Javern Sim, JD, is the only Mathematics tutor in Singapore who is also a:
- Former MOE Teacher;
- Qualified Lawyer, admitted to practice in Singapore;
- Chartered Accountant of the Instituted of Singapore Chartered Accountants; and
- Accredited Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre, Panel of the Law Society’s Mediation Scheme and Singapore International Mediation Institute.
Academic and Professional Career
Javern graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) in 2009. After graduation, he worked with the MOE as a full-time teacher, before moving on to pursue his Juris Doctor degree with the Singapore Management University’s School of Law. After graduating from law school, he trained under Mrs. Jennifer Yeo (wife of ex-Foreign Minister George Yeo). Within 6 months from being called to the Bar as a qualified lawyer, Javern started to teach law graduates taking the Singapore Bar examinations. He became a qualified mediator with all 3 major mediation bodies in Singapore and started his own law firm in September 2018.
Passion in Education
Being a former MOE teacher, Javern is passionate about education. He started giving private and group tuition since 2004, and has continued to teach ever since. He is completely at ease with the Mathematics Syllabus at Primary and Secondary School levels.
Javern started Dr.JS Math Tuition Pte Ltd to help students master Mathematical concepts and theories. He believes that some students are disinterested in Mathematics due to a lack of understanding (which leads to an inability to do well in tests and examinations). Javern strives to empower his students by getting them to understand each step of a Mathematics question through the Constructivism approach (see below).
Javern adopts the Constructivism approach in teaching Mathematics. He believes that Mathematics teachers should not merely lecture or explain. An effective Mathematics teacher decomposes Mathematical concepts into small steps which are manageable and “learnable” by students. The ability to do this effectively comes from extensive experience and observation of past students. The modern Mathematics teacher creates situations for students to mentally construct steps towards solving Mathematical questions. Students should not be memorizing steps. Rather, students should understand the rationale behind each step, so as to handle different kinds of questions.
Javern develops his own teaching materials, including powerpoint slides and worksheets.
Javern engages his students through instant messaging applications and Facebook. He spends half his time practising law and half his time conducting Mathematics classes for primary and secondary students.