When DO your kids need extra help from a tutor? – Mail Online
Where we live in Bucks there seems to be a panic to get tutors starting from about year three, where parents hire tutors to try and get their kids into Grammar schools. So, when should you tutor? I asked expert and mum of three Katie Higham (above), who has been a teacher for over 10 years and has created Katie’s Classroom to help children and parents further their education at home. Here are her tips for deciding when and if your children need extra tutoring….
When is it best to have a tutor?
Tutoring can divide opinion and it may not be for everyone. I know that many parents are nervous about putting extra pressure on their children by hiring a tutor and it is right to be wary of this. It’s important to judge your child’s needs and the situation accordingly. As a teacher, tutor and parent, I understand the pressures parents face as they seek to provide their children with a top class education. The progression from Primary to Secondary school is particularly stressful due to the limited number of places and many parents feel pressured into seeking private tutors to give their children a step up but feel guilty for adding this extra pressure on them. However, in the right circumstances and at the right times tutoring can be beneficial for your child.
There are times when hiring a tutor is going to be more useful than others. I’ve pinpointed three times when I feel tutoring can be particularly effective:
• When your child is struggling It is very stressful seeing your child struggle in a particular area. Hiring a tutor or getting online homework help can help your child revise a concept they haven’t quite grasped, build their confidence and reinforce classroom learning.
• Before an important exam or for getting your child into their next school Your child will face a number of important exams at school. This could be SATS or the 7+, 8+, 11+ or 13+ entrance exams. Hiring a tutor can help prepare your child for their exam by improving their exam technique and giving your child some one-to-one attention to really consolidate their learning.
• If they have missed a few classes due to illness, for example A tutor or an online resource can really help fill in the gaps. From my time teaching in school I know how quickly we had to cover the National Curriculum, meaning that we could only visit each topic once or twice and then move on. If you missed a class there was no time to catch up.
If you are considering getting a tutor but are concerned about the added pressure it may have on your child then there are things you can do to alleviate this. Make sure your tutor delivers lessons that are fun. Hire a tutor that constantly praises and encourages your child. Tutoring is about raising confidence levels as well as attainment levels. Try to schedule tutoring as early as possible in the day when your child is not too tired. Be wary of doing too many lessons in a week. Lastly, tutoring should never undermine the class teacher and in my experience tutoring works best when the tutor and teacher have a dialogue to monitor progress and identify areas to work on.
For more tips go to www.katiesclassroom.com
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