I grew up in Singapore and have spent time studying and working in various countries, including South Korea, France, and Sweden. I enjoy working with people, discussing ideas, and exploring new concepts. While I had a strong science and math background in high school, I decided to pursue my interests in international affairs and foreign policy during my college years. After graduation, I spent a year in Washington DC on a research fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and I have now returned to Princeton to pursue a PhD. Yet, the skills of critical thinking and analytical inquiry have been highly translatable across fields, and I hope to put this into practice as a tutor. Even in political science, we increasingly work at the intersections of area expertise and mathematical modeling! In the future, I hope to work at an intersection of another sort – to bridge the gap between academia and policy.

Rather than teaching students passively, I enjoy engaging with them and bringing them through the process of learning and mastering the relevant content and skills. I believe that my versatile background in science, social sciences and the humanities provides me with an edge as a tutor, allowing me to introduce interdisciplinary ways of learning and teaching. I have worked as a curriculum development intern at a tuition center in Singapore, designing and writing pedagogical materials to teach science in an innovative and engaging way. Completing several science research projects at university laboratories during my middle and high school years, as well as achieving honors in various science competitions, has been a fundamental part of my learning process and has thereby influenced my approach to tutoring. My work experience at various organizations, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and as an editor and writer for a number of magazines, has also honed my ability to think critically and write effectively, all skills important for writing and verbal skills. For me it is hard to beat that sense of reward from sharing knowledge and provoking discussion as a form of learning with others, a pedagogy of mutual exchange that I plan to use as your tutor.


Education: Princeton University
Undergrad Major: AB Woodrow Wilson School with a Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication
Other Degrees/Minors: Pursuing PhD in Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School (Princeton)

High School:

Awards & Honors: GSK-Economic Development Board Essay Competition 2008 - Philip Yeo Top Prize, Singapore Science and Engineering Fair 2008 - Silver, Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science 2007, Singapore National Biology Olympiad 2007 - Gold, Singapore International Biology Olympiad Training Team, Singapore National Chemistry Olympiad 2007 - Bronze, American Association for Cancer Research Centennial Conference 2007 - Team 1st, Raffles Top Scholar Award 2006, Top in Biology 2006, Top in Geography 2006
Interests & Activities: Science Club (Chairperson), Golf Club (Secretary), Science Olympiad
SAT Scores: 800 Math, 770 Critical Reading, 800 Writing
AP Exams: 5 Biology, 5 Chemistry, 5 Calculus BC
SAT Subject Tests: 800 Math Level 2, 800 Biology, 800 Chemistry


Other Awards: Magna cum laude, Junior Fellow (1-year fellowship) at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Fulbright Award to South Korea (declined), North American Conference on British Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize, Woodrow Wilson School Senior Thesis Research Grant, published article in peer-reviewed political science academic journal (Asian Survey) and various undergraduate journals
Other Interests & Activities: As a Princeton undergraduate, I was involved in: American Foreign Policy magazine (writer and editor), Model UN, Princeton University Harp Ensemble, Study Abroad Peer Adviser, Reporter (Education beat) for, research assistantships with various professors in the Princeton Politics and WWS departments, research assistant to New York Times journalist in Paris
Location: Princeton University

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