How it will work in S'pore?

Tutorial Relationships (TR) was founded by Dr Gabriel Camara, who has a PhD in education from Harvard University and is the national adviser to the Secretary of Education of Mexico.

Dr Camara is known to be one of the world's foremost educators and his work became national policy in 2010 to improve academic achievement in 9,000 worstperforming schools in Mexico.

In 2011, about 78,000 teachers in Mexican middle schools (which are equivalent to Singapore's lower secondary) were trained in TR.

This involves peer tutoring and a structured plan in each session.

After a student is tutored by a teacher or peer, they are required to reflect on the lesson and create their own tutoring guide.

While TR has seen success in Mexico, how would it work in Singapore?

For Shuqun Secondary, it has shown some results - the Normal Technical maths results have improved in overall passes.

Hopeful results

Said principal Chia Hai Siang: "While it is still too early to tell if it is successful in raising student achievement, we have some hopeful results.

"Our studies show that the tutors in particular learn better and also retain what they learn longer."

The school plans to introduce TR to incoming Normal Technical students.

The current group of students will continue with TR and help teachers to tutor their juniors in a structured and regular manner.

Other than for art and maths, they will also use TR in science.

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