Tuition centres, tuition agencies, private tutors, online tutors, home tutors all in Singapore. There is a whole bevy of options available for students and parents to choose from for junior colleges, secondary schools, or primary school students.
According to Todayonline, the number of tuition and enrichment centres have risen from about 700 in 2012, to more than 950 in 2019. And that’s just the number of registered tuition centres! The statistics barely account for the hordes of freelance home tutors.
For a majority of Singaporeans today, tuition is deemed as beneficial to children’s education and their learning experience. But with such a daunting pool of tuition services to choose from, selecting the best tutor for your child can be overwhelming. Where do you even start?
Well, this article provides you with a general guide on choosing the most suitable tuition option for your child.
1. Have an open discussion with your child.
The first step is to know what exactly your child needs in their tuition classes.
Explore the fundamental root of the problem. Talk through the various subjects, detailed questions and levels of difficulties they are struggling with, as well as those they find easy. The best way to determine the help they need is by simply asking them.
Note that your child might react unfavorably to the idea of tuition-classes. Having a discussion might make your child feel more included and empowered in the decision-making process. A student’s understanding and receptiveness to tuition is crucial in promoting effective teaching and learning.
2. Find the right class size.
Consider what class-size might work best for your child’s learning process. Will he or she need 1-on-1 private classes, or are there more benefits if they opt for group tuition of small class sizes?
As a former student of various kinds of tuition-classes, I’d say small group-classes are much more impactful.
Once everyone overcomes the initial awkwardness, students find that developing friendships in class makes the learning environment much more comfortable. These friendships may even be motivation to attend classes! This is of course provided the tuition teacher maintains a conducive learning environment.
Furthermore, smaller groups have been proven to promote greater learning and productivity in the classroom. To illustrate, this study by the University of Minnesota showed how group dialogue promotes critical thinking about concepts.
Learning in a group definitely promotes more active learning, and it would be wise to consider tuition services that offer this.
3. Consider the centre/teacher’s Credentials.
This is the first way you can gauge the quality of a tuition teacher. You want to be certain that the tuition centre and/or teacher has the right type of qualifications to teach and has had many years of experience in teaching.
Inquire on their expertise, as well as their level of expertise. You need to ensure they have certification at a higher level than the current level they are teaching. Expert mastery in the subject will allow the tutor to provide deeper insights, as well as more effective techniques to study, providing quality teaching materials and supporting materials like quizzes and practical exercises.