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How to Choose the Right Learning Center for your Child
Date: 
Mon, 2014-12-08 09:15
 

Learning centers can be found in most residential and commercial areas in Malaysia, and are an important aspect of the educational landscape here.

The majority of learning centers in Malaysia provide focused tutoring on school subjects with the aim of helping children excel in a given area of the curriculum such as English, mathematics or science, or prepare for high-stakes exams like the IGCSE, IELTS or SAT.

Many learning centers have developed their own unique programs and practices. Beyond offering traditional “tuition”, these institutions employ cutting-edge teaching and learning approaches, thereby enriching the learning experience and enabling students to approach a familiar subject area in a fresh and exciting manner.

There are also centers that offer courses and activities not found in the school curriculum such as swimming, music, martial arts, dancing and foreign languages to provide children with a well-rounded educational experience.

In the past few years, enrichment centers – learning centers that employ more modern, inquiry-based pedagogical methods – have become increasingly popular on the local education scene.

Enrichment centers aim to provide a non-traditional, engaging learning environment that incorporates elements of play and creative technology to help children cultivate an enjoyment of learning, motivate them to explore the world around them, and inspire them academically.

Besides offering the standard academic subjects typically found in school curricula, some learning centers also provide unique courses such as Lego robotics, photography, kids yoga and pilates, cooking, theatre production, rock music and fencing. These courses open up new opportunities for children to develop talents in areas that are not typically covered in the conventional school curriculum. For example, speech, drama and debate programs at learning centers can work wonders on a child’s confidence and communication abilities at school as they are focused on helping children learn to express themselves clearly, articulately and coherently.


Key Considerations


Before choosing a learning center for your child, take the time to consider the following factors:

Your Child’s Learning Needs and Goals

Before choosing a learning center, the first and most important question you need to consider is: what are your child’s learning needs and goals? Does he or she, for example, require help in better understanding a school subject or excelling in an exam, or would it be good for him to gain proficiency in a musical instrument or explore his interest in the inner-workings of an engine?

Once you have determined what your child’s needs and goals are, you can choose a learning center program that suits him or her.  

Keep in mind that - though you can discuss and explore this line of questioning with your child - some children might be resistant to starting a course at a learning center and may require encouragement to try something new and different. To cater to this, some centers offer trial classes so that your child can sit in for a session or two to determine his or her level of interest.

 

Learning Style

Your child’s learning style is also another factor to consider when choosing a class and tutor. If he is a visual learner, pictures and diagrams will best help him process information. As an auditory learner, listening to tutors and engaging in conversations will better help him understand the subject area. A kinesthetic or tactile learner will use his or her hands to learn and explore by building and reshaping items and objects around him or her. Or perhaps he or she best learns by reading materials and taking notes? A course that employs learning methods and technologies that suit your child’s learning style would enable them to expand their understanding and enhance their aptitude in a given subject area.

 

 

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This article originally appeared on Education Destination Malaysia. To read more advice on choosing the right learning centre for your child, please click here.