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Is it worth it to pay for branded tuition?

Updated: Mar 10

There are plenty of choices for parents when it comes to tuition. Each centre has their own unique blend of curriculum, materials and service excellence to suit every budget and requirement. With this in mind, is paying more than $500 a month really worth the investment? These are the few myths about such branded tuition.



1. My Child will Definitely Score A1 in Every Subject


No centre can guarantee that a child will score A1 in every subject. It would be disingenuous if a centre claims to be so. Also, majority of centres screen students first to ensure that their A1 rates are kept artificially high.


2. My Child will Not Improve at Cheaper Centres


Competent centres, on average, can improve your child's grade from C to A, given enough time and effort, and it does not have to cost an arm and a leg. It is better to research a centre based on reviews, centre visits or word-of-mouth than to take the easy way out and use price as the only indicator. The money saved can be used to build quality family time instead.


3. My Child Gets Individual Attention and Coaching


This is one of the biggest myths out there. Majority of centres pack in between 12 to 18 students per 1hr 45mins class. This works out to an average of 6 mins out of 105 mins of the teacher's attention per student. Boutique centres such as Future Sparks Learning Academy take on a different philosophy - rather than treating your child as a commodity, we keep our classes to a maximum of 6 students per class so that they get at least 20 mins with the teacher on average.


4. I am Paying for Professional Services


This is quite true however think about what are you actually paying for. You are paying a faceless, money-hungry corporation for the glossy interior design, expensive rental in shopping malls and expensive overheads.

5. It Gives Me Bragging Rights


Like all ostentatious goods, carrying branded goods appeal to our vanity and appeases to our egos. It may make you feel 'shiok' but would it not feel better to channel the money saved to your children's Edusave accounts to future proof their tertiary education?

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