How to Choose Tuition Centers For Your Child
If you have ever had a child who is doing badly in school then you know how heart breaking and stressful it can be. One of the best ways to get your child to do better is to find a good tutor. These are people who will help teach your child the information they need to know.
Most tutors in North Carolina will work with your child in a one on one environment. This is better than a classroom because it means the teacher is only focused on the learning and development of one student. This helps the student absorb more information about their subjects.
There are two basic kinds of tutors. The first kind or tutor is home tutors. These people will usually come to your home and bring what they need to teach your child with them. This is great if you can’t leave your house or need to go out. Some of these tutors will help “baby-sit” your child and tutor them at the same time. This is a great service for parents who need to leave the home.
The more common tutor is those you must go out to see. The nice thing about this is the tutor usually will have more supplies at their work and will be able to give your child more help.
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Tuition is a lucrative business - and a deceptive one at times. Do not get me wrong. I'm not implying that there are tuition centres that are out to cheat you. It's just an inherent flaw in the system which makes quality control an uphill task. And this inevitably forms the root of the problem.
More often than not, we hear parents relating incidents where they were 'cheated' by tuition agencies for assigning 'lousy' tutors to their children, complaints of the rising costs of education, and the escalating stress levels their children face. Quite recently, the press had also released a full- page report on the 'omni-presence' of tuition among school children. Evidently, school is no longer from Monday to Friday. It's every day.
Among the many subjects offered in Primary schools, students seem to find it hardest to excel in the math and sciences; some barely pass. Why? You may wonder. These are subjects that require conceptual knowledge, logical thinking, and creativity to solve the problem at hand - skills that are relatively hard to master (unless you have the natural gift for it), and definitely not something which one could grasp given the short time span in the classroom. In other words, in order to fully understand the subject, one needs to attempt questions, make mistakes, and learn from them. Such thorough work cannot be done only on the night before the exam! And that's when tuition comes into the picture.
The role of a tutor is to consistently teach, clarify doubts, and ultimately lead his student onto the path to success in the exams. Unfortunately, this rosy picture is not always fulfilled and by the time parents realize that, it's too late.
Searching for a Math/Science tutor is a tedious process. Not only does one need to look at the tutor's qualifications, one needs to know what the tutor is doing during lesson time and most importantly their child's development. The first criteria tends to be screened by tuition centres and agencies, but the second requirement is usually neglected. Due to the nature of the skills demanded by Math/Science, a student's progress can be painstakingly slow. But remember, exams never wait! Their improvement is slowed down further or even put to a halt when the tutor does not do a proper job. Some of these signs are listed below:
- Looking at your child do his/her school homework, which essentially takes up the entire duration of the tuition, while the tutor does something unrelated.
- Building such a good rapport with your child that they discuss anything except the subject to be taught
- Not marking/ checking your child's work
- Not explaining your child's mistakes to him/her
- Always cancelling/ postponing the lesson.
- Giving your child a shorter class duration than what was paid for.
Since busy parents tend to overlook these minor details, the damage made to their child's grades becomes irreparable when the exam draws near. Instead of frantically searching for another tuition centre, or waiting in vain for the agency to assign another tutor with a matching schedule and location, some parents in Singapore have turned towards a slightly more unconventional alternative.
Online tutoring has been an up-and-coming trend over these past few years. This is especially so in countries such as the US where tuition becomes an email or mouse-click away. This service tends to be utilized by students who require extra assistance in their studies and whose teachers are too preoccupied to answer their numerous queries in time. It is often favoured for the lower costs, convenience and daily support it provides. The tutor, too, benefits from this online working relationship with more flexibility to think outside 'tuition time' compared to a face-to-face session. Hence, students are assured of higher quality answers to their questions. However, an occasional meet-up is possible through prior arrangement should the need ever arise.
With national exams such as the PSLE round the corner, we still see parents hunting for tutors so as to help their children improve or maintain their grades after the prelims. This is good as it attests to the level of importance parents place on their children's education. Yet, one may need to take a step back to re-assess the stringency of checkpoints placed in the general tutoring community too.