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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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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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Learning Mentors: Singapore's New Class of Private Educators

Families tend to approach private tuition either by informal means such as hiring a private tutor that cater to a student’s individual schooling needs or with customized remedial lessons. Often, they hire a private tutor by word of mouth or by ads pasted on internet message boards. For a more former approach, they may enroll their child in one of the large numbers of tutoring centers in Singapore. In most western countries, sending a child for private tuition used to be traditionally associated with a student in danger of failing a subject. However, in Singapore, it is now the norm to begin at the Primary School level, usually from Primary-Level third or fourth (around age 9-10) for additional tutoring to build literacy and math skills. The low age level at which children begin private tuition in Singapore and the anecdotal evidence that most children receive private tuition till the GCE…

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Language Tuition in Singapore

Learning a new language is definitely a plus! It may ensure better job, a better pay, or new opportunities. People learn a second language or a foreign language for different purposes. It not only gives them a competitive edge but also gives them new opportunities such as making new acquaintances or building new business prospects. Tutor City provides specialist language tutors to locals and foreigners, from young children to working adults, from home tuition to corporate group training. Our tutors cover basic conversational language training to reading and writing skills. The benefits of private tuition as compared to language schools will definitely be better as the learning speed is higher due to the low teacher-student ratio. A private tutor can also be your friend and mentor. Learn a new language the fun way with us now!  A broad range of languages are available for both conversational skills and academic tutoring:  …

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Piano Lessons and Music Tuition

Learning the piano can be an emotionally fullfilling and rewarding social activity. In parties and gatherings, your family and friends can be your audience as you play lovely musicals to enchant them. Be it young children or adults, we have beginner piano lessons to give you a headstart in the world of music. It is very important to have a qualified piano teacher to ensure every habit and knowledge gained is on the right track. He or she will be at your side, mentoring and guiding you along every grade, building and nurturing your interest at all time. Remeber it is never too young nor too old to begin, all it takes is commitment on your part to attend the lesson and practice during your free time. After some practice, you will be belting out beautiful melodies like a seasoned pro! Why engage a piano teacher from us?   Accredited Piano…

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Preparing Your Child For Primary One

  The transition from Kindergarten to Primary One is an important milestone in your child’s life. It can be an exciting experience and at the same time, a stressful one for parents. Apart from learning subjects at a deeper level, your child has to adjust to a new environment and exercise a greater degree of independence.   Below are ways that can better prepared parents and your child to adjust to primary school education:   1. Establish a routine Set up the routine to get your child used to going to bed early and waking up early. Fix a timetable for homework, rest and play so that your child can learn about self-discipline and knowing how to organise his time in a better way.   2.  Communication Spend some time together talking about what primary school will be like so that your child knows what to expect. Encourage your child…

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Home Tuition Singapore

Tutoring is receiving guidance and solution by a tutor that occurs at home. Singapore education system is one of the best and toughest in the world. As the difficulty increases, students are facing high level of stress in coping with their studies. And parents are getting more eager to enrol their child for Home Tuition, just to ensure that their child excel in their studies. Parents often questioned themselves whether Home Tuition or Tuition Centres is better for their child? Tuition Centres are definitely cheaper than Home Tuition. Tutors will be teaching a group of students in class. The lessons are more structured and followed a fixed time-table. Tutors will not be able to divert all the focus to one student. This means that students with a slower pace will not be able to catch up with the rest, in return leads to ineffective learning outcomes. Since there will be…

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Computing Lessons

Just bought a new computer? Want to learn how to use Facebook or Twitter? Take up computing lessons in the comfort of your home! Or, if you are thinking of getting a tutor for your child, then you are at the right place too! Teaching a kid computer basics is almost as important as teaching him to read and write. The earlier your child learn the basics, the quicker he/she can learn more advanced concepts. Our tutors have also taught adults who wish to learn basic computing skills like using a Mac, tablet, smartphones or Microsoft Office programs to edit documents and spreadsheets. Some of our students also come from polytechnics or universities who are taking a bachelor or diploma in Computer Science, Computer Programming etc, and need assistance with their projects or assignments to be handed in as their final assessments. The benefits of private tuition as compared to…

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