Parents and teachers are all too familiar with the difficulties of getting a child invested in schoolwork and it’s even harder for the kids who struggle in particular subjects.

Schools can be a lot of pressure on children and young teens, especially for those who fall behind, so parents are trying to give them a chance to reach their potential.

Private tutoring has become the core solution for many, with a massive 42% of London schoolkids having a private tutor at some point in their school life. The Sutton Trust also showed that 38% of students had tutors to help with their GCSEs, while 18% of students had help before the entrance exams of grammar schools.

Why I recommend tutoring

Some people believe that after-school tutoring is not worthwhile, and some go so far as to say it’s ‘like child abuse’. That’s the internet for you though. There are so many opinions and this is mine… those people are wrong.

Ultimately, tutoring is a choice and while a child can still do well without the extra help, private tuition gives them the ease they may need to go forward in their difficult subjects. Personally, I believe that if a tutor can make a child excited to learn, then it’s worth every penny.

When I was at school, I remember how stressed I used to get when learning maths; I hated it with a passion. I just couldn’t understand why anyone would ever need to use algebra (to be honest, I still don’t).

So, despite our modest family income, my parents decided to get a maths tutor to give me the extra hand I needed. I’m so grateful for that decision because private tuition gave me the motivation and work ethic that I previously lacked.

I still remember my tutor’s name – Mr. Pemberton. He did the impossible – he made me excited for my maths lessons, and every week I would have fun and actually learn. I started to like it so much that it was only a couple months until I was among the best in my class at school.

It made a huge difference and it’s what gave me the grades and academic confidence to go onto a good school for GCSEs, which led to a better school for A levels, which led to great university.

Fast forward to today, I have experiences teaching children and I apply Mr. Pemberton’s fun teaching methods when doing so. He taught me that you must make sure that a child is enjoying their lesson for them to truly learn. I have noticed this being used elsewhere too.

Only last week, I was on holiday in Florida, visiting my sister and her seven-year-old daughter. They moved to the states from North Cyprus three months before and I was curious to see how my niece was coping with the change because she had never academically learned in English.

Initially, my niece was really struggling and was put into the year below her age group. I was told that she couldn’t recite the English alphabet or recognise simple words.

But by the time I visited, this was not apparent. It was as if she had been there her whole life, though it had only been three months. She was already reading and writing, and she had started subtractions in her maths classes. I’m sure you can guess how this change came about – a private tutor.

The tutor did not come into the house saying, ‘Okay, it’s time to learn and take this very seriously.’ Instead, he based his lessons around what the child needed, considering what teaching methods would work best for the individual. In my niece’s case, it was through activities and games because she is not the kind of child that can sit down in one spot for a long time without being distracted.

Methods used by tutors heavily depend on the student’s age but no matter what, they will choose the best method that has the maximum effect on teaching your child. That’s what a good tutor does, and that’s why they’re are so popular.

If in a situation where your child is struggling, I urge you to consider tutoring. Whether they are in primary education or going onto their GCSEs or A levels, a tutor will give them the push they need. You merely need to make them know that it’s not a punishment or a tedious task – instead it’s something great and valuable.

You merely need to make them know that it’s not a punishment or a tedious task – instead it’s something great and valuable.

But how much does it cost?

Of course, money is an important factor in any decision and not every parent can afford tutoring. The prices vary a lot, but the average cost of a private tutor is around £35 per hour and it usually depends on the subject and the tutor’s experience. There are tutors with the rate of only £15 per hour and others charge up to £70 per hour. Simply shop around for your child’s best fit and keep in range of your budget.

You can find the right private tutor by searching the subject and your postcode into Impact Tutor’s system. You will then be able to choose the perfect tutor by exploring the different profiles that come up. All of the listed tutors have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and have been vetted with their references, qualifications and IDs.

I hope this has been helpful in your decision on whether to hire a private tutor. Please comment with any of your questions or thoughts, and I will get back to you.

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