Do you really need a home-tutor?
Parents want what’s best for their children and in a competitive and fast moving country like Singapore, supplementary tuition to achieve the best results at school may be the only and “best” answer.
But what is it about tuition that is so crucial in helping students attain that extra boost they need in their grades? Is it the undivided attention from the tutors? Or the technical skills and insider syllabus knowledge being transferred by the tutor to the tutee?
It is definitely both and more.
To understand the motivations of a parent seeking for specialized tutors to assist their children in specific subjects, we have to take a look into the common circumstances of a typical parent and student.
Parents who look for tutors are those with:
There is simply no time to closely monitor the children’s school performance. This is a common situation in Singapore, a country where the majority of married couples are dual-income couples.
2.Outdated information about the education system
The education system and assessment formats are constantly being updated. The ones most informative and in-tune with the changes are those who are actually practicing in the industry - such are the current teachers and tutors. As such, parents will need to rely on these parties to structure more personalised lessons for their children to perform at pace or even ahead of their peers.
The Asian culture has always been one to be more goal-oriented and Singapore is no different. Typical goals include, and range from achieving all passes, specific grade jumps to, of course, securing A-level grades and be qualified a place in all of the renowned education establishments.
Well, what about the students? Who are the ones who need, truly need, a tutor outside of school? Wouldn’t it be a dream come true to be able to perform at school without investing the already limited time on additional curriculums and extra tuitions?
While it is true that the majority of students seek for private tuition, we would like to help parents establish a fine line between having a tutor that is “good to have” and “must need to have”.
The types of students who definitely need a tutor are those who:
1.Have short attention span
3.Are uninterested/frightened of/unconfident in an important subject
If you have noticed, these reasons are associated with a child’s conditions and state of mind as opposed to their actual performance. Attention, motivation and confidence are important criteria to ensure that a child/student grows and performs in a positive manner. A good knowledgeable tutor will be able to spark the interest and confidence the student need to improve. Knowing that there is a person the student can turn to in times of educational struggle can be very comforting and reassuring. Positive reinforcements should be enforced throughout these lessons to ensure that students can move towards the goals.
This moves us to how should a parent select a suitable tutor that can deliver the desirable results? Kindly find the answer in our next article.