Kian (k.y) N.

University: University of Oxford

Degree Subject: Law

Location: Singapore

Teaching Subjects:
Law: University Q&A, Personal Statement, Oxbridge Interview, LNAT
A-Level: English, Biology, Chemistry

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Acing the LNAT

Here we'll clarify some of the doubts you might have about the LNAT. Is the LNAT essay even graded? Who marks it and what are they looking for?...
By Kian (k.y) Ng.

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About Myself

I graduated from Oxford in 2014 and currently spend my time between Hong Kong and Singapore at the moment.

Tutoring Approach

Method over Content - Knowing how to learn is more important than the actual substantive issues, which can become outmoded in time to come.

Individualised Teaching - Each student is different. They might have differing interests and even different ways of thinking. I adapt my teaching to suit these differences. For example, I've found that using real-life examples in subject areas which my students are interested in helps them absorb information better.

When In doubt, Ask - My students treat me as their peer, albeit one with wrinkles and occasional backaches. I encourage this (no not the backaches) because it helps my students ask questions which they would otherwise be embarrassed to ask. These questions often clarify crucial concepts in their understanding.

Take Charge of Your Own Learning - I incorporate principles of Socratic questioning in my teaching. I ask open-ended questions which my students respond to. By formulating the answers in their own words, they understand the relevant concepts better. It also helps me iron out any underlying misconceptions they have.

Teaching Experience

I've tutored 3 students on Gurume for the LNAT and Oxford admissions. Two of them received offers to interview at separate Oxford colleges.

In terms of formal teaching experience, I've been a private tutor for two years. Since Nov 2015, I've also taught at The Learning Lab, where I coached more than 300 students (aged 13 to 18) according to the Cambridge English syllabus.

Extracurricular Interests

Reading, kayaking and embarking on mini-projects like building my own 3D printer.

Evangeline Z.


By far two offers and an interview offer from Cambridge

Kian has been tutoring me since September. We started working on my Personal Statement then moved on to Cambridge COPA additional PS and LNAT essay.

It took us about one month and 7.5 hours to finish the Personal Statement, during which we communicated via skype and email. I have to say that Kian is such a dedicated tutor as firstly, he always responds my emails within 24hs; secondly, his comments for my Personal Statement are detailed with inspiring examples and ideas. I think the main problem for me is that the things I wanted to talk about were not structured; it did not have a flow. He helped me explore and structure my thoughts so well that I ended up with not only an amazingly satisfying PS but further understanding of Law. As for my COPA additional PS I had less than a week to work on it but he managed to help me organise sophisticated points within 3 days. I would say that is as good as a tutor can get.

As for LNAT essay, it took about 7 hs. Kian sorted different topics that are likely to appear on the test (religion, terrorism, etc), and gave me topical worksheets based on news, videos, court judgments and reports to fill in. Then he went over each topic with me by asking controversial questions and providing additional information regarding the topic via skype. This helped me to firstly build a reference and knowledge storage so that I will always have evidence to support my arguments (the references for one topic may be applicable for another), secondly organise my basic stand and general arguments for each topic. We spent an hour on essay techniques. The LNAT essay now certainly seems to be less deterrent.

The most valuable feature of his teaching is that, the information and techniques he taught me will be useful for not only and PS and LNAT, but also my future study as a Law student. And his teaching is not limited in the things we agree upon as he often provided me with additional information like LNAT MCQ techniques and university choice advices. Honestly I am very lucky to have Kian’s assistance during application season. There are not many Chinese students applying for Law undergraduate but Kian sure helped me feel capable.

P.S. It worth mentioning that it is quite delightful to be tutored by him. He is rather humorous. Or at least he tries to be.

Hyunjin K.


LNAT Essay and UCAS Personal Statement

My tuition was focused on two things: the LNAT Essay and UCAS personal statement.
For the LNAT, I had a very limited time to work on it, but Kian made very effective use of time teaching me the skills needed for the essay in a short period of time. I had never been able to finish an essay in time, but Kian's classes helped greatly and I was able to write a good essay during thr actual LNAT. Kian was very supportive and flexible with schedule.
For the UCAS Personal Statement, we did not skype or talk face-to-face. We mainly used email to communicate. I would send him a draft, he would polish it up and send it back. As with the LNAT essay, it was done in an efficient and systematic manner. I was able to improve my draft greatly. He was very quick to respond and answered any questions I had. He also took the effort to talk to lawyers from colleges I wanted to apply for and helped me in the process of choosing colleges as well.
It was extremely lucky to be able to meet with Kian.