Tuition centre or private tuition? We list out the four fundamental differences between lessons at a tuition centre and from a private tutor.
When you’re considering tuition for your child, what is the first option that comes to mind? Home tuition or send them to a centre?
Parents come under great pressure to make the right choice of tuition for their kid to make sure they get the best help they need.
While generally tuition lessons give students a leg up to better their grades, your offspring needs a carefully chosen option that’ll be fitting to his or her needs.
Here are four major differences that can help you decide if you should engage a private tutor for your kid or send them to a tuition centre.
Tuition centre: May range from 1:2 to 1:20 (or more, number of students are arranged by each individual centres)
Private tuition: One-to-one tutoring session
Tuition centres often focuses on rote learning. That translates to students repeatedly working on similar questions in order to memorize and master the implementation of problem-solving techniques.
Tutors in tuition centre are responsible for more students. And they usually have a rigorous teaching schedule to fulfill. So they may have to move on to the next topic when the majority of the class have appeared to know how to utilize the technique.
Private tutors offer one-to-one tutoring session. The lesson allows close interactions and observations.
Private tutors can take more time to clarify any doubts your child has before moving on. Observing your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses also allows the tutor to explain in the way your child will certainly understand.
Tuition centre: SGD 30 to SGD 55 per hour
Private tuition: SGD 30 to SGD 100 per hour (depends on tutor’s qualifications)
According to SingSaver, the hourly rate difference between lessons at tuition centres and private tutors is SGD15.
Lesson fees at tuition centres range from SGD 30 to SGD 55 per hour for different educational level. Some centres charge a higher hourly rate, but it could also mean a smaller class size.
Private tutors generally charges more. Qualifications and experience of each individual tutors sets the price apart from one another. But what’s great is that time and money on transport is saved since tutors are the ones on the move.
Learning methods (rote vs comprehension)
Tuition centre: Rote learning
Private tuition: Focuses on comprehending concepts
Imagine solving similar questions a hundred times. That’s what students at tuition centres do.
Whether it’s maths, science or English, pupils at tuition centres are trained to apply formula to questions instinctively.
Private tuition is often characterised by ‘customized teaching content and methods to fit student’.
As mentioned, private tutors can assign decent time to clarify any doubts your child has. The point is to let your child get to the bottom of each concept and knows what should be done to solve the problem.
Tuition centre: Time and location are often fixed
Private tuition: Time and location easy to accommodate
Despite the lower rates, some may feel that attending lessons at tuition centres is inconvenient. The place and time of tuition are often scheduled as accordingly. Kids will have to accommodate to the lesson timetable at tuition centres.
Also, parents will have to take time for travel into consideration before deciding if the lessons at the centre is suitable for them.
Private tuition lets you arrange the time and venue so the whole experience is kept stress-free. Most private tutoring is set at the tutee’s home. Rescheduling of lessons can also be done with great ease and convenience.
On a final note
Singapore students spend extended hours in school. Parents would like to make their tuition lessons more effective and enjoyable than feeling less like a life-sentence.
Despite our advice, deciding between lessons at a tuition centre or private tuition for your child still feels nothing short of pressurizing.
For parents, it’s best if the tutoring experience can be cost-effective. With so many options on offer, aspirational parents should first regard these differences before they ferret out the best option.