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Importance of Junior College Biology Tuition

Junior College Biology is often known as one of the most content-heavy and intensive subjects, where students are expected to have a strong, in-depth grasp of many Biology topics. However, given the short runway to the A Level examinations, students often find the need to engage a Junior College Biology Tutor to aid them in their content mastery in Biology.

Despite online resources on tips for smart notes and memorisation of Biology content, it is definitely still incapable of replicating the help that a physical Junior College Biology Tutor can provide.

As such, it is highly important to engage a Junior College Biology Tutor in order to aid students in the mastery of the Junior College Biology syllabus. With a tutor, students will definitely be more at ease knowing that they will receive additional guidance that is curated towards their weaknesses.

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How Much Does Junior College Biology Tuition Cost

In Singapore, Junior College Biology Tuition is offered in many tuition centres and home tutors. For group tuition in tuition centres, rates are usually around $250-$300 per month. However, for highly reputable tuition centres, rates can be as high as $600 a month. On the other hand, 1-1 private JC Biology Tutors charge around $40-50 per hour, with rates going up $120 per hour or more for highly sought-after and experienced JC Biology Tutors.

Part-Time
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Ex/Current

MOE Teachers

JC 1

$40-$50/h

$60-$80/h

$90-$120/h

JC 2

$40-$50/h

$60-$80/h

$90-$120/h

Year 3 (MI)

$40-$50/h

$60-$80/h

$90-$120/h

Challenges Faced While Learning Biology

Outline of Junior College Biology Tuition

  • Gaining Familiarity With A Level Biology Topics
  • Viruses and Bacteria
  • Diversity and Biological Evolution
  • Familiarisation with Energy and Equilibrium
  • Recall of Key Biology Definitions
  • Guidance on Biology Practical and Planning Component

Challenges Faced By Biology JC Students

Large Jump in Syllabus

The Junior College Biology syllabus is intensive and challenging, and students are expected to master a large number of topics and concepts within a short time frame. Such a huge leap in syllabus and course content definitely results in a lot of anxieties and unfamiliarity as Junior College students struggle to get used to the new and competitive environment.

By engaging a JC Biology Tutor early, he/she will be able to identify the student’s weaknesses and work on them, allowing a strong foundation to be built early, which will be extremely helpful for the student in the long run.

Insufficient Practice in Biology Practical

Another important aspect of Junior College Biology is Biology Practical (Paper 3). This is a crucial portion of the Biology curriculum as students are expected to master a large amount of technical skills, but might not be given enough practice in school as lab sessions are often rather short and rushed. As such, students tend to struggle during Practical examinations as they are still relatively unfamiliar with their lab skills.

With a Junior College Biology Tutor, students will be able to seek guidance and advice for their Biology Practical. Even if the tutor is not able to provide hands-on practice, he/she can also help students with the theory aspect, such as the Planning component of the practical examination.

Time Management

Another common problem faced by Junior College Biology students is the inability to manage their time well, especially in their Biology examinations. This is largely due to the amount of precision and accuracy required in the Junior College Biology examination which could prove to be immensely difficult for many JC Biology students.

With a Junior College Biology Tutor, however, students will be given weekly practices and exposure to other schools’ papers and past year papers to help hone their Biology examination skills, allowing them to be more confident when tackling their Biology examinations.

Difficulty in Application of Biology Concepts

In Junior College Biology, there is a salient focus on application – where students have to go beyond pure rote learning of Biology concepts, but instead, are required to apply these concepts in real-life situations or scenarios.

This is definitely a challenge for many Junior College students. As such, a Junior College Biology Tutor is required in order to provide students with the correct guidance which will allow them to have a more holistic grasp of the JC Biology syllabus. Thereafter, students will then be able to answer such application questions with ease.

Why You Should Engage A Junior College Biology Tutor

Benefits of Hiring Biology Tuition

1. Ease Students into Junior College Biology Syllabus

The Junior College Biology syllabus is a rigorous syllabus requiring students to achieve a large amount of content mastery within a short time frame. Furthermore, students are also expected to take a large amount of subjects, all with immense content mastery required. As such, lectures and tutorials in school are extremely fast-paced, and students often find themselves struggling to catch up.

Therefore, it is crucial to get a Junior College Biology early on as a strong foundation is an imperative to doing well in the A Levels. With a Junior College Biology Tutor, students will get personalised help that targets their weaknesses, allowing them to effectively learn and improve.

2. Train Students in Higher-Order Thinking Skills

At the Junior College level, beyond memorising large amounts of Biology content, it is also extremely crucial for students to have a good grasp of higher-order thinking skills such as evaluation and inference. With the tight schedules in school and large class sizes, teachers may not have sufficient time to impart such skills to students, hence students have to oftentimes rely on themselves or external help to hone such skills.

By engaging a Junior College Biology Tutor, students will be provided with dedicated help and training in developing higher-order thinking skills. The weekly Junior College Biology Tuition lessons also provides students with repeated practice, allowing them to put their skills to the test.

3. Helps Students Clarify Doubts

In school, students may face the challenge of asking questions in front of their peers. They may find it hard to clarify their doubts privately with their school teachers, as teachers may not have enough time to devote to each and every one of their students.. As such, many students tend to leave the class with questions that are left unanswered, and may thus sit for their examinations with unanswered questions and uncleared doubts.

With an experienced JC Biology Tutor, students will be able to ask as many questions as they can to clear all the doubts that they have regarding the topics or concepts. This would allow students to have a better understanding on the subject and as such, thus helping them to reinforce their learning.

4. Enhance Student’s Learning

Lessons in school are usually very fast-paced as teachers want to ensure that all topics and concepts have been covered before the examinations. As such, students who are unable to grasp the concepts straight away will tend to fall behind as they are unable to digest the information fast enough. This is likely to prevent them from consolidating their learning in time for their examinations.

As such, in order to make sure that students are consistent in their studies and are on par with what was taught in class, it is beneficial to engage the help of a JC Biology Tutor. With the help of a tutor, students’ weaknesses and mistakes can be addressed which will effectively help in their learning. In addition, tutors can also use the time during lessons to recap on what was taught in school in order to help students to reinforce their learning.

What To Look For in A Junior College Biology Tutor

Academic and Teaching Qualifications

When engaging a Junior College Biology Tutor, it is important to select one that has decent academic and teaching qualifications. For example, it might be better to pick a tutor that has graduated from a Biology related course and has taught for a minimum of 1 year. If you are looking for a more experienced tutor to guide your child, you might also want to look out for tutors who have taught in MOE schools.

Such qualifications are crucial in ensuring that the tutor is qualified enough to teach your child. You’d definitely not want to engage a tutor with little to no qualifications, only to find out that he/she is incapable of guiding your child in their Biology.

Prior Experience in Teaching Junior College Students

The Junior College Biology syllabus is vastly different from that of the Secondary School syllabus. Furthermore, there are also key distinctions between H1 and H2 Biology. Hence, it is important to select a Junior College Biology Tutor that has experience in teaching Junior College students at the relevant levels (H1/H2) so that they will be well-versed with the Junior College Biology syllabus.

In addition, the amount of subjects students have to take, they might be unmotivated and might be unwilling to put in effort to work on Junior College Biology. Hence, engaging a tutor with prior experience in teaching Junior College students will be wise as they would have the relevant teaching methods and lesson plans to engage students.

Ability to Provide Additional Resources

It might be difficult to find good Junior College Biology resources that will be able to help students. Hence, by choosing a Junior College Biology Tutor that is able to provide additional resources, you can save time on hunting for resources and leave it up to your Junior College Biology Tutor!

The ability to provide additional resources also means that the tutor has spent time and effort curating these Biology resources – which is also a key characteristic of their experience and dedication to teaching. Hence, when searching for a Junior College Biology Tutor, it will definitely be great to look out for tutors who are able to provide their own self-collated Biology resources.

Commitment

It is important to select a Junior College Biology Tutor that is committed, both to teaching and to your child’s schedule. Through hiring a committed tutor, you can be more assured of their dedication to teaching your child and ensuring that your child does well in their Junior College Biology A Levels.

Furthermore, given how hectic the Junior College school schedule is, students might have last minute lessons or events which might affect their tuition lesson timing. By selecting a committed Junior College Biology Tutor, you will then have an easier time trying to negotiate flexible timings based on the student’s schedule.

Testimonials from Junior College Biology Students

I started Biology Tuition with my tutor all the way back in Secondary School. Even in JC, Mr Fang has managed to help me maintain my grades despite JC Bio being so much harder. I am so thankful to have met Mr Fang through MindFlex!

Toh Wei Jie
JC Student from Temasek Junior College

I struggled a lot in the first few months of JC, but my tutor has been very patient in helping me understand the difficult Biology concepts. With her help, I managed to score a B in my Common Tests and an A in my Promos!

Elizabeth Wee
JC Student from Catholic Junior College

After I started Biology Tuition with my tutor, I have made significant improvements in my Bio grades in just a few months! My tutor makes it a point to go through all the mistakes I made in my schoolwork and tests, and gives me feedback and pointers on how I can improve.

Lim Jun Jie
JC Student from Saint Andrew’s Junior College

I started Biology Tuition with my tutor, Miss Tan at the start of the year and she has been so helpful. I enjoy going for lessons with Miss Tan as she is able to make even the toughest of Biology concepts less tiring. With her help, I have made quite a fair bit of improvement.

Sabrina Chan
JC Student from Tampines-Meridian Junior College

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Affordable Tuition Rates

Home Tuition Rates Singapore 2021

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Ex/Current

MOE Teachers

Pre-School

$25-$30/h

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Primary 1-3

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$35-$40/h

$50-$60/h

Primary 4-6

$30-$35/h

$40-$45/h

$50-$70/h

Sec 1-2

$30-$40/h

$40-$50/h

$60-$80/h

Sec 3-5

$35-$40/h

$45-$55/h

$60-$90/h

JC

$40-$50/h

$60-$80/h

$90-$120/h

IB

$40-$50/h

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IGCSE / International

$30-$50/h

$45-$80/h

$60-$110/h

Poly / Uni

$40-$60/h

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$100-$120/h

Adult

$30-$40/h

$40-$60/h

$70-$90/h

Our home tuition rates are constantly updated based on rates quoted by Home Tutors in Singapore. These market rates are based on the volume of 10,000+ monthly tuition assignment applications over a pool of 30,000+ active home tutors.