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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A good lesson to teach our students is about Being Proactive.

There are 2 types of people in this world and they are either Winners or Losers and it all boils down to the individual as to whether he or she is Responsive or Reactive.

 

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The Cockroach Theory

In a restaurant, 4 ladies decided to dine in for a lavish meal. A well-dressed waiter comes along and passed the ladies each a menu so they could choose which set meal they’d like to have.

Outta nowhere, a fat flying cockroach landed on the edge of the dining table and the ladies started to freak out. All 4 of the ladies were on their feet, jumping around and screaming hysterically. The screaming and frantic reactions caused the cockroach to fly and land on another group of table of ladies. The same thing happened to the other table and more ladies started jumping on their seats, complaining and screaming away.

The waiter, in a non-chalant and calm manner, approached the cockroach, stomped on it in a split-second, picked it up and threw it away in a nearby rubbish bin. Problem solved.

 

Question – What is the main difference between the group of ladies and the waiter?

The ladies were being Reactive whilst the waiter was being Responsive.

The waiter chose to be Proactive and had the ability to respond and handle the current situation. He did not waste any time waiting for solutions to come but chose to respond with a practical situation. Life goes on and problem is solved.

Life did not go on for the ladies in the restaurant. They were stuck in a timeline where the cockroach ‘appeared in their minds’ for the next couple of hours. Sometimes days.

For the waiter, life goes on and he moved on. He had a sumptuous meal with burgers and pizzas, talked about the little happy things in life and cycled back home happily listening to his favorite songs in his MP3 player after work.

 

If everyone around us is Reactive, then nothing much will be done. The timeframe will still move on and yet, nothing will change if we choose to be reactive, reacting by whining or complaining or crying. The situation would still stay the same UNTIL we approach it the Responsive way – Do something about it. Take a step back, plan and reflect on your next course of actions and take action. (Or you can wait until someone else does something and wait.. and wait.)

 

Take for example – one fine day, you are making your way to school on foot. While walking towards school, you decided that it’ll be good to take a shortcut and take the dirt track and through some unforeseen event, you step on a pile of dog crap.

How would you react? By blaming the dogs who crap on random areas? By taking a screenshot of your shoe (with crap) and complain over social media FB and such? Then whine over the issue in school and wait for solutions to come?

Or would you respond to the situation, move on and find a solution like finding a used cloth or wooden plank and slowly remove the crap off your shoe. A running tap of clean water is readily available nearby in many places, in school, multi storey carparks etc.

 

Respond, Settle the Issue and Move On.

Wow. The feeling of having full control of your life is wonderful.

Respond to the situation with a practical action instead of complaining and whining about it.

Don’t be a negative force. It’ll only bring the team down and only attract more negative losers. Guess what? The positive forces will naturally move on and steer away from negative people. Positive people would only attract positive outcomes and positive happenings. That is why positive people are always happy and successful in their lives no matter what rank or status they have.

Respond and don’t React to the situation.

 

Reactive people –> Loser Mentality.

Responsive people –> Winner Mentality.

 

Students, you will have satisfaction and when you take charge and control of your lives. Create your own luck and lay the path to your own future.

 

The best teacher in this world is yourself and only you and we, tutor-educators will always be there, clapping and cheering you on through times of ease and hardship.

 

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You’re so busy. Don’t you feel tired? A common question asked by my colleagues and tutor-educator friends.

 

Honestly, yes I do. I do feel tired.

 

I feel drained at the end of the day and I can just KO and zzz on the bed instantaneously. Well, sort of. After the post-work shower, eating dinner, typing out this post, reading a book, short cardio intervals. Then and only until then, I will truly KO on the bed instantaneously. KO – Knock Out.

 

I would go on to do teaching in a private education centre on weekdays all the way till 6pm. Spearhead a couple of other education centres and observe-mentor tutor-educators on weekday evenings. Conduct sharing sessions with aspiring educators. Lead and facilitate math heuristics workshops on Saturday mornings. Teach PSLE Math on Saturday afternoons. Occasionally, run Math seminars on Sundays at various community centres as Lead Trainer.

 

Once in a while, I would just be happy to conduct free mathematics clinic and refresher topical workshops for financially assisted students who truly deserve the help.

 

It is no wonder colleagues ask if I am ever tired. I honestly do. I do feel tired. But the fatigue only sets in only when I decide and choose to lay down on the bed after a long day.

 

Because I love doing what I do. The thought of going into the classroom, seeing students’ expressions of learning something new and knowing that you are part of contributing factors in making a child’s future brighter is what pumps me.

 

This is it. I know what I want and I would strive towards it. I know how tired I am, I would always end the day with satisfaction.

 

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The professional football player trains day in and out and scores goals in leagues most definitely because he loves it. He is paid to do what he loves most. Everyone wants to get paid to do something they love!

 

I know of a producer who loves writing so much that he decided to leave school of medicine in his final year to pursue his love in writing plays. He followed his heart and never looked back since. Would he be better off spending his life as a doctor? No one knows. But one thing is for sure – he is happy and has a much better sense of fulfillment rather than slaving away and working feverishly as a doctor.

 

I know students who love to play Dota so much that they can accurately describe every single game characters’ details and features effortlessly. The lich king can recover 15% health with a sacrifice of a creeper and the probability of unleashing the double headed mage’s Triple spell is 30% and etc. (Or something like that, I can’t remember).

 

Amazing how any individual can excel in a field he loves so much. These guys should become video game analysts! I always tell them. I would always relate and share with them how one of my school friends is now a Video Game Analyst in the US mashing buttons and testing video games daily. Paid to do what he loves most. Our students should know and should be encouraged to pursue a job they love.

 

Another wonderful student I know loves photography so much. The problem is, he is one of the top achievers in his batch for academics. Everything he shares with his teachers of his dream to be a photographer, he gets slammed with alternating suggestions like the typical doctor and lawyer dream. Since he is academically inclined, teachers would find it a waste.

 

What waste? What an opportunity. I’m pretty sure he’s still snapping away high quality photographs in his junior college years and at the same time, still scoring em A grades.

 

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I am truly always astonished especially by my N(T) students’ potential capabilities. We must be there to always believe in their dreams and passion and not cast a shadow of a doubt in their blueprints of life. We tutor educators must relentlessly encourage our students to believe in their dreams and remind them time and time again that the route to their dreams is a single step at a time and to never give up.

 

So if you’re a student,

 

The question is – what is the one thing that you love to do during your free time? Your body moves automatically and starts doing the one thing that gives you a great sense of achievement and fulfillment.

 

What is the one thing that you would love to do it for free that makes you very very happy?

 

The answer to that is the answer to your passion. Now that we know what our passion in life is, we are no longer seekers. We are strivers, striving towards our love. And when we do what we love, we don’t feel tired. Almost never.

 

Do What You Love and Never Work Another Day in Your Life Ever Again. – Confucius

 

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