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Home Tuition VS Tuition Centres: Top 4 Tips!

Updated: Aug 16, 2019

As a parent, you are faced with the dilemma of choosing between private 1 to 1 home tuition or sending your child to a tuition centre. You are torn between the idea of having your child surrounded by like-minded students, growing and improving themselves together and the idea of having an experienced home tutor solely focus on your child’s progress.

Here are 4 main things you should consider when making a decision for your child!

1. Convenience

When deciding whether your child should enroll in a tuition centre, always consider how long it takes to get there! While it may be a no-brainer to some, there have been students who take more than an hour to reach their tuition centre. That’s an hour of wasted productivity, rest and energy! They start their lesson feeling exhausted and unmotivated! Hence, always ensure that the centre is situated nearby your home. If there are no centres near you, consider taking a home tutor! Home tutors are convenient alternatives that save your time and energy! They will cater to your preferred location and availability.

2. Qualifications

In our experience*, teachers who are interested to teach at tuition centres are placed through an interview process with the centre manager and if successful, these teachers will undergo a teaching training programme for about 3 – 6 months before finally being assigned a class. As such, you can be assured that teachers at tuition centres are well trained and familiar with the syllabus. Home tutors range from undergraduate tutors to graduate tutors to even ex or current MOE teachers. These home tutors have varying qualifications and teaching experience! Therefore, you have the autonomy to choose which tutor suits your child best. So, be sure to specify your child’s needs when requesting for a home tutor. Eagle Tutors offer a wide range of tutors for you to choose from!

(*may not be applicable at all centres)

3. Budget

Always stick to your budget! While we may want the best quality and most effective tuition lesson for our child, being consistent is key! Too many students have had to drop out of a class because of steep tuition fees and this affects the child’s progress tremendously. Do your research and source for alternatives that you can afford in the long run. When requesting for home tutors, search for agencies that allow a flexible budget. The rates for home tutors are as low as $15 per hour*! Check out for the best rates!

(*depending on tutor category and agency)

4. Personality

What works for someone else’s child may not work for yours! Every child is unique and differ in learning abilities, performance and behaviour. While tuition centres allow your child to constantly grow and compete alongside their peers, this may not be what your child needs. Bear in mind that popular tuition classes are often filled to at least 30 students per class and that means the teacher must divide her time and attention between 30 students! With home tuition, your child is guaranteed the 100% undivided attention and focus of the tutor.

Keep this four tips in mind and you are sure to make the best decision! All the best!

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