FAQs

How are lessons conducted?

I’ve spent a good amount of time first as a struggling NTU accounting graduate to explaining financial statements to clueless business owners to teaching 15-16 year old students the concepts of accounting when I was running an outsource-bookkeeping company.

What’s said in the classroom remains between my students and I. The approach is proprietary. What’s clear is this: I help students understand accounting concepts in a manner that they can actually relate and use it for their real life in future for career, personal investment or at least budget their family finances.

POA isn’t just the boring, can-chuck-aside-peripheral-non-core-subject. It comes alive when we meet. Read actual students’ testimonials and catch a glimpse of the Jump Grades experience.

How much is the fees?

Tuition fees will depend on when you start the first POA lesson and will be locked in from the time you start attending. We will help you achieve your dream results no matter when you join in. However, we need some runway to make it work for you. As such, if you join early, you get to enjoy a lower rate.

LEVEL 1st Lesson before 1 Apr 2017 First Lesson after

2017 SEC 3

$250

$250

2017 SEC 4/5 $280

$320

 

  1. Fee quoted above is for every 4 lessons of 1.5 hours each, payable monthly, pro-rated. For example, if there’s 5 weeks during the month or 3 weeks due to post-exam breaks/public holidays, fees will be $350 and $210 respectively for a student paying $210 for lessons.
  2. Fee is based on the date of your first lesson. If your lesson starts on the last week of a month, you will be paying for the last week and the next month’s fees.
  3. Cheques (preferred) can be made to Jump Grades Education Pte Ltd.
  4. The fee adjustment from 1 April is applicable to new registrations and will not affect the existing students.
  5. Fee payable is based on attendance basis. Make-up can be arranged subject to availability. Absences must be supported by parents’ phone call or medical certificate.
  6. Attendance will be counted in for no-shows and late notice (unless emergency)
  7. All registrations are done online for proper record keeping and tax-reporting purpose to IRAS.

What are the accepted modes of payment?

We accept cash and cheque payments. Cheques (preferred) can be made payable to

JUMP GRADES EDUCATION PTE LTD

Do you provide trial lesson(s)?

Absolutely. It’s important for us to discover if our teaching/learning style is a good fit. A trial lesson is $80 and the amount can be used to offset the monthly fees if you choose to continue the following week. Do note that students who are confirmed will be given priority over students choosing to take trial lessons.

Why Choose Us?

It’s not about me, really. When the student is ready, the master is here. My credentials come from the achievements of my students, not mine.

Read my students’ testimonials and you may get a glimpse. We do not buy up mainstream newspaper features ( it’s a lot of money, by the way – I receive their quotations) nor did we renew the license with The Straits Times to put our interview on the website. We don’t buy medals to decorate ourselves.

We prefer to spend our efforts the good, old-fashion way – solid, consistent delivery of quality lessons and garner support via word-of-mouth, some food and keeping things real.

What matters at the end of the day – did we learn? did we laugh? did we have a good time? and importantly, did we deliver?

How many students are there in the class?

Class size averages around 4-6 but weekend and near-exams classes are bigger, naturally. We open up new classes whenever we reach a critical size so that it’s optimal. There is a physical limitation of how many students each class can take, anyway.

Students who need help from scratch will be trained separately before being allowed to join the existing classes. We monitor the progress of the students stringently and will not compromise on the students’ progress.

The measure of a good Michelin-hawker is his consistency, whether he sells 100 soya sauce chicken or 180 per day. The measure of quality isn’t the class size, but the consistency in lesson delivery, day-in, day-out.

I got a F9 for End-of-Year exams. Is the class going very fast and can I fit?

We specialize in helping students jump grades. It’s the sick that needs the doctor, not the healthy.

I get this so often that this question made it to the FAQ. Your fellow classmates are in the C6 – F9 range and I verify this with everyone on the first lesson.

We treat everyone as if they are learning accounting the first time, ground -zero, kosong. The lesson is well-paced to help students arrive at the ah-ha moment of how simple double entries actually is.

What do I bring for the first lesson?

Bring stationery, calculator and an open mind. I’ll provide the rest of the materials, engagement and fun. 🙂

Are there any material, deposit or registration fees?

A one-time, non-refundable $50 material fee will be collected on the first month of lesson regardless of which month you join us. The material fee includes a 150-page powerful study guide, class notes and worksheets throughout your stay with us. If you already have the study guide, you can write of $15 from the material fee.

We do not collect any deposits so it’s easier for us to let go of students with bad learning attitudes  for ease of administration.

What happens if I miss a lesson?

Multiple classes are available for make up in the week. In the unfortunate event that you miss a lesson due to school event or other pre-planned activities which causes you to also miss your make up session, we will allow you to apply the unused lesson to offset next month’s fees, subject to a non-breach of our mutual respect policy.

Absences must be supported with parents’ phone call or medical certificates. Attendance will be counted in for no-shows and late notice. We reserve the right to release your slot for others in the wait list should we observe that class engagement is a convenience and not a commitment.

What is The Mutual-Respect Policy

Our Mutual Respect policy is as such:

Do what you would do meeting a couple of friends for a movie.

The tickets are bought. The timing fixed. You know that the movie will be starting on time. If you are coming late, let your friends in the group chat know.

Occasionally, there may be school-events, family emergencies, over-sleeping or rehearsals/ccas to attend to. We understand.

Tell us in advance (3 days) where possible. We don’t like to feel pang-seh but at the same time, it’s inconsiderate to think that Caleb should repeat the same lesson to the whole class because of your last minute disappearance or no-show.

If you inform the class earlier, we might be able to make alternative plans so that what you can still catch up.

Really, it’s just common sense and basic courtesy. #dontbeadonaldtrump

[June + Dec Classes] Scheduling + Away for CCA Camp, Family Vacation

[ONLY FOR JUNE + DEC Holiday Classes]

Our POA holiday class schedules will be a bit more fluid to accommodate pre-booked travelling plans as well as school, cca and church camps etc. This is possible due to the small class size ( 4-5 students per class).

What we do to help students with varying schedules:

1. Confirmed students will be sent a registration link with a confirmed start date for the 1st lesson.
2. Student/Parent will indicate away dates for holidays/cca/camps etc.
3. An indicative schedule will be planned for certain days for make up or reschedule.
4. After the 1st lesson, the next lesson date will be confirmed all the students and they will be added to a whatsapp group after that.
5. In the event there are changes, Caleb (or tutor) will decide on the next best date and advise collectively on the group.

Again, this is on best case basis with the objective of minimising students who will miss lessons. This is done as a value-add service and the tutor is not oblige to accommodate everyone due to the logistical and administration challenges for classroom bookings etc.