…history of mathematics. Rather than having a one-way learning environment in which the teacher feeds the students with information, I am able to feel a sense of inclusion in class as my peers and I are given the opportunity to actively participate in discussions. Furthermore, the small class size allows students to receive more individual attention. Instead of directly giving us the answers to problems, Tet tends to make us think about them on our own before guiding us to solving them independently. This, in my opinion, would aid in developing the essential skills of critical, lateral and analytical thinking. Being very knowledgeable and experienced in the physics/mathematics related field, Tet’s worksheets and tests usually consists of questions that he has written by himself. More often than not, they are very challenging (and can go up to the level of math olympiad and university interview questions). Overall, I think this is a very unique learning experience. Despite my weak mathematics foundation at current, I hope this new approach would work for me.
Toby’s Physics classes are very interesting and interactive. Instead of spoon feeding us, he lets us conduct our experiments on our own. However, whenever we have any doubts or faults in our experiments, he is always there to assist us. As a person who did not dare to ask questions in class in the past, he has encouraged me to embrace my inquisitiveness. Besides discussing matters relating to the subject he teaches, Toby’s friendly yet stern way has also allowed me to approach him on issues such as personal statement, university choices and career paths. In my opinion, he is a very experienced teacher and thus, he is able to give very constructive advice.
In preparation for the Physics Aptitude Test, I have been attending PAT/MAT/STEP/ENGAA classes every Monday. These lessons were conducted by Tet Amaya. Due to his university-like teaching style, I found these classes extremely helpful as he would give us challenging problems to consider and guide us throughout our thinking process.
Overall, I am pretty satisfied and thankful for all the support that I have received in terms of academics, and thus, I have yet to complain.