CDAC Tutors Receive Awards For Helping Financially Challenged Students

A number of tutors from the Chinese Development Assistance Council’s tuition program, a specially created Singapore tuition agency,  received several awards and accolades recently due to their exemplary service and dedication to the CDAC’s cause: to help academically challenged and impoverished students across Singapore with their education.

The program was founded more than a decade ago, during 1993, and has since been helping students across the country, with a system designed to cater to academically challenged students from financially challenged backgrounds and families.

The CDAC recently held its awards ceremony this August 5 at the HDB Hub, honoring the exemplary tutors of the Singapore tuition agency for their service above and beyond the call of duty. This year, these three particular tutors were the focus of the accolades during the ceremony, with an additional 10 other tutors receiving the Bamboo and Willow Awards. Additionally, 59 tutors were recognized for their service, and 220 CDAC students were awarded for their notable academic improvement.

  • Alvin Goh, Tuition Centre Supervisor
  • Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Trade and Industry
  • Tan Guan Seng

Mr. Goh is a full-time teacher with 35 years of experience, with 25 of those years also spent as a CDAC tutor, having been one of the founding members of the group, being part of the program since its earliest days. Now, he is also one of the CDAC’s Tuition Centre Supervisors. He says that he finds the experience of being a tutor at CDAC more meaningful, as he sees the academically-challenged students struggling, then advancing rapidly; learning with the assistance of tutors like him, which he says is an uplifting thing to see.

Ms. Ling, both tutor and chairman of the CDAC’s Student and Parent Education Committee , stated that the CDAC would be working on developing workshops for parents regarding their children’s education, in order to aid the education process with parental support.

Mr. Guan Seng, was another Willow Award recipient, who was awarded due to his dedication in helping students who fell behind their peers, with one of his students, Ms. Gerlynn Ng, handing him his award, having managed to pass the entrance examinations for the Institute of Technical Education.


The Complicated Life Of Living In Different Countries

There is common perception that if you have experienced living in different countries, you are blessed; however, this is not always the case because sometimes there are challenges that have to be overcome. This is the story of a young Japanese girl, Airi Sugihara who learned to speak in English through a tutor.

Airi was born in Tokyo and lived in a Japanese environment. When she was 6 years old the family had to move to New York because of her father’s job. The first few months of Airi’s life in New York were a nightmare because she did not speak English. The only support she got from school came from a Japanese ESL teacher and a half-Japanese friend who gave her all the help they could.

Airi’s mother was worried and hired an English tutor. It is easy for a child to learn a new language and soon enough Airi learned to speak and write in English. She became very fluent in English until it reached the point that she preferred English to Japanese. She made many American friends and started to imbibe the American culture. Airi felt like an American but remained Japanese at heart.

However, the family had to return to Japan because of the father’s job. In Japan, Airi felt like a “returnee” and had to reacquaint herself with navigating the city streets and riding the train. However, the people she knew seemed distant and different. It was difficult fitting in because they considered Airi as the “girl from America.”

Airi was discriminated because she speaks and writes English. She stopped participating because the teacher said that she was disrupting the class. The only positive thing was becoming part of a group of friends who relied on one another to share the experiences and the difficulties they are going through. The group was composed of returnees.

The best option to improve English communication skills is The Smart Tutor, a tutoring center that focuses on language and math excellence. The curriculum is based on the needs of the learners so that they can be tutored effectively. There are English courses for work, for everyday life and for further study.


Tutoring Proved To Help Students Pass In Selective Entry Schools

Students who are high-achievers are generally motivated by their parents to join selective entry schools because they believe it is what will suit their child best. That may be the case but getting into one is not a piece of cake. In able to be admitted into these selective schools that receive funds provided by the government, students are required to take numerous examinations with high pressure.

Upon successful entry, the struggle does not end there since students are expected to do best in all academic aspects. This creates more pressure since they are thrown in among a group of high achievers.

It can be a hard challenge to excel in a place where everyone is considered as the cream of the crop. In order to end with flying colors, students aspire and work hard in order to get a high ATA while doing everything they can in their power to be included in a university course that they want.

It is not a secret that these high achievers did not get to the top alone but almost everyone had to get some help along the way in the form of tutors and coaches. These tutors are support system to assist in tasks given by the school as well as to prepare the student for upcoming exams.

Students who are aiming to be accepted in a selective entry school is most likely aided by a private tutor and once accepted, a support student is there to guide.
It was found out that students are more likely to excel academically even under pressure if they have professional tutors or coaches that gives them individual attention. If a tutor is qualified and an expert then he/she will be able to pinpoint the area of weakness of a student and provide support and harness that area in order for the student to excel more.

It is also proved that poor time management and delays will be mostly likely avoided if a tutor is there to provide students with individual assistance in almost all tasks and requirements given by the school. If a tutor does his/her job well, he/she may be able to encourage the student to become more proactive and maintain a study habit which could lead to increased self-confidence and motivation.