4 questions to ask when choosing tuition for your child

February 16, 2017
  • 4 questions to ask when choosing tuition for your child
    1 / 5 4 questions to ask when choosing tuition for your child

    In an ideal world, no kid would need tuition.

    But the fact is that kids who aren’t doing well academically could do with extra help – and we’re not talking about high achievers who are already scoring Band 1 grades here.

    With so many tuition agencies touting their services and star tutors, and the industry not tightly regulated, the challenge for parents is to find the right tutor to motivate and inspire Junior to do better.

    Here are some factors to consider. 

    Related: New tuition website matches parents to tutors in Singapore

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  • 1. Is one-to-one tuition better?
    2 / 5 1. Is one-to-one tuition better?

    Group sessions are much cheaper and kids get to work with their peers, but if your child needs more time to process information and has a short attention span, one-to-one may be a better option, says Jenical Ong, centre director of Seeds Learning Group.

    Related: Tuition in Singapore: More kids taking advanced tuition two grades higher

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  • 2. Is the tuition centre credible?
    3 / 5 2. Is the tuition centre credible?

    It’s now trendy for centres to boast about their “star” tutors, but look beyond the marketing campaigns and ask to see the centre’s results.

    Check how long the tutor has been teaching, her students’ results, whether she is NIE-trained, and look beyond the promise of “guaranteed results”, says Max Wong, principal of Kent Ridge Education.

    Related: 8 ways to make your child smarter without tuition

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  • 3. What is the tutor like?
    4 / 5 3. What is the tutor like?

    She should chat with your kid from the first meeting and ask questions about his performance and motivation.

    Another good sign is if he’s asked to take a diagnostic or proficiency assessment conducted by a certified educator, says Max.

    This will help the tutor gauge his grasp of the subject. Also ask about the tutor’s teaching experience, certificates, whether she’s taught in a local primary school, and how she intends to help your kid.

    Related: How to choose your child’s first tutor?

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  • 4. Is his teaching philosophy acceptable?
    5 / 5 4. Is his teaching philosophy acceptable?

    Be clear about your expectations, especially for home tutors. Agree on the length of breaks, for instance. And dissuade him from giving homework.

    “Doing a (tutor’s) homework does not help. Teaching the child the lesson itself and having him perform the task under the tutor’s supervision is more effective,” says Max.

    Related: Tuition can make kids perform worse: New expert findings 

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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