Tutor: Dr. Robin Chee (Click here for full C.V.)
Dr. Robin Chee graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Second Class Upper Honours) degree in Sociology in 2006. Upon graduating in 2006, he pursued his Master of Social Sciences (Research) degree in Sociology at the National University of Singapore under a full research scholarship from the university. He obtained a GPA of 4.67/5 for this degree, the equivalent of a First-Class Honours. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Singapore University of Social Sciences in Sociology.
Upon completing his Masters in 2009, he was offered a place at Oxford University (Kellogg College) to pursue his doctorate in Sociology. However, he turned it down to pursue his interest in law and enrolled in the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) programme at the Singapore Management University. He was part of the pioneer batch of students for this professional doctorate programme and was one of the few students to have completed the course in 2 years (the minimum allowed for this programme anywhere in the world).
Upon passing his bar exams, he started work at Eldan Law Corporation to begin his training in general litigation where he assisted in High Court cases. Before beginning his training as a legal trainee, he had also worked as an intern in major law corporations such as KhattarWong Law Corporation and Harry Elias Law Corporation and also assisted the Law Minister in a research project while working as an intern at the Ministry of Law.
Dr Chee returned to Nanyang Technological University as a teaching assistant in 2011 after having tutored there part-time since 2009. He had taught courses in Sociology for a total of 7 years (2 years at the National University of Singapore and 5 years at Nanyang Technological University). He was awarded a certificate after completing a teaching course conducted by NUS in 2006. As a teaching assistant, he was responsible for conducting classes, setting examination questions, marking exam scripts, and mentoring students. He is known to be extremely approachable, often giving extended consultations to students after official hours.
He has also taught General Paper (GP), “O” Level English, TOEFL, SAT and GRE as a private part-time tutor and as a tutor at tuition centres. He scored above the 90th percentile in the verbal reasoning, quantitative and analytical writing components of the GRE exam, and 114/120 in the TOEFL exam. His students have achieved First-Class Honours (at the university level) and distinctions in GP under his tutelage.
Dr Chee has conducted courses in debating (tapping on his training in litigation), current affairs (utilizing the knowledge he had garnered as a former school representative in quizzes), public speaking (stemming from his experience as a regular presenter in academic conferences and as a lecturer) and creative writing.
In addition, he has provided advice to his students pertaining to the task of applying to local and foreign universities. He had taught at both NTU and NUS, was a graduate student at both SMU (which follows the American style seminar system) and NUS (which follows the British style lecture-tutorial system), and was accepted by universities in UK (including Oxford University) and Australia (including ANU).
Dr Chee has published multiple papers in the Social Sciences in the course of his academic career. He has also been cited numerous times by fellow scholars. His book on Malaysian Chinese in Singapore was published by Lap Publishing in 2011 and is available on major online websites such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. He had also published a chapter in an edited book and an article in a refereed journal.
In addition, he had presented at academic conferences (supported by multiple conference grants) in Singapore, Malaysia, the United States, Australia, and Taiwan. He was interviewed by the Straits Times on his views on certain pertinent social issues and was a member of several research clusters at NUS, when he was a graduate student there.