Not everyone has the same motivation and study habits to be academically excellent—and this is why a lot of poor-performing students nowadays choose to seek ways to improve their academic standing through getting into tutorial programs that promise to get them to a state where they can easily cope with the classroom lectures, examinations, and other student-related tasks they are faced with in schools and universities.
Prof. Lander Golding, a former lecturer in a tuition centre in Singapore, mentioned how one-on-one tutorial is best for students who get easily distracted in the classroom, “ As an educator for several years, I noticed how students progress on a group and how a student learn better when a one-on-one tutorial is done. In a classroom that often has more than 20 people, it is quite understandable that not everyone has the same learning speed. And not everyone will absorb what you teach to them. After all, the proportion of 1 ( teacher):20+ (students) is clearly the problem. How do we expect to have optimum learning if only one person is in charge of educating that big number of students?”
Gisella Kahlo, a political science major who once enrolled in an English tuition centre shared, “Since English is just my third language, I used to have a hard time coping with school works and I dreaded reciting in class when I was younger. While I was really good with problem-solving, I was not as articulate as I wanted to be. When I started taking both ESL and EFL classes, I noticed how I was more engaged to enrich my knowledge of the English language. I started writing in English. I opted to widen my vocabulary bank. And I became less shy around more fluent English speakers in our class. Now that I get into a lot of academic debates in school, I realized how those tutorial classes in English helped me become more confident and logical when I speak before a crowd.”
Sam Chui Lee, also a former tutee in a math tuition centre, shared how he improved through enrolling in learning centres, “I find it hard to follow what my teacher solved on the board, and by the time I picked up, the teacher is already demonstrating to solve another mathematical problem. When I started attending tuition classes, I noticed I gained an advanced understanding of the lesson that I panic less now that I have a solid foundation in Mathematics. It made Physics easier to understand too.”
Truth be told, with proper guidance, focus, and determination to be academically good, there is no reason that anyone can’t be a school achiever. While there have been studies linking genetics and the mother’s literacy affecting a child’s intellectual ability and overall literacy, learning is both a nature-nurture process that is not only affected by one factor alone.
“I believe that everyone has the potential to be great. After all, isn’t this post-modern times that we already labelled different intelligences? While some people may not be proficient in language, and were not gifted in the field of the Sciences, they can be imaginative artists or smart athletic people. In the real world, we use what we know best, and we should not limit ourselves to what grades we got in school. But it is important that we discover our potentials early on so we can live a fuller life later on,” exclaimed Dr. Charlie Tanlo, a psychologist.