The first thing to do when consider a tuition centre is to check out whether that private school is MOE-registered. This is important because it is the only way to know if a tuition centre’s teachers are qualified, the curriculum is acceptable and the school environment is safe.
Currently, there are 1339 MOE-registered private schools island-wide. This large number gives Singaporean parents and students an abundance of choices. So, one step further is to check out those that have been around for years, their lesson fees, and the attention amount which can be seen through the number of students per class. Small class size is better as each student can get more attention from the tutor.
Another important thing to consider is the tuition centre’s location. Going to a private class also requires commuting effort. Choosing a centre in a convenient location will help you and/or your child save a lot of time and effort traveling around.
If you are looking for a tuition centre to help your child with his needs but don’t know which centre to check out, then scan through our list below. Here are 5 of the most popular tuition centre chains that are MOE-registered, well-established (at least 10 years in operation), and well-scattered around the country with their large number of branches.
1. Mavis Tutorial Centre
Mavis Tutorial Centre is one of the most affordable tuition centres in Singapore. A lot of parents prefer this tuition centre for the low lesson fees but with maintained high quality service. As proof of its popularity, Mavis Tutorial Centre has been voted as a Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015.
Their full-time tutors, mostly former school teachers, focus on innovation in order to come up with engaging ways of teaching. Syllabus-based quizzes and inspiring science experiments are among the challenging activities that aide students in getting excellent academic results.
Mavis Tutorial Centre is also one of the tuition centres with the most number of branches in Singapore. It has 16 outlets in various locations including the newly opened branch at Lot One.
REGISTRATION FEE: $21.40
- Nursery to phonics: $165.85/month
- Kindergarten to P1 prep: $128.40/month
- Primary: $117.70 – 162.65/month
- Secondary: $165.85 – $219.35/month
- Junior College: $301.75 – $326.35/month
2. The Learning Lab
If you are a parent with a student child in Singapore, you have most likely heard of The Leaning Lab. It is probably the most popular tuition centre in Singapore.
This tuition centre boasts of a unique teaching and learning model that helps children achieve their personal best. They are well-loved for their curriculum which is highly relevant to the school syllabus and nurtures the curiosity to learn.
Their track record shows that 85% of their students achieved A* across all subjects and 47% of their students achieved a T-score of 250 and above.
Aside from the regular Nursery to Junior College Programmes, The Learning Lab also offers special programmes for holiday seasons.
REGISTRATION FEE: $80
DEPOSIT: $120 per subject
- N2 – K2: $370 – $382 per month (4 lessons)
- P1 – P4: $410 – $422 per month (4 lessons)
- P5 – P6: $432 – $444 per month (4 lessons)
- S1 – S4: $472 – $484 per month (4 lessons)
- JC1 – JC2: $492 – $504 per month (4 lessons)
3. Aspire Hub
One of the things that people love about Aspire Hub is their free 1-hour trial for new students. This gives students a chance to feel the learning environment before deciding on enrolling.
Aspire Hub is known for its personalised approach in teaching, just like the way it is in a private tutorial. Small size classes (6 students/class) allow teachers to move around and approach each student to address the individuals’ needs. The centre focuses on personal development and enhancement of vocational skills with a holistic approach based on the syllabus to help students achieve their personal best.
Classes vary between branches so it is recommended to check with the branch if they offer the subjects that your child need.
REGISTRATION FEE: $35
LESSON FEES: $660 – $1,200/term (12 lessons x 2hrs)
4. Mind Stretcher
Mind Stretcher has 3 major brands: Mind Stretcher for primary and secondary students, MS Junior Campus for pre-school, and Xue Hui Le for its Chinese classes.
The centre focuses on helping students achieve their full potential while retaining their love for learning. Mind Stretcher also has the MS e-study Buddy feature which gives parents access to the teaching materials that are based on the MOE syllabus. With this, parents can track their child’s progress from the comfort of their own home.
Mind Stretcher’s track record shows that more than 5,000 of its students (over the last 16 years) scored at least 250 in the PSLE, the highest score being 279 in 2019. And more than 500 students had qualified for the GEP through their P1-P3 GEP Prep Lab classes.
REGISTRATION FEE: $53.50
DEPOSIT: 1 month of course fee per subject
- Pre-Primary: $149.80/month
- Primary: $155.15 – $203.30/month
- Secondary: $219.35 – $240.75/month
5. True Learning Centre
The best feature of True Learning Centre is its 24/7 academic assistance for all enrollees. The system is there for students to get supported whenever they need help in their school work, even in the middle of the night.
True Learning Centre’s tutors are all NIE-trained teachers. Many of them were the bright stars in education such as the award-winners of the President’s Award for Teachers, Outstanding Science Teacher Award, and Caring Teacher Award.
Those senior teachers have teamed up with other tutors who were former officers of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB), and MOE Senior Teachers & Heads of Departments to write True Learning Centre’s own curriculum. It is tested every week and lesson plans are constantly refined to ensure that students excel academically, especially during exams.
REGISTRATION FEE: $30
DEPOSIT: 1 month per subject
- Primary: $150 – $180/4 lessons
- Secondary: $200 – $260/4 lessons
- JC & H2: $350/4 lessons