Students turn tutors

Students turn tutors
Sec 1 Normal Technical students at Shuqun Secondary School demonstrating to principals and teachers how they tutor their classmates in maths.

SINGAPORE - Damian Ng is a chatty 13-year-old boy. Sabrina Kamaruddin, 15, was shy and afraid of public speaking.

But these students transform into serious and confident individuals when they take on the role of a tutor to their classmates.

These students from Shuqun Secondary School have been part of a pilot project here called tutorial relationships (TR).

For the past year, a Secondary 3 art class and a Sec 1 maths class from the school have been conducting their lessons in this way.

First introduced in Mexico, TR is a new way of learning which enables every student to be a tutor and a learner.

The class is split according to a theme.

For instance in a maths class, half of the class will learn about fractions while the other half will study algebra from their teachers.

Paired up, the "fractions" group will then teach the "algebra" group and vice versa. The teachers will be around to facilitate the one-on-one exchanges.

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