it overshoots the allocated time so that students can fully benefit from the lesson. I think this is something that TTT does well as some tuitions will try to rush and skip some parts to end the lesson on time. All in all, if you are looking for help in GP, I would definitely recommend TTT!
St Andrew’s Junior College
When I first joined TTT, I was surprised to find the classes engaging and informative as I always thought that General Paper was a dry and boring subject.
The constant practice that the teachers issued to me, be it online or in class, allowed me to strengthen my writing skills. The feedback that they gave on every piece of work was detailed, helping me identify my areas of improvement. Additionally, the compiled notes were compact yet detailed, making it easier to absorb the information. While studying for exams, I would rely more on TTT’s notes rather than my school notes because of how much more comprehensive and concise they were.
I would like to thank my teachers for their dedication as they always try to reply to my queries online as soon as possible. I also appreciate how I was able to arrange 1 to 1 consultations with the teachers when I had huge doubts I wanted to clarify. In particular, I would like to sincerely thank my teacher, Mr Russell, for being so friendly and approachable as well as always trying his very best to help me improve. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at TTT.
Nanyang Junior College
Something that I really like about the centre is that it not only gives us sufficient hands on practice and discussion time, but the dedicated teachers are also extremely willing to help every student even beyond the tuition curriculum. They are just like our school teachers who we can text to ask any questions to improve our GP. I really appreciate how they have diligently marked the essays that I've done outside the tuition curriculum and have given very valuable and helpful feedback which build up my skills and confidence in GP.
My favourite material was on national security and the lecture was conducted by Mr Russell. It was my first time learning all the theories and philosophies so it was pretty confusing, but Mr Russell is very charismatic and knowledgeable, which made the lesson really fun and engaging. The theories became more useful and interesting the more I studied them, and I have been using it in my essays ever since I have learnt it, even during my A levels!
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
TTT has been greatly beneficial in providing me with extra practice and materials to improve my GP. This is coupled with the teachers who are very friendly and approachable. The teachers are more than willing to go the extra mile for their students, offering consultation till late hours and giving me detailed feedback on the numerous assignments I submit. Furthermore, the notes given in TTT are the cream of the crop. I really like how they are able to provide useful information, including multi-layered arguments, giving us the extra edge to do well in GP.
For me, there are two main things I love about TTT. Firstly, the tactics that they teach to aid me in tackling the GP papers. TTT has thoroughly broken down all the key components of the GP examination and figured out the exact skills and techniques needed to excel. I really like how the drill sessions enabled us to work towards ensuring that we are able to master all the skills required in an efficient manner. Secondly, I also love TTT because of the way Mr. Russell conducts his lessons, whether it be telling stories or making jokes during lessons to make them more interesting. His lessons are extremely impactful and a joy to attend. So, if you need help in GP, I would definitely suggest TTT!
National Junior College
Before joining TTT, I always thought that to excel in GP, one needed to have pure luck. I felt it was unlikely for me, especially as I had a weak foundation in English. However, after joining TTT, I have learnt the systematic ways to approach GP. I did not realise that there was a systematic method of picking up different skills. This was something that I did not learn in school or anywhere else.
I really enjoyed learning and applying them to different comprehension and essay question types, and gradually I realised that GP is actually a very fascinating subject.
The thought-provoking lessons have trained me to think critically and shed new light on current affairs. I love how the centre covered a range of topics such as media, politics and governance, science and technology, environment, global hunger, poverty, international relations, as well as arts and cultures. The notes not only covered points but also examples as well as broader insights from top academics and commentators. This gave me the content knowledge and the broader insights from top experts to excel in my work.
Furthermore, Mr Russell even goes the extra mile to provide late-night consultation sessions before A-Levels. I remembered requesting for last minute consultation sessions to clear my doubts before the A level, and Mr Russell kindly agreed and gave me many good tips and also addressed the concerns and doubts that I had. I am really glad that I joined TTT!
Despite not having joined The Thought Tailor for a long time, Mr Russel’s lessons have had a positive impact on my development with regards to general paper. Even from the first lesson that I attended, Mr Russel made the effort to ask for my weaknesses in both paper 1 and 2, so that he could better guide me in sharpening my skillset. The Thought Tailor is unlike any other general paper tuition centre, as the teachers and teacher assistants take the time to run through and give comments on our work during tutorial lessons. Apart from the micro level support, we are also provided with useful strategies to conquer the general paper. The constant rehashing of these strategies are what makes them ever so effective as it helps us students to remember it at the tip of our fingers.
Catholic Junior College
For lecture lessons, we are given sets of comprehensive lecture notes which helps to shape and broaden our perspectives as it provides both micro and macro level views to tackle essay questions. Furthermore, Mr Russel also takes the time to source out videos with regards to the topic we are discussing in class to help us better visualise and understand the topic.
River Valley High School
Prior to joining TTT, I really struggled to figure out how to study for GP. Thus, when my friend recommended me to join TTT, I decided that there was no harm in trying things out, which I must say was a very good decision on my part.
On my TTT journey, I picked up a lot of critical skills and techniques needed to score well for GP for A levels. I particularly cherished the set of notes going through the various essay questions types that explained exactly how to tackle each essay question type as well as possible pitfalls to take note of. On whole, I would say that the TTT content notes are really one of the best. They are topical in nature and are highly concise and comprehensive. Thanks to these notes as well as the numerous lessons where Mr Russell would share random current affair facts, I managed to pick up a lot more ‘general knowledge’ that served to make me more aware of the complexities surrounding numerous topics.
Apart from all that, I must commend TTT for their adaptability during the COVID-19 pandemic. I appreciate how we continued to engage in group work through zoom, which allowed me to gain many new insights from my tuition mates. Nearing A levels period, there were also numerous more intensive lessons that served to better prepare us for the exams.
My TTT experience has been very enjoyable. Thank you TTT for the fun and enriching journey!
The notes given were easily comprehensible. Besides that, during lessons, Mr Russell also would take the time to screen videos and gives us extra information on the examples given to help me understand them more in-depth. He also took the time to highlight certain keywords in the notes and then proceeded to explain them thoroughly which helped weaker students like me to understand where the main point was.
After attending Mr Russell’s lesson, I began to enjoy doing GP work and revising for it, instead of dreading and procrastinating it. He genuinely made the lessons very enjoyable and engaging by enriching the lessons with his own real-life experiences as well as things that were going on around the world. Certain strengths that Mr Russell possesses that help him to become a good teacher is that he tries to understand things from his students' point of view and adapt his lessons to their learning needs. He also gives constructive feedback on how to improve on essays and teaches techniques that are easily understood to help you score in your papers. Moreover, he also takes the time after lessons to look through my personal work and helps me understand parts I don’t understand. I am very grateful to TTT for having helped me along my GP journey. I would not trade my experience at TTT for anything else.
The one thing I loved about learning at TTT were the notes. The notes were very detailed yet concise, and the examples given were all selected carefully such that I was able to use them in most contexts during essays and was able to use the same examples for multiple topics.
Yishun Innova Junior College
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
Before joining TTT, I struggled a lot with GP since I had no idea how to develop my paragraph and make my points clear. Furthermore, I was unsure on how to find and pick out examples which really affected me a lot when I tried to write essays or AQs. However, everything turned around after I joined TTT.
The notes provided by TTT offered a plethora of useful examples for a vast majority of the topics that would be tested in the A levels, including both common and obscure topics. Furthermore, we were equipped with all the necessary skills that helped us to gain more confidence to tackle the A levels. Learning at TTT made it such that GP was no longer a scary subject to me. TTT was my first and only GP tuition, which is testament to the quality of the education.
The one lesson that left a strong impression in my memory would be the one on politics and international cooperation. That lesson was the first time that I realized that politics is such a broad idea which could technically be linked to practically every single topic in GP. TTT had successfully explained and interpreted the topic clearly to me, which really pushed me to think deeper when I encountered an essay question about politics.
Besides that, personally, I found the set of material about science and technology really useful. Instead of briefly talking about the usefulness of science and technology, the notes actually went deeper to expose us to the arguments that are associated with science and technology, such as the debates between science and religion. As such, the notes provided by TTT actually broaden the scope of topics and hence allow us to evaluate more in our essays, instead of just vomiting information out of our brain.
Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Russell for his guidance and support on my A level journey. Mr. Russell is a really outgoing and enthusiastic teacher. He made it such that I was always excited to attend class. Mr Russell also always sought to provoke our thinking. Whenever he lectured, he always ensures that our thoughts were not limited by the notes by giving us a deeper interpretation of the terms and examples in the notes.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at TTT. Thank you Mr Russell and TTT.
When delivering content lectures, Mr Russell always tries to make it more relatable to our lives and share his experiences/viewpoint on that matter. This has helped me to remember the examples in my head effortlessly without having to really memorise them. Attending his lessons is always an eye-opener as I get to hear a variety of perspectives on the same issue through group discussions. As for the lesson materials provided, it is clearly structured and informative which makes it so much easier for me to refer to when needed. During paper 2 lessons, Mr Russell would always provide a detailed explanation of the answer (something that is generally brushed off by many school teachers) and teach us exactly how we should interpret the question in order to score the maximum marks. This had helped me tremendously in my recent promotional examinations and had enabled me to set a new record for myself for paper 2.
I would like to thank Mr Russell for being so friendly and approachable to the students as really made GP a less daunting subject for me. Through the things that I have learned in TTT, I am now more confident in tackling the various components in my GP paper and I am certain that I can make further improvements in the future. I am happy to be part of the TTT family and I really hope that potential students will join TTT to help them achieve success for GP :)
I genuinely appreciate the teachers at TTT! They always ensure that the lessons delivered are clear and easy to comprehend. Mr Russell is very easy to approach for additional help which makes learning much easier. He will also approach me in class to ensure that I fully understood what was being taught.
Jurong Pioneer Junior College
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
I think my teachers genuinely care about our grades and well-being as they always ask us how we are doing. They also like to converse and crack jokes in class, making lessons feel very interesting and enjoyable. The teachers also look out for you and provide more complex writing skills and ideas than in school.
Anderson Serangoon Junior College
The notes that they provide are very detailed and rich in content and also gives clear examples on how to use them. I thought it was cool that all the examples that I would ever need for a topic are all in the content lecture notes, and it is very beneficial as it helps students like me to save time so that I can focus on either doing practices or on my H2 subjects. This is quite important for JC2 students because we often don't have a lot of time, and we have to ace our GP while keeping an eye on our H2 subjects and time management as well. The notes are also well organised so it is very easy to comprehend and also to remember.
I would like to thank TTT teachers for always responding quickly to my doubts whenever I have them or being willing to schedule consultations whenever I needed them. I appreciate the step by step instructions provided for comprehension and essay writing. Learning the requirements of the different comprehension question types and how to address them was very beneficial. It enabled me to score for comprehension. The paper 1 strategies were also essential to my good grades. I have made tremendous improvements ever since I joined in JC1, jumping from a E during my promos to a B for my J2 MYE, and I am happy that I chose to join TTT.
Victoria Junior College
Joining TTT has been a very enjoyable experience. I believe that one big reason for this would be the highly structured and well planned lessons. After each lesson, I can confidently say that I was able to learn something new, be it a new comprehension skill or an interesting new philosophy.
Another key reason I really liked learning at TTT was because of the highly comprehensive notes. The content notes were filled with a wide range of examples and evidence for us to use in our GP essays. The notes also brought up highly insightful evaluative comments that served to provoke my thinking.
On top of the content notes, there were also highly detailed technical notes that offered step by step instructions on how to approach particular comprehension questions and/or essay questions.
Finally, the most important reason I enjoyed my time at TTT is the teachers. The teachers are highly passionate about their craft. They are very dedicated and are always more than willing to help us. They often go the extra mile to make sure that all our doubts are clarified. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers at TTT for their guidance and support. I would strongly recommend TTT!
Mr Russell makes lessons much more enjoyable to attend because he genuinely cares about all his students' progress. GP is a paper that relies heavily on details and awareness of current affairs. It is an overwhelming new subject but he has made it a smooth journey
Jurong Pioneer Junior College
He answered every single one of my questions, be it minor queries or major misconceptions. I never felt embarrassed because TTT lessons were a safe space to clarify all my doubts and reinforce my foundation.
Even outside of TTT lessons, I could consult Mr Russell about random news articles I chanced upon, have discussions about current affairs and check my formatting; this helped me improve my GP skills exponentially. Each TTT lesson is packed with specially compiled notes on each topic and strategies to tackle GP Paper 1 & 2 question types, and they would go through these notes during topical lectures with supplement videos and thorough explanations. These notes were a godsend because they give multiple views on each topic and cover every point with accompanying examples.
In addition, the notes come with different essay questions that we get to plan for as homework. They place heavy emphasis on completing their assigned homework which was very helpful for me because it pushed me to put what I learned in class into practice. Moreover, they would personally go through essays and give out customised feedback for our writing. With the informative notes and their summary of strategies, I was able to craft multi-layered essays and AQs which allowed me to score during my Promotional Examinations! I was able to score B from promos after only scoring an E during my J1 WA.
Thank you for all your patience and help for the past year! I never expected that attending GP tuition would be so much fun. It feels like attending lessons with family because the environment is very pleasant and engaging. Studying for GP never felt dull, if anything, studying for GP became very enjoyable. Thanks Mr Russell for taking time out of your day to read through my panicked confusion and reading some of my own works and going the extra mile to always check up on me. Even during the challenging period of going through a pandemic, instead of asking us to print our notes, TTT made the effort to mail our notes to us so we could have a conducive tuition experience at home. Thank you for everything and more, I’m looking forward to continuing my exciting journey next year with TTT!
Teachers at TTT teach lessons in a different way compared to other centres. They provide a lot of high-quality notes and did tremendous research before lessons. The concise content lecture notes were extremely useful and a wonderful contrast to the thick stacks of readings that we would get in school or the directionless GP essay outlines (that are limited in applicability to only specific essays) that I would get at other centres.
Jurong Pioneer Junior College
The notes gave a wide range of examples, points and evaluation strategies, which not only helped to give me the necessary content for the exams, but also made sure that I did not have to set aside too much time to do research, which allowed me to concentrate more on improving my essay and AQ skills, and also gave me time to focus on my other subjects.
The teachers were also very friendly and enthusiastic and it is clear that they enjoy teaching. Mr Russell also teaches in a very simple and structured manner, with clear strategies on how to answer each comprehension question type, as well as different strategies to structure essays or techniques for rebuttal. I enjoyed both the lectures and tutorials at the centre and I was able to make an improvement of one grade in just 1.5 months at the centre. I would like to thank my teachers for teaching me General Paper, as well as for the hope they have in me, and I hope to continue making further progress in the following year.