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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Addressing our Students with their Names Properly – A Forgotten Essential

Do teachers have absolute power in the classroom? Draconian style?

 

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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Commentary on Map & Scales for 3N Math (Singapore)

What’s up guyssss?

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First off, we always want to READ the question carefully to understand and comprehend what is it that the question asks for?

Does the question ask for the REAL distance aka the actual distance? Or is it asking for the map distance?

 

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“Find the distance between the two bus stops on the map.”

On the Map. Referencing on the Scale Rule where [1:n] –> map : actual, the question is asking for the map distance, not the real actual distance. In this case, the map distance is in most cases always in cm.

 


 

Next, always take note of unit conversions. Do make things easier for yourself – make sure that both units on the LHS and RHS are in the same unit of measurement when we simplify. It makes calculation easier, especially when we need to express the answer in a specific unit of measurement.

 

  • 1 m –> 100 cm. (A sample reach of an MMA fighter is about 200cm aka 2m)
  • 1km –> 1000 m. (So when we run 2.4 km during PE, how much distance are we actually running in metres?)
  • This makes 1 km –> 100 000 cm. (The decimal point jumps 5 times in total)

 

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Do drop me an email at admin@tutoreducator.com if you need help on this topic and I’ll gladly help!

 

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Importance of Bringing a Calculator daily for Maths

What’s up guysss?

 

When i was a student in secondary school, i had my very first scientific calculator. I could vividly remember how ‘new’ it smelt and how delicate its features were. The greyish-black exterior were the exact ones i saw the upper secondary students use and skilfully mug away for their examinations. It was a cool sight nevertheless looking at how the seniors tap away digits and evaluating answers from a handheld gadget. We didn’t have mobile phones at that time.

 

The scientific calculator at that time in 1997 were only introduced in secondary one in Singapore. It was actually fun playing with it the very same day i got it. The buttons ‘sin’, ‘cos’, ‘log’ were the interesting buttons to mash and it kept me wondering whether some mathematical equations were sinful or had a logical reasoning behind every statement. We have to use the ‘cos’ button to justify our problem sum workings perhaps.

 

The first week of school was the usual Sec 1 orientation with the introductory games and ice-breaking sessions. Students participated in booths and games ranging from mini-football penalty shootouts, hoola hoops and what-nots.

 

Students were asked to safekeep their school bags on one corner of the premise, somewhere near the canteen where the crowds were (cool idea by the school level head by the way! Personal belongings near large crowds the way to go! Brilliant.) and had a schedule to rove around different booths and game areas.

 

When the dust has settled and the smoke is clear, it was time to go back home. I had made a lot of friends who eventually became the best of friends in my life and we chatted about everything under the sun as we strutted and monkeyed around to get our bags back.

 

I was as excited as a nerd to immediately take out my brand new calculator and since it was a 10 minutes walk back home from school, I have plans to just play around with simple mathematical sums on my calculator while walking back home.

 

My heart. It was my heart. My heart was on the verge of breaking down discovering that there were black stained ‘spider-web’ CRACKS on the lcd display of my little sweet baby CALCULATOR! Some lagoon had stepped on my bag. Dude, i saved so much money from my Hari Raya savings to buy school books and the calculator costed roughly about $27-$29. It was exorbitantly expensive at that time. To save the same amount to replace my one and only toolkit in Math class would take me more than a month with a daily allowance of $2.

 

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I needed to have a plan.

 

I’ve always believed in keeping things simple so i decided that i would –

 

  1. Firstly save $1.10 and seal it in an envelope daily
  2. Next, spend 70 cents on a plate of Nasi Lemak (yes, it’s that cheap back in the day) and 20 cents on Soya Bean drink for recess breaks daily.
  3. I had a backup plan – I had a target to approach 3-5 senior students to ask if i can purchase a second-hand calculator. (This is a dumb move. Being young and inexperience, nobody is going to sell their calculator not until graduation.) After a month of futile and embarrassing attempts, I realised that it was truly a bad plan. However, I learnt something else from that experience. 🙂 Will share in details soon.

 

I would have a replacement calculator by the end of the month. I felt assured and i was looking forward to the challenge.

 

The second week of school came. I struggled in class and was lagging everyone behind. While everyone finished a page of Math workbook, I was still at a third of the page. It was then that i realised the importance of a calculator. It was the ultimate tool any student could have to excel and to make everything SO MUCH EASIER in the classroom especially in Math! It felt like Batman without the Batarang.

 

I was struggling to cope and i was gaining the least experience points in the class while others were leveling up rapidly and seeing substantial upgrades in their intelligence and agility ratings. RPG talk, bro.

 

There was another bugger in the class who also did not have a calculator but he was different. He was plain lazy and chose not to do something about it. Even after a couple of months, he did not realise the advantages of investing in a calculator. $27-29 for 4 years was a good investment.

 

Before i knew it, I got my new, clean, epic, fresh, ‘UP-THERE’ calculator. I was ecstatic. I wanted to sleep like a baby that night when i finally GOT BACK MY CALCULATOR WOOHOO..! Video games? What video games? Calculator time!

 

I remembered happily scribbling answers and workings on my workbook at home with my new gadget fresh out of the oven. Oh yeah and street fighter games at night with ma brothers.

 

Today, (everyday actually) I would emphasize the importance of a calculator in my N(T) class. How much of a good investment it was and how significant it was.

 

A little something i did not know as a student was – I did not know that we could actually ASK our teachers for help in acquiring a calculator. I was not informed that such things were feasible. I have always viewed teachers as angry busy barking creatures back then but at the same time, teachers have another side of them that are clean.

 

Ask. Ask. Ask.

 

Some teachers would go all the way to help their students and provide financial support. They do not entirely cover the full cost but they help to cushion the cost because they want to teach their students to be independent and self-directed.