A Level

A Level 2018-06-11T16:10:45+00:00

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

Since our inception, Quintessential has developed a reputation for consistently producing Singapore’s top A-Levels students. We have taught over 1000 JC students to date; all of them scoring As’ in the A-Levels exams. As A-Levels specialists, our teachers dedicate full attention to writing and enhancing our A-Levels Master curriculum; each curriculum is built on proven strategies developed by subject experts. Now in our eighth year, we offer a series of JC Masterclasses that offer professional guidance, targeted help and a highly-rated personalised curriculum. Classes range from topical reviews to customised intensive revision.

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Small class sizes, premium education with master teachers and customised curriculum remains our code of excellence. We dedicate our time to crafting intelligently designed guides and teaching materials to help you achieve your potential. Each Quintessential teacher is an A-Level specialist who is a current school teacher with vast experience teaching at top schools. This year, we are introducing our junior tutors—A-Level top students. They are cherry picked and undergo extensive training with us to teach at the highest level. More than just a source of tutorial services, Quintessential encompasses a highly regarded brand of education designed to promote academic excellence.

6 problems JC students face

1. Exam questions are so different from what is taught is class

Teachers in school spend time prioritising the introduction of content over problem solving and exam techniques. This makes school lessons boring and often does not provide specialised help for exam needs.

2. Large amount of time spent on projects

Most students spend an average of 90-120 hours on their coursework, leaving little time for proper exam preparations.

3. Unable to pinpoint what to prioritise

Each subject covers a wide range of topics, emphasising breadth over depth. Students learn widely but struggle to pinpoint what to prioritise for exams.

4. Lack exposure to exam style questions

The A level exams are known to be set on a few iterations of specific question types. Students who lack exposure to question trend and analysis do not fare well in the exams.

5. Tight timeline in school

The tight timeline leaves students with little time to provide a comprehensive coverage. Students should start their own A-Level preparations way in advance. Students do not have sufficient time to review what they learnt after each term.

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simply taught brilliantly.

QE’s methodology is built on 3 pillars, designed to help you achieve your maximum potential.

We have spent years perfecting the way we teach the A-Level syllabus.

No one teaches A-Levels like we do.

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Our comprehensive personalised curriculum has been tested and proven across hundreds of students. Masterfully written by our JC subject examiners, the exclusive curriculum stands strong with insider knowledge on what types of questions are tested, how to best score for various essays and projects.

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Cherry-picked senior and junior teachers, all with first-hand experience in the A-Levels syllabus.

Senior Tutors: JC school tutors.

Junior Tutors: A-Levels Top Scorers

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Our A-Levels resource bank is systematically designed to help tackle all forms of A-Levels questions, and targeted for maximum performance in the shortest time. Every student has their own learning pace and preference. Quintessential caters to the weaknesses and needs of each individual student.

University Applications Mentoring

In addition, Quintessential Education is one of rare holistic providers that provide comprehensive university applications support and advice in both US and UK universities post A-Levels. We have a high success rate for our university applications – 90% acceptance to top 3 choices for US, 70% acceptance for Ivy League Universities and 90% acceptance for Oxbridge, Imperial College, and LSE. Find out more about our Oxbridge. Ivy League Mentoring or courses for specialised tests like SAT, ACT, UKCAT, BMAT, and GMAT.

Subjects Offered

Our JC Mathematics programme is designed to build firm foundational understanding of the content for each topic, following which we will focus on problem-solving techniques and sharpen each student’s familiarity with the syllabus through practices. We believe that memorising notes are an inefficient approach to doing well in exams. We help weaker students to build a strong foundation, and the stronger ones to score even better.

We work to enhance understanding and use real-life examples in our teaching. By simplifying core concepts, we hope to not only aid students’ understanding but also application of formulae and methodology. With proper guidance and understanding of techniques, practice would be doubly effective. Our classes have developed simple yet effective problem-solving techniques to help students through the process of answering questions.

Classes are also supplemented with advanced materials, intricately designed to help students gain exposure to a widest range of questions.


Our JC Chemistry programme is designed to enable students to achieve excellent academic performance in the subject. To excel in JC Chemistry, students are required to attain a comprehensive understanding of the core concepts within the syllabus, and be proficient in the application of these concepts when attempting exam questions.

The primary focus of our chemistry tutors is to ensure that students thoroughly understand the syllabus content. We believe that memorising notes is an inefficient approach to chemistry because students often face problems retaining the knowledge in the long run, and are unable to proceed once questions get complicated. By comprehending the WHY and the HOW for each chemistry concept instead, our students find themselves having to memorise less yet knowing more.

After ensuring that students have a solid foundation in content knowledge, our tutors turn their focus onto techniques for answering exam questions. Practices are tailored to each individual student’s weaknesses and needs, and these questions are carefully selected to reflect IB exam questions, and assess their competency in the topic.

Classes are also supplemented with advanced materials, intricately designed to help students gain exposure to the widest range of questions.


Our JC Physics programme is designed specially with the needs of our students in mind. Each class places a strong emphasis on building a strong foundation in core Physics principles and concepts. We believe in developing the right foundation concepts so that students can always work out their solutions from first principles. Each class is carefully designed to ensure that students master contextual knowledge and retain them in the long run. Our tutors spend an extensive amount of time to craft customised curriculums suited to the needs of students struggling with the subject, by producing notes that are easy to understand, break down complicated theories and apply them to real world situations. Students are hence able to identify how Physics concepts relate to daily phenomenons occurring around them, better appreciating its importance and relevance in real life.

Additionally, our tutors work to improve students’ answering techniques through thorough practices on past JC questions. Trend analysis, key question review, and intensive practices across a broad range of past JC questions are key features of each class. Questions are specifically selected based on the answering skills required, thus exposing students to a wide range of question types.

Each class works on addressing the unique, individual weak points of students to provide personalised assistance that best helps them to respond to challenging Physics problems.


Our JC Biology programme is designed to help students excel in the subject. The JC Biology syllabus is extremely content heavy, and JC students often struggle to cope with the sheer quantity of information they are expected to know for the course. This is why our tutors focus heavily on techniques to help students compartmentalise and retain their biology knowledge.

Unlike the school classroom where learning takes place mainly through audio processing, we believe that the best way for students to learn and retain information is through kinaesthetic and visual processing. Students are often encouraged to explain biology concepts through drawing instead of narrating, which helps ensure that the students have comprehensive understanding of the content. This approach to learning biology has been proven to greatly aid students in dealing with the heavy content, and hence score better for their exams.

Other than a strong focus on the subject’s content, our tutors also train students in answering questions that are not content based, such as inference and data-based questions. Analysis of experimental data is a key component of the JC Biology course, and learning the correct techniques to approach these questions will definitely give our students a competitive advantage.


Our JC Economics programme is designed to help students excel in the subject through developing analytic and evaluative minds, and the ability to present these economic ideas convincingly through essay writing skills.

QE’s classes focus on ensuring that students have an accurate understanding of core economic concepts. Thereafter, our tutors deconstruct each question type systematically and help students to examine and contextualise key economic content in a clear and concise manner. Each class adopts a focused approach to understanding question trends and patterns, with rigorous review of essay writing skills and critical thinking abilities designed for all students.

Our targeted focus on a range of topics encompassing real-world examples ranging from EU monetary policies to Japan’s negative interest rates, and pressing economic issues across the world. This helps to develop strong application skills to prepare for out-of-context questions and analysis.

Our economics curriculum is critically designed and committed to helping students achieve the best possible grade in economics.


Our JC Literature programme equips students with the critical skills and literary finesse to achieve excellent academic performances. QE’s curriculum ensures their proficiency in understanding the nuances of literary texts, critically analysing them, and articulating their thoughts coherently.

Firstly, our teaching philosophy includes the inculcation of universal skills needed to excel in literary analysis. An acute sensitivity to literary techniques that underscore prose and poetry is trained through practice, and nurtured by experienced tutors. Our materials are specifically curated based on past JC questions, and feedback on students’ work is given by tutors well versed with the JC marking criteria.

Secondly, QE’s curriculum instills knowledge and skills unique to the Set Text component of the formal examination. Students are taught to identify literary conventions specific to their text types, seamlessly incorporate them into their analyses, and explicate their literary functions. QE’s customised curriculum immerses students in the socio-cultural backgrounds of their texts, and such enhanced understanding adds depth to their written analyses.

Thirdly, students master the English language through our rigorous programme. Regular feedback from tutors on students’ written work elucidates areas for improvement in linguistic proficiency and argumentative flow, ensuring that students write with lucidity.


Our JC Psychology programme critically examines how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied. This will allow students to have a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour.

The holistic approach reflected in the curriculum, which sees biological, cognitive and sociocultural analysis being taught in an integrated way, ensures that students are able to develop an understanding of what all humans share, as well as the immense diversity of influences on human behaviour and mental processes. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are also key considerations of our JC psychology course.

Our classes are designed for in-depth analysis, evaluation and consolidation of learning. The overall aim of our course is to give students a deeper understanding of the nature and scope of psychology. Each class is crafted in best ways of delivery that are most relevant to their students’ interests and allow them to evaluate different psychological theories and arguments.

Our students will develop the capacity to identify, analyse critically and evaluate theories, concepts and arguments about the nature and activities of the individual and society and develop an awareness of how psychological research can be applied for the better understanding of human behaviour

Class Schedules

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                JC Year 1                          JC Year 2

Our Principal Tutors
Our tutors are experienced JC examiners, current or past JC teachers, and top educators who are passionate about giving an uncompromising education and guidance to our students.

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Brian Kim

UWC (Dover) | LSE (Economics)

Mr Lim, my teacher, is a very committed and experienced teacher. He puts in a lot of effort to get us to understand and do better and his notes are concise and comprehensive. The teachings are very clear, in depth, and easy to understand and I have improved tremendously under his guidance.

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Hermi Do

ACS International 2015 | Physics (SL)-7

Mr Lim is an engaging and fun tutor who taught me exam skills and techniques, supplementing and reinforcing the knowledge I learnt in school. Under Mr Lim’s guidance and effective teaching methods, I learnt a great deal on application skills and evaluation even though I joined very last minute before the examinations.

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James An

ACSI(Independent) 2015 | Mathematics (HL)- 7

The classes were very helpful as they were explained in a very simple and clear manner with huge amount of resources for reviews and drills. These added help gave me good preparation for my exams and made it very easy for me to approach the final IB papers. Thank you!

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Denny Park

SJI (International) | Columbia University

Thank you for making even the most boring subjects like English and Economics fun. Will always remember the commitment and extra effort all my tutors put in to help me prepare for exams! The practice sessions and reviews really made a big difference in my revision and I really enjoyed my lessons at QE!

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Kwon Jung Min

UWC (Dover) 2015 | Mathematics (HL)- 7, Physics (HL)- 7

Thanks for the awesome guidance for my mathematics class Mr Heng. I learnt so much from you and the classes were very fun and interesting. They made a very dry subject fun and interesting. I feel that I have improved greatly over the past year and I would like to thank you really for your help.

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Hong Jiye

UWC (East) 2015 | Chemistry (HL)- 7, Economics (HL)- 7

I’m very grateful for the guidance by Mr Lim and Mr Gopalan. They have helped me greatly with getting more practices and this has really given me much familiarity and exposure to the IB questions. The practices made it very easy for me to handle related questions. Thank you Sirs.

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Dorothy Tan

ACS(Independent)  2015 | Business (SL)- 7, Chemistry (HL)- 7

Mr Lim often teaches us contexts from both local and international sources to aid us in drawing connections between textbook theories and that of real world. He is also an extremely knowledgable and dedicated tutor to us and I’ve Mr Lim’s thoughtful and patient guidance to thank for my improvement. Thank you so much!

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Kevin Leong

ACS(Independent) 2015 | Economics (HL)- 7

Thanks for the help Sir, the classes were extremely helpful to my understanding and it allowed me to comprehend the mathematics syllabus very clearly. I found the resources and practices critical in my exam preparations and the classes were insightful and filled with interesting examples and analogies.

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Elizabeth Liew

ACS (International) | Edinburgh (Medicine)

Thanks so much for helping me improve my Economics at my own pace of lesson. The exam practices and notes, among others, really helped me for the exams and I have improved tremendously over the last year thanks to your guidance!

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