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Benefits of your child having a private tutor

By: Hugh Moore

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.

How to tell if your child needs a private tutor?
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.

Falling behind in class
Getting bad grades
Not achieving potential
Not coping with homework load
Loosing interest in school
Avoiding homework
Feeling stressed about exams or grades
Struggling with specific aspects of learning e.g.-reading or writing
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.

How can a private tutor benefit my child?

1. Tutors work at a child’s pace
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.

2. Private tutors provide one-on-one attention
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.

3. They can work on learning obstacles
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.

4. They teach them more than the syllabus
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.

5. It’s flexible and convenient
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.

6. A tutor can help your child have goals, objectives and dreams
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.


Stuart Raffeld

B. A. Operations Research & Statistics, California State University, Long Beach, Teaching Assistant undergraduate Mathematics. B.S. Mathematics, California State University, Long Beach. Mathematics University of California, Irvine, Teaching Assistant undergraduate Mathematics. Completed course work for MS Degree with 4.0 GPA. M.S. Mathematics, Kingsbridge University. Transcript available upon request. 1988-Present: Mathematics tutoring--One on one tutoring for SES students through YP institute and Academic advantage. Tutored students with low learning skills as well as very bright students. Tutored groups of four students in math classes from basic mathematics through calculus. Mathematics teaching for EFN, Inc., a private school.

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