A short interview about our methodology and classes at Tutor Suzanne
"We hope that coming to class with us will be a form of enjoyment, where students learn and excel in joy."
What are the goals of your classes?
At Tutor Suzanne, we strive to impart solid skills and knowledge to our students in the simplest way possible. At the same time, we understand that kids nowadays face more stress than ever. Rather than adding more stress to them, we hope that coming to classes with us will be a form of enjoyment, where they can learn and excel in joy.
So how do you go about achieving those goals?
From many years of experience, we are fully aware of the difficulties that students face. Hence our programme adopts the SPA-approach, which has been tried and tested to be effective for exams (read our testimonials!).
Our programme is coupled with top-notch materials that are extremely exam-centric. Each worksheet is designed to be concise and emphasises on the most important information needed for students to ace their exams.
Lastly, we are aware that the best Math and Science materials will not work if students do not have the ideal environment to learn in. As such, all our tuition classes are conducted in a small group setting so that all students are able to reap the best results from their weekly sessions with us.
Can you explain more about the SPA approach?
SPA is an acronym for Skills, Pattern recognition, Application. We find that students face 2 main difficulties in answering questions.
1. They are equipped with the knowledge but not the skills to answer a question.
2. They do not know which skill to apply when facing a question.
Hence, our programmes focus on Skills and Pattern recognition whereby each student will first be taught different skills to answer different types of questions. Following, they will be drilled with the most common question types and taught how to identify patterns on which skills to apply.
"We specially developed the
SPA-approach, which has been tried and tested to be effective for exams."
How is a typical class like?
A typical class is conducted in a small group tuition setting whereby lots of peer discussions and class participation are expected of all students. A session typically starts off with content delivery of our Math and Science Explorer's Series where Ms Suzanne will go through important concepts with the students. Thereafter, students will be given time to apply what they have learnt while the tutor goes around to guide them.
What are two things that makes you different?
I would not know how other tuition centres are like, but we pride ourselves on our structured programme and top-notch materials.
We have designed a rigourous and structured programme aimed at bringing out the best in every student. Each topic under the PSLE syllabus has been broken down into bite-sized pieces for students to understand, and we couple this with consistent diagnostic tests/quizzes to check on students' progress.
As we approach major exam periods, we have also prepared revision packages to drill students with a large variety of questions. All these gives our students exposure to more question types and build their confidence in tackling "unexpected" questions.
We strongly believe that materials and delivery are what makes a tuition programme effective. We have spent more than 1000 hours designing the materials and year-after-year, our materials have proven to be useful for exam preparations. Even so, we continue to put in hours weekly to improve our materials and ensure that our students get the best practice from us.