One of the most stressful aspects of parenting is ensuring that your child gets the best education they possibly can. In a survey conducted by education charity TLG, 23% of parents with children aged 18 and under were most concerned about whether their child was making the progress they should be at school. Whether your child is struggling with their English Literature essay or completely lost in the world of trigonometry, there are many options available for them to get extra support. One of the best ways to supplement your child’s schooling is with private tutoring. There are many reasons why using a private tutor has a positive impact on your child’s education, and in the rest of this blog post we’ll be exploring the Top 10 Benefits of Private Tutoring.
1. Private tutoring provides one-on-one engagement
A Benjamin Bloom study shows that 6 months of private tutoring improves grades by 2 standard deviations. That’s the equivalent of going from the 50th percentile in the class to the 98th. This shows just how much of an impact private tutoring has on your child’s progress compared to relying solely on school. The average primary school classroom has 27.1 students, according to Department of Education, so your child’s teacher must divide their attention with 26 other students. Large classroom sizes mean your child gets less one-on-one engagement than they need in order to maximise their individual potential. This is where private tutoring can deliver, where schools can’t.
2. Private tutors help prevent Summer Learning Loss
Summer is a great time for your child to relax after a long school year filled with homework and exams. However, without regularly stimulating the brain, your child’s ability level can drop an entire 3 months compared to where they left off in July. Therefore, without some level of study, your child could enter into what is known as the ‘summer slide’. Private tutoring is one of the most effective ways to prevent learning loss that takes place over the holiday season. Even just 1-2 hours of tutoring per week is enough to keep your child’s brain engaged and allow them to hit the ground running at school come September. For more ways to keep your child engaged over the summer, check out Tutorean’s blog post on preventing Summer Learning Loss.
3. Private tutoring is customised to your child’s learning style
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that no two children are the same. Some learn best through visual aids where others learn best through read-write… some learn better through movement, while others learn better when they speak out loud.
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The general approach to learning at school today is “one size fits all”. One of the best benefits of private tutoring is that lessons can be customised to match your child’s learning preferences. Lessons can be tailored to your child’s pace, specific needs and goals. It also gives your child the space to talk openly about what they’re really struggling with, or excelling in, which they may not feel confident doing in class.
4. It helps build your child’s confidence and self esteem
Sometimes even the brightest students struggle with insecurities and doubt at some point in their academic careers. Private tutors, through personal, one-on-one lessons, take the time to really get to know your child which creates a safe space for learning and self-expression. Tutoring can not only fill in knowledge gaps, but also boost skills and grades, which enables students to feel more confident. This will have a positive impact on their self-esteem, which will also help them in and out of school. Robert, one of Tutorean’s top 11+ tutors, has helped many students improve their grades and confidence.
Tutorean parent, Olesea, says:
“Rob is currently working with our daughter on English 11+, and has really made a positive difference to the way her confidence is growing and she is enjoying the challenge, which is great to see!”
Tutorean parent, Toni, writes:
“We highly recommend Rob as a GCSE science tutor. He came well prepared for each lesson, dedicated and very conscientious. He ensured our child understood the subject matter before starting a new topic. He gave our child lots of encouragement and in return our child’s confidence and knowledge grew.”
5. Mentorship: private tutor is not your child’s teacher nor your child’s parent
A benefit of private tutoring is mentorship. Students don’t need another adult handing out rules and regulations. Since a private tutor is not your child’s teacher or their parent, they can form a relationship closer to that of mentor. The one-on-one time with your tutor, even if it’s just 1 hour a week, will allow your child to feel comfortable to express themselves in ways they might not in the classroom. The right tutor/mentor can act as a role model and help them plan their future beyond school and even university. At Tutorean, we designed the Smart Match to help you discover your child’s personality traits and find a tutor who is the perfect fit – this will ensure your child finds a private tutor who gets on really well with your child and can act as a mentor. Try it out here!
6. Tutoring provides a distraction-free space
The classroom environment is full of distractions that can easily pull your child’s attention away from the focus of the lesson. Two of the biggest perpetrators are gadgets and, well, other students. Living in the age of technology and instantaneous access to huge amounts of information, it’s far easier now than ever for your child to be sidetracked in school. Private tutoring allows for the time and space for your child to fully concentrate, by taking away the common distractions of life. Finding the ideal surrounding whether it be at your home, the tutor’s home or your local library, will help keep your child focused on making the progress they need to thrive.
7. It allows your child to work at their own, individual pace
Schools and teachers are under constant pressure to get through the entire national curriculum in a limited amount of time. Often, new concepts and theories are rushed through so quickly that your child can have difficulty grasping them. Private tutoring allows your child to go through the material at their own pace and voice those areas they’re struggling with. This allows for your tutor to unpack each topic and only progress once your child has mastered it.
8. Tutoring can provide more challenges for gifted students
Private tutoring isn’t just for students struggling to keep their grades up. It’s the perfect opportunity for gifted students to go above and beyond the material and learn new subjects not taught at school, such as a new language or instrument. Additionally, it can provide highly able students the chance to delve deeper into subjects where they are more advanced than their peers at school. The 2018 Sutton Report suggests that “private tutoring has a positive impact on academically talented children by helping to raise their aspirations and ambitions, which can increase their attainment or progression into higher education.”
9. It gives peace of mind to parents
As stated earlier, 23% of parents with children aged 18 and under were most concerned if their child was making the progress they should be at school. With large class sizes and teachers rushing to get through material, it’s easy for children to get stuck or fall behind. Using a private tutor can give a sense of relief and comfort to parents. Since private tutoring is personalised, with one-on-one lessons tailored for each student, parents can rest easy knowing they are taking the best avenue to ensuring their child’s success in school and education.
10. Private tutoring promotes educational responsibility
One less recognised benefit of private tutoring is the effect that it can have on students’ attitudes about school and learning in general. As your child’s skills improve, they will feel motivated to continue to read and study, even times unprompted by mum or dad. One-on-one engagement and positive feedback from a tutor helps students gain the confidence needed to boost educational responsibility. Moreover, this can have a ripple effect on other areas of a student’s life where they need to take responsibility – like finding a part-time job or creating their own personal projects.
And there you have it! Tutorean’s Top 10 Benefits of Private Tutoring. Thank you for making it to the end of the blog! It’s our strong belief that private tutoring is the most effective way to improve your child’s grades, boost their confidence and set them up for success in life. It’s our mission to provide parents across the UK with access to the best tutors to help their children realise their true potential.
So, whether your child needs a little extra help with homework, is struggling with a challenging subject or wants to learn something new, do check out our platform to find the perfect tutor for your child. Our team is always here if you’d like to discuss your child’s needs and we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee to ensure your tutor is truly the best fit.