Junior college study is not exactly for everyone, students are specially selected with excellent academic grades from their GCE ‘O’ levels leaving examination, before they are allocated into different junior colleges. Even among junior colleges, there are different tiers of excellent schools. Though the tiers were not arranged by the local government, Singapore being a competitive society, inevitably, parents strive to put their children in some of the elitist schools.
Usually after the first 4-5 years of academic study at Secondary School level (High School equivalent), students with good passing grades from their GCE ‘O’ levels examination, will be handpicked to attend a 2 years programme, with a 95% guaranteed place to enter the local universities in Singapore thereafter. The 2 years programme is called, junior college. Due to the high possibility of entering into a local university once after the 2 years programme, parents who desire their children to attain a recognised bachelor degree from the National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University and a few others, tend to be more harped up in wanting their children to do well in their GCE ‘O’ levels.
During the course of two years, students will be going through similar learning programmes as what they have studied throughout the past 4 – 5 years at Secondary School level. The only difference is that, the standard and level of difficulty in each subject is higher, and more demanding at junior college. Instead of taking 6 – 8 subjects previously, they will be studying 4 – 5 subjects only. Though the number of subjects to study at junior college may seem to have decreased, but let not deceive you of the intensity and demand of these subjects.
However, as the saying goes, we learned from our own challenges and our characters are only moulded during trials. Students who have gone through junior college, could vouch that the intensity level is high, time management has to be strong, and the skills to multi-tasks and prioritisation help one to excel better than the rest. Many good characters are being developed during this course of time, and yes, most of them survived through, however, some may not find that the environment is suitable for them, and could possibly sort for other things that would interest them more, such as attending an arts and music school or more specialised and hands-on diploma courses in polytechnics.
As mentioned, 2 years of intensive study is not an easy feat, students who are not able to understand the concept of the subjects at junior college, may tend to fall behind their peers. As such, seeking for external help from home tutors is crucial to ensure that their learning journey stay on track. Though teachers in various junior colleges offer help to their students after school lessons, parents of these students tend to be competitive in wanting their children to continue to excel much better than their peers in school.
Engaging private home tutors to help your child in his junior college subjects, provides more time flexibility. Your child could plan his time wisely after school, before attending to tuition. Since the tutor is traveling down to the tutee’s place, your child could spend his time resting before attending the lesson.
Private home tutors for Junior College tuition are readily available when the need arises. As many of the school teachers from these junior colleges could have decided to become private home tutors once their contract term with the Ministry of Education Singapore is due. Hence, there isn’t shortages of finding these tutors. However, be prepared to pay a premium tuition fee for these tutors, as they do not come cheap.