These Are Smart Tips to Get The Right Tutor for Your Child

The 21st century is very competitive for students, particularly in Singapore, where exemplary exam results and academic success are vital to a student’s future. Unfortunately, most of the teachers in our schools are often not able to give their students the individual attention that they need to achieve their high levels of academic success in their studies and exams.

Home Tutoring for the Struggling Student

Many students, often the underachievers and those with learning difficulties struggle in school to cope with their daily homework and exam preparation. Often, it is not that they are not smart nor that they are committed enough. Usually, it is because a student needs personalised guidance and training to perform better in his exams which are more challenging and demanding.

The key to enhancing a student’s poor results in his exams is home tuition. A home tutor will be able to adjust his teaching styles to suit the student’s individual learning needs. The tutor can also focus and help by imparting him with vital skills and exam strategies that will boost his self esteem and confidence to perform better in his studies and exams.

One of the most powerful tools and study strategies that a tutor can use is the internet. With the whole world at the student’s fingertips, there are always valuable study resources and tools the student can easily access to improve his knowledge. The internet offers a new perspective to students worldwide and often brings about the epiphany that is the signal of true learning.

Home Tuition to Improve Examination Scores

A third of the 500 parents interviewed in the Straits Times study mentioned that their children scored higher grades and their academic results improved significantly prior to their engaging a home tutor for their children. By engaging the right home tutor who is well qualified and experienced, it is a success pathway for true academic achievement for a student.

General Tutor versus a Subject Specialist Tutor

A general tutor is usually able to help a student with their core subjects which are English, Maths, Science and Mother Tongue Language subjects. The tutor will teach and help the student to study more effectively to perform better in his daily works and exams.

A subject specialist tutor will teach and train a student on a specific subject only.

For example, a student seeking to enter who wants to be a lawyer will need to ace his English and General Paper. A subject specialist tutor can help a student to excel in the subject he is teaching by helping his student to focus more on exam strategies. He can also teach his student how to apply the strategies successfully and effectively in his studies and exams.

Professional Tutors

In Singapore, where competitive testing is part of every student’s daily challenges in his studies and exams, there are thousands of people who can claim to be tutors. The most important thing for parents or students to do is to engage tutors who are well trained, experienced and committed. Parents should always interview the tutor and check out his credentials, experience and teaching philosophy before engaging the tutor.

Since home tuition is vital for the success of a student’s performance in Singapore’s highly competitive academic world, parents should choose tutors wisely.

Engaging a home tutor is an investment that will pays dividends for a lifetime.

Copyright © Supergeniusiq All rights reserved.

Suseelah is the founder of SuperGeniusIQ Eduacational Consultancy, a home tuition agency which focuses and specializes on bringing out the best in every child and individual.

She is also an experienced English Language teacher and special needs therapist with more than 30 years of teaching experience.

The Correlation Between Technology Changing and Our Brain Formatting

Not long ago, I was discussing with our think tank some of the challenges with all this new technology and all the information known to mankind literally in the palm of every student lucky enough to have a parent who bought them a smartphone. When holding all this knowledge in their hands – it’s no wonder they feel it a wasteful effort to memorize anything – “why bother, I can just look it up!” Well, they are right, even if we know there are some things they do need to know (memorize) and think about to survive in this world. Let’s talk.

Yes, the digitizing of the world, creates a different reality, one for which our brains and bodies were not necessarily evolved for, therefore human-centric technology is the key, and we need that before we go too much further. On the plus side, and it is a big PLUS, we open our horizons when we become digitally connected in such abundance. And, it is not the technology that is the problem alone, it’s how it’s used. That is the real digital divide. One person may use the technology to send pictures of “cats” to friends on Facebook, another might use it to collaborate with Canine Researchers around the planet to save big cats from extinction. Now then, the latter is much better of course, but we must allow freedom to choose how one wishes to use the technology gift before them right?

I read an interesting article the other day; “We Were Promised Flying Cars, All We Got Was 140-Characters,” meaning that Twitter is worth $10s of Billions and for about $500 million we could have successful perfected VTOL personal flying machines. Humans vote with their dollars, the average person wanted to be amused by distracting text messages and self-validation since they were missing something in their lives, now they want more of that, why? Because, they are so busy using the technology they feel even more empty inside – but then again, their addictions to these technologies were a choice, who are we to argue with their freedom to choose? Hard to say, but yes, I tend to agree with you. I personally am not on Facebook, nor do I own a smart-phone for the very reasons most technologists have considered, but couldn’t do without.

How we teach our children in the midst of all this social media, information and technology will determine how they use it in the future. Our entire human civilization is at stake and god forbid if all that technology were to stop working one day?

Read This – Study by Yourself

Studying can be extremely boring; it can be an act of learning, or an act of trying to acquire knowledge in various ways. Although most people dislike the act of studying as it gets their brains to work 24/7, studying can turn into an exciting hobby, an entertaining and time-wise activity to keep the body and mind active. Surprisingly, it is found that those who study by themselves find studying difficult and somewhat harder than when it is done along with an individual who teaches or guides them throughout the lesson. Studying alone requires a strong will. While learners will not only need to cope up with stress, they are greatly affected by the surroundings and what happens around them that latches the attention away from books and learning resources. Learners are often distracted by the out-of-classroom surroundings, and are aware of the objects and activities they can do out of classroom. This is why homeschoolers find it hard to concentrate or study on their own.

Keep Up The Good Work

Every time you find it hard to read or get sleepy within two minutes of analyzing texts, get up from the chair, do a simple stretch and tell yourself this: “You can do it, and you are by far great”. Although easier than said, the body and the mind works together like a pulley and a wheel. If the mind has its goal set and is positive to go through all the hard work, the body quickly becomes physically ready for anything. As long as you have the will and the power to study, nothing can stop you from doing so (not even the sleepy eyelids).

Play Some of Your Favorite Songs

Music can be distracting especially when it is played while reading or writing. However, to most people, listening to instrumentals or classic songs not only boosts the ability to concentrate, but will also lead to mental relaxation. Studies have shown that songs composed in the Classical and the Baroque period, in which were composed by Mozart and Bach, aid students in their studies.

Make a Schedule and Stick to It

Creating a personal schedule definitely helps homeschoolers or those who are looking for ways to study by themselves. Add necessary information on a personalized schedule, include the subjects/topics, time of the day, goals, and other motivation quotes to remind yourself and keep being motivated like a professional. Drawings, doodles, and colors can help make the schedule more creative and pleasant to look at; the trick is to never make a serious-looking, plain schedule or planner that makes you want to look away.

Rest and Get Time Off

It is highly important to get some time off and not read all day, all night long. The brain literally works every day, and of course, not only when thoughts appear in your minds. The brain works mechanically like a clock that never stops its turn to tell time. Bear in mind that the body needs rest; taking a short nap, an hour of deep sleep, or meditation will not only keep the body and mind at peace, but will as well lighten up the brain’s work. Be sure to rest from time to time and enjoy numerous activities throughout the day to keep the mind and the heart in sync!