We believe that every child deserves to have the best possible education. Unfortunately, lots of schools are now starting to struggle due to a combination of the effects of COVID, budget cuts and growing class sizes.
Parents are now starting to turn to private tutoring for their kids, in order to give them the boost they need and the grades they deserve.
Tutoring provides a wide range of benefits for your child. If you’re still not sure whether a tutor is your best option, then maybe this article will help.
1) Learn the basics
The biggest reason that kids struggle at school is that they never fully mastered the basics. Imagine if you had to learn algebra when you were still trying to get to grips with basic multiplication. It would be almost impossible!
Schools can’t work on the basics forever. They have to quickly move on to other, more advanced topics in order to get through everything on the syllabus. This is usually why kids are left behind. If you get 50% in your exams we call this a pass, but in reality you only know 50% of the content. This means that as learning is a journey where new subjects are built on prior knowledge moving forward to new topics can be really challenging for many students.
This is where tutoring comes in handy.
A tutor can fill any gaps in your child’s knowledge, even if that means going back to square one. If your child needs to recap the basics, then they can.
This will give your child the basic understand they need so they can catch up with the rest of their class.
2) Prioritise your child
Class sizes are growing fast. As more schools struggle to meet payments, it’s becoming harder and harder to cater for the sheer number of pupils in any one class. Years ago 18 was considered the maximum class size today it is nearer 28. Nothing has changed, still one teacher, except there is more content and pressure to get through the syllabus.
That’s not good for your child. The lower the pupil-to-teacher ratio the better. In a class of 18 kids, your child gets a 18th of the teacher’s time and attention. In a class of 28, that drops to a 28th.
Even then that assumes the teacher’s time is shared equally. Generally, the highest performing students will get the least amount of support from a teacher with the worst performing pupils getting the most help, this means that many students are missing out on the support they need.
The reality is that the pupils in the middle, who struggle with specific topics, won’t get as much attention. A tutor, can change that and provide the attention your child needs.
Lessons are done on a one-on-one basis, which means every single lesson is focused on the exact areas your child struggles with and support can quickly scaffold and ensure success is achieved quickly.
3) Better focus and concentration
A lot of children simply aren’t suited to a classroom. They get bored and restless, and they wind up disrupting their own learning, and that of their classmates. They may even get into trouble.
With tutoring, however, your child is in a one-on-one situation. This means there are no distractions. They can’t talk to their friends, they can’t fiddle with their pens. They have to focus completely on their tutor.
Your child will also be learning somewhere they are familiar with, at a time to suit them. If they concentrate better in a less formal environment, like a kitchen or living room, then they can learn there. If they are more productive in the early morning before the school day starts, then they can learn then.
It’s important that your child can focus. At school, their attention can wander and their learning will suffer as a result.
Tutoring ensures they will be fully focused on the lesson, and they’ll end up making far more progress.
4) Loving learning
Struggling at school is extremely demoralising for any child. They’ll be embarrassed because they don’t know as much as their classmates, and they may feel stupid as a result. They’ll be frustrated at not being able to do the work.
Their confidence will start to slump, and as their self-esteem plummets, they’ll become resigned to the fact that they aren’t clever enough for school. It can be hard to recover from that, and they may adopt that attitude for the rest of their life.
Tutoring can steer your child away from that downwards slope, and set your child on the right path.
As they progress with tutoring, their work will start to improve. Slowly but surely they’ll achieve the grades they wanted. They’ll stop feeling embarrassed at school.
In turn they’ll grow increasingly confident. They’ll recognise that hard work and determination pays off and they’ll ultimately learn to love learning. This attitude will serve them well for the rest of their life!
5) Beyond the syllabus
If your child is especially talented at a certain subject, then they’re likely going to become increasingly bored with their lessons. Their teacher has to go at the pace of the class, and will have to stick to the curriculum.
Tutoring is usually seen as a way of helping those who are struggling, but it can also be a good form of teaching for those who are doing really well.
Learning should really continue outside of school, stretching beyond the syllabus. If your child is genuinely passionate about a certain subject, but feels they need to learn more than they do at school, then a tutor can help them develop their passion further.
If, for example, your child is studying GCSE Physics, but is already predicted a high grade, tutoring can help prepare them for A-Level and provide them with a head start.
It’s important to develop your child’s love for a subject before they give up on it and their passion dies out. Tutoring can help you do that.
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Tutoring can turn your child’s life around. It can help struggling kids get a better grasp of the basics, help them to tune in and focus, and help them start a love affair with learning.
If you would like more information on how tutoring can benefit your child, please fill in the form below and have a chat to our team.