What should one look out for?
When searching for Chemistry tuition, students need to consider various factors before committing. Firstly, they should consider the qualifications of the Chemistry tutor to assess if they have the relevant background to teach Chemistry. A degree in a field related to Chemistry may not always be necessary but serves as an advantage.
Moving on, a student should look out for the tutor’s experience in providing Chemistry tuition. It is beneficial to seek tuition from a Chemistry tutor who has years of experience as the students can be certain that the tutor has developed an in-depth understanding of the syllabus and would best understand how to help their students. Living in a competitive society, many students look out for Chemistry tuition with hopes of achieving outstanding results and becoming one of the top students in their batch. Students should also check the track record of the tutor to analyze their success in helping students and whether or not students have been better off with that Chemistry tutor. A good track record would show significant and consistent grade improvements over many students. Finally, one should look out for past students’ testimonials on the Chemistry tutor. It is fundamental to develop some understanding on the tutor as an individual and their capabilities as a tutor, before making a commitment.
Why an experienced Chemistry tutor is necessary?
The Chemistry syllabus has been continually evolving in the different educational systems and generally has been shifting away from the content-based approach to a more practical-based focus which emphasizes the application of content learnt. Students can no longer simply memorize content and regurgitate it in their examinations and expect good results. The answers expected from students are not as simple as it once was. It is no longer just about being right or wrong. The questions are now designed to test the student’s ability to comprehend the knowledge acquired and apply it to a variety of questions. It seeks out a student’s understanding of the content rather than what the textbook has to say. This new approach causes some students to worry about adapting to the change, but with additional help from Chemistry tuition, students can quickly adapt and learn that this approach is advantageous as it allows for subjectivity in their answers.
This is why students need to be careful and make an informed decision on selecting the appropriate Chemistry tuition. A Chemistry tutor who has spent years teaching the subject would be familiar with the latest content and their experience would make it convenient to adapt to syllabus changes, making it effortless to adapt to the change and provide students with the appropriate help. An experienced Chemistry tutor would also have the relevant expertise to help students develop a practical approach to the subject.
There are so many Chemistry tutors in the market. So how should one decide?
There are thousands of Chemistry tutors in Singapore itself, if not more. Sieving through this whole group would not just be tiresome but also inane. There are various solutions to this problem. A student could do their own online research about Chemistry tutors and centres in Singapore, and then based on their websites, develop an understanding on how that specific Chemistry tutor functions. Cross-referencing the site information with online reviews allows students to limit their choices and make decisions with minimal effort.
Other methods include using tuition agencies or hiring tutors based on word-of-mouth. These are convenient means. A tuition agency knows its employees well and can readily advise students on the Chemistry tutor’s qualifications, traits, and methods, before assigning them. Hiring based on word-of-mouth could also prove reliable as one can trust the recommendation of a current tutee. Both are undoubtedly effective techniques, but it has its downsides. These methods limit a student’s choice to just a handful of tutors when the market is abundant with other Chemistry tutors, who may be a better fit for the students.
To put it simply, students should conduct their research thoroughly and not take the easier route in finding the right Chemistry tuition, to allow them to receive their money’s worth and achieve stellar results.
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