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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.


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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    Scoring A1 For O-Level English in Sophia Education: Top English Tuition’s Secret Advices

    While English as a language seems to be the lingua franca, many Singaporean students still continue to struggle to score that elusive A1 for English and hence, turn to O-Level English tuition. However, this comes as no surprise when we consider the demands of the O-Level Examinations.

    The English Language O-Level Examination tests students on a range of areas from Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Reading Comprehension. Especially in Secondary School, it is a rigorous assessment that demands a different array of skills for every one of its components.

    In this article, we will break down the English O’ Level Examination into its main constituents, and find out exactly what you’ll need to do to nab that A1 grade for each paper.

    Paper 1 – Writing

    Tip 1: Read As Much as You can.

    Get your hands on essay examples, newspapers, online articles, or even your favourite novels. Reading exemplifies the proper sentence structures and grammatical rules in writing. Learning from professionals’ unique writing-styles is a great springboard for you to develop your own writing-style too, as an interesting writing style is a key part of writing that makes you stand out in the sea of essays.

    Tip 2: Peer-reviews

    Other than getting valuable insight from your fellow peers on your work, reviewing other’s works will make you start having a keen eye for the common mistakes in writing, and hence apply that same cautiousness to your own essays. Likewise in tip 1, if your pal is a particularly talented writer, you can also incorporate some of their writing-style into your own.

    Tip 3: Always Plan Before You Write

    You may think that you’re racing against time to finish 3 sections under 1 hour and 50 minutes, but never skip over the planning stage. Always take 10 minutes to plan out your essay by highlighting key words in the question, and plotting down a short skeleton of your essay. This will, in fact, make the eventual writing process much faster as you are less likely to panic on what to write next during the examination. Planning also makes your essay have a clear and proper flow, making it much more enjoyable for your examiner to mark.

    Paper 2 – Comprehension

    Tip 1: Familiarise yourself with the different question types

    When you practice Paper 2 enough times, you’ll start to see a certain pattern in the question types. There are some questions where you can find the answers straight from the passage. The common issue, however, is answering the more difficult ones like inference, literary, or vocabulary questions. I have found that English tuition centres and tutors take a very methodical approach to answering each specific question, thereby making the paper a breeze. Learn more from our Super tutors here.

    Tip 2: Scan The Questions Before Reading The Passages

    Likewise in the tip I mentioned for LC, reading the questions beforehand keeps vigilant when searching for your answers and points, giving you more time for the more taxing parts of the paper (i.e. Summary writing).

    Tip 3: Keep a Vocabulary-bank

    Aside from needing to expand your vocabulary due to vocabulary questions in Section A and B, having a wide arsenal of words is especially important for the Summary portion of Paper 2. The Summary component requires students to rephrase the points made in the passage, in 80 words or less. Knowing many words will help you as you are able to come up with synonyms for words more easily.

    Oral Examination

    This is typically the first hurdle you’ll come across, and this component constitutes 20% of your grade.

    Tip Number 1: Practice Anywhere, Anytime, and with Anyone

    Two problems students often encounter during the Oral Exam is anxiousness and mental-blocks when responding to questions. Well, practice makes perfect. You can start by voicing out your opinions about issues to friends and family, trialing past-year questions with your classmates, or recording yourself speak. Practising gets you more comfortable with speaking aloud.

    Tip 2: Listen To & Learn From Others

    During the Oral Exams, examiners are also looking out for proper pronunciation and enunciation of words. Pronouncing words the Singlish way may pass for casual interactions, but you will be penalised for exams. Immerse yourself in media like the News or TedTalks to pay close attention to how certain words are pronounced. These media may also teach you how to speak with good rhythm and expression- criteria that examiners also focus on!

    Tip 3: Structure Your Responses

    Examiners are also looking out for your ability to express your thoughts and opinions clearly. You don’t want to ramble on aimlessly, as this may cost you mark-deductions. I would suggest using the P.E.E.L format- a tried and tested to help you streamline your responses, and make your arguments more coherent.

    Listening Comprehension

    LC is what many consider the ‘easiest’ paper to get marks, try and score as well as you can here. This section holds a weightage of 10%.

    Tip 1: Read The Questions Beforehand.

    This gives you a heads-up on what the conversation will be about, as well as exactly which parts of the conversation you can find the right answers.

    Tip 2: Note Down Key Points.

    Pay special attention to any nouns, places, time, direction and any specific instructions, opinions or facts given during the conversations you hear in the audio.

    Tip 3: Move On and Just Infer.

    The information relayed through the audio may not always be easy to process, questions are not always straightforward. Rather than fixating on information you missed, move on and infer an answer based on what you were able to catch.

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