Our Tuition Programme



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  • Our programme is developed by two First-Class Honours graduates from Cambridge University. They structured their programme based on the following key features:


    1. Confidence building for students

    2. Explore – Strengthen – Consolidate (ESC) Cycle (Our Teaching Methodology)

    3. Teachers’ Training

    4. Incorporating discoveries from neuroscience 

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    We Deliver Results!


    Over the years since 1999, we have been helping many students achieve outstanding results. Click here for thousands of our students’ results.

    In fact, we are so confident of being able to help students fully understand the subjects they are learning and being able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in examinations, that we have introduced a Results Guaranteed Programme (RGP).

    We have also been described as the most transparent tuition centre in terms of student results by the Straits Time in an article on (28 August 2010).

    See what our PSLE, O Level and A Level students say about us!

     

    Proven strategies to ACE your results in Exam!


    - Concise notes and challenging worksheets developed by top Cambridge and UK graduates (read testimonials about our notes)
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    - Effective and professional teaching methodologies

    - Cambridge Marking Scheme (how they set and mark exam questions) helps your child focus on effective answering techniques


    We CARE for You!


    - Committed full time teachers to enable students to ask questions outside lesson schedule

    - Extra FREE lesson consultations twice a month to allow students to clarify doubts

    - Online Questions and Answers (Q&A)

    - We conduct additional classes for weaker students if we find that they are unable to cope

    Quality Teachers


    Teachers in tuition centres face a different kind of pressure. If they are not effective, students leave. Therefore, we do not select teachers simply based on whether they were school teachers. We select those with the qualities to strive and excel under our kind of environment. All our teachers, whether former school teacher or not, needs to be trained internally to use our teaching system effective to achieve the results we want. We apply strict criteria in the selection of our teachers. A university degree is the minimum requirement. They also needs to possess :

    1. strong communication skills through which information and messages are passed on effectively to students

    2. commitment and sense of responsibility towards students

    3. friendly and approachable disposition which makes students unafraid to ask questions

    4. passion in teaching

    We Believe You can Do It!


    - We believe in helping our students believe in themselves

    - We believe that they can do better if they want to and are willing to put in the effort

    - We believe we can help them

    - We have turned around many students

    - The satisfaction that we derived far outweighed other rewards

     

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  • Types of Tuition

    Group tuition :
    Up to 8 students per group for Primary and Secondary levels
    Up to 12 students per group for JC levels
    - We are also offering IP Tuition.

    Individual 1-1 tuition :
    Customised tuition programme to meet the needs of individual students.

    Results Guaranteed :
    Under the Results Guaranteed Programme (RGP), a full refund is given if the student does not attain the grade specified in our contract.

    Science Lab :
    Full Scale MOE-Approved Science Lab

  • Subjects

    Primary Tuition :
    Math, Science, English

    Secondary Tuition :
    Math (E Math, A Math), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), English

    (For S3/S4 or Year 3/4 IP Tuition Programme, please call respective branch to enquire for schedule)

    JC / H2 / A Level :
    Math Tuition, Physics Tuition, Chemistry Tuition, Biology Tuition, GP Tuition, Economics Tuition

  • Location of Education Centres

    Smartlab Education has tuition centres all over Singapore:

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  • 10 Reasons Why We Are The Better Choice

     

     

     

    1 . We deliver results

    No other tuition centre that we are aware of is able to boast of such a large number of students making significant grade improvements in their results. Click here to see more than 1000 of our students’ results before and after joining SmartLab. The results given here are all based on major examination results, like mid-year exams, final year exams or prelims. We do not use short tests or term assessments because they are not representative. It is easy to score 100% for term tests (e.g. 20 marks out of 20), but these do not reflect accurately the students’ abilities as they cover only a few topics, unlike major exams, which cover a wide range of topics.

    We also do not use entrance tests to bar weaker students, nor expel students in the middle of the year, so as to show a better report card at the end of the year. Our objective is to help all students progressively do better and better.

    We have a full suite of laboratory equipments and we have enough sets to allow students to conduct science experiments themselves. Only a few experiments which have a higher level of risk is for demonstration by teachers only. Physics, chemistry, biology and life sciences experiments are incorporated into our usual science curriculum to help students gain a deeper understanding of scientific principles, engage their interest and enquiring minds, and to prepare them to meet practical examinations requirements. Hands-on laboratory experiments are conducted at a frequency of about 1-2 lessons (1.5 hrs each) in a term.

     

     

    2. Laboratory Facilities

    3. Quality Teachers

    We apply strict criteria in the selection of our teachers. A university degree is only the minimum requirement.

    Apart from academic excellence and a strong grasp of the subjects they are teaching, our teachers are valued for their:

    1. strong communication skills through which information and messages are passed on effectively to students,

    2. commitment and sense of responsibility towards students. The ability to make a difference to students can only come from a heart-felt desire to do so. Young people are very acute in this respect. They can sense instinctively whether a teacher cares, and they react accordingly.

    3. friendly and approachable disposition which makes students unafraid to ask questions.

    A common question we face is: why are so many of our teachers not school teachers or former school teachers? There appears to be a perception that school teachers are necessarily better.
    In our experience, “school teacher” does not equal “more effective teacher” in our environment. School teachers have been trained to teach in a school environment, where the class size is 30-40, and each subject gets 6 to 8 hrs per week. In our tuition centre, the teacher-student ratio is 1:8 for primary, secondary and ip tuition, and each subject gets only 1.5 hrs per week (except for JC tuition). The same sort of teaching method cannot be simply transplanted from the schools into our classrooms. It simply would not bring the desire effects. It would be a total waste of our small teacher-student ratio if lessons are taught in the same way as to a class of 40. Shorter teaching hours mean that lesson delivery has to be more compact, condense and to the point. A different environment requires a different approach. We have several students who switched from some tuition centres that employ school teachers. Their feedback was: the tuition class was conducted in the same way as they get in school, and since they need tuition because they do not understand in school, having another dose of the same thing doesn’t help.

    Teachers in tuition centres also face a different kind of pressure. If tuition are not effective, students leave. Therefore, we do not select teachers simply based on whether they were school teachers. We select those with the qualities to strive and excel under our kind of environment. All our teachers, whether former school teacher or not, needs to be trained internally to use our teaching system effective to achieve the results we want.

     

    SmartLab is proud to work with CIE in offering the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers.


     

     

    4. Quality & Challenging Materials

    We have over the years put in a lot of effort to develop a comprehensive set of materials to support activity-based and problem-based learning which are highly valued by our students. In fact, they are in such demand that our students have reported cases of their notes being stolen by their school classmates, and of their school teachers asking to borrow them. For stronger students and students in top schools, we have incorporated more challenging content and covered a wider scope (i.e. going beyond standard syllabus) to help them further develop their knowledge and understanding, and, for students in top schools, to help them cope with the higher demands from their schools.


    Our proprietary teaching methodology/system is specifically designed to achieve results in our environment. While maintaining a common core system, it contains elements of flexibility to cater to the different needs of different students. Apart from teaching content, method of delivery and examination preparation skills, our holistic system also looks at how our recruitment policies, reward system, student information collection and documentation, etc helps to achieve our objective.

     

     

     

    5. Teaching Methodology/System


     

     

    6. Small Teacher-Student Ratio

    Our small Teacher-Student Ration of 1:8 allows us to pay each student individual attention, learn about their strengths and weaknesses and learning style, so that we are better able to help. A smaller class size also lets the students feel closer to our teachers and less inhibited about asking questions. We aim to establish a close partnership between the teachers and students, as we have done with numerous current and ex-students who have grown with us from upper primary / lower secondary levels all the way to JC.

     


    7. Additional Class for Weaker Students

    We conduct additional classes for weaker students if we find that they are unable to cope with the pace for the class or in their school.


    8. Teachers Available For Asking Questions

    As our teachers work full-time at our centres, they are always there for their students who have queries. Our students and their parents consult us on many things beyond school work, including what subject combinations they should take, what schools to go to etc.

    9. Belief System

    We believe in helping our students believe in themselves. We believe that they can do better if they want to and are willing to put in the effort. We believe we can help them. We have turned around many students. The satisfaction that we derived far outweighed other rewards.


    10. E-learning

    Our e-learning system supplements classroom teaching by allowing students to revise and test themselves at their own pace and convenience. Some modules are now operational, others are still being developed.



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