A mum told me this- Children in secondary school should learn to study on their own instead of going for tuition. If they have problem with any subject, they should approach their teacher or organise study groups with their classmates. This will help them learn to solve their own problems, not just in school, but in life. What do other parents think? Please share!

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It all depends on how they are influenced. Sec sch kids are at the cusp of discovering the layers of complexity society has to offer, and it really is up to the parent / teacher / peers to exert the right influence. Not many school teachers are ably trained to motivate their students, nor do they have the bandwidth to see to the needs of all 40 of their students in class. Furthermore, a lot of us parents are either too busy with work, or do not keep up-to-date on the latest teaching trends. Hence a lot of us do send our kids to tuition centres. Main consideration for me before I sign up classes, is the tutor's aptitude and attitude towards teaching. and how they can exert a positive influence on my child. I do send my daughter to one such class, where the English tutor was able to connect with her on many levels, as well as bring real-world applicability of concepts into her learning journey. It helped that he had corporate experience, and could ably explain to my daughter things like the value of a good written cover letter or resume, so she'd know whatever she learnt had a real purpose in society.

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I think every kid is different. I'm an introvert, even when I have trouble with a subject I wouldn't approach a teacher. The student teacher ratio is quite big too. My peers can't help either, so instead I would spend hours cracking my head against the wall. I... now solve my own problems in life, but I don't think it was character building and a tuition teacher would have made learning much more efficient for me. This may be more appropriate advice for uni when you realize having made connections with your peers and profs would help immensely in life. Providing children required resources and training them to have grit and problem solving skills are different things.

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Children have tuition for 2 reasons. 1. They need help to catch up with their peers 2. To re-enforce what was being taught in school. Sometimes their friends might not be able to clarify their queries and might confuse them even further. Most of the time, teachers are not able to give their students one to one attention and accommodate to the child's learning pace while private tutors can. Therefore depending on your child, tuition may or may not be necessary.

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I think its really depends. You know your child the best. If he/she is disciplined enough to study on their own or with friends and is doing pretty well in their studies, I guess that will be the way to go. But if you know that he/she is the kind who needs coaching, then getting a tutor might not be such a bad thing. I remembered I had a very good Tutor who really helped me a lot when I was in secondary school. Good luck!

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I believe children can study well without going to tuition! I never went to a tuition while in school! Agreed that I was blessed with educated parents so who were willing to teach me. This also created a special bond between me and my parents and till this day I feel a strong gratitude towards them for taking out their time and giving me quality education. Hope this helps

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Yes I absolutely agree with this. Their period in secondary school is to train their independence to be able to study on their own, or seek help from their subject Teachers as they are the ones who understand the syllabus best. Plus sometimes tuition centres may confuse them even more as they may give them harder problems to solve, which means more concepts to understand

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Agree and disagree Because it’s not that easy either If the kids need help Us as parents why don’t we provide especially since we can’t teach or help? Teachers etc might not have time

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Children should learn to work things out for themselves so they have to think, but a bit of help on particularly complex items is ok

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I agree with her. But children still need our support for them