Self-Study or Tutorial Service: What Could Be Best for My School-age Child?

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During my school days — elementary, high school, and college — I was taught to self-study. When doing homework or reviewing for a quiz or quarterly exams, I would hole up in my study table (my parents bought one each for me and my sister) and answer my textbooks and re-read notes on my own. I don’t know how my parents taught me that (maybe because they were working in the office full-time), or if I learned that from my sister (who was a year older than me and a consistent achiever) who also self-studied.

My siblings and I never had a tutor when we were still studying. Back then, having a tutor meant the student was nearly failing in class and needed some help.

We also didn’t go to a review center in preparation for the college entrance exams. My sister did buy reviewers then, which we used. Might have been the reason why I missed 0.0085 points to pass the UPCAT.

(I cried when I saw the UPCAT results. Never mind if I passed the entrance exams for Ateneo, DLSU, and UST.)


Today, I’m a full-time working mom with a school-age kid. And while I try to get home and help her out with her homework (she’s in Grade 3), I know that I can’t always be there to assist her in her homework or lessons.

I’m still wary of hiring a tutor for my kid, to be honest. I would want a tutor to have good qualifications and can work with my daughter, who’s pretty spirited at her age.

(Which makes me miss my sister, now in SG. She used to be a tutor and a guidance counselor in an international school here in PH.)

That’s why when I stumbled upon AHEAD Tutorial and Review Center, I took a closer look.

AHEAD Tutorial and Review Center

They have various programs for One-on-One Tutorials. I noticed that they don’t only give tutorial services to students who have a hard time coping with their subjects but also to those who already have good grades but want to maintain them.

AHEAD also offers Singapore Math, Mind Mapping, and other Advancement Programs for elementary, high school, and college students.

Another thing AHEAD has is a Review Program for college entrance exams, SATs, and ACTs. Hmm, maybe if I took their review classes for UPCAT, I probably would have passed (just maybe; I’m still happy and proud to be a Thomasian 🙂 ).

But what makes AHEAD different from other tutorial centers I know is that it offers Online Programs. It covers most of their regular Tutorial and Review Services, but now done at the comforts of your home. As long as there is internet connection at home, the student doesn’t need to travel to the branch. They just have to log on and enjoy one-to-one reviews with expert tutors via video-conferencing. A plus for convenience!

AHEAD Online


My elementary-school kid shows good performance in school. Not an achiever but not on the brink of failing, either (just like me when I was a student). Will I enroll her to a center like AHEAD Tutorial and Review Center? Well, maybe. But if I want her to have a great edge in school and in life, it’s worth a shot.

AHEAD Tutorial and Review Center has its main office located in Xanland Place, Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City. It has branches in FBR Building Katipunan, Robinsons Galleria, Prime Center Alabang, Mission Hills Antipolo, Power Realty Building Makati, Coed Building Tuguegarao, and Porta Vaga Mall Baguio. For more information, call (63) 426-0034 to 36, email, or log on to its website at


  1. eliewave

    Loved this! My mom hired an English tutor when I was a kid and it turned out beneficial for both of us. If one is willing to learn and… have enough budget then one should go for it. Just consider it as an investment.

    4 years ago
  2. eliewave

    Loved this! My mom hired an English tutor when I was a kid and it turned out beneficial for both of us. When one is willing to learn and… have a budget then one should decide to invest in these services.

    4 years ago
    • Michelle

      Hmm, that’s a good way of putting it. Education is, indeed, something we should invest in. Thank you! 🙂

      4 years ago

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