What’s Better For My Child – A Know-All to Home and Group Tuition
There’s no shame in admitting that we all want the best for our child.
We try to send them to the best schools, give them all the toys they
want, give them attention and shower them with love. We understand
that it’s not easy raising a child in Singapore, the living costs are high,
school is demanding for the kids with the increasingly difficult syllabus
and faster teaching pace, we just cannot afford to let our children slip
behind. It is times like these where we notice our kids falling behind,
facing challenges in their schoolwork where we have to start considering
tuition for our kids.
Having tuition lessons for your children in Singapore is commonplace
and not doing so might actually seem to be putting your kid in jeopardy
of falling behind in class. Be it helping your child curb laziness, give them
more practice or providing extra guidance, tuition has shown to improve
your child’s grades. We are in a generation where just going to school
and completing your homework isn’t enough anymore. Tuition helps to
eradicate careless mistakes and cultivates the habit of checking through
your work and provides more exam papers under time pressure. In
recent years, more tuition teachers have also come up with alternative,
less conventional lesson styles to engage and interest students.
Frankly, we are spoilt for choice and there are tuition centers in every
mall and every other void deck. Even if there isn’t, tutors are also
available to visit your home for individual lessons with your child. More
often than not, we carelessly sign our kids up for tuition centers that we
come across or hear of from friends, without checking if they can really
provide the help our children need and only realize our mistake after
months of no improvements and wasted tuition fees. Even then, many
parents then send their children to brand name tuition centers with
significantly higher fees, associating it with better qualifications, which is
not always true.
which brings us to the age-old question; which is better: Individual
Home Tuition or Group Tuition?
1 to 1 Home Tuition
Individual home tuitions could be beneficial to your child in several
ways. For a start, it is more targeted towards each individual weakness
and lessons are planned based on the student’s pace, learning style and
ability. In the less stressful, more comfortable environment of their
convenient home, the student will feel more comfortable to raise
questions and spend less time traveling, which can be spent studying
more, resting or with family.
Moreover, with individual home tuition, one tutor will be able to teach
multiple subjects, timings are flexible and the tutor can give full-
undivided attention to the student, helping to keep them on track. It is
also easier to spot on the student’s exceptional learning needs or
However, there could also be a few reasons why home tuition might not
be for your kid. Some parents have pointed out the inability to cater to
the needs of their children and dishonesty from some tuition agencies.
Having individual home tutors also mean that they are not trained
educators. Parents have also posed a few problems such as insisting on
settling for cheaper, less qualified tutors and blacklisting them when
they yield no results.
Due to the multiple subjects incorporated into each lesson, there could
be insufficient time for the tutor to focus on all the subjects in the short
time span. Due to a lack of preparation before the lesson, many a times,
students tend to end up doing homework during lessons, which is a
waste of the tuition hours.
Group Tuition / Tuition Centres
Tuition centres have also been known to come up with fun, interesting
and engaging lessons for students. Tuition lessons in big groups are
suitable for all students as they can learn from each other, refresh their
memory and get a deeper impression of the lessons.
But these group lessons have their downsides as well. A larger group
lesson might not be able to cater to all students, the pace might be too
fast or slow, shy students might not dare to ask questions in class.
Due to the fixed timings, missed lessons can cause many complications
and students might not have enough time to clarify all their doubts in
class. A class environment might also be distracting to some students
and as such, it might not be the most effective method for your child. It
has also proven to be more expensive as classes are for one subject only.
Tutors may also be inexperienced and unqualified.
We’ve noticed a growing trend of parents opting for 1 to 1 home tuition
instead of group tuition, mainly due to the demanding school curriculum
and the before mentioned reasons. In fact, group tuition is becoming
increasingly obsolete as many students dread going to tuition centers
due to the inflexibility and timings of the lessons. They find that many
tuition centers give the same notion as they would have in school, and
may not be beneficial to students who don’t do well in the school
Embarking on a new tuition class might be quite a big decision so it is
important that you do sufficient research on what’s best for your child
before sending him/her to a specific class.