Home tutoring doesn't undermine schooling. Teachers are under a lot of pressure for many reasons meaning that it can be more difficult to provide individual attention to students. The following are some good reasons to consider personal tutoring for your child.
The personal touch
The higher the number of pupils in a classroom, the more difficult it is for the teacher to meet each student’s needs. It's easy for a student to feel and, indeed, be left out. The teacher will usually have to take a “one size fits all” approach and unfortunately, this will affect those who may be struggling and need extra help. Youngsters need direction, and the younger the student, the more so. Tutoring gives a personal touch that's geared to that student, rather than to the majority of students in a classroom.
Treating the student as an individual
Let’s face it, one-to-one instruction offers more. This may be possible when the teacher has a teaching assistant or very small classroom sizes but, as the classroom size increases, less time can be spent with each individual student. In classroom environments there are distractions and when the teacher is alone with a very large class, individual instruction may not be possible. With one-to-one tutoring, the student is treated as an individual, a situation that allows that person to play to his or her strengths.
Rewards and reinforcement
As responsible parents, we expect our children to do their homework, work hard at school, be polite and well behaved - but, as well as being looked after, they also need rewards. Providing a reward to get an individual to perform in a certain way has been proven to yield positive results. After all, our lives exist in a reward system – we work, we get paid. It’s no different with children, but we often take them for granted. To reward them is not bribery or corruption, it’s acknowledgement of their effort.
Tailoring to the student’s individual learning style
Outside the classroom and in the comfort of a familiar environment like home, the tutor can choose a teaching style directly related to the student’s learning style and best fitting the student. Using that style to teach the subject will make the student feel respected which, in turn, will lead to empowerment.
Targeting and specificity
While it’s good for young students to learn the importance of “boredom”, the worst enemy of learning is if a student loses interest. With a large classroom, engaging every student is very difficult and with some subjects the teacher will inevitably have to resort to generic approaches that may or may not interest your child. This may be with subjects such as writing, music or art, where the teacher can assign topics that relate to the student’s interest. With tutoring, however, the tutor can appeal directly to the individual’s interests in any subject, providing a bespoke, tailored service that maintains interest.