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The Singapore Education System → Is Tuition Necessary? (The Final Type)

We have previously covered the 2 major types of students who require tuition. In this post, we will introduce the final type of students who are likely to find tuition very beneficial. They are the students who fall between the two extremes and wish to pull their grades up; they are the average scorers. More often than not, these students find themselves lost and neglected. In the broad education system of formal schools, much attention is spent on the students at the two extremes. The gifted students will find programmes catered to enhance and develop potential, such as the Gifted Education Program (GEP). The academically weaker students are sent for supplementary lessons and holiday lessons in school to pull their grades up to a pass. Yet when we look at the programs for the average performing students, we can virtually find close to nothing. Some parents may find this nothing alarming. However, when we fast forward to the students’ future academic path and career choices, this issue becomes a cause for concern. After graduation from secondary schools, these average performers may find themselves caught with very limited choices of tertiary education institutions and courses to enrol in. Options offered to them are unlikely to be of their preferred choice, and they may have to settle for the second best. Upon graduation from tertiary education, entering the workforce can then become a great challenge for these individuals. For the weaker-performing students, they may be streamed into the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and gain practical technical skills valued by certain occupation and industries. For the students with outstanding academic performance,...

The Singapore Education System → Is Tuition Necessary? (The Second Type)

Following our previous 2 posts, we will be introducing another type of students who is suitable for tuition.  These students fall on the other end of the spectrum as compared to the students introduced in our previous post.  They are the high achievers; they often score As and distinctions in school.  Contrary to the general notion that tuition is for the academically weaker students, the academically gifted students may need tuition as well. Schools are educational institutions that provide education to a wide spectrum of a large number of students.  As such, the learning pace in schools is adapted to cater to the vast majority of students whose learning abilities lies in the middle range of the spectrum.  Students from the 2 ends of the spectrum will often find that the learning pace in school is not suitable for them.  For the academically talented and gifted students, they may find school work too easy and a lack of challenge.  This is an issue as the students may gradually lose interest in learning without the necessary stimulants.  The students will also be unable to perform to their fullest potential in their school environment.  We can depict this scenario with the planting of a tree.  Ever seen how our National Environment Authority plants the large trees that grow by the roadside?  The trees are grown in a pot to reach a certain size before they were transferred to the open ground.  If the trees were kept in a pot only, their growth is limited by the pot and the amount of fertilizer and water we give to it.  However, if we...

The Singapore Education System → Is Tuition Necessary? (The First Type)

Our previous blog post on the education system has introduced the Singapore education system briefly, and we have attempted to debunk some of the myths surrounding tuition.  In this post, we shall introduce the first category of student where tuition is useful for. Since schools provide such all-rounded education to students, some students may find it overwhelming and difficult to cope with.  They have to juggle both academics and their CCA commitments at the same time.  This is more so for the academically weaker students; those who are struggling to get a passing grade.  Very often, these students try very hard to follow the pace of the lesson, yet are only able to retain very little of what was taught in school. Furthermore, schools often have time constraints and a strict schedule to keep to, hence most topics are only taught once.  Thus, this group of students are the ones who require much help after school hours to reinforce and supplement the learning they had in school. For a small portion of these students, they are blessed to have older siblings and parents to coach them after school. However, more often than not, the students have working parents and busy older siblings who are unable to aid them. This is where tuition comes into play.  Tuitions are an optimal platform and solution to such cases.  Students not only get their learning reinforced, doubts can be clarified on the spot since most tuition groups are often kept small.  Tutors may also provide alternative ways of approaching the subject. The students can then find an approach that is most suitable for...

The Singapore Education System → Is Tuition Necessary? (An Intro)

Most parents will agree that Singapore has one of the best education systems globally. Our schools closely follow the guidelines set by MOE in order to provide the most well-rounded and comprehensive education for our children. Albeit so, tuition centres and agencies are popular among the Singaporean parents. In view of this, the big question is, is tuition really necessary in Singapore A common reason why many parents flock to tuition centres and agencies is to improve their children’s competitive advantage. Parents find competition in Singapore is really high as we have a knowledge-based economy. Thus, by enhancing the learning their children receive, parents hope their children will gain an edge for their future career and development. In fact, Singapore is not alone in this. In China, with the massive population size, competition for entrance into good schools and eventually a reputable job is extremely high, even more so than Singapore. As such, almost every Chinese child has a multitude of tuitions on hand. We do agree that tuition is really useful in a child’s learning. It can not only reinforce the learning from school, it can also provide a wider perspective on the subject matter or an alternative way to understand the subject matter better. However, tuition is not necessary for everyone. Some students are blessed to be matched to a school which fits his/her learning style. Some students only require slight help which they can get from their older siblings and parents. The present-day internet is also a very useful platform where students can seek help from. Certainly, as much as these students who can do without...