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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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    Why Sophia Education’s Online Tuition is Loved by Many Parents and Students 

    Normalising The Switch From Physical Lessons to Online Lessons

    Affect of the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic; many schools, tuition centres and learning academies had to move their classes and teachings online. Students of all levels from junior college, primary and secondary students have had their studying been restructured with notes and worksheets being digitalised. Learning centre, tuition and enrichment centres from all across Singapore has had to very quickly restructure their tuition services over a very short time frame. 

    Pros and Benefits gained from Online Tuition Centres in Singapore

    Although this has been a big change in the way students learn and study, there are many pros and benefits to online lessons as well. One online tutorial service that parents and students love is Sophia Education’s online tuition. We are no longer just the best tuition provider in Singapore, but the best Online Tuition Centre Singapore as well. Sophia Education Centre Singapore help students achieved the best grades across every subjects like Maths, Physics, Science, General Paper and even for Languages like Chinese/Mandarin. 

    Convenience & Time-Saving

    With Sophia Education’s Online Tuition, it makes it easier for students who are already self-studying at home to further their knowledge by attending virtual classes taught by our Super Tutors online. This saves them time because they don’t have to travel long distances for every lesson during inclement weather conditions or wait until school hours are over before they can start studying again. 

    This also saves a lot of time and energy for parents, not having to fetch or chauffeur their kids to-and-from tuition centres. They can do their online tuition right from the comfort of their homes or from any comfortable learning environment, enabling them to have a more hands-on role in their child’s studies.

    The Advantages and Flexibility

    Keeping Updated on Current Affairs and Concepts from Anywhere

    Students can also stay updated on current affairs and concepts being taught at school through our online tutorials. They can contact get in touch with their tutor for any class right from their preferred learning environment be it at home, or elsewhere. 

    Learn More with Flexible Scheduling 

    Since scheduling for online classes are a lot more flexible, students may choose to attend online tutorials as much as they want until they grasp the concept. 

    This gives them an advantage over other students since they learn better and faster than those attending regular physical lessons because of the personalised attention that is given to each student online by our highly trained Tutors who make sure that each student understands a particular topic before moving on. 

    A Close Eye on Your Child’s Wellbeing

    A Child’s Well-Being is Most Important 

    Another reason parents choose online lessons is that they are able to keep track of their children’s wellbeing and whereabouts, no longer having to worry if their child is in class or if they have had sustenance throughout the day to help them in their focus and learning.

    Qualified Tutors that are Trained for Online Teaching

    Worry Less Knowing that Your Child is with the Best Tutors

    Parents also love Sophia Education’s online tutorials because our online tutors are well-qualified, experienced professionals who are highly trained to deal with students teaching online. 

    Our tutors are MOE registered and NIE Trained who has had years of teaching experience and are capable of teaching all class sizes from small group and small class sized to 1-to-1. They are up to date with school syllabus and will provide your child with the best learning journey throughout their tuition classes. A child’s learning is greatly important to every teachers and tutors here at Sophia Education.

    Quality Equipment and Technology for Better Online Lessons

    Easier Learning with Good Quality Video and Sound System

    They use state-of-the-art technology in communicating with parents and students through video chat which allows them to hear, see and speak directly with the parent or student. This also allows them to impart skills and knowledge in whichever online class they’re teaching more easily and directly.

    Zoom Immersive Mode

    An Element of Fun Goes a Long Way in Learning

    Sophia Education uses Zoom Immersive Mode, this feature creates an engaging illusion and adds an element of fun to their online lessons. We use a stand-up camera as well as a frontal camera, giving our students the view of both their tutor communicating, as well as the live writing when working on solutions and highlighting key points.

    Ensuring our Online Lessons are just a Great as our In-classroom Lessons

    Quick and Effective Responses

    All solutions will then be sent directly to students via WhatsApp so that students can refer back to them for reference. We make our online lessons feel just as real and as effective as our physical in-classroom lessons. As always, our admins will send out lessons notes and materials at least a day in advance before our student’s online lesson. Every teacher, tutors and admin staff here does their best when it comes to helping students.

    How our Online Tuition Differs from other Tuition Centres

    Low Quality Video and Sound Quality from other Untrained Learning Centres

    Many parents throughout the pandemic period have not favoured online tuition and would still prefer sending their child to physical in-classroom lessons on have private home tutors. This may have been the outcome of signing up for Online Tuition from Centres that may not have quality technical equipments and well-trained tutors, resulting in poor learning. Even some of the Best Tuition Centres in Singapore might not be well-trained enough to provide the best online learning experience.

    Additional Assistance Throughout Every Online Lessons

    Our Admin Staff are Always Ready to Help your Child

    Our students are also assisted by our highly efficient administrators who are on standby at all times should any parents or students have questions, concerns or just need clarification on anything they would like to discuss. 

    Admin Staff On Stand By To Assist Tutors and Students during Online Lessons

    Our admins will then come online during online lessons should the online tutor require assistance in resolving the queries brought up by the student throughout the lesson so that it wouldn’t affect his/her learning progress.  As our tutors here are busy managing many students from various level from primary school, secondary school and junior college, we are aware that providing extra help and having admin staff on standby for tutors will make a child’s learning efficient and smooth.

    Full Satisfaction and Trust Expressed by our Parents and Students

    Good reviews and Testimonials

    At Sophia Education, parents are fully satisfied and are happy with our Online Tuition services, knowing that our Online Lessons are just as effective and efficient for student learning. Just like our in-classroom lessons, we assure at least 2 grades improvement in 12 weeks. New parents and students may refer to our testimonials and reviews to have confidence and a peace-of-mind knowing that your child is in good hands. Parents have expressed full satisfaction and trust in our Online Tuition.

    Sophia Education has Offered Excellent Tuition Lessons for over 10 Years

    This online tutorial service is offered by Sophia Education, a tuition centre that has been around for more than ten years now and has kept a track record of being the best Personalized Tuition Centre. We have helped and guided many students who may otherwise not have had the chance to continue with their studies during this pandemic if it wasn’t for online tuition at Sophia Education. 

    However for parents who would still prefer to have their child be taught at a tuition centre learning environment, Sophia Education have multiple branches all across Singapore. Parents may also drop their child off at our centre after they end school. We no longer only provide maths tuition. We provide all subjects like english mathematics chemistry physics chinese science, history, geography, literature, general paper and even creative writing. 

    The New Normal Of Tuition In Singapore: Are Online Tuition Work Equally As Effective As Face-to-Face Tuition?

    The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm, precipitating a more cautious way of life we know commonly today as the ‘new normal’. Even as the infection cases dwindle down to a comfortable minimum, and with vaccinations for the majority of the populace under way, life may not return to how it was pre-COVID.

    The virus has made lasting changes to the way Singaporeans play, work and interact with one another- changes that may persevere for years due to predictions about COVID-19 becoming endemic. One group of Singaporeans that had been particularly impacted by the virus’ takeover would be students, who experienced a full shift from physical to online classes during Singapore’s first ever circuit breaker.

    Likewise, the mandate to shift towards online classes had also applied to tuition centres and classes- a commodity Singaporean students know and consume all too well. The drastic change to online tuition raised eyebrows from many concerned parents and students alike.

    How would this new-normal affect the students’ learning? Is online tuition even effective enough to ensure students stay ahead of the academic curve? General trends While concerns and worries about the effectiveness of online tuition (or online learning in general) were more so prevalent in the earlier stages of the pandemic, current day trends seem to have moved past that.

    After experiencing a whole year of the ‘new normal’ of learning, students and parents today appear to be a lot more experienced with, and hence more accepting of the idea of online lessons. In fact, the numbers might even suggest that people are starting to prefer online tuition over face-to-face classes.

    For example, Sophia Education notes that while the restrictions on physical tuition have eased out since the COVID has settled, the trend of online tuition has continued to persevere all the way into 2021. After the Circuit Breaker in 2020 and the return to Phase 2 in 2021, the tuition school had provided its students with both the option of online tuition and physical tuition. You would think that students would have gone back to face-to-face classes, of which they would be more familiar with, yet records show that at least 30-40% of its student body had chosen to continue on with online lessons.

    It’s interesting to note how general sentiments have shifted in favour of online tuition after some time amidst the pandemic. Ms Sophia Cheng, super tutor and founder of Sophia Education, even predicts that more students will eventually make the shift to online tuition.

    But the rise and persistence of online tuition still begs the question: Is online tuition effective? And is it effective enough? Let us divulge into the pros and cons of online tuition, and find out whether or not it is a suitable option for you/your child.

    Pro #1: Advancements in technology and online learning Back in mid-2020 when online tuition was the only option, the learning curve to transit to E-learning was a steep one.

    It was difficult enough for students to be engaged without being in their physical classrooms, and without the classic visual aid of the whiteboard. But there was also the additional burden of getting both educators and students well-versed enough to traverse through the different online platforms. With time, however, the gaps in students’ and teachers’ digital literacy were bridged.

    The mandate had compelled both educators and students to innovate in order to improve the engagement and effectiveness of these lessons. With the advent of video-conferencing platforms like Zoom and MS Teams, teachers are now able to conduct live lessons. This allows students to ask questions, and have their questions answered in real time.

    These platforms have even evolved to further aid teaching online, with functions like Whiteboard, Screen-sharing, and Annotation on Zoom so that teachers can illustrate and write down notes for their students to see- just like they’d do in real life. Particularly for Sophia Education, tuition teachers make use of multiple devices like stand-up cameras or iPads to provide live solutions to their students during their online tuition classes.

    That way, students are able to grasp their explanations as efficiently and effectively as if they were in the actual classroom with their teachers. In fact, the school brings their teaching services one step forward, offering immediate question and answer support over Whatsapp 24/7.

    With the available resources and evolving functionalities of the internet and our different devices, classes online may be close enough to replicating the same effectiveness we ascribe to physical lessons.

    Pro #2: Comfort and Convenience Online tuition classes allow students to stay connected anytime, anywhere. By choosing online tuition, students can choose a learning environment that works best for them. It could be their bedrooms, study rooms, a quaint cafe, or even outdoors with the fresh air (provided it’s a cool day). Taking online tuition also means not having to commute to their tuition centres. This means less time sitting in the bus or train, and more time to be productive.

    Online tuition also provides much more flexibility with class scheduling or rescheduling. Let’s say a student has to miss their tuition slot due to certain commitments or circumstances. This is an inevitability for students in Singapore who typically join extra-curricular activities.

    In these cases, the process of rescheduling would be much more efficient for both the student and teacher. All they’d really need to do is find a small pocket of time within their week, connect their devices, and tune in for a lesson. As Thomas Edison had once said, “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to.” Online tuition saves students a significant amount of important time and energy- time and energy that can be used for rest or more studying. Online tuition is therefore an arguably better alternative to physical lessons.

    Con #2: Nothing really beats the vibes of a physical lesson During lessons, students are not only dependent on the teacher’s ability to explain concepts, or solve a misconception. Engagement is a key part to students’ learning and without the physical interaction, learning in tuition classes just isn’t the same.

    Naturally, humans interact and engage with one another through body-language, expressions, and energy- things that are all lost through a video call. The engagement we inherently get from authentic face-to-face interactions is impossible to replicate in online lessons. Without keeping students engaged, online tuition practically loses its efficacy. Speaking as a student, I would also say that some of us are compelled by the atmosphere of a physical class.

    The isolated nature of online classes takes away from the positive pressure one may get from learning in a group, or from a teacher being right in front. This results in a lack of pressure to even study at all, since abandoning the work is all too easy. While the nagging of teachers and the social pressure may be an unpleasant experience for most students, we can’t say it hasn’t been a sometimes effective way to keep students on the right learning track.

    Con #3: Detrimental long term effects A scarier disadvantage to online tuition or learning in general would be the potential long term effects it could have on students. As mentioned above, E-Learning does not provide students with authentic human interaction.

    This prolonged lack of human interaction may lead to social isolation and loneliness. These feelings may give rise to serious mental health problems like increased anxiety and depression.

    Furthermore, physical lessons often help students develop salient skills in teamwork and communication. These skills are aspects of learning that online lessons tend to neglect as interaction between students are virtually more difficult to facilitate online. Without real face-to-face communication, students may go on to find difficulty working in team settings- an issue that may give rise to bigger problems in their academic or work journey.

    Nonetheless, we should note the fact that all local schools have effectively returned to in-school classes. With tuition classes only occurring only once or twice a week, the effects stated here may not be as detrimental as they might seem. Since there is such a low occurrence of online tuition classes in the grand scheme of their academic tracks, these long term effects may not necessarily be applicable to the case against online tuition.

    Furthermore, in regards to student to student interaction, online tutors are becoming a lot more creative with their conducts. Teachers often try to inculcate group discussions and more opportunities for students to work together in smaller groups. Functions on Zoom like ‘Breakout rooms’ help to stimulate small-group discussions by dividing the class into separate calls, thereby mitigating potential issues like social isolation or stunted communication skills.

    Conclusion On a personal opinion, the answer to the overarching question of whether online tuition is effective is: Yes, I do believe it is for most students and cases. And the trend of students staying on with online tuition seems to concur with this notion. The advantages appear to outweigh the disadvantages, especially with how far innovations for online learning have progressed.

    At the end of the day, however, what works for most students, may not work for others. Lucky for us, we are no longer limited to the single option of online tuition. As the popular American author, John Maxwell once said, “Life is all about choices”, and the improving COVID-19 situation has allowed students the option of both. It is ultimately the prerogative of the student to choose whatever they think is best for themselves

    Pro #3: A wider variety of options When searching for the best tuition service or teacher, students often find themselves limited to the options that are nearest to them or their schools. This limitation, however, only seems to apply to physical tuition. With online tuition, the location of their classes is one less factor they need to look out for when choosing a tutor. Students who choose to undergo online tuition avail themselves to a larger variety of options to choose from. This may allow them to find tutors or tuition centres that can better accommodate their learning needs.

    For example, a student under Sophia Education might reside in the East, but finds that the track record and profile of a tutor teaching in their Jurong East branch more compelling. The student may opt for online lessons under this tutor without worrying about the taxing commute. Not only has online tuition and E-learning been an advantage to students, but also to tutors and tuition businesses looking to expand their consumer base.

    In recent times, tuition centres like Sophia Education have experienced demands from clientele all across Asia! Students from countries like India, Japan, etc. who know of the rigorous, yet stellar education system in Singapore have been in search of online tuition classes from the school.

    This goes to show that online tuition provides so much more opportunities for students and tutors alike- options that would never have been available should physical classes remain the status quo. Con #1: Requires more discipline and better time-management Online tuition, or E-learning in general, requires a stronger sense of self-discipline and better time management.

    For young students who are still learning to develop these good habits and skills, online classes might be quite the leap. Many may fall through the cracks, losing even more motivation as their grades begin to take a plunge.

    Furthermore, online classes might even breed a further lack of discipline, with students being able to turn off their camera to daze off, or searching the answers online instead of actively learning and recalling their work. Online tuition may also not be able to accommodate those of who are neurodivergent (ADHD, ASD etc.) and who have had particular difficulty acclimating to learning online.

    Here, the reintroduction of physical classes would be a relief to their learning. Hence, for those of us who struggle to meet the demands of online learning, online tuition might not be a viable or effective option.