5 Signs Your Child Could Benefit from Private Tuition

A child benefiting from private tution

By Morwenna Evans Thursday, September 25, 2014

The competition for school places, university places, and ultimately jobs, is intense and the pressure for children to get top grades is mounting – with a workload to match. Many parents feel that their children are overworked at school and spend too much of their free time doing homework or preparing for tests. This has led to reluctance amongst parents to employ a tutor for their child for fear of adding to the pressure and amount of school work – but in a number of cases, a private tutor can not only help with the workload and help build a child’s confidence but ultimately resolve problems that could affect their future. Read on to find out more about the most common signs that your child could benefit from private tuition.

1. If you’ve noticed a significant fall in your child grades

A major warning that your child is starting to struggle with a particular subject at school is a significant drop in their grades. You shouldn’t worry too much if your child performs badly in one test or piece of assessed work but if you start to see grades are continuing to drop, alarm bells should start to ring. It’s important to remember that there could be a number of reasons behind a slide in grades; these could be both emotional and/or academic. You should first check if your child is experiencing problems such as bullying at school. If you can rule out issues such as these, then you can start to address problems that may be academic in nature. A tutor can provide one-to-one tailored tuition for your child which is more effective than the traditional one-to-many classroom teaching model. The individual attention of a tutor can really help your child with the specific areas in which they are struggling and help them get back up to speed. Tutors can in turn also help improve a child’s confidence and enthusiasm for a subject which are factors that can also contribute in a positive way to a child’s grades.

2. If your child is having problems with their homework

Have you noticed that your child always puts off doing their homework for a particular subject or just fails to do it all? Do they spend a disproportionate amount of time completing their maths homework compared to other homework tasks? If so, any of these could well be signs that your child is struggling with the subject and really not enjoying it. Of course, it’s unrealistic to expect your child to enjoy all their subjects equally but if they really struggle with a core subject such as maths in which it’s important for them to perform well in, this can be a bit of a challenge. Having a tutor can provide the extra support that your child needs- to help them overcome any difficulties in understanding but also to keep them motivated and engaged with subjects they don’t enjoy.

3. If your child is bored at school

It is a common misconception that tutoring is reserved for those who are struggling academically at school. This is not the case and bright children can benefit equally from the attention of a tutor. Because teachers have to cater their lessons to a range of abilities, high-performing students are sometimes left feeling unchallenged and start to lose interest in the subject. A really good tutor will help challenge your child and keep them enthused about the subject.

Often the source of anxiety and poor confidence in school is a student’s fear regarding an upcoming exam or even a particular topic they find particularly challenging. Sometime a child who is doing well in lessons can be very concerned about an upcoming exam or test. Worryingly, the effects of a child’s insecurity about their academic ability can be wide reaching and affect their general well-being. This is where a tutor could work wonders. A tutor helps students improve academically, but they can also have a hugely positive impact on a student’s confidence and anxiety levels. By having individual focus in a private environment, the student does not experience any fears of being judged for ‘silly questions’ or face the perceived embarrassment of getting a question wrong. Ironing out these confidence issues with a private tutor often allows the student to go on to flourish both in an exam situation but also on a personal level.

4. If your child is anxious

Often the source of anxiety and poor confidence in school is a student’s fear regarding an upcoming exam or even a particular topic they find particularly challenging. Sometime a child who is doing well in lessons can be very concerned about an upcoming exam or test. Worryingly, the effects of a child’s insecurity about their academic ability can be wide reaching and affect their general well-being. This is where a tutor could work wonders. A tutor helps students improve academically, but they can also have a hugely positive impact on a student’s confidence and anxiety levels. By having individual focus in a private environment, the student does not experience any fears of being judged for ‘silly questions’ or face the perceived embarrassment of getting a question wrong. Ironing out these confidence issues with a private tutor often allows the student to go on to flourish both in an exam situation but also on a personal level.

5. If you are new to the UK or your child has spent a period outside of full time education

If you are new to the UK or have been abroad for a significant period of time, it is likely the curriculum your child has been following may not align to what is being taught in a UK classroom. Even if your child was a very confident student, beginning in a new school, let alone a new country can be a very daunting idea for a child. Similarly if your child has missed a significant amount of school due to illness, they may feel uneasy about returning at a level that is behind their peers. In both these scenarios, a private tutor can bridge the gap and bring a student up to speed with the knowledge they may have missed through illness, or be unfamiliar with if abroad. At what can be a potentially very stressful time, a private tutor can be a reliable and comforting ally for a student. A student can confide their academic insecurities to the tutor and catch up on unfamiliar topics. This tutor-student collaborative relationship ensures that the student can soon confidently integrate back into school life.

Private tuition can provide a diverse range of benefits from students far exceeding the goal of improved exam grades. If you think your child is exhibiting any signs that suggest they could benefit from some one-on-one attention, speak to one of our learning advisers today on 0800 088 2820.

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