Would your child benefit from one to one tuition?

Are you wondering whether your child needs one to one tuition? Here we share a few examples of circumstances where a child could gain significantly from individual tuition and what a tutor would do to help them.

A tutor can help if your child is struggling academically

The school curriculum is jam-packed and fast paced. Although teachers try to ensure every child understands a concept before they move on, in a class of at least thirty children it is very difficult to personalize learning.

The problem is that once a child has gaps in their learning they can fall further behind. As an example, if your child’s class has moved on to algebra before your child has fully understood operations like adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing then they are going to find algebra very hard.

Everybody has areas in life where they excel and others that they find more challenging. Continuing with maths as an example, some children take a bit longer to understand concepts than others. This simply means they need more time and concepts may need to be taught in a slightly different way.

A tutor can help your child by first identifying gaps in their learning. Then they will move at your child’s own pace to fill those gaps. They will not take the next step until your child is ready.

Signs your child may be struggling at school

There are a number of signs that might indicate your child is struggling academically. However, other difficulties such as bullying or arguments with friends, for example, could also result in these signs.

  • Your child used to talk freely about school, but they have suddenly stopped.
  • Their attitude towards school has changed. If they say they are bored, for instance, it could be that the work is too difficult so they have switched off, or because it isn’t challenging enough.
  • They complain of physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach aches, and/or they are not eating or sleeping well. These are classic signs of stress.
  • They spend a long time completing homework, perhaps because it is too difficult.
  • They misbehave at school. Misbehaviour can stem from boredom which may indicate an issue with work.
  • They receive poor reports from teachers or low marks.

If you think your child has a problem at school, you will want to find out more. Your child may tell you themselves and the school should help.

If it transpires that your child is finding their work difficult, then the school should be able to pinpoint where their difficulties lie. You could then pass this information on to a home tutor, who will also carry out their own assessment.

Children who lack focus can achieve with a tutor

Some children do not have academic difficulties, but they just do not work at their best in a busy classroom. They may be distracted by friends or just need a quieter room to work in. A lack of focus can have a significant impact on academic achievement.

With a tutor focused entirely on them in a quiet space with no distractions, your child can thrive, particularly if tutoring sessions are arranged at a time that suits them. For example, a young adult may get more from a tutoring session later in the day than early in the morning.

A tutor can help your child to learn how to learn

Every child has their own learning style and a tutor will get to know whether your child leans more towards an auditory, kinesthetic or a visual learning style. They will find the learning techniques that work best for your child and teach them how to use those techniques effectively.

‘Learning how to learn’ is a fundamental skill that sets a child up for life. It is not only important when revising for exams but for every aspect of life. The earlier they master the best learning techniques for them the better.

One-to-one tuition benefits children who love learning

If your child has a passion for a certain subject or a particular topic a tutor can nurture this. In school there is little time to dive deeply into specific subjects because there is so much to cover.

At TutorMyKids our tutors are qualified teachers who have specialist subjects. Whatever your child’s fascination, whether it is engineering, zoology, creative writing, a specific period in history, geology or something else we will do our best to match them with the right tutor.

As well as this, our tutors make learning any subject more interesting by linking it to a child’s interests wherever possible. If your child listens to a certain artist’s music then the lyrics might be used in an English lesson to help them to understand metaphors or similes, for instance.

Would you like to find out more about one to one tuition?

Whether your child needs a little extra help with their schoolwork, a confidence boost, or they have a passion for a subject they would like to explore further, we can help.

We offer tuition in English, maths, science, humanities and languages to children in Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Newmarket and the surrounding areas.

To find out more about one to one tuition please contact 01223 858 421 or hello@tutormykids.co.uk