Mr Goh tutored me from the start of Year 5 up till my graduation in Year 6. I’m sure you would’ve read many reviews of brilliant students praising Sir’s amazing math intuition where he is able to seamlessly integrate concepts from different chapters and extend his teachings to real-life applications beyond the discipline of mathematics itself. I write my testimony (written autonomously – no strings attached) from the perspective of a student who was not naturally inclined towards Mathematics, but gradually fell in love with it after being taught by Mr Goh. Before I start, I just want to thank you (Sir) for your patient instruction for the last two years. It wasn’t easy being your student due to the numerous challenges and obstacles we had to overcome together, but I learnt a lot.
Initially, I studied math for its practicality, not completely because of my love for the subject. Nonetheless, as i had the fortune of meeting Sir, I was exposed to a syllabus that surpassed your average classroom content. Suddenly, math wasn’t so dry. Even as a student who was considered average in mathematics, I experienced several “wow” moments every session, even if I didn’t always understand his teachings at first. My Math Exploration (ME) in particular impressed me, and after all the confusing nights and hints left by Sir, I managed to come up with a report that I never knew I was capable of producing. Moreover, it was very different from what the rest of my peers had come up with.
Even if you are a student who studies math as a means to an end without the innate desire to understand further, I can guarantee you that Sir’s approach in ensuring academic excellence for your exams is strategic and foolproof. Whenever Sir teaches you to deal with a problem, he gives you two to three methods. After being with him for a while, he will also impart upon you some mathematical sense or GDC savviness that will help you to double check your answers.
Personally, I believe that the best part about being Sir’s student is that no matter how strong or weak you are, if you are willing to commit effort, he will really try his best to help you. He is about as communicative as you are with him, but also about as desperate (or passionate) as you get. Also, he’ll only ever get angry at you for laziness, but never for being slow. I think that there is no doubt, Sir’s fees are very expensive, which may put some people off. But at the end of the day I really felt the difference. Not just in mathematical ability, but also in conventional life wisdom. Given the chance to travel back in time, I would’ve definitely made the same decision of learning under Sir.
GraceACSI Grade 6 for HL Math
Mr Goh helped me pull my math grade from a U to an A in the span of 3 short months.
Throughout JC, I was always struggling with H2 math. No matter how I studied, I wasn't able to fully comprehend the concepts, and thus could not solve the questions at all. As a result, I failed all my test grades, from the smallest class quiz to the end-of-Year promotional exams. I had almost given up, and thought that since I lacked the natural aptitude for Math, there was no hope for me to improve my math results. However, under the urging of my mother, I decided to try out lessons with Mr Goh.
Even though I didn't have a lot of confidence in myself, Mr Goh made sure to remind me that I was capable of achieving good marks in math. This was vital in helping me in my A-level math journey, and really played an essential role in keeping me motivated for this subject. Mr Goh made learning a very enjoyable experience and under his guidance, I slowly started to comprehend the mathematical concepts which I previously found so difficult. He had tips and tricks that were not taught in school, and was able to guide me to approach question solving in novel ways that were incredibly intuitive. He also pushed me to work harder and harder for math, ensuring that I did my due diligence in the form of practice questions and papers. Ultimately, during the A level papers, I managed to answer every single question, something that I had failed to do throughout my JC experience.
For A levels, I scored an A for math, the first A in the past two years, and I can say with 100% confidence that I owe it to Mr Goh. Thank you!
SamanthaHCI(JC) Grade A for H2 Math Improved from 30% to A in 3 months.
Mr Goh is an exceptional teacher. I was really struggling in SL Math and was fortunate to have Mr Goh as my teacher. He can explain concepts clearly and taught me how to effectively tackle different types of questions. There were times when I felt like giving up but Mr Goh kept me on track and pushed me on. Through his dedication and tough love at times, I persevered. I worked through countless questions and papers with Mr Goh’s guidance. I managed to score a 7 in SL Math and owe this success to Mr Goh! Thank you Sir !
BenSt Joseph International Grade 7 SL Math
With Mr Goh’s help, I managed to improve by leaps and bounds in Maths. Although I only joined after my mid-year exams in Year 6, which was considerably later than most of his students, I was able to grasp content that I could not understand for months under Sir’s patient teaching. I am thankful for all the time Sir devoted to meet up with me multiple times a week so that I would be able to catch up with the syllabus. While weakness in Math since Yr 5 led to my fervent dislike of the subject, as Sir guided me in understanding and applying content to the questions in an incremental process, I became more interested in math and even started enjoying working on math questions.
Apart from teaching the syllabus like most teachers, Sir also explained how mathematical concepts were present in real-world situations which helped me to appreciate the math that I was learning. Moreover, I wish to reiterate how grateful I am to Sir. Due to my initial lack of content, Sir had to repeat basic concepts quite a few times as I took time to grasp it. Despite this, Sir was very patient and encouraging, giving me time to absorb his teaching by explaining how to solve a question until I clearly understood. Sir always made me rack my brains over difficult questions before guiding me to the solution. I appreciate Sir's teaching style as it taught me how to think through what I had learnt before and break down the question to see how I could apply the knowledge I had. At the end of all the lessons, I had not only improved drastically in math, I had also gained a newfound appreciation of the subject as well as valuable life skills.
Comment from Tutor Mr Clifford Goh
"She missed grade 7 marginally. I read her math IA & it was 12/20 piece of work. If she has come to me earlier for her Math IA, she would have achieved grade 7 for HL math."
AndreaAnglo Chinese Independent School Grade 6 for HL Math
"Learning Maths under Mr Goh during the last few weeks before my exams has definitely improved skills a lot in a short amount of time. He cleared many of my misconceptions in Maths that has strengthened my understanding and grasps of the concepts. It was also a fun experience learning under him with his humour while at the same time being able to clearly explain everything thoroughly. I got better in Maths and increased the scope of my understanding in a short amount of time span thanks to Mr Goh."
Comment from tutor Mr Goh: " Jet is smart and has the intuition to solve Math problem sums. I was only given a few weeks to help him improve his presentation of solutions and it was his Math IA that caused him to miss his Grade 7. If only I've had the opportunity to also coach him in his Math IA."
JetHCIS Grade 6 for SL Math
Starting my HL Math course I was quite confident in my personal abilities, a sentiment that turned out to be highly misguided. My first asessment resulted in my school teacher reluctant to allow me to continue in the course, it was then I sought out help and found Mr.Goh. He was able to identify my weaknesses and drill into them, even when I was reluctant to face my own deficiencies. His deep knowledge of the IB was integral in the formation of my IA, namely in topic selection and learning efficient mannerisms to display mathematical content. Through the aid of Mr.Goh I was able to progress from fearing failing HL Math to receiving a six.
Nikunj AgarwalLéman Manhattan Preparatory School (New York) Grade 6 for HL Math (2020)
Eric ChaUnity Secondary School - Sec 4
Mr Goh has a strong grasp of mathematical concepts and often encourages us to not only memorise but truly understand how various mathematical formulas are derived so we can better apply them regardless of the question type.
He is also a passionate teacher that frequently gives us thinking questions to stretch us and challenge our understanding of fundamental concepts. He then shows us more than a single method of solving the question, allowing us to broaden our thinking and better appreciate how different topics are inter-related.
His help enabled Kai Le to improve from B in PSLE to A1 and A2 for E Math and A math in O levels respectively. Kai Xuan also managed to attain A for H2 Math in A levels.
KaixuanHCI Grade A for H2 Math
Mr Goh’s Mathematics lessons has helped raised my Mathematics results greatly from a bare minimum pass.
His great knowledge in Mathematical concepts provides his students insights to methods of solving various types of questions, and gives a different perspective to solving questions, which allows students to understand the Mathematical concepts more easily.
He is also experienced and knowledgeable about the IB Mathematics syllabus, allowing him to prepare his students well and aiding them in their examinations.
Additionally, Mr Goh’s emphasis on GDC skills has allowed me to grasp GDC skills confidently, thus equipping me with the relevant skills for the IB Mathematics examinations.
Mr Goh’s guidance in my Internal Assessments through providing deeper understanding in my exploration has also enabled me to complete my Internal Assessments with relative ease.
Thank you Mr Goh!
Wu ShuangSOTA Improved from barely a pass to Grade 6
Mr Goh was very helpful during my process of Math Exploration. After a poor first draft, he encouraged me to think of a new topic of interest then pushed me to think deeply. He made sure that I took charge of my learning and provided me with the confidence I needed to excel. Despite being an SL student, my exploration was of a very high standard and I would like to thank Mr Goh for his guidance.
Aarthi ShivkumarACS Indep Cohort of 2019
Dear Mr Goh,
I am writing to let you know how much our son, Gareth has benefited from and enjoyed his classes with you.
Through your knowledgeable experience, passion and guidance, Gareth exceled in his recent IB Math examination on May 2019, and achieved a perfect score of 7. As parents, we were thoroughly overjoyed with his accomplishment, as it has not been an easy journey for him to attain this result.
Without a doubt, we would confidently recommend you to other parents/students who wish to excel in their IB Math program. We believe that the students under your tutelage will excel equally well just like how Gareth did in his paper.
Thank you, Mr Goh, for all of your work, sacrifice and energy! Thank you for tapping and unleashing the inner potential in Gareth.
Mr Goh is an excellent Maths teacher, with a well-deserved pedigree under his belt.
Being an ex-teacher from 3 different JCs and an world-renowned IB school, he clearly understands the syllabus and the questions posed by both Cambridge and the IB board. In this way, he is very in-touch with the current syllabus and thus able suitably predict the types of problems thrown by the respective examination ministries.
He is currently teaching in a reputable international IB school. He managed to boost my U grade in Maths during my J1 year to a B in J2 prelims, with me even securing a place in the 80th percentile. This eventually resulted in me obtaining an A in my A levels examination for Maths, and it was all thanks to Mr Goh’s teaching and hard work.
He is very knowledgeable in mathematical concepts and will not hesitate to start from the very fundamentals in order to allow the student to further understand and grasp the concept. His explanations were always easy to grasp and apply in examinations. But yet at the same time, he will not spoon-feed you and will require you to work on your own to solve challenging questions once the explanations were given, in this way I was able to better understand the intricacies of Maths and not just rely on fixed formulas or stratagems.
Through this way, I developed a greater understanding of concepts thus allowing myself to solve or at the very least set up the thinking process in order to solve the problem.
Moreover, he is a very understanding teacher, he understands the rigour of being a JC student and urged me to not only focus on my maths but my other subjects as well. He manages to build strong rapport with his students by not only teaching very well but also spends time to talk about other real world topics that will be very valuable in the working world.
It is a joy to learn from Mr Goh and I would like to thank him for being an overall great tutor!
Wayne LeeAnglo Chinese Junior College Grade A in H2 Math
Mr Clifford Goh has helped me a lot with my Mathematical Exploration.
Initially, I did not have much understanding about this component of HL Math and was unable to even submit a sound proposal to my teacher. However, Mr Goh went through a thorough revision of the HL Math syllabus for the core topics and this process helped me identify a topic which I was keen in exploring.
While Mr Goh guided me throughout the entire process, he also gave me lots of opportunities to explore new knowledge for myself. When it comes to the proving of formula, he did not just spoon-feed me with the answer. Rather, he worked alongside me, giving me time to try proving the formula myself first, before helping me when I got stuck halfway through.
Overall, I have learnt a lot from the M.E. and this process has been pivotal in inculcating in me a love for math. Mr Goh is definitely a great math teacher, and it would have been impossible for me to obtain a 7 in HL Math without his guidance for M.E.!
WenAnglo Chinese Independent School Grade 7 for Math Exploration
Mr. Goh is a passionate teacher who has helped me through both my Mathematical Exploration (ME) and my HL Math papers.
Being his student for a year, he has helped me tremendously in my understanding of complex mathematical concepts and also have a greater appreciation of the subject.
During his lessons, he uses interesting stories to illustrate certain topics which was very useful for Statistics in particular. He has the ability to engage me and even reignited my passion for this subject. Meanwhile, for my ME, he helped me by first providing a large range of possible ME ideas, where he advised me along the way to best cater to my expectations and interests.
Following, he continually guided me in my report writing by providing assistance throughout the process. Instead of simply spoon feeding me, he has effectively allowed me to explore the solutions by myself before he clarifies my doubts, explaining it to me patiently till I can fully comprehend it.
Mr. Goh is truly an inspiring teacher who has assisted me greatly through my HL math journey. Without his efforts and guidance, I will not be able to improve impressively to eventually attain a 7 in my IB exams.
MeganAnglo Chinese Independent School Grade 7 for HL Math
Mr. Goh is the best math teacher I encountered in Singapore .
Not only is he highly proficient in math content, he has many unique teaching methods. During his lesson I learned not just how to answer questions, prepare for the examination but also developed my understanding and appreciation of mathematics and its applications in real life.
He has a detailed and comprehensive program that helped me moved with ease from the stage of acquiring new mathematical knowledge to revision before examinations. That allowed me to lay a solid foundation for mathematical knowledge and applications and thus achieve extraordinary grade in my final exam.
Thank you Mr. Goh for these two years of Math education, giving me an in depth and profound understanding and appreciation of what Math really is.
XiaolinISS International School Grade 7 for HL math
Mr Goh was an excellent math tutor, both in terms of the content which he taught us as well as interacting with us cheerfully.
He helped both my friend and I develop a solid foundation for the Math HL subject, as well as guided us as we worked to complete the Internal Assessment. He thoroughly covered both the core and option sections of the HL syllabus, first in a lesson format before going taking up a Q and A style as our exams drew near.
For example, he also paid extra attention to our statistics option, which was the area in which I was weakest in. The thing which separates Mr Goh from other math tutors was his desire and openness to teach us concepts which were out of the syllabus, so as to inculcate a love for mathematics as more than just a subject. Furthermore, he is also familiar with all aspects of the HL mathematics syllabus, which makes him an ideal tutor for students regardless of their mathematical ability.
I am thoroughly thankful to all the help he gave me throughout my IB journey, and I strongly recommend other students interested in tuition to contact him.
Thanks Sir, although I couldn’t get 7 still thankful for the guidance
Timothy TanACS Independent Grade 6 for HL math
Mr Goh is very knowledgeable about various topics in mathematics – often being able to relate many different concepts together.
Many lessons included applications of the mathematics I am learning in school to real life which helped make the lessons alive. Not only is he strongly grounded in what he teaches, he clearly explains and guided me well throughout the lessons, helping me to fully understand what was being taught.
With him, I could learn cover the topics necessary well and in a timely manner as well. He also responded well to questions given to him even when it might have been out of syllabus or he might have been unprepared for it.
Overall, I am very glad to have been taught by Mr Goh.
Samuel ACS independent Grade 7 for Nov 2016 HL Math
“Finally, I wanted to say that you are the best mathematics teacher I have had in my years of schooling in this school. I learnt more from you than from any other math teacher.” Jie Jun (ACSI)
Comments: Jie Jun achieved International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) Silver and Gold medals in 2010 and 2011 respectively. I’m glad to have been able to impart some knowledge to him. He also achieved a perfect 45 points for his IB diploma and obtained the book prize for HL math. He received many awards including The Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science (LKY Maths & Science Award).
Jie Jun ACSI
“Mr Goh imparted me with a strong foundation in mathematics.
He made sure that I completed the assignments on time and achieved my goals in a steady manner. His passion for mathematics made the subject so much more engaging and boosted my appreciation for mathematics as well.
Due to his skills as a teacher, I was always more eager to wait for his classes to ask him my doubts, as he would show me not one, but multiple ways to answer the same question. This ensured that I did not just memorize the solution, but assimilated the logic appropriately.
Mr Goh also provided me with useful resources, which would ensure that my understanding of mathematics was not just limited to the exam board I was writing for.
Thanks to him, I was able to get a 7 in HL mathematics, and secure the top marks in my cohort for Year 6 in the IBDP Program. Thank you for enabling me to persevere and ace in maths. ”
Meghna RayGlobal Indian International School Grade 7 in HL Math
“Mr Goh is well versed in mathematics and is able to correctly identify weaknesses in his students.
His notes are concise and easy to follow, the follow up questions help to clear doubts and correct any misconceptions early. He also fuels my curiosity as he explains concepts which are not required within the syllabus but help me to understand what I learn better.
Instead of spoon feeding, he let me explore different concepts by myself , giving me a deeper understanding of math and guiding me through the process. Concepts became easier to understand.
His practices demanded diligence and self discipline, which is an important trait to ingrain. It allowed me to practice continuously and stay in touch with math.
Thank you for your help and passion in math which helped me get an A in H2 math for the A levels”
NeyaNational Junior College Grade A
“At the end of 2014 I was looking for a Higher Level Mathematics teacher seeing as how I had failed the year end examination. After some searching, my father had seek the help of Mr. Goh.
I had had many tuition teachers before Mr. Goh but I was still unable to bring my Math grade up.
At the time, Mr. Goh was already teaching Higher Level Mathematics at ACS Independent so he was already well versed with the IB programme and what was required to get a high score in the subject. This meant that he was always on the ball with me and was able to provide help in all aspects of the course which included my Internal Assessment (Mathematical Exploration).
Mr. Goh made it a point to explain to his students not only how but also why concepts in Higher Level Mathematics work. This in turn allowed me to attain a deeper understanding of the various topics and thus, little was left to memory work. This was especially effective since the questions in the examination could become extremely challenging.
Having taught IB for several years, Mr. Goh understood how demanding the subject was. He explained that Higher Level Mathematics was a subject that required three times the amount of time for study and practice as compared to any other subject. Thus, he always made sure that I had more than enough practice. With his help, I was able to tackle any question.
It was a pleasure to learn from him. Above all else, Mr. Goh taught me discipline and focus, lessons that I cherish.
Thank you for bringing a failing student to a grade 6 (A); this was done in less than a year’s time.
David PangAnglo-Chinese International School From fail to Grade 6 in HL Math within 1 year
“Thank you for being such an inspiring teacher. You have made Mathematics more intriguing and shown me the way to explore it on my own. Seeing a proof to a problem is not as satisfying as producing one myself, and Mathematics – the basis of all Sciences – is more enjoyable that way.” – Tri (ACSI)
Comments: He achieved 44 points for his IB diploma and grade 7 in HL mathematics. He was also in the HL mathematics Dean’s list in year 5.
“Mr. Goh is a teacher like no other. Math lessons become fun and engaging under his charge. He brings to students a wide variety of questions, resulting from his many hours of research and lesson preparation. Coupled with many interesting methods to not only overcome, but understand questions, Mr. Goh ensures that his students are well prepared for any mathematical assessment.” – Mike (ACSI)
Comments: Mike scored an impressive 44 points for his IB diploma and topped his class in HL Mathematics. He went on to study in NUS medicine faculty.
“Thanks for all the help rendered in HL mathematics. You laid a strong foundation for me in mathematics which proved to be helpful while preparing for my IBDP in year 6 , particularly in pure math .
Your interesting lessons not only enabled me to grasp mathematical concept easily but also gave me a more holistic appreciation of the topic. I will never forget the inner joy I experienced when you derived a formula.” – Ray (ACSI)
Comments: Ray scored an impressive 44 points for his IB diploma. He went on to study in NUS medicine faculty.
“In the beginning of JC 1, I was struggling with mathematics as I was always weak in maths.
Mr Goh always made his lessons so interesting with so many stories that tied it so nicely with the concepts he was trying to put across. He is always ready to answer all my questions and go through all the concepts time and time again because I missed many lectures in jc due to cca commitments.
He made me improve tremendously and he also sparked an interest in me for the subject. His refreshing lessons left me in awe every week waiting for the next one to come to ask more questions and find out more.
My grades improved and I finally graduated with an A grade in A levels 2013.”
Nisha BaskarVICTORIA JC (2012-2013) Grade A in H2 Math
“Mr Goh is an excellent Mathematics tutor who has ample knowledge about the subject and the requirements of the curriculum.
I had difficulties understanding Mathematics in the past but Mr Goh’s clear explanations have helped me understand the subject much better and my results have improved. The honest feedbacks and tips he has given me regarding my performance in school tests and practice papers has effectively helped me learn my mistakes and brush up on certain areas that I am weak in.
I may be still failing or barely passing Mathematics if not for his great teachings. Thank you for everything and helping me to obtain grade A for H2 Mathematics.”
GladysRiver Valley High Grade A in H2 Math
“He (Mr Goh) puts in a lot of effort into ensuring that students are taught through understanding, not just by memorizing. He applies concepts taught in class to real life situations, that make lessons very interesting. He encourages us to learn independently and not limit the study of Maths to just classroom setting.”