24 Jul How to Get the Most Out of Tuition Classes
With 7 in 10 parents in Singapore enrolling their children in tuition classes outside of school, it is safe to say that the majority of students enjoy the benefits of external academic help. However, while tuition is likely to grant many students a slight advantage in their studies, not all students will reap the same rewards.
The amount of benefit that your child can derive from attending tuition classes depends on various factors. Still, there are many ways to ensure that you get the most value for your time and money. In this article, we will explore some of the factors that affect the impact of tuition classes, and what you can do to maximise their benefits.
Consider the Purpose of Tuition
Parents may enrol their children in tuition classes for a variety of reasons. Before signing your child up for an entire series of lessons, it is important to consider what exactly you wish to gain from them. For example, are you hoping to help your child overcome any struggle in the subject and improve their grades, or do you simply want them to reinforce what they have already learned in school?
Understanding the aim of the lessons can influence both the student and tutor’s approach to tuition. A good tutor will be able to tailor their lessons to help you achieve the intended goals, and give further advice on what to do to maximise your child’s learning.
Choose the Right Tuition Centre
Every tuition centre will have their own pedagogy and teaching style, and it is up to you to determine which of these methods is the best fit for your child. Ensuring that the lessons fit your child’s individual learning style can go a long way in helping them get as much as possible out of the lessons.
At Einstein, we provide 1 trial lesson to all prospective students completely free of charge. By enrolling your child in our trial lesson, you will be able to observe our unique approach to teaching and how it can help your child improve. Attending these sessions can help you gain a better understanding of what different tuition centres offer, allowing you to make a more informed choice for your child.
Determine the Most Suitable Class Environment
Some students fare better in private, one-to-one sessions, while others thrive in the presence of fellow classmates. In regular school, all students are packed into large classes with little chance for individual attention. However, Einstein offers both one-to-one and small group lessons, each with their own benefits.
Advantages of one-to-one lessons
Some students find that the personalised curriculum and increased attention given in one-to-one lessons are hugely beneficial for their learning. An experienced private tutor will be able to identify your child’s individual learning gaps and adapt their teaching plan and methods accordingly. Your child will be able to control the pace of the lesson according to their own comfort levels, without worrying about being left behind or advancing too far ahead of other students.
Advantages of small group lessons
On the other hand, small group lessons give your child the opportunity to discuss ideas with fellow students, allowing them to learn from each other. This is a good option for students who prefer learning with other people. The Einstein Focus Programme and Einstein Intensive Programme limit class sizes to 3 students each, allowing your child to enjoy the benefits of increased teacher attention while gaining additional help from other students.
Choosing between the two
Either class environment is usually much more advantageous for students than the normal large class sizes in school. That said, you should carefully consider which one will be a better fit for your child in the long run. If your child is more introverted and requires more individual attention, one-to-one sessions are likely to be more beneficial. However, if they thrive on interaction with their peers and like to bounce their ideas off someone else, small group lessons are the way to go.
Consistently Review Lesson Content
One of the best ways to ensure that your child enjoys the long-term benefits of tuition is to help them consistently review what they went through in class. After all, they will not see any improvement if they immediately forget everything they have learned the moment their tuition class ends. Ensuring that they look over the lesson content after class will help them retain the information better and increase the overall effectiveness of tuition.
Besides revising their notes and worksheets, they should also come prepared to the next session with questions about anything they are still unsure about. Tuition is an opportunity for your child to close the gaps in their knowledge, and they should make use of it as much as possible.
Have a Positive Attitude
Last but not least, it is important for your child to maintain a positive attitude towards tuition in order to reap as many benefits as possible. The more they enjoy attending tuition, the more likely they are to pay attention in class and stay disciplined. If they see it as a drain on their time, this can negatively affect how committed they are to the session and how much they will actually learn.
To avoid this, you can encourage them to see it as an opportunity to better their learning and explore the subjects in greater depth. In addition, making friends during small group lessons can help them look forward to class even more.
Although the majority of students in Singapore attend tuition classes outside of school, there are many ways to help your child maximise the benefits of tuition and stand out from the crowd. When taken seriously, tuition can be an indispensable supplement to your child’s normal education, and provide opportunities for clarification and further learning outside of school.
Einstein’s primary level tuition Singapore classes are taught by experienced teachers and specially designed to help your child maximise their potential. To find out more about our programme, get in touch with us today!