Mr Chua has the remarkable experience of having spent 4 years in NUS Medical School. His unique blend of clinical and textbook knowledge plus real-life anecdotes lends a special angle not found in other classrooms. Being an outstanding student himself, he fully understands what it takes for students to reach the top.
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Mr Chua Hwee Chong
Dear students and parents,
Greetings! I am Chua Hwee Chong, director-tutor at Aspen Learning Centre. My passion for the Sciences started way back during those years as a student. I represented my school and college in various competitions across multiple disciplines and won numerous awards. In college, I was 2nd for Chemistry, top 5 for Biology and top 20 for Physics in my cohort. I was on the Dean’s List in NUS med school and a straight A student during my Honors year in NUS Biochemistry.
And I love teaching and coaching. I have been teaching since my army days and produced my first straight ‘A’ student just as I was passing out as best officer cadet at Police Academy. Going through med school lends me unique perspectives and experiences, as well as an opportunity to coach my college juniors to a second place in NUS Medical Quiz (its highest placing then).
Starting Aspen Learning Centre 14 years ago gave me the platform to do what I enjoy on a daily basis: helping my students attain subject mastery, building thinking processes in an interactive, albeit rigorous learning environment. I am proud of my “fuzzy logic” and “street fighting” approach to the studying of the sciences. This blend of pragmatism and solid theoretical grounding not only achieves good academic results, but also serves to develop higher-order, critical thinking. In a rapidly changing world, it is a crucial attribute for our future global citizens to possess.
Performance wise, I personally use a different metric compared to other tutors/centres. I work extremely hard to help the weaker, struggling students as much as others occupying the rest of the academic spectrum. I take as much pride in converting an Arts student to love Science (and scoring C), as guiding a GEP/Raffles Academy student to top his/her class in Science. My percentage distinction (78% A, 88% AB) may not be as high as what some others claimed. But just like a specialist will inevitably have a higher mortality rate than a GP (both being equally good doctors attending to patients with different risk levels), I specialize in holistic development.
Having said that, many of my former students have gone on to excel academically at top universities worldwide and locally. I am glad to have been a part of their respective journeys and I look forward to being a part of yours.
4 October 2017