Engaging Tutors through a Tuition Agency

by: Winnie Ang

Without doubt, education is the key to life, it is for this reason that parents in Singapore regardless of their social status strive to provide the best for their children. Being successful in life is rarely achieved because of pure sheer luck.  For most Singaporean parents, it is their goal to help their children advance academically. Many parents express their desires to coach their children themselves but time constrain and other circumstances such as work and other engagements prevent them from doing so. This prompted them to look for tutors. Most do so with the help of a tuition agency.

Typically, a tuition agency has a database of tutors to response to the needs of the students.  There are tutors specializing in one or more subjects. Tutors are classified according to the level they are competent to teach, namely primary, secondary or junior college.  Next, their qualification and years of experience are also factored in to determine the fees they charged. Tutors can also state their preferred locations for their tuition assignments to minimise travelling time.

It is a standard practice for tutor to go to the student home to teach.  The first lesson is deemed as a trial lesson.  At the end of the lesson, the student and the parents will know if the tuition is working out fine.  If it does, which is often the case, the tuition will proceed at the regular date and time agreed by tutor and the parent or student.

In the unfortunate event that expectation are not met or due to different chemistry between  tutor and student, the parents or tutor will decide not to carry on the next tuition lesson and let the agency know about it.  In this case, parents only need to pay for the lesson done.

Good and experienced tutors are well sought after by students and their tutoring hours are fully booked throughout the year.  It is also noticed that the demand for tutors spiked up towards the second half of year due to the major year- end examination. Therefore if you already knew that your child needs help through tuition call the agency and engage the tutor early. Avoid the year end panic rush.

The majority of parents looking for suitable tutors for their children will seek the help of a tuition agency as the process is normally quite efficient and the matching service is free-of-charge. If you plan to engage a tutor for your child, please contact us at BestTuitionSingapore.com.

Student Academic Level
Estimated hourly rates based on Qualification/Experience of Tutors
Diploma/A level
University Undergrads
(Part time)
(Full time)
MOE teachers
Primary 1 to 3 $18 – $20 $20 – $25 $20 – 30 $25 – $40 $40 – $50
Primary 4 to 6 $20 – $25 $20 – $30 $23 – $35 $25 – $45 $50 – $60
Secondary 1 – 2 $20 – $30 $20 – $30 $28 – $40 $33 – $45 $50 – $60
Secondary 3 – 5 $25 – $30 $25 – $35 $30 – $45 $35 – $50 $50 – $65
A level or IB Not applicable $33 – 45 $40 – $60 $45 – $70 $75 – $95

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