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In Singapore, we will often hear of 2 types of tuition – private tuition and group tuition. Yet many are not aware that there are really 6 types of tuition options available. What are their pros and cons for each option?

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Private Tuition

Private tuition usually occurs as a 1-to-1. A private tutor can be a friend, neighbor, family member, student teacher, peer or student, classroom teacher, or professional. Each will provide one-on-one instruction. Kai and Khairy Farhan, 2 of my regular contributors, are those who provide such services.

Pros

  • Private tutors offer individual attention.
  • The program is tailored to the student’s individual needs.
  • The student can develop a strong relationship with the tutor or benefit from an already existing relationship.
  • Lessons can be very affordable, even free.

Cons

  • The quality of the tutor’s lessons can vary depending on tutor’s expertise and the length of time spent.
  • Finding a good match can take time.
  • If tutoring happens during the school day, the student could miss class and fall behind in another subject area.
  • If the tutor is sick, the student misses a session.
  • If the tutor is a family member, differences of opinion could strain personal relationships.

 

Online Tutoring

Online help includes homework help sites and one-on-one tutoring.

Pros

  • Very flexible scheduling.
  • Can be used on an as-needed basis.
  • May reduce anxiety in kids with social skills issues.
  • Tutoring can fit into your schedule without leaving home.
  • Questions can be posted any time.
  • This is a great option for quick answers.
  • Online tutoring can be fun, particularly for students who love technology.

Cons

  • Limits the ability to build a personal relationship.
  • Online tutoring provides no personal assessment of student needs and progress.
  • The tutor has no contact with the classroom teacher.

 

Learning Centres / Group Tuition

Tutoring centers include tutoring companies such as The Kidz Parade, the A League, Learning Out of the Box, Intellicat Tuition and J Carter Centre.  These centres offers courses to prepare students for national high-stakes standardised tests such as PSLE, DSA and N/O Levels.

Pros

  • Tutoring companies use objective tests to pinpoint students’ strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students move through structured levels of achievement that give concrete benchmarks for a feeling of progress.
  • Tutoring companies usually hire trained, certified teachers.

Cons

  • Tutors work with groups of three to five students.
  • Since these are standardized tutor programs, the teaching methods may not suit your student’s learning style
  • The tutoring assignments are in addition to the student’s regular homework; homework support may not be part of the curriculum.

 

School Remediation

School remediation is service passionate teachers of your child’s school provides after school to focus on your chid’s weaker topics. It can take place on an ad-hoc basis or on a official weekly schedule.

Pros

  • Teachers are extremely familiar with your child
  • The teachers are familiar with the weaker topics of the student

Cons

  • Students may not let their parents know of such schedules, especially if they are in the secondary levels and above
  • Teachers may be overworked and are unable to fully devote their time to remediate more

 

Tutoring Software

It is a step-by-step software which provides drill-and-practise exercises for students. It is best done after students are very familiar with the subject.

Pros

  • Very flexible scheduling.
  • Can be used on an as-needed basis.
  • May reduce anxiety in kids with social skills issues.
  • Tutoring can fit into your schedule without leaving home.
  • Questions can be posted any time.
  • This is a great option for quick answers.
  • Online tutoring can be fun, particularly for students who love technology.

Cons

  • Software provides no personal assessment of student needs and progress.
  • Answers are often fixed with no alternative ways of explanation.

 

Educational Therapy

Specially trained in working with kids with learning and attention issues.

Pros

  • Students who have learning difficulties will greatly benefit from it

Cons

  • Can be very costly
  • May be very difficult to find an educational therapist

 

Tutors:

  1. “Tuition Ruined my Childhood”
  2. How to gauge if your child really needs a tutor
  3. 5 Types of tutoring available
  4. 6 Types of Tutoring Options and their pros/ cons
  5. Types of Tutors in Singapore
  6. Factors to evaluate your Potential Tutor and Questions to Assess Them
  7. What Your Tutor needs to Know From You
  8. Types of Teaching Methods