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Why Physics Tuition Can Be A Time-saver For Your Child

In my entire teaching career, I’ve stumbled across parents who find that tuition is a waste of time and money. They believe that school education is sufficient – their child has been doing well and their grades have been pretty smooth-sailing. While I believe that most teachers are
good, I unfortunately cannot say the same for each and every teacher in Singapore. You’d probably know this by now: The probability of your child getting a capable and effective teacher is… completely left up to chance.

To put it simply, you have zero control over the quality of teachers your child gets in class. And being in a top schools doesn’t necessarily guarantee good teachers either. I’ve seen poor teachers in top schools, and great teachers in neighborhood schools. When your child gets sub-par teachers, they’d be in for a hard time. Some teachers aren’t able to articulate concepts well, while others are heavily reliant on outdated​ strategies such as ​memorising, regurgitating and drilling.

If the school lessons are ​ineffective​, it means your child has to spend extra time to learn the content on his own. This results in them wasting time when time is already very limited for them.

Indeed, you have no control over the teachers your child gets…

However, here’s what you’ve control over:

Your child’s learning environment

If you’re reading this, your child is probably in his teens or is already a young adult. They should already be able to judge the competency of a teacher from a few lessons. That gives you the opportunity to understand your child’s learning environment based on his or her lessons in school.

From a short chat with your child you can learn things like:
● How’s your child’s Physics teacher like? Is he or she good at teaching?
● Is your child coping along in Physics Class?
● Is your child spending a lot of time on Physics?
● Does your child get stressed out due to them being unable to catch up with his or her classmates?

Your child’s response would give you a pretty good indicator of whether they require tuition or not. Here are some ​red flags​ you should watch out for.

● “I’m feeling stressed out”
● “The lectures are boring and my tutorials aren’t helping”
● “My friends/classmates are so smart… it’s so hard to keep up with them”
●“ I think I’ll fail my Physics promos/prelims”
● “Physics tutorials are ineffective and I don’t understand what my teacher is talking about”

Well, if you’re getting responses like these, then you might want to look at sending your child to Physics Tuition. This might sound counter-
intuitive, but sending your child to Physics tuition can save them valuable time if they’re currently struggling. If your child is slogging like an ox to pull up their Physics grade, then it’s likely he or she is studying the wrong way.

Many of my students commented that what they’ve learned in a 2-hour tuition session is equivalent to 10-20 hours of work on their own.
That’s close to 5 to 10 times ROI in terms of time-savings.
Here’s what I do to make my lessons so effective:

● I do my best to communicate with every student to understand their challenges. I also collect feedback from them regularly so that I can tailor my lesson content according to their needs.
● I’ve taught Physics for close to 15 years and I’ve never stopped refining my process of breaking down complex concepts into simpler, intuitive and relatable ideas.
● My lessons are structured such that your child only gets to practice questions only when they’ve digested the fundamental concepts of each chapter.

At this juncture, you might be doubtful of what I say… so I’ll let my students,
Emily and Shihui, do the talking:

Although The Physics cafe lessons are only a short few hours per week, they are always very productive and interesting and I always learn alot during the lessons! It is very different from lessons in school as Mr Sim summarises all the key concepts we need to know at the start of the lesson and rest of the lesson is spent doing questions so that we can practice the concepts and identify our weaknesses which I feel is very important and helpful in revision. The centre itself is amazing as well with free drinks and friendly student councillors and teachers! I’ll recommend my friends and juniors to join the physics cafe 🙂
– Emily Lua

Mr Sim has the knack for explaining concepts in a way that anyone can understand by making it relatable. He draws links from chapter to chapter whilst going into the crux of every topic, allowing us to see the Physics syllabus from both macroscopic and microscopic views. In secondary school. Physics was always my most hated subject. I disliked how there seemed to be so many hidden elements to a single concept, and that none of my teachers could offer me reasonable explanations as to how things really worked. So yes, I memorised my way through ‘O’ Levels. Not fun. Boring. But I remembered being mindblown after my first lesson with the Physics Cafe. Gone were the “Don’t ask so much, just answer like this” days. Mr Sim ensures that every possible lingering question any student has is answered.
– Pang Shihui

If you’d like to drastically shorten your child’s learning curve and maximise their learning efficiency, then you can then sign up ​here.

Founder of The Physics Cafe

PS. Our fees might not be the cheapest, but we have the largest intake of Physics and Math IP and JC students in Singapore. We also occupy the entire level of a premium building which is bigger than half a football field.

Our tuition center even has our own library, cafe, and shuttle bus. That’s how committed we are in delivering quality education and service to our students.

For more information about The Physics Cafe, check out here now!

How Learning Physics Can Help Your Child Think Like Elon Musk

You’d probably have heard of the talented entrepreneur Elon Musk – founder of three successful companies: SpaceX, Tesla and Paypal.
Here’s one thing you’d never have guessed…

Elon Musk wasn’t a business graduate. Neither did he study computer science or engineering in college. In fact, he was a Physics graduate. Elon even shared how Physics laid the foundation for his journey in entrepreneurship in a brief quote below.

Now, that seems complicated…
what was Elon trying to say?
And how can learning Physics help your child to think like him?
Don’t worry, I’ll explain in detail below.
You see… most people go through life reasoning by analogy – they adopt
assumptions, beliefs and widely held ‘best practices’ when working or learning.

First-Principles thinking, on the other hand, forces you to question every
assumption or conventional practice in a process. and then create new knowledge and solutions from scratch. For example, if two different students were told to build an electric car from the scratch with minimum materials.

Student A who uses analogical reasoning would probably buy or use a design that’s widely adopted by popular electric cars out there in the marketplace.
Student B who uses First Principles would then dive a little deeper…
He would begin asking questions like:
●“What’s an electric car made of?”
●“How can we use an eco-friendly, yet cost-effective way to generate energy
●“How much is each material worth in the commodity market?”

Subsequently, he’d then work on research and then addressing each and every component of the problem. Notice he didn’t jump straight into “best practices” or “designs of most popular electric cars” ?
Eventually, student B would go on to build a functional electric car that’s far
cheaper than student A. A First-Principles Thinker understands every aspect of a system before making a move – he doesn’t blindly copy or adopt conventional standards just because “everyone is doing it”. Now, taking this lesson back into learning Physics…

If you’ve read my previous article ​here​, you’d certainly have seen how I train each and every of my student to reason from first principles.

While it’s not my intention to slam others, many other Physics teachers preach the idea of memorising definitions, remembering formulas and drilling PYPs (Past-year-papers).

Why are they doing that?

Here’s why:
It’s a proven way of performing decently well in exams, and more importantly it’s CONVENIENT​. The truth is teaching from first principles is difficult – the teacher has to explain concepts in the simplest way possible such that a 12-year-old boy can understand. If the second method is more difficult, why am I doing it? Because my students have a higher probability to do better – I’ve shown how weak the human brain is in my previous article, that’s why it’s far better if my students understand the fundamental principles of Physics at play.

Because they learn to be better thinkers in the long run – so that they can be
better engineers, programmers and entrepreneurs… Because ultimately as an educator, I’m not just teaching them physics…

I believe in teaching my students how to solve problems more effectively.
Here’s what Rena, one of my students, have to say about me:

Mr Dave Sim’s lessons have always been easy to understand because he is able to break down difficult topics for us and provide us with clear, concise notes. He makes Physics lesson fun for me and i never fail to enjoy every class. I joined Physics cafe in J1 after the June holidays and i definitely improved in my understanding for physics. If i can go back in time, i wished i would have joined in the beginning of the year. I definitely think that the 2017 JC2 Physics and Math cafe cohort will do well based on my observation. I would recommend my friends to join:):)

-Rena Goh

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Why Overthinking Is Killing Your Child’s Chances Of Getting A Distinction In Physics

How do I do well with the time that i have?


The human brain is highly mysterious… it has the tendency of making ideas much more complicated than they actually are.

That’s probably the reason why your child hates Physics.

Don’t get me wrong…

They might be doing well for it – at the price of cramming countless formulas and drilling endless PYPs (Past-Year-Papers).

Sometimes, you wonder if your child would ever get a burnout.

Look, getting an A in Physics is like running a marathon… not a sprint.

If you’re getting feedback that your child isn’t learning much in lectures, and he has to “relearn” the entire lesson material himself…


Yup, even if he’s doing well.

You’d probably know how stressful and competitive A Levels are if you had taken them…

It’s not sustainable for your child to be mugging at full steam throughout the year.

That’s why at The Physics Cafe, we don’t only aim to make all our students do well…

We even aim to make all our students do well – with minimum effort.

Similar to that, we don’t believe that our students do well because they are hardworking or they are smart…

They do well because they find Physics to be easy – a belief I’ve repeatedly instilled in every student of mine.

Here’s how I do it:

1. Conducting Regular Revision Sessions

Apart from making things complex, one more aspect of the human brain is that it’s highly forgetful.

After all, it’s scientifically proven that the retention rate of our brain over a 24-hour period is only 20% if we don’t revise the same material on the same day.

I also conduct regular revision tests to ensure my students fully understand the material before going to the next chapter.

If their understanding of basic concepts is strong, it’s far likely they’ll find Physics a much easier subject.

2. Reduce memorisation

If you’ve taken Physics, you’d probably agree on this

Students who usually do well in Physics don’t really memorise a lot.

Some don’t even drill the Ten-Year-Series, and yet they still do well.

Well, how is this possible?

In fact, this is one of the most common questions I usually get from parents.

The truth is doing well in Physics does not require you to memorise a tonne of formulas and explanations and regurgitate them in the papers (This strategy will get you a C or a B, but top students would almost never do this)

Also, one reason I hate my students memorising formulas is that rote learning creates a lot of stress – causing you to overthink and not do well.

Instead, I teach my students the mechanism behind the formulas to help them better understand the content.

3. Teaching students how to study effectively

Over my 10 years as a Physics teacher, I’ve probably seen nearly tens of thousands of students.

On the other hand, I’ve seen students struggling, even when they’ve put in a tonne of effort into memorising and practicing questions.

What separates both groups of students?

It’s not really intelligence – I’ve seen both groups of students appearing across top schools and neighbourhood schools.

Neither is it interest.

Sure, students who have an inherent interest in Physics would often do well – but most of my students are hardly interested in Physics.

In fact, they often rely on me to make the subject interesting for them.

What truly separates both groups of students is…


Most of my students are trained to understand the principles behind a problem, so they know what concepts are involved, and which formulas to use.

They aren’t trained to just blindly whack papers until their grades improve.

Look, when it comes to doing well in Physics… there’s a short (easy) method and the long (hard) method.

In my classes, I show all my students the “easy” way of “getting” Physics – don’t get me wrong. It needs work, but it’s going to save you and your child plenty of time in revision and unnecessary practice.  

If you’re keen to know how I do it, you can make a reservation below

How To Prepare For Your Physics Exam?

Physics is an important subject that combines math and science to explain how the world works.

Here are some tips that will help you succeed and send you into that exam ready to win!


Don’t Wait Until Exam Time..

To do well on a physics test, you can’t wait until exam time to begin preparing. Physics requires constant effort. World-class physicists didn’t master the laws of harmonic motion, Bernoulli’s equation and Lenz’s law in a night, nor should you try.

To succeed in physics—and reduce your stress levels—you need to be reading, writing and thinking physics on a daily basis. A general rule is that every hour of class time requires two to three hours of out-of-class effort. This guideline certainly holds true for physics. After each lecture, rewrite your notes in your own words. Every time you read the book, take notes and solve practice problems. And be sure to review frequently.

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How do I study? ..

It’s not that easy to score an A.  Understanding is still the core business here.

A student who simply memorizes the system and follows step 1 to 5 will not improve significantly. Yes, he should be able to pass . But this will not help improve his cognitive and analytical ability.

An ‘A’ grade student behaves differently. He looks at your system, understands the principle behind the system, tests the system on different questions, and fine-tunes the system to cover a wider scope of questions. He will first accept and then improve. How do you know when you are ready? When your own notes are more precious than any other notes or textbook, that’s when you know you are ready.” Mr Dave Sim, founder of The Physics Cafe explains.



Try to simplify the situation as much as possible. The Physics problem you are reading may seem difficult to solve at first but take another look and begin to analyze it and you will realize that is easier than you first thought. It is important to remain calm and try to bring the problem to a situation which you are familiar with by simplifying it in your mind.


Here in The Physics Cafe, we will test you! With each physics or maths  class, you will have a 30 minutes short test after every 3 to 4 topics. You will soon realize that for all the hard work you and your teachers put in, you have only 30 minutes to perform. You will learn how to perform under stress and under exam conditions. Most importantly, We will make sure you improve. When we give the test review, we will highlight the concepts. You will discover your weakness and improve. Eventually, you will realize that every problem we have given you is extremely simple. Conceptually, they were not so simple. But from a math point of view, they are trivial. We may make it sound easy, but when you really attempt it, it’s going to be difficult. However, you are not alone. The initial phase is always difficult, but the path will get smoother gradually, sooner than you can realize.

Five Mistakes to Avoid:

1. The Calculator Trap: Calculators crunch numbers; they don’t solve problems. You need to understand the principles underlying a problem in order to know what equations and numbers to use. If you think your calculator will get you through the exam, think again.

2. Procrastination: Falling behind, even just a little, can be disastrous in a physics class. Every lesson builds on what came before. Slacking off in week three can turn the next 12 weeks into exercises in futility.

3. Memorization: You will need to memorize, but realize that memorization doesn’t lead to success in physics. Put most of your effort into understanding the underlying principles that govern a problem—only then will the equations you memorize make sense.

4. Passivity: Passively reading examples in the book and watching your professor solve problems on the board have limited value. You need to do the problems yourself, as you will do on the exam, to learn the material.

5. Isolation: Physics is hard, so don’t make the mistake of going it alone. You’ll learn far more by working with classmates and seeking help when necessary.


The Physics Cafe – Reputable and Leading Tuition Centre in Singapore!

Staying in the Central area and looking for Physics tuition? Math tuition? 

(Paya Lebar, Novena, Bukit Timah)

Premium Education Center in Singapore with 1000 new students enrolled every year. 
Specializes in JC Physics, IP Physics and Secondary Physics Tuition.
Founded by popular RJC Physics Lecturer, Mr Dave Sim



The Physics Cafe

Founded by Mr Dave Sim who have taught in Raffles Junior College for 6 years. We have a team of highly sought after tutors who are chauffeured by the school driver between the centre to ensure consisent high standard of our lessons. The stellar academic results produced by the students and the number of students we attracted prove that this is a winning formula. 80% of the students consistently scored “A” in their GCE A-level examination and 90% of the IP/Sec students consistently scored “A” in their final IP Exam and GCE O-level examination This doubles the steady national average of 40 percent A and is higher than the percentage A of the top IP schools in Singapore. The Physics Café remains highly sought after by students from reputable schools.

Visit Physics Cafe now!


The Maths Cafe

At The Maths Café, it goes beyond handing out random questions and instructing you to solve them. When you get the chance, come on down to the tuition centre and see it for yourself – you’ll never spot anyone frittering away their time solving repetitive equations.

That’s not the way The Maths Café roll.

Au contraire, you’ll dive deep into the top trending questions often set in your school tests and exams. Categorised by the degree of difficulty, these questions are designed to expand your mind and raise your confidence. Think of them as a vitamin pill. It nourishes your self-assurance and cultivates your growth mindset in a math-learning environment.

You work your way up.

Visit Maths Cafe now!


How do I know if PMC is the right one?

The Physics and Maths Cafe is a one stop station. Our tutors have spent more than 10 years as students studying and scoring in exams, another 10 as lecturers teaching and setting questions to differentiate the students. Having gone through the rigour of education in Singapore, we have learned how to play the game well. You can leave it to us to prepare you for the paper. You will just have to enjoy the process.

What happens in the classroom is confidential and therefore we cannot reveal much. We will teach the students how to be smart, how to think smart, how to show the examiner that they are smart. We make everything look simple in class, so students will have the confidence to answer questions even if they may seem tedious at first. Our intention is to make you feel smart in class and keep this feeling with you for the rest of your life. You will never believe something so difficult can be so simple.


Where are the Branches?

The Physics Cafe Central – Goldhill Centre-(Novena MRT)

3 minutes sheltered walk from Novena MRT
187B Thomson Road, Goldhill Centre Singapore 307630
The Physics Cafe (Novena) is located next to the exit of the underpass from Novena MRT, above Mary Chia Salon and Supercut Salon.

Step 1: Take the Novena MRT Exit to United Square (Exit B).
Step 2: Exit underpass and make an immediate U-turn and walk past the GoldHill Centre brick wall on your left.
Step 3: Walk to the back of the building to go to the staircase. You will be walking pass SuperCut Salon.
Step 4: You will see “The Physics Café” directory on 2nd staircase on your left side. Walk up staircase to third level.

The Physics Cafe East Flagship – Singpost Centre (Paya Lebar MRT)

1 minute sheltered walk from Paya Lebar MRT
10 Eunos Road 8, Singapore Post Centre #01-207 Singapore 408600
The Physics Cafe (Paya Lebar) is located in the retail mall level 1 of Singapore Post Centre.

Step 1: Walk towards Enrichment Zone at Level 1.
Step 2: We are near FunToast, and we are right at the entrance of the Enrichment Zone.

The Physics Cafe West – Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (Beauty World MRT)

1 minute walk from Beauty World MRT
170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #18-01 Singapore 588179

Step 1: Take exit A of Beauty World MRT station.
Step 2: Walk past Beauty World Centre and UOB Centre. You will see The Physics Cafe huge signboard at the side door of Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. Take the entrance beside OCBC Bank.
Step 3: You will see a wooden door that leads to lift lobby. Find us at #18-01.


There are two other ways to find out more!

First, read the students’ testimonials and you may be able to learn more. The testimonials in the website are genuine as they are linked to the Facebook account of the students. Check out more here:

Secondly, our fees are not cheap. But we have the largest intake of Physics and Math IP and JC students in Singapore. We occupy the entire level of a premium building which is bigger than half a football field. Our tuition center even has our own library, cafe, and shuttle bus.

Sign up now at


Sec 3 Physics and Maths MYE Revision 2019

Sec 3 Physics and Maths MYE Revision 2019

Attention PMC S3 PHYSICS & MATHS students!

What to expect in the next 4 weeks?

You must be aware that the Sec 3 Mid Year Exams is only 4-5 weeks away! So we thought it’s about time we gave you a little sneak peek on what is going on in class…

And in case you were wondering, here’s an overview of essential lesson materials that our students will receive this week:

Term 2 Week 2 – Week 3 (26 March – 8 April)

  1. You will receive a revision DIY package for Measurement and Kinematics. Please complete the questions at home as a timed test. Shade your answers on the OMR answer sheet which you will be given in class to mimic actual examination condition. Mark your answer against the solutions given at the back of the booklet. The worked solutions will be uploaded to your student portal on the following week.
  2. In class, the tutor will go through the Kinematics and Dynamics (structured questions) and you can complete the MCQ questions at home with the OMR answer sheet. The worked solutions will be uploaded to your student portal.

Term 2 Week 4 – Week 5 (8 – 15 April)

  1. There will be a 30 minutes The Physics Cafe MYE Mock Exam in week 4 (16 – 22 April). All students must prepare for the test. Your answer sheet will be collected by the tutor for marking and your score will be published and converted to points (which is cash). The details will be explained in class.
  2. Students who did not do reasonably well for the test will see the tutor for consultation. Parents will receive an update of your results via email. Don’t say we didn’t warn you 😛

Are you attending both Physics and Maths classes in the café?

 Sec 3 Maths revision will commence next week. There will be a Term Test in week 4 – 5. For existing students who are keen to sign up for Physics or Maths classes, do register your interest in the student portal. Registration fee will be waived.

For Parents:

Your child will be receiving a lot of materials coupled with complete worked solutions during this period. Kindly assist to encourage them to complete the home assignments. They can approach the tutor before or after their weekly lessons if they need help.

Tutor Comments:

Finally, everyone seems to be finally aware that the mid year exam is near. (If you aren’t, that’s worrying isn’t it?) School life isn’t all fun and games -a bit of stress now is definitely good to pace the student in the sec 3 academic year. Many will soon realise that while they can easily score well in small tests especially after covering a particular topic, it’s not easy to score well in big exams that integrate more than one topic. The question banks in the booklets aim to prepare students for their exams, and we believe that solving questions is as important, if not more than merely going through notes. The mock paper before the actual exam is important and is usually provides good feedback on whether the student has invested enough time in the MYE preparation. As always, the results you get in the exams should not be a surprise to you. It’s usually an accurate measure of what you understand and what you remember at that point of time. With that, we wish you all the best in your preparation and examinations!

The Physics Cafe Movie Marathon 2019

Reserve a Seat for the Movie Marathon

This annual event is organised to help students get ready for the first JC2 common test (usually after the march holiday). Existing students and non-existing students are welcome to attend.

You will be watching a video recording of 2017 Live lesson. This is a special, unique digital experience where you can see the tutor, the projector screen, the white board, the students in the classroom and even hear the interaction between them. You will be solving lots of questions together with your peers attending the movie marathon. At the end of the video, you will know everything you need to know for the topic. It will be the most efficient way to get ready for the common test.

What are the movie available for booking?

  • Thermal Physics Crash Course Lesson 1 (2 hours) on 6 Mar 7-9pm (Term 1 Week 10, Tue)
  • Thermal Physics Crash Course Lesson 2 (3 hours) on 9 Mar 6-9pm (Term 1 Week 10, Fri)
  • Electric Field Crash Course (3 hours) on 12 Mar 3-6pm (March Holiday, Mon)


Where will the movie marathon be held?

The movie will be held at The Physics Cafe flagship store @ Singpost Centre beside Paya Lebar MRT.


How much do I have to pay to watch the movie marathon?

There will be a $10 admin fee per video. We will waive off the regular fee of $50 for this movie marathon. Regular fee of $50 will still be applicable for all other digital lessons.


What if I cannot make it for the scheduled movie marathon?

You may register separately to watch the digital lesson at your preferred timing and outlet at  Regular fee of $50 will be applicable.


What are the seats available?

Auditorium Seating Plan

How do I buy a ticket for the movie marathon?

You can buy your ticket here at! There is an admin fee of $10. The fee for the digital lesson is waived for this movie marathon only.


  • Choose your movie.
  • Choose your seat.
  • Pay $10 admin fee to reserve your seat.

5 reasons students flock to The Physics Cafe

by The Straits Times

  1. The tutors are stars 


Forget social media influencers and music chart-toppers. Follow stellar tutors to clinch A grades on your examination scripts.

Mr Dave Sim, the founder of The Physics Cafe and The Maths Cafe, taught physics for six years at a top junior colleague before going into private tuition in 2010.

He and his dedicated team of tutors conduct O- and A- level mathematics and physics tuition classes.

Last year, more than 80 per cent of students scored A grades at the physics and/or mathematics A level examinations. Nine out of ten students clinched distinctions in the physics and/or mathematics O level examinations.


  1. Convenient locations

Classes are currently conducted at Orange Tee Building near Toa Payoh MRT station and Bukit Timah Shopping Centre near Beauty World MRT station.

Two more branches will be opening soon — SingPost Centre mall near Paya Lebar MRT station and Goldhill Centre near Novena MRT station. 


  1. Develop academic mastery like never before

Students are typically pressed for time with busy schedules — Mr Sim and his team help students learn in a ruthlessly effective manner.

The team works well with comprehensive notes, excellent lesson delivery, timed practices during classes and recorded lessons for students to revisit at their own time.


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Mr Sim helps students learn in a ruthlessly effective manner.


  1. The premises lives up to its name

Why is a tuition centre named a café? The branches have interiors mimicking a café where students perk themselves up with beverages from the free-for-all pantry.

Take a break and challenge your study buddies to a game of foosball.

Other than a well-stocked pantry cum in-house café, each branch has its own lecture theatre, study rooms, vending machine and digital library.


  1. Thrills and frills

Need someone to attend to your administrative queries? Onsite student councillors, who are The Physics Cafe’s ex-students, will help you get what you need.

Get home easily with the shuttle bus services. All branches have shuttle buses ferrying students to the MRT stations of Botanic Gardens, Jurong East, Serangoon and Paya Lebar.


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Fact : About a thousand students enrol in The Physics Cafe and The Maths Cafe yearly.

There will soon be two new branches at SingPost Centre mall near Paya Lebar MRT station and Goldhill Centre near Novena MRT station. 

Interview with The Smart Local

4 Ways Tuition Is Done Differently at The Physics Cafe



For secondary school and JC students, mugging the examination syllabus can sometimes feel like an uphill battle; it may be tough, but it’s definitely not impossible. Subjects like Physics and Mathematics tend to get super convoluted and classroom lessons can only do so much to help students make it less so.


That’s where a premium tuition centre like The Physics Cafe comes in. Not your run-of-the-mill centre, it’s got a yearly enrolment of 1,000 students, plenty of student services and a unique learning approach that’s helped at least 8 out 10 of their students achieve their ‘A’ grades. Here’s how they do it:


Here’s how they do it:


1. Lessons are dynamic and you can watch them online like a uni student


We’ve all experienced the occasional “which page is the teacher on?” moment during school time. At The Physics Cafe, you’ll find that this never happens as the lessons are engaging throughout – student participation plays a big part here.



Better yet, all of the lessons are recorded and made available online via a digital library for students’ personal revision. Students can easily book the digital lesson that they want to watch through the website, in preparation before major exams.


The catalogue in their digital library is extensive – you can access all of the lessons that you’ve been through, for revision.


The best part about this “digital cafe” is that the lessons are open to non-students too. You’ll have to come down to the tuition centre’s study area to stream the lessons, but for only half the price of a live lesson and complimentary access to the cafe’s pantry, it’s well worth the trip.


All you have to do is book a timeslot here.


2. To be a tutor here, you need to go through a Ninja Warrior-like process


The Physics Cafe tutors are endearingly termed “chefs” but they may as well be regarded as Masterchefs of Physics. For every 30 to 40 applicants interviewed, only one is hired. And the process doesn’t just stop there – even if they’re experienced, they’ll have to go through a year’s worth of training conducting mock lessons before officially teaching a class.



The centre’s founder Mr. Dave Sim can attest to this rigorous process – having taught at Raffles Junior College (now Raffles Institution) for six years, he understands the importance of being committed to his students and making Physics as accessible as possible. A quick look through their whopping list of testimonials – categorised by school – will show the tutors’ impact on their students.


Mr. Dave Sim and his fellow tutors maintain a close relationship with their students, beyond the classroom.


Don’t expect a spammage of notes or photocopies of Popular-bought assessment books here either – like an actual school syllabus, the tutors spend time putting together booklets of notes that are easier to understand than school textbooks. They’re highly sought after by non-students too!


Top-secret notes!


 3. Lessons are not a repetition of what you’ve learnt in school


If you’re hesitant about tuition classes, it’s probably because you’re worried about spending an extra 2 hours of school, after school. But at The Physics Cafe, you won’t learn the same thing twice.



“Simple harmonic motion” may not sound so simple during an 8am lecture, but when you sit in here, you’ll get it so much quicker. Lessons – often 2 hours – consist of two concise parts: understanding concepts, where concepts are broken down and explained, and problem-solving, where you get to apply the concept on real problems.


Bonus: If that still doesn’t help, sometime the tutors will carry out live demonstrations!



Their June holiday crash courses are popular among students for being major confidence boosters. These super comprehensive 4-hour lessons – with pizza breaks in between! – recap only the things that you need to know before a major exam. No longer will you have to rely on luck by spotting questions and learning more than you actually have to.


Pizza during breaks? Yes, please! 


4. The tuition centre is a legit cafe that provides free food AND free travel


The pantry is constantly stocked. There’s even a free-flow vending machine!


The name “The Physics Cafe” isn’t a marketing gimmick. It’s really akin to a hipster cafe – with a foosball table and a free-for-all pantry that rivals even that of TSL’s. If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s a tuition centre, we could have featured it in this month’s listicle of new cafes to try.


Students can indicate on the map the destination they wish to go to


And  the perks don’t just end at F&B – the cafe provides free shuttle rides to Botanic Gardens, Jurong East, Serangoon and Paya Lebar MRT. And if you’re one of those staying back late for revision, they’ll even book a Grab or Uber ride to send you home – free of charge!


The Physics Cafe – A different kind of tuition centre



Most people brag about results, but only the students here get to brag about results and how cool their tuition centre is. With ergonomic chairs for every student, high-tech equipment and a space that’s half the size of a football field, tuition here definitely feels like less of a bore.


And the results speak for themselves too with the​ centre’s impressive track record​:

  • In 2016, at least 80% of their students scored A in Physics and/or Maths in the ‘A’ level examinations, double that of the national average
  • 9 out of 10 of their students scored a distinction in the Physics and/or Maths in the O-level exam
  • Check out this list of students who scored distinctions. You may even recognise some of your seniors!




The Physics Cafe is already one of the most established tuition centres around – with over 1000 yearly student enrolment – and in the coming year, more students will be able to benefit from their lessons. In addition to their Toa Payoh and Beauty World branches, two new centres are expected to be opened in Novena and Marine Parade in early 2018.


Spots are high in demand so registration is online-only.


Bonus: Look out for their ambassador programme, officially launching in late 2017. It’s an initiative that provides students with partial and full scholarship to attend their tuition classes!


Sign up with The Physics Cafe now​!


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10 Things About The Physics Cafe

What comes to mind when people mention The Physics Cafe? Effective? Helpful? Perhaps reliable may even be considered to be an understatement. For years we have grown in size and in strength to become a premium tuition centre in Singapore, specialising in Physics and Maths education for Secondary and JC students. Below are 10 facts and achievements that we have accumulated over the years, we hope you have a good read!

1. Only 1 tutor is shortlisted out of 30 interviewed.

Each tutor is paid on average $350 per hour. That’s up to 3 times the pay of the average tutor in Singapore. What’s more, our tutors undergo months of training before they are allowed to lead classes, so you can be assured that our tutors are top-notch and top-quality 🙂

2. Our branch near Beauty World MRT is the 2nd branch open to the public.

As of May 2017, our new branch is opening at the penthouse level of Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. Good news for the westies!

3. Our main school next to Toa Payoh MRT is half a football field big, with our very own:

(1) lecture theatre,
(2) in-house cafe, and
(3) shuttle bus service

4.  We hire ex students as student councillors to assist in students matter. 

If you are keen on joining us, you’re welcome to drop us an email 🙂

5. Registration for our classes are done strictly online.

This is to facilitate the registration process, and to make it more convenient for you.

6.  Our Founder Principal Tutor, Mr Dave Sim, is the renowned physics super tutor in Singapore, with a teaching experience of 6 years at RI.

We’ll let Mr Sim speak for himself here:

“I am the director and the head of academic. This switch (from RI to The Physics Cafe) means I can control exactly what and how you learn. I can test you my way. I can then let the results speak for themselves. It does not matter who you are or where you are from. I know that if I cannot help you, no one can. But of course, it’s up to you to prove me wrong. Try to get a “C” or a “D” for your final paper!”

7. 70% of our students are from IP schools

Some of you may wonder if our lessons are suitable for students from the IP stream. Fear not! Our lessons here are catered to both IP and non-IP students as the syllabus is the same. In fact, we have a good mix of students from both IP and non-IP streams and no one gets left behind.

8. At least 80% of our students scored A in Physics and/or Maths in the A levels – doubling the national average!!!

We are very very proud of our students who have done well in the A levels and would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the graduated batch of 2016. You have worked hard and gotten the grades you truly deserved. Good Job! Do visit our hall of fame to find out more.

9. 9 out of 10 students scored a distinction in the Physics and/or Maths in the O-level exam

Need we say more?

10. We have a 1000 student yearly enrollment!

Most of our students here are recommended by friends/family and we are very heartened by the support shown to us over the years. Read the reviews given to us by our ex-students and parents here.