As a JC Student, I have been through many different styles of teaching and pedagogies. There are those who provide volumes of monotonous drills…but not Mr Kelvin Hong, who
focuses on building conceptual understanding and the processes of analysis and critical thinking.
This has been a cornerstone of my journey through Economics with Mr Hong. When I come to class, I prepare not for the physical, mindless, churning out of answers to endless question permutations. Rather, I prepare myself mentally for the inevitable barrage of questions from Mr Hong!!
“Why?” “Why can’t it be…?” “Ok, how does that happen?” “And so….so what?” “What does that mean?
This is the process of training Mr Hong’s students receive. Questions have their focus not on an answer to a case study or essay, but rather the understanding behind key concepts and the analytical path to arrive at the answers. Through this process of grilling, Mr Hong fills up the gaps in our content knowledge and understanding. Our brains also get wired in economics thought processes, critical for helping us provide the step-by-step explanations, elaborations and evaluation points to score well.
But that is not all. We actually have fun in the process.
Mr Hong has a unique, idiosyncratic way of explaining things. Who else would explain tacit collusion through a narrative of how people “meet in the shady restrooms of Newton Hawker Centre to do business!”
Mr Hong’s puns, jokes and unique methods never fail to amuse in the course of the lesson. Who else would give rules like “where the asses meet?”
Personally I “saw the light” in Economics after a term of his lessons. And I am also secretly hoping he will get us to do the demand and supply dance moves again!
Such tutors that go beyond “drills” are hard to come by, and are deeply treasured. You actually learn lots here. It is no wonder why there is a waiting list for Mr Hong’s classes.
I’m glad I’m in.
Benjamin Guo, DHS