This piece was written for Sassy Mama Singapore, but it offers resources and information for any parent trying to decide whether or not to seek help from a tutor or tuition center.  

Our children really have one up on us, don’t they? That pure sense of joy, that adventurous spirit, that insatiable curiosity… and boundless energy for it all! I will never forget dressing my daughter and preparing her backpack for her first day of nursery.

She was so excited for what lay ahead, with no worries about anything, really. I know it might not always be this way. For eight years, I taught at a top school in the Chicago suburbs and watched many students (and their parents) face the challenges of complicated mathematics.

It can be utterly painful to watch your child struggle, but in Singapore, he or she doesn’t have to endure it alone. This tiny, red dot of ours is simply covered in resources for students of all ages; last year The Straits Times reported tuition has become a $1 billion industry. The same article reported that there were 850 tuition centres registered with the Ministry of Education in 2014, up from 800 in 2013 and 700 in 2012!

So yes, tuition is a booming industry in Singapore, and choosing the right help can be as daunting as a trip to Mustafa on the weekend. No worries, mama! I’ll equip you to make the right decision for you and yours, and give you some of my favourite home help resources.

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Jennifer Jasensky is a Dubai resident, United States transplant, former mathematics teacher and dancer/choreographer. She is an outgoing homebody and perpetual idealist whose love of learning knows no bounds. She is most happy enjoying a good book with a plate of kaya toast, runny eggs, and kopi-c peng siew dai, but now that she has moved from
Singapore to Dubai, drinking an iced latte in the ocean is fast becoming her happy place.

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