University students gathering volunteers to give free tuition

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Ever since the implementation of the Circuit breaker measures on 7th April, schools have moved online, with students now having full home-based learning (HBL) for a month.

This has let to many worrying that students might not be able to keep up with learning online.

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This was when an idea struck Andy Teo, who started the Temporary Academic Assistance (TAA) to bring volunteer tutors and students in need together.

In an interview with CNA, Andy shared that the idea struck him when his tutee cancelled on him for the second time in a row.

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Andy’s idea was simple, interested tutors would first register via a Google form and indicate how much time they wanted to offer – even if it were just 30 minutes.

Following which, students who needed help would be able to browse the list of registered tutors, and contact their desired ones by email. The tutor would decide how to conduct the lesson remotely.

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According to Andy, The TAA initiative took barely a day to spring into action.

It began on the 4th of April, with him putting out a call for tutors on his social media pages and his friends helping to spread the word.


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 In just over a week, 250 volunteers were ready to help those in need.

It is heartening to see that Singaporeans are stepping up to help each other.

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In the period, it is of paramount importance to stay united and help each other.

While not of us might be able to provide tuition or help others on such a large scale, our small little actions like helping an elderly purchase groceries or simply wearing a mask, count too!

Let us stay united and I’m sure we will get through this period together!

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