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Before Sophia Education

Sophia Education had its humble beginnings in 2011, with Ms Cheng returning to Singapore for her 3-month summer break in university. At the time, she had been in the midst of completing her engineering degree at the UK’s Imperial College London. Upon the recommendation of her friends and family, Ms Cheng began working as a home tutor and paid only the best attention to her students. Little did she know, however, that this temporary gig would be the catalyst for her tuition empire in years to come.

Realizing a Knack and Talent for Teaching

Initially, Ms Cheng had viewed tutoring as a short-term stint to earn some income and pass the time during her long break. However, this brief stint quickly developed into a life-long endeavour as she quickly realised her knack for the tuition trade.

Even then, Ms Cheng’s effective teaching style and infectious personality brought her great demand and success as an independent tutor. She ultimately saw the lucrative opportunity to continue helping more students get ahead in Singapore’s competitive landscape. This prompted Ms Cheng to take the brave leap from a career in engineering, to a career in the tuition industry.

Building Up Sophia Education Single-Handedly

Ms Cheng was fervently determined to build a tuition centre that specialises in personalised tuition to provide the best learning services and learning experience for students in Singapore. Upon graduation in 2012, she began the arduous journey of building her tuition empire. In that same year, she single handedly set up what is fondly known today as Sophia Education.

A steady Progress

Looking back over the last 10 years, the progress that the Sophia Education brand has made since then has been remarkable. Sophia Education had started out as a one-woman show with Ms Cheng as the sole teacher. But today, it has risen to become one of the top-rated private tuition centres in Singapore that provides 1-to-1 and group tuitions with small class sizes teaching various subjects like chemistry, biology, physics, english, economics, and general papers. Tuition classes in Sophia Education also provide students with quality teaching materials and supporting materials such as notes, quizzes, detailed questions and practice exam papers.

Island-wide Expansion

As of date, Sophia Education has expanded to 4 new centres island-wide. The school also currently boasts a fresh team of highly qualified educators including full time and part time higher education MOE teachers- each with extensive years of experience.

Needless to say, Sophia Education has come a long way since its inception as a modest tuition centre in ParkMall. We’re now the top tuition agency in Singapore that stands apart from other centres or home tuition in Singapore.

Guiding Future Generation of Leaders and Exceptional Individuals

Today, Sophia Education continues to help a range of students aged 18 and below from over 60 secondary schools, junior colleges and even primary schools with a range of subjects and levels. Our school’s students are even able to secure results 30-40% higher than the national average.

Our Effective Methods

This is attributed to the school’s system of personalised tutoring and tuition assignments. Each student is wholly assessed, and our teachers customise their teaching styles in order to suit students’ learning needs and progress. This system gives the tuition school a competitive edge, with our teachers taking a more proactive role in students’ teaching and learning.

Our Highly-Selected Tutors

Teachers in Sophia Education centres don’t only use the most highly effective teaching methods. They also go above and beyond to build close bonds with students and parents. This has allowed Sophia Education to maintain the trust and praise of more than 1000 parents and students from Junior Colleges as well as Primary and Secondary Schools.

All in all, Sophia Education prides itself as the paradigm for quality tuition education in Singapore. Every student deserves the best education, and Sophia Education provides exactly that, successfully matching every student to their best potential.

How to choose the best tuition centre in Singapore

Tuition centres, tuition agencies, private tutors, online tutors and online tuition, home tutors all in Singapore. There is a whole bevy of options available for students and parents to choose from for junior colleges, secondary schools, international schools, or primary school students.

According to ‘Todayonline’, the number of tuition and enrichment centres have risen from about 700 in 2012, to more than 950 in 2019. And that’s just the number of registered tuition centres! The statistics barely account for the hordes of freelance home tutors.

For a majority of Singaporeans today, tuition is deemed as beneficial to children’s education and their learning experience. But with such a daunting pool of tuition services to choose from, selecting the best tutor for your child can be overwhelming.

Where do you even start?

Well, this article provides you with a general guide on choosing the most suitable tuition option for your child.

  1. Have an open discussion with your child.

The first step is to know what exactly your child needs in their tuition classes.

Explore the fundamental root of the problem. Talk through the various subjects, detailed questions and levels of difficulties they are struggling with, as well as those they find easy. The best way to determine the help they need is by simply asking them.

Note that your child might react unfavorably to the idea of tuition-classes. Having a discussion might make your child feel more included and empowered in the

decision-making process. A student’s understanding and receptiveness to tuition is crucial in promoting effective teaching and learning.

  1. Find the right class size.

Consider what class-size might work best for your child’s learning process. Will he or she need 1-on-1 private classes, or are there more benefits if they opt for group tuition of small class sizes?

As a former student of various kinds of tuition-classes, I’d say small group-classes are much more impactful.

Once everyone overcomes the initial awkwardness, students find that developing friendships in class makes the learning environment much more comfortable. These friendships may even be motivation to attend classes! This is of course provided the tuition teacher maintains a conducive learning environment and an effective education system for each student’s professional development.

Furthermore, smaller groups have been proven to promote greater learning and productivity in the classroom. To illustrate, this study by the University of Minnesota showed how group dialogue promotes critical thinking about concepts.

Learning in a group definitely promotes more active learning, and it would be wise to consider tuition services that offer this.

  1. Consider the centre/teacher’s Credentials.

This is the first way you can gauge the quality of a tuition teacher. You want to be certain that the tuition centre and/or teacher has the right type of qualifications to teach and has had many years of experience in teaching.

Inquire on their expertise, as well as their level of expertise. You need to ensure they have certification at a higher level than the current level they are teaching. Expert mastery in the subject will allow the tutor to provide deeper insights, as well as more effective techniques to study, providing quality teaching materials and supporting materials like quizzes and practical exercises.

Moreover, don’t be afraid to ask for proof of certification. Honest and reputable tuition teachers are more than happy to give you that peace of mind when you opt to learn through tuition in Singapore rather than from only your school teachers.

  1. Assess their Experience & Knowledge.

While paper qualifications are important, they are not the only way to determine if you’ve found the best tutor for your child. An individual might possess commendable competency in the subject, but it takes a distinct skill and experience to be a good teacher with effective teaching strategies and teaching methods.

Ask yourself this: Does the tuition agency in Singapore or teacher have the experience to support their asking price? If not, do consider sourcing for a teacher or centre that does.

Furthermore, you will need someone well-versed in the demands of the MOE syllabus and system. A former MOE-teacher or a teacher who has had years of teaching experience is knowledgeable on the ins and outs of the system, and can give your child useful advice in tackling major examinations.

Experienced teachers are also able to spot problems areas effortlessly as they have taught a large repertoire of students. They are aware of the most common misconceptions, and can quell these issues more efficiently.

Aside from this, you also need to find someone who is flexible and knows how to respond well to changes in the syllabus. As many parents know, long-standing national exams like PSLE are going through major overhauls by MOE.

There is an ongoing trend of change that may affect the different curriculums, and you want to find teachers that are open-minded and receptive to change.

  1. Weighing Price VS Quality

As a general rule of thumb, go for the best possible option.

You might be saving on tuition rates by getting the cheapest option, but at what cost?

You don’t want to run the risk of your money and child’s time coming up futile if your tutor fails to help them improve. Time is of the essence, especially during the crucial years of their O Levels or A Levels.

Consider what you spend on private tuition or tuition classes as a long term investment: You intend to receive high returns (i.e. improved grades, top scores, brighter futures) for the money you put into your child’s education. To make sure you are getting your money’s worth, it would be best to spend a smidge more on tuition teachers of top quality and experience.

  1. Selecting a tuition location nearby

For greater convenience, locate tuition centres that may be near your child’s school or your residence. This would allow greater ease of travelling for your child, especially if you intend to send them for tuition classes right after school or on the weekends. A simple “tuition centres near me” on google will provide you with a cursory scan of the best centres near you.

Up and coming tuition companies like Sophia Education have 8 centres spread island-wide, and situated right beside MRT stations. Our centres are highly accessible and convenient for students all across the country.

  1. How does your child respond to the tuition teacher?

Most tuition centres and tutors have what we call ‘trial lessons’ for parents and students to gauge a tutor’s ability. This first lesson is crucial, and you should consider your child’s opinions in the process.

If your child dislikes the tutor from the onset, be it due to incompatible teaching styles, personality or types of supporting materials provided, they might not be a worthwhile investment.

Finding a teacher and environment that your child prefers will encourage them to become more receptive to the lessons. Oftentimes, a students’ learning corresponds to the relationship they have to their teachers, and a good relationship typically results in better academic performance.

  1. Track your child’s progress.

Make it a point to monitor your child’s improvements with the tutor, if any.

Do request monthly reports on your child’s work from the tutor, and routinely compare their past scores with their current scores.This will act as an indicator of your child’s progress, as well as your tutor’s performance.

If your child’s progress has been unsubstantial for a while, it might be best to begin your search for a new tutor.

Understand that while this might be a frustrating outcome, it is important that your child is receiving the right help he/she needs.

Conclusion

Choosing the right tuition teacher for you and your child is a tedious process that requires plenty of deliberation. You want to make sure you’re investing in the right people to help your child reach their goals.

Read our article about how tuition teachers under Sophia Education centres meet and exceed these expectations here. Do consider registering your child with us! We provide personalised tuition that offer various subjects like chemistry, math, biology, physics, english, economics, general paper and mother tongue languages like chinese.

How Sophia Education chooses the best tuition teachers in Singapore

Today, tuition is seen as a necessary commodity for any student’s learning experience.

In recent studies, it is found that up to 67% of Singaporeans have or have previously enrolled their children in a tuition agency in Singapore, while a staggering 80% of Singaporeans believe that tuition services, private tuition or home tuition is beneficial to children’s education.

These sentiments have propelled the expansion of the $1.4 billion tuition industry, and made a career in tuition teaching as a full time tutor in Singapore a highly lucrative career. Some tutors have made headlines by earning as much as 7 figures a year!

However, with great economic advantages in Singapore also comes great responsibility. After all, parents and students are placing their trust (and money) on tuition teachers and private tutors to bring about better (if not, the best) results.

At Sophia Education, we do not just hire any tutors or bring in private home tutors, but we accept only the best tutor, professional, patient, a good tutor with a matching system that will assign only the right tutor for your child.

Under Sophia Education, this pressure to push our Primary, Secondary and JC students forward is on. Sophia Education consistently subjects our teachers with strict assessments in order to ensure the highest quality of teaching at our centres. We match all our students to the best suitable tutors. Sophia Education employ the best tutors, and only the best and highly professional patient tutors in Singapore.

Here is how we maintain the exemplary standards of teaching at our tuition centres and remain as the top tuition agency in Singapore that teaches students from all levels like Primary Secondary and Junior College.  

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    How to study for H2 Chemistry

    1. Understanding the requirements of the subject

    The different JC Chemistry chapters require different aspect of understanding. Some topics focus on memorization (eg Organic Chemistry), while some topics focus on application of formulae (eg acid-base equilibrium). Our Chemistry Tutors from Sophia Education Tuition Centre Singapore will accurately identify and go through the respective features of the chapters with you through her chemistry small group tuition or her 1-to-1 tuition, ensuring that you will completely understand the requirements.

    2. Different types of questions

    (a) Memorisation

    For big topics (eg organic chem, chem bonding), break them up into small sections to memorise. Just reading the formulae isn’t going to work. Set a certain amount of time to memorise. Then, take a blank piece of paper and test yourself.

    (b) Explanation

    Often, students understand what the question wants generally, but the answers they provide tend to miss certain key points. For these type of questions, read the model answers, take note of where the marks are awarded and record them down. Every other day, revisit the question again, ensuring that you have memorized them.

    (c) Application

    For every question, identify the chapters and concepts needed first. Then, proceed to attempting the questions. In this way, when you are stuck, you would know the concepts that you are weak in. Clear up any misunderstanding with your teacher or tutor.

    3. MCQ questions

    Record down those questions that you have gotten wrong into a notebook. After a few days, revise the notebook. Then, cancel out those questions that you can do. Similarly, after a few more days, revisit the questions again and cancel out those that you understand. This helps to narrow down your misunderstandings to the few problematic questions and concepts.

    4. Summary notes

    Write your own notes. Whether it is using a mind map, flashcard or even through highlighting, it is the process that helps you to interlink the different concepts together.

    5. Practice full-length H2 Chemistry papers

    Taking an exam requires stamina. The exam duration is often a few hours long, and those with poor stamina tends to lose their drive and enthusiasm halfway through. Hence, practising full-length papers beforehand is the key to building up that stamina.

    6. Study plan

    Create a study plan by blocks of 1 hour, which consists of 45 mins of studying followed by 15 mins of resting. Ensure that you do not revise a subject continuously for too long. A good spread of different subjects helps your brain to stay awake and interested.

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    Sophia Education: Top Notch JC Chemistry Tuition Centre in Singapore

    The Struggle of A Level Chemistry

    JC Chemistry, let alone H2 Chemistry, has got to be one of the hardest subjects a student can take in the A level exams.

    The subject boasts an extensive Chemistry Syllabus: From topics like Organic Chemistry, Mole and others which require both intense memorisation and application skills, to nerve-wrecking Exam components like the Practical Assessment. Students’ struggle to nab decent grades for A Level Chemistry, however, doesn’t just end at its killer syllabus.

    They must also face nation-wide competition with the many other JC students taking H2 Chemistry. This is due to the fact that H2 Chemistry is often a pre-requisite into many University courses like Medicine, Engineering, Nursing and etc. With fierce subject competition and so many difficult but key concepts to learn, it is no wonder so many JC students turn to Chemistry tuition in Singapore to boost up their grades.

    Sophia Education’s Success-guaranteed JC Chemistry Tuition

    A Trusted Learning Academy with Excellent Testimonials

    Despite the daunting nature of A Level Chemistry, Sophia Education tuition centre(s) have continuously helped students improve their Chemistry grades through our JC Chemistry tuition classes.

    With over 9 years of teaching experience teaching students from over 60 secondary schools and junior college(s), and a grades’ average consistently 30-40% higher than the national, our tuition centres’ track record speaks for itself.

    Sophia Education has even been featured on various popular news sites such as The Straits Times and Channel News Asia!Keep reading to find out more about what makes enables us to provide the best JC chemistry tuition in Singapore, as well as what else our tuition centre has to offer.

    What Makes Our JC Chemistry Tuition in Singapore So Different, But So Good?

    We have multiple branches across Singapore like in Bukit Timah and Dhoby Ghaut and every single Sophia Education tuition centre has continued to have substantial success. This can be attributed to the innovative form of tuition lessons that have differentiated us from our competitors.

    Singapore’s Only A Level Chemistry Tuition With ‘Personalised Tuition’

    In our chemistry tuition classes, we believe that every student has different learning needs that the chemistry tutors must aim to meet.

    We have therefore conceptualised Singapore’s first-ever ‘Personalised Tuition’ – specialised tuition plans that are customised to help students understand the subject in a way that is unique to their needs.

    This ‘Personalised Tuition’ involves several in-depth processes and systems: An automated email-form system that enquires on students’ learning needs that week, proactive lesson planning for each student by their chemistry teacher and the administrative staff of each tuition centre, as well as consistent communication with parents on the students’ progress. Students and parents may reach out and contact us to ask questions at any time as we’re open for long hours each day.

    They may also drop by at any of our location and take a look at our lessons and classes.

    You can find out more about what makes Sophia Education the most popular and upcoming tuition centre in Singapore through our other article here.

    What Else Do Sophia Education’s JC Chemistry Tuition Classes Have to Offer?

    Aside from our unique way of conducting tuition classes, we affirm that Sophia Education provides amongst the best chemistry tuition in Singapore for all levels whether your child is Sec 3, jc a level, or from any academy due to the various perks our tuition centres possess.

    With skilled ex-MOE Chemistry teacher(s) and tutors, thorough and concise notes, convenient tuition centre locations, your choice of class size, and many more; Sophia Education tuition centres have it all!

    Experienced, Dedicated Ex-Moe H1/H2 Chemistry Teacher(s) and Chemistry Tutor(s)

    With a rigorous hiring process that selects only the best chemistry tuition teachers, you can be rest assured that you or your child is receiving the most quality education at our tuition centre(s).

    Every chemistry teacher under Sophia Education is highly qualified, boasting about 7-20 years of teaching experience each. Some are even ex-MOE teachers who make excellent JC Chemistry tuition teachers due to their vast knowledge of the A Level Chemistry syllabus, thereby allowing them to provide the best tips and tricks to tackle the daunting A Level Chemistry exams.

    All of our JC chemistry tuition teachers are well-equipped with the skills and tact to instill in students a strong foundation in chemistry, and help students understand the key concepts of the subject. Most importantly, however, our JC Chemistry tuition teachers possess the biggest hearts for teaching.

    Every students deserves a dedicated tutor, and like all others tutors at Sophia Education, our JC Chemistry tutors always goes the extra mile to help students improve. Through their teaching, our JC Chemistry tuition teachers aim to help students to achieve academic excellence.

    Choose Your Preferred Class Size

    If you’re in need of serious academic help in the form of JC chemistry tuition, it is best to find a learning environment that works best for you. Some students require the privacy and the full-attention of one chemistry tutor, whereas other students may benefit greatly from small classes where they are able to engage with and learn from their fellow peers.

    Here at Sophia Education, we recognise students have these different preferences and needs when its comes to class size. We therefore provide the option of both 1-to-1 private JC chemistry tuition classes with our tutors, as well as a small class size with no more than 6 students in order to ensure the tutor is able to dedicate enough time to individually help students.

    So go ahead choose the class size that works for you!

    JC Chemistry Tuition Classes Available at Different Tuition Centres

    In Junior College, time is precious. With lessons typically ending in the late afternoon, and CCA sessions extending into the evening, there’s only so much time left in the day for your own self-revision.

    Hence, it is important to seek out a JC chemistry tuition centre that is conveniently located for you. You don’t want to be wasting even more time travelling out to a far-out tuition centre.

    Luckily, Sophia Education’s JC Chemistry tuition classes are available island-wide at our various tuition centre(s). We are currently in the midst of expanding our tuition centre(s) to locations such as Woodlands, Jurong East, Tiong Bahru, Dhoby Gaut Serangoon, Ang Mo Kio, Bedok and Tampines. You can easily sign up for your next JC Chemistry tuition lesson at your nearest Sophia Education tuition centre.

    Choice of Online Lessons or Physical Classes

    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our tuition classes have recently experienced shifts to and from physical classes and online lessons. While we are now able to resume physical classes, a huge portion of our students have actually opted to continue on with their online lessons.

    Regardless of students’ choice to go online or physical, students can be assured that the quality of teaching on either medium is of top quality. In fact, we might even argue that we have cracked the code on making online tuition lessons as effective as physical ones.

    You can read more about what your Sophia Education Chemistry tutor does to ensure your online lessons’ effectivity in our article here. Whether you want the real-life engagement and interaction, or the convenience and comfort of doing online lessons at home, Sophia Education’s JC Chemistry tuition classes offer the freedom of both.

    Round The Clock Hotline to Help Students

    When you enroll in JC Chemistry tuition with us, the help that your chemistry tutor provides extends to outside of class-time, and even outside of the tuition centre. Here at Sophia Education, every JC chemistry tuition teacher is available to help students answer and clarify their questions and doubts whenever they need it.

    You can simply capture an image of the question and contact your JC chemistry tuition teacher through the different communication mediums available (e.g. Whatsapp, Telegram, text) and your tutor will aid you as soon as possible.

    Conclusion

    Discouraged by your weak foundation and fearful of poor grades for your H2 Chemistry exams? Looking for a JC Chemistry tuition in Singapore that’s guaranteed to go the extra mile to help every student improve?

    Well, Sophia Education is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Sign up for any of our JC Chemistry tuition classes and start your first trial lesson today!

    7 Methods that will boost your H2 Chemistry Grade

    H2 Chemistry may be a big jump compared to Sec School Chemistry but with these tips, it’ll make your Chemistry studying sessions a little easier. These tips apply to both H1 and H2 Chemistry syllabus, so feel free to read as they are for JC Chemistry students.

    1. There is no running away from memorising.

    Memorise in smaller sections

    Memorising is something you’ll have no choice but to do. You can make it easier for yourself by splitting the topic into smaller sections as factual materials and assessment notes are structured heavily.

    Time yourself

    Give yourself a time limit to memorise each information. After you’re done, test yourself on the syllabus topic and see if you can do it.

    Repeatedly Write Down

    Another way to help yourself is to write down all the things you need to know into a notebook. You can even make you own chemistry notes that are data based and from factual material from the h1 h2 chemistry syllabus. Categorise them by topics and chapters, like Atomic Structure, Reaction Kinetics etc. 

    Use Flashcards

    Flashcards so it’s easy to bring around and fit in little revision time through out the day. This will help you to summarise points and remember formulas easily.

    2. Every topic is different, and has a certain focus and way to study it.

    Some topics like Acid and Base Equilibria require more application techniques of the formula to the question, and some topics need intense memorising like Transition Metals and Enthalpy Change. Make sure you know what each topic entails and know what are the types of questions that will appear for that topic, and get familiar with them.

    3. Conquer Application Questions.

    Here’s how to conquer them:

    • Know which topic the question is testing and think about the equations, ideas and concepts related to that topic.
    • Use important keywords related to that topic.

    • Relate the foreign situation in your paper to something you learnt in your lecture notes and take note on how they are similar and how they are different, tweaking your answer to the new information provided.

    4. Take note of the questions you made mistakes on.

    It will be good to compile everything into one place like a notebook, so you can revise them regularly and won’t make the same mistake again.

    Examples:

    For MCQ Questions that you answer wrongly, copy the MCQ Question onto the notebook so you have a list of questions to take note of and can revise before the MCQ exam. Ask questions and Clear any unsure questions as soon as possible

    Also, ask your tutor to explain anything you don’t understand as soon as possible in order to clear your misunderstand quickly. If not, you’ll probably forget that you had that confusion very soon after.

    5. Know what the examiners want to see on your script.

    Take note of the learning objectives of each topic, and memorise certain keywords and phrases that is part of their marking scheme (eg. decolourises brown aqueous bromine, higher frequency of effective collisions, in a sealed tube under high pressure)

    6. Condense the information for your easier revision.

    Use short forms such as ex. conc. (excess, concentrated) and ox, red (oxidation, reduction) and write in point form for your own notes. Some topics such as Organic Chemistry can be written into mind maps (especially since each family is related to each other) for easy reference!

    7. Practical help

    Here are some tips:

    • Know the common topics that might come out and what they can test you.

    • Study past year JC papers and read through how other people answer.

    • Read through the answer given for planning questions so you know the basic format of what the examiner’s marking scheme is like.

    • A lot of students have the general idea of how to answer the question but cannot get full marks. Make sure you write down the key points that the examiner wants to see to get your deserved marks.