The Wise Owl

GM Spencer is a graduate of Oxford University and was a teacher of English and History in the United Kingdom and Kenya before coming to Singapore in 1979. He taught English and the General Paper at Nanyang Junior College (1979-1987) and at Yishun Junior College (1988-2008). He is married to Vanessa Spencer, a former radiographer, and has two daughters and five grandchildren.

George Spencer offers cheerful and informed tuition in English Language and Literature, the General Paper and Knowledge and Inquiry at Ordinary and Advanced Levels for the Singapore-Cambridge Examinations and in the equivalent subjects for the International Baccalaureate. He can also help in general enrichment or scholarship programmes and the preparation of students for the International English Language Testing System or IELTS.

Except for utilising past papers, George Spencer largely produces his own materials.

Individuals, pairs or small groups are taught in his library of many books at his home just behind Gleneagles Hospital and near the Tanglin entrance to the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Preliminary meeting with students, parents or guardians, as appropriate, offered and recommended.

English Literature
All text and paper combinations.
Example of notes for O level Literature
Example of notes for A level Literature

General Paper
Emphasis upon comprehension, essay writing, language and expression or topic information as required.
Example of topic or information skeleton

Knowledge and Inquiry
Critical approach to argument, essay writing, original summaries of major philosophical areas such as ethics or aesthetics as well as explanatory statements on specific items such as Kant’s synthetic a priori.
Example of topic outline
Example of explanatory notes for a particular item

Particular emphasis on speaking and writing components.
Example of personalized reading sheet

Enhancement and scholarship programmes
On ad hoc basis as required. Also thesis reading and advice.