In this article, we will be looking at how to find the best JC math tuition programme (not JC Math tutors) for your learning needs. We have already covered the traits of a good h2 math tutor extensively.
From the Oxford Languages, the word “programme” is being defined as “a set of related measures or activities with a particular long-term aim.”
So when you have decided to engage a JC Math Tuition, you are essentially subscribing to a set of teaching measures, systems and pedagogies with a particular long-term goal i.e. improving or strengthening your foundation in H2 math and ultimately do well in your A-level.
Note that, this is not just about engaging the H2 math tutor but the whole learning system to which the tutor subscribes.
Is JC H2 Math Tuition Necessary?
First of all, let us address the elephant in the room, is H2 Math Tuition Necessary?
Answer: No, it is not necessary.
Then, why would students still attend tuition at the JC level? These are JC students, young adults who have little to no extra time for things they don’t need and yet they chose to have tuition.
In my opinion, tuition is just like any other service industry, there are public and private sectors that rely on each other in an ecosystem. This doesn’t mean that Public Healthcare is not good, oftentimes people opt for private healthcare because they want to save time or finding a healthcare provider that has good reviews and thus lightens the load for the public system. Whether you want to admit it or not, such codependence exists even in the education systems.
Speaking from my personal experience as an ex-MOE teacher, I didn’t mind at all that my students are having extra help outside of school as I can allocate more time and resources to the weaker students or students with no help. It isn’t a zero-sum game. However, MOE teachers are not supposed to vouch for such controversial statements though most sensible teachers would agree.
What are the differences between attending JC math tuition at the A-level than at other levels?
Having tuition during Primary schooling years is very much different to having tuition at the JC level, as more learning responsibilities and decision marking are transferred to students at JC levels. From my experience, more than 80% of students under my tutelage make their own decision when it comes to their JC math tuition.
For example, when Tom attended primary school tuition, the tuition centre changed the tutor during the term. Tom didn’t mind having a new tutor because his friends, Dick and Harry are there to keep him accompanied.
Now, when Tom enters Junior College and joins H2 Math tuition with a tutor that he likes but halfway through, there is a change in tutor, subsequently, Tom will leave too.
These are very common scenarios in the tuition scenes. Because during primary schooling days, making friends is primary and learning academically is secondary. Rightfully so, as children learn through play. However, at tertiary levels, learning academically is primary and making friends is secondary when it comes to attending tuition. The quality of tutors become more an important trait at JC math tuition as mathematics becomes more abstract.
What makes an H2 Math Tuition Program the best?
The best H2 Math tuition curriculum should be able to address students learning needs. It has clear goals and learning outcomes tailored to the needs of students. The best math curriculums are not only about the content. They need to also include engaging practices that build confidence, encourage questioning in a safe environment, and offer extra help outside of the classroom.
Here are some of the effective math teaching strategies you should look out for in an H2 Math Tuition
- A systematic and explicit approach to classroom instructions
- Visual representations of abstract concepts
- Incorporation of Peer-Assisted instruction
- The ongoing feedback loop, formative assessment and tests
The top 5 traits that make an H2 Math Tuition the best
These are the traits that we think that a solid math tuition programme should have.
1. It has a JC H2 math specialist
Learning at the tertiary level, tutor specialisation is key. Any tutor who claims that they can confidently provide the best resources and learning environment without specialisation is not giving their best. At the JC H2 level, there are just simply too many things to cover. From content mastery to lesson pedagogies to understanding students’ misconceptions. You need time to hone these skills as a subject expert.
Based on Gladwell 10-000 hour rule, the key to achieving true expertise in any field is simply a matter of practising, albeit in the correct way, for at least 10 000 hours. That is approximately 417 days, however, if you devote 3 hours each day it will take a little of 9 years of practice.
2. It has good learning resources
2 hours of lessons per week Is simply not enough. The academic rigour required is immense at the H2 math level and many J2 students can vouch for it. Consistency in H2 Math or any J2 H2 subjects is key, But how daunting is it to pick up your tutorial questions and start doing them without a clue? That’s why we have
- H2 Math Question Bank (huge library of questions with video solutions) for our students to access, sorted by topics, year, school and etc.
- Worksheets filled with QR codes of the suggested video solutions.
- H2 Math summary notes for quick chapter recap
- Online portal with recorded lessons and extra practices. (Signup for a free account here)
- An online forum like Reddit for students to post their questions so that I can record a video solution for them
- WhatsApp consultation
We do it because we know 2 hours of lessons each week is just not enough.
3. It creates a safe environment for students to ask questions
A safe, secure learning environment is one of the most important factors for ensuring that students are confident to share their ideas and learn. This is easily assessed by students. Do you feel that you are able to consult the tutor after class? Have all your doubts been cleared? Do the tutor actually follow up with you about all the questions you asked him? All these are important questions that a student can ask to see if it’s actually a safe environment for learning.
4. It has a structured curriculum
Having a structured curriculum means that learning objectives are clear. Learning objectives are an essential part of any learning course. Setting them up, in the beginning, ensures that students keep these in mind as they work their way through the course.
The success of a learning objective depends on how well it is written. An objective should be concise and describe what the student will be able to do at the end of the course. It should also be specific, which means that it should not only talk about what skills are learned but also when and where they are used. They provide a guide for students when reviewing materials and outline the standards they are expected to know.
Learning objectives are the most effective if they are actionable and measurable. This ensures that students are able to take the proper measures and steps to revise for exams.
5. It has a strong and healthy teacher-student relationship
It is no secret, that students’ relationships with their teachers can have a profound impact on their success. One of the best ways to improve student achievement was to focus on improving teacher-student relationships.
Teachers are not only teaching content but instilling social skills and sharing interesting ideas with their students. This means it’s possible to reignite the love for the subject if students have already given up hope.
What are the different types of JC Math Tuition programme in Singapore?
Before we start exploring what best suits your learning needs, firstly we need to know the different types of J2H2 tuition that exist in the market. Bearing in mind that I am an H2 Math tutor myself, I know that my opinion will be biased but that doesn’t stop me from trying to provide my review as honest and as unbiased as I possibly can.
There are mainly three types of JCH2 Tuition Programmes in Singapore. Take note, these generally apply to all JCH2 subjects, not just mathematics.
1. Tuition Centres with JC Math Tuition Specialist Tutor
These are tuition centres where JC students generally attend for that specific H2 math tutor. One thing is for sure, most tuition centres that claim that they have specialist tutors actually don’t. Then how do we identify such tuition centres with specialist tutors? We will answer this question in the later section.
2. Tuition Centres with every subject and level from primary to JC levels
These are tuition centres that usually provide tuition services for all levels, i.e. primary level all the way to JC level.
Typical replies after enquiring about H2 subjects are,
“We need to wait for 3 students to start a class”,
“This branch doesn’t offer this JCH2 Subject, please visit this other branch” and “We only have 1 class for the said JCH2 Subject”.
These tuition centres are easily identified and generally doesn’t have the resources or capacity to provide the quality JC H2 tuition as compared to tuition centre with specialist tutors.
3. Private 1-1 Home JC Math Tuition
Private 1-1 home tuition is a popular option for students who want convenience and 1-1 attention in learning. This usually comes at a higher cost as compared to the other options if you are looking at a qualified and experienced tutor. We did a comparison of the pros and cons of hiring a private tutor versus group tuition here. Though our opinions may be biased, we tried to be as objective as we could.
How to identify Tuition Centres with JC H2 subject specialists tutors?
Not all tuition centres that claimed that they have specialist tutors actually have them, then how do we identify them?
Here is a simple 5-step guideline for spotting JCH2 subjects specialist tutors:
1. Tutors who teach at the centre for more than 3 years at the centre
It’s a known fact that in this industry, it is very difficult for tuition centres to find great tutors, let alone retaining them. Great tutors will not stay if they are not remunerated fairly, rightfully so, as they can get better prospects elsewhere by setting up the centre themselves or get hired by other centres. A 3-year period is generally a good rule of thumb to see if a specialist tutor is a good fit and happy at the tuition centre as a tutoring contract usually would not last after a 3-year period.
2. Read and search for their reviews on Google
To gauge their teaching experience and also their teaching styles, just do a quick review search on Google.
For Google reviews, one of the pro tips is to look at what the “People often mention” section, this will give you a quick overview and a sense of the lessons. Do not forget to search for other branches’ reviews if the centre has more than one branch.
3. Tuition Centres that focus on 1 subject has the highest chance of having JC H2 Subject Specialists
Just like any other service industry, you would not bring a sick adult to see a paediatrician because specialisation is key. Especially at a higher level of education, the cognitive dissonance faced by students is immense. Not everyone can teach and explain concepts at that level. It takes years and experience to develop the resources and skills to meet the demand and rigour of these academic subjects. Hence, when you are looking for JCH2 tuition, it is highly recommended to find a true specialist tutor. As it would save you time and money.
Some examples of such tuition centres are
H2 Economics Tuition – ThatEconsTutor
H2 Chemistry Tuition – Chemistry Guru
4. Tuition Centres that have significant JC students based on their students’ pool
When there is a long queue in front of a chicken rice stall, it’s worth a try as the likelihood of it being good is high though there is a slight chance that you may not like it. Specialist tutors are like that too. Not all would suit your learning needs but one of them is very likely to meet your expectations.
One thing is for sure, JC students are busy and are wise not to waste time on things that they deem to be unbeneficial. Thus. the number of JC students under the tutor’s tutelage is a good gauge and indication to at least give the trial lesson a shot.
5. Look for their H2 notes and online resources
Content is king. It centres around the students rather than itself. You know where your students are at any given time, what they want to learn, and what weaknesses they are working on. Content is the way in which a tutor communicates with the students. The better you are at communicating through your content, the more likely the students are able to excel in the subject.
H2 Economics A-Level TYS Resources – ETG
H2 Math Free Resources – Free Essential Topical Questions with downloadable H2 math notes and worksheets!
How to find the best H2 Math Tuition that fits my learning needs?
Knowing your learning needs is crucial in finding your best H2 math tuition option. So here are some questions you may want to consider asking before deciding.
Whatever JC math tuition service you engage in, the best H2 math tuition for you is always the one that meets your learning needs. As usual, I will always encourage students to attend a trial lesson to see if the teaching style suits their learning needs.
In any case, I’m only a call away if you need my help! Consider joining our H2 math tuition classes for a one-stop solution for all your H2 Math needs! All the best!