Bringing Joy Back To Learning
Joyous Learning is made up of a group of like-minded and capable educators who care about the overall well-being and development of our young charges. We believe that happy and motivated students learn better, which eventually translates into better results. Designing and delivering lessons that creatively engage students requires more a lot more effort and energy than administering standard drills, but it’s all worth it.
Our students’ results and their parents tell us so!
- GEP Screening & Selection Test Preparation
- English & Creative Writing
- Bonding with Young Learners
Adrian has spent the last 15 years writing materials for and teaching Primary Level English, Science and GEP preparatory classes after his decade-long stints in a fund management firm and investment bank. As a GEP Screening & Selection Test coach, he has helped over 450 students gain admission into the Gifted Education Programme.
Adrian is an ex-ASEAN Secondary, Pre-U & Undergraduate Scholar. “I was quite the nerd in my younger days,” he admits. Some would say he is still one today.
- Infectious Cheerfulness
Irah is an educator whose 15 years of experience spans MOE schools as well as enrichment and student care centres. At Joyous Learning, she has created a homely and conducive learning environment for students and teachers alike. Parents appreciate her for her warm personality, chattiness and willingness to go out of her way to attend to their needs.
“The key is in finding that sweet spot where the interests of students, their parents and our teachers converge,” Irah proclaims sagely.
Gifted Education Consultant
- Gifted Education
- IQ Assessment (WISC)
- Creative & Critical Thinking
- Positive Psychology
Dr Sandhu holds a PhD in Psychology (Gifted Education) from the University of Cambridge, UK.
She has been working with high ability learners since 1996. Her experience includes teaching and advisory roles at Cambridge, Stanford University’s Education Programme for Gifted Youth and National Association for Gifted Children (Malaysia). In Singapore, she had served as school psychologist at Raffles Girls’ Secondary School and consultant to iGenius Singapore.
Despite being dyslexic, Dr Sandhu is a polyglot who speaks English, Malay, Hindi, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia and Punjabi.
Teacher Seok Bee
- Energetic & Focused
- Wry sense of Humour
- Making Lessons Effective & Enjoyable
In addition to majoring in English Language and Literature, Seok Bee has minors in Chinese Studies and Literature. With more than 20 years of experience in MOE schools, overseas institutes and enrichment centres, Seok Bee is a master in the Tao of Teaching.
Having raised two children who were both in the Gifted Education Programme, Seok Bee understands just what it takes to nurture and motivate young learners.
This English Specialist enjoys travelling and chronicalling her jaunts in an analogue travelogue. “I will be the last bastion of offline journaling!” steadfast Seok Bee declares.
- Inspiring Young Learners
- English Communication
- Making English Relevant for Young Learners
Ligaya has been teaching English to primary and secondary students in MOE schools and enrichment centres for over two decades. She is the quintessential teacher’s teacher – having served mentor to younger teachers.
Ligaya proclaims, “I strive to impart the accurate use of the English language and to awake the joy of learning through books, articles, songs, poems and videos. By exposing students to the breadth and depth of language, I hope they would find their own voice of expression.”
Naturally, for one should expect nothing less from an English Language and English Applied Discourse major.
GEP & Writing Specialist
- GEP Screening & Selection Test Preparation
- English & Creative Writing
- Transforming Transformers Toys
A GEP alumnus from Raffles Institution, Marcus has been tutoring students in English, Language Arts and Literature since 2005, and more recently, preparing students who are embarking on the GEP journey. Besides tutoring, Marcus writes scripts for Channel 5 TV shows such as Lion Moms and Crimewatch, as well as movie reviews for Yahoo!
On this GEP experience, Marcus professes, “GEP broadened my horizons. The rigorous curriculum stimulated my intellectual curiosity, and learning with motivated classmates imbued me with a strong work ethic.”
Regular spending of undisclosed amounts on toys has made Marcus one of the largest private collectors of Transformers in Singapore, a fact we’re not sure we’re proud of.
Teacher Kian Ming
English, Mathematics & GEP Specialist
- Curriculum Writing
- Spicing up the Routine
Being an MOE school teacher and an ex-Editor at an educational publishing house, Kian Ming brings to bear valuable teaching and curriculum design experience.
When asked his curriculum writing process, he had this to say: “Oftentimes, I’m inspired when I’m watching documentaries, reading the news or shopping at the supermarket.” Indeed, judging from his questions that feature animals drinking from a pond in a savannah and efficient food packaging designs – he’s not joking.
On his off days, Kian Ming attends warehouse books sales where he buys everything from the The Colonial History of Sabah and Sarawak to the Adventures of the Mad Chinaman. Presumably, he reads them.
Science & Mathematics Specialist
- Enthusiasm & Initiative
- Connecting with Kids
Armed with a degree in Science and a Post-Grad Diploma in Mathematics, Stella has been teaching Primary as well as Secondary Maths and Science in MOE schools and enrichment centres for over 15 years. Her work as HOD of Pupil Welfare at a previous workplace has imbued her with a sensitivity and the skills to manage the affective needs of students.
Stella likes coming up with maths-based card tricks to entertain the young ones during family gatherings. Her other interest includes visiting the Science Centre with her children. “It’s more fun than shopping at Orchard Road,” so claims Stella.
Here are what some students say about lessons @ Joyous Learning
Mr Goh is a good teacher.
Mr Goh is a good teacher. He always sets up fun games for us and when you are not sure of how to do questions, he will always explain again. If I have not finished writing, he will wait for me. He is a very funny and patient teacher.
The teachers here are all very kind.
The teachers here are all very kind. I don’t feel like I’m going for extra lessons or another school when I come to Joyous Learning. It’s my second favourite place after home.
My teachers are awesome!
I like how my teachers always finds something interesting to share during the lesson. I like learning new things that are not already covered in my textbooks. My teachers are awesome!
My teacher never fail to make every lesson enjoyable.
My teacher never fail to make every lesson enjoyable. No matter the topic, she always finds nuggets of information to share with us that blow our minds! My grades have definitely improved since I started attending lessons here!
Here are what some parents say about lessons @ Joyous Learning
Joyous Learning is a learning centre that really cares for their students.
Joyous Learning is a learning centre that really cares for their students. A big thank you to Adrian and his team for putting in their heart into helping my son with his PSLE prep. Due to a medical condition, he was not able to attend school in P5 & P6 and had only 6 months ( april to sept) to prepare for psle in the midst of treatment. The weekly online tuition sessions were very useful for helping him to catch up with “lost time” that enabled him to gain confidence in facing the psle. The curriculum and materials of the centre are well organised and paced very well for PSLE preparation. The centre manager Irah was also always ready to support during the online lesson times. Eventually the results exceeded our expectations and he managed to score an A* for both English and Science ( the subjects that he had tuition with Joyous Learning)!
– Mrs Grace Phua, mother of Jonas ( P6 2020)
We love Joyous learning.
I enrolled my girl to Joyous Learning in early of this year. Actually my intention is not to push her into GEP. I wanted my girl to explore more and broaden her horizons, learn the different ways how to think instead of fixed ways taught at school. She was very excited to share with me the various creative ways of solving difficult problems she learnt from the teachers, who were very kind, patient and humorous. My girl and I believe Joyous Learning really focuses on inspiring and guiding children to think independent. We love Joyous learning. Thank you teachers. We definitely love to recommend you and Joyous Learning to everyone.
– Zhou AM
Well deserved full star rating.
My girl attended the Nov school holiday writing class for P3 which is a 4 days program.
The marked worksheets of dd’s compo were with constructive feedback. I had a discussion with the teacher and she pinpointed dd’s weak areas. The framework of this program is favourable for us. Thank you Mrs Ang!
Dd also enjoyed the one day Science holiday class. The approach for the answering technique is a great input. Will refer again once the term starts for 2019.
Had been following J.L. on Facebook before this program, and will continue to keep in touch with the programs offered.
– Jass C
I'd recommend this center to other parents looking for fun and engaging enrichment for their kids.
My P3 son attended Joyous GEP class since the beginning of the year, and thus far it has been great. My son is the type who never likes school, or tuition, etc. But surprisingly he likes joyous classes. I think the lessons at joyous, as the name indicates, are truly joyous 🙂 I’d recommend this center to other parents looking for fun and engaging enrichment for their kids.
– Dr Sun
The lessons at Joyous are both interesting and insightful, online and offline.
My P3 boy looks forward to his weekly lessons at Joyous. His teacher, Mr Goh, is an effective and experienced teacher who employs innovative learning strategies to engage the class. Joyous has advanced technology and resources, which explains why my boy enjoyed the fully interactive live video conferencing cum online lessons via Zoom (during the COVID-19 period). The lessons at Joyous are both interesting and insightful, online and offline.
– Mrs Seow
We heard good reviews about the teachers.
We picked Joyous mainly because we heard that Joyous Team was previously from a renowned tuition brand where GEP and PSLE results were record high. We heard good reviews about the teachers as well. They are indeed nurturing and above all, put in great effort in their teaching. My child looks forward going to his Science lessons every Wednesday night. All thanks to Mr Mag as my child comes home with full marks every time. Another plus point is that the class size is kept small to maximize student and teacher interaction.
My sincere thanks to the teachers!
My son, Reagan is with Joyous Learning for Thinking Writer and Science. Having been with a few enrichment centres, he simply loves Joyous Learning. Most importantly is that he has been enjoying the lessons very much from the start in Jan this year. The teachers are awesome and engaging and that contributed to Reagan’s enthusiasm in attending the classes. They provide feedbacks to parents on child’s learning and I am still monitoring his progress. My sincere thanks to the teachers!
– Mok SL
My girl was happy!
I’ve tried mathematics enrichment for my daughter at several centres. To me, mathematics is quite straightforward. Just drill all the way. So was pleasantly surprised by the small little things they do in class to make lessons more interesting. One activity I remember in particular was the forex exchange game they played in class when they were learning the topic of money. My girl was happy cos she exchanged the most amount of “joyous dollars” at the end. Haha!
– Kev W