A large number of multinational companies are located in Singapore and many of the employees of these companies are posted to different countries after a few years. Hence most of these employees are sending their children to international schools, which follow the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum. In most countries, there are at least a few international schools which have the same curriculum, so it easier to the student to adjust and get admission to a new school. The parents want their child to perform well at the Igcse exam since it is considered for admission to college, higher education, and often consider hiring IGCSE tutors to help the student. Some of the factors which can help in differentiating between the various tutors are discussed below
While a few igcse tutors are proficient in all subjects and can teach students, usually most of the tutors are specializing in maths, sciences or humanities.
So the parent should carefully evaluate the academic performance of the child, to decide which subjects the student requires help. In some cases, the parents can guide the child in one or more subjects like math, yet may not be able to help in english. So based on the performance of the student in the different subjects, and help available at home, the parent should decide, the subjects for which tutors are required.
Another factor which parents should consider while hiring the tutor is the extent of improvement which is required. In some cases, the student is not interested in studying due to other distractions or problems, while in other cases, he may have a problem understanding the subject. If the student cannot study because of other problems, the parent should try to resolve the problem, so that the student will focus on studies. In other cases, if the student does not understand the principles, especially for math and physics, a tutor may be required who can explain in a way that the student understands.
If the student does not have a good academic record,in some cases, the parent will try to hire the best tutor available to improve the grades at the igcse exam. For this it is advisable to check the track record of the tutor. Some tutors have extensive experience in teaching all kinds of students, they understand why some students are not focussing on their studies, find it difficult to score well in the exams. These experienced tutors have developed their own techniques to make the distracted student focus better on their studies and improve their grades significantly.
One of the major constraint while hiring a tutor is the hourly fee which the parent is willing to pay. Many of the tutors are highly skilled and have spent many hours daily to improve their teaching skills. Hence the hourly rate can be very high, in some cases $250 per hour. So while a well paid senior executive can afford the best tutor for his child, others may not be able to pay higher rates. Parents should be aware that tutors who have less experience, will often work for lower rates.