Market Rate for Private Tutors in Singapore

This is an evergreen eternal frequently asked question by Singaporean parents, more particularly parents of 11-12 year old taking their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) exams for the year.

Okay here we go –

 

The market rate is $50 an hour for a NIE-trained teacher/ former teacher with at least 5 years of experience teaching in a mainstream school.

 

Undergraduate university students rate vary from $25-$33 an hour.

 

Present Award Winning Tutors charge $50-$100 an hour. These are the ones winning mainstream teaching awards from mainstream organisations like MOE, Sinda, Mendaki, CDAC etc where competition is amongst thousands.

 

Read more about the 4 types of tutors here in Singapore. :boogie:

 

Choose and invest in tutors for your children wisely. Dont waste money on the Babysitter Tutor or the Online Tutor who spams his services in forums and fb pages.

 

Check their credentials and look out for awards like OCA award and teaching awards from mainstream organisation.

Stockphoto by Farrel Noble

Stockphoto by Farrel Noble

An inquiry from a concerned parent –

my daughter is academically weak and has a poor memory. I would need an English tutor who has experience with such children and patient.
any advice if I should get a school teacher or private tutor for 1-1?
for secondary 1.

thanks.

I would suggest a freelance tutor who is a current English teacher in a MOE mainstream school. Might be hard to source for but i know of some. Why? In touch with current syllabus and also a setter for current EL syllabus exam papers hence someone who knows the ins and outs & loopholes of the exam paper.

 

Ask if the tutor has a Certificate in Educational Support. It is a certificate for selected teachers in schools to coach students with poor memory and learning difficulties. They know the ways to enhance childrens’ cognitive abilites via self efficacy. Else, ask if the tutor has a Diploma in Special Education (DISE). These are indications of the tutor’s passion and interest. The default qualification is the basic NIE teaching certificate (DipEd or PGDE).

 

Otherwise, any joe can handle and babysit a tutee.

 

Remember, all tutors can teach but not all have the ability to outreach and educate our children in a manner he or she can understand or relate in his / her learning style (kinaestatic, visual etc). You can practise some brain warm-ups to enhance neurological connections as instructed here in this link. It helped a lot of my teachers i’m training currently.
Talk soon!

 

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Why do our teachers keep yelling Pay Attention?

Why do we our teachers always say “Pay Attention!”

 

Okay guys… Pay attention.

 

Let’s time travel back to our classrooms back when all of us needed to brush our teeth after recess time along the long canteen corridors. The place where we pride ourselves with long knee length socks and parade around with the coolest cartoon themed bags around school.

 

Back in the classroom, the musty sort of nostalgic smell of that typical classroom smell permeates the room while our old haggard unmotivated teacher yells “Pay Attention!” at every 5 to 8 minute interval. At one era, white chalk sticks would fly to distracted students’ foreheads. Headshot. Another era, we may need to stand for the entire lesson just because we didn’t pay attention.

 

Pay attention. Pay what?

 

A phrase that has been conditioned and drilled into the minds of youth. Perhaps an unintentional prayer and subconscious mental attraction to pay and pay in the future?

 

Student attention is perhaps the main and primary tick box a teacher in a classroom face on a daily basis. If our students do not focus their attention to whatever that is coming outta our mouths in forms of instructions or demonstrations, quite frankly, it doesn’t matter how effective our lessons are. All that sweat, blood and tears working and plowing through the evenings preparing our lessons will just be… well, sweat, blood and tears. Wasted.

 

“There is no such thing as not paying attention, the brain is always paying attention to something.” – Patricia Wolfe (2001, pg. 80)

 

That student in your class who glanced out to the students playing soccer at the basketball court from a distance while you’re going through pythagoras theorem, is he not paying attention? He is. Paying attention but only to the soccer game outside classroom.

 

Attention is selective.

This happens in my classroom as well. All the time. And like you, we understand our students. We are not going to yell “Pay Attention” to our students like how our former unmotivated teachers did back in the past.

 

Let’s be honest, did we really pay attention to our lecturers 100% while we were checking out our handphones or laptops in the lecture hall? Not all the time. But there is always that special unique teacher or lecturer that starts off with funny or interesting attention grabbers or with personal stories.

 

I vividly remember one of my favorite teachers back as a student, coming into class and started off with sort of an accolade session. I have adopted her technique and style in my teachings ever since. Her name is Miss Wong and I hated Geography lessons until she came, she saw and she conquered. She would always be seen smiling. There is not one trace of hatred in her heart. Here is what she did –

 

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Miss Wong would start the class with a magic spell. She would cast Shower of Praises Level 1 magic spell in the class. Miss Wong would request individual students one at a time to stand up, and she would describe and express the awesome things and attributes she love about us. Maybe 1-2 students a day.

 

“Abdullah(not his real name), you are a natural born leader. You always amaze me with your quality writings and work in class. Although at times you tend to start fighting and slamming your friends on tables in a, what do you call it? A Tables Match? I really like how much you have tremendously improved and I really think you would be a successful man when you grow up. Stay that way Abdullah and never stop learning,” pointed Miss Wong in an enthusiastic tone.

 

I tell you, at that juncture.. From another corner in the classroom, I saw a ferocious jungle muddy fat and ugly hippo morph into a smiling and tearing puppy in a very green garden with butterflies and rainbow and all that stuff.

 

I can also honestly share that as an educator today, showering praises to our students the way my teacher did is an emotional task for me as well. But it is a good feeling.

 

Try it..!

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What’s up guysss?

One of the more productive ways I have always love to start classes is with – Brain Warm-ups.

I’m sure most of us would have went for a couple of workshops or courses previously where the instructor would flash Brain Teasers once in a while (and of course, those free candies on every group tables!) to sustain engagement and active participation.

 




I’d like to share an experience I had at an enrichment education centre of which I was previously invited to observe sometime last year.

The lower primary school students were solving complex arithmetic questions mentally, Professor X style effortlessly. The trainer kept shooting random mathematical questions and interesting ‘sorting’ questions to his students and he went on and on and on before delivering the actual lesson programme. And the students’ responses were quick too!

 

They were certainly conditioned. How?

 

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I prefer to call it – Brain Warm-ups. I am not sure what its real terminology is and yes, I believe they have a scientific boring name for it but let’s just stick to Brain Warm-ups and keep it simple.

I could recall vividly from prior knowledge that these Brain Warm-ups are effective at improving our working memory and more importantly, staying cognitively healthy and sharp as we age.

 

Here’s a little preview of what I do –

  • Count backwards from 50. (Or any random 2-digit number)

I personally go for ‘duels’ of 2 students going at it turn by turn one at a time. I’d record their timings and take note of which number they would stop either by uttering a wrong number or a long 3 to 5 second pause.

 

  • Match Noun to Alphabet.

Our students LOVE this! I would list down all the alphabets on the whiteboard in alphabetical order and choose a ‘theme’. For example – Food.

A – Apple

B – Banana

C – Char Kuey Teow

And so forth..

 

Then it’s going to be a ‘duel’ again, 2 students challenging each other and their turn ends until they get speechless with a 3 second pause.

I’ve tried schoolmates’ names, teachers’ names, countries (fairly easy and should be a starter theme), Mathematical terms, Movie titles, anything… you name it!

A – Andrei

B – Bernice

C – Coco

And so forth..

 

What a beautiful 10 minute lesson starter. I love to demonstrate one round to the class myself, I mean we all want the benefits as well.

 

So, what benefits?

The beautiful thing about Brain Warm-ups is that it creates those ‘spider-web’ kind of neurological connection in our brains by activating all hemispheres in our brains to communicate with each other.

It improves our working memory because we have to consciously keep track and retrieve information simultaneously during a Brain Warm-up round. The moment we say Apple, we already need to think of a noun that fits the theme for the letter B.

It teaches how to think fast and to access our brains much more efficiently.

 




More importantly, it teaches us and our students how to focus and concentrate. You can’t scroll through Facebook and simultaneously say names of your students in alphabetical order without pausing right?

Share this with fellow budding educators ya! You’ll have a good time (and laughs) with your students. Liven up the class. Let’s go!

 

Bookmark this page for more updates and insights in productivity and self-help so we can help our children and mentees attain that better version of themselves.

 

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Hey Tutor-Educator!

 

Thanks for the note.  Nowadays I go back to school on Tuesdays in the morning and it really makes my day to see the kids, especially the ones from class 2G.  That class is super lovely and I miss them.

 

I look back and think about the work I used to do, compared to what I’m trying to do now.  In school we run around so much and can sometimes lose focus.

 

But since I started with *a-tough-school*, I have learnt to keep my focus on the kids.  It was very easy at *tough-school* because right from the school leaders to the school security staff, everything is about  – the kids’ wellbeing.

I’m appreciative of that experience and it has reshaped my education “philosophy”. 

 

In my earlier years of teaching, I wanted to make sure my class scores the highest, in terms of passing, in terms of distinction – now I realized that’s what I wanted, and may not be what the children needed. 

 

I have also come to realize that not all kids are going to do well in class and not all kids need to be leaders and want to be leaders (I, for one, have never wanted to lead, I always preferred to take the back seat, and still do.)

 

But we must acknowledge that all kids have to learn about decency, basic courtesy, working with others, being responsible, taking calculated risks and making decisions, and taking responsibility for those decisions, etc.

 

Education is a big business and we all know it is not easy.  And I believe, in my small ways, I can make a difference, even if it is just a tiny bit of difference 🙂

 

I just shared this article with a colleague who will be sharing it with her group of Geography teachers coming this afternoon, and thought you may like it too.

 

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/engage-with-7x-the-effect-todd-finley

 

You are doing very well with the kids.  They can connect with you and you genuinely care for them and they can feel it.

 

When we enjoy our work, we will never be too tired to wake up but do take care of yourselves.  Keep in touch with your non-teaching friends for they open our world beyond the school community and help us be relevant for our kids.

 

Cheers!

 

Regards,

Master Tutor-Educator

 

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Is it beneficial for our learners or can it be a detrimental cause for learning in the classroom?

 

A mix of both would be ideal. While we want to have order and routines in our classrooms, it is especially good to have a conducive environment where everyone is free to voice out their opinions and perspectives in a safe and inviting manner.

 

I personally like to share this old but gold video by Key and Peele. It’s one of their first few biggest hits – the Substitute Teacher. We call them Relief Teacher in Singapore.
A Relief Teacher is basically and more commonly a temporary staff who is assigned relief classes to cover absent permanent teachers on leave. They are paid by the day, about $65-$90 a day depending on their highest level of academic qualifications.

 

Students love relief teachers. This means free time and opportunity to break away from typical mundane routines from their boring teachers. On another side of the story, students can also hate relief teachers. This means unproductive time and unfacilitated learning from their permanent teacher.

 

So here’s the link to the original video –

Points of Discussion (with students)

 

  1. What is it about the teacher in the video do you like about?
  2. What is it about the teacher in the video do you dislike about?
  3. Do you understand what he’s talking about most of the time?
  4. Do you think he is fair in punishing his students?
  5. How would you react and respond in a better way if your teacher mispronounced your name wrongly?
  6. Are all teachers perfect?

 

While we want a full duplex state of mutual understanding with our students, we should always remind ourselves that addressing our students by their names is of utmost importance. Can’t go wrong with this!

 

Calling a student boy or girl doesn’t cut it anymore. In fact, it is a big sign of disrespect. I remember a teacher calling me boy the entire year and not putting in enough effort in small things like remembering my name as a student back then. It was disgusting. It was de-motivating and worse than words of doom and gloom from any teacher. It was that sense of unacknowledgement.

 

So don’t start teaching your subjects before you even know your students’ names..!

 

Dear Class,
We tutor educators want to treat you with respect and want you to know that when we pronounce your name incorrectly, we do not mean it. Sometimes, you need to tell and be transparent with us if we have mispronounced your name wrongly.

 

Why? Simply because we do not know and we are not Professor X mutants who can read your minds.

 

Share with us your concerns and let us work with you to make school a better place for you. We want to be there during your difficult times only so that you would invite us sincerely to your success in the future be it little or big.

 

Sincerely,
Mr. TutorEducator

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