Secondary School Tuition

SECONDARY SCHOOL TUITION – EVERYONE HAS TUTORS

 

“I spoke to group of parents who said the system was too difficult, too rigid, too much tuition… So I asked, ‘Will you stop sending your son to tuition?’ And they said yes, they will stop if their neighbours stop first,” Mr Chan Chun Sing – 2016 St Gallen Symposium Singapore Forum.

THE MOE IS REDUCING JUNIOR COLLEGE PLACES

The Junior College intake will drop from 16,000 students in 2010 to 12,800 students in 2019.

The MOE stated: “Following the mergers, there will be some reduction in the overall number of JC places, but this would have taken into consideration the reduction in cohort sizes.

This is to ensure all JC eligible students who wish to have a JC education will be posted to a JC.

As in previous years, the posting will be by merit, and this may or may not be the student’s preferred choice.”

AT LEAST 90% OF STUDENTS IN SINGAPORE HAVE SECONDARY SCHOOL TUITION

It is very important that you score good grades for each of your exams, because your grades will either broaden or restrict your options for a better university or career, many years from now.

In order to excel and be ahead of the very competitive admission criteria of the best universities, junior colleges and polytechnics for the best courses/majors, it is essential that you have better grades than your peers.

SINGAPORE’S TOP SECONDARY SCHOOL TUITION AGENCY

Over 37,000 of Singapore’s best tutors have registered with us, to meet different needs and requirements.

They include current and former MOE teachers (about 20% of our team), experienced university undergraduates and graduate full-time tutors (about 60% of our team) and post-graduate tutors with Master’s and PhDs (about 20% of our team).

Popular Tutors has at least 2,000 tutors for each major academic subject that is taught in school. For example, we have over 6,000 experienced tutors who teach Science – and only Science.

DEPENDABLE SECONDARY SCHOOL TUITION TEACHERS

Popular Tutors retains tutors in our database only if they have actual track records in improving their students’ grades.

We are confident that we have the perfect tutor for you.

Most of our secondary school tuition teachers were once top-scoring students, and they are very familiar with the curriculum.

They will help your child with their homework, assignments and projects, revision, and exam preparation.

THE DIFFICULT SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN SINGAPORE

Some students have compared the O Level and A Level questions that Singaporeans take locally, with similar-level exams that students take in other countries.

The typical reaction is that the exams taken by the British are easier and/or simpler than the ones taken by Singaporeans.

American university students have also commented that what we learn at Secondary Three is being taught to them at Freshmen (first year university) level.

THE SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICUM IS COMPLEX

Secondary level subject content is difficult.

Students take between 7 to 11 subjects in secondary school.

As they are moving swiftly toward the O Level year, it is important for students to start achieving good grades and a thorough understanding of their curriculum from Secondary 1 onwards.

STUDENTS OFTEN CANNOT ANSWER APPLICATION QUESTIONS

In the past, the exam formats and questions in Singapore often reward those who regularly practice on worksheets.

The latest curriculum however tests the abilities of the students to apply their knowledge in unfamiliar settings.

GOOD GRADES AT SECONDARY SCHOOL ARE VITAL

In order for you to be able to enter the better junior colleges/polytechnics, universities and courses of your choice, you MUST start to have excellent grades when you are in secondary school.

MEET THE ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES OF THE GCE O LEVELS

You need to hire a secondary school tuition teacher who can guide you toward learning outcomes that meet the MOE’s assessment objectives.

It is crucial that you choose a tutor who is familiar with the latest exam marking schemes for the subject that you require tuition in, so that he or she can give you valuable exam tips of how to correctly answer those questions.

YOU ARE LIKELY TO NEED SECONDARY SCHOOL TUITION IF:

You find it difficult to understand many of the concepts that your teacher describes in school

Even after spending a lot of time on homework and research, the answers that you give are often wrong

Your parents and teachers keep saying that you are making many careless mistakes and that you had not read/understood the exam question correctly

The teacher comments that your answers are often off-point, too long or too short

Other students in the class seem to be able to be ahead of the syllabus taught in school, because they have good private tutors

Time management is a problem, and you cannot seem to be able to have enough time to answer all the test questions

The textbook content is manageable, but you have difficulty in applying the knowledge that you have learnt to the questions you are given during exams

You want to be interested in your studies, but the content is just too difficult for you to understand. The worksheets have such difficult questions too

Group learning is not a good option because the tutor always seems to be more interested in teaching the whole group rather than just you. This means that the tutor is either too fast or too slow compared to the pace you prefer

It is much better to have 90 minutes where the secondary school tuition teacher gives you 100% focused attention on your learning needs, instead of wasting most of that time sitting in a small class where the curriculum is not useful to what you need to know

You want a secondary school tuition teacher who can assesses your level of mastery, and who knows what are the skills that you are lacking in/must urgently develop

ALL OUR SECONDARY SCHOOL TUITION TEACHERS ARE SELECTED AFTER THOROUGH VERIFICATION OF THEIR ABILITY TO TEACH

Popular Tutors’ secondary school tuition teachers will structure the lessons depending on your child’s level of mastery, skills gaps, and their learning pace

FIND QUALITY TUTORS ASAP

There is no perfect or appropriate time to start secondary school tuition. We do advise parents to request for professional tutors as soon as possible so that your child is not stressed when exams are approaching.

PARENTS’ EXPECTATIONS

It is quite common for us to hear from parents of children attending elite – and often neighbourhood – primary schools that any grade below 85% is not acceptable.

When these students enter secondary school, some of them have difficulty in maintaining grades above 80% because there are now more subjects to study, and the content progressively gets more difficult.

ENTRY INTO THE TOP SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND JUNIOR COLLEGES

The schools that have very competitive cut-off points are generally considered to be the top schools, and those with lower admission requirements are called either neighbourhood or typical schools.

In order to qualify for admission into the good universities and then for good jobs, students should start to build their portfolios early.

The more ambitious students would aim for leadership positions in their CCA, and take part in national competitions, while maintaining their A grades in exams.

Other students are more focused on achieving good passes for all of the subjects that they take.

PRIMARY SCHOOL, THEN SECONDARY SCHOOL

When students progress from primary to secondary school, they experience a big change in their academic environment.

This is also a time of transition to the adolescent years, where they go through significant changes their physical, psychological and social development.

These teenagers often struggle when adjusting to a new school, new friends, new routine and new subjects that they had never encountered previously.

Their best friends may have gone to another school and their favourite teachers no longer bump into them in the school canteen.

There is a lot more homework, and the students need to know how to seek help for school work, manage the heavy workload, and develop better time management skills.

“EVERY ELIGIBLE STUDENT WILL HAVE A JC PLACE” – MOE STATEMENT

The important word to note in that MOE statement is “eligible”.

MORE UNIVERSITY PLACES AND UNIVERSITY GRADUATES – BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE IN NUMBER OF UNIVERSITIES CATERING TO POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS

The 6 publicly-funded local degree courses as listed by the MOE are NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT and UniSIM.

According to official figures released by the Singapore Department of Statistics, an average of 15,000 students graduate from SMU, NUS, SIT, SUTD and NTU every year.

MOE figures released in their Education Statistics Digest in 2017 state that  the percentage of P1 students who were eventually accepted at full-time (when they become of age) publicly funded degree courses was 34.2%.

Those who entered junior college courses were 28.4% of the cohort, while 46.9% of the cohort entered full-time publicly-funded polytechnic diploma courses.

UNIVERSITY DEGREE IS THE NEW O-LEVEL QUALIFICATION?

SMU for example admits around 1,600 students annually – from the junior colleges and polytechnics.

It is estimated that annually, there are a total of 13,000 places at SMU, NTU, SIT, SUSS, SUTD and NUS.

This means that 13,000 students out of each cohort of approximately 35,000 babies born every year will be able to enter the 5 local universities – about 35% of each cohort.

Approximately 70% of junior college students will secure a place at these universities, compared to about 20% of polytechnic graduates.

UNDEREMPLOYMENT OF GRADUATES

A McKinsey & Company study in 2013 showed that almost half of degree holders are holding jobs that do not require a degree. McKinsey had surveyed 4,900 young people in the United States, and they were working in private, public, vocational and for-profit institutions.

In Singapore, the dampening effect on graduates’ salaries is made worse by oversupply. In the past 10 years, undergraduate numbers have doubled.

Because there are now so many university graduates in Singapore and globally, employers have started to rank the capability levels of graduate workers.

Thinkers – those with elite qualifications – form the top 10% of their company’s staff numbers. The rest of the 90% (the “do-ers”) of university graduates will be assigned routine job functions and receive much more modest wages.

VERY COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR JOB APPLICANTS

When polytechnic or university graduates apply for jobs, employers from the better companies and statutory boards might not immediately ask applicants for their grades in the advertisements that they place.

But, they will shortlist based on the types of schools that you attended, the courses that you took, and the GPA grades that you put in your CV.

ACADEMIC STREAMS AT SECONDARY LEVEL

The approximately top 10% of each cohort would enroll in the Integrated Programme, which is an accelerated pathway toward the GCE A Levels and to universities.

Around 60% of each cohort will be admitted into the Express Stream, which will lead to junior college or polytechnic studies, upon completion of their GCE O Levels.

Approximately 30% of each cohort will enter the Normal track, which leads to studies at the polytechnics or the Institute of Technical Education qualification.

WHAT IS NEEDED IN THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE?

We live in an age where technology and business disruptions rapidly change the ways we commute, go on holidays, buy our groceries and food, and indulge in retail therapy.

Those who develop strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities will do very well, no matter what career path they choose.

POLYTECHNIC OR JUNIOR COLLEGE?

Each of these routes are designed for people who want to pursue different things.

Whether you have chosen the 2-year junior college or 3-year polytechnic tracks, it is the academic results that matter – to help you find the right path that better caters to your needs and ambitions.

But even as the Government opens up more university places, it has been urging young Singaporeans, including diploma holders, to consider other pathways.

OPTIONS FOR UNIVERSITY CHOICES

About 80% of polytechnic diploma holders obtain a university degree within 5 years of earning their diplomas.

British and Australian universities give generous credit exemptions to diploma holders, allowing them to complete their degrees in 1 to 2 years.

Taking a degree from institutions like SIM and EASB generally cost less, and there are also diploma holders who decide to work instead of going to university.

EARN A HIGHER SALARY

A study by the Ministry of Manpower in 2007 showed that every extra year of schooling increases a worker’s earnings by 13.7%.

The rate is higher for those with tertiary education.

Most surveys have shown that those with a polytechnic diploma have a starting salary of $2,500 and those with a degree from the 5 local universities have starting salaries above $3,200.

Human resource managers also silently admit that even when 2 people perform generally equally well at their jobs, the one with a good degree is more likely to receive a higher salary increase, job promotion and a management-level job.

PRIMARY 1-3

$30-$60/hr

University Undergraduate ($30-$40)

Full/Part-Time Private Tutor ($30-$45)

MOE Teacher ($40-$60)

PRIMARY 4-6

$30-$65/hr

University Undergraduate ($30-$45)

Full/Part-Time Private Tutor ($30-$50)

MOE Teacher ($45-$65)

SECONDARY 1-2

$35-$80/hr

University Undergraduate ($35-$45)

Full/Part-Time Private Tutor ($45-$55)

MOE Teacher ($60-$80)

SECONDARY 3-5

$40-$90/hr

 

University Undergraduate ($40-$60)

Full/Part-Time Private Tutor ($40-$60)

MOE Teacher ($65-$90)

Junior College 

$50-$120/hr

University Undergraduate ($50-$60)

Full/Part-Time Private Tutor ($60-$80)

MOE Teacher ($90-$120)

University-Level

$60-$120/hr

University Undergraduate ($60-$70)

Full/Part-Time Private Tutor ($80-$230)

MOE Teacher (contact us)

POPULAR TUTORS PRESENTS 

EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR ACCOUNTING

As long as money makes it go around, the world will need its accountants.

Accounting is the language of business. It is an important analysis tool that provides management with financial information that can be used to lead a business, plan ahead and to make contingency plans.

It provides the most vital information we need to understand how our business grows, makes money, where the profit of a business goes, and what our cash flow is.

If we do not understand the basic principles of Accounting, we cannot run a business, nor can we even hope to help a business grow and profit.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR BIOLOGY

Known as the Natural Science, Biology involves the study of life and living organisms at the molecular and cellular levels.

This includes their chemical and physical structures, functions, development, evolution and interaction with the natural environment.

Students learn about Biology from the time they are in primary school, where Biology is taught as a general science. 

Biology is then progressively taught in secondary school, with all its branches like genetics, anatomy, zoology and botany.

Biology majors learn to be precise, systematic, and detail oriented as they carry out their research and laboratory projects.

The skills that Biology majors acquire can be applied to both scientific and non-scientific jobs after graduation.

Even though some Biological concepts are initially difficult to grasp, the reward in terms of obtaining good grades and a subsequent high-paying career can make all the effort worth it.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR CHEMISTRY

We all do Chemistry every day!

Chemistry affects the food that we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, the air and the medicine/vitamins that we take.

Chemistry explains how soap and shampoo keep us clean, why an egg changes when we fry or boil it, why an autumn leaf turns red and why perfumes smell the way they do.

Chemistry is known as the Central Science.

It bridges other natural sciences like Physics and Mathematics, Biology and Medicine, and the Earth and Geology/Environmental Sciences.

Chemistry is the study of the structure and properties of matter and substances – and the reactions that change them into other substances.

The behavior of atoms, molecules, and ions determines the sort of world we live in, our shapes and sizes, and even how we feel on a given day.

And really, everything (including us) is made out of atoms and chemical compounds.

Even though some Chemistry concepts are initially difficult to grasp, the reward in terms of obtaining good grades and a subsequent high-paying career can make all the effort worth it.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR CHINESE

Scientific trials have found that people who speak more than one language use their brain in different ways.

This can lead to an increase of creative ideas, as the brain is being pushed in different ways than it is otherwise used to.

Currently, many different memory loss recovery techniques are based around visualizations and information simulations that try to access the use of different parts of the brain, as these initiatives seem to be able to help the brain re-ignite itself.

And, studies have shown that Mandarin speakers do use both sides of their brains!

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR ECONOMICS

If you’re the analytical type, fascinated by the world around you, then an Economics major might be a good choice for you.

A degree in Economics can be used in many areas, including public policy and finance.

You can use an Economics degree to study industry trends, labor markets, the prospects for individual companies, and the forces that drive the economy.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR ENGLISH

It turns out that even the digital economy needs people who are good with words.

Without a sufficient understanding of words, students cannot communicate effectively with others, and cannot adequately express their own ideas.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR GENERAL PAPER

Every year, just as there are hundreds of students who score As for General Paper at the A Levels, there are also many students who find GP to be difficult.

Papers 1 and 2 are challenging, but it is definitely possible to score distinctions and attain a good pass.

A well-written General Paper essay is imbued with a wide variety of exemplifications that are written by someone who is well-read and is capable of insightful and reflective persuasive writing.

You also need to read, comprehend, infer, summarize and paraphrase sentences from essays written by intellectuals, journalists, scientists, politicians, philosophers and leaders in their respective fields.

Some of what they write may or may not agree with your own value systems. Or, their concepts are totally new (and foreign) to you.

Many students have difficulty with the Application Question at the end of the Comprehension section, because students have to relate the main ideas of the passage to the Singaporean context.

And you have to convincingly argue in your analysis if the thoughts and opinions of the author are relevant, applicable and valid when seen from a local perspective.

One of the ways to excel in General Paper is to have a strong understanding of how our world works.

We need to be familiar with the major disparate issues that affects us all – society, economics, politics, business, history, the arts, the environment and their interrelationships.

General Paper trains us to be precise, systematic, and detail oriented as we carry out our research and case study projects.

The skills that General Paper majors acquire can be applied to diverse corporate/job environments after graduation.

Even though some concepts are initially difficult to grasp, the reward in terms of obtaining good grades and a subsequent high-paying career can make all the effort worth it.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR GEOGRAPHY

Geography has been called “the mother of all Sciences”.

It was one of the first fields of study and academic disciplines that developed as humans sought to find out what was on the other side of the mountain or across the sea. 

Exploration led to discovery of our planet and its amazing resources.

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 EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR HISTORY

History is fascinating because it takes us back into the times of kings, princesses, horses, warriors, geniuses, wars, inventions and discoveries.

We live in the present. We want to plan for and worry about the future.

History, however, is the study of the past.

History is a great subject to study; you just have to take the broader view of what is valuable in your life.

For example, there is scientific evidence that evolution is what has enabled society to transform to its current state.

Can this past evidence be used to determine future evolutions?

This is something that History students have to enquire everyday as they interact with the past.

History is important for young students to learn because it helps them to connect the past with the present and understand the direction that society is taking for the future.

History also helps young learners to understand different cultures.

Even though some History concepts are initially difficult to grasp, the reward in terms of obtaining good grades and a subsequent high-paying career can make all the effort worth it.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR LITERATURE

Cultures are built on stories – histories, myths and legends, fables, and religions.

Literature takes students out of their own lives and lets them experience things that are new and challenging.

It encourages them to imagine possibilities and to think about ways the world could be different.

We expand our horizons through vicarious experiences.

We get to visit new places, gain new experiences, and meet new people.

Literature teaches us about the past as well as the present, and allows us to learn about a variety of cultures, including our own.

Through poems and literary books, we discover the common goals and similar emotions found in people from all times and places.

Few textbooks could be said to do the same thing.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR MALAY

About 1.5 billion people around the world speak English whether as their native language or as a foreign language, and this number is still growing.

Globally however, 5.5 billion people don’t speak any English at all.

The two biggest economies in Southeast Asia are Indonesia and Malaysia.

Should you wish to do trade and business in these countries, knowing how to speak the language is a huge advantage.

There are more than 230 million speakers of both Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia in our region, making it among the top 10 most spoken languages in the world.

Its native speakers extend up to Brunei, Southern Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the Sulu archipelago in the Philippines.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR MATH

Math one of the oldest sciences known to Man.

Mathematics is often referred to as “The Queen of the Sciences”, and uses a great deal of logic and quantitative reasoning.

As a result, Mathematics has applications in numerous other subjects.

In fact, many other subjects rely so heavily on Mathematics that their most important questions are, fundamentally, Math problems.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR  PHYSICS

Because each of the other natural sciences biology, chemistry, geology, material science, medicine, engineering, and others, work with systems which adhere to the laws of physics, physics is often referred to as the “Fundamental Science”.

Approximately 5000 years ago, the Chinese were the first to use magnetic energy. They relied upon the pull of magnetic iron objects to guide navigators and, thanks to the Earth’s magnetic field, point them in the direction of north.

About 2500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Thales was credited with discovering electrical energy. By rubbing fur against a piece of amber, Thales found that dust and other particles clung to the amber with what is known as an electrostatic force.

Physics is the study of the fundamental elements of the universe: energy and matter.

Physics investigates how the universe began, what it consists of, how it changes and according to what rules.

Physicists explore the skies to find distant worlds, and watch changes in the atmosphere to forecast the weather.

They search the ocean floor and beneath it to find minerals, and smash atoms to find energy resources and new methods to diagnose disease.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR SCIENCE

Science is the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical, social, and natural worlds through observation and experimentation.

It is key to innovation, global competitiveness, and human advancement.

It is important that the world continues to advance the field of Science, whether it’s finding new cures for cancer and other diseases or identifying and exploring new galaxies.

The process of Science is a way of building knowledge about the universe – constructing new ideas that illuminate and improve the world around us.

Like anywhere around the world, the main branches of Science taught in Singapore secondary schools are Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Students are able to choose their own Science specializations when in upper secondary, and they learn General Science in primary school and lower secondary school.

Take a look at the wide range of careers that we have listed on this page, and you will agree that having a strong background in Science is very useful.

Even though some concepts are initially difficult to grasp, the reward in terms of obtaining good grades and a subsequent high-paying career can make all the effort worth it.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES

The theme of “Being Rooted and Living Global” runs through the entire Social Studies syllabus.

Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities – to promote civic competence.

In many countries – Singapore included – the Social Studies content that is taught in schools provides coordinated and systematic knowledge. Globally, Social Studies draws upon disciplines that include anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences.

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EXPERIENCED TUTORS FOR THE TAMIL LANGUAGE

The Tamil language has an estimated history of more than 3000 years.

Tamil had a well-defined grammatical treatise named “Tholkappiyam” even 2500 years ago.

The maturity and finesse of this oldest literary work indicates that Tamil literature has even longer history than estimated.

Tamil literature is also a part of curriculum of many international universities. Tamil is the first language of the state of Tamil Nadu and the union territory Pondicherry in India.

There is a significant amount of Tamil population in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. There are large communities of Tamil speakers in many other countries like Indonesia, United Kingdom, Canada, Mauritius, Australia, USA, London, and South Africa.

To connect with this massive market of over 80 million Tamil speakers worldwide, knowing and use of some Tamil will certainly brighten the prospects of boosting your career and social network.

Many scholars and linguists learn Tamil literature because of its richness and variety.