The 11+, GCSE and A-Levels are important milestone exams which can determinate the direction of your children’s academic future. As such, it is important to provide your children with all possible assistance to ensure they are fully prepared to face these examinations. Arguably the best way to achieve this is by providing them with a private tutor, either online or in-person.
What can a tutor do that a teacher can’t? Read on to find out.
1. Personalised Teaching
Students in classrooms rarely receive any one on one time with teachers, who are constantly rushing to cover every aspect of the syllabus. Sure, students can raise their hands to ask questions, but only if they are able to fully grasp the lesson. Otherwise, they will just keep quiet. Even revisions won’t work in such instance, unless parents intervene and tutor their children at home. However, not many parents have the time or skillset to do. By hiring tutors, children will be able to stay abreast, and even leap ahead of the syllabus with a perfect understanding of their lessons.
The value of personalised teaching cannot be understated. Image courtesy of Pixabay
2. Specialised Focus
Theoretically, exams include questions derived from every chapter of the syllabus. Nevertheless, as most teaching professionals can attest to, questions usually deal with specific topics and scenarios in every exam cycles. Tutors will be able to provide specialised focus to students. This ensures they don’t waste time on chapters and exercises that are never covered in exams. When this approach is used across all subjects, you can imagine how much an advantage students with tutors will have over their peers.
3. Studying and Revision Habits
Probably the biggest difference between top performing and average students lies in their studying and revision habits. High achievers know how to summarise lessons well and write useful notes which can be read quickly. They also have structured daily homework, reading and revision schedules. On a single day, this disciplined approach can give them, say, a measly 0.1% advantage over their classmates. Over six months though, the advantage will potentially grow to 18%. Can you imagine the kind of head start your children will have with a reliable tutor charting his daily schedule?
4. Managing Pressure and Providing Motivations
After being away from school for so long, many adults have forgotten the kind of pressure their children are under in school. Aside from peer pressure, school work, home work and revisions, they also have to deal with the pressure of expectations. Things could get worse when students experience setbacks such as failing to get an A on a test or delivering a poor group project.
Having a tutor who understands and empathise with what they’re going through is so useful for these students. The motivation and reinforcements provided by tutors will also help students navigate challenge periods.
With so much potential benefits, parents have little reason to delay hiring a tutor for their kids.