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October 27, 2017
Paying for education in any form has often been seen as a characteristic of the elite. Most typically embodied in the £12,000 per term boarding school, tutoring has also fallen into this psyche of thought. Tutoring, however, by definition is simply the support of a student with supplementary education outside their usual schooling. So the real question is; when a private school already goes above and beyond with extended curriculum, trips and support (both academic and pastoral), why do parents of these “elite” continue to supplement their education with further support? Surely they don’t need it.
There are several strands of thought when it comes to why tutoring is beneficial. We’re biased of course, but tutoring doesn’t necessarily need to be defined by how much you are already getting, or not getting, from your current school, but by whether you need it. This is particularly prevalent for a number of reasons; a student working at an A-grade level at a private school may want a tutor to bring his grade up to A* so he can further his chances of getting into his chosen university. Whereas, on the other hand, a student could be struggling in a state school to improve their maths GCSE grade up from a 3 to a 6 (a D to a B using the new marking system). Who needs tutoring more?
A number of people would argue the latter, because the former is already achieving a superior academic grade that is supported by “better” private education. But what if the roles were reversed? What if the private school student was the one who was working hard towards getting their Maths grade up, and it was the state school student who needed to push that grade up to get into their chosen Russell Group university? The point we’re making is that our perception of whether certain students deserve tuition over another is deeply flawed. Whether a student needs tutoring should be assessed on individual needs, not on economic biases, especially when tutoring has become more affordable. Perhaps ten years ago tutoring would be seen as something for the elite, but students and young adults alike have cottoned on to how profitable tuition can be, flooding the market and driving the prices down. You can now access brilliant online tutors starting from £20 per hour. Families can source tutors depending on what they can afford and are often getting similar quality of tuition from degree-educated subject professionals.
It’s also important to note however that parents who send their children to private schools expect more from their education; which is only natural considering the £36,000 per year out of pocket. As a result, private schools are driven by achieving results and will assess their pupils more regularly to identify when a student falls behind. This is beneficial because it means that if any academic problems are found, they would be able to start tutoring earlier than say a state school pupil who is competing with 30 other children in their class to get their worked assessed. It may be longer to find this work wanting; and thus tuition may begin later. In this respect, the private school student certainly has the upper hand.
However, overall we may be quick to condemn private school students whose wealth we perceive gives them the upper hand. Yet each and every student has their own struggles, especially when it comes to tougher and tougher academic demands. “To each their own” essentially; we must take students on a case by case basis when it comes to private tuition and never pass judgement (or judgment depending on how excessively scrupulous you are) on whether they deserve it.
March 22, 2017
Does Your Child Need A Tutor?
All parents want their children to have the best possible education, help them achieve their desired grades, and ensure they are able to continue their studies and realise their goals after they leave school.
While some parents take it upon themselves to impose timetables and rules to ensure their child studies productively, many choose instead to employ the services of a professional private tutor.
Hiring a private tutor can be an extremely effective way of helping students to fulfil their academic potential, surpass expectations and secure them a place at top universities and colleges.
Employing the services of a private tutor has become an increasingly popular option in recent years. Whether your child is doing well at school but needs an extra push come exam time, or they are struggling and need a tailored learning plan and 1:1 attention, a private tutor could be the solution.
If you are contemplating hiring a private tutor, here are some of the questions you might want to ask yourself, and your child:
Often even though a child is doing well overall, there may be a particular subject, or topic within that subject they can’t quite get their head around. If this is the case hiring a tutor gives them dedicated time with an expert to help them get to grips with that subject or topic and overcome the challenges associated with it.
Many students feel the pressure come exam time and are desperate to achieve the grades they know they can. Concentrating on revision and creating a revision schedule that works when left to their own devices can be tough. A private tutor can not only ensure that study time is used effectively but can also devise a tailored revision schedule that will ensure they dedicate the right amount of time to each topic and develop strategies depending on their learning style to optimise their revision time.
It may be that your child had their heart set on a particular university or particular course. If this is the case, giving them the best chance of achieving the grades that university requires is crucial. Every private tutor has specialist knowledge in particular subject areas, so you can pick the tutor that can help your child get the exam results they need.
If teachers are always telling you that your child has the academic potential yet always seems to fall short come exam time, a private tutor can help. They can teach the student exam techniques, help with practice papers, and work with them to understand why they aren’t achieving their expected grades.
Do you feel as though your child’s confidence is slipping? If they feel as though they are falling behind in class this can quickly become overwhelming and turn into a vicious cycle where they never feel as though they are able to catch up and therefore become more and more disheartened and/or disinterested in that particular subject.
Hiring a private tutor can help identify gaps in a student’s knowledge, and spend time focusing on very particular parts of a subject where they haven’t fully understood the concepts or learning. A private tutor will help your child regain confidence both in their subject(s) and in themselves, whilst also deepening their understanding in the subject matter.
It might be that your child, while demonstrating knowledge and understanding in the classroom, falls apart under the pressure of exams. A private tutor can work with them to develop their exam technique, as well as teach them how to manage stress and stay calm and confident under pressure. This way they’ll go into their exam feeling fully prepared and ready to tackle it head on.
Does your child get distracted easily? Are they too scared to speak up when they don’t understand something? Do they complain that other disruptive children in the classroom make it impossible to learn? If your child finds it difficult to concentrate when learning in a group environment, the 1:1 attention they benefit from with a private tutor can make all the difference.
If you child lacks the motivation to study, a private tutor can provide the structure and learning environment they need. Private tutors will not only improve your child’s confidence, they teach that taking responsibility for one’s own learning is essential, that good organisation is key, and that developing a passion and enthusiasm for learning will make it much more enjoyable. These are all valuable skills to take with them to university and beyond.
If you aren’t sure whether your child could benefit from a private tutor, asking yourself the above question can help determine the answer. Tutors can work at a pace that’s right for your child, give 1:1 attention, understand how they learn and therefore the optimum way to explain difficult topics to them, work with them through specific learning obstacles, create tailored learning programmes, and teach them useful study and exam techniques.
If you are looking for some additional help for your child in a specific subject, want to provide additional help for them when they are revising for those all-important exams, or simply think it would be useful for them to have some extra tuition outside the classroom, then hiring a private tutor could be an excellent choice. Our friendly team are on hand to help, so why not contact Tutor House today to discuss your child’s requirements?
May 23, 2018