International Baccalaureate (IB)

Elizabeth Chua, ACSI

Chemistry has always been one of my weaker subjects in secondary school, but joining Ace Brainery has helped to greatly improve my understanding of the concepts. Desmond makes the lessons easy to follow and he has helped me to develop a good foundation in Chemistry, which definitely goes a long way when we have to learn the more complicated topics. His friendliness and patience creates an incredibly conducive and fun learning environment, where one is able to ask questions freely. He also gives really useful tips for exams that make exams a lot less stressful! After joining Ace, I happened to have a lot more time to focus on my other IB subjects too. Desmond is a really great teacher and I would definitely recommend Ace to anyone who finds Chemistry challenging!!!

Elizabeth Chua from ACS Independent (2019)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7

Eunice Tay, ACSI

Before joining Ace Brainery, Chemistry was my most feared subject as I found it very challenging to grasp the concepts. I am so thankful for Desmond because he miraculously makes these difficult concepts easy to understand and dramatically lowered the steep learning curve for me. Desmond’s notes are so clear that I always rely on my Ace Brainery notes, instead of the school’s notes. Desmond is also able to accurately spot questions, which is so helpful nearer to the examinations. Before I joined Ace Brainery, I was always behind in class and could not keep up with my peers. It is amazing that after attending the Ace Brainery crash courses and lessons, I was brought up to speed and could even excel in the subject. Desmond is not only an effective teacher, but also a caring one. He shows genuine concern for the progress of each and every student and I am so thankful for the huge amounts of effort that he puts in. I would really recommend Ace Brainery to any student taking Chemistry. Without Desmond, it would have been impossible to get a 7 for IB Chemistry! Thank you Desmond!!!

Eunice Tay from ACS Independent (2019)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7

Ira Teh, ACSI

As someone who was caught up with many commitments in school, I found myself falling behind in terms of content, especially for HL Chemistry. Luckily for me, a friend of mine referred me to Desmond. He really helped me to catch up on the Chemistry content in school, and to even learn ahead of the school syllabus eventually. Although Desmond seems a bit intimidating at the start, his teaching style is engaging, interactive and fun, which really helped me to focus during the lessons. He also provides many tips and tricks that helped me to remember certain key concepts during tests and exams. Outside of teaching, Desmond is also a down to earth, caring and understanding individual who you can definitely confide in when you are facing difficulties. Ace Brainery really helped to push me towards a 7 for HL Chem, and I would definitely recommend Ace to my juniors!

Ira Teh from ACS Independent (2019)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7

Natalie Hooi, ACSI

When I first came to Ace Brainery in the middle of Y5, I had just taken my first exam and got 59%, a solid 5 points, one of the lowest in my class. I couldn't even understand the difference between an atom and an ion, let alone comprehend anything else I was learning in school. Desmond was not only extremely clear in explaining all the concepts to me, but he has a unique talent of making the most difficult concepts simple to understand - something I had never encountered in Chemistry before stepping into Ace for tuition. After gaining a new perspective about Chemistry, I began to love the subject so much more. Instead of feeling daunted by it, I was inspired to work harder for the subject. Not only did Chemistry become my favourite subject by the time I graduated from IB, but it also became my best subject. I managed to get 89% for IB which is a 7. My decision to join Ace was honestly one of the best decisions I made during my IB journey and I definitely highly recommend Desmond to anyone who is seeking help for Chemistry!

Natalie Hooi from ACS Independent (2019)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7

Andrew Zhang, HCIS

Before I joined Ace Brainery in IB1, my Chemistry results were barely satisfactory. However, under Desmond's guidance, I was able to get a grasp on the important concepts, which allowed my interest in chemistry to quickly grow. Desmond is a creative, dedicated and passionate Chemistry teacher with knowledge unparalleled to any other tutors I have encountered. He motivates all his students, and really brings out their potential. Because of Desmond, I was able to jump from a grade 5 to grade 7 in my final IB examination. If one is willing to put in the necessary effort on an individual level, together through attending Desmond's weekly lessons, I can guarantee that any student will get a high distinction in Chemistry under his tutelage.

Andrew Zhang from Hwa Chong International School (2019)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7

Timothy Neui, HCIS

At the start of IB2, I was struggling a lot with Chemistry so I was desperately looking for help. It got so bad to the point that I was at the bottom of the class for my mid-terms, which was 5 months before the IB exams proper. This was when Desmond sat me down, and helped me to find my passion in Chemistry. He made complex concepts easy to understand, with the aid of physical chemistry models and also his funny acronyms. Under his guidance, my grade went from a grade 2 to grade 7 for IB. I am so thankful that I found such a great tutor whom really made learning so much more fun! Today, I am learning Chemistry in university and Chemistry has become part of my everyday life! Thank you so much Desmond!!!

Timothy Neui from Hwa Chong International School (2019)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7

Bryan Peh, ACSI

I joined Ace Brainery at the start of Year 5 with a relatively poor understanding of Chemistry. Desmond was extremely patient in his teaching with a strong emphasis on really the most basic of the concepts. He would often go out of his way such as staying back with me after class, to clarify any doubts that I may have. Desmond would also take the time to constantly reply to my queries over WhatsApp, which I really appreciate. Through my 2 years at Ace Brainery, I referred 4 of my friends whose only regret was not joining earlier. Desmond is the best tuition teacher that I have ever met. He really is a teacher that goes above and beyond. I managed to attain a grade 7 for HL Chemistry during the IBDP examinations. I highly recommend that you enroll in Ace Brainery. You won’t be disappointed!

Bryan Peh from ACS Independent (2019)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7

Justin Wei, HCIS

Desmond played an imperative role in improving my aptitude in Chemistry, and my methods for studying. From an initial 2 in HL IB Chemistry, Desmond helped me recognise my weaknesses with targeted guidance to boost my grade to a final 7. Now, I am studying medicine in Sydney, armed with the chemistry knowledge and studying tips provided by Desmond. Desmond is a tough cookie who tailors explanations to students, and that is the most outstanding trait that separates him from other tutors. Initially, I was intimidated by chemistry (Desmond considered it a phobia). Now, I can confidently say that it has become one of my best subjects.

Justin Wei from Hwa Chong International School (2019)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7

Mark Leong, ACSI

My experience with Ace Brainery has been one that has equipped me with not only a solid understanding of Chemistry, but with a lasting interest for the subject. I can walk into class with many doubts on certain topics, and practically walk out with all my doubts cleared. I think the thing that I am most thankful for in my classes with Desmond was that classes were always fun. Zero regrets since signing up!!!

Mark Leong from ACS Independent (2017)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7

Zhang Wei Jian Christopher, SJII

‘Lukewarm', would in a word, be how I’d describe my initial attitude towards chemistry. I neither detested it, nor particularly enjoyed it —it was just a necessity. With this tepid attitude, I managed 5s, 6s and the occasional 7 with just my trusty Marshall Cavendish. Not horrible grades, no. However, I felt a certain un-sustainability in my then method, as though there were gaping holes in my knowledge that I’d somehow managed to skirt around in every single test I took in school. Desmond solved this problem for me.

At Ace Brainery, Desmond, quite brutally (but with all the love in the world), dissected my prior knowledge of chemistry, identifying the aforementioned gaps in knowledge I wasn’t able to find myself. Over the course of almost 2 years, my initially lamentable chemistry foundation was fortified ten-fold, clearing any doubts I had previously harbored about most chemistry topics. This strong foundation brought my lukewarm attitude to a boil. The links between each topic gradually became clearer and clearer, as though each class came with a guaranteed epiphany. I not only enjoyed Desmond’s chill (like super chill) and effective classes, but also chemistry itself. Naturally, my grades saw a steady rise and 7s in chemistry weren’t goals, but rather expectations.

I give this testimonial with no exaggeration whatsoever. Do yourself a favor and join Ace Brainery.

Zhang Wei Jian Christopher from SJI Independent (2017)
International Baccalaureate HL Chemistry Grade: 7