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Jul 2006

Smartlab is accreditated as an International Examination Centre as part of the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group which is the former University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), a department of the world-renowned University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation. SmartLab is proud to work with CIE in offering the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers as programme and Cambridge International Diploma. For more details, please click here.

Oct 2006

One of the founders of Smartlab has won the Spirit of Enterprise out of a total of 200 nominees. For more details, please click here.

Feb 2007

Newsletter - Congratulations to our students who have done us proud in the PSLE, GCE O level and GCE A level examinations. Most of them have demonstrated the ability to improve their grades through their own confidence and determination. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our teachers, past and present, who have worked selflessly in wanting to make a difference to the students’ performance. We would like to thank all the parents for believing in us, and allowing us to participate in your child's journey. Lastly, for the students, we salute you and continue to believe in each and everyone as you scale for higher heights and take on greater challenges in your life.

Jul 2007

Smartlab has joined the institutional member of the College of Teachers.

Oct 2007

Smartlab has been awarded the Singapore Prestige Brand Award. For more details, please click here.

Dec 2007

Teen Towkay programme conducted to help raise funds for the Society of the Physically Disabled and the SPCA. For more details, please click here.

Feb 2008

Newsletter - Congratulations to our students who have done us proud in the PSLE, GCE O level and GCE A level examinations. At least 3/4 of our students have improved by 1 grade or more during PSLE, and 2 grades or more during GCE O level and GCE A level. Average grade improvement for each student in our centre is from 2.5-3.9. We would continue to focus on developing and implementing our curriculum in the 3 stages: Exploration, Strengthening and Consolidation since inception, and found them beneficial in gearing and conditioning students to improve their assessment scores.

May 2008

Founder of SmartLab(R), Mr Tony Tan Lay Thiam has been invited to as part of Spirit of Enterprise (www.soe.org.sg) to Ngee Ann Polytechnic Student Entrepreneurship Day 2008 to inaugurate the "Shadow-an-Entrepreneur" Programme. For more details, please click here.

Jun 2008

Parents up in arms over tough exams, The Straits Times Article 1st Jun 2008

Extract of the article: SmartLab's chief executive Tony Tan, 38, sees about a 10 per cent jump in enrolment after mid-terms every year. His largest groups of students come from Primary 6, Secondary 4 and JC 2.........Tuition centres, too, said they had to rebuild crushed egos. Said SmartLab's Mr Tan: 'It's good to shake their confidence a bit but not to the extent where it collapses. The objective of assessment should be that they can come out of it stronger.'

Jun 2008

Tuition Nation, The Straits Times Article 15 Jun 2008

Extract of the article: SmartLab's chief executive Tony Tan, 38, sees about a 10 per cent jump in enrolment after mid-terms every year. His largest groups of students come from Primary 6, Secondary 4 and JC 2.........Tuition centres, too, said they had to rebuild crushed egos. Said SmartLab's Mr Tan: 'It's good to shake their confidence a bit but not to the extent where it collapses. The objective of assessment should be that they can come out of it stronger.'

Jul 2008

Student Awards for deserving individuals who display an unyielding attitude in striving to improve their results and maintaining a positive attitude towards learning.

Aug 2008

Founder of SmartLab, Mr Tony Tan Lay Thiam has been invited to give a presentation at Nanyang Technological University on entrepreneurship "My Life as an Entrepreneur" on 9 July 2008.

Nov 2008

Founder of SmartLab, Mr Tony Tan Lay Thiam has been invited to form part of a panel together with Associate Professor from NTU-NIE and Director from a Singapore Youth organisation in discussing the topic: "The tuition culture in Singapore: boon or bane?" For more details, please click here.

May 2009

Tutors' before-&-after boast irks schools, parents, http://www.asiaone.com/News/Education/Story/A1Story20090520-142656.html on 21 May 2009. Extract of the article: Smartlab managing director Hazel Poa said in an email interview that there are usually several factors involved when a student does well. But she added that Smartlab believes that its methods play an important part in the improvement of its students. She said that her tutors can give more attention to students than school teachers because 'our class sizes are eight or less for most of the levels'. Visit here to view the details of results of all the Smartlab students compiled since 2002.

Jul 2009

Working with National Kidney Foundation (NKF) as part of community partnership, Smartlab(R) is providing free tutorial classes to children and immediate relatives of NKF patients in all centres islandwide in Singapore.

Aug 2009

Founder of SmartLab(R), Mr Tony Tan Lay Thiam has been invited to be a one of their distinguished judges for the FedEx/Junior Achievement Asia Pacific International Trade Challenge -- one of the key student entrepreneur exchange events in the Asia-Pacific region by Junior Achievement Singapore, where teams from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Thailand participated. The International Trade Challenge aims to prepare young people to become tomorrow’s leaders in our global economy, and inspire further achievements by students through international exposure and cross-cultural exchange. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Since its founding in 1919, Junior Achievement had contributed to the business and economic education of more than 87 million young people around the world. Visit http://singapore.ja.org/.

Aug 2009

"We are a group of students from Temasek Polytechnic doing a research on Assisted Student's Learning. And part of the research is to find out tuition centres that are popular among singaporeans. We are pleased to inform you that your school ("Smartlab") has been recognised as one the most popular tuition centres according to our survey of 270 parents in singapore." An interview of the founder was conducted on 6 Aug 2009 at Farrer Park Branch by the group of 4 students from Temasek Polytechnic. We were happy to be able to provide support to the students who are finishing their final year project on "Assisted student's learning".

May-Oct 2009

In 2009, SmartLab® conducted the Golden Book Enrichment Programme for selected Secondary 4 students of Madrasah Al-Irsyad Al-Islamiah. The purpose of the Programme was to improve the academic performance and confidence of the students for their GCE ‘O’ level exam preparation. Click here for more details.

Dec 2009

SmartLab® expanded overseas with the operation of a centre in Malang, Indonesia. The appointed centre is Teachers Training and Development Institute. Visit our centres.

Jan 2010

Numerous of SmartLab® centres: Jurong East, Hougang, Tampines, Woodlands, Farrer Park and Marine Parade have been awarded Certificate of Appreciation by National Kidney Foundation for the provision of free tutorial classes to children and immediate relatives of NKF patients. The certificates were presented by Mr Yatiman Yusof, board member of NKF and Chairman of Volunteer Management Committee on 14 January 2010. Click here for more details.

On 24th January 2010 Sunday, students participated in the Annual Chinese New Year Bazaar held at the Civil Service Club @ Tessensohn. The event was organized to celebrate the upcoming festive season through the sale of merchandise. Students from SmartLab® sold goods from The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (SPCA) and Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). Their sales would help to raise funds for these societies. Click here for more details.

Feb 2010

On 20th February 2010, Madrasah students on SmartLab’s enrichment programe who have excelled in their GCE O level examinations were recognized. 17 students have demonstrated academic excellence and improvements. Awards were presented by Director, SmartLab at Madrasah Al-Irsyad Al-Islamiah School located at 277 Braddell Road. Click here for more details.

On 11th February 2010, SmartLab celebrated the Lunar New Year. The event is organized for the teachers, staff and private school students and is held at Farrer Park branch. There games, food and prizes. The programme aims to build bond between teachers and students. Click here for more details.

March 2010

Mr. Tony Tan Lay Thiam, SmartLab had assisted in Start-Up@Singapore 2010 as a judge. Mr Pyi Pai Phyoe , Judging Director, penned an email to thank Mr Tony Tan for his contributions. Extracts are as penned: "We are truly honoured and grateful to have had you as part of our panel of judges. Without the invaluable contributions of the judges, this competition would not be as successful as it is now. We would like to continue our collaboration with you for many years to come and together, we hope to be that beacon for start-ups on their road to success!"

Aug 2010

Straits Times featured an article titled: Transparency and result guaranteed, and SmartLab was covered. Click here for the article

Nov 2010

SmartLab has introduced the Result Guarantee Programme. Click here for the details.

Jan 2011

More than 70% of our GCE 'O' level students in 2010 improve by more than 2 grades for the GCE O level programme. Visit here

Feb 2011

More than 80% of our GCE 'A' level students in 2010 improve by more than 2 grades for the GCE O level programme. Visit here

Jun 2011

We have expanded our free tuition programme to the less fortunate by catering to students from GreenRidge Primary School and Tampines North Primary, apart from continuing with National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to provide free tutorial classes to children and immediate relatives of NKF patients in all centres islandwide in Singapore.

Jul 2011

SmartLab has successfully conducted GCE 'O' level marking scheme seminars for math and science for more than 100 students and teachers from Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah (Toa Payoh branch).

Aug 2011

SmartLab has successfully conducted GCE 'O' level Elementary Mathematics Stretching Course for about 50 students from Yishun Secondary.

Jan 2012

SmartLab Education Private School has received the award of Edutrust Certification from the Council for Private Education (www.cpe.gov.sg). The certification is a testimonial of our commitment to improve the education service that we provide to our students. We will continue to strive to improve the academic performance of our students. Believe in yourself. The EduTrust certification scheme is a voluntary certification scheme administered by the Council for Private Education for private education institutions in Singapore. It will replace the previous CaseTrust for Education scheme administered by the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE). While the EduTrust certification scheme is voluntary, it is one of the prerequisites which private education institutions that enrol international students must meet to qualify for the issue of Student Passes, as stipulated by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). The scheme provides a means for better private education institutions to differentiate themselves as having achieved higher standards in key areas of management and provision of educational services.

Feb 2012

SmartLab Education Private School is registered as a Cambridge International School (http://www.cie.org.uk/) with University of Cambridge International Examinations. University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group which is the former University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, a department of the world-renowned University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation. With the partnership, SmartLab teachers would be able to interact with the Cambridge markers, and our students would have access to the marking schemes of the GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ level Jun and Nov papers. We would continue to offer the Cambridge International Diploma and Certificate for teachers and trainers, which we started in 2006.



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