Overview

Established in 1996, NTK Learning Center is a leading educational service provider in  Southeast Asia.

NTK specializes in academic tuition for students following international and local curricula, standardized test preparation, and educational planning and consultation services. Over the years, we have helped countless students prepare for entrance to schools and universities. Our track record of student acceptances by the world’s top academic institutions is undeniable.

NTK has over 80 full-time teachers, including qualified examiners of various exam boards. We have eight major academic departments: Business, Chinese, Economics, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Science. All of our highly qualified and experienced teachers have diverse teaching experience around the world, and have passed our strict in-house selection and assessment process.

We offer an unparalleled range of courses covering all major subjects and curricula. We have a wealth of experience in preparing students for internationally-recognized examinations including the SAT® , IB Diploma, AP®, SSAT , TOEFL, I/GCSE, GCE A-Levels, Common Entrance Test, IELTS, GMAT, and more.

We also offer English courses for the HKDSE, general English writing and public speaking, as well as modern languages including French, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Our courses have a maximum of 6 students per class to encourage teacher-student interaction and full student engagement. Individual lessons with one-on-one tuition are also available as well as private group lessons. Individual and private group lessons are customized to address students’ particular needs and concerns.

In addition, NTK provides a wide range of educational consultation services. Our highly experienced educational consultants have proven experience in worldwide school/university recommendation, application and registration, as well as general educational consultation.

Choosing a good school or university is one of the most important decisions that parents and students have to make. With our proven success in helping students reach their goals, NTK is the established choice for all your educational needs.

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Why NTK

Our Management

  • Words from Our Founder
    Mr. T.K. Ng Founder, Managing Director, Educational Consultant, Chemistry Teacher

    NTK was and is truly a labor of love. Starting out with three teachers including myself, NTK grew little by little — from one tiny office to half a floor, then a full floor-and-a-half, then two floors, and today, four floors with a team of over 80 well-qualified teachers. Over the years, the development of NTK has never been forced. We grew slowly and steadily, taking each step only when we could ensure our teaching quality.

    The concept of NTK was initially conceived in the mind of a young boy from Penang, Malaysia many years ago. Running through the colonial side streets, I grew up in a time without mobile phones or the internet. My upbringing was essentially a combination of East and West. After all, Malaysia’s education system adopts a mix of British and Chinese elements. I devoted long hours to my studies to earn a spot in the prestigious Chung Ling High School. Although I was given a scholarship for medical school, to ensure that I could contribute to my family’s income before long, I graduated instead with a degree in Bio-Chemistry from the National University of Malaysia.

    After university, I set out by myself to Japan to work as well as further my studies and broaden myself culturally. Through a twist of fate, I made the decision to come to Hong Kong where I taught Science and Math at several international schools. A person can earn his or her money in various ways, and wealth can be passed down from generation to generation, but knowledge and erudition is up to oneself — a lesson I learned as a child and one that I was determined to pass on to a younger generation. The several years of classroom experience was invaluable, but I also knew that I had more to give than the “inside-the-box” teaching that is often endemic in a traditional school setting.

    The desire for me to establish a private educational company grew stronger each day, and so in 1996, NTK Learning Center was established. A decade later, NTK Publishing was established and we have since published over 30 study guides and counting that can be purchased at major bookstores in Hong Kong and internationally.

    A reflection of my own beliefs, NTK has grown to what it is today based precisely on how I’ve approached education: there are no shortcuts and the right mix of proper attitude, guidance, and hard work is the formula for success. In architecture, laying the foundation is the most important step. In education it is the same – a student must build a strong foundation in their core academic subjects before they can have the freedom and knowledge to explore more diverse disciplines later in high school or beyond.

    I was taught at a young age that to succeed in life, you need to work hard and double your efforts to make something of yourself. Although I have not had the privilege of going to an Ivy League school, I am even more proud of the number of students I’ve helped get into Ivy League schools. I have gained so much insight from exposure to different education systems, from studying under a Chinese-British curriculum in my home country to teaching the US curriculum in Hong Kong. My immersion in the many different international curricula is the valuable experience that I brought with me to NTK.

    To this day, I am exceedingly proud that our growth has predominantly been through word-of-mouth; you will not see us packaging our teachers like pop stars.. We are a humble yet devoted team. As an educator, what I’m also proud of is not only seeing the countless students I’ve taught graduate from various elite universities, but to see them now as leaders of industry in Hong Kong and worldwide, and contributing meaningfully to society. The time and effort put into building a solid foundation early on in one’s life will surely produce results — as it has for me and the many students of NTK.

    As we approach our 20-year anniversary, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to my colleagues. With their support and dedication, NTK has flourished and evolved into something greater than I had initially planned. 2015 will also mark the year in which we open our second campus in Kowloon, and we look forward to continuing our philosophy of careful and planned growth in our services and scope in order to keep the best interests of our students at the forefront.

    I am truly thankful to those who have helped me realize my vision for education; especially my parents, who instilled in me a firm belief in family values, discipline, and organization that I carry with me to this day. I look forward to reaching many more milestones with each and every one of you.


    What do the students say?

    "Congratulations on producing another 800! Must have been a difficult task teaching an IB standard level student who was not familiar with the US curriculum. Thank you very much for your teaching! I wouldn’t have gotten such a high mark without you."

    -- D.J. (SAT Chemistry)

    "I just want to tell you that I got into Rice University! I don’t think this could have happened without your help. Thank you for my SAT Chemistry class. It really helped my application. Now all I have to do is focus on my grades with a relaxed attitude. Thank you. "

    -- Ernest (SAT Chemistry)

    "Guess what? I got an 800 on SAT Chemistry! Thank you so much!"

    -- Jeremy (SAT Chemistry)

    "Thank you again for your teaching. Because of you I got a 7 in SL Chemistry! Just wanted to let you know."

    -- Ernest (IB Chemistry)

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  • Words from Our Director 
    David Ollerearnshaw Director (Mathematics and Science)

    I was born and raised in Sheffield, in the UK. I studied mathematics at Warwick university and then did a teacher training course. However, by that time I had realized I didn’t want to teach in a school as I wanted something a bit different and the British army looked adventurous to me. I passed one year’s officer training and then joined the Royal Army Educational Corps. After three years in the UK teaching mathematics and basic science to Royal Signal recruits I was posted to Hong Kong where I remained until 1993. After I left the Army in 1994 I decided to return to Hong Kong and did some maths and English teaching. In 1997 I saw a post advertised at “NTK Learning Center” and thought this sounded like the teaching job I wanted: a young, vibrant educational company which had a founder who obviously had a vision for greater things. The rest, as they say, is history.

    My exact role has changed over the years as NTK has expanded. My role now is to provide support for the smooth overall running of the mathematics and science departments, along with teaching, which I still very much enjoy.

    When I started at NTK, providing one-on-one academic support was the prime focus of our operations. When I look back now it’s hard to believe how much the company has expanded, first into academic courses, then consulting, and now with NTK’s own publishing division.

    Whether I’m teaching a small class or individuals, the basic skills needed for a good teacher are the same: clarity of aim and the ability to get knowledge across successfully. But, depending on the student, there are “soft” intangibles that I need to imbue. Some students lack confidence after meeting with repeated failure at school. It’s important for these students to meet with success in lessons, as this will engender confidence and then this will lead to success, and so on in a virtuous circle. On the other hand, some students need to be pushed because they are coasting, and not fulfilling their obvious potential. That’s what I like about individual or small group teaching; there’s a real feeling that I can make a difference.

    An ability to communicate is the essential foundation for any educator. This is the most important characteristic in all our teachers. I know that we have had many applicants for teaching here, with outstanding academic results, but who we did not hire. The reason? They had the knowledge but not the ability to get the ideas across. However, as part of our training we make it clear that teachers are not here to do the students’ work for them. A good teacher guides, explains and illuminates so that students can finish tasks using their own resources.

    Although the basic principles of good teaching will never change, the learning environment at NTK has changed a lot since I started. When I began here at NTK mobile phones were rare and the height of technological sophistication was the graphing calculator. Teachers rarely used computers, and there were no tablets, laptops or wi-fi. Academic tasks were more straightforward for the most part: here’s a question, find the answer. Now students are routinely tasked with extensive report writing and investigations, even in mathematics. They have to present their results in written and oral form using Powerpoint or other programs. I would say the skill set required for successful students is higher now than what was needed just ten years ago. Certainly higher than when I was at school! Students have access to a level of information, communication, and technology unimaginable a decade ago. But this has turned into a deluge and I see some students who are overwhelmed by the need to sort through all this. I think that this is one of the key ways NTK can help students, by allowing an experienced teacher to winnow through the plethora of information, present key points clearly, and explain to students what their priorities should be.

    When I started at NTK it was a very modest operation with a handful of teachers and even fewer support staff with half of a floor in a not particularly prestigious location. I have to pinch myself sometimes when I realize it now has over eighty full time teachers, large administration staff , and with large offices in Causeway Bay and Kowloon. Mr Ng’s vision has certainly come to fruition. My only regret is that I didn’t take any pictures as NTK has “upgraded” over the years. It would be a true eye- opener for new staff to see the very first teaching set-up.

    Since the pace of change in our lives seems to be getting more frenetic by the day, I’m cautious about predictions of the future. But as NTK has always focused on quality, and that focus will never change, I am certain that NTK will be at the forefront of educational support and expand further in the years to come.

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  • Words from Our General Manager
    Elton Chau General Manger, Educational Consultant, Mathematics Teacher

    It has been more than fourteen years since I first entered the education profession. I joined NTK in 2002, after finishing my studies at Oregon State University on a scholarship. The mathematics teaching position was the first job I applied for upon my return to Hong Kong and I have been here ever since!

    I’ve always had a fascination for mathematics and was eager to teach my classmates back in my schooldays. After coming across a wonderfully inspiring math teacher in my secondary school, I made it my dream to become a math teacher one day. I had the opportunity to gain educational experience working as a teaching assistant at university while finishing my degrees and defending my thesis, alongside visiting local high schools as a speaker.

    In the early 2000s, NTK occupied just one and a half floors. We only had one to two teachers responsible for teaching each subject. After several years, NTK started expanding and I took up the role of Head of Mathematics & Science. We sailed through some arduous times, as we were trying very hard to create our own teaching materials across a wide spectrum of courses. Fortunately, with the support of our teachers, we eventually completed what at one point, had seemed an impossible mission. Our in-house lesson materials are the result of hundreds and thousands of hours of dedicated work drawn from the experience of our teaching staff. Our teachers go through a strict selection and training process; they are knowledgeable and have a passion for teaching. We believe our commitment to education is what makes us stand out from other learning centers.

    Today, NTK has grown to a larger scale. I hope that we will continue to maintain the close relationship with parents and students that we’ve established over the years. One aspect of my role at NTK that I enjoy most is teaching math to students, while also learning about their school life and getting to know each student as an individual. Through mentoring and chatting with students, I find that many young people today don’t really know what they want. They are accustomed to having their parents make all sorts of decisions for them. As a father myself, I know that parents have the best interest for their children, but is what we choose for our children always what the children want or need? I often tell my students that when selecting what subjects to take, for example for the IB Diploma, it’s important to choose something you are truly interested in. Otherwise, you won’t experience the fun of learning! For this reason, I encourage parents and students to come for consultations early on so that we have enough time for careful planning. Don’t wait till the last minute! What’s also beneficial is that students explore and try new things, for example, by taking up internships or joining different activities and courses during summer holidays. It is by delving into different areas that students discover what they are interested in and learn to take up responsibility.

    As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, I am in full anticipation of bringing NTK to an even higher level. I hope parents and students feel the professionalism in our services. I also envision a thriving future for NTK Publishing, as we launch the first study guide in our brand new IB 360 series in 2016; and also the flourishing development of our consultation team which strives to bridge our students with their dream universities. Looking forward, we hope to enrich and inspire the lives of each youngster and bring a positive impact to his or her future.

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  • Words from Our Principal
    Gary Chan Principal (Mathematics, Science, Economics and Chinese)

    I have fond memories of 2005 because that was the year I joined NTK, when I was completing my MPhil thesis on molecular biology. What began as a part-time job to support my graduate studies subsequently turned into an enjoyable career that has lasted to this very day.

    I started as a general science teacher teaching all science-related subjects, before focusing on biology, my main area of interest. NTK was expanding at that time and over the years of expansion, the Department of Mathematics and Science at NTK has grown from a modest operation to a very strong one - from under 10 teachers to over 40! In recruiting teachers, we not only look for talented people with a prominent academic background, but also individuals who have a positive attitude and pleasant personality, because we believe that teachers always have a prolific impact on students. We hope our teachers can inspire students to really enjoy the subjects they are studying. To help our teachers become an inspiring mentor to our students, we have developed a thorough training program for new teachers to bring them to another level to instill in our students both knowledge and values they need. 

    Other than the significant growth in our academic departments, NTK also started publishing in 2006. I had the opportunity to author two brand new study guides: SAT Biology and IBDP Biology. Although challenging, the completion of these publications gave me a great sense of accomplishment. I believe this is one thing that sets NTK apart from other learning centers.

    Despite we strive to provide quality classes, publications and other services to our students, we find that students nowadays may not be able to benefit from them, because their lives are so packed with activities, homework, sports and of course schoolwork. Good time management skills are therefore crucial for our students. In the light of this, our front desk puts forth great effort in making personalized lesson plans for students in order not to overload them. Our course materials are also highly tailored to concisely provide all the subject knowledge that students need in order to excel in the exam. To enhance students’ understanding in limited time, we specially offer small class and focused teaching that students may not be able to get in school. 

    In addition to all these efforts, we are open to work with parents to nurture their children. Our front desk officers and department heads maintain communication with parents to understand their expectations. We hope our parents can put their trust in our teachers and have faith in our expertise. 

    After many years of teaching and research, I realize one thing which I find very important – you have to do things one step at a time. Setting targets is important, but don’t magnify the end result so much that you forget the small steps you need to take in order to get there! For example, just thinking you want to score a 5 in the AP won’t actually make it happen. Focus on doing well on each test or quiz, then you will slowly build up the skills to score a top mark in the final exam. 

    As for students who are soon going to graduate, my advice to them is to stay humble wherever you go. Try not to be overly proud of yourself when you are at a high point because you will then easily make mistakes. Always remember it - no matter how high you toss a ball, it will ultimately drop. Similarly, regardless of how accomplished you are at this moment or how talented you may be, there will still be times when you will experience some low points. Always be prepared for setbacks.

    Over the years, NTK has grown primarily through word of mouth referrals. As Principal (MSEC), it is my mission to foster a sense of community within NTK and that parents and students feel the warmth of our staff. We also welcome alumni to stay in touch with us. With our team of talented teachers, publishing professionals, consultants and support staff, I believe NTK is more than merely a learning center. It will continue to thrive, providing our parents and students what they normally can’t get at school, including flexibility, personal attention, and excellence.

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    Charles Griffin Principal (English and Humanities)

    I joined NTK in early 2015, bringing over 25 years of experience in the school systems of the United States of America, Canada and Hong Kong. Ever since coaching sports in high school and working with kids, I have always known that my career would be in education. Since then, I have come to the firm belief that the best teachers need to have passion, commitment and self-motivation. So after completing my first degree in History and Indigenous Studies, I undertook a second degree in Education and have never looked back.

    When I first embarked on my teaching career in northern Canada, a lot of children in the school were indigenous First Nations and Inuit. Many of the children came from families that were still hunting and fishing for a living. This experience helped me understand the importance of cultural sensitivity as I was heavily exposed to cultures vastly different from my own, and this made me much better equipped to adapt to the cosmopolitan and dynamic needs of an international city such as Hong Kong.

    Since coming to live in Hong Kong in the 1990s, I have witnessed tremendous changes in education and experienced first-hand both the competitive academic environment in Hong Kong and the great sociocultural importance placed on scholastic success. With the rapid ascent of the educated middle classes in places such as mainland China and India and the concomitant development in their respective nation’s international influence, the world is getting much more competitive. Thus, an ever-increasing number of parents are opting to send their children abroad as a means to improve their competitiveness in the global job market so as to make a plethora of study and career opportunities more accessible.

    Over the past year, I have discovered just how NTK as an organisation helps serve the needs of such internationally-minded clientele. Our two-pronged approach to both specialising in niche bespoke tuition, whilst developing effective course programmes for exclusive small class sizes, makes us unique to other tutorial centers. Furthermore, with an established history, we are able to employ a large team from a diverse background. Therefore, we can essentially address every curriculum offered in local and international schools in Hong Kong, and our curriculum developers keep abreast of the latest pedagogies and changes to international curricula.

    Our Humanities teachers have tailored a programme including IBDP History and the challenging TOK that can’t be found in smaller local tutorial centers that lack our resources. In addition, the English department’s three flagship Core English courses comprehensively and holistically enhance the skillset of students from G5-10 to help prepare them for greater academic success. Unique to other centres, our Core courses are produced by a team of academic and publishing specialists, and are aligned to a range of international curricula including the IB, IGCSE, and the US Common Core Standards.

    However, we not only care about exam preparation, but also the student’s schoolwork and extra-curricular interests such as the sports, clubs and activities the student takes part. This exemplifies our interest in the holistic development of every learner. When you take time to get to know the student and establish an effective rapport, then you can better gauge appropriate workload to set, determine how far you can push them, and understand better what kind of student you’re working with. After all, every learner is unique.

    When some students come to us, they are on a mission. They know exactly what they want to do, even down to what major to take in university. Others may not have planned that far ahead yet, but have an idea of what they might want to do. Others come with more generic requests, like wanting to improve certain language skills, pass a specific test, develop better study habits, or open up more avenues. Others come and look to us for guidance. Some students work best if the lesson is broken down into 20-minute sections, while others prefer a whole hour of continuous work. It is important to understand the student and adapt accordingly. Our role at NTK is to help students address the particular issue they need and work out the best method for each student. We also have a system of continuous feedback where parents can let us know their expectations. The outcome is often best if parents can set clear and realistic goals, and have trust in our teachers and our methods.

    Equally important is fostering people skills, something that is lost in today’s technology-dominated society. Psychologists have determined that speaking in public is one of the most common fears amongst people globally. However, communication and social interaction are some of the most important skills for any profession. At NTK, our small class teaching enables us to help students build interactive skills. For example, each lesson in our Core Critical Thinking & Vocabulary course ends with the student presenting orally, whether it’s in the form of a report, debate or role play. This helps students learn to articulate their ideas and project themselves publicly. In our pre-IGCSE and pre-IB Core Analytical Reading courses, students analyse a range of texts orally before reinforcing those analytical techniques in written form. And our Core Writer’s Workshop course teaches both creative and academic writing modules in dynamic and interactive class settings.

    Thirty years ago, a person having a degree from any university was impressive, but as the world is constantly evolving, that is not necessarily true today. More than two decades have passed since I started working in different international schools and learning centers, to running my own tutorial center in the US. Today, major deciding factors in being considered for job positions has come to be the number of degrees a candidate possesses, study at postgraduate level, and even your alma mater’s reputation and alumni network, as well as the precise degree class or score . Through this all, NTK will continue to provide the best test prep support available. To achieve this, we look for talented educators who have experience in teaching, especially those who have taught in other countries because our students come from all parts of the world. All our teachers have attained at least a university degree, while many have gained a master’s or even PhD.

    The long term objectives of the English and Humanities Department are to develop courses that can be used across the entire school life of our students, as well as develop resources that our teachers can effectively adapt and use to teach. NTK puts forth tremendous effort and resources into producing our own quality materials and you cannot get that anywhere else. I believe NTK will continue to prosper as international schools are growing and expanding in Hong Kong and mainland China, and students become more driven to do well academically. NTK is proud to be at the forefront of academic developments both in Hong Kong and abroad, and I am humbled to be heading a department that continues to prepare students to surpass their potential and achieve the successes they deserve.

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  • Words from Our Vice Principal
    Dr. Ling Vice Principal (Chinsese)

    In 2004, I joined NTK as a part-time teacher. I was still a PhD candidate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, undertaking teaching and research duties. At that time, NTK occupied no more than two floors, and the number of teachers was less than one-fourth of its current number. We were mainly running English and Mathematics courses, and international Chinese courses were not much sought after. I was teaching SAT and AP Chinese, though there were not many lessons, I was deeply engrossed by such an inter-cultural education environment which enriched my teaching experience a lot.

    As I recall, Mr Ng said during my job interview that international Chinese courses would one day become the new mainstream. The success of NTK’s Chinese Department today has justified Mr Ng’s vision at the time. I was very honored to be hired as NTK’s first full-time Chinese teacher. In the following years, IBDP and IGCSE Chinese courses became more popular due to China’s increasing global power, leading to the rise in student number. At present, we have more than 10 full-time teachers in the Chinese Department.

    To this day, I am very thankful to Mr Ng for his trust and guidance. I have taken on a role in strategic planning to foster the development of the Chinese Department, including talent recruitment, teacher training, course evaluation, curriculum development, and reviewing course materials and publications. Despite being more involved in administrative and management work, I remain passionate in teaching which I love very much. I enjoy working at NTK a lot as it gives me the opportunity to actualize my beliefs in teaching with what I have learnt. I am strongly in favor of Confucius’ philosophy that teachers should ‘teach students in accordance with their aptitude’, simply because all students are unique in their own way. Teachers should do more than just teach and give solutions; we should also inspire students to become independent thinkers and nurture their curiosity and thirst for knowledge, so that they will all excel in their learning.

    Undoubtedly, NTK stands out from its competitors – our teachers are not only academically qualified, but they have a sincere passion for education, care about their students, and uphold the student-oriented teaching approach. Our teacher training not only focuses on subject knowledge and understanding of the exam syllabus, but also on the teachers’ ability to interact with students. We firmly believe that a good teacher is well versed in communication. It is only with effective communication that a teacher can really get to the root of a problem, thus helping students to progress. In addition, since there is a wide range of courses in international Chinese curriculums, specialist teachers are assigned to a particular course to ensure the teaching quality. In designing curriculums, our course materials are written by our experienced teachers, based on rigorous discussions and collective input to ensure the materials are a best fit for students. As markers in open examinations, our teachers are well-informed of the exam trend and requirements.

    It is evident that NTK students always excel in exams. Every year, over 80% of our students get full marks in the IBDP and IGCSE. The Chinese Department is a trusted partner to parents and students. As our international Chinese curriculums continue to develop, we will gain even greater recognition in helping students master the Chinese language.

    This year NTK celebrates its 20th anniversary. I hope the company will continue to advance, and we will reach more milestones in our teaching, consulting and publishing ventures. I am honored to be a part of it all and will do my utmost to help students make their dreams come true. Let’s work towards embracing another thriving 20 years!

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Our Teachers

Where do our teachers come from?

NTK’s academic team comprises an international blend of tutors from the US, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, China and the rest of the world. We take the utmost pride not only in the quality of our teachers but also in the diversity of our staff. This means our teachers also have a wide range of specializations. Our faculty includes experts in SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, ACT® , AP® , SSAT, IB, I/GCSE, GCE, IELTS, TOEFL, CEE, and more.

The following are some of the universities that our teachers come from:

  • UK
    • Durham University
    • Imperial College London
    • London School of Economics
    • The University of Nottingham
    • The University of Warwick
    • University of Bristol
    • University of Cambridge
    • University of Oxford
  • US
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Columbia University
    • MIT
    • Princeton University
    • The University of Michigan
    • Yale University
  • HK
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
    • The University of Hong Kong

How do we select our teachers?

NTK is a dynamic workforce whose teachers are carefully screened and selected. Individuals who graduate from the world’s top universities, even with impressive accolades, are not necessarily effective educators. NTK therefore painstakingly selects applicants who not only possess outstanding qualifications, but equally important, also demonstrate a true passion for teaching.

We believe in continuous skills training and quality assessment

Regular training is provided for teaching staff to enhance their knowledge and skills in lesson planning, classroom management, and teaching pedagogy. Training by teaching professionals, academic workshops, and assessment opportunities are also provided. Catering to NTK’s wide range of students and curriculum, our staff embraces an ongoing process of pedagogical refinement throughout their teaching careers in order to continuously improve and adapt to the changing educational needs of students and parents.

Our academic departmental structure

NTK employs over 80 full-time teachers in English, Humanities, Math, Science, Chinese and Modern Languages departments. Each department is led by an experienced subject coordinator to direct and facilitate the focus of the respective faculty. Our academic team is experienced in all levels of instruction and well versed in the specialized instruction of standardized tests.

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Our Students

Over 80% of our learner are international school and overseas students. They are high achievers from around the world, including the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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Testimonials

  • My son had a FANTASTIC hour with the new history teacher today. He said he is the best tutor he has ever come across (not to say that the others aren't great too). He said the teacher is just amazing. He was knowledgeable, precise, detailed, organized and structured — and most of all, he knew what he was teaching.

    My son said he would like to have lessons with him every day (which his mom has already booked, clever!)

    He really enjoyed his session with Mr. E. and it really made his day — not to mention mine too!

    -- J. W. (IBMYP History)

  • Congratulations on producing another 800! Must have been a difficult task teaching an IB standard level student who was not familiar with the US curriculum. Thank you very much for your teaching! I wouldn’t have gotten such a high mark without you.

    -- D.J. (SAT Chemistry)

  • I just want to tell you that I got into Rice University! I don’t think this could have happened without your help. Thank you for my SAT chemistry class. It really helped my application. Now all I have to do is focus on my grades with a relaxed attitude. Thank you.

    --Ernest (SAT Chemistry)

  • Guess what? I got an 800 on SAT Chemistry! Thank you so much!

    --Jeremy (SAT Chemistry)

  • I have now become very successful in Australia, and I will never forget those who helped me along the way. I would very much like to thank all the teachers who taught me before. When I was under a lot of pressure, NTK was like a second home to me because teachers there were always so understanding whilst being totally professional as well.

    -- P. C. (Admission Consulting)

  • My son has exceeded all expectations in the Physics IGCSE mock exam. His teacher deserves tremendous credit for this achievement. He has been of great help.

    -- Mrs. R. (IGCSE Physics)

  • My son has shown great improvement in science after having lessons at NTK during the summer. I will definitely book more lessons with him in the future if time allows.

    -- Mrs. C. (Private Group Science)

  • I got a perfect mark in my last Math test. I had never achieved such a high mark before. It's all thanks to my teacher!

    -- E. Y. (IBDP Math)

  • My daughter got a decent score, 760/800 in SAT II Chinese after using the SAT II Chinese book for self-study. I would like to thank NTK Learning Center for writing such a good book.

    -- Mrs. F. (SAT Chinese Subject Test)

  • The lesson was really helpful for my son's Harrow School Entrance Test. His result for the test was good.

    -- Mrs. M. (Entrance Test Prep)

  • My Math teacher has made me understand all the things that school had taught in the past several months in the first lesson.

    -- M. L. W. (General Math)

  • My daughter joined the IGCSE Math course. I'm very impressed that the teacher provided a detailed set of notes and past papers to remind her of what had been taught over the past few months. I want to express my gratitude to the teacher for the sincerity shown in teaching every student.

    -- Mrs. L. (IGCSE Math)

  • Alex has been teaching me for several years now and through our lessons, I can tell that Alex is someone who genuinely enjoys teaching and wants the best for his students. He adapts his teaching style and methods to suit the needs and learning habit of each individual. I think he is a very versatile and observant teacher. Without Alex, I would have a lot more troubles with math. Lessons with him are never boring — he makes learning math so much more interesting!

    -- J.C. (General Math)

  • Thank you again for your teaching. Because of you I got a 7 in SL Chemistry! Just wanted to let you know.

    -- Ernest (IB Chemistry)

  • In James' classes, I learned and practiced the skills required for IBDP English. He emphasizes the idea that “practice makes perfect" and uses his experience with the IBDP to guide me through the exam and paper writing process. Because he’s so familiar with the IB, I never hesitate to ask him questions regarding the program.

    His classes are entertaining and very interactive. After every class, I walk away with a large load of information to reflect on. He is by far my favorite teacher!

    -- M.Y. (IBDP English)

  • Classes with James are never boring. James actually makes me enjoy breaking down a poem; he makes it feel more like a game than actual work. James is not only an awesome IBDP English teacher, but he is also an excellent mentor in other subjects and fields, such as Theory of Knowledge and university applications. He gives perceptive comments on how to improve essays and he is also very good at picking out subtle grammar mistakes.

    James is an entertaining, witty, and insightful teacher. Thank goodness I had him for my two years of IB — or else I would have failed!

    -- E.Y. (IBDP English)

  • I want to say thank you for all your help with my personal statements and supplements. I think they're one of the main things that led to my acceptance. Thank you for giving me support, for reading my supplements, for giving me extra time for multiple lessons, and much more. It was great taking lessons with you. They're part of the few that I don't actually dread. On another note, I know you're busy with work and all but I hope you don't stop teaching. It is not only your superb skills in English that make you a great teacher, but also the fact that you're an awesome person who is very approachable, sincere and cool. That's something I think students rarely find in teachers.

    --E.C. (University Admissions)

  • Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”, and he couldn’t have been more right. I was a student of James when I was studying the IB Diploma, and every lesson with him was edifying. It was James’s guidance that allowed me to find the right balance of discipline and creativity in my writing style. Not only has he guided me to overcome most of my challenging written tasks such as the IB English papers, Theory of Knowledge, and university applications, but he also instilled in me an appreciation and awareness of how important it is to have a solid foundation in the English language, and the joy of being able to excel in it.

    --J.T. (IBDP English)

  • I remember spending an unhealthy amount of time in your classroom over sophomore summer. I usually like private classes because the student and teacher establish a closer rapport thanks largely to funny mnemonics and awkward moment stories. The SAT course I took with you was a group class, but I felt the same sincerity in how you taught everything from strategies to gibberish-like vocabulary, how you listened to our worries, how you laughed along with our antics — and how you brought a class of five rambunctious strangers together. I would boast to any and all worried parents that your class was an encouraging introduction to the evil College Board world.

    --S.N. (SAT Reasoning Test)

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