09 July 2018

Pros &Cons of Every Type of Tutoring You Need to Know Before Choosing

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Tutoring offers many benefits for students. Beside the obvious of helping them improving their understanding (and hopefully, grade) upon a subject, tutoring also help them setting time aside to study effectively, as well as developing good study habit that may last well until a long time.

Tutoring is also offered in various forms: one-on-one, small group, or even online. If you’re looking to hire one, you should be familiar first with the types offered so you can choose which one will benefit you the most.

Many Types of Tutoring

1.      One-on-One Tutoring

One-on-one tutoring is the most popular tutoring type, it seems, maybe because of its effectivity. Just like the name, one-on-one tutoring means a tutor will be responsible to help one student in a session. Because there are only two party during a session, the tutoring itself can be customized according to the student’s need.

One-on-one tutoring is arguably the most effective form of tutoring. Because you will be the sole student in the tutoring session, you are free to ask the tutor to slow down their explanation or repeat it. If you have difficulty over a certain task, you can also spend enough time for them to drill the solution into your head until you understand. Not only that, with one-on-one tutoring, if one day you are unable to attend the session, you can simply request your tutor to change the date, because there’s no other student that may have different opinion.

For the con arguments, one-on-one tutoring is obviously more expensive than the other type. However, cheap or expensive is always relative and everybody has different opinion over a product or service’s price. However, if you take note of the benefits, including the effectivity and the satisfaction of the student, the high price of one-on-one tutoring is worth it.

2.      Small Group Tutoring

Small group tutoring is where you and your friends decided to hire a tutor together. The effective number of member for this group is from 2-5. More than that and you risk the chance to get enough attention from your tutor. Small group tutoring is also popular, although maybe not as much as one-on-one tutoring, because it also offers special benefit that one-on-one tutoring doesn’t.

First, small group tutoring is usually cheaper, because you have a tutor and several students. While the rate isn’t simply the rate of one tutor split into three or four (depending on the number of members), you definitely will pay less than those that hire the same tutor for one-on-one session. Second, having friends during tutoring can actually improve your study experience. You have more head to discuss things with, so you’ll get more insight and understanding about the subject. Outside the tutoring session, you and your group members can also be study buddy, ensuring you to still learn effectively even without the presence of your tutor.

The cons for small group tutoring is that your tutoring session won’t be as exclusive as one-on-one tutoring. You can’t hog the attention of the tutor alone, but must share with your fellow students. However, this shouldn’t be a problem much, as long as the number is not more than five. Beside that, small group tutoring can be distracting, if you’re the type who prefer learning alone. You’ll need to focus yourself harder and try not to talk or play around with your groupmates, or you will just waste the session altogether.

3.      Online Tutoring

Online tutoring has been growing in popularity, thanks to the rise of internet. Online tutoring offers practicality that the two others don’t. The process to find and hire a tutor is fast and easy, and you can practically receive any lesson wherever you want, including but not limited on your dinner table (where you can sneak yourself a cup of nuts during the lesson) or even when you are out of the city.

The best pro arguments for online tutoring is the aforementioned practicality. You can search for them online, do interview and negotiate via email, and before you know it the lesson would be started and you got to reap the benefits. Another important benefit is that you can record your tutor easily when he or she is explaining (with consent, of course) so you can replay it later. You can do this in offline tutoring as well, but that would be quite a hassle. Online tutoring usually also offers cheaper rate, because your tutor don’t have to spend money for operating expense, like transportation cost to reach you at your home.

Like other types, online tutoring also has con arguments. First, for some people, online tutoring isn’t effective enough because they don’t get as immersed during study session as they do when they have tutoring face-to-face. Second, online tutoring isn’t actually as practical as we think, because while we can do it anywhere we want, we’ll still have to provide internet access and computer or laptop to start.

Choosing the Right One

So, only from looking at their pros and cons, do you already have any idea what kind of tutoring will help you the most? It really depends on how badly you need it, the difficulty level of your subject, your learning style, as well as your location and your budget.

If you have high budget with serious problem in a certain subject, I believe you’ll be more suitable for one-on-one tutoring. Another type of student that will be benefited by one-on-one is the type that find themselves difficult to focus. For certain subject that requires you to discuss or speak a lot, for example foreign language, small group tutoring could be more fun and more effective as well. If you have to be a little bit tight with money, or live quite far away from your campus or the city, then online tutoring is not a bad option at all.

So, which one of them will suit your needs best?

22 June 2018

Meeting the demands of the 21st Century through dynamic learning

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There is no doubt that the 21st Century has indeed arrived. In everything that we do, developments in technology have, in one way or the other, helped improve the way we live.

 All industries are experiencing massive changes in the way they do things. The so-called "4th Industrial Revolution," deemed to revolutionize the way industries shape our world concerning new technological discoveries, is now happening. Innovations and advancements in technology, with words like "Artificial Intelligence," "Nanotechnology," "Bioengineering," "Renewable Energy," "Quantum Computing," to name a few, have profound effects on the many facets of our lives that several years ago were deemed impossible. To be able to take advantage of all these developments, we need to start collaborating to form communities who would nurture each other and prepare the future generation for what the modern times bring.

 Every era produces a wave of people with a different mindset. Education, as the pillar of what forms a society, has a critical role in making sure individuals are ready to maximize opportunities that the future holds. It can make nations thrive during era shifts by nurturing learners with the skills, talent, and mindset to push forward. While leveling up content, enhancing programs and techniques are essential, it is the active cooperation by different sectors to contribute to learning can the goal of preparing a fully equipped individual can be achieved.


No man is an island. That has never been truer especially when we talk about education. The call to assist in character building and information sharing to learners is no longer just limited to educational institutions and teachers. Families, communities, governments and private industries are encouraged to join this endeavor. Every touch point of a learner from the moment he or she wakes up at home, interaction and encounters that they have as they go through the routines of their day, their whole environment and ecosystem contribute to their growth. Through collaborative partnerships among different stakeholders, we may be able to supply a holistic learning experience that would equip future leaders and professionals with the foundation needed to make nations prosper in the 21st century and beyond.


While primary subjects are essential in the formation of a learner, it is in its application that real relevance is built. It is no longer enough to merely know the basics of the language, maths, and sciences. Current times call for students to apply these fundamental learnings to understand trends, political landscapes, global happenings, and economies. Higher levels of discussion are encouraged to apply theories learned to the practical realities.


Learning never stops. Not just in the 21st century. Breakthroughs are being discovered every day that is in not enough to settle with the what we know today. Information is available everywhere and learners should be taught how to take advantage of it. The future generation should be equipped with the open-mindedness and critical thinking to process this readily available information through different mediums. Innovation and disruption are born from new ways of thinking. Students of today should be encouraged to do just that to be able to champion the 21st century.

That's why Partnerships for 21st Century Learning (P21), a recognized global organization who aims to be the catalyst for 21st century learning, created the Framework for 21st Century Learning. It emphasizes that priority should be given to developing learning competencies such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. These learning proficiency can prepare students for future challenges and opportunities that this new era brings. REX has continuously enhanced and leveled up to provide the right support to all partners - educational institutions, teachers, families, communities, individuals, and governments - so they can better assist students to meet the demands of current times. Efforts are currently being done to make each stakeholder understand their role in shaping the future generation beyond the four walls of the classroom. This is the future that the 21st century brings.

As REX continuously innovates and finds ways to assist in creating a set of ready generation for the future, it also poses a challenge to each today -- how do you contribute to shaping the future generation? Find out more about the essentials of 21st-century learning and join us in the conversation. Visit www.21c.rexbookstore.ph.

29 December 2017

What About Crochet Braids for 2018?

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Three days to go and it's 2018! I've been seeing and reading New Year-related articles each time I go online. Popular ones are posts about the traditions that people do for a lucky New Year. There are also those who love to share personal goals to their preferred social media accounts. While others simply flaunt a new look to welcome the New Year. 

Which one are you?

I believe a lot of women would prefer the latter. This I guess is getting simpler to do nowadays even without the need to go to the salon and spending that much with the advent of online tutorials and ready-to-use products such as crochet braids. I have seen these in my students by the way,  when we have had our Christmas party over a week ago. Braids seem to be an "in" thing for them.

The good news is that braiding doesn't have to be that strenuous and time-consuming this time as ready-to-wear crocheted braids are now made available for easy and comfortable use. 

This is exactly what Divatress is all about. I looked through the site and was amazed particularly looking at the different braid styles that are popularly worn by the divas. You see... not only celebrities like them can wear different hairstyles now because Divatress is making it happen for everybody. So, in case you'd love to wear but don't know how to braid your hair, fret not. Divatress will get you covered.

Oh and lastly, crocheted braid will also make a perfect holiday gift ... in case you're still out there wondering what to give her. ;-)

02 October 2017

Sadsad sa Kadalanan Props: The Making

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Sadsad sa Kadalanan is an annual competition participated by the different secondary and tertiary schools of  the municipality of Compostela, Compostela Valley, in line with the week-long celebration of Buganihan Festival and Araw ng Compostela that is observed on the first day of August.

Sadsad sa Kadalanan has been the major highlight of the celebration which showcases not only talents and unique performances of the students but also artistry as it uses custom-made props, backgrounds and other tools.

Despite of the changes in terms of the number of participants this time, our school still responded positively to the invitation. And as it has been the last four years, I worked for the props team.

This year's concept explains how the people of Compostela stood tall socially and economically despite the encountered adversities in the past. With that, here's what we have come up:


The backdrop were made of canvas and latex paint.


We used insulators, canvas (for the snake's body) and luminous spray paint for most of the props used.


There were 100 students who represented our school for the competition. Fifty of them were the dancers and the other half are the props men.

It took us almost a month to gather everything up. All of these hard work and physical exhaustion for just a less than an hour presentation.

We've been joining this competition for four years now and every bit of extended effort from all who had helped in different ways - teachers and students is paid off.

04 September 2017

Intramural 2017 [The Secretariat]

It's the time of the month where students in the Basic Education celebrates Sports Week through the annual Intramural.

This week-long celebration aims to develop camaraderie among students especially that we have new students in the Senior High School department and the Grade 7 level who have just started a school year in the institution.

It is also during this time that the teachers expect to discover skills and talents of the students - both old and new.

The opening day was started with a parade, followed by a torch lighting,an Oath of Sportsmanship, a Field Demonstration for Elementary and Mass Dance for High School students and then a short program to cap half of the day. And then the other half marks the official opening of the games.

Everyone took part on the this year's Intramural, including the teachers. My part as co-head of the Secretariat along with my team also started on the same day. Here, I picked three SHS students from the English Club and Journalism Team to manage the 5-day secretarial job (the calling of games, reading of results, playing music and making important announcements). :D

[From left: me, Kaye, Trisha, Rafaelle]

These three have been in my team for the last two years, though they play ball games too.They simply have the knack of entertaining people not only through the music that they play but through their wit and out of the box strategies as well.

Our job also ended as the Intramural week did and it has been a great, relaxing week for all of us.