## Why be a Math Tutor?

## Becoming a Math Tutor

I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a teacher. When I was able to enter the teaching service under a scholarship, I was elated. Being a school teacher, I enjoyed my interactions with students on a daily basis. I was able to inspire them in so many ways, and it was fantastic to watch my students progress and develop an interest in math, even when they first disliked it.

When I became a mother, I wanted to spend more time with my family. This meant that priorities needed to be adjusted. I chose to be a math tutor, because I can and love to teach math under a schedule that suits my new lifestyle. Becoming a full-time tutor means I am able to decide when and where to have classes. As a result, it has been a very varied and satisfying journey thus far. I have met people from all walks of life, and students with varying learning needs.

Tutoring is no longer an indulgence of the rich to ensure that their children excel in exams. These days, it has become a much needed service; tuition supports a child’s learning, boosts their confidence and ease their anxiety over math. There have been many news articles on how tutoring has undermined the education system in Singapore. The image portrayed is that children are coerced into having tuition and being deprived of their childhood. However, it is important to note that many children who have tuition actually *want* and *need* the extra guidance in math. Being able to *do* math diminishes their fears and enhances their well-being.

Tutors do not belittle nor undermine the education system. School teachers are admirable and hardworking, and as an ex-MOE teacher, I feel that they do deserve more credit than awarded. Tutors have a different role – we supplement a child’s learning in math, which may or may not be achieved in schools due to various reasons. I have witnessed how children develop confidence in math through additional support at home, and it is definitely not just about getting a better grade. The growth in a child is holistic, and it is wonderful to watch them grow and progress into better people.

*Are you an undergraduate who is keen to explore tutoring and enjoy inspiring children in maths? Are you a former or current MOE maths teacher looking to hone your skills or supplement your income?*

*We want YOU! Join our wonderful team of like minded maths educators! We are looking to expand our team, and we encourage sharing of maths resources and pedagogies. Send us an email at learn@mathtutor.sg with your resume today!*

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