Why tuition class size matters

Many years ago when I was studying in one of Singapore’s top JC in Singapore, Further Mathematics used to be my problem subject and I remember having to attend remedial lessons in school.

Unfortunately, I benefited little from remedial lessons there. With so many students per session, the teacher had little time to coach each of us individually and I always left the class as clueless as before. I had to rely on myself, finding out new learning methods and I managed to ace during my A levels exam. Surprisingly my peers who had done better than me in school exams ended up with a B grade instead.

I have taught in the “famous” tuition centres whereby they can form a class up to 20 people per session, while I have setup my own small group tuition of up to 6 students.

Interestingly, even though my group of 6 students were academically weaker to begin with, they showed more improvement than the class of 20. This group of students stayed with me till A levels, while the class of 20 students have seen students leaving and new students joining along the way.

Fast forward to the present and I guess small-group tuition continues to be the key strategy to have a good balance between tuition cost and effectiveness in teaching.

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Then there is another issue in attending a tuition class. A class will have students from different schools and each school may have their own teaching syllabus, especially at the junior college level. This means that if a student is already struggling with Chapter A in school, he or she will not be able to clarify her doubts during tuition session immediately as the tuition class may be going through Chapter B. Furthermore, having to learn 2 chapters simultaneously may lead to more confusion.

 

How qualified am I as a tutor?

My small group tuition is taught solely by myself, instead of hiring part time tutors who lack experience or expertise in coaching. Here’s a summary of myself:

  • Former JC Math Lecturer who taught H1, H2 and H3 Mathematics
  • Subject coordinator of H3 Mathematics
  • Former MOE teaching award recipient
  • More than 6 years of experience
  • Current Math Lecturer at higher learning institute (mainly in A level equivalent and University Year 1 Math)
  • First class honours in Mathematics (NUS)
  • Dean’s list recipient
  • Master in Science (Math & Statistics) (NUS)
  • Post graduate diploma in education (in Mathematics) (NIE)

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Why is small group tuition a good alternative to 1 to 1 tuition?

Many think that one-on-one home tuition is much better for their child than group tuition because of high teacher to student ratio. While this may be true to a certain extent, it may not be true for EVERY INDIVIDUAL student. Sometimes, a not – so – qualified home tutor merely help students to complete their homework, which in the long run, will not help or encourage students learn independently. Also, students who get tuition at home may be subject to other forms of distraction, e.g. family members being around, etc.

Truth be told, generally in Singapore, good tuition teachers do not give one-to-one tuition only, their superb teaching skills is also applicable to small group tuition. Finding a good 1 to 1 tutor can be very ineffective in terms of cost for parents to slowly try out individual teachers before deciding on a suitable one.

 

For my small group, we conduct tuition for one to six students at a time and offer a more structured approach that aims to not only help the student score well in a subject but also train the students to be independent learners. So I focus on strategies in planning out the blueprint to solve math problems rather than formulas; understanding of topics rather than memorisation, smart ways to “attack” the examination questions.

My classroom provides a conducive environment for learning and sharing of resources – there’s always a lot of positive peer influence.

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What can students and parents expect?

Being an experienced school teacher myself, we are able to share the flow and expectations of the current school curriculum. For example, if a student is studying in school A, I may be able to share the “culture” of that school, what is the level of difficulty the student should expect.

A summary of my lessons’ style is:

1) The student will discuss with the tutor on the content to revise before each lesson, any upcoming tests, etc.

2) The tutor will design a worksheet based on individual students’ needs and request. This solves the issue of the tuition class not able to follow the school’s syllabus.

3) Students may bring their school work to class and clarify their doubts so that they are ready for their school lessons.

4) For Math, I believe alot in practising in applying concepts learnt to solve problems. I will usually do a quick summary of a topic and the remaining time will be spent on problem solving rather than to sit through another 2 hour lecture.

 

I always assess individual student’s needs and situations, e.g. whether a particular kid is already overwhelmed by schoolwork or can still afford time to do more worksheets. Unlike certain commercialised tuition centres, which utilise the same worksheets over the years, I prepare updated materials catered to individual students.

 

Since we recognise the importance of the parent-tutor partnership in a student’s education success, I am willing to update parents about their child’s progress, whether verbally, by SMS or a written progress report upon request.

 

Who are the students attending Future Academy?

Students from variant schools, no matter whether they are taking H1 or H2 Mathematics, in JC 1 or JC 2. This is because my lesson is designed such that I will coach students on a 1 to 1 manner, just that several students are at the same venue.

Coincidentally, a lot of them actually used to attend other commercialised tuition centres but finally decided to transfer to my small group as they recognise that I offer good quality tuition.

I am seeing more students joining me through word-of-mouth recommendation from their friends or other parents.

What are some of your students’ achievements?

Here is a snapshot of what many of my students have achieved:

  • Failed in Math in JC 1 up to JC 2 prelims, scoring no more than 20 marks. However in a short span of 8 lessons through my crash course programme, the student managed to obtain a C for A levels.
  • Retained in JC 1 for failing all subjects. Subsequently scoring As and Bs in every school test.
  • Obtained an E for JC 2 common test 1, now scoring B for prelims, potential A for A level.
  • Scored D for JC 2 common test 2, now a B for prelims and potential A for A levels.
  • Scored D for prelims, and now scored A for A levels.

and many more.

 

To find out more about my tuition services, you may click on the following link:

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Vectors example 1

Vectors is a topic whereby students have no issue on spelling out the formula or theory. However most students finds it difficult because they have no clue when and where to apply these formula / theory.

Can you tell what are the 2 main concepts tested in this question?

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Hint: Ratio theorem and collinearity of 3 points.

Solution: Click here –> Solution