• Principal Patrick Low

Conducting Assessment For Tutors In Singapore?

Updated: Jul 30, 2019

Updated: Jan 30


This is a very common question that is asked by many of my tutors. You may be wondering why there is a need to interview home tutors who do not teach in centres.


Two words: Quality assurance.


As a tutor myself, I have seen the best and the worst of the tuition industry. At the beginning of my tutoring career, I went through several agencies to get more students. All I had to do then was submit my application form and I would be notified whenever there were students available.


Yet, there was always this lingering doubt in me, “How do they know if I am a qualified tutor?” Yes, they can verify my certificates. But how can agencies or parents have faith that I know the teaching content well? How will they be willing to bet their money and time on me?


These questions really got me thinking hard. As I continued my journey as a private tutor for fourteen years, I came across many students and parents who told me that they faced tutors who were unable to deliver as they were not very familiar with the syllabus. I do believe that all these tutors are very capable individuals. But one must realise that whatever learnt in higher education differs from what is taught at the primary and secondary level.


Mastering your ‘A’ Levels does not equip you with the correct skills to answer ‘O’ Levels or PSLE questions—less so qualify you as a suitable teacher. On top of content differences, answering techniques vary from level to level. One of the biggest mistakes tutors here in Singapore make is to underestimate the complexity of subjects specific to different levels. Without proper training, tutors fail to master the content and methods that your child best needs.


I started Learning Smart with the vision of offering competent tutors. Every tutor here at Learning Smart had been interviewed by me to understand their unique personalities, after which, an assessment is conducted to determine their skill level. Only tutors who score 80% and above in this test paper are accepted. We also hold training sessions where I share teaching pedagogies and past experiences, familiarise them with the syllabus and principles of marking, and guide them on developing lesson plans.


Only with such steps do I dare speak on quality assurance. Paper qualifications prove good students—but remember that straight As simply do not suffice in judging a good teacher. At Learning Smart, you do not have to feel uncertain about the attitude or aptitude of the new tutor you are hiring. We promise you nothing but the best.


If you are interested in our tutoring services, you can find out more under “Home Tuition” and “Centre Tuition”.


If you are interested in being a tutor, do click on “Contact Us” and fill in your details under the information box.


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