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one-to-one Services

SIBRISU ONSONG

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If you are from a marginalised or underprivileged group in society, please take a look at the sliding scale options page.

individuate

Everything I do is meant to help you

and is informed by my own unique approach to teaching, coaching and writing known as Individuation Theory, developed out of my work in the Kristang, English, Literature, field linguistics and General Paper classrooms, and my own journey through life working with people of all races, religions, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, nationalities and ages in a variety of contexts around the world.

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come see me for

the Singapore-Cambridge
GCE A-Levels & International Baccalaureate Diploma

Geometric Lioness

the Singapore-Cambridge
GCE O-Levels, N(A)-Levels and N(T)-Levels & International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

Tiger

the Singapore Primary School
Leaving Examination

Cat

8807 H1 General Paper 
8881 H1 General Paper
9509 H2 Literature in English
9508 H2 English Language & Linguistics
Language & Literature (English) HL/SL

1128 English Language
1184 English Language
1190 English Language Syllabus A
1195 English Language Syllabus T
2065 Literature in English
2274/2 Humanities (Literature in English)
Language & Literature (English)

PSLE English

I offer quality, highly personalised preparation and coaching tailored to each individual student's needs, inviting each student to not only score in the traumatic space of the national examination, but to express themselves fully, authentically and vulnerably as a beautiful, brave and bold Singaporean who will contribute in their own unique, powerful and meaningful way to society.

English for adult learners

Penguin

Kristang for adult learners

Whale

I may not have been born in London or Los Angeles, but I am still frequently mistaken for an ang moh on the streets of Singapore due to my stress-timed accent and my extremely cheem vocabulary, among other things. Or are you already fluent in the Queen's language, and you're not getting enough from the Kodrah Kristang group lessons? Expand your competency in English or the linggu mai of my community, or start as a fresh beginner in personalised one-on-one sessions guaranteed to have the words rolling off bos sa linggu in no time at all; tudu pun podih.

General Life Coaching

Anchor

Life, love, loss, loneliness, legacy, LGBTQ+ issues, labels, leadership, liberty, longing and more

To me, life is best lived on the islands between the sea and the shore, and the deep, inviting waters of the unknown. But if that's not for you, never fear, because even if you're high and dry, I'm ready to not just lend a listening ear that has already heard and supported so many stories of fear, terror, loneliness and abuse, but work with you to figure out how to get yourself all the way back home, no matter how long it takes and no matter what it takes.

Classroom, Curriculum and Course Review

Swimming Fish

People falling asleep even though your slides are pretty as heck? Quality of Teaching Survey results plummeting? Or maybe it's just the boys scratching your car again, because all you asked them to do was please submit worksheet five, for goodness' sake. I wasn't nominated for the coveted Inspiring Teacher of English Award in 2020 or the Outstanding Youth in Education Award in 2020 or 2021 for nothing, and I know just how crazy teaching can get, having served in some of the most high-pressure schools in the nation, and emerging with a Practicum II Distinction from NIE in the process. If you're at your wits' end on how to make your classroom, curriculum or course more functional, fun or fulfilling, drop me a line and let's talk, teacher-to-teacher, suffering-soul-passionate-about-learning-to-suffering-soul-passionate-about-learning. Available for all language and humanities subjects, and by inquiry for all others, at all levels from Primary to University, and at classroom, team and department level. 

General Writing

Lobster

From theses to journal articles to novels to even pesky Facebook SEO copy, I have written, edited, proofread and formatted them all, mostly for myself, but also for other people, especially in my two years as a NUS Writing and Communication Hub Tutor and my four as Assistant Editor of the scholarly journal English Language Teaching World Online. I offer assistance with any part of the writing process for nearly all genres, including brainstorming, drafting, rewriting, argumentation, logic, structure, references and citations (UGH), style, grammar and more.

trusted and respected publicly and privately for bold, personalised methods and deep, courageous empathy, with more than a thousand hours of one-on-one coaching and consulting experience

one-to-one pricing

Sliding scale options are available. Please feel free to contact me for more details using the form below or by dropping me an email at

merlionsman at gmail dot com.

start 2023 rates

Effective 1 Jan 2023 to 30 Jun 2023

8807 and/or 8881 H1 General Paper

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 100 per hour

9509 H2 Literature in English

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 100 per hour

9508 H2 English Language & Linguistics

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 100 per hour

1128 English Language

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 80 per hour

1190 English Language Syllabus A

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 80 per hour

1195 English Language Syllabus T

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 80 per hour

2065 Literature in English

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 80 per hour

2274/2 Humanities (Literature in English)

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 80 per hour

PSLE English

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 60 per hour

English for Adult Learners

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 80 per hour

Kristang for Adult Learners

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 80 per hour

Life Coaching

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

International and LGBTQ+ clients welcome

SGD 120 per hour

English for Adult Learners

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 80 per hour

Classroom, Curriculum and Course Review

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

SGD 120 per hour

General Writing

One-on-one, F2F/Zoom

Prices vary based on task; please inquire 

10 minutes no-show policy

The session is considered cancelled if, after 10 minutes past our scheduled meet-up time, you have not appeared and/or contacted me to acknowledge that the session is still happening. Sessions cancelled in this way will be fully refunded, and a new timeslot can be negotiated. However, I do reserve the right to reject future bookings should this happen too often.

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