What-is-the-right-age-to-get-a-tutor?

 

At Tutor My Kids, this is a question often asked of us, so I thought it useful to share some thoughts. It depends on many factors: the subject area, the concentration span of your child, if her school has raised any issues and last, but by no means least, is your child aware that he’s having difficulties?

Maths or English?

Maths is very sequential with understanding of one area being prerequisite of another. Gaps in the early maths, can make learning more advanced topics much harder. For example, we recently discovered that one of our year 4 students had missed the difference between odd and even numbers. This is normally a foundation or year 1 topic which rendered any questions relating to this impossible for her. It’s rather like building a wall; if the foundations aren’t secure the whole wall won’t be stable. In this case quick and easy to fix.

English is similar in that gaps can be present, but it doesn’t matter if you teach punctuation before adjectives or visa versa. English topics can often be added in a much more piecemeal way. The exception to that is, however, if there are difficulties with reading and phonics. This can have a big impact on learning to write and progress if not tackled early enough. How able your child is to sit and concentrate will affect the decision to tutor.

Concentration levels

Whilst it’s useful to fill in gaps early to enable new information to be added, it’s equally important that the child is able to sit and concentrate or the tuition will be much less effective. Parents often worry that their children won’t be able to concentrate for an hour at a time. Whilst some children just need to be a bit older to develop these skills, at Tutor My Kids, our teachers find that with a well planned lesson, broken into smaller chunks, most kids focus really well. Our private tutors often tailor the work to a student’s interests, such as football, horses, etc. as appropriate.

School’s view

Some parents believe there’s a problem with how their child is progressing. It’s only natural to wonder if one child has learnt to read easily, but a younger sibling is finding it much harder. Sometimes these nagging doubts can simply be a reflection of the skills that each sibling has, sometimes of something that may be making it harder for one to learn than another.

School’s are usually really good at spotting and communicating if your child is below where they’d expect them to be. Teachers can raise concerns during the school year. Parents’ evenings and school reports tend to be a more formal way of communicating any areas of concern. If you’re concerned that school haven’t raises any issues, it’s always worth booking some time with your child’s teacher to discuss this.

Your child’s confidence

As children become older, they tend to become more aware of any differences between what they are able to do and their peers. We have spoken to many parents who report that even children in Key stage 1 – years 1 and 2, report that their children are coming home thinking that they’re ‘stupid’ because their friends can do better in certain areas. This is such a shame and can put children off school and learning.

So, when is the right time to tutor?

As discussed, it depends on a number of factors: subject, concentration, school’s view and your child’s confidence.

At Tutor My Kids we feel that the child’s confidence is the main hurdle to be overcome. Invariably it’s the word that all our parents use; of course they want their children to progress, but they’re more concerned that their children feel confident in their abilities. It makes perfect sense; we all feel more confident in ourselves when we feel we feel we’re doing a good job.

How do I find out more?

At Tutor My Kids, almost all of our tutors are fully qualified teachers; at primary school level, we insist all our tutors are teachers. So, invariably we suggest that you speak to your child’s class or subject teacher first to get their opinion on your child abilities and if they think he or she is struggling.

Rachel Law, founder of Tutor My Kids, is always happy to have an informal chat – take a look at For Parents and either call 01223 858421, or get in touch by email.

If you’re a teacher who is interested in becoming a Tutor My Kids tutor, please take a look at For Tutors or get in touch be email or by phone 01223 858421

 

Working for Tutor My Kids has reminded me why I originally wanted to teach

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I’m so grateful for this amazing testimonial from one of our amazing teachers who tutors in Ely.

‘Working for Tutor My Kids has reminded me why I originally wanted to teach – to make a difference in children’s learning and confidence, and see them progress.  As a senior manager for the last twelve years of my full time career, I got further and further away from the children and deeper and deeper into paperwork about why they weren’t progressing fast enough. Each child is an individual, has different needs and responds to different learning styles. The pupils I work with through TutorMyKids all benefit from a plan that I design specifically for them and deliver on a 1:1 basis. I see them progress and gain confidence through small steps – and realise that what I am doing is making that difference. Being a tutor with TutorMyKids is so rewarding – I have regained confidence in my teaching ability, working with delightful children and parents who enjoy seeing their children progress.’

I think this hits the nail on the head of why so many teachers are leaving the classroom and looking at other ways in which they can use their years of teaching experience in a way that is valued, that is acknowledged, has freedom and autonomy, enables teachers to do a great job (and feel like they are) and make a difference to pupils.

To get in touch, please email Rachel Law hello@tutormykids.co.uk or call her on 01223 858421
Look forward to hearing from you!

Tutor My Kids is Expanding and Taking on More Teachers

 

Monday 15th
October 2012

Cambridge and Ely
based business, Tutor My Kids, is expanding and taking on more teachers in Cambridge and Ely

Tutor My Kids is an Ely based business which over the last
year has seen a massive demand for its services. Parents are contacting Tutor
My Kids to arrange home tuition, in the comfort and safety of their own home,
for their children who need a bit of extra help to stop them getting left
behind with their school work.

“We’re experiencing unprecedented demand for our services at
the moment and are delighted to be able to recruit primary and secondary school
teachers (especially math, English and science) to work in the evenings and
weekends in our clients’ homes in Cambridge and Ely,” explains Rachel Law,
Director. “Demand for primary school teachers in Cambridge and Ely is high as
well as for secondary maths, science and English teachers.”

“Everyone is having to cut back a bit and think about
additional ways to earn money; this is a great opportunity for teachers across
the county to do something truly rewarding at the same time as earning some extra
money”

Teachers should send their C.V.s to Rachel Law via www.tutormykids.co.uk or call for an
informal chat on 01223 858421.

Tutor My Kids is Expanding and Taking on More Teachers

Monday 15th
October 2012

Cambridge and Ely
based business, Tutor My Kids, is expanding and taking on more teachers in Cambridge and Ely

Tutor My Kids is an Ely based business which over the last
year has seen a massive demand for its services. Parents are contacting Tutor
My Kids to arrange home tuition, in the comfort and safety of their own home,
for their children who need a bit of extra help to stop them getting left
behind with their school work.

“We’re experiencing unprecedented demand for our services at
the moment and are delighted to be able to recruit primary and secondary school
teachers (especially math, English and science) to work in the evenings and
weekends in our clients’ homes in Cambridge and Ely,” explains Rachel Law,
Director. “Demand for primary school teachers in Cambridge and Ely is high as
well as for secondary maths, science and English teachers.”

“Everyone is having to cut back a bit and think about
additional ways to earn money; this is a great opportunity for teachers across
the county to do something truly rewarding at the same time as earning some extra
money”

Teachers should send their C.V.s to Rachel Law via www.tutormykids.co.uk or call for an
informal chat on 01223 858421.