Which tutorial center is best for your child?
How do you know which tutorial center best fits your child? We’ve rounded up five centers in the metro that may be your solution to flagging grades, laziness or that goal to become one of the Top Ten in class.
Tutorial sessions have a lot of benefits for children. Effective tutoring not only raises their performances and enhances their lifeskills, they also gain more confidence, better socialization skills and even a friend in their tutor.
But how do you know which one is best for your child? If you have found a good home tutor, then good for you. Otherwise, tutorial centers are the way to go.
We cannot say, though, that tutorial centers are all the same--each has its own approach to enriching your child and making it look as cost-effective as possible.
MSA has been around for quite a while. Founded in 1988, the company has 12 branches all over the metro, making it one of the biggest tutorial companies in the city based on accessibility. They even have a branch inside SM Fairview.
Their teacher-student ratio is low at 1:3 and they do provide options for 1:1 tutoring. Their rates are higher than other centers, with the 20-hour program costing a little over Php 10,000. MSA prides itself in hiring only teachers and educators for their tutor pool.
Even if you haven't enrolled in their programs, you could also use their review materials available at various bookstores around the country.
Contact Number: (02) 925-7544; (02) 929-9159; (02) 929-9145
Website: MSA website
Branches: Quezon City, Alabang, Makati, Rockwell, SM Fairview, Antipolo, Cainta, Cebu, D. Tuazon, Taft, Greenhills, Sta. Rosa
Price range: Php 6000+++ to Php 10,000+++
AHEAD Tutorial and Review
Another big name in tutorial centers, AHEAD has 11 branches, including one inside Robinson's Galleria. What they offer are individualized programs based on needs, with some of their packages dedicating 60 hours of work will be done on kids with failing grades.
They base their prices and packages on what your child needs. So if your child is already an achiever or you simply want him to maintain grades, you can get a cheaper package at around Php 5,500. If you compare their rate to MSA's 20-hour package for 1:3 ratios, you get better value for your money here since you only pay a little over Php 13,000 to get 1-on-1 sessions.
Address: 2/F 337 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City (Across Miriam, on top of Citystate Savings Bank)
Contact Number: 426-0034, 426-0035, 426-0036, (0915) 538-8857
Branches: Katipunan (2 branches), The Fort, Antipolo, Alabang, Baguio, Dagupan, Greenhills, Tuguegarao, Makati, Robinson's Galleria
Price range: Php 3500++ to Php 35,000+++
One of the cheapest by far, the lure of Tutor Link is that the employed tutors are students of the University of the Philippines (U.P.). While actual teachers are on-hand, the proximity to U.P. lets them hire university students to teach high school and younger kids.
Their 1-on-1 package is cheaper at Php 7000 for 20 hours with the option to upgrade to 30 hours for an additional Php 2000. Though they cannot boast of having licensed teachers, they make sure that the university students that they hire have good academic standing.
For kids in the lower grade levels, this may be the best option if you are near their Quezon City branches (Mindanao Avenue and Katipunan).
Address: 3/F 318 Tanglao Building (beside Pizza hut) Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Contact Number: (02) 435-0010, (02) 928-5590
Website: Tutor Link
Branches: Mindanao Avenue, Katipunan
Price range: Php 2000 to Php 9000
Celadon Tutorial and Review
For parents who want to get away from the traffic of Katipunan and all the review centers there, Celadon Tutorial Center can be found along Marcos Hi-way. It’s a great center for kids in Antipolo, Rizal and Marikina.
What they have against other centers is that their rate for 20 sessions (Php 5500) is much lower and each session comes at two hours each.
They offer deep discounts for yearly enrollees and only require post-dated checks. Exam season also doesn't have to break the bank as they allow one-hour extensions during exam week and mock tests. Unlike other centers, they also have Chinese writing and language tutorials. Their teacher-to-student ratio is 1:3.
Address: Unit 11 Town and Country Commercial Arcade, Cainta, Rizal
Contact Number: 02-9869873; 0939-1669350
Website: Celadon Tutorial Center
Branches: Marcos Hi-way, Antipolo
Price range: Php 3000+++ - Php 7000+++
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YTC Tutorial and Review Center
With nine branches all over the country, this tutorial center offers AHEAD-level prices with more hours. If you only seek tutoring for younger kids, this center may be a good alternative. Their teachers are said to be experts in their fields and can coach and mentor your kids to success.
If your child isn't having too much trouble in school, you can take advantage of group classes at lower rates from Php 5000 for an hour everyday for one month.
Address: N. S. Amoranto Sr. Ave, 1114 Quezon City, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 2 4108456
Website: YTC Tutorial Center
Branches: Quezon City, Alabang, Las Pinas, Caloocan, Malolos, Olongapo, Davao, Antipolo
Price range: Php 5000+++ to Php 7000+++
Athens Tutorial and Review Center
If your kid goes to Ateneo de Manila or Xavier, then Athens Tutorial and Review Center is the best one for you. Run by a former student of both schools, your child can get the special care these schools need. If your child goes to a different school, though, they can easily customize a program for him.
They also offer exam review programs that include mock tests and intensive review of related subjects. Just like MSA, they have their own study guides and resources, aside from the latest books.
Give them a call to know more about their rates and packages. Since the owner is quite young and the vibe is more modern than other centers, older kids may find this type of setting better than others.
Address: Unit 202 Ash Creek Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, 1500 San Juan del Monte
Contact Number: 0917-5308259
Price range: Upon request
The Tutoring Club exposes students to teaching and tutoring methods developed abroad. Your child goes through a “battery of tests” and gets an individualized program at the end.
Tutoring Club aims to provide your child with the basics in Math, Reading, Writing and other subjects as well as soft skills that he will need as he grows older.
For children who are struggling or need a new approach to traditional education, the Tutoring Club may be the answer.
Address: Unit 204 Sekai Center 368 Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan
Contact Number: 02-631-8097, 0918-818-8867
Website: Tutoring Club
Branches: Greenhills, BGC, Rockwell, Alabang, Banilad, Cebu
Price range: Upon request, possible financial aid
The Learning Library
For parents with smaller children preparing for big school, The Learning Library has facilities and programs that give kids an edge when it comes to traditional education.
They have special language courses that can raise your child's competency in English, Filipino and even Chinese! Their goal for teaching is to develop kids who can understand fundamental language concepts.
They also offer subject-related tutorials for bigger kids. If you're looking for a center to help your child become a better reader, writer and speaker, this is the best center to consider.
Address: 41 Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Contact Number: 294-8081, +63917-828-2669
Website:The Learning Library
Branches: Loyola Heights, San Juan, Makati, Greenmeadows, West Triangle, Alabang, New Manila, Marikina
Price range: starts at Php 4800++ per month
These rates are only informational and are subject to change without notice.
Know the center that your child needs
In the end, you should take into consideration your child's needs, disposition, your budget and the accessibility of the center when choosing a tutorial center.
Keep in mind that you’re enrolling your child at a center to help him--not to make him dependent. If you see your child not gaining study skills or initiative when it comes to school work, it may be a good idea to change tutors or center altogether.
Do you send your child to a tutorial center? Which one? Share your insights with other mommies who are looking for a tutor or center for her kids here!
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