Cost of tuition

June 30, 2017

In my previous post "Types of tuition services", I have shared with you on the various types of tuition services available and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of tuition. 

 

In this post, I hope to share my personal knowledge on the estimated cost for each type of tuition service and what you are actually paying for (in context of  A level tuition).

 

1. 1 to 1 home tuition

(A) MOE trained teacher: $80 to $120 per hour.

What you are paying for:

  • Quality tutoring expertise of being a school teacher.

This means that the tutor should be able to impart skills and knowledge beyond answering homework questions. These include the answering techniques and marking scheme adopted by schools & examination board (say Cambridge), the good teaching method that other school adopts and also other school materials.

  • Travel time and material preparation time

Although a 2 hour lesson might seem to be quite costly and people have the impression of "wah $100 just for working 1 hour?", there are alot of hidden "services" that are included in the fee. 

 

For example, I stay in Jurong and I have an assignment at Simei, that means that I have to spend more than an hour of total travel time (since I drive, if not worse). Also for 1 to 1 home tuition, the tutor will need to prepare materials for the tutee (if that tutor is really good) and these take time, such as rearranging questions to compile as a worksheet, preparing mock papers to follow the school's topics, etc. Hence a rough estimate would be probably 5 hours of work in total for a "2 hour payment".

 

(B) Graduate tutor: $40 to $60 per hour.

What you are paying for:

  • Up to standard teaching (full time tutor)

Usually full time tutor will have sufficient experience in helping students to understand concepts. However not all graduate tutors have a clear knowledge of the "secrets" that only school teachers will know, especially about examination techniques.

  • Travel time and materials

Travel cost applies as usual. As for materials, not all full time tutors supply customised worksheets for each student. Instead they may use materials from assessment books to give students as extra practice. This is fair because their fees is lower than school teachers. Sometimes assessment books are also of good quality too.

 

(C) Undergraduate tutors: $30 to $50 per hour.

What you are paying for:

  • Quick source of answer

Undergraduate tutors may not have as much experience as full time tutors (let alone school teachers) in terms of coaching students to master concepts, but they are proficient enough to answer many questions from the tutee. Usually if a student only requires quick answers rather than re-teaching of all the concepts.

  • Travel time and materials

Undergraduate tutors may not be experienced enough to create effective learning materials (because knowing how to solve and knowing how to teach is different.) Also not all undergraduate tutors will provide worksheets customised from assessment books. Their role is mainly to provide quick consultation services (which is fair given the fee they are asking).

 

 

2. Group tuition

 

What has been discussed for 1 to 1 home tuition also applies to group tuition. Especially when choosing a tuition centre, it is good to look at the background information of the tutor. Some centre may charge higher fee because they have engaged NIE trained tutors, while some centre charge a slightly lower fee because they engaged undergraduate or non - NIE trained full time tutors. (Easy to see from job postings on job portals).

 

Some centres are charging a premium price because of the furnishing of the venue and the location. However you might want to ask if paying this extra cost leads to more effective learning. A more "humble" looking venue need not mean the quality of teaching is worse.

 

End of the day it is good to have an idea on what service you should be expected to get depending on how much your budget is. Paying more need not guarantee better results, neither saving money is the best option. Choosing a good tutor is never an easy task :).

 

To the student's success

Wei Cang

 

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