1. Rising Trend for English Tuition in Singapore

English Tuition in Singapore has always been a very popular option that parents turn to, to help their children improve in their reading, writing, oral and higher-order thinking skills. A tuition survey jointly conducted by The Straits Times and Nexus Link helped to analyse the top 3 tuition subjects for Pre-school, Primary and Secondary levels, and results have revealed that English appears as one of the top subjects for all the 3 categories.

On top of being the lingua franca of the world, English is an official language of Singapore and is the medium language used for the government, education and most businesses in the country. It is paramount that all our students gain a solid foundation in the language, and this is why parents start sending their children to English enrichment and speech-and-drama lessons even from as young as 2 years old. This is so that our students would hone the necessary skills to be able to comprehend others and express themselves accurately and clearly, through verbal and textual means. This then enables them to strengthen both social and professional communications and relations with others in the long-run. In spite of English being the most common language used in households now, English tuition in Singapore is still on high demand as parents still find it a necessity to send their children for classes. A major reason for this is because of the prevalent injection of “Singlish” into the English language, thus forming many bad habits of grammatical mistakes and errors in sentence structures.

MindFlex has received feedback from countless parents of Primary and Secondary level students, saying that their child’s main weakness in their English paper is in Composition writing. Many Singaporean students often find difficulty expressing their ideas accurately through text or orally, and hence hope to seek for an English tutor to help them improve in this. This is also why many JC students find the General Paper (JC equivalent of the English paper) to be one of the toughest papers at the A Levels. JC students find it extremely difficult to analyse and unpack the essay questions correctly, as well as to write a cohesive and convincing essay that demonstrates evaluative and higher-order thinking. Engaging an English tutor would help to improve in their thinking and expressive process – skills that would be later needed in undergraduate papers as well as job interview processes.

2. Who Offers the Best English Tuition in Singapore?

Students with a good command of the English language are able to communicate more effectively and stand to gain a greater competitive edge in future opportunities. Thus it is important that parents seek appropriate academic help that is most effective for their child, while remaining within their financial means. It was reported in 2014 that there were about 850 registered tuition and enrichment centres in Singapore. With a bigger estimated number now, parents are in a frenzy deciding where to send their child for English lessons. MindFlex identifies with this problem and has taken the liberty to research on the various options of English tuition in Singapore, and we have compiled a recommended list for you to simplify your search process.

English Tuition in Singapore can be categorised into 3 broad categories:

1) Group Tuition – Tuition & Enrichment Centre Establishments – Private Tutors’ Group Classes
2) Online Tuition
3) 1-to-1 Private Home Tuition

3. Tuition & Enrichment Centres

3.1. Advantages

Sending one’s child to a Tuition and Enrichment Centre for English lessons is a very popular option that Singaporean parents pick. These educational establishments are located all around the country, with the bigger tuition chains having multiple branches for convenience. Some popular chains include Kumon, Mindchamps and British Council. Lessons are conducted in a group setting, with 2-30 students in a classroom. Below is a summary of the benefits of sending your child to a centre for English tuition in Singapore.

1. Lower Cost of Lesson Fees

  • It would cost less to send your child to a tuition centre than having 1-to-1 tuition, as classes take place in groups
  • A point to note is that the more well-known and “established” a tuition chain is, the higher its fees will be

2. Many Locations to Choose From

  • There are many education centres offering English tuition in Singapore, as it is one of the most popular subjects for tuition.
  • Parents can expect many tuition chains to have multiple branches island-wide
  • Parents will be able to enrol their child at the location most convenient for them, or closest to home
  • Some tuition centres may also allow students to attend make-up lessons at another branch or time-slots if the necessity arises

3. Quality Control of Teaching

  • Parents can be rest assured that their child will be taught by English tutors that “meet minimum standards” – a requirement that centres need to fulfil in order to register successfully with MOE
  • Some centres brand themselves on top-quality tutors, only hiring MOE/NIE-Trained English Teachers to be part of their teaching staff
  • Most tuition centres maintain strict quality control protocol by having strict interview procedures for their English tutors

4. In-house Resources & Curriculum

  • Parents do not need to worry about buying English assessment books guide books, or articles
  • Most tuition centres provide their own originally curated English resources and notes (may be cost-inclusive/exclusive of tuition fees)
  • Unlike 1-to-1 Home Tuition, some tuition centres design their own curriculum for students to hone their English language skills in a more innovative way
  • Tuition centres (especially higher academic levels) may have a resource bank of past English papers and notes from top local schools for students to practise on, as well as articles for general knowledge content

5. Active Group Participation

  • The nature of group lessons encourages communication and participation amongst classmates and the tutor
  • This gives your child plenty of chances to speak up and practise his/her English oral and communication skills
  • An active learning environment also promotes question-asking, and peers are able to learn from each other
  • Active discussions also promote idea and opinion sharing, which is especially useful in brainstorming for essay content
General Paper Discussion as part of English Tuition in Singapore

Group discussions can be especially helpful for Secondary and JC students to share ideas on essay topics and content for English and General Paper

6. Free or Discounted Trial Lessons

  • Many tuition centres offer students a free / discounted trial lesson to let them have a feel of their learning environment and culture
  • With this, parents will be able to make a more informed decision on their tuition choice before committing

3.2. Main Considerations

1. Flexibility with Make-Up Sessions & Commitment Period

  • Students may need to miss lessons occasionally due to falling ill or last-minute school or family commitments
  • While it is common, not all tuition centres may offer make-up lessons
  • Parents need to check on this to know whether their child would be eligible to join another class, or to forgo that week completely (and potentially falling behind)
  • Most centres also have a minimum notice period with regards to class termination, which can range from a month or even to a term

2. Class Size

  • The class capacity is different in each centre – some restrict it at 6-8 students, while some open up classes to accommodate as many as 30 students
  • Parents need to consider class size while making a decision. Many students in the class means less individual attention that your child can get from his/her English tutor
  • Big class sizes may also pose as a distraction for your child, especially if there are “disruptive” students in the class

3. Is The Tuition Centre MOE-Registered?

  • All tuition and enrichment centres with 10 or more students enrolled must be registered with MOE before offering English tuition in Singapore
  • Although almost all centres are “legitimate”, parents must still take the due diligence to check as there are still some scam cases around
  • Example: Fraudulent tutor Mr Kelvin Ong (tutor and owner of AristoCare tuition centre) faked his educational credentials, which had resulted in the closure of AristoCare by MOE. He then opened a new centre (Ace Achievers) again 2 years later, which had not been registered with MOE.
  • Parents need to take proactive measures to check on the smaller independent tuition centres’ registration status

4. Parental Involvement

  • A concern for consideration is the relatively low level of parental involvement with tuition centres
  • Parents are usually there to pick up / drop off their child at the centre, and usually communicate with the centre’s administrative staff with regards to fees
  • Unlike with private tuition, parents may not have the chance to speak to their child’s English tutor directly
  • There are not many opportunities to ask tutor directly about child’s progress

5. Track Record of Tuition Centre

  • As part of marketing efforts, most tuition centres would pin up their past students’ English grades, or post their track record on their online platforms
  • Parents are able to do research on the improvement track records of various centres before making a decision on which centre to enrol their child at
  • Parents may also look up online on reviews/testimonials posted by other parents. Many of these comments and references are insightful and cannot be found at the centre itself.

When looking for English Tuition in Singapore, parents should make sure that attending lessons at tuition centres should value-add to their child’s learning process. Some children may not find these lessons helpful if they are not able to clarify their doubts, and may instead be overwhelmed by the amount of extra work given. Ultimately, do make sure that your decision is able to clear the fundamental objective of having tuition in the first place – to make sure that your child’s questions and weak areas of English are addressed.

3.3. Tuition Centre Recommendations

Using research across the websites and marketing materials of 100+ tuition centres, MindFlex has compiled a list of recommendations which offer English Tuition in Singapore. There are many established tuition centres that provide lessons for multiple subjects, but the recommendations listed below are centres that (mostly) specialise in English only. Not all centres have listed their fees online; parents can proceed to contact the other centres directly to enquire if they are interested. Our recommendations are split into 2 sections: We have separated our recommendations into 2 sections:

Section 1: Centres that offer English lessons up till Secondary level
Section 2: Centres that offer English and General Paper lessons up till JC level (*All images below were adopted from the tutors’ websites or via public online platforms)

3.3.1 Centres that offer English lessons up till Secondary level

  1. Writers At Work Enrichment

Looking to improve your child’s writing and composition skills? Writers At Work is just the place for you. Although it prepares P5 and P6 students in tackling all components of the English paper for P5 and P6, this centre mainly specialises in improving students’ writing skills for all Primary and Secondary levels. Writers At Work has its developed its own unique Writing Programme, and takes a systematic and results-driven approach to help students improve their thinking and analysis skills. Real-life scenarios and dramatisation are used in classroom discussions to help students unleash their creativity.

Location: Clementi, Bukit Timah, Ang Mo Kio, Marine Parade
Contact: 6774 2618
Levels & Subjects: Primary English, Secondary English
Cost: $200-400 for 4 lessons
Website: http://www.writersatwork.com.sg/

Writers at Work

  1. The Learning Board

The Learning Board offers English tuition through its unique strategies which are summarised through their 3 core pillars: Having the Right Curriculum, providing the Right Support and reinforcing the Right Attitude in learning. This centre will provide your child with study packages, individualised guidance and also peer-to-peer discussions, all with the aim of honing his/her thinking and writing skills, and instilling interest for the English language. Its curriculum is in tandem with MOE’s latest syllabus and class sizes are limited to 8 students. On top of their normal classes, they also bring Special Programmes to help with PSLE intensive revision, as well as bridging between Primary and Secondary levels.

Location: Kembangan, Hougang
Contact: 9271 0648
Levels & Subjects: Pri English (P4-6), Secondary English
Cost: Refer to https://www.thelearningboard.com.sg/tuition-fee.html
Website: https://www.thelearningboard.com.sg/

The Learning Board

  1. Lil But Mighty English

Lil But Mighty is a tuition centre specialising only in Primary level English. It emphasises on building rapport and strong relationships between tutor and students, creating an environment that enables students to boost self-confidence and to learn English comfortably. With their unique S.T.E.P.S approach, the tutors make learning strategies easy for students to understand and apply into their exams. On top of centre-based lessons, Lil But Mighty also provides Online Lessons and Self-Paced E-Learning courses, and all resources will be printed and delivered directly to your doorstep!

Location: Hougang, Bukit Timah, Clementi
Contact: 8311 6157
Levels & Subjects: Primary English (P3-P6)
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://www.lilbutmightyenglish.com/

Lil But Mighty English

  1. The Write Connection

Describing its programmes as “World-Class” and “revolutionary”, The Write Connection uses a systematic approach to help your child inculcate a love for English. They were also featured on Channel NewsAsia’s “Bright Start, Bright Sparks” programme, which shed light on Singapore’s best enrichment centres. Lessons are always held from the “HEART” (an acronym for their core values), which includes Teamwork. They offer lessons for students from Pre-School to Secondary levels, covering all segments of the English examination paper.

Location: Bedok, Bishan, Bukit Timah, Jurong Gateway, Parkway Parade, Tampines, Toa Payoh, Sembawang Road, Punggol Plaza
Contact: Depending on location
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English, Secondary English
Cost: $60-70 for 1 lesson, $50 registration fee, $100 refundable deposit
Website: https://www.thewriteconnection.com.sg/

The Write Connection

  1. Morris Allen English

 Established in 1993, Morris Allen English is one of the more popular English tuition centres in Singapore. At Morris Allen, you can expect your child to improve in all essential aspects of the English language – Reading Proficiency, Creating Writing, Speaking Confidence as well as Effective Communication. The centre also pivots its lessons around its core values, which include Serving with Purpose, Diversity and Inclusivity as well as Out-of-the-box Thinking. Class sizes are kept small to ensure individualised attention. Morris Allen also cultivates a habit of reading, allowing all students to borrow 3 books weekly from their library. Lessons also start with a sharing session about the books borrowed, encouraging open discussions and opinion sharing.

Location: Bukit Batok, Jurong, Kovan
Contact: 6515 0091 / 6562 2662 / 6288 7988
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://morris-allen.com/

Morris Allen English

  1. Ace English Academy

 Ace English Academy engages Ex-MOE Teachers with at least 15 years of experience to be part of their teaching staff, and supplements your child’s learning by letting students gain access to good-quality reading resources and videos. Targeted exercises are done each week and parents can expect regular feedback about their child’s progress. Their classes are kept at a maximum of 5 students. Ace English also boasts a good track record of past O Level students, 20%, 40% and 35% of them improving in their English scores by 3, 2 and 1 grades respectively.

Location: 118 Bukit Batok Central
Contact: 9757 8406
Levels & Subjects: Primary English, Secondary English
Cost: From $38 per hour
Website: http://www.aceenglishtutor.sg/

Ace English Academy

  1. The Alternative Story

The Alternative Story aims to create an environment that “engages the heart” and sparks curiosity in their students so that they take a genuine interest in English learning process, on top of helping them gain academic success. They focus on teaching Primary level students, and lessons are 2 hours long, covering both Paper 1 and Paper 2 examination components. They have designed 10 original books such as vocabulary guidebooks, sample composition books (by their own students) and flashcards to help support learning. The Alternative Story bases their composition teaching on their own “Frame and Feed” method, which provides the necessary support for their students to craft great essays. By popular demand, the centre has also opened up a new programme for Sec 1 students in the Express / IP stream, which rotates between the Paper 1 and Paper 2 exam components on a weekly basis.

Location: Ang Mo Kio, Marine Parade, Clementi, Bukit Timah
Contact: 6826 2562
Levels & Subjects: Primary English, Secondary 1 Express/IP English
Cost: $55.40-597.10 for 10 2-hour lessons, $50 registration fee, $50 refundable deposit
Website: https://thealternativestory.com/

The Alternative Story

  1. i-Creative Learner

 i-Creative Learner specialises in Pre-school and Primary level English enrichment lessons. Their teaching staff is made up of MOE-registered educators who have also passed all the centre’s in-house training and appraisals. i-Creative Learner also advocates parent involvement, providing a programme for them to help in home-support learning with their children. Its flag-ship programme is their early childhood literacy development programme, targeted to help children aged 3.5-6 years old to help develop their language and thinking skills, way beyond just reading and phonics. Their enrichment lessons for Upper Primary students encompass vocabulary expansion and debate skills, amongst other objectives.

Location: Chai Chee, Clementi, Hougang, Everton Park, Ang Mo Kio, Tiong Bahru
Contact: Depending on location
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://www.i-creativelearner.com/

i-Creative Learner

  1. I Can Read

Featured in Channel NewsAsia’s “Bright Start, Bright Sparks” programme, I Can Read is a popular English enrichment chain in Singapore. They pride themselves in pioneering the method of linking letters groups to specific sounds, which they use in their reading classes. Through their pedagogy, students are encouraged to make full use of their imagination and to learn at a pace that is comfortable for themselves. Captivating resources and games are also used in lessons so that children are motivated and have fun in their learning. I Can Read admits children as young as 2.5 years old to help them build a solid start to their literacy journey.

Location: Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Timah, City Square Mall, Harbourfront, Hillion Mall, Hougang, Jurong, Kovan, Marine Parade, Novena, Orchard, Paya Lebar, Punggol, Sembawang, Sengkang, Tampines, Tiong Bahru, Toa Payoh, West Coast Plaza, White Sands, Woodlands, Yishun
Contact: Depending on location
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://www.icanread.asia/singapore/english

I Can Read

  1. Jan & Elly English Language School

A partner of the Speak Good English Movement (SGEM), Jan & Elly has segmented their English lessons into 3 different programmes according to age-group – namely to Read, Write and Excel. Their tutors are approachable and keep lessons fun so that children look forward to come for lessons. Their “Read” programme encompasses Phonics lessons for children aged 4-6, to help them set their letter-sound recognitions right, and to eventually help them read and pronounce words correctly and independently. Their “Write” programme is made up of Creative and Composition writing for students from K2 till P6, emphasising on idea generation and effective writing (form, sentence structure, use of vocabulary, etc.) Lastly, their “Excel” programme for Primary level students basically covers all components of the PSLE examination paper, and provides overall support in general English skills required to score well.

Location: Seletar, Bukit Timah, Serangoon, Joo Chiat
Contact: Depending on location
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://jan-elly.com/

Jan & Elly English Language School

  1. Kidz Literacy Cove

Kidz Literacy Cove provides English enrichment lessons for Pre-school and Primary level students, and have won the award for “Best Enrichment & Learning Schools” for 2015/2016 and 2019/2020 by ParentsWorld. They recognise that English literacy is the “gateway other subjects” and seek to provide quality lessons to promote confidence in their students’ language skills. Their lessons are grounded in their core values – to listen to students’ needs and read to them with passion and love, to write about their successes as well as to maintain communications with parents. Kidz Literacy Cove offers 5 different programmes, one of which is their award-winning Preschool Enrichment lessons, which was designed specially for Singaporean children by the well-acclaimed  Victoria Carlton.

Location: 3A Kensington Park Road
Contact: 9780 0786
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://www.kidzliteracycove.com/

Kidz Literacy Cove

  1. LCentral English

LCentral English is a student-centric tuition centre that puts the “best interest” of each child at heart, and is managed by a team of international educational leaders who are dedicated to provide only the best for the students at LCentral. Their teaching staff have all passed the centre’s stringent recruitment process, attend continuous intensive training to ensure only top-notch quality teaching, and also make it a point to build relations with parents to keep them involved in their child’s learning process. It has 5 programmes, specially designed for children ranging between N1 to P6. While they concentrate on building foundational phonetic, listening and reading skills for preschool kids, their Primary curriculum emphasises on teaching higher-order language and exam skills through a “strategically-designed methodology”, preparing their students to score well for the PSLE.

Location: Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Timah, Jurong East, Marine Parade, Punggol, Serangoon, Tampines, Tiong Bahru, Toa Payoh, Woodlands, Yishun
Contact: 6348 0030
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://lcentral.net/

LCentral English

  1. Lorna Whiston

Lorna Whiston is committed to providing quality education, doubling up as a reputable Pre-school as well as an enrichment centre, with 3 different programmes under its enrichment centre wing. Its main English enrichment lessons programme is available for children from 18 months old till Primary 6, with the younger ones honing their language skills through multi-sensory learning, while the older students receiving a holistic lesson plan to succeed in all aspects of the PSLE English paper. Lorna Whiston also provides a “Fun with Phonics” programme, targeted at children 4-7 years old. Lastly, its Speech and Drama programme is offered to students till Upper Secondary level, and aims to hone effective and confident communication and improvisational skills through the usage of their voices and body language.

Location: United Square, Parkway Parade
Contact: 6871 8844
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English, Secondary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://www.lornawhiston.com/

Lorna Whiston

  1. My English School

Awarded Best Enrichment & Learning Schools 2018/2019 by ParentsWorld, My English School offers a structured Phonics and Reading programme for children as young as 2.5 years old, as well as a Primary level programme to help students prepare for their PSLE examination. The teachers at My English School are all native English speakers, who are sure to bring “creativity, enthusiasm and professionalism” into the class. The centre’s goal is to help build strong English Literacy foundations in children from a young age, and to help students hone their critical thinking skills along the way. My English School keeps class sizes small, and makes it a point to inject fun and holistic learning into their lessons.

Location: Choa Chu Kang, Woodlands, Tiong Bahru, Parkway Parade, Novena, Tampines, Jurong, Downtown East, Northpoint, Yishun, Potong Pasir
Contact: 6567 2374
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://www.myenglish.com.sg/

My English School

  1. The Writer’s Place

The Writers Connection is an enrichment centre that specialises in Creative Writing only for Primary level students, and had won the award for “Best in Honing Creative Writing Skills” by ParentsWorld in 2019/2020. Students will be trained to write more effectively and more in-depth, through the centre’s step-by-step approach. Lessons are pegged to the latest MOE syllabus with interesting originally-designed materials provided. The tutors at The Writers Connection are friendly and approachable, and are mostly trained in the field of English or Literature. The centre’s vision is to be “The School of Writing that empowers children with confidence to excel in life”, and they inject games and movement to avoid monotony and to enrich their students’ learning experience.

Location: Pasir Ris, Woodlands, Keat Hong
Contact: 9238 4354, 9452 5144, 9183 2129
Levels & Subjects: Primary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: http://www.thewritersplace.com.sg/

The Writer’s Place

3.3.2 Centres that offer English & GP lessons up till JC levels

  1. British Council Singapore

British Council is educational institution that provides lessons for both students as well as adults (on a private or corporate basis) in Singapore since 1947. Their tutors are all native English speakers and hold professional teaching certifications, but fret not, their lessons are based on the local MOE Primary-JC syllabus for our local students. All their courses are designed by professionals, and they make use of modern state-of-the-art technology and learning amenities to enhance students’ learning experience. The British Council also emphasises on “engaging, interactive and communicative” teaching methods to foster an individualised connection with each student. There are English courses available for local children from Nursery all the way up to General Paper for JC, and also exam preparation (IGCSE / IELT) for international students too.

Location: Napier Road, Marsiling, Tampines, Toa Payoh
Contact: 6807 1599
Levels & Subjects: Pre-School English, Primary English, Secondary English, JC General Paper, Adult English, International English
Cost: Around $1400-1800 for 1 Semester
Website: https://www.britishcouncil.sg/

The British Council

  1. The Rational Thinking Learning Centre

Located in Bishan, the Rational Thinking Learning Centre specialises in offering English and General Paper lessons for Secondary, IP and JC students, using their own original curriculum. The centre opens up classes specially for IP students, who do not take the O Levels but instead follow an integrated English and Language Arts curriculum. The Rational Thinking Learning Centre aims to broaden students’ general knowledge through discussions about socio-economic and political affairs, in turn enabling them to formulate better argumentative content in their essays. Students will also be trained in their critical thinking and communication skills, eventually preparing them adequately for the workforce.

Location: 121 Bishan St 12
Contact: 6909 0001
Levels & Subjects: Secondary/IP English, JC General Paper
Cost: $75-90 for 1 lesson
Website: https://www.therationalethinking.com/

The Rationale Thinking

  1. Byron Tutorial Centre

Established in 1994, Byron Tutorial Centre is conveniently located near Dhoby Ghaut station, and focuses not just on grades, but to “impart life skills and build relationships” that are long-lasting, as students go through their successes in academic and career life. Their main English teacher, Ms Ho, is known to be a selfless and passionate teacher who would readily make herself available for students in need. Despite the demands of the O Level English and A Level GP papers, lessons at Byron are “cozy” and tuned to make learning as fun as possible. Students can expect their weak areas to be diagnosed and helped with, as well as to have their capabilities stretched to its fullest potential.

Location: 190 Clemenceau Avenue
Contact: 6337 5878
Levels & Subjects: Secondary English, JC General Paper
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://byrontutorial.com.sg/

Byron Tutorial

  1. Cognitus Academy

Cognitus Academy promises visible results in your child’s English grades, even across only a short span of time. The centre welcomes students of all calibre and those who are weak in English, offering programmes for Primary to JC level students. They are the first centre to have designed their curriculum centring around the fundamental “Critical Reading and Critical Writing strategies” which have been adapted from the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) teaching methods – proven to have worked well on mainstream students as well. Their JC General Paper lessons have also infused these strategies and the “8 Elements of Thought” to teach students how to unpack their essay questions and analyse passages well.

Location: Goldhill Plaza
Contact: 6909 7172
Levels & Subjects: Primary English, Secondary English, JC General Paper
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://cognitus.edu.sg/

Cognitus Academy

  1. The Academic Workshop

The Academic Workshop brands itself not just as a centre that offers English tuition, but one that inspires their students creativity and their willingness to learn. They aim to make each lesson as fulfilling as possible, dropping bite-sized facts to enhance students’ general knowledge that would be useful in life. The Academic Workshop offers English lessons to Upper Primary students onwards to prepare them for PSLE, all the way up to JC students for General Paper. Mock revision tests are included in their lessons nearing exam period to keep them in check. The centre also offers specialised classes for students in the IP programme, as well as students taking the IB exams, which follows a different curriculum.

Location: 10 Winstedt Road
Contact: 6733 5447
Levels & Subjects: Primary 4-6 English, Secondary / IP English, JC General Paper, IB Language / Literature
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://www.theacademicworkshop.com/

The Academic Workshop

  1. Learners’ Lodge

The Learners’ Lodge is a tuition establishment that is segmented into different specialised departments – O Level, IP and A Level tuition, but mainly specialises in the latter 2 for A Level preparation. Lessons are also customised according to the different IP / JC schools so that students can follow well. With the use of innovative teaching styles and technological means, their NIE-trained IP tutors are able to provide specially-designed quality lessons for IP students (who follow an alternative curriculum in school) to prepare them for General Paper. Their tutors, whom after having passed stringent tests to successfully teach at the Learners’ Lodge, continue to be assessed periodically to ensure relevant and quality teaching methods. They strive to make lessons interactive so that students are actively engaged in the learning process and feel comfortable enough and not be scared to ask questions.

Location: Ang Mo Kio (IP), Bishan, Bukit Timah, Kovan, Jurong, Kembangan, Marymount
Contact: 9199 9655
Levels & Subjects: Secondary 3/4 English, IP English, JC General Paper
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://www.olevelmaster.com.sg/ (O Levels), https://iptuition.com.sg/ip-english-tuition/ (IP), https://www.learnerslodge.com.sg/contact-learners-lodge/ (JC)

Learners’ Lodge

  1. Humanities Hub

Featured in an article by the Straits Times in 2016, The Humanities Hub is the first centre in Singapore to offer lessons purely for humanities subjects for Secondary and JC levels. The centre provides Secondary English and JC General Paper lessons, which are taught by specialised NIE-qualified tutors with at least 15 years of MOE teaching experience. At the Humanities Hub, students are trained to work to their best potential and maximum capabilities. The centre believes in open communication between English / GP tutors and students, as giving students individualised feedback is key in helping students improve (this is almost not possible in school given the lack of time and individual attention). 1-to-1 consultations with the tutors before or after class is also allowed for students to clear any extra doubts. To train students in time management, the Humanities Hub also organises timed practices to get students accustomed to the pressure.

Location: 1 Coleman Street (The Adelphi)
Contact: 6264 2236
Levels & Subjects: Secondary English, JC General Paper
Cost: $300-480 for 4 lessons
Website: https://www.humanitieshub.com/

Humanities Hub

  1. Eureka Edvantage Learning Hub

This centre makes use of the “Eureka Pedagogy” in their teaching of the MOE syllabus. Eureka Edvantage provides lessons for Primary and Secondary English, IP / IB Language Arts and Literature. This covers 4 pillars, 2 of which are “Eureka Writing Techniques™” and “Eureka Critical Thinking Strategies™”. Lessons are tailored to cater to students of all calibre in the English language, and to challenge them at varying levels that is adequate for each of them. The “Eureka Writing Techniques™” targets the demands of Paper 1, helping to improve students’ writing skills so that they can express themselves “concisely, creatively and confidently”. The “Eureka Critical Thinking Strategies™” target the English language skills needed in Paper 2 (comprehension, synthesis, etc.) which require independent higher-order thinking. Eureka Edvantage also has a series of published books and model essays to provide their students with guidance.

Location: 10 Winstedt Road
Contact: 9119 2159
Levels & Subjects: Primary English, Secondary English, JC General Paper
Cost: $500-1100 for 10 lessons, $5 material fee
Website: https://www.eurekaedvantage.com/

  1. EduEdge

EduEdge provides English and GP tuition for students from Primary to JC levels, and have helped them improve by 1-5 grades in their English examinations through their uniquely crafted “Total English Mastery System (TEMS)” teaching formula. This was formulated to tackle the different identified struggles and reasons to why students have been struggling to score well for English. EduEdge centres their teaching methodology around the TEMS formula, guiding their students through a structured way to success. On top of their main lesson programmes which covers all components of the English paper, they also provide “Booster Programmes” which serve as crash-courses nearing exam periods, as well as specialty grammar and writing classes.

Location: 301 Serangoon Avenue 2
Contact: 9797 6581
Levels & Subjects: Primary English, Secondary English, JC General Paper
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://eduedge.com.sg/

EduEdge

  1. GP Tutors Now

 Partners with Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), GP Tutors Now is a tuition centre that specialises in giving General Paper tuition. A selling point of this centre is that it subscribes to a plethora of international newspapers and magazines, and thus is able to provide a broad range of resources to help in essay content – especially useful for students who find themselves lacking the time to read. Their teaching staff hold weekly meetings to ensure a constantly updated syllabus, accumulating resources like the latest exam papers from the various JCs. Their programmes are designed to help with “Critical Reading” and “Content Building”, which are skills needed in all the components of the GP examination. Students will also be trained to practise under time constraints, to simulate exam conditions and pressure.

Location: Jurong, Bukit Panjang, Upper Bukit Timah, Farrer Road, Buona Vista, Queenstown, Serangoon
Contact: 6475 0624
Levels & Subjects: JC General Paper
Cost: $380-420 for 4 2-hour lessons, $60 material fee, $40 registration fee
Website: https://www.gptutorsnow.com/

Gp Tutors Now

4. English Private Tutors’ Group Classes

4.1 Advantages

Instead of applying to be a tutor at a tuition centre, there are many English tutors that have decided to create an independent brand of their own. These tutors have worked to build on their reputation and to establish their own “centre”, where they provide English tuition in a group setting.

1. More “Invested” Teaching

  • As these English tutors advertise their teaching services under their own brand, there is a need to upkeep a positive reputation to retain and grow their student base
  • Parents can expect these tutors to be more “invested” into lessons and to take their teaching more seriously
  • These English tutors are often more dedicated and feel accountable to help their students improve in their results

2. Individual / Smaller Group Settings

  • Class size can be expected to be much smaller than those at tuition centres
  • These tutors would prioritise on giving each child more individualised attention
  • Some tutors may be flexible in opening up a separate class slot if students sign up with their peers

2. Direct Communication With Tutor

  • As class sizes are smaller and there are less students overall, these independent tutors are able to build a stronger personal relationship with their students, as compared to those at a tuition centre
  • These English tutors often make themselves available for query-asking even outside of tuition hours
  • Parents are able to communicate directly with their English tutor and receive feedback on their child’s performance and progress

4.2. Main Considerations

1. Check to See if the “Original” Tutor is the One Teaching Your Child

  • Some of these independent English tutors might rise in popularity and demand for their tutoring services might skyrocket
  • Tutors may result in expanding operations – opening multiple new time-slots and branches elsewhere, and also hire other new tutors to take on some of these new classes
  • Though they may impart their curriculum and unique teaching strategies to their new tutor colleagues, some parents may still want the “original” tutor to teach their child
  • Parents need to check who is specific tutor that is teaching for each class and venue, before enrolling their child
  • For example, Maths Super Tutor Ms Celine Loi of Joss Sticks Tuition Centre employs 20 tutors.
  • Parents need to make an informed decision to make sure they are paying for the right service from the right tutor

3. Cost & Waiting Time

  • As these are independent tutors who quote their own rates, parents need to be mindful of the potentially higher cost of fees
  • The more “established” these branded tutors are, the higher their fees, and longer the waiting time of enrolment
  • Eg. Singapore’s “Super Tutors” charge exorbitant prices, for which many parents do not have any qualms paying for
  • Do consider your child’s needs – if he/she needs tuition help urgently, perhaps it would be better to search for other tuition options rather than wait

4.3. Recommendations

Below are some recommendations for tutors who are English and General Paper specialists. (*All images below were adopted from the tutors’ websites or via public online platforms)

  1. Augustine’s English Classes

Principal Tutor Augustine Heng is devoted not only help students improve in their English grades, but also to provide a holistic education that includes ethics and promoting inquisitiveness. He takes an active-learning approach to teaching, encouraging a participatory learning environment with his students. This is so that the student is more engaged in his work and understands the meaning behind each task, and is also able to absorb and retain learnt information better. He provides English classes for Primary students – to help them lay a solid foundation in the language, Secondary and JC students – to help them in honing their independent and critical thinking and writing skills, so that they are able to tackle all paper components well.

Location: 86 Marine Parade Central
Contact: 6966 2130
Levels & Subjects: Primary English, Secondary English, JC General Paper
Cost: $50-70 per lesson
Website: https://augustineenglishclasses.com/

Augustine’s English Classes

  1. Edmit

Edmit was set up by tutor Justin Ng, who graduated from Harvard University with an honours degree. Hep provides English and GP lessons for Secondary and JC level students, and assistance in IB Theory of Knowledge essay help. His lesson curriculum incorporates a “specific teaching equation” as well as the skills that he had acquired from his time at Harvard, and has been effective in helping 90% of his students improve in their grades. Justin acknowledges that each student has different weaknesses and needs guidance that that is specific to his/her needs. Therefore, he offers classes in small group of 3 or on a 1-to-1 basis, and is contactable 24/7 should his students have any questions for him.

Contact: 9773 5994
Levels & Subjects: Secondary / IP English & JC General Paper, IB Theory of Knowledge
Cost: From $239 per lesson
Website: https://www.edmit.com/

Edmit’s Founder: Justin Ng

  1. Irwin’s Study

Tutor Irwin See is a Master’s Degree holder from Oxford University and is an Ex-MOE JC lecturer. He provides General Paper for JC students and IP students to help them prepare for the A Levels, and has also extended his tutoring services to MENDAKI and Singapore Cancer Society. Hoping to “sharp minds, touch hearts and inspire lives”, Irwin shapes his GP lessons to inspire his students to appreciate the subject and to empower them to work towards their future goals.

Location: Upper Bukit Timah Road, Tampines St 23
Contact: 9833 3156
Levels & Subjects: IP / JC General Paper
Cost: $420 for 4 2-hour lessons
Website: https://www.gptuition.com.sg/

Edwin’s Study

  1. Augustine Chan General Paper Specialist

GP lessons with Augustine Chan are 2 hours long and ensures students systematic learning through his unique teaching strategies. Students will be granted access to comprehensive sets of the latest reading materials to help them with their general knowledge and essay content. He ensures that all his students receive the individual academic help that they need, to help them maximise their fullest potential. Together with Fairfield Book Publishers, Augustine authored the Answer Guide to General Paper 10 Year Series book and has an accumulated experience of more than 15,000 hours of GP coaching. He is an Ex-MOE Lecturer at CJC and used to teach at other tuition centres like Distinction Tutorial Centre and Learners’ Lodge Tuition Centre.

Location: 284 Bishan Street 22
Contact: 8315 8276
Levels & Subjects: JC General Paper
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://acgps.com.sg/

Augustine Chan General Paper Specialist

  1. EDvolution Learning Studio

EDvolution Learning Studio was founded by Ex-MOE VJC Lecturer, Mr Jonathan Liew. Mr Liew is specialised in teaching General Paper and has 12 years of experience teaching the English and GP. His lessons are “strategic and exam-smart”, enabling students to get a grasp of the subject effectively and eventually score well for the A Levels. He keeps class sizes small so that each student can receive individual consultation time, and also ensures that the learning environment is “warm, supportive and non-judgemental” for students to feel comfortable in asking any questions that they might have.

Location: Bukit Timah, Tanah Merah
Contact: 9843 1655
Levels & Subjects: Secondary English, JC General Paper
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://edvolution.com.sg/

EDvolution Learning Studio

5. Online English Tuition in Singapore

Online English Tuition lessons can be held in a 1-to-1 or group setting, depending on the individual preference. The usage of video-conferencing platforms like Zoom, Edmodo, Skype and Google Hangouts have been on the rise for English Online Tuition in Singapore. There are some companies who specialise in offering only online lessons. They have invested into developing their own video software with built-in functions (eg. homework submission drop boxes), and have provided quality online lessons as a very viable mode for English tuition in Singapore.

5.1. Advantages

1. Lowest Cost of English Tuition

  • Parents can expect Online English Tuition to be the cheapest out of all tuition choices
  • This is because of travelling / rental cost that English tutors do not have to incur
  • Lessons can start from as low as $10-$15 per hour for a 1.5-hour English tuition session

2. Contact your English tutor anytime, anywhere

  • Online Tuition provide the highest levels of flexibility and convenience
  • No travelling is needed – time saved can be used on other more productive activities
  • Online Tuition lessons can take place anywhere and not at a fixated geographical location
  • Students just need a working laptop with built-in microphone and camera tools, and good internet connection
  • As online connection is instantaneous, this provides high levels of flexibility and convenience for students to reach their tutor
Online Lessons is one of the options for English tuition in Singapore

Online Tuition can be very convenient as students can contact their tutors anytime on the go.

3. Technological Advantages

  • Students can enjoy “front-row” learning during online tuition through screen projection (unlike back-row students in classrooms who may difficulty seeing / hearing the teacher)
  • Online lessons are recorded using an in-built function
  • Students can rewatching the lessons later again for revision purposes
  • Resources and homework may be shared and submitted ahead of lessons, allowing for more efficient lesson preparation

5.2. Main Considerations

1. Reliable and Stable Internet Connection

  • With private home tuition switching to online platforms during this difficult period, MindFlex has also received feedback that internet speed and the type of video-conferencing platform is very important
  • Some homes may not have the luxury of having high-speed internet connection, causing video-conferencing to be extremely laggy or worse, not function at all
  • Students also need to have a good laptop or desktop with webcam features or they may not be able to have online lessons

2. Different Quality of English Lessons

  • The absence of face-to-face interactions could compromise the effectiveness of English lessons
  • Students, tutors or parents may find it awkward and uncomfortable to interact, teach and learn through a screen
  • Some parents may find it a hassle for materials and homework to be constantly sent back and forth via email and having to print / scan them, as compared to physical worksheets that could be used during physical lessons
  • Video-conferencing platforms and portals used must be adequately developed to handle file and image sharing, as to replicate the efficiencies in physical lessons
  • The COVID-19 pandemic have forced tuition centres to move their lessons online, and some centres were not adequately prepared with the move. Parents have organised a petition against popular tuition chain The Learning Lab, expressing dissatisfactions at the quality of the online lessons set up.

3. Lessened Student-Tutor Relationship

  • In the absence of being in the same physical space, there is a naturally lessened “connection” and “bond” that can be fostered between tutors and students
  • As English is a language-based subject, active classroom discussions and participation plays a big part in the learning process
  • Public-speaking and speech-and-drama classes will definitely be less effective if done online
  • Students may feel “distanced” learning from a tutor they have never met in person before and may not be fully comfortable in the learning process
  • There is a lessened “real connection” that can be formed through a screen as compared to being physically in the same space
  • It is common that students attending group Online Tuition lessons to lose focus
  • Tutors may find it difficult to observe their students’ body and facial language through the screen, and cannot discern if they understand the lesson
  • Online lessons may turn into a 1-way lecture with the English tutor talking throughout the lesson
  • This may be counter-productive especially for younger students, who require physical interaction to hone their English skills
Speech Drama is a crucial part of English tuition in Singapore

Younger children learn better through physical interaction, especially for English where speech and drama may be involved.

5.3. Recommendations

There are 2 primary methods that parents can use to find good Online Tuition for English:
1. Contact a Home Tuition Agency for a Private Online Tutor
2. Register via Specialised Online Tuition Websites

5.3.1. Contact a Home Tuition Agency

Parents can contact a Home Tuition Agency such as MindFlex, to source for an English or General Paper tutor to conduct lessons online, on a 1-to-1 basis. You can inform the agency of your requirements and you will be able to select your specific individual tutor from the list of profiles recommended by the agency. Their qualifications and experience will be listed for your discretion and selection.

5.3.2. Online Tuition Companies’ Websites

In finding Online English tuition in Singapore, one can also approach online-based companies who specialise in providing Online Tuition services – either in a group or 1-to-1 setting. Most of these companies would have developed their own video-conferencing and portal systems to ensure that lessons are top quality. These companies either have their own database of English tutors, or like a Home Tuition Agency, facilitates in connecting parents to freelance tutors. Likewise for Home Tuition agencies, many of these Online Tuition companies provide a free service for parents, leaving the “commission” or “admin fee” for the tutors to absorb. Upon research, MindFlex has listed the following 3 companies as part of its Online Tuition recommendations: (*All images below were adopted from the tutors’ websites or via public online platforms)

  1. Tutopiya

Tutopiya has established itself globally across 9 countries, including Malaysia, UK and US. Parents can expect rates to be around 20% less than face-to-face Home Tuition lessons, and can opt for a free trial before any commitment. By working with NUS graduate tutors to each the local MOE English syllabus and internationally qualified IB tutors for international English syllabus, Tutopiya is committed to providing quality lessons for your child. On top of standard help, students can also request for additional help in essay writing, or English Oral practice. Depending on your schedule, lesson frequency and duration is flexible and can span between just 30 minutes to 2 hours long. Parents can purchase a package for any number of subjects (with no expiry date) and also, access to English exam papers is granted for a lifetime upon purchase. Lessons are recorded so that your child will be able to revisit the lesson later on during his/her revision. As for homework, Tutopiya has developed a virtual classroom whiteboard for submission and returning purposes.

Contact: 9850 2296
Levels & Subjects: Primary 3-6 English, Secondary English, IGCSE / IB English
Cost: Ranges between $15-40 per lesson
Website: https://www.tutopiya.com/

Tutopiya

  1. Tenopy

Tenopy has its own team of teachers under them, and is the only online centre which has its own proprietary curriculum. Although English lessons at Tenopy are held in a group getting, it is promised that students will still be able to receive individualised attention from the tutor. Lessons are interactive and active participation by students is encouraged in order for them to maximise learning. Pop quizzes will be given every 15 minutes to keep group lessons fun and dynamic. Lessons are recorded so students are able to revisit them later, and originally crafted recourses will also be provided to support lessons. The tutor will also be in active communication with parents, so as to provide information about their child’s progress on a frequent basis.

Contact: 9469 6793
Levels & Subjects: P3-P6 English, Secondary 1-2 English
Cost: $24-60 per lesson
Website: https://www.tenopy.co/

Tenopy

  1. Superstar Teacher

Parents can look for Primary and Secondary level English tuition at Superstar Teacher. Each “Superstar” tutor in their team is a specialist in a certain subject to ensure quality teaching for your child, and a topical approach and strategy-based learning is used in their lessons. On top of general English lessons, Superstar Teacher also offers lessons on Advanced Synthesis and Transformation, as well as Advanced Composition writing. Students can watch each recorded lesson a total of 3 times over a span of 1 year from its date of activation (an extension can be requested for). There is also a “Study Tracker” and an “Instant Homework Help” function that students can access for help. Worksheets will be given and lessons will involve videos and interactive quizzes to supplement learning.

Contact: 6341 5516
Levels & Subjects: Primary English, Secondary English
Cost: Not Indicated on Website. Do Enquire Directly
Website: https://www.superstarteacher.com.sg/

Superstar Teacher

6. 1-to-1 Private Home Tuition

Engaging a 1-to-1 Private Home Tutor is another option of English tuition in Singapore. Private 1-to-1 Home Tuition has proven to bring many educational benefits, and in another article, we have covered more comprehensively on 8 Reasons To Hire Home Tuition over Enrolling In Tuition Centres. The section below is a summary of the major benefits of hiring an English Home Tutor.

6.1. Advantages

1. Schedule Tuition Flexibly

  • Unlike a fixed schedule to suit the masses at tuition centres, parents and students have the liberty of scheduling lessons with their private English tutor according to mutual availabilities
  • 1-to-1 Home Tuition can give you the highest level of flexibility as communications are directly between parent and tutor
  • Students / parents can easily arrange make-up lessons directly with the tutor at other mutual timings in case the students needs to miss a lesson due to unforeseen circumstances
  • A major advantage is that students can request for extra lessons with his/her English tutor during the exam period to bring up any last-minute misconceptions and clarifications
  • This advantage of having intensive lessons could possibly be the make or break factor in a student scoring 1-2 grades higher for their English examinations

2. Individual Teaching

  • Unlike in a group setting, students will receive 100% attention from their tutor, as well as personalised teaching
  • Your child’s English tutor will be able to teach according to a pace that is uniquely appropriate to your child
  • With personalised lessons, your child will be able to use lesson-time to clarify all his/her doubts without having to follow a particular curriculum (like at a tuition centre)
  • With other students in the class, students may not ask questions due to time-constraints or shyness, and tutors may not have the luxury of time to repeat for the slower students
  • Most Home English tutors also allow themselves to be contactable outside lesson hours for students to ask any questions

3. Safe Learning Environment at Home

  • 1-to-1 Home Tuition is conducted at the student’s home, unless requested otherwise
  • Home is considered to be a safe space for many students, especially for younger children
  • This allows them to feel comfortable with their learning environment, allowing them to open up to their English tutor, thus fostering effective learning
  • There is no need for travelling to any educational centre, saving time for both parents and students
  • Parents who deem their homes not suitable for lessons can also choose to source for an English tutor who is able to have lessons elsewhere (eg. his/her home, or a public venue)
Home English tuition in Singapore

Home Tuition enables your child to learn in a safe and comfortable environment with his/her tutor!

4. Personalised English Materials for Your Child

  • Home Tutors are also able to able to pinpoint your child’s weak areas and take the time to troubleshoot them, with originally designed worksheets
  • These materials can be designed and customised uniquely for your child, to work on certain English examination components such as comprehension / composition
  • The resources given at a tuition centre are generically created based on the centre’s curriculum and distributed for the masses. Hence these are not as targetted and specific to each student’s needs
  • For JC students, your GP tutor can also give you a compiled booklet of articles and essays to help improve your general knowledge and to improve your essay content

4. Great Control and Involvement of Parents

  • 1-to-1 Home Tuition provides the greatest amount of parent involvement
  • Parents are actively involved in all stages of the tuition process: searching for the tutor, hiring the tutor, communicating with the tutor
  • Unlike tuition centres – where your child’s English tutor is assigned by the management without choice
  • Some parents have special preferences such has wanting a native USA/UK English speaker as their tutor, which they can request for in their search process
  • As classes are held at home, parents can actively monitor their child’s tuition lessons
  • Parents are able to receive updates directly from their English tutor on their child’s progress, and can also advise the tutor on their child’s learning style and background, etc.
  • With active direct communication, parents and tutor can thus work together to make lessons more effective for the the student
  • Home Tuition arrangements do not come with minimum commitment period and termination can take place immediately
  • Parents can request for a tutor replacement if the student finds the tutor’s teaching style / pedagogy to be unsuitable or not effective

6.2. Main Considerations

1. Tuition Rate

  • This is a general gauge of the market rates for 1-to-1 English Home Tuition: Part-Time Tutors: ($25-50/Hour) Full-Time Tutors: ($35-80/Hour) Ex/Current MOE Teachers: ($50-120/Hour)
  • Tutors charge according to their qualifications, experience and your child’s academic level. Make sure to choose one within your budget.
  • Click on the following link for more information on tuition rates.

2. Experience & Qualifications

  • In the process of selecting your English tutor, the agency will be providing the relevant experience and academic qualifications of the tutors
  • Parents should ensure that the qualifications are verified, eg. MOE Teachers can send over a soft-copy of their NIE Certification, or they can bring it on the first day of lessons
  • Most responsible tuition agencies such as MindFlex will be able to help with this on your behalf
  • Engaging an English tutor who has experience teaching at a tuition centre before can also be a bonus. The strict selection process that they had passed upon acceptance can ensure good quality teaching
  • For English, parents can also consider to engage a tutor who is either trained in teaching the language, or one who has majored in English Linguistics
  • Parents should also check on the tutors’ personal past English grades, and engage a tutor who had scored relatively well in English throughout his/her schooling days

3. Phone Interviews with English Tutors can be Arranged

  • Some agencies such as MindFlex will be able to assist you with non-obligatory phone-call interviews with your shortlisted tutor(s) to facilitate with your decision-making
  • This will enable to you to give an introduction of your child to the tutor and ask about the tutor’s teaching method and plan, which they deem would be suitable your child
  • Hearing from the tutor first-hand would be able to give parents a direct impression on how the tutor is like, and bring out any potential chemistry mismatch between the parties
  • Phone Interviews are especially helpful in seeking an English tutor, as it is important that the parents know for sure that the tutor is able to speak and articulate well using the English language, and whether he/she has any accents that parents may deem difficult to understand
  • For parents who are unable to choose based on paper, the phone interview may be a deciding factor between 2 closely matched candidates who have very similar experiences and qualifications

4. Tutor’s Track Record & Current Student Base

  • Knowing about the track record of your English tutor could also be encouraging for parents in the hiring process
  • Past improvements of previous students can greatly help parents make a better selection, especially track records with large improvement jumps
  • Eg. There are some tutors who are specialised / experienced in helping students who are doing relatively well, to maintain or score top grades, but some parents are looking for tutors who are able to help weak students overcome the passing hurdle
  • Engaging an English tutor who is currently teaching other students of the same level would be beneficial as well, as it ensures that they are well-versed with the latest MOE syllabus and able to share resources (notes and exam papers) across schools

5. Student’s Learning Style

  • Before engaging an English tutor, do consider your child’s learning style to approximate if 1-to-1 Home Tuition would be best for him/her
  • Some students prefer a more “consultative” lesson (ask the tutor questions), while others more “guided” lesson  (tutor dictates the lesson completely)
  • Some students are intimidated by the 1-to-1 setting, and they are able to learn better in small groups of 2-3 friends (which is also a viable option that you can raise to your tuition agent)
  • Also check in with your child regularly to ensure that he understands the teachings of his English tutor to get reassurance that the lessons are effective and worth continuing. Some children may be too afraid to speak up about this issue.

6.3. Recommendations

6.3.1. Engage the Services of a Home Tuition Agency

MindFlex Home Tuition is the #1 Provider for Science Tuition in Singapore

MindFlex Home Tuition is the #1 Home Agency for English Tuition in Singapore

If you feel that 1-to-1 Private Home Tuition provides the best learning option for your child, the best way to approach an established Home Tuition Agency such as ours, to assist you in your search for an English tutor. With an active database of 20,000 tutors and assisting with more than 6,000 successful matches with English tutors, MindFlex Home Tuition has been established to be one of the top tuition agencies for English tuition in Singapore.

The fundamental role of a Home Tuition agency is to source for a suitable tutor, with parents’ requirements and preferences taken into serious consideration. When you engage the assistance of a Home Tuition agency such as MindFlex, you can expect the following services:

  • Extensive List of Detailed Tutor Profiles Selections
  • Quick Turnaround Time Within 24 Hours
  • Agency’s Recommendations & Reviews
  • Verification of Tutor’s Qualifications
  • Free Request For Tutor, No Agency Fees Involved
  • Free Tutor Replacement Services
  • Troubleshooting & Rates Negotiation

MindFlex is devoted and accountable in finding you the best English tutor available for your child. The responses to other commonly asked questions by parents can be found here. If you are keen and convinced that 1-to-1 Home Tuition is the way to go, do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today!

6.3.2. Private Tutors’ Websites

Some freelance private English tutors have set up their own website and point-of-contact so that they can easily be found and directly contacted. Parents can do some online searches to get in touch with these independent English tutors on their own. However, do bear in mind that there would be no agency for any verification and trouble-shooting assistance. Do request for their certificates for as a precautionary measure and ask if they have any testimonials available from past students – and also observe if they are “real”. The more testimonials there are, the higher the credibility level of the tutor.

6.3.3. Recommendations

Like a needle in a haystack, there are thousands of tutors providing English tuition in Singapore and it is tough to find the “perfect match” for your child. One can also approach trusted family members and peers for recommendations, but do also note that some tutors teach in specific areas only, and may not cover your area of residence. These first-hand testimonials can almost ensure a successful match for your child. There are also forums such as www.kiasuparents.com and www.mummysg.com/ with dedicated threads for parents to share recommendations with each other. Not only can you browse through these threads, you can also create your own to ask various questions that you might have – you would be surprised at how informative forums can be!

7. The Best Option for English Tuition in Singapore

Considering the number of options available for English tuition in Singapore, it is no wonder that parents are clueless on where to begin. Here at MindFlex, our primary advice to all parents would be to figure out your child’s learning style, as every student has his/her own unique personal qualities and educational needs. Next, check your ultimate tuition objectives against the various choices of English tuition options in the market. Each option has its boons and banes, and we hope that this article have been able to provide as an informative and well-balanced perspective to each one. If you have any further enquiries, you are welcome to visit our homepage or contact us. Our friendly team will be delighted in helping you with your process in finding a good English Tutor for your child.

If you are interested in more articles related to English Tuition in Singapore, here are links to other original articles for you to enjoy:

Secondary English Tuition – Why You Should Hire An English Tutor ASAP 
JC GP Tuition (General Paper) – Top Ways To Prepare For A Levels GP 

Affordable Tuition Rates

Home Tuition Rates Singapore 2020

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.