Is the GEP, IP or IB right for my child? Food for Thought
Gifted Education Programme Tuition
The recently released Ministry of Education report on student performance in top schools in Singapore has raised quite a few eyebrows. The report showed that students in Special Programmes such as the Gifted Education Programme (GEP), the Integrated Programme (IP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) outperformed their peers.
While the results are encouraging, they also highlight the large degree of independent learning that is required in these programmes. This can be quite a challenge for weaker students, who might need to seek private tuition in order to catch up. These private tutors often come from the best tuition agency and have the required experience to help IP students succeed.
However, it is important to note that the Special Programmes is not for everyone. The competitive and high-stress environment may not be suitable for all students, and not all students will flourish in such an environment. Students who cannot cope leave the programme and proceed to a normal track. This is often seen as a source of “discomfort” for the struggling students & their parents. This can leave a permanent “scar” in a student’s self-esteem which may affect them throughout their academic journey. Students who have difficulty coping will perform better with private tuition. The home tutor will act as an additional learning resource outside the school environment. Since the course material in Special Programmes is challenging, the private tutor must have the required experience and must come from a top tuition agency.
There are a few key things that students need to do to perform well in Special Programmes. First, they need to develop good study habits & be able to work independently. This means setting aside time each day to review their notes, do homework, and study for tests. Second, they need to be organized and keep track of their assignments. This can be done by using a planner or calendar to keep track of due dates. Lastly, students need to ask for help when they need it. This could mean asking a teacher for extra help, getting help from a parent or other adult or engaging a private tutor. These private tutors are considered to be Specialist Tutors who possess the required experience and come from the best tuition agency
If students can do these things, they will be well on their way to success. Success does not come easy, dedication & hard work is the key. It all starts with a student being aware of their strengths & areas for improvements. If the student is young, then I am sure capable adults can weigh in on this and provide the necessary direction.