Armour Bearers

Armour Bearers with Teacher Sarah now

Charissa
There is never a dull moment in Ms Wong’s classes. Each student is challenged appropriately in the assignments and classwork to help them improve. No matter the assignment, each student is bound to learn something new every lesson. Despite resources being provided free of charge, they are definitely not lacklustre.

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Besides their quality, the resources demonstrate the amount of effort and heart Ms Wong puts into her lesson preparation to ensure that each student can learn to their best potential. Overall, lessons with Ms Wong have helped to improve my grades, but more importantly, I am now more confident in tackling English questions!

How I began working for Ms Wong was honestly a lucky streak. I remember I had just completed my O-Levels and was looking for a holiday job while waiting for the polytechnic semester to start. I reached out to Ms Wong to ask if she knew of anyone looking to hire a temporary staff. To my surprise, she offered me to come under her wing and help her out with her tuition classes. I was unsure of what to expect but I was excited to start! When I was her student, I thought it was nice of her to provide us with useful resources such as worksheets and guidebooks to aid us in our revision every year. Now, as I work with her, I am able to truly understand just how much effort and time it took to curate those resources on time for the students’ revision! Every class presents a new challenge, and no two classes are the same. It is eye-opening to see how Ms Wong handles the various dynamics of each class. On the surface, it appears almost effortless. However, it takes time and heart to get to know each student in order to guide them and help them learn effectively. Working with Ms Wong has been, and still is, a rewarding experience. Even though I am no longer her student, I still continue to learn so much from her from every project we work on and every class we teach.

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WeiCong
Lessons with Miss Wong were both enjoyable and challenging at the same time. Periodically, Miss Wong would find new teaching methods to guide us in our essay writing and comprehension. This made lessons more interesting.

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Furthermore, she would share with us some her own personal experiences, either as food for thoughts or just for laughs – both of which made lessons more pleasant. Despite her standard reminder such as to always highlight the clues (“Okay darlings, take out your highlighters now… Highlight this… and this), it eventually became a habit for me which I still practise doing so till now. Her guidance and sharings have not only helped me academically, but also helped shaped my thinking. There were times when she gave us very difficult assignments which daunted me.

However, this has helped me learn to overcome setbacks and to learn from my mistakes. Afterall, it is all about gaining new learning experiences. Overall, lessons with Miss Wong were more than just tuition for the sake of it, but one that requires a lot of thinking, which can be draining at times, but definitely fruitful in the long run.

After graduation, I am very thankful to be given an opportunity to work with Ms Wong as a teaching assistant. No words can describe how thankful I am. Over the years, I am able to experience first-hand the amount of dedication she puts in for the students, from coming up with her own teaching resources to providing invaluable advice in life to being a big sister to those learning from her and working with her.

It is indeed an honour to be able to learn from her and eventually working alongside together, as we continue to improve ourselves to
better guide the students in any way we can, and to the best of our ability.

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Xinyu
Though it has been a couple years back, I’ll never forget my experience under the guidance of Ms Sarah Wong. She’s a passionate teacher who truly cares about her students’ personal growth and learning.

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As her student for six years, I looked forward to her enriching lessons every week. She makes her lessons lively and interesting, clearing my wrong perception of English as a mundane subject where we only learn long bombastic words. Through discussions in her lessons, she has developed a methodology for her students: experiential learning which is often emphasised in today’s education. This helps her students to develop critical thinking, which is essential in both essay writing and comprehension skills.

Truly, she has imparted wisdom through her valuable lessons, which made me grow as a person. Her heart is to nurture her students and she genuinely cares for them, which goes beyond helping them to score stellar results. She always guides each student according to their level of needs. So yes, I’m proud to be her student!

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Yiwen
As a teaching assistant to Ms. Wong, I was given the task to prepare teaching materials as well as to coach students individually. Overall, it was an enriching experience and an eye-opening one as I learnt about the amount of effort and heart that go into every lesson preparation.

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During my stint, I’ve also witnessed the dedication and hard work that the teachers put in just to ensure that every child receives the best possible learning experience. More importantly, teachers at My Mustard Seed not only care for the students’ academic performance but also their well-being.

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Eunice
I was a typical primary school student who prioritised fun over my studies, causing my parents to become more anxious as my PSLE neared. After many different tutors, I was enrolled under Ms Sarah Wong by my parents. At first, I thought she was simply ‘another one of those tutors’, but I was proven so wrong.

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Ms Wong’s dedication to nurturing her students compelled me to put in as much effort as she does in my work. With the heart of sharing the true essence of learning, Ms Wong patiently answered any questions I had and focused on the process of learning rather than the number on my graduation certificate. I achieved an A and A1 for PSLE and ‘O’ level English respectively, both I have to credit Ms Wong for, but these achievements would not have been possible if I was not under the guidance of a tutor who actively promotes the joy of learning. Although Ms Wong is just a tutor to outsiders, I am sure that all her students can agree that she pours her heart out into her profession and vastly exceeds the expectations of a basic tutor. Under a small group class setting, Ms Wong notices the needs of each individual and approaches each student according to what suits them the most. Having been under such personalised coaching by Ms Wong through my PSLE and ‘O’ levels, I can assure all prospective students that you will be up for an enriching and fulfilling experience under her.

Upon graduation, I had the opportunity to work with Ms Wong in My Mustard Seed. I thoroughly enjoy every second of my time here. Granted, Armour Bearers may have many assignments to mark and tons of projects lined up, but the heart that every one of us holds in Mustard Seed puts meaning behind every paper we grade. Following Ms Wong’s dedication to her students, we put in our heart and soul too to ensure that students have quality support for education. In My Mustard Seed, we are truly a family with Ms Wong as our eldest sister. She nurtures us and gives us invaluable advice and support that stays precious and close to our hearts. In turn, we nurture others. Never once was she our ‘boss’ whom we are trained to follow, only a big sister who walks alongside us through everything. I am immensely proud and grateful to be an Armour Bearer; an experience I’d never trade for anything else.

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Yongwei
Tuition? Never a sad or tiring thing for me. I started my tuition here since I completed my PSLE. I really enjoyed having lessons in a class which is dynamic and not just normal writing session to pass time but an interactive session with the teacher and other friends.

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Everything required for lesson is well-prepared. All I had to do was to prepare myself for class. Fulfilling experiences and committed teacher are what I am blessed with. Ms Wong really puts in the effort to help her students get better results and ways to improve and learn in a fun and interactive way. Even now, I have begun my working experience in this centre. I am given the opportunity to work and learn here. Now I understand why the lessons are all well conducted – it is because of the teacher’s team that works together to provide the best resources for the students. I am really thankful for My Mustard Seed and the selfless teacher 🙂

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JiaJun
I have joined Ms Wong’s class for more than three years now. After my O-level examination, she invited me to join her group of “armour-bearers”.

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We help Ms Wong to do simple marking and some backend work. Now I realise that there is so much preparation before a lesson. The amount of assessment books and test papers in My Mustard Seed is tremendous. One of my memories in Mustard Seed was one Sec Four night lesson. Everybody looked exhausted and sleepy. Miss Wong kindly let us rest for 15 minutes. After the short rest, we could focus better. Ms Wong puts herself in the student’s shoes and tries to understand us. Another lesson, Miss Wong lost her voice. She communicated with and taught us by typing on her iPad. I knew it was hard for her, but she bore with it and continued teaching. I feel so thankful to have her as a tuition teacher.

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Camellia
I joined Ms Wong’s tuition class back in P5, when my mother felt the need for me to maintain my English grades. Going into the class, I wasn’t expecting much. However, I started enjoying the lessons as time went by.

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Ms Wong is a great tutor, and she puts in a lot of effort into making sure that her students get the help that they need. I personally feel very thankful to have been taught by Ms Wong, because she shows that teaching is not only hard work, but heart work as well. Ms Wong really is a great teacher, and I’m thankful to have been her student.

I started helping out at Mustard Seed during the poly semester break, and since I’ve started helping out, I can see the immense amount of effort that is put in behind each lesson. Ms Wong and her team spend a great amount of time into creating the lesson resources for the students’ learning.

Here at My Mustard Seed, each and everything is purposeful and in the best interests of the students. All in all, it has been an enriching experience to be able to help out at Mustard Seed 🙂

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