In Singapore, compulsory education consists of six years of primary school, four years of secondary school, and one to three years of post-secondary school. Education and learning makes up a huge part of every child growing up in Singapore.
Despite the fact that Singapore has one of the best education systems in the world, many parents and students still opt for tuition and additional lessons, thinking that it is necessary to do well in our education system. The main reason for doing so is either to get further ahead with higher scores or to ensure that the child is able to pass the tests and examinations.
One question that is commonly asked by most parent’s is whether they should choose home tuition or tuition centre. Which is more suitable for their child’s learning?
In this article, we will discuss some factors that you can consider before making a decision for your child! Let’s look at the differences, advantages and disadvantages of home tuition vs tuition centre.
Most importantly, identifying how your child studies and learns best!
Key Considerations for Your Child
Both home tuition and tuition centres have their own advantages and disadvantages. There is no one best solution that fits all students since everyone learns in very different and unique ways. These are some factors that you can assess what your child needs for his or her own learning.
1. Learning Pace
This may be the most important consideration between choosing home tuition and tuition centre. If your child is struggling to keep up with his or her learning in a group setting or class, then it may be a sign that you should consider choosing 1-1 home tuition.
This allows your child to learn at their own pace and speed with a dedicated tutor so that they can fully grasp the concept before moving on. The student will feel less pressured by others and does not have to worry when he or she has questions to voice out.
However, if your child is able to understand what was taught in school and is looking to enhance and develop further knowledge beyond just catching up. Perhaps, you can opt for the tuition centres option.
Look out for a tuition centre that has a conducive environment, positive learning values and possibly in-house curated materials beyond worksheets printed out from assessment books.
Primary school students may be too young to travel around on their own and may require adults to accompany them to tuition centres. If there’s no one to bring your child to the tuition centre and safety is a concern for your child, home tuition would be a great solution and alternative for it. It is more convenient and flexible than tuition centres since there is no need to commute and lessons can be adjusted accordingly.
On the other hand, upper primary students and above may be independent enough to travel on their own and take care of themselves. This opens up the options of joining tuition centres around your neighbourhood or even further away.
Another key difference between home tuition and tuition centre is the price. Most of the time, home tuition generally tends to be more costly compared to tuition centres due to the fact that tutors have to travel to your place and that it is based on 1-1 rather than being in the group. Home tuition rate easily ranges starting from $25/hr depending on the home tutor experience.
Meanwhile, tuition centres usually cost less compared to home tuition. However, there may also be instances whereby popular and well-known tuition centres charge a higher premium fee too.
4. Student to Teacher Ratio
Home tuition allows the tutor to spend time with one student as compared to tuition centres in which the student to teacher ratio is higher.
Tuition centres usually have a planned curriculum, materials and teaching method for the students. Teachers cannot customize and tailor the lesson to each student’s learning pace. However, learning in a tuition centre with other students can also be an opportunity for your child to learn and make more friends outside of their school which is great for personal development.
In this aspect, 1-1 home tuition allows tutors to customise learning material and content according to the student’s needs.
Ultimately, it is what your child feels most comfortable with! Some children dislike the idea of having full attention being placed on them and prefer group lessons with other students. So it is important to analyze the differences, advantages and disadvantages of home tuition vs tuition centre, then match it with your child’s preference!
As Jack Ma said “I told my son: you don’t need to be in the top three in your class, being in the middle is fine, so long as your grades aren’t too bad. Only this kind of person has enough free time to learn other skills.”
At the end of the day, the purpose of education is not to achieve As on the examination papers, it is about how your child can use these knowledge to contribute back to society! Learning should be self-directed, driven by their own interest and passion rather than grades all the time!