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Importance of Secondary Chinese Tuition

Secondary School Chinese is an intensive 4 or 5 year course requiring students to gain mastery of various Chinese language skills and vocabulary. In addition, many students also experience a steep learning curve from Primary 6 to Secondary 1, which may result in lowered motivation to learn or do well.

Hence, getting Secondary School Chinese Tuition is a crucial step in ensuring that students build a strong foundation in Secondary School. With the large amount of tuition centres offering Secondary School Chinese Tuition in Singapore, it might take some time to settle on the perfect one to suit your child’s needs – however, this is not a step to be missed! It is important to take the time to research on the best Chinese Tuition that will help your child do well.

With a good Secondary School Chinese Tutor, students will be able to receive guided help and assistance in understanding the fundamentals of Chinese, allowing them to excel in examinations throughout Secondary School.

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How Much Does Secondary Chinese Tuition Cost

Secondary School Chinese Tuition is an extremely competitive market, with many tuition centres and private tutors offering the course with highly competitive rates. Rates for Secondary School Tuition Centres starts from $160 per month, but can go up to $400 or more for reputable tuition centres. The range for private tutors is around $25-$30 an hour, but similarly, rates can go as high as $90 an hour based on the tutor’s experience and qualifications.

Part-Time
Tutors

Full-Time
Tutors

Ex/Current

MOE Teachers

Sec 1

$30-$40/h

$40-$50/h

$60-$80/h

Sec 2

$30-$40/h

$40-$50/h

$60-$80/h

Sec 3

$35-$40/h

$45-$55/h

$60-$90/h

Sec 4

$35-$40/h

$45-$55/h

$60-$90/h

Sec 5

$35-$40/h

$45-$55/h

$60-$90/h

Challenges Faced While Learning Chinese

Outline of Secondary Chinese Tuition

  • Mastery of Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Strengthen Writing Competency
  • Build up on Chinese Vocabulary
  • Mastery of Text Analysis Skills
  • Ability to Use Critical Reading Skills
  • Ability to Write Expressively with Range of Literary Devices etc.

Challenges Faced By Secondary Chinese Students

Time Management

A severe issue faced by Secondary School Chinese students is the inability to manage their time properly during their Chinese examination for both Paper 1 and 2. This is largely due to insufficient practice and lack of exposure to the various question types, resulting in them being unaware of how to tackle the questions during examination. As such, students often hand in incomplete papers, or hand in subpar answers.

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

Lack of Motivation

In Secondary School, students are usually faced with large amounts of stress from having to juggle many subjects, as well as distractions from their extracurricular activities. As such, students often have lowered levels of motivation to do well for Secondary School Chinese as they find it too hard to score during the examinations.

With a good Secondary School Chinese Tutor, he/she will be able to easily motivate students to want to do better in their Chinese by instilling good Chinese studying habits and aiding them in any queries or doubts they might have.

Unable to Write Well

At Secondary level, Chinese becomes more challenging, and students often find themselves struggling with writing well, whether it is in their Compositions or in the Comprehension section. Often, this is attributed to the lack of repeated/periodic practice, resulting in lack of muscle memory.

With a Secondary School Chinese Tutor, students will be provided additional guidance and weekly practice which will definitely help in their mastery of their writing skills. During the weekly Chinese Tuition lessons, tutors will also be able to provide instantaneous feedback – so students will be able to see immediate improvements in their skills!

Inability to Do Well in Comprehension

Secondary School students usually struggle with Comprehension during their Chinese examinations. Apart from the weak understanding and recognition of Chinese characters and vocabulary, students are also required to do basic inference in order to synthesise answers for their Comprehension questions, which is difficult for many.

Hence, a Secondary School Chinese Tutor will be extremely beneficial in this aspect as students will be exposed to Comprehension practices weekly, which will serve as repeated reinforcement for students. During Secondary School Chinese Tuition, students will also be introduced to tips and skills which can help them in their Chinese language and Comprehension skills.

Why You Should Engage A Secondary Chinese Tutor

Benefits of Hiring Chinese Tuition

1. Ease Students into Secondary School Chinese Syllabus

The Secondary School Chinese syllabus is vastly different from that of the Primary School syllabus. Students are expected to get an in-depth mastery of various Chinese language skills and content such as literary devices, idioms etc.

It is absolutely essential to get a Secondary School Chinese Tutor early as a strong foundation is key to doing well in Secondary School. With a Secondary School Chinese Tutor, students will definitely have an easier time assimilating into the Secondary School culture and syllabus as the Chinese Tutor will provide dedicated guidance and help whenever any problems arise.

2. Help Students Clarify Doubts

In Secondary School, the large class size might make it difficult for students to clarify their doubts or even so much as understanding the lesson content. Furthermore, the large class size also makes it almost impossible for the teacher to give personalised attention to each student. Hence, students might often end up leaving class with a lot of questions.

With a Secondary School Chinese Tutor, however, they will provide 100% attention and guidance to students, allowing them to clarify any doubts or misconceptions that might arise. Furthermore, with a private 1-1 setting, students can also clear any doubts as they arise without needing to wait till after lessons to get their questions answered.

3. Help Students Master Chinese Language Skills

Chinese is an extremely difficult language to master, and students will require large amounts of dedication and practice. This, however, is challenging as students do not usually practice their Chinese language skills outside of school lesson time. As such, without constant exposure to the language, Secondary School students often find it difficult to build on their Chinese foundational skills.

With a Secondary School Chinese Tutor, students will be provided with an extra avenue for practice, allowing them to have a dedicated time slot weekly to practice their Chinese language skills and work on any weaknesses or misconceptions.

4. Train Chinese Conversational Skills

For Secondary School students who are not constantly exposed to the Chinese language at home, they might not be able to properly speak in proper Chinese intonations, expressions or tones. This might result in their Chinese conversational skills becoming subpar, even if they are able to recognise words or write fluently. This is because speaking involves large amounts of repeated practice in order to internalise the various tones, expressions and intonations used.

Having a Secondary School Chinese Tutor will come in handy as students will be trained on Chinese conversational skills, without the pressure they would have in school in front of all their peers. With a more private setting, students will slowly be able to build up their confidence and train their Chinese conversational skills.

What To Look For in A Secondary Chinese Tutor

Academic and Teaching Qualifications

When engaging a Secondary School Chinese 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 Chinese 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 Chinese language skills.

Prior Experience in Teaching Secondary School Students

The Secondary School Chinese syllabus is vastly different from that of the Primary School syllabus. Hence, it is important to select a Secondary School Chinese Tutor that has experience in teaching Secondary School students so that they will be well-versed with the Secondary School Chinese syllabus.

In addition, given how active and temperamental Secondary School students are, they might also require specialised teaching methods which are different from what would normally work for other students – hence, engaging a tutor with prior experience in teaching Secondary School students will be wise as they would have the relevant teaching methods and lesson plans to engage your Secondary School child.

Patience in Teaching

At ages 13-16, Secondary School students are at the prime rebellious age and will definitely be more difficult to teach as tutors have to struggle to get their attention as well as to get them to listen and pay attention. Hence, it is important to engage a Secondary School Tutor that is patient enough.

While this might be difficult to judge or determine at first glance, it might be useful to request for a trial lesson, and through the trial lesson, you can sit in and observe how the Secondary School Tutor handles the child during the entirety of the lesson.

Commitment

It is important to select a Secondary School Chinese 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 Secondary School Chinese examination.

Furthermore, if you are intending to engage the Chinese Tutor on a long-term basis, it will be beneficial to check with them to see if they are willing to follow up with the student to higher levels, up till their O Levels or even beyond.

Testimonials from Secondary Chinese Students

Learning Chinese in school was hard because the pace would always be too fast for me, hence I had to look for Chinese Tuition to help me. My Chinese Tutor, Mdm Pang, was very helpful and nice! She will always patiently teach me the Chinese content, and make sure I do my homework well.

Nicole Tan
Sec 1 Student from Nan Chiau High 

My Chinese Tutor, Vanessa, was so helpful and patient with me! I liked that she would patiently explain to me my mistakes, and would not get mad even if I make the same mistake repeatedly. She will also go through some past year papers with me before my school exams to give me more practice.

Celeste Ee
Sec 2 Student from Woodlands Sec

My tutor, Miss Lau, was very helpful in helping me improve. I did badly in Sec 1 and 2, and even almost failed my overall in Sec 2. Hence, I decided to look for a Chinese Tutor in Sec 3. Miss Lau is patient and will always ensure that I understand what was taught in school. She would even stay back after class to finish up explanations.

Gwee Yu Ying
Sec 3 Student from CHIJ St. Nicholas (Sec)

Learning Chinese has always been difficult for me as I do not use the language at home. I am also usually very lost in school as the pace is too fast for me. However, thankfully, with the help of Vanessa, I have managed to improve a lot in a short period of time. From constantly getting C6 or D7 in Chinese, I have improved to a B3 for my prelims! 

Yang Shu Wen
Sec 4 Student from Yishun Town Sec

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Affordable Tuition Rates

Home Tuition Rates Singapore 2021

Part-Time
Tutors

Full-Time
Tutors

Ex/Current

MOE Teachers

Pre-School

$25-$30/h

$30-$40/h

$50-$60/h

Primary 1-3

$25-$30/h

$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

$60-$80/h

$90-$120/h

IGCSE / International

$30-$50/h

$45-$80/h

$60-$110/h

Poly / Uni

$40-$60/h

$60-$90/h

$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.