In my entire teaching career, I’ve stumbled across parents who find that tuition is a waste of time and money. They believe that school education is sufficient – their child has been doing well and their grades have been pretty smooth-sailing. While I believe that most teachers are
good, I unfortunately cannot say the same for each and every teacher in Singapore. You’d probably know this by now: The probability of your child getting a capable and effective teacher is… completely left up to chance.
To put it simply, you have zero control over the quality of teachers your child gets in class. And being in a top schools doesn’t necessarily guarantee good teachers either. I’ve seen poor teachers in top schools, and great teachers in neighborhood schools. When your child gets sub-par teachers, they’d be in for a hard time. Some teachers aren’t able to articulate concepts well, while others are heavily reliant on outdated strategies such as memorising, regurgitating and drilling.
If the school lessons are ineffective, it means your child has to spend extra time to learn the content on his own. This results in them wasting time when time is already very limited for them.
Indeed, you have no control over the teachers your child gets…
However, here’s what you’ve control over:
Your child’s learning environment
If you’re reading this, your child is probably in his teens or is already a young adult. They should already be able to judge the competency of a teacher from a few lessons. That gives you the opportunity to understand your child’s learning environment based on his or her lessons in school.
From a short chat with your child you can learn things like:
● How’s your child’s Physics teacher like? Is he or she good at teaching?
● Is your child coping along in Physics Class?
● Is your child spending a lot of time on Physics?
● Does your child get stressed out due to them being unable to catch up with his or her classmates?
Your child’s response would give you a pretty good indicator of whether they require tuition or not. Here are some red flags you should watch out for.
● “I’m feeling stressed out”
● “The lectures are boring and my tutorials aren’t helping”
● “My friends/classmates are so smart… it’s so hard to keep up with them”
●“ I think I’ll fail my Physics promos/prelims”
● “Physics tutorials are ineffective and I don’t understand what my teacher is talking about”
Well, if you’re getting responses like these, then you might want to look at sending your child to Physics Tuition. This might sound counter-
intuitive, but sending your child to Physics tuition can save them valuable time if they’re currently struggling. If your child is slogging like an ox to pull up their Physics grade, then it’s likely he or she is studying the wrong way.
Many of my students commented that what they’ve learned in a 2-hour tuition session is equivalent to 10-20 hours of work on their own.
That’s close to 5 to 10 times ROI in terms of time-savings.
Here’s what I do to make my lessons so effective:
● I do my best to communicate with every student to understand their challenges. I also collect feedback from them regularly so that I can tailor my lesson content according to their needs.
● I’ve taught Physics for close to 15 years and I’ve never stopped refining my process of breaking down complex concepts into simpler, intuitive and relatable ideas.
● My lessons are structured such that your child only gets to practice questions only when they’ve digested the fundamental concepts of each chapter.
At this juncture, you might be doubtful of what I say… so I’ll let my students,
Emily and Shihui, do the talking:
“Although The Physics cafe lessons are only a short few hours per week, they are always very productive and interesting and I always learn alot during the lessons! It is very different from lessons in school as Mr Sim summarises all the key concepts we need to know at the start of the lesson and rest of the lesson is spent doing questions so that we can practice the concepts and identify our weaknesses which I feel is very important and helpful in revision. The centre itself is amazing as well with free drinks and friendly student councillors and teachers! I’ll recommend my friends and juniors to join the physics cafe :-)”
– Emily Lua
“Mr Sim has the knack for explaining concepts in a way that anyone can understand by making it relatable. He draws links from chapter to chapter whilst going into the crux of every topic, allowing us to see the Physics syllabus from both macroscopic and microscopic views. In secondary school. Physics was always my most hated subject. I disliked how there seemed to be so many hidden elements to a single concept, and that none of my teachers could offer me reasonable explanations as to how things really worked. So yes, I memorised my way through ‘O’ Levels. Not fun. Boring. But I remembered being mindblown after my first lesson with the Physics Cafe. Gone were the “Don’t ask so much, just answer like this” days. Mr Sim ensures that every possible lingering question any student has is answered.”
– Pang Shihui
If you’d like to drastically shorten your child’s learning curve and maximise their learning efficiency, then you can then sign up here.
Founder of The Physics Cafe
PS. Our fees might not be the cheapest, but we have the largest intake of Physics and Math IP and JC students in Singapore. We also occupy the entire level of a premium building which is bigger than half a football field.
Our tuition center even has our own library, cafe, and shuttle bus. That’s how committed we are in delivering quality education and service to our students.
For more information about The Physics Cafe, check out here now!