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To support a child who may be falling behind or to provide focused learning in a key subject area, tutoring can be an effective way of bridging the gap of knowledge. With detailed, regular support from a tutor, it can act as a short-term, educational complement to your child’s schooling. Your chosen tutor can pinpoint the areas of development your child needs and hone in on these to help them come up to speed and giving them a boost of self-esteem to go on to independent learning.

Over the last five years, tutoring has seen an increase across the UK from parents who want to help their children develop and learn more as part of their educational experience. Reasons for hiring a tutor for your child can vary considerably: You may feel that they have fallen behind in a certain subject and want to keep them up to the stage for their academic year group; or you may want to give them some extra revision opportunities in the run-up to an exam. A reduction in school staffing combined with an increase in student numbers has also meant that teaching staff have faced challenges related to every student getting the right amount of support they need. This factor has also spurred parents on to seeking out their own, specialised tutoring to support their child.

The Benefits of Tutoring

Compared with your child simply asking for extra support in their class, there are a great number of benefits that tutoring provides that school cannot:

1.Receiving one-to-one focused support

This is not always possible in a class with at least 29 other children, as with one teacher and one or two teaching assistants, some children can fall through the net, not always being identified that they are having difficulties with a certain topic. Having a specific person who meets regularly with your child every week will give them the in-depth help and teaching they need – and without distractions from other children. The extra benefit of this is that your child will know what to expect each week and will work at a pace they feel comfortable with. Expanding your child’s knowledge will help them to achieve more in the classroom, showing and applying what they have learned.

2. Tailored Learning

This is more than simply the focused learning support: As your tutor gets to know the areas they need to develop in, they will work with you to create an individualised learning plan that you and your child are both happy with.

With only one child to work with, it means that your tutor is able to quickly assess areas of development. They can also understand what type of learner your child is, means that they can plan activities specifically for their learning needs. For example, practical tasks can be planned for kinaesthetic learners and visual-based tasks organised for visual learners.

By personalising the learning to your child’s needs, they will feel happier with the way that they are learning – and may even look forward to learning about the topic each week!

3. Flexibility

You get to choose the hours that best suit your child – their best time to focus and the hours you are available as a family. There are a great many tutors available to come to your home to teach the sessions, which makes it easier on your child, as they will feel more comfortable and relaxed, which will make them more willing to learn.

4. Confidence Boosting

Often, shy children don’t speak up in class if they don’t understand a topic, due to worrying about what their peers will think of them. With a one-to-one tutoring session, communicating with their tutor without other children around takes away the worry of other children and brings a comfort factor in knowing they can ask any questions they like.

5. Immediate Feedback

A tutor can assess a piece of work straight away and give some detailed and insightful comments, letting the child know what they are good at and what can be better. There can also be a continuous trail of feedback in a tutoring session, as well as your tutor feeding back to you how your child is doing and maybe even suggest some strategies that you can try with them.

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