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 the best tutor-search experience.
Our Search Tutors function allow full view of our tutors’ profiles and short-list functionality (similar to online shops ‘add-to-cart’ feature). This means our services are accessible 24 hours at any location.
Being online means we can highlight outstanding tutors in our featured tutors panel on our homepage.
We also provide a blog section with informative articles and resources for the benefit of everyone.
We conduct regular feedback sessions with our clients on tutor’s performance and these are recorded in our back-office system. Tutor City emphasize on quality tutoring services and tutors with negative feedback are black-listed in our records.
Tutors can update their profiles at any time on our Tutor Login page.
Why engage a tuition agency?
The task of searching, screening and replying to all the calls from potential tutors is tedious and time-consuming. After starting the lesson, parents find out from their child that the tutor is not suitable and have to go through the entire search process!
The same can be said for the tutors – the lesson might be cancelled after 1 lesson due to some miscommunication of the initial requirements.
This is where the tuition agency, such as Tutor City, acts as the single point of contact for the parents and tutors. Our extensive list of tutors is well-managed and segmented, making the search process a lot faster and accurate. Parents can get a suitable tutor within 1 hour to 24 hours from the time of request.
What are the costs that parents or tutors have to pay?
For parents or students, most tuition agencies do not charge any fees for the matching services.
For tutors, agencies normally charge 50% of the first month’s tuition fees for each successful assignment. In the subsequent months, the tutor will collect the full tuition fees from the parents.