Kids sometimes need extra support to succeed in the classroom, and some are gifted in a particular subject and need an extra push that challenges them with new material.
These situations are where tutors come in. They give parents relief from trying to teach their children subject with which they may not be familiar and provide instruction and encouragement to students.
There are four main types of tutors that you, as a parent, should know about before you hire a tutor. These include students, NIE trainees, full-time tutors, and ex- or current school teachers. The experience level as well as the rate these tutors charge can vary significantly.
Students are usually aged 17 and older. While they may be the least experienced tutors, they are usually the least expensive. They may have scored top marks in the subject they tutor, and they are closest in age to your children. Being close in age makes it more likely they can connect with your child on a personal relationship level.
Trainees of the National Institute of Education are university undergraduate students who are training to become teachers. They have a solid grasp of MOE’s syllabus, and how to take exams. They are more expensive than students, but they are cheaper than full-time tutors or ex-/current teachers.
Tutoring is the livelihood of full-time tutors. They typically have taught for years, and they are often familiar with the MOE syllabus. They also often specialize in a specific area of study, making it more likely you’re hiring a tutor who knows her subject very well. They are more sought-after than NIE trainees, so they are more expensive.
Current and former teachers have the most experience teaching, and they are the most expensive, as a result. Current teachers often only teach a couple of private lessons per week, but former or retired teachers may be able to work with more because of a more flexible schedule. Retired teachers often want to have lessons at their homes, so you will need to consider logistical arrangements of getting your child to or from the tutor’s residence. These tutors are often the most reliable, and they can definitely help your child earn high grades.