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When to hire a tutor

Teaching students in classroom groups has many benefits, but it doesn't work for everyone. Hiring a tutor to help your child can prove to be very beneficial and highly effective

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If your child has a learning difficulty or needs language support

Private tutoring is often used to supplement classroom learning for students that have a language barrier, especially if English is their second language (ESL), or if they have a special educational need (SEN). In more extreme cases, hiring a tutor with specific training and experience is essential. Tutoring helps to "level the playing field" and provide much needed confidence.   

Catching up, if your child has moved or missed school

Tutoring can help your child re-integrate after having some time off due to illness, injury, moving schools or other circumstances. In some cases, even missing a single topic at school can have a profound knock-on effect later, as your child may have missed a key skill that future topics build upon.

This also applies to students who have recently moved school, as topics may be covered in a different order, or taught differently. Your child's new teachers will welcome the extra support with the transition. Ask teachers to provide notes and details of what your child may have missed, or what they have covered so far. You can also provide a tutor with details of what your child did in their last school. With these notes, the tutor can ensure your child is fully prepared to stay on track for success at their new school.

If your child is struggling in a particular area or topic

If your child is struggling with a particular topic, short-term tutoring can be especially effective. Due to the fast pace of the classroom, a student who has not quite grasped a concept or topic will quickly experience the knock-on effect and lose confidence. In this case, hiring a tutor is particularly helpful. A tutor will work one-on-one with your child to help identify the sore spot, tailoring lessons and addressing the "blockage" head-on. 

Stretch your child's abilities

Home tutoring can be beneficial if your child would like to delve deeper into a particular subject. A tutor can stretch your child's learning by providing a more in-depth, comprehensive view of a particular topic. Tutors often have their own specialist topics that they are passionate about. 

One-to-one tutoring is also ideal if your child wants to learn a subject or skill that isn't taught at school, from Ancient Greek to computer coding to the saxophone. Finding the right tutor for your child can make education fun, and preserve their love of learning!

A mentor or coach

It's little wonder that top CEOs and world-class athletes invest so heavily in coaches; they can be a huge boost to both performance and well-being. More and more parents are bringing these benefits to their children, too.

A good mentor or coach will help your child grow into a successful and satisfied person by developing key characteristics. One large part of growing up is learning to delay gratification- putting off immediate satisfaction for longer-term happiness. The right mentor will encourage this long-sighted perspective in whilst also helping children develop their own methods for learning. Giving your child their own "dedicated adult", even just once or twice, can help your child take greater ownership of, and feel more in control of their own learning.  

Hiring a tutor as a mentor is very beneficial for students who don't struggle in any specific area but need/want guidance and motivation inside and outside of the classroom.

What Mumsnetters say about hiring a tutor

  • "Our daughter benefited hugely from tutoring. It really gave her strategies for learning, and confidence. She decided at the end of Y5 that she didn't need a tutor any more. The tutor said this was great as she was taking responsibility for her own learning."
  • "I tutor several children with dyscalculia and I have seem some improvements (albeit quite slow sometimes). Broadly, I think tutoring is beneficial to them. How many children get to receive a whole hour of undivided attention from an adult who's not their parent?"
  • "My son has been tutored since Year 4 and it has been the best thing we could have done for him. He is extremely able and because of his strength in maths and science and his excellent reading skills he had not been given the attention we felt he needed in many of his core handwriting, spelling and creative writing skills. He had decided he simply wasn't creative and that he couldn't do it. He was reaching national standards but not reaching his potential."

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Last updated: almost 2 years ago