Student’s Testimonials

2017 A Level Results:
7 in 10 students scored an A and 9 in 10 students scored an A/B.

“I no longer study chemistry, but the confidence i gained from his support, as well as the willingness to ‘just try’ in the face of unfavourable odds, stay with me.”

Mr Tan taught me Chemistry during my last two years of high school. He is a great chemistry teacher, who is very passionate about the subject, and communicates ideas clearly. More than that, Mr Tan is an unbelievably caring teacher. He looks out for each of his students individually, and is especially patient and encouraging towards those who aren't performing as well. At the same time, his warm personality allows him to click well with his students and makes him approachable.

Mr Tan has undoubtedly been one of the most influential teachers on my life so far. I was tremendously fortunate to have him the Chemistry Olympiad lecturer and teacher i/c when I was in Raffles Junior College. Many times, it was Mr Tan's influence and encouragement that stopped me from quitting the programme. In the early days of Chemistry Olympiad, I was struggling in the programme - I was probably the weakest student in class then, and I was sleeping in every lecture because I didn't understand the material. At that point, dropping out seemed like the most reasonable option. Mr Tan was the teacher i/c of some 2-week long overseas trip to the UK that I participated in, and at some point I confided that I was thinking of dropping out. I was surprised by his reaction - while some (and I would say most) teachers may encourage students who are struggling to drop the programme so that they can focus on those who are more committed, Mr Julian Tan - in spite of my horrible performance in the class till then - told me that he thought I had the ability to grasp the material, so long as I actually tried to read the textbook and study on my own. That was one of the turning points of my Chemistry Olympiad journey. I eventually did well in the Singapore Chemistry Olympiad, and was shortlisted to undergo training at the National University of Singapore to qualify for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). Chemistry Olympiad trainings clashed with my Chinese Dance practices and training schedule, and I was again convinced that I should just give it up, since I had about 0% chance of making it to IChO, regardless of how much effort I could put in (...everyone else was just very good!) Again, it was Mr Tan who convinced me to stay with the programme. The day the commitment form was due, he persuaded me to stay in the programme - he thought it was alright that I skipped all the trainings and just did the selection test at the end, and so I just went along with it.

Looking back, at both points at which I was just about to quit the endeavor altogether, it was Mr Tan who convinced me to stay, and he deserves most of the credit for my later accomplishments in the area. This eventually constituted one of the most enjoyable, challenging, and enriching experiences of my JC life, and without his influence and encouragement, I definitely wouldn't be where I am, or have accomplished what I did.

I no longer study chemistry, but the confidence i gained from his support, as well as the willingness to 'just try' in the face of unfavourable odds, stay with me. Thank you Mr Tan!!! You are awesome!! I hope you continue to be such a great influence on your students

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 “Efficient, concise and clear. Mr. Julian Tan’s explanations of topics always made a great deal of sense, and I went away from lessons feeling like I had a greater understanding of the topic at hand.” 


The handwritten notes and summaries were also excellent for crystallizing the essentials, and again, the explanations for the Chemistry problems we were set were excellent. I also enjoyed that he was able to explain virtually anything at greater depth when questioned, so we were able to comprehend things from first principles instead of having to blindly accept that things were as such without knowing why.

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Claire ChanRI, H2 Chem [scored A]

“What was particularly memorable about Mr Tan's classes were how clear and interesting they were. Clear diagrams and a methodical, stepwise explanation helped to make understanding the chemistry concepts an easier task.”

He would highlight the key points and examples, and stress those points repeatedly, helping us identify what was fundamental to understanding the topic. Mr. Tan would also constantly link the new content to previous topics; not only was this a revision of past topics, but it also increased my appreciation for Chemistry. Apart from the syllabus, Mr. Tan would sometimes introduce us to interesting facts and exceptions relevant to the concept we were learning.

Mr Tan's friendly demeanor and his knowledge of Chemistry meant that I never hesitated to clarify my doubts, making my experience with A Levels Chemistry a rather enjoyable one.

It was also partly because of his engaging classes that I decided to take up Pharmaceutical Chemistry - and there I discovered even more intricate and fascinating aspects of Organic Chemistry, something which I am very grateful for.

To his future students: I would say that Mr Tan is one of the most capable Chemistry tutors I've been taught by, and you should definitely not waste the opportunity to increase your understanding and appreciation of Chemistry while under his tutelage.

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Seow Yang TerngRI, H2 Chem [scored A] and H3 Pharm Chem [scored Distinction]

“Very clear and systematic. He always knew what he was doing and was insistent on making sure every single concept was well-explained and that we all understood it. He was also very patient and encouraging.”

Mr Tan made A Level Chem easy to revise and kept us on or feet with his quizzes administered regularly. He has also inspired me to be as good a teacher as him.

Thank you Mr Tan for making Chem lessons so enjoyable. Admittedly I don’t quite remember a lot of the things you taught but certainly not the concern and care you showed us (: To his future students: Mr Tan is possibly the best Chem tutor one can ever have so work hard at the subject and enjoy the classes you have with him!

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Claudia ChewRI, H2 Chem [scored A]

“He is very patient and savvy teacher. His pace and style of teaching is easily understandable and stimulating from both the faster and slower students.”

He can easily summarize the underlying principles of topics and deliver them succinctly without losing any of the keywords or essential examination elements. He occasionally delivers nuggets of extra information to maintain interest from his students. One of his best qualities is that he never gives up on his students. He never throws in the towel on his weakest students and neither does he let a fleeting question from his best ones fly by without an answer.

Most notably, he cultivated my interest in Chemistry in Year 5 when I was undecided on what I should focus on. He also spurred me to take H3 Pharmaceutical Chemistry when I was bored of the H2 syllabus.

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Loke Wei JieRI, H2 Chem [scored A] and H3 Pharm Chem [scored Distinction]

“Besides the very useful topical summaries and exam tips, Mr Tan's enthusiasm has helped me enjoy Chemistry (when in Secondary school my enthusiasm diminished a little) tremendously.”

Dear Mr Tan, I'd like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your lessons! I hope that more students will be touched by your brilliance! Thank you very very much! (:

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Abdul Muhaimin bin Abdul RahmanRI, H2 Chem [scored A] and H3 Pharm Chem [scored Distinction]

“Mr Tan encourages thinking and active participation. He also teaches systematic, thorough and rigorous approaches to questions. He opens students’ eyes to alternatives and makes learning fun and enlightening.
I often came out of his lessons feeling inspired to learn and understand Chemistry more profoundly.”

I loved Mr Tan’s lessons, annotated assignment answers and pop quizzes. They were good study material and kept me on the ball respectively. Mr Tan, with his energetic and enthusiastic affect, also always exhorted us to expect more of ourselves, which put a healthy amount of pressure on me that enhanced my motivation to excel.

To Mr Tan: Thank you for caring about your students beyond their academics, and thank you for consistently thinking about how to reach your students better. I could really sense and appreciate all your hard work and effort.

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Vanessa TeyRI, H2 Chem [scored A] and H3 Pharm Chem [scored Distinction]

“Very organised teacher whose classes have a clear structure; ensures that everyone knows the fundamentals and then moves on to the more advanced theories.”

Uses creative ways of explaining difficult concepts – e.g. I still remember the colourful diagrams/chemical equations showing electron movements that you drew on the computer

Very dedicated teacher who goes above and beyond to figure out ways to consolidate and summarise information/explain difficult concepts – e.g. flowchart giving an overview of all the organic chem reactions

Ensures that everything of importance is covered and understood.

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Shin HuiRI, H2 Chem [scored A] and H3 Pharm Chem [scored Distinction]
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Julian meeting up with five of his former students who are currently studying in Stanford University. Taken on Dec 2015

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