Dr. Raymond Lo received his Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. He is one of the experienced tutor, teen life coach, admission consultant of A* International Tutoring. He teaches general science subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics) to students taking 11+, 13+, IGCSE, HKDSE, GCE A-level and IB exams. He has worked in a microbiology laboratory in HKU for several years and is now working as a lecturer in a community college. Raymond has been tutoring for 10 years and is now working in our centre to equip our students with the essential scientific knowledge and help them to get into their desired university.
He has recently completed my PhD with a major in Physics from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). During his PhD studies, he has been working as a teacher assistant in HKU for three years, and he worked as an Applied Physics lab demonstrator in the National University of Sciences and Technology for three years. His duties include: delivering lectures, marking the assignments and exams and conduction of some laboratory experiments. This teaching experience helped him to gain a better understanding of the basic concepts of Physics. He studied Math up to his 18 years of education, and have a good command on mathematics as well. Currently, he is also teaching as a part-time IBDP/IGCSE/HKDSE Physics/Math in Hong Kong. He is well familiar with the IB/IGCSE/HKDSE curriculum.
Dr. Steven Wong received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Durham. Mathematics and Physics are the two subjects that deeply fascinate him and his passion for Physics has led him to pursue graduate research on this subject. Over the years, he has acquired extensive experience in research, conference presentations, publications and in handling different mathematical and physics models. Moreover, he developed the skills of statistical analyses, numerical simulations and different programming languages and even Linux operating system due to his research projects. Besides academic research, he also has teaching experience at tertiary level. He has also been a private tutor to high school students. He finds great joy and satisfaction in being able to inspire young minds to pursue excellence in science. Having gained much knowledge and insights abroad, he wishes to assist Hong Kong in its science education.
Mr. RC Notarianni is an experienced educator who also has publishing, journalism, and media production experience. He has considerable teaching experience in IGCSE English. Mr. Notarianni comes from the UK and he has worked for a number of years in international schools including Kiangsu Chekiang Secondary (International). He specializes in helping students to refine their general academic skills, particularly writing skills such as narrative and descriptive and acquiring ‘deeper meaning. He also has considerable publishing experience. As a journalist, he has written for South China Morning Post, Time Out, among others, and for education publications. He was the founding editor of EnglishStreet, the Hong Kong Economic Times School page, and he also worked at The Student Standard. He is a qualified teacher and has a masters degree from Bournemouth University, in the UK.
Mr. Michael Waugh was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He received his BA degree in Humanities (Literature and History) from Asia International Open University, Macau (originally the Open College of the University of Macau), the course material of which was supplied by the British Open University. He has been teaching English Language and English Literature in Hong Kong since 1998, and helping students to achieve success in their exams is extremely rewarding for him. For Common Entrance exams, he has taught 11+, 12+ and 13+. He has also helped students through the CIE and Edexcel exams at IGCSE level. Mr. Waugh has been teaching IB English Language & Literature as well as English Literature for six years. His IB students (Standard Level and Higher Level) have all done well, achieving impressive marks of 6 or 7. He encourages students to rely on a working method or process to achieve results. Mr Waugh has also conducted Shakespeare workshops for students in the English Department of the University of Hong Kong, as well as teaching a course on Acting Shakespeare at HK Academy for Performing Arts. For the past 15 years, he has coached many students in preparation for the Hong Kong Schools Speech festival, helping them to achieve 1st, 2nd or 3rd places.
Ms. Y. T. Ma is a highly engaged, pro-active driver of change who possesses a positive attitude in teaching. Recommended by students and parents as an enthusiastic, inspirational and influential teacher that can continuously deliver exceptional teaching result in the shortest period of time. Teaching motto: Excel today, accelerate tomorrow.
Ms. Wong Lu (北京人)。 普通話高級教師文憑 。十多年教授普通話經驗。成人普通話教授多年, 包括政府機構高級公務員及銀行高級行政人員商業普通話個人及小組教授 。學生中有多名普通話成績為全年級第一 。 另外也曾擔任本港普通話朗誦比賽評判。輔導中小學生GAPSK考試及成人PSC普通話水平測試。國際學校I/GCSE考試輔導。普通話水準測試一級 Beijing; Diploma for Advanced Putonghua Trainers; Over 10 years Mandarin teaching experience; Adult Mandarin teaching experience. Learners include Administrative Officers (AO) and Executive Officers (EO) of Hong Kong Government, CEO/Directors of foreign and local bank. 1-1 or group tutorial provided. Tutor can also train student to prepare business presentation; There are a number of students ranked no.1 for the whole year Putonghua; being invited as judge in Hong Kong Mandarin Speech Competition ; Counselling students on GAPSK exam and adult PSC Putonghua Proficiency Test; International School I / GCSE examinations tutoring; Awarded an “A” Grade Certificate by Chinese National Language Bureau
Ms. Zoe Tsang graduated from HKUST and New York State University of Stony Brook with 4.0/4.0 GPA. She is a Native speaker of both Mandarin and Cantonese with 5 years of teaching experience. She teaches Physics, Chemistry & Biology, Maths and Mandarin Chinese in IGCSE, GCSE, GCE, IB, HKDSE, SAT, ACT curriculums. With a strong academic background in maths and science, Zoe has helped numerous students prepare for school, college entrance exams and provided insightful advice for their academic planning, including but not limited to customized study plans, choosing schools, majors and interviews. She is young, positive, fun with a solid heart to improve students’ capabilities. In 2013 and 2014, she co-organized a service learning trip and travelled to the Hope Schools in rural China to teach students sciences. Ms. Tsang also has a great deal of leadership experience such as being a school society vice-president.
Mr. Charles Lam is an experienced Economics and Business studies/Management teacher as well as a former secondary school part-time teacher in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. He is friendly, cheerful, patient and enjoy working with students. He provides student expert feedback on written answers and refines their exam skills to gain maximum marks. He can teach IGCSE, IBDP, GCE A-level, IAL, and BTEC.
Mr. Andrew Ness brings a variety skill sets to bear in helping you to optimize the preparation of your admission essay for colleges in the United States. Besides having hands-on experience in acting as an advisor to Hong Kong college applicants in preparing college admission essays. Mr. Ness is a skilled writer and experienced teacher, holding a BA degree in English Literature from Columbia College in New York City and having taught English composition at the undergraduate level in Fudan University, Shanghai. During the 27 years Andrew has worked Hong Kong in the research, consulting and communications fields, his articles and editorials have been widely published by Hong Kong and mainland news media. Andrew is keen to bring the same skill sets which he has honed over the decades of his professional career in helping you to maximize the success of your college admission essay.
Ph.D. Portland State UniversityDr. Adam Devlin is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a native English speaker(American)and has a sound educational background. Dr. Adam received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Portland State University, his MSc in Applied Physics from Appalachian State University, and his BSc in Physics from the University of Oregon. He is a Physics and Maths expert. He is also very knowledgeable about climate science and related topics. He uses a creative and prolific approach to research and teaching using real-world examples to explain difficult concepts. Dr Adam can tutor and teach proficiently for all scientific and mathematical concepts. He is an accomplished lecturer at a variety of academic levels, and presenter at many conference proceedings. Also, he is a great proofreader and copy editor of all topics, and is a review editor for a major international journal (Frontiers of Earth Science and Marine Science).
Tanya Maheshwar was awarded a scholarship to attend the Cass Business School, London (City, University of London business school) where she graduated with a Masters in Management. Prior to university,she attended an international school andachieved A* in Economics, Accounting, Business Studies and Mathematics at both GCSE and A-Levels. At the GCSE Level, she was awarded the highest marks in the country for Accounting and English. She teaches GCSE and A-levels courses in economics, mathematics, business studies and accounting in higher education institutions in 2017 and provides IELTS training services to students.
Mr. Alfredo Jimenez received a Master’s degree in foreign language education in Mexico. He provided Foreign Language Teaching (French/English) in Universidad Madero. He worked as a Secondary French teacher in Preparatoria Universidad Interamericana and taught TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) and Linguistics in Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Puebla, México. In 2014-15 he extended his service to educational counselling and evaluation program in California. His language services cover Spanish, French and English. He is now working as a Spanish Instructor in one British international school and mainly responsible for IGCSE and IBDP Exam preparation.
Dr. Tracy CHAN received BSc(Hons) from the University of Sheffield and a MSc(Distinction) (FIRST CLASS HONOUR) from the University of Manchester. She then returned to Hong Kong for further study and received PhD degree at the University of Hong Kong, the top institution of higher education in Hong Kong. During her study years, she did research relating to Biology and Chemistry including design and synthesis of various metal complexes for DNA intercalator and MRI contrast agents. At University, Tracy was an undergraduate examiner as well as a tutor. She obtained CERTIFICATE of teaching and learning in higher education and Outstanding teaching assistant AWARD from HKU. After returning to Hong Kong in 2013, Tracy started her academic consulting in biology and chemistry. She was an after-school consultant at an international school. She helped and coached various international public exams and achieved outstanding results, including IGCSE / GCSE / GCE / IBDP in past few years. She provided exam skills to her students based on the mark scheme requirements in school assessment. She is a patient, intelligent young mentor. Dr. Chan is also a UK university mentor and advices on UK University life and courses. She also works as an EDUCATION CONSULTANT helping students through the university selection and admission process. By working with students and families, Tracy hopes to enable them to develop personally and academically towards their personal ambitions.
Mrs. Ruchira Gupta, MA (Eng. Lit.), Bachelor of Laws, IB Certified TOK Instructor, and Certified IELTS Trainer is a professional educator with diverse experiences and strong track record. She has taught Academic English to students of Associate Degree programme at a Community College in Hong Kong. She has also taught Contract and Business Laws to a student of a UK university. Her proficiency lies in teaching IB Diploma English Literature and English Language, Economics, TOK and guiding students to write high level EE and IAs. She can also teach GCSE and HKDSE curriculums, besides teaching science and other subjects at primary level. She has consistently demonstrated to personalize her instructions on student’s needs and interest to foster learning in each student, developing their critical thinking and critical writing skills. Mrs. Ruchira Gupta is a warm and caring teacher who wants all students to be successful learners.
Ms. Karen Chow is a British tutor who speaks fluent English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. She has exposed herself to different cultures and various education systems: graduated with Cambridge distinction award with 8A*s & As in her IGCSE (HK), 5A* & As in GCEAL (UK), and is awarded with scholarship and listed in Dean’s List (Top 10% of entire college) while completing her bachelor studies in United States. Apart from acing all subjects, Karen is also keen in participating in academic competitions such as the National Economics Competition held in the United Kingdom. Karen is an open-minded, cheerful and self-motivated young lady who enjoys unleashing the potentials in her students. She teaches Business, Chemistry, Mandarin Chinese, Design-Technology, Economics, Geography, Global Perspective and Mathematics under IGCSE, A-level and HKDSE curriculums; and is experienced in providing insightful consulting advice for overseas education planning.
Teaching subjects: Physics and Mathematics. Marthe got a master degree in Nuclear, Particles, Astroparticles, and Cosmology in University Paris-Sud 11 - but afterward she specialized in Particle Physics. She worked with the team at CERN -ATLAS that discovered the Higgs boson, and her contribution directly helped in this discovery that led to a Nobel Prize in 2013. While she was doing research, she taught Physics in University and she started to appreciate it more than she could expect - she decided to leave the research’s world to share and teach her passion of Physics. She taught 2 years the French syllabus of Physics & Chemistry in Middle and High School. She moved to China (for the adventure) where she taught IB Physics SL and HL and IGCSE Cambridge Physics for 3 years. During those 3 years, she supervised more than 150 IAs, 10 EE in both Physics and computer sciences. When a notion, the concept is not well understood, she will use all her imagination, knowledge and background to adapt her explanations to each student. Her students are used to say she was strict but smiling non stop. She just follows “une main de fer dans un gant de velours” (An iron fist in a velvet glove).
Mr. Edwin Hui received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of St. Andrews. He was nurtured and trained under UK international school system in Hong Kong. English is his mother tongue, but he also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently. He is passionate about Biology and has the desire to instil the interests of students in this subject. He understands the techniques of taking IGCSE and IBDP Biology as he experienced the same examinations before.
Ms Tania C. is a PhD student of University of Macau, where she carries research on “Food Addictions” and “Metaphor Project”. She received Master/Bachelor degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She is a Lecturer at the University of Saint Joseph. Tania loves to teach Psychology across different academic levels and examination boards. Her special clinical skills are autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, ADHD, learning disabilities, stroke and traumatic brain injury dementia; she has experience in neurophysiological (EEG/HEG) and neuropsychological assessments (Vienna Test System). She can use a cognitive-behavioural model to test mood, anxiety, personality, eating and behavioural disorders. She is a certified trainer (Pedagogical Training of Trainers).
Mr. Michael Burton is an experienced, full-time English tutor with 25 years teaching experience and holder of a Bachelor’s degree from Hull University, and a Master’s degree from the Hong Kong University. He is a Native-English-Speaking private tutor/lecturer with a TESOL teaching certificate. He has extensive experience in teaching young individuals and adults. His students’ ages have ranged from eight years old up to adults and methods have ranged from phonics to grammar and practical usage of English. He is also a school admission consultant for upper primary and secondary students of mainland background, as well as Hong Kong local & international school students. He provided English instruction for bridging courses, Cambridge English (YLE, PET, FCE, CIE) English literature, HKDSE, TOEFL, TOEIC, SAT, SSAT, (I)GCSE, IB and IELTS. He believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a safe, loving, and stimulating atmosphere to grow and mature emotionally, physically and intellectually. It is his desire as a teacher to help students achieve their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is secure, supportive, and open to the sharing of new ideas.
Ms. Elsa Tsang received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Hong Kong, where she majored in Chinese and minored in Fine Arts. After graduation, She became a full-time teacher at Tak Ching Girls College. She is a highly qualified Chinese teacher and with diverse teaching experience. For over 30 years, Ms. Tsang has given academic tuitions to students of local secondary and primary schools. She is currently a substitute teacher of Ho Lap Secondary school and Ramondi College. She nurtured her students as if they had been her own children. Over the years, she has helped countless students prepare HKCEE and HKDSE Chinese examinations. Most of her students received 5-5** in their HKDSE exams. She taught students from Diocesan’s Boys’ School, Diocesan’s Girls’ School, Queens College (Hong Kong and Kowloon), Ramondi College, La Salle College, St Paul’s Convent School, St. Mary’s Canossian College, Maryknoll Convent School and St. Joseph’s College.
Mr. C.Y Ma is an experienced tutor with over 5 years teaching experience. With an Economic and Mathematics background in UK studies, he further enhanced his strength at CUHK with a BBA Bachelor Degree and is about to start his master degree studies. He has taught a wide range of students from primary level to adult level in various subjects. His teaching will be more concentrated on examination techniques and aiming to identify the unclear topics that students are confronting. Hoping to equip students with sufficient knowledge and confidence when facing examinations and enter their ideal universities.
Mr. Shahryar Naeem is pursuing a Bachelor degree at HKU with a double major in BA Linguistics and BEd English. He is a native English speaker and fluent in French and Cantonese. He has attained a 5** in the English language HKDSE and aspires to share his knowledge and tricks for acing the exam with other students and helping them succeed. He has worked in a plethora of schools as well as tutorial centers over the last couple of years, guiding HKDSE candidates with his expertise and aiding them in striving for excellency. Apart from DSE being his forte, he now seeks to add the international curriculum to his repertoire such as the SAT and SSAT and has joined A Star International Tutoring with the aim of bringing out the best in students from all backgrounds.
Ian Lam graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong majoring in Quantitative Finance and he took Statistics as minor subject. He has strong academic results particularly in Mathematics and Science subjects. He achieved A in Physics, Mathematics, Biology in HKCEE exams and achieved A and B in Physics and Pure Mathematics respectively in HKALE exams. He has multi-year experience in teaching secondary levels as a private tutor. He emphasizes on the understanding of the basic principles of a subject and guides students with the logic of thinking of a question. He focuses on cultivating students with the attitude of learning and improving the efficiency of studying besides the knowledge of a subject. He attributes his own academic achievement to his efficient learning approach as much as his endeavor and would teach students how to study efficiently.
Mr. Trenton Cummins is our U.S. university consultant and academic consultant. He is a native American-English speaker. He graduated with the highest (3.9/4.0 GPA) from Michigan State University. He administered IGCSE/BTEC Business Studies lessons for A Star International Tutoring which enhanced personal business knowledge. He also delivered courses for IGCSE English Language, IGCSE English Literature, IELTS English Language. Mr. Cummins is good to improve personal communication, presentation, and leadership skills through teaching of university students, high school/secondary students, and primary students. Some of the tests/exams he has taught or is familiar with include: IGCSE as a first and second language, IELTS, SAT, and ACT. Trenton tailors all his lessons to each student’s goals and abilities. He is very patient and enjoy teaching. Most importantly, he guides students to achieve their goals.