Toh Ban An

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Toh Ban An Overall rating: ★★★★☆ 3.6 based on 19 reviews
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I don't recommend this instructor to females!!

★☆☆☆☆
1 5 1
I failed on my first try of driving test. He is overall a patient person however he tends to give unclear instructions. The way he communicates and confuse student (as to went to turn for vertical parking etc) Each time i do vertical parking, the estimation of where to turn the steering wheel, always changes in each session and that confuses me alot. Hence, no doubt, i got demerit at vertical parking. When i am out on the road, he always ask me not rush etc. and to my horror, i got demerit points for not accelerating and speeding up on roads (outside of circuit) When i told him i failed, he did not bother to talk to me and listen to my woes. He simply brush me off and said he need to rush to ssdc as he got students waiting for him. I feel he is more like a business men rather than a teacher. He will only teach u how to pass and drive using his car, nissan sunny. but when u were to change car and drive your own car or parent scar, his method no longer can apply anymore. And this is particularly true for reverse and parallel parking. I am a girl and I experience him continuously touching my hand when i am shifting gear box and he will touch my arm too when my both hands on steering. He has been doing it for 11 lessons however it was only until the 8th lesson i felt is overboard when he invited me to go JB with him or to go drinking with him at pub. So ladies, in particularly, u may want to consider another instructor and not Mr Toh.

Strict but Good

★★★★★
5 5 1
His way of teaching might be quite uncle, but it surely works in alot of ways. Have took 11 lesson with him, before every lesson he will drop me a text msg to remind me for the lesson dates. He is VERY STRICT but it's good, as he will MAKE SURE you do and remember all safety checks before moving out and on the road. In same ways he might offend you, but don take it to heart as he is trying to make you learn and know everything by heart. As for the E-brake teach only during the warm up before TP, is small issue, what he told me before, smart people don need to worry about E-brake, just worry about all safety checks and parking will do. Cos its really very easy to learn for the E-brake. Lastly of cos i did got lucky and manage to 1 time pass. Thomas, POWER LA !!!!!

Highly Recommended

★★★★★
5 5 1
Similar to previous review titled 'If you have the heart to learn -- by C.", I also passed on my first attempt after 14 lessons with Mr. Toh. I fully agree with his/her view point and had similar experience. Mr. Toh shared a lot of practical tips for you to pass the TP and his teaching is quite good. He is patient most of the time and only get a little bit fierce when you repeat same mistakes or commits dangerous acts. Of course, Mr.Toh's only intention is to guide you to pass the TP. Some of the reviewers said he didn't reply text promptly, but I do feel that Mr.Toh has improved on this point. He always try to fix the appointments for students in advance (for my case, every week after the lesson). Additionally, he always try to send SMS reminders 1-2 days before the lesson. I am really thankful for Mr.Toh's kind coaching and appreciate his passion. If you have the correct attitude as a learner, I will strongly recommend you to follow Mr.Toh.

If you have the heart to learn

★★★★★
5 5 1
Passed on my 1st try after 14 lessons. Good tips, and are responsible for your learning. Push you hard when nearing TP test. He is fierce when you make repeated mistakes or when what you have committed was a dangerous act. Dont expect him to shower you with praises when these happens but he knows how to assure you when you are well with your handling. Saw a few reviews talking about Mr Toh " doesn't take into account that everyone is different", for my case, he actually let me try out different POV to see which tips suits me, letting me find my own points to turn. Although Mr Toh let his cousin teach in between lessons like from second lesson till you enter circuit, his cousin is also a retired driving instructor. He is patient and really nice, slightly different from mr toh style which is on the fierce side. Thus this 2 actually strike a well balance. I would direct my qns to his cousin and get the basics of road while circuit is from Mr Toh. Mr Toh has students from 8am - 10pm so he is very busy and will not be replying your texts often. I make it a habit to text him a day earlier, and if he did not reply, call him the next day. He picks up his phone and will answer your queries. If you have the heart to learn, he has the heart to teach.

Don't let him keep your PDL

★☆☆☆☆
1 5 1
He is my first intructor. One of the worst. Maybe he was patient and passionate last time, but he is none of these now. He doesn't care about his students at all. He will take your PDL during first lessonand only return to you during your TP. Don't give it to him. As a PDI, he has no right to keep your PDL. He does it so you can't change to another intructor.

Irresponsible Businessman

★☆☆☆☆
1 5 1
I don't know how this instructor got so many good reviews. As an driving instructor, I don't find his teaching good, he gave very vague instructions and sometimes inconsistent. He also doesn't take into account that everyone is different, on this point, I totally agree with K.W. When I told him I didn't understand what he was trying to say, instead of explaining, he asked me why I can't do it when everyone else can... (Sure, I would have the answer...). He cares about his car a lot, he spent hours talking about how much he need to repair the gears, engine, and doesn't even tell me what is acceleration needed on the road. He always ask me to slow down whenever I exceed 30km/hr. He scare I will scratch his car. Obviously I don't have enough acceleration on the road, and got demerit point during TP. On a personal level, he is more of a business man than instructor. I book my test in SSDC and told him weeks in advance, yet he kept asking me to go to CDC circuit for practice, this is just for his convenience. So ended up I only spent 4 hours in SSDC circuit ( and that is because of my persistence) before my TP. He only teach me emergency break during the warm-up of TP, and that is because I asked for it, otherwise he would skip it I think. He is not familiar with SSDC circuit too, all the reference point was wrong. It is ok if he told me that beforehand, and I could have found another instructor, but he did not. More over, for the first 12 hours of the class, he asked his cousin to teach me instead of him teaching me, his cousin is nice but doesn't give a lot of tips. He also took my PDL during the first class, so I couldn't change instructor half way. Overall, I just think he is a businessman than an instructor. You can go with him if you don't mind paying more than what you actually need.

Very irresponsible, unclear instructions

★☆☆☆☆
1 5 1
Teaching method is ok, but instructions unclear sometimes and full of miscommunication. Failed to factor in that not everyone sees things exactly like he does (e.g due to height differences, chair adjusted at different positions etc). Has a habit of confirming class timings/pick up locations EXTREMELY last minute, sometimes even changing lesson timing or canceling lesson 1hr before the lesson itself. Messages I sent to confirm locations are usually NOT ANSWERED until 1-2hrs before the lesson itself. Does not care about wasting your time. There was once he actually said that he thought I had nothing on later on so he shifted my lesson later by 1hr and only told me 1hr before the previously arranged lesson time. Do not learn from him if you are a busy person that cannot accommodate last minute changes, or make sure that you clear one whole day for his lessons in case he pulls this kind of nonsense on you.

Irresponsible

★☆☆☆☆
1 5 1
Irresponsible guy. All this great reviews MIGHT be true before he got popular and have tons of students. Now he doesnt give a damn about students and you have to text him 4-5 times before he reply. He set a date for me and i cancelled all my other plans for him and on that day he backed out on me. He's a fine instructor but a horrible and irresponsible person.

Patient Instructor

★★★★★
5 5 1
Mr Toh is my instructor and I took about ~20 lessons from him before taking the exam. Passed on first try with 10 points so highly recommending Mr Toh. First few lessons will be at Buangkok area and once you learnt all the skills (U-turn etc.), then lessons will be at Ubi CDC circuit. Fees: $35/hr. Every lesson is 2 hrs. +$30 for circuit (if lesson is at CDC). First lesson +$50 for registration fee. Extra charge for booking car for driving test. Pros 1) Very patient. I am a slow learner and took very long to get used to the clutch. But he was v patient and gave me tips along the way. 2) Gives constructive criticism. He only scolds you if you make a mistake. No 'tough love' nonsense. Very helpful that he is attentive to your mistakes because good habits like checking blind spots need to be cultivated. 3) Gives a lot of good tips. He will point out to you areas where people commonly fail and tells you how to overcome it. Very important because usually these areas are "Immediate Failure" areas. Cons 1) Very busy instructor. Mr Toh teaches 7 days a week, whole day packed with lessons. Instead of calling him, I suggest you send him a message instead. He will contact you to arrange a first lesson once he has free time. His schedule is usually booked completely for about one entire week so always arrange extra lessons in advance. 2) Can be non-responsive to messages. Mr Toh usually doesn't reply messages quickly and forgets to do so. Best if you book lessons with him face-to-face because its v hard to book lessons over messages. There is a reviewer who complained that Mr Toh doesn't reply to messages. It is indeed true that he takes very long to reply but that is because he is teaching driving lessons from morning to evening. He will be focusing on the student rather than your messages. Give him some time to reply to you at night and please understand that you cannot expect him to drop everything just to reply you. 3) I know some of my friends who have instructors who charge a lower fee. But if you want an attentive and patient instructor, you need to pay more. Just like tuition. Pay more get better teacher. Driving teacher same principle. 4) Only teaches manual. For students wanting to learn auto, Mr Toh will redirect you to his friend. His friend good or not i dont know. Never learn from his friend. All in all, I had a really good experience learning from Mr Toh and if you have zero experience driving and need an instructor who can efficiently point out your mistakes and give tips, definitely try out a lesson with Mr Toh.

best pdi in sg

★★★★★
5 5 1
Great guy, super friendly, very uncle way of teaching, but wont put you down. Doesn't waste time or your money. 1.5 hour classes. Puts a lot of effort into cheering you up if youre a grumpy sod (like me). He's got 5 kids, all grown up now. Might mean nothing but to me explains his patience and ppl skillz.

Super recommended

★★★★★
5 5 1
Mr Toh was my 2nd PDI and I passed in 1 try with him. I only took around 10 lessons with him prior to 20+ lessons with my previous pdi. He taught me a lot of things compared to my previous PDI. I would recommend him to anyone taking private lessons at ubi area. In my opinion, he's one of the best PDIs' out there.

Patient and an expert in this field

★★★★★
5 5 1
Mr Toh is patient and will only scold if you repeat glaring mistakes that he mentioned before. The knowledge and skills he imparts are detailed; effective to pass TP and build up confidence in driving after getting license. He prefers 2 hour slots and through the course of 10 lessons, his lessons rarely end before 2 hours (unlike my previous instructor who only delivers 45 minutes out of 1 hour lessons). I managed to pass TP on my first try

Good and patient

★★★★☆
4 5 1
He is a patient instructor. Do not scold his student unless mistake has been repeated nun outputsly

Brilliant

★★★★★
5 5 1
Brilliant instructor. Very patient and calm. Way of teaching superb!

Doesn't reply to message

★☆☆☆☆
1 5 1
Reading all these reviews I went to call this pdi and he said he's in a meeting but still can online at whatsapp and never reply me. Reviews must be fake.

Patient and Detailed

★★★★★
5 5 1
Patient and chatty instructor who does not have much of a temper though he will tell you when he is unhappy with your performance. Occasionally, he might use his phone or read newspapers in the car but he will still look out at where you're going or what you're doing. His pick-up points are usually at Hougang or Buangkok MRT stations which is really convenient for me. I took 20 lessons with him and passed on my first attempt.

Consistent and passionate

★★★★☆
4 5 1
He is very passionate about the job, will push his student for more lessons when nearing TP test. I passed in 1 try and had only 16 lessons. He does not have much temper. Just when I did really badly. Nevertheless, I pass under him in 1 try!

Diligent and friendly

★★★★★
5 5 1
Mr Toh was consistently diligent and taught me every detail - what to look out for when parking, turning, etc. He was patient and good-tempered, almost never got angry with me, and was flexible with lesson times. He was also chatty and encouraging. I took just under 20 lessons under him and passed on my first try.

Recommended

★★★★★
5 5 1
This PDI was highly recommended to me by my friends. Really patient, good tempered and responsible. Will show me what to do and what not do. Some instructors won't do that because they are overprotective of their cars. Even if you make a mistake, he won't scold as well.

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