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Does tutoring help?

In a word: yes.

Tutoring can help a great deal. But only if children receive 1:1 access to carefully thought out, specific instruction, based on their needs as individuals. So where as a parent should you begin?

The first step is to figure out where the ”problem” lies, why does your child need tutoring?

It is important to remember that many children struggle at school at some point in their academic careers, and that it is normal. Whether their struggles are subject based, be it be in Maths, English or Biology a guiding hand and the wisdom of a tutor to get them to that ”ah ha” moment, may be required. The trick however, is to work out what is inhibiting that “ah ha” moment from occurring inside the classroom in the first place.

Is it nerves during assessment or poor exam technique? Does your child have an undiagnosed barrier to learning? Or is it merely an opportunity to be taught the concepts again, going back a few steps to make sure the core ideas are understood, not presenting themselves often enough in a large group setting such as a classroom.

Once one knows what is ”wrong” it is much easier to tackle the problem. Too often parents see tutoring as a “cure-all” to get their children into the best schools, with the top marks, but the second step to successful tutoring is to ask oneself; when does it stop?

Tutoring should not be done to force a child to become someone they are not, if a child is doing their best and are scoring an average grade no amount of pushing is going to make that child somewhat brighter, quite the opposite in fact. Children’s mental health begins to suffer, feeling that they are forever letting their parents down by not scoring that 100%. Add to that current economic pressures, makes the burden on young children even harder to bare.

We can’t go on holiday this year Timmy, as you failed to get the academic scholarship. We really wish you would care about your studies and your future more…”

This comment, while well meant, from a parent can seriously damage a child’s self esteem. So the third point is to manage expectations.

Once you have discussed the above three points with your child’s tutor it is much easier to move forward as a united team, all working together for the child’s maximum benefit.

Finally, and probably most importantly the child needs to be included in these meetings so they understand your expectations and that they are a part of setting the end goal. Without that ownership of expectations, tutoring will inevitably fail.

If you would like to start the journey of tutoring with us please email alinedtutors@gmail.com to book an initial consultation with one of our tutors.

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