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Verification of Tutors

Our agency regards verification of our tutor’s credentials as a key feature and priority. This is to ensure that the tutors we send to our clients’ place are credible and trustworthy. Tutors are literally strangers who are stepping into your home for the first time. You will need assurances that the tutors are whom they claim to be and suitably qualified to teach you or your child. A tutor can claim that he/she has attained a certain qualification and quote a higher fee, thus there needs to be checks done by our agency to ensure that the tutors’ credentials are valid. We believe the parents and students deserve to get what they pay for. The Process of Verification Collecting and verifying the documents is tedious and time-consuming work for our staffs. However, for the sake of parents and students, we persist in this method of collating information and verifying the…

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How to choose a home tutor

The question of choosing a home tutor is first and foremost, not a difficult thing to do. Yet we hear horror stories in the media of parents engaging a tutor that is well below par or simply put, the worst tutor they ever had. Why is that so? Let us explore some factors that goes into choosing a home tutor which will greatly help in the decision-making process. 1. Cost The cost of tuition definitely affects the type of tutor engaged. Tuition fees are dependent on several factors such as the tutor’s qualifications, experience, duration and frequency of tuition. The higher the qualifications and experience, the higher the rates charged by each tutor. It is therefore more economical to choose a young student tutor or undergrad, especially if its for a lower level such as preschool, kindergarten or primary 1-3. One important mistake that parents make is to always offer…

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Tuition Scene in Singapore

In Singapore, having tuition is part and parcel of almost every student’s life. According to a Sunday Times poll in 2008, 97% of students in Singapore had some form of tuition, be it home tuition, tuition centres or student care centres. According to the Department of Statistics, the tuition industry is worth $820m in 2008, up from $470m in 1998. We shall look at the contributing factors on what drives the tuition industry to such heights, the recipients of tuition and the popularity of tuition centres and home tuition, at greater detail in this article. Who are the main recipients of tuition? The majority of students are Primary school students, followed by Secondary and Junior College students. Primary students are the highest due to the foundation-building needed to sit for the PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examinations). We have also received requests for tuition in Kindergarten levels, foreign students sitting for…

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Why Home Tuition?

These are the questions on many parents' minds when deciding between home tuition vs sending their children to a tuition / enrichment centre. In this article, we look at the various aspects which affects Singaporean parents in their decision-making. This decision ultimately affects their children's future educational path and prospects to a better career. Home tutors can bring many kinds of benefits that are not obvious enough. There are several advantages when you get a home tutor: 1. A tutor can share certain knowledge or techniques that may not be taught in sufficient details during normal school hours. The tutor can also answer questions which your child may be too embarrassed to ask in school. 2. A tutor can identify the weak areas of each student and focus on teaching these specific areas which a school teacher is unable to do due to the high student-teacher ratio. 3. A tutor…

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Budgeting for Tuition Fees

First time getting a home tutor? How much can I afford? Comparing the rates from different tutors? Every parent will have to do budgeting on how much they can afford on tuition fees, especially different subjects require more hours or additional tutors to be hired. Improper planning could see your wallet lightened considerably at the end of every month! Other than budgeting, an important consideration is should you spend more to get an experienced tutor? Or should you offer a low rate to engage a young tutor? What we suggest is that you cannot use price as the only factor, but the quality of tuition that brings you the desired results. Some pointers on your decision-making process: Rate per hour The most common charging mechanism for tuition fees is the tutor’s rate per hour. Each category of tutors charge a flat rate per hour to determine the final tuition fees.…

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Tutor Categories

Generally, there are 4 categories of home tutors in the Singapore market today: 1. Polytechnic/JC/Undergraduate student tutors As they are termed, student tutors are students who are still pursuing their education and therefore are able to relate to the academic stress and conditions your child is facing now since they are undergoing or had undergone the latest curriculum in their respective schools. Student tutors are most cost effective due to their lower charging rates and their schedule is very flexible as it depends on their own study timetable. 2. Part-time Tutors Part-time tutors have full-time jobs during normal working hours, hence they are mostly available for tuition on evening and weekends. Part-time tutors are generally mature in age and will be able to share real-life working experience with the child. As part-time tutors have graduated and possess a certain level of tutoring experience, they command a slightly higher rate depending…

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How to motivate your child to study?

Is your kid playful and easily distracted? Does he/she hate the sight of assessment books? One comforting thought is that - You are not alone! Countless parents all over the world are simply sick of nagging and punishing their children to study. If you wish to find ways to motivate your child to put in extra efforts in his work, it’s time to accept that the old school methods of using the ‘stick’ don’t work anymore. Motivating your child is a tough responsibility to bear. Repeated naggings about getting a good education and landing a good job 10 years later doesn’t cut any ice with a kid who is already bogged down with a full day of schooling and feeling miserable from all the homework given. Asking him to do more assessment books will result in rebellion and frustration, as he cannot understand that the sweat put in then will…

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Maintaining a healthy relationship with your tutor

Many kids in Singapore hates tuition and the moment their tutor appears at their doors, they get that dreaded feeling that another 2 hours of torture is about to begin. This feeling will dampen his spirit and it is a de-motivating factor towards his studies, invariably leading to poorer grades. Thus, a healthy tutor-student relationship is critical to a fruitful and productive tuition lesson. The question is – How? 1. Good communication is the first step. Both parties have to listen to each other and share their views openly about how to conduct the tuition. E.g. if the lesson is too slow or fast, the student has to tell the tutor to moderate the pace of tuition. By communicating honestly, they will develop mutual respect to each other and hence this will allow the tutor to transfer his knowledge more effectively to the student. 2. Attentiveness – it is easy…

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Group Tuition in Singapore

Group tuition is a common practice in Singapore, where usually 2 to 5 students get together and have a private tutor coach them in a common subject. It can take place in one student's place or a common area such as a cafe, restaurant, community centre, resident's centre, shopping centre or a HDB void deck, anywhere that is quiet and offers a peaceful surrounding. Another place whereby group tuition is heavily organised is in tuition centres. The centre's principal will normally hire an experienced tutor or ex-teacher to teach at specific time slots, and advertise in posters or flyers for the available groups of tuition. As the group size gradually builds up, the tutor will be paid in an escalating tuition rate. Why do students organise group tuition? 1. Group tuition will normally reduce the tuition rate of each individual student as the total cost is shared among the group. 2.…

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Tuition Agency in Singapore

What is the role of tuition agencies in Singapore? In a traditional sense, a tuition agency is a middleman between tutors and parents or students. Simply to say, the agency obtains the parent’s requirements such as subjects required, gender of tutor and budget. Tutors, on the other hand, register with the agency in order to get assignments based on their preferences such as subjects, location, timings and rates. Upon a suitable match, the agency will then coordinate the lesson timings and tie up the loose ends. How different are ‘modern’ tuition agencies? Are they any different? Yes of course! The proliferation of online tuition agencies changes the way parents and students seek for a suitable tutor. The ‘brick-and-mortar’ tuition agency relying solely on phone calls is a thing of the past. Tutor City is an online tuition agency with the latest web capabilities and resources to provide our clients with…

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