In Singapore, many parents are willing to do just about anything to make sure their kids get into the best schools and score A* and As all the way.
Parents often asked themselves why they have to pay for Malay tuition if their kids are already being taught by trained Malay language teachers in school? Aren’t these Cikgu Bahasa Melayu good enough?
There are 2 main reasons for you to send your kid to Malay tuition. The first is when he’s not doing well in school. The point of Malay language tuition is to help him to catch up with his peers – maybe he or she needs a little more help or individualised attention.
The second reason is that you want him or her to be ahead of the pack. Yes, this is a Tiger Mom thing and it’s surprisingly common here in Singapore.
Knowing what exactly you want to address will help you know where to go for help. Different types of Malay tuition services will address different needs. In Singapore, the best form of external help that kids doing Mother Tongue Malay can get is by getting a private Malay tutor.
A private Malay tuition teacher can teach either one person or a small group. Unlike tuition centres, he or she will come to your home and work around your schedule.
Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman is one of the most sought-after Malay tutors in Singapore. Dr Elmi Zulkarnain has about 40 students and at least 10 names on his waiting list. Persistent parents call him daily to ask for a slot for their child. Dr Elmi is a highly raved-about private Malay tutor and he is not just an ordinary Malay tutor but also a study coach. This means, Dr Elmi is known in the elite circle as someone who teaches the child how to study rather than just the content of the subject itself.
Private Malay tutors are generally more expensive than tuition centres. Expect to pay about $30 to $60/hour (or $120 to $240/month) for a typical Malay tutor. If it’s an ex-Malay teacher, the pay scale goes up to $40 to $100/hour (or $160 to $400/month). Dr Elmi’s private Malay tuition fee ranges from $60 to $100 an hour (not including transportation charges).
Although private Malay tutors like Dr Elmi Zulkarnain is generally more expensive, he is able to work around your schedule and this arrangement saves time as he is the one doing the travelling. Private Malay tuition also offer personalised attention. Dr Elmi can customise pace and content to your child’s needs.
Your son or daughter will feel more comfortable since the tuition session is at home. There is definitely less pressure and competition.
In conclusion, every parent simply wants the best for their child. If you’re going to be spending money on Malay tuition, make sure you spend it wisely.
About Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman
Dr Elmi Zulkarnain is the only Malay Super Tutor who have won multiple prestigious awards, including awards like the Anugerah Guru Arif Budiman Teacher Award (AGAB), Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA), multiple Star, Gold and Silver Excellent Service Awards (EXSA), Lenovo Innovation Award for Teachers and People’s Association (PA) Merit Award. With over 15 years of teaching and lecturing experience, Dr Elmi enlivens his lessons with motivational stories, personal experiences, and everyday anecdotes.