The Best Tuition Centre in Singapore
Tuition has been a booming industry in Singapore over the past few years, with an estimated revenue of $1.4 billion in 2019 alone. There are currently around 950 tuition/enrichment centres, which is more than double the total number of all types of schools (about 356 of them), in Singapore. With so many tuition centres to choose from, how do you select one that is good for your child? Don’t fret as we’ve got you covered with the best tips to consider before selecting a tuition centre Singapore has to offer.
The first tip you should consider when hunting for a good tuition centre Singapore has to offer, is the affordability of signing up for its programmes. There must be a clear transparency in their fee structure with no hidden costs included. The most obvious cost that most tuition centres charge is the monthly tuition fee. It is usually charged per subject, and the actual cost varies depending on the level taught. Other common additional costs include administrative/ registration fee, materials fee and refundable deposits. In addition, some centres offer attractive discounts if you enrol your child for 2 or more subjects, and/or if they enrol along with their siblings. Always be aware of the affordability of signing up for tuition centres, to see which one provides the best value for money.
The second tip to look out for in a good tuition centre Singapore has to offer, is whether it has more than one branch, and the exact locations of the branches. The most popular tuition centres usually have multiple branches in areas that are near and accessible to amenities like MRT stations, bus interchanges, food outlets, shopping malls, schools and densely populated residential estates. This will make it easier and more convenient for your child to travel to the centre. On top of location, you should check if the classrooms are conducive for studying, with sufficient space and appropriately spaced out seats and tables. Wherever possible, try to arrange with the tuition centre for a tour of their premises before you decide to enrol your child.
Schedule & Registration
Always be aware of a tuition centre’s schedule and registration process before you sign up your child for their programmes. Check if its website has a clear registration process and displays the available class slots prominently in their schedule. Most schedules should include the number of lessons and the duration of each lesson. Lessons are usually conducted once a week per subject, and each lesson normally runs for 1.5 to 2 hours. Some centres even offer make-up classes for students who cannot attend regular scheduled lessons due to valid reasons such as feeling unwell or clashes with school activities. Apart from that, you should also check if the centre offers free trial lessons before permanent enrolment. This will give you and your child a rough gauge on the suitability and effectiveness of the programme before signing up.
This is an important tip that you should not take lightly. Always ensure that the tuition centre you are interested in is registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE). Although this is not a certification from MOE on the quality of the programmes run by the centre per se, it is a requirement by MOE that all tuition centres be registered with them. Apart from MOE registration, you should check the number of years of experience the centre has, and how long it has been operating. Look out for accolades/awards, testimonials, statistics of achievers and top performers on the centre’s website or credible review sites. Checking on the credibility will help to increase your confidence in a tuition centre, and filter out any dubious ones that are in operation.
Experience of Tutor
Checking the experience of the tutors in the centre is one of the most important things you should not take for granted, before you decide on any tuition centre Singapore has in store for you. Find out about the centres’ tutor qualifications and years of relevant teaching experience. In addition, check if they are National Institute of Education (NIE) trained or have credible teaching certificates from other recognised organisations/countries. If possible, choose a centre which has a wide pool of current or ex school teachers, and experienced tutors with many years of teaching experience. Apart from experience, the tutors should also be very familiar with the current MOE subject syllabuses, have an engaging teaching methodology, be able to meet students’ needs, and most importantly, deliver results.
Quality of Teaching Materials
One of the often overlooked aspects of choosing a suitable tuition centre Singapore has in store for you, is the quality of its teaching material. You need to check if the centre is just using assessment books that can be bought from bookstores as teaching materials, or whether they produce their own in-house ones. Even then, you should verify if the in-house materials are appropriate, and conform to MOE subject syllabuses and standards. Good teaching materials usually have informative, engaging, creative, stimulating, exam oriented and high standards of content and style of questioning. Apart from that, good tuition centres also go beyond just physical teaching materials, and adopt the use of information technology (IT) and digital platforms like online classes, videos, downloadable materials, discussion forums and interactive quizzes and assessments.
While enrolling your child in a tuition centre is important, it is equally important that you select only the best one for them. Here at Edufront, we aim to equip children with the knowledge, skills and attitude to empower them to learn well and succeed. Check out us now, and discover why we are regarded as the top tuition centre Singapore has to offer.