Getting your child enrolled in tuition for the advancement of their education is becoming an intricate part of the status quo these days for Singaporean parents. However, all tuition options are not created equal. There are some distinct differences between tuition centers and tuition agencies. All tutors are not the same either. The tutor that you choose to hire for your student should be one that you already feel confident will be able to provide the base needs you are looking for in your child’s tuition experience. But should something not be quite right, you need to know that you have the flexibility to start the hunt all over again.
Tuition is important as Singapore strives to reach top levels in education rankings. Not just for the prize of ranking highly, but more so for the long-term benefits to the nation of having intelligent, well-educated young adults who will become leaders of both the nation and of the world. Teaching a love of learning is part of a carefully constructed process that tuition itself is actually designed to enhance. Or at least it should be designed to instill a lifelong love of learning. Making learning fun, informational, and participatory is the best combination for success.
The art of tutoring children is certainly not an easy one. The best tutors are passionate about helping students learn. They themselves likely have a strong thirst for knowledge and learning. Full-time tutors have very possibly spent their lifetime being a student and they actually get excited by the thought of teaching a struggling student a new concept. That A-Ha moment is what they live for.
There are several different types of tutors:
• Part-time tutor
• Full-time tutor
• Student tutor
• Teacher tutor
A part-time tutor likely holds a completely different day job, and they tutor in the evenings or on weekends for extra money. This can be beneficial from a cost perspective, but be sure you choose someone with rave references, otherwise you could just be getting a tutor who thinks of it as a part-time job. You want commitment from your children’s tutor.
A full-time tutor likely tutors as their main source of income. They probably love children and love learning. Many are certified or may even be former teachers who like the convenience of being able to now work on their own terms.
Student tutors will likely be somewhat immature. However, that is not necessarily going to be the case. They are very likely someone who is going into the education field and they want the first-hand experience, almost as an internship, that can be gained from being a student tutor. One large benefit is the relate-ability they will have with your child. They will be able to easily relate to the student’s struggles as they themselves may have struggled with a particular course even as recently as the last semester. This will help your child relax with their tutor and be more receptive to the learning process.
Teacher tutors are a rare combination. While they are teachers full-time, they will hold a part-time tutoring role to make extra money or just simply for the love of education. They will have the demeanor and rapport that many parents would want in their student’s tutor. But they will likely only be available in evenings or on weekends.
A tuition agency can assist you with finding the perfect tutor for your child. One possible downside to tuition agencies is that they are not required to register with the Singapore Ministry of Education, like a full tuition center is, or tutoring center, is required to do. But tuition agencies likely have a plethora of tutors in their database and once the parent and student provide the agency with a listing of the requirements for the tutor placement, the agency can take care of the search, weeding out applicants that don’t fit the qualification requirements. Be aware that all tuition agencies are not created equal either. Get references and testimonials from other parents to choose the tuition agency that is right for you.
If your child needs tuition in any course, whether they are truly struggling or just need to have their scores elevated for placement in secondary school or college, finding the right tutor is crucial to your student’s success. There are many different routes to go down the tutoring path. There are group tutoring centers, individualized consultation in a tutor’s home, or one-on-one tutoring usually done in your home. There is not really one right or wrong way to go about it. Just know your student, understanding their strengths and the specifics of why you are seeking tuition will help you select the best plan for both you and your student.
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