He went from failing Math in primary school to scoring distinctions consistently in JC. For the recent mid-terms, he emerged top in class (and third in the level) for JC2 Block Test.
Read our interview with Markus Yuen to find out more about what helped engineer a turnaround in his life and studies.
1) What factors enabled you to excel for your mid-year exams?
It boils down to hard work and constant practice. The support and encouragement I received from classmates and teachers also made a lot of difference. Their support helped me to believe in myself and to trust that I would be able to do my best.
2) How did RMSS help you?
He gave us different approaches to solving the same question,
which is important as it teaches us to think on our feet and try different methods.
For Math, Raymond took the time to break the topics up into more manageable chunks and it definitely helped me to understand the topics a lot more, compared to the conventional method of teaching.
His method takes what is unfamiliar and novel to us and turns it into something that we have already learnt about, even if it is a fresh topic. He then makes us practise it until it becomes our second nature.
He also gave us different approaches to solving the same question, something that I feel is extremely important as it teaches us to think on our feet and try different methods that others might not think of.
3) You used to struggle with Math in primary school. How did you overcome that?
What has really made a difference is Raymond’s guidance and encouragement.
He told me to fight for my life, and to press on even in the face of setback and failure.
I used to fail Math, but I managed to get a ‘C’ for my PSLE, despite having been in Raymond’s class for only a short period of time. I went to the normal academic stream in secondary school, but Raymond never gave up on me and encouraged me to push harder and smarter. I managed to top my class in math in secondary one. Thereafter, for my ‘O’ levels, I managed to attain distinctions for both ‘A’ and ‘E’ Mathematics.
Raymond’s personal guidance and encouragement has really made a difference in my life. He always encouraged us to fight for our lives, and to press on even in the face of setback and failure. This has shaped me and helped me reach where I am today.
Now I am in Junior College and there are a lot of new topics and depth in the subjects that we learn. I have managed to continue scoring distinctions for the various examinations and tests, and am among the top few of my class and cohort.
4) How do you feel about Math now?
Because of Raymond’s help, I have gained a better understanding of Math, and definitely feel much more confident and at ease. The way he breaks the topics down into chunks and relates them to things that we have already learnt in the past really helps us to connect the dots and see the bigger picture.
5) Who was most surprised by your outstanding results?
I have been to many other tuition centres and they all seemed to do nothing for me, but RMSS has made a significant difference to my grades.
I think my parents were the most surprised. I have been to many other tuition centres and they all seemed to do nothing for me but RMSS has made a significant difference to my grades.
In these small ways, I am glad to be able to do them proud, and I also hope to keep it up!
6) What will you do to keep up the good results?
Practice as much as I can, and understand where exactly I went wrong so that I never have to lose those marks again.
7) What study tips would you give fellow students?
This may sound clichéd but I’ll say it anyway – Believe in yourself.
When you’re in the examination room, it’s just you and your test paper. So it really boils down to the trust and confidence you have in yourself. You have everything you need to solve those questions; the tools have been given to you so think creatively and out of the box.
Learn from past mistakes, and try not to make those same mistakes a second time around. When concepts seem difficult to understand, break them up into smaller, more manageable pieces. Finally…even if you face failure, pick yourself up and move on because the next hurdle awaits you.