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Overcoming A Levels with FamilyTutor H1 General Paper Home Tutors' Advice

Seriously, we do not want to sugarcoat. Yes, the A Level H1 General Paper syllabus is arguably the most difficult A Level subject for Junior College (JC) students to excel in. Why is that so?

First of all, ALL JC students have to take the subject; there is no escape from taking it unless the JC student drops out or changes to the Polytechnic route! So even if they dislike the English Language or simply hate writing essays, there is really nothing they can do about it.

Second of all, it is not just a higher-level English Language paper or just about reading more and memorising content; it is a test of thinking and argumentative skills which are not what O Level students are specially trained to do extremely well in.

Lastly, the H1 General Paper syllabus incorporates the knowledge of current affairs and understanding of the world. Oh wait, so on top of all the difficult H1/H2//H3 subjects that a JC student must study for, they have to read the news to keep themselves abreast of the current happenings in the world? Yes, that’s right.

The GCE A Level H1 General Paper syllabus may or may not be the JC student’s cup of tea, but they have to take the exam anyway. So instead of dreading it, why not we think of ways to overcome it?! With that, FamilyTutor has interviewed some of our best H1 General Paper home tutors in Singapore, and below are what they suggested!

TV News are your best friends now!

One of our H1 General Paper home tutors told us this: “Watch TV.” Our interviewers went “HUH?!”, and then the tutor added “Watch at least 1 hour of news a day. Even if your entire focus isn’t on the TV, at least play the news in the background while you do your own stuff.”

When told to clarify, this H1 General Paper home tutor explained that the H1 General Paper syllabus is about world affairs. Even if we do not talk about the current happenings, what we can do it to make sure that we are well informed about them so we could impress the markers of the examination. Even if our eyes are not stuck to the TV, having the news played in the background would ensure that we watch them whenever we take a break from doing whatever we are doing. “I’ve tried it with over 200 of my H1 General Paper home tuition students; it’s proven to be effective,” she added.

Think like a diplomat!

Another H1 General Paper home tutor of FamilyTutor gave us this interesting tip: “Imagine yourself as a diplomat. Sit on the fence; don’t take sides too soon.”

Well, that is unconventional. Aren’t we supposed to pick a side when answering a question in General Paper? Yes, we are supposed to do that. However, the reason this H1 General Paper home tutor gave us this advice is that he recognises the need to show maturity and objectivity in the H1 General Paper syllabus, regardless it is for the comprehension or essay question. Yes, eventually we need to pick a side, but at the same time we need to show a balanced argument with 3 to 4 well backed points for each perspective in order to prove to the examiner that we are analytically mature. 

Seek assistance from an H1 General Paper home tutor!

Last but not least, having a mentor to constantly consult with is one of the best ways that we can excel in the H1 General Paper. Realistically speaking, the JC is a fast-track system to push JC students to be ready for the University. With so many other subjects to study for, sometimes it is always better to have an H1 General Paper home tutor to fall back on whenever the going gets tough. Rather than relying on just the limited H1 General Paper class contact time in school and ourselves, we can always consider having H1 General Paper home tuition to accelerate our learning and to score well for the A Levels!

FamilyTutor is the best H1 General Paper home tuition agency in Singapore. Over the years, we have recommended countless H1 General Paper home tutors to family island wide. Most of our H1 General Paper private tutors have at least 5 years of experience imparting valuable General Paper knowledge to their students. Under their care, the students that came to us eventually improved in and scored extremely well for their A Level H1 General Paper!

If you are ready to take the necessary action to help yourself or your children score well for the subject, feel free to contact FamilyTutor! We will do our very best to recommend one H1 General Paper home tutor who suits your needs! With FamilyTutor, every Singaporean son & daughter is in good hands!

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As the name suggests, they conduct home tuition as a part-time job. They can be working full-time as a store manager, data analyst, or even a salesperson! However, because they love teaching and can teach really well, they choose to teach as a home tutor outside of their usual working hours!

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These tutors have the experience teaching in MOE/IGCSE/IB schools, therefore they know the syllabus really well!

At FamilyTutor, we want our tutors to not only impart knowledge and help the student improve their grades, but also want the students & parents to feel at ease when the tutors are teaching at their home! Even better, we want the students & parents to feel like their tutors are part of their family (that is also why we are called “FamilyTutor”)!

Therefore, we manually interview our tutors and not let any computer algorithm do the job! By doing so, we are able to detect any favourable human attributes – such as sincerity, responsibility, and positive attitude – and recommend only those tutors that possess these attributes to the students & parents who come to us!

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When we recommend a few really suitable tutors to you, you might see that for the same subject and level, different tutors charge different hourly rates.

This happens because usually FamilyTutor does not set those hourly rates. Most of the time, the hourly rates that you see are ones that each individual tutor charges based on their qualifications, experience, the distance they have to travel to the student’s place, their level of teaching confidence, and many more.

One thing that FamilyTutor can do for you is to ensure that the tutors’ asking hourly rates are in line with the current market rates. When the time comes, our experienced coordinators may even help you negotiate for hourly rates that both parties are comfortable and happy with!

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Our agency fee is charged to our tutors. To facilitate the collection of agency fees from our tutors, we require your cooperation to make payment for the first few lessons (usually 50% of the first 4 weeks) directly to FamilyTutor. Thereafter, you will make payment to the tutor directly for the remaining lessons. No worries, the payment details will be communicated to you clearly when you confirm to engage a tutor with us!

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You may request to make payment to the tutors by cash or cheque, via bank transfer, PayNow, or PayLah! This is provided that the confirmed tutors are agreeable too! Usually, our tutors have no problem with any of the options mentioned above. 

Our agency fee is charged to our tutors, so to facilitate the collection of agency fees from our tutors, we require your cooperation to make payment for the first few lessons (usually 50% of the first 4 weeks) directly to FamilyTutor. Thereafter, you will make payment to the tutors directly for the remaining lessons. No worries, the payment details and method will be communicated to you clearly when you confirm to engage a tutor with us! We accept bank transfer, PayNow, PayLah, cash, or even cheque!

You can terminate the tuition any time after the first lesson if you think that the tutor is not suitable for you. However, you must inform FamilyTutor at least 24 hours before the next lesson and must make payment for all the lessons conducted. Please note that it is our company’s policy that any termination of tuition made less than 24 hours before the next lesson will incur a late charge of 50% of that lesson’s fee.

To terminate tuition with the confirmed tutor, please inform FamilyTutor at +65 8777 2168 (Mon-Sun 9am-10pm) via WhatsApp or phone call at least 24 hours before the next lesson commences. From there, we will advise you on the next step.

Please note that once you have confirmed the tutor, there is a binding contract to complete one full lesson. You may request for a change of tutor or termination of the tuition only after completing the first lesson. Any termination before the first lesson is completely delivered will incur an administrative charge of no less than one lessons’ worth of fee.

Tutors are expected to commit at least 4 weeks’ worth of lessons before any termination of tuition. If the tutor wants to terminate the tuition without any valid reason (e.g. medical-related) before completing at least 4 weeks’ worth of lessons, he or she will not be entitled to receive any tuition fee that is yet to be paid to him or her.

We seek your understanding that we cannot force our tutors to commit for more than 4 weeks of lessons. However, we do encourage responsible behaviour in our tutors.

In the first place, when recommending tutors to you, we strive to select only the responsible ones for you! We believe that as long as the students & parents treat our tutors with basic respect, there is no reason our tutors would terminate the tuition.

Yes, you can postpone lessons.

However, any postponement of the lessons in the first 4 weeks should be made known to FamilyTutor via WhatsApp or phone calls at +65 8777 2168 and to the tutor via his or her phone number at least 24 hours before the next lesson commences. This is except for special cases such as medical emergencies.

Please note that any failure to postpone at least 24 hours before the next lesson commences may incur a compensation to the tutor for his or her loss of time. The compensation is usually no less than 50% of one lessons’ worth of fee. 

FamilyTutor discourages our tutors to postpone lessons unless there is a valid reason, such as suddenly falling sick or having some sort of medical emergencies.

All in all, we encourage our tutors to inform you of any postponement of lesson at least 24 hours before the next lesson commences, and makes up for the missed lesson within the next 7 days.

At the same time, we wish you could set a healthy communication system with your tutor so both parties could understand each other’s schedule and come to a consensus regarding any postponement issue.