When it comes to tutoring, some children positively welcome the idea, whether it be in preparation for exams or to give them additional help in a subject area they are finding tricky. Some children on the other hand, could feel nervous about the prospect of one-to-one sessions whilst others might regard tutoring as simply “more homework”.
Helping your child feel positive about tutoring can be tricky so how do you build the excitement and create the acceptance whilst keeping the peace at home? Here are some useful tips to keep in mind;
- Doing your utmost to ensure the tutor you appoint is the "right fit” for your child will give you the confidence to present tutoring in a positive light.
- Having open discussions with your child about the prospect of a tutor and providing reassurance is important to helping your child feel positive about the experience.
- Tutors have some tricks to help explain complicated things and make school work fun so children have more time for other extracurricular activities.
- Engaging a professional tutor can take the pressure off parents who may not feel sufficiently equipped to help their child with challenging school work.
- Stressing the advantage of the one-on-one scenario might be helpful for a child who, in a class of 30, is embarrassed to admit that they don’t understand.
- At primary level, “fun” and “engaging” are the most common attributes parents look for when introducing their child to tutoring.
- At secondary level, children are more aware of their needs and would often suggest getting a tutor to their parents.