Tutors and Tutoring Programs

There are many reasons parents choose tutoring for their children. Some parents feel unable to help their children with schoolwork. Others may find their children are more receptive to working through school struggles with another person. Tutoring can help strengthen subject comprehension, boost confidence, and build important learning skills.

Tutoring gives students individualized attention that they don’t get in a crowded classroom. This helps children who struggle to keep up, as well as those who aren’t challenged enough. It also keeps students on track during breaks from school, such as during March Break, or during the summer.

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What Are The Benefits Of Tutoring?

Tutoring programs can help your child develop study and learning skills that will help set up your child for success for his or her entire life. There are many advantages of tutoring services:

  1. An individual and unique learning experience

Your child will receive an individualized learning experience he or she can’t always get in a classroom setting. Tutors can customize the lessons and activities just for your child.

  1. One-on-one attention

Tutors get to know your child’s individual learning style and can adapt teaching methods accordingly. They act as your child’s own private teacher.

  1. Improves academic performance

Tutoring will prepare your child for tests and exams, while tutors work with your child on specific problem areas. Your child’s grades and understanding of the subject will significantly improve when working with a tutor.

  1. Improves attitude towards learning and school

Learning will become fun for your child. With constant encouragement and praise, your child will no longer feel overwhelmed or frustrated with school.

  1. Encourages self-paced and self-directed learning

With tutoring, your child will learn to take the initiative his or her school work. Your child will also learn how to control the learning pace.

  1. Improves self-esteem and confidence

Your child’s self-esteem and confidence will increase through tutoring, by providing him or her with the resources and skills he or she needs to excel in school.

  1. Improves work and study habits

Through tutoring, your child will learn work and study habits he or she will use for life. These skills will help prepare your child to successfully achieve his or her goals both inside and outside of school.

  1. Positive workspace

Tutoring provides an environment free of distractions, with fewer students and disruptions around so your child is better able to focus on learning.

  1. Encourages independence and responsibility

Your child will gain the ability to do school work on his or her own, without your help. Your child will realize his or her own personal growth and will learn to take responsibility for his or her studies.

  1. Helps overcome learning obstacles

Your child’s tutor will specifically target whichever aspect of learning he or she is having trouble with, whether it’s writing, math, language, or reading.

  1. Encourages the freedom to ask questions

At school, your child may not always feel comfortable asking questions in front of his or her peers. Tutoring will help teach your child to be comfortable asking questions, big or small, without feeling self-conscious.

  1. Improves social and behavioral skills

Tutoring services will help your child become a better communicator, form better relationships with peers, and make more positive social and behavioral adjustments.

  1. Increases the ability to manage one’s learning

Your child will become more competent in his or her learning and more successful in managing his or her school work.

  1. Challenges those who need it

Tutoring helps bored or under-stimulated children reach their full potential.

  1. Prepares your child for college

Students heading off to college will learn how to create study plans, develop advanced study skills, and learn superior time management skills. There are numerous benefits of tutoring in college, including reinforcement of existing knowledge and gaining a better understanding of a field of study.

Disadvantages of Private Tutoring

There are some downsides to tutoring as well.

  1. High Costs

One of the main disadvantages of private tutoring is its costs. Hiring a quality tutor with qualifications and prior experience can be costly, and many families may not be able to afford it.

  • Potential Waste of Money

Families that are on a tight budget may opt for cheaper tutoring options. However, that increases the risk of private tutoring, turning out to be a waste of money.

Usually, tutors with extensive experience and certifications charge more and can provide higher quality services. Meanwhile, tutors who charge less do so for a reason. They may either lack experience or qualifications. Therefore, it may be useful to do a test session or a few before committing to long-term tutoring.

  • The Tutor May Not a Good Match

A tutor’s personality and the child’s ability to get along with them can improve private tutoring results. Studies have indicated that children perform better when they can relate to their tutor.

The opposite, however, can even be harmful. It can cause the child to dislike the subject or even rebel against it. Thus, it’s essential to address the issue if you notice that your child is showing dislike or resentment against the tutor.

  • The Tutor May Not a Certified Teacher

Unfortunately, many believe that hiring someone with a degree in a specific subject can result in good tutoring results. Nonetheless, it’s not a guarantee. Teaching is a skill, and not everyone possesses it.

Hiring a tutor who lacks teaching skills can result in boring lessons and even further decrease your child’s motivation to study.

  • Safety Concern

Many parents do not feel confident leaving their child with an adult they may not know well. To prevent any negative instances from happening, it can be beneficial to seek private tutoring through an agency that vets their professionals or requesting a criminal background report from the tutor.

  • Children May See It as an Obligation

Let’s face it. Private tutoring is often a choice made by the parents rather than the child. Because of that, the child may feel obligated to go to tutoring sessions rather than actually enjoy them. Hiring a tutor who lacks teaching skills or qualifications or whose personality your child does not get along with can make this issue even worse.

  • Less Time for Extracurricular and Other Activities

Tutoring takes time, especially if you need to travel to a different location. Therefore, it can occupy the time that your child could spend on doing their homework, participating in extracurricular activities, spend their time with family and friends, or simply rest.

How To Choose The Right Tutor?

Here are some important factors to consider when choosing a tutor.

  1. Is the tutor approachable?

You need to look for a private tutor who can ease these fears and renew the student’s interest.  Someone approachable enough so that your child won’t equate learning with being punished or ridiculed. The tutor must have a thorough understanding of child psychology to develop a fearless, healthy, and communicative relationship with her student.

  • Does the tutor have the ability to teach the subject matter?

Some tutors are excellent at a certain subject matter but may not have the ability to teach it. Some have the knack for teaching; they have the gift to explain tough concepts without intimidating their students.

But for most people, the ability to teach is something that needs to be honed and developed for several years. And this can only be possible if the teacher has the inclination and years of experience teaching school-aged children.

Check the tutor’s academic credentials and teaching experience by asking for referrals and transcript of records. Also, interview other parents who hired the tutor for their children – you want to know if the tutor indeed helped in boosting a child’s academic performance.

If you already have a prospective tutor in mind, then ask her for her teaching method and syllabus.

Keep in mind that a tutor who hasn’t planned out her methodology of covering a subject or isn’t sure of the syllabus or the topics that require extra attention might not be able to help your child.

  • Should I consider using an online tutor?

This is one option that you might want to consider if you want a more flexible learning schedule for your child.

You can select an online tutor from reputable companies that employ top-notch tutors who can help your child anytime. This will also fit your busy schedule as you can always check on your child’s progress by simply checking it online via your smartphone or computer.

A good learning center will generally have orientation programs for parents and tutors to present an overview of its teaching methods. The learning center must be able to ‘diagnose’ your child’s problem areas and devise a study plan that will address these problems.

Tutoring is sometimes necessary and helps children excel in studies however it is very important to invest some time and find the right tutor who can understand what your child needs and has the ability to help your child.

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