More than 20 years of teaching experience;
A proven ability to improve grades.

Our founder and principal, Lena Chng, is a true inspiration. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she is a shining example of how one can pursue their passion and make a meaningful impact in the lives of others. Having built a successful career in the global pharmaceutical industry and working with several large multinational companies, Lena brings with her a wealth of knowledge and skills that are unmatched in the field of education. Upon returning with her family from Australia to Singapore, she saw a clear opportunity to share her vision and beliefs in education with other parents. Lena’s transition to education is a testament to her unwavering commitment to inspiring and empowering others, which sets her apart from the rest, making her the ideal leader for our institution.

Academic Success Begins With Effective Parenting

Lena’s vision and beliefs in education were developed and honed through the successful upbringing of her two daughters, who were both enrolled in Singapore’s Gifted Education Program – a testament to their intelligence and her effective parenting.

The eldest daughter’s outstanding academic performance, achieving top scores of 9A1s in her GCE O Levels and a perfect 45 score in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme exams, is truly inspirational. Her hard work and dedication paid off when she graduated with First Class Honours in Law and secured a prestigious position at a top global law firm in London. Her achievements are a powerful reminder that anything is possible with perseverance and determination.

The younger daughter’s outstanding academic achievements are just as remarkable. Overcoming initial teacher scepticism about girls coping well with the IB syllabus, she, together with other girls in the inaugural cohort in the Integrated Program (IP-IB) of her school,  demonstrated exceptional ability and dedication throughout her academic journey, obtaining equally outstanding results in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme exams after her Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). Her pursuit of higher education has led her to complete a Master of Science in Neuroscience from University College London, and she is now taking a gap year before embarking on a PhD in Neuroscience. Showing what can be accomplished with the correct mindset, her steadfast commitment to her academic pursuits is genuinely remarkable.

Nurturing High Ability

Lena specializes in teaching Math and Science to primary school learners.

 

子どもたちは無限の可能性を持って生まれてきます。適切なレベルの学習を通じて自分の能力を伸ばすことで、どの子どもも優れた成績を収めることができます。それが私がこう言う理由です。「試してみてください! そうしないと、自分の本当の可能性を決して発見することはできません。– 公文 公
[translation]: Children are born with unlimited potential. Every child can excel by developing his or her ability through study at the just-right level. That is the reason I say: “Give it a try! Or you will never discover your true potential. – KUMON TŌRU

With her years of experience in teaching, Lena is confident in her ability to handle students with different learning abilities. She firmly believes that “every child can achieve better results with proper guidance“, and she applies different learning strategies to help each child reach their full potential. Lena works with her students in small group settings, where she can provide them with the attention and support they need to succeed.

Lena has earned a well-deserved reputation for identifying and developing high-ability students. Her top students consistently achieve A* (AL1) with scores of 260+ / 270, a testament to her unwavering commitment to pushing students to reach their full potential.

Lena’s coaching has significantly improved her students’ grades, often transforming F’s into B’s and C’s into A’s. As a result of her exceptional coaching, many of her students have been accepted into the  Gifted Education Programme by the Ministry of Education (MOE) or have been recognized with academic awards.

Simply put, Lena’s expertise and dedication have helped her students achieve outstanding results and even surpass their parents’ expectations.

Life Beyond Grades

Every year, when the results of significant exams are released, stories circulate on social and traditional media about people who did not perform well but still achieved success in life. These stories go viral because they spread a positive message: Exam scores do not define a person.

However, some people criticize these anecdotes as insensitive and not applicable to everyone. While grades should not define us, we should acknowledge that grades can shape our future paths. The type of education received and the people we meet can have an impact on our life outcomes – we cannot know what lies at the end of the road not taken.
However, Lena believes that a love of learning can coexist, even thrive, in the face of competing pressures from grades. In answer to the question, “Can there be life beyond grades?” she says, “Yes”.

Exams can be a challenging time for students. Still, it is essential to remember that disappointing results do not have to define their future. Research shows that students who have faced setbacks tend to be more resilient and perform better under pressure. Teachers can support their students by encouraging them to reflect on their exam preparation, identify areas for improvement, and set positive goals for themselves. By focusing on growth and learning, students can turn their setbacks into opportunities for personal growth and success.

Mental Well-being And Lifelong Learning

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MOE in Singapore implemented various measures, such as school closures and home isolation/quarantine, to contain the virus’s spread among students. However, Lena also recognized that the pandemic could harm many children’s emotional and psychosocial well-being. It could lead to psychological distress and mental health-related issues in youths.

To tackle this concern, Lena completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology. She took on the role of in-house counsellor for our Elucidation Learning students. With her training, she is better equipped to identify signs of distress in students, monitor their wellbeing, and provide timely advice to parents to refer potential issues to mental health professionals if necessary. Lena aims to offer targeted support and guidance to students.

As part of the member registration process for the Singapore Association for Counselling, Lena is undergoing clinical practicum hours and ensuring that our students have the support they need academically and emotionally. Her dedication to supporting students and promoting their emotional and academic growth is commendable.

Lena believes in building a culture of care and mutual concern for each other and inspiring students to develop a love for learning and a desire to strive for excellence. She is committed to serving as a guiding light for students, emphasizing the importance of education and care.

Achievements And Awards

Lena was awarded the Singapore Prestige Class Award & Aspiring Woman Entrepreneur Award 2020/2021. Coupled with strong resilience and sharp business acumen skills, her dedication and passion for nurturing students have allowed her to develop Elucidation Learning as an environment for purposeful learning.

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