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Private tuition vs tutorial schools

April 19, 2010

By Wong Hoi Yi, Pooi To Middle School


Many students in Hong Kong deepen their knowledge and skills by joining tutorial schools after class. Tutorial schools have become very popular in Hong Kong.

Private tuition at home on the other hand is not as popluar because it is really expensive. Only a few students with rich parents can afford such tuition.

I think private tuition can save the students’ time as they do not need to go outside for tution. The students can also learn faster with this one-to-one tuition.

The downside though is that the students would not meet the friends that they can meet at the tutorial schools. That could lead them to become shy.

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  1. Zareen Chiba permalink
    April 19, 2010 10:01 pm

    You raised some interesting points there. Admittedly, I do attend tutorial classes for the few particular subjects I am weak in, so to some extent I have to agree that private tuition is much more efficient, as tutorial school classes cater to the masses and cannot pinpoint students’ weaknesses in certain areas.

    However, I have to disagree with your point concerning meeting friends at tutorial schools. Indeed, for students taking regular courses for a few months, they may make a few acquaintances, but the main point of attending tutorial classes is to acquire maximum (curriculum) knowledge and tips in the shortest time possible, and not to make friends. There are abundant opportunities for students to make friends outside tutorial sessions (such as service projects, school fairs, ECAs to name a few) which can also generate a sturdier friendship.

    A point to note: I only had private tutors in my junior forms and I expect the “private tutorial” culture to be subject to much change in the upper forms, but while public tuition is significantly more popular among students, the cost of a month of classes (4 sessions) is approximately $500, which is also quite expensive. So either way, tuition can still bore holes in parents’ wallets.

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