Oxford, LSE, Raffles. These are schools that I could only dream about studying in when I was young. But God is so gracious to have gifted me with a love for knowledge and a passion for reading that allowed me to excel in my studies which opened doors to incredible learning experiences.
My passion for teaching grew when I was in JC, and when the Public Service Commission (PSC) offered me an Overseas Scholarship to study in the UK and return to teach with the Ministry of Education (MOE), I jumped at the opportunity! Since then, I’ve taught in numerous institutions.
Besides teaching GP, I strongly believe in giving back to society with my time and my talents. Through various platforms such as helping out with MENDAKI and Singapore Cancer Society’s various assistance programmes, I serve in different capacities where I can to lend a helping hand to those who need it.
In my teaching of General Paper, I not only teach my students how to score well for their GP exams, I also share my life principles, perspectives and values to help them navigate our complex world today. This, I believe, is the power of a subject like GP: to sharpen minds, touch hearts and inspire lives!
“I’m very satisfied with the great improvement for my A-level GP results. Previously, I have never passed my GP paper in school exams, but with Mr Irwin’s guidance, I managed to pass my GP paper with a good grade and got into the course which I wanted. Mr Irwin’s GP tuition class never bores me with his lively teaching style and he will make sure no one is left out in the class.”
Wang Mu Xin, Temasek JC
“I remember being very confused about GP when I was in JC. I thought I could rely on my strong command of the English language to score well. But I had no clue how to write essays, and as a result, I often scored poorly for my essays which I thought were ‘well done’.
I was even more skeptical when my mother signed me up for GP tuition. My first response went something like, ‘GP? You sure there’s tuition for that kind of thing?” And of course, there was my wounded pride. Haha.
But attending GP lessons with Mr Irwin was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was with Mr Irwin that I learned that there was more to GP than simply English. Content, arguments, expressions and language flair were all part of the picture and these require not just exposure but proper guidance and effective practice. Attending GP lessons with Mr Irwin was the ideal place for me to acquire and fine-tune all these skills.
Mr Irwin will be to me first and foremost a tutor, teacher, educator and impassioned imparter of not just knowledge but the love of learning.”
Zachary Teo, Raffles Institution
“I enjoy going for Mr Irwin’s GP tuition classes as the lessons are very enjoyable! Mr Irwin is very interactive and we are able to share our answers. This allows us to learn from one another’s mistakes as we undergo the process of mastering different skills which are important in GP. Mr Irwin motivates his students and has made the studying of GP very fun!”