Bedok/Chai Chee, East Coast, Geylang/Macpherson/Eunos, Hougang, Marine Parade, Pasir Ris, Sengkang, Tampines/Simei, Kembangan, Tanah Merah
I currently have limited experience in tutoring, but I do wish to teach students as I believe that the current education encourages a rote memory style of learning. Thus my style of teaching would try to include the use of supplementary materials such as trivia or simple hands-on approach to subjects such as science to allow students to glimpse the usefulness of the information and its application to everyday life.
Music - Piano - Theory (Beginner), Practical (Beginner)
Commitment / Other Details
I am able to start as soon as possible, and I would be able to commit to two academic years. For weekdays, it would be preferable for lessons to be in the evenings, and anytime of the day on weekends.
To build rapport with students, I would inquire on the progress of their studies and the difficulties that they face while learning. Furthermore, the tutor can communicate with the student and discover their style of learning, and perhaps provide advice on how they can adjust their study schedules to learn better. Occasionally, students may have trouble making life decisions such as the path to take after 'O' levels; in this case the tutor could offer their own opinion on the matter and clearing the student's doubt.
When building rapport with parents, besides the need for appropriate behaviour, the tutor also has to keep the parents updated on the student's progress. This could include the student's current level of understanding and the difficulties they face. One could also rope in the parents to improve the student's understanding of the subject by encouraging them to communicate with the child on their state of studies in school and going through their subjects with them.
Keeping Up with Curriculum
To keep myself updated with the curriculum, I would refer to the MOE syllabus provided to keep in touch with the subjects that are to be tested in major exams. If possible, I would also discuss with acquaintances about the syllabus and the topics to be tested.
As a Good Tutor
The first and most important quality of a tutor should be to engage the student. While students are expected to learn the knowledge, one should also guide them in knowing why the information is important, and how it is applied to their everyday life. If not, the student would simply condemn it as another chunk of useless information to memorise, and the tutor would have failed in engaging the student.
Another quality that a tutor should have is to be fair and patient. It is undeniable that individual students have their own learning speed and level of understanding, thus students of the same academic level studying the same subject may not necessarily have the same level of comprehension and understanding. Therefore, a tutor has to gauge the amount of effort needed to improve the student's knowledge, and be patient throughout the process; after all, we have the knowledge and the process of imparting it to students is a long process. thus a tutor also needs to be fair and patient.