Teachers are excellent at what they do but not all teachers can tutor. However the best tutors have all been teachers!
Teachers are responsible for classes of up to 30 children and as such behaviour management is key component to their skill set. Teachers have excellent professional boundaries between themselves and the students, this helps with behaviour and respect. A good tutor however has to be able to build a strong working relationship with a single child, one in which behaviour management while there, has a very different shape. They also have to change their outward persona as a strong teacher can be very off putting to a single child in a small corner of the living room/study
Our tutors have all been teachers with a minimum of 3 years experience in the classroom. They all have a degree in mathematics or a mathematical field and have all completed a PGCE or teaching qualification. Most importantly, they are all experienced tutors and understand the differences to a classroom. After all, you can’t just walk out of class, but you can walk out of tuition!
Private tutoring is something that can hugely benefit your child but sometimes the rewards aren’t made obvious to parents. Recent studies have even shown that having a tutor can help move a student up one and a half grades. However getting a private tutor can be a big decision for the whole family. That’s why we want to explain in more detail all the ways your child can benefit from having one.
Before we start talking about how your child can benefit from having a private tutor, it’s always good to recognise the signs that your child may be struggling and need some extra help.
Even though these may be some signs that your child could do with some extra help, it’s also important for us to recognise that any child at any ability can benefit from having a private tutor.
One of the biggest benefits of having a private tutor is that kids can work at the pace that’s right for them. Sometimes school lessons may go through the syllabus too quickly and they may feel unable to ask the teacher to go over it again. By having a private tutor children have every opportunity to take subjects a little slower and ask all the questions they need to.
Often your kids are situated in class of around 25-30 other students. This can make it difficult for teachers to provide the attention that your child needs, as there are too many students and not enough time to allow one-on-one learning. This often results in kids feeling neglected and that they aren’t getting enough help, which is where a private tutor comes in handy. They act as your child’s own private teacher who doesn’t have to worry about 29 other kids in the class. They are available to answer any question at any time and go through topics twice, three or even four times if it doesn’t make sense. On top of this, tutors also get to know your child’s individual learning style and adapt teaching methods based on this.
Often the reason why children are struggling and need a private tutor is because they are finding it hard to overcome a certain aspect of the curriculum. This can be anything from essay writing, maths formulas, speaking a language or having trouble reading or writing. Having a private tutor can allow kids to have the opportunity to overcome these obstacles but in their own time.
At school, children are often only taught what’s on the curriculum. However a fantastic benefit of having a private tutor is that they teach more than what is on the syllabus. They teach study skills, time management, organisation and how to prioritise, which can also be transferred into their everyday life.
Having a private tutor is fantastic as it’s flexible, which works particularly well if you have a busy schedule. You can also decide how often you want your child’s tutoring sessions to be and change them in due course. For example your child may usually have one session a week but perhaps need two a week before a busy exam period. It’s also convenient and tutors will do their teaching sessions in the comfort of your own home.
When children are at school there often isn’t as much emphasis as there should be on creating goals and objectives. Having a private tutor can really change this, as it’s their priority to help them set goals for your child and most importantly help them achieve them.